Whether you want to spend your trip cycling among the trees, kayaking along the shore or simply sunning yourself on the sand, the Dalmatian Islands provides a getaway like no other. Each one is bursting with history that extends back to the Grecian period, boasting landscapes that reflect how they’ve changed hands over the centuries. That being said, it can be hard to decide which one island to prioritise, let alone pick your accommodation. That’s why we’ve put together this handy guide on where to stay in the Dalmatian Islands, with options to suit families, large groups and honeymooners alike.
A true hidden gem in the heart of the Adriatic Sea, Brac is our top choice for an up-and-coming Croatian destination. You’ll find classic coastal towns just brimming with charm, hiking trails that boast stunning sea views, and plenty of white-stone buildings to stroll by. However, the biggest draw for many is the chance to visit Zlatni Rat, an unusually shaped beach that shape-shifts with the wind.
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Want breathtaking views across Central Dalmatia while maintaining utmost privacy? Villa Bracia’s positioning in the Dol Hills provides just that, enveloping you into its luxury fold from the moment you arrive. You’ll enjoy swimming in the pool and unwinding in the hot tub surrounded by picturesque vineyards, orchards and rose gardens. Even when you need a break from the sun, floor-to-ceiling windows allow you to still see out to the island beyond.
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Deliberately located to enjoy sea scenes from every balcony and terrace, Villa Lilita lets you truly reconnect with nature. To the inside, you’ll find a tasteful contrast of traditional and contemporary styles, while upstairs the soothing bubbles of a luxury jacuzzi await. Want to explore? Your nearest village is Splitska, with its charming family-run restaurants ready to serve you local cuisine.
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With its exclusive spot right on the water’s edge, plus a private infinity pool that’s perfect for sunset dips, you’ll truly feel like you’re living the high life at Villa Adriatica. If you’re looking to venture further, Hvar island is a mere boat trip away, with our suggestions below ready to welcome you should you wish to enjoy an extended stay there!
If catching rays if of top priority, you’ll love Hvar – this popular island enjoys around 2760 hours of sunshine every year, beaming down on its blooming lavender fields. Strolls among olive groves and vineyards are somewhat commonplace, with a vibrant food scene on hand to fill you up for daily adventures. However, for those with more of an appetite to explore, you’ll find ample history to uncover here, with Greeks, Romans and Byzantines all leaving their mark on the landscape.
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There’s nothing more relaxing than spreading out by the pool surrounded by lavender, fig and olive trees. Villa Jelsa is found near the village of Pitve, which is known for its narrow cobbled streets, pretty stone squares and panoramic hilltop views. If you like your wine, you’ll appreciate having access to the owner’s cellar, with each bottle made at the vineyard just 500m away. A selection of local fruit liqueurs and jams will also be yours to try.
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Situated right on the seafront, Villa Karmela is like something out of a Hollywood film – and you’ll enjoy the Hollywood treatment throughout your stay here! Catered meals are provided by a chef, making use of local cuisine and Adriatic seafood, while housekeeping and a cleaning service come twice a week. For an extra-special add-on, you can also make use of the villa’s speedboat, with a skipper prepped to show you around the crystal-clear waters.
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Just minutes from the Hvar Town promenade, with its bustling nightlife and restaurants, but still far enough away to ensure your peace and quiet, Villa Coba truly offers the best of both worlds. It boasts a traditional shuttered front, but don’t let that deceive you: the interiors are bright, modern and airy, providing the perfect space to chill out after a long day spent roaming the island.
Looking for warm waters, beautiful bays and flourishing pine forests? Korcula’s got it all, plus a fortified medieval city you could easily spend hours wandering around. If you’re into your wine, you’re also in luck, with many island varieties available to accompany your Croatian dish of choice. Despite all that, it’s relatively uncrowded – so get here before everyone else does!
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You’d be forgiven for wanting to spend all your time outside at Villa Gojka: looking out over the sparkling turquoise Adriatic, with a thick and intriguing forest just across the water, it offers picture-perfect views at every turn. However, the five meticulously furnished bedrooms rival that natural beauty, while a wine cellar, private gym and cinema room complete the luxury offerings.
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If you’re holidaying with another family, Villa Lumbarda is an excellent option. It’s split into two apartments, allowing both parties to have their own space before coming together in the large swimming pool. After a day spent enjoying one of the olive oil or wine tastings that can be arranged, we’d suggest leaving the kids to splash about while the grown-ups enjoy a sundowner on the terrace: bliss. Pets are also welcome here, meaning you really can all get away together.
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The clue is in the name when it comes to Villa Heaven – built in 2017, this stunning, glass-glad property is filled with all the modern amenities you need to truly unwind on holiday. It’s likely you’ll spend most of your trip looking out over the the glistening swimming pool and to the horizon – so many memory-making opportunities await!
Still not sure where to stay in the Dalmatian Islands? Check out our full collection of luxury villas in Croatia to help you decide where to stay, with our concierge team on hand to help you choose. And then, once you’re all booked in, we’ve got our top 10 things to do in Croatia to help you plan your holiday.