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Croatia’s breathtaking coastline, national parks, rich history and no fewer than 10 UNESCO World Heritage sites make it an attractive destination for visitors of all ages. From the lush, leafy capital of Zagreb, to the Italian-influenced peninsula of Istria, and the pebbly Dalmatian coast around Dubrovnik, there’s so much to explore in this charming European country.
Home to over 50 offshore islands, the Dalmatian coastline is a sight to behold. With scenic pebble beaches and the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic sea, it’s a great place to relax and soak in your surroundings. If you’re travelling with older children seeking adventure, you can join white-water rafting tours on the Cetina River or go kayaking to discover blue caves, sunken ships and breathtaking coral reefs. And Dubrovnik is a must-visit for Game of Thrones fans keen to see key filming spots.
To help you plan a family holiday to Croatia, we’ve tracked down the best kid-friendly hotels in popular resorts from Rovinj to Rabac, as recommended by Mumsnetters.
For more European holiday inspo, check out our guides to the best family destinations in Spain, the best Greek Islands for families, the best Canary Islands for families, as well as our hotel roundups, including the best family hotels in Lisbon, the best family hotels in Lanzarote, the best family hotels in Marbella and the best family hotels on the Amalfi Coast.
Best family hotels in Croatia at a glance
Best overall: Valamar Bellevue Resort, Rabac
Best budget: Hotel Adria, Dubrovnik
Best historic: Hotel Lapad, Dubrovnik
Best luxury: Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik
Best design: Hotel Lone, Rovinj
Best for views: Hotel Croatia, Cavtat
Best beachfront: Dubrovnik President Valamar, Dubrovnik
Best for relaxation: Rixos Premium Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik
Best all-inclusive: Club Dubrovnik Sunny Hotel by Valamar
Best location: Grand Park Hotel Rovinj, Rovinj
1. Best overall: Valamar Bellevue Resort, Rabac
What Mumsnet users say
"The Valamar Hotels are lovely" - hotel group recommended by Mumsnet user, Pearfacebanana
With impressive panoramic views of the Adriatic sea and Cres Island, the Valamar Bellevue Resort is just 150 metres from the beach in the beautiful resort of Rabac. Well equipped for adults and children of all ages, this hotel offers a great choice of activities and entertainment, as well as spacious terraces to sit back and soak in your surroundings.
Family rooms include two daybeds and a double bed separated by a sliding door, so you won’t have to whisper once the kids have fallen asleep. If you’re travelling with babies or toddlers in tow, extra beds, cots, and baby equipment can also be arranged for a small additional fee.
If your kids love pools, they’ll be spoilt for choice at Bellevue - there’s a family pool, an activity pool with slides and a children’s splash pool filled with fun water features. The hotel is a two-minute walk from the beautiful beach of Rabac, which while covered in white pebbles, has a shaded sandbox to allow the youngest guests to play with their bucket and spade.
The onsite Valamar Maro’s kids’ club is sure to be popular for children aged 3-12. Families at Bellevue also have access to Maro World at the nearby Girandella Valamar Collection Resort, which is packed full of amenities including a cinema, a playroom and a large gaming lounge.
If you opt to stay on an all-inclusive basis, meals and snack times are an absolute doddle - from the varied breakfast buffets and show cooking stations, to the freshly prepared pizzas which are sure to delight younger diners. Whether you’re staying for a short break or full fortnight holiday, don’t be surprised if your kids never want to leave.
2. Best budget hotel: Hotel Adria, Dubrovnik
Just over a mile from Dubrovnik’s Old Town and around 30 minutes from the airport lies Hotel Adria.
With a hilltop location, this hotel promises spectacular views of the Elafiti Islands and Lapad Bay and is in close proximity to the attractions of Gradac Park, Pile Gate, Walls of Dubrovnik, as well as five beautiful beaches.
The modern and spacious family rooms at Hotel Adria can comfortably accommodate two adults and two children, with additional cots available free of charge upon request.
With a variety of dining options, families can enjoy snacks at the poolside bar or tuck into traditional Dalmatian cuisine at Restaurant Sunset, which offers floor-to-ceiling views of the yachts, ferries and cruise ships as they arrive in the nearby Gruz Bay marina.
While relatively small in size, the outdoor pool has an amazing setting overlooking the open water and mountains - providing the perfect place for kids to play while you catch a glimpse of the enchanting sunset.
Off-peak room rates start from around £70 per night.
3. Best historic hotel: Hotel Lapad, Dubrovnik
What Mumsnet users say
"We stayed at the Hotel Lapad last year and would recommend it. It is very easy to use the local bus to get to the old town. If you buy tickets at the hotel reception you don't have to faff around trying to get your fares sorted out on the bus. You can walk across the peninsula to the other side where there is a beach and a nice walk along a path that runs out to the headland" - Bunbaker
Surrounded by a stunning Renaissance garden, the charming Hotel Lapad is near the waterfront of the Lapad peninsula. A historic building with mediaeval architecture edged with tropical palm trees, this harbourfront location is less than two miles from the Old Town of Dubrovnik, offering a quiet yet luxurious base for your family break.
With clean and modern decor, the spacious family rooms are split in two parts with an interconnecting door, meaning your night doesn’t need to come to a halt when your children head off to bed.
While there’s no separate children’s pool at Hotel Lapad, the large outdoor pool with snack bar is open from May to October - a great place for children to play and cool down when the temperatures rise. Well tended gardens are perfect for relaxing in with games and puzzles, while the small pebble beach at Lapad Bay is less than a 10-minute walk away.
The hot and cold buffet breakfasts and dinner provide plenty of choice to suit all appetites, while the Dalmatian cuisine and themed cuisine nights are a great way to encourage children to explore and try new foods.
4. Best luxury hotel: Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik
What Mumsnet users say
“Hotel Bellevue in Dubrovnik has a nice little pebble beach with a beach bar and sunbeds. We were only there for 3 nights but it’s a lovely hotel and the restaurant food was excellent. It’s about 15 minutes walk to the city walls but that didn’t bother us to be out of the way on cruise ship day!" - Greywind1523
Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik is a luxury boutique hotel set high on a cliffside in Miramare Bay, offering incredible panoramic views of the coastline. It offers the best of both worlds - a contemporary and exclusive base but set just 10 minutes from the enchanting medieval sights of Dubrovnik’s city centre.
With breathtaking sea views, it’s not surprising that Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik is popular with couples and honeymooners. Children are still very welcome however, with spacious Deluxe Doubles and Junior Suites including fold out sofa beds and cots available on request.
With a small but luxurious heated indoor pool, younger children may miss splashing around outdoors, so for some fun in the sun with your family, Miramare Bay is just a minute’s walk away. This quiet beach overlooking the calm Adriatic Sea offers a serene place for parents to relax, while water sports activities can keep older kids busy for hours on end.
The Nevera Beach Restaurant offers a stunning variety of seafood. Alternatively, the Vapor Restaurant offers a unique, seaside fine dining experience, with Mediterranean and Dalmatian dishes with locally sourced ingredients. Should you wish to experience the luxury of child-free cuisine, the hotel even offers a high quality babysitting service for a small additional charge.
5. Best design hotel: Hotel Lone, Rovinj
What Mumsnet users say
"Hotel Lone in Rovinj plus many other hotels in Rovinj (they're all owned by the same group) are all great and the town and area are stunning, lots of good food and shopping, so great for teenagers. Not cheap, however and Croatia definitely not the place for sandy beaches" - Trumpdespiser
Set within the Golden Cape Natural Park, Hotel Lone is a sleek design hotel just a two-minute walk from a beautiful pebbled beach. You’ll also find Punta Corrente Park, Rovinj Marina, Balbi Arch, Rovinj Market and Rovinj Heritage Museum just a short walk away.
The hotel's impressive rooms can be accessed from interconnecting spaces, allowing families of up to four people to enjoy a shared yet private space - ideal if you’re travelling with teens.
The poolside bar is surrounded by luscious lawns and pine trees and is a welcoming place to relax and snack on fries or tasty club sandwiches during the day. When you’re feeling a little hungrier, the hotel has a choice of three restaurants, including a sushi bar, a Mediterranean-inspired buffet and a locally-inspired a la carte menu.
With two outdoor pools, families can switch between the aqua fun pool, whirlpool or splash in the small pool specifically aimed at younger children. The on-site kids’ club runs from June to September, providing two hours of entertainment each morning and afternoon for children aged 4-12. With an outdoor playground, a soft play room and an impressive evening entertainment programme, there’s also a gaming room packed with consoles - a great place for teens to hang out and make new friends during their stay.
6. Best hotel for views: Hotel Croatia, Cavtat
What Mumsnet users say
"I stayed in Hotel Croatia on B&B basis with a 19 yr old and 15 year old. There is a gym and other sports, snorkelling from hotel beach/rocks. We went scuba diving one day too. 10 minute stroll into town for food, ice cream bars etc. Lively but not heaving. I loved it" - ShalomJackie
If you’re looking for an easy airport transfer, the five-star Hotel Croatia Cavtat is just three miles from Dubrovnik airport (around a 20-minute transfer).
This luxury waterfront hotel has a unique location built right into the cliffside peninsula. With interconnecting double or superior rooms, you can expect stunning balcony views overlooking the unspoilt Cavtat Bay, home to underwater caves, sunken ships and underwater trading routes from Greece towards northern Italy.
Guests can choose between the stylish heated indoor pool and spa or enjoy the shelter of the large outdoor pool surrounded by pine trees, with a small children’s pool suitable for the youngest of guests. Children will love the open-air playground, playing boules with new friends or challenging their parents to a game of table tennis. The kids’ club offers daily entertainment from June to September for children aged 4-12 years.
Families can make the most of these unforgettable views on the alfresco terrace and tuck into pizza, pasta or family favourites from the Kids’ Menu. Alternatively, you can head to the steakhouse or buffet restaurant, where you can enjoy a wide variety of international cuisine.
If you fancy exploring outside the complex itself, Croatia Cavtat offers easy access to two quiet pebble beaches on the Adriatic coast, where young explorers can enjoy water sports such as diving and snorkelling to discover the true beauty of marine life protected by the Ministry of Culture.
7. Best beachfront hotel: Dubrovnik President Valamar
What Mumsnet users say
"We went to somewhere called the Valamar President hotel. There were several hotels in the same resort area. Ours was lovely, beachside, big pool etc. Our room had a downstairs area with a sofa bed, then a bedroom upstairs and an odd suspended bathroom. Huge balcony too" - Crumbs1
You’re certainly in good hands when you book a stay at the award-winning Dubrovnik President Valamar. This striking resort on the tip of the Babin Kuk peninsula has won the Best Luxury Beach Resort in Croatia for five consecutive years, been recognised as TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice in 2020 and 2021 and also received awards for its impressive sustainability efforts.
With an envious beachfront location, Dubrovnik President Valamar provides easy access to Dubrovnik Old Town and is just a few metres from the pebbled shores of the Val President Relax Beach - a great place to sunbathe and spot the Elpahiti Islands. For more energetic or adventurous families you can also enjoy a variety of water sports such as paddle or wakeboarding, hire a speedboat or head to the Abyss diving centre to explore the secrets hidden beneath the shore.
With a choice of interconnected rooms for families or additional beds available on request, most of the modern rooms offer a large balcony with a sea view - a great way to watch the stunning sunsets at the end of a fun-filled day.
Younger guests will love unlimited access to nearby Maro World, a fun-filled haven including an outdoor trampoline, teen hangout, gaming rooms and soft play. Alternatively back at the hotel, the outdoor freshwater pool is a great place to cool down or burn off some energy before bed. Surrounded by deck chairs and parasols, it allows easy supervision of younger swimmers from the terrace overlooking the sea.
The Val President Relax Beach is also home to the delightful Miramare restaurant, known for its show cooking, exquisite Mediterranean fish and meat dishes and excellent choice of local wines.
8. Best for relaxation: Rixos Premium Dubrovnik
What Mumsnet users say
"Not stayed at this exact resort, but we did stay at Rixos Belek a few years back and had a lovely time. The snack choices were fab, including fridges dotted around across the resort allowing you to help yourself to can/bottle drinks and ice creams, good buffet type restaurants too. Service at the bars varied depending how busy they were, but there was a great range of local and imported drink options. We had a great time and if I came across a good deal, we would definitely stay in Rixos again" - AnythingConsidered
Who says travelling with your family can’t be relaxing? While unsurprisingly popular with couples, Rixos Premium Dubrovnik is also an ideal destination for families with babies and young children thanks to its babysitting services, entertaining kids’ club and colourful playroom.
Perched on a cliff overlooking the Adriatic sea, this luxury hotel is just a two-minute walk from Bellevue Beach and is close to Dubrovnik’s Old Town, Ploce Gate, Dubrovnik Cable Car and Dubrovnik Cathedral. Executive suites provide a stylish and modern base for families, with extra beds or cots available on request.
While parents will love the views from the freshwater outdoor pool set into the hillside, children can play in the smaller paddling pool and splash area, open from May to September. With a bustling kids’ club and a water sports facility onsite, they can also enjoy snorkelling, diving, canoeing, or burn off some energy in the outdoor adventure playground.
With live music to accompany your meals in the summer months, your memorable holiday experience at Rixos Premium Dubrovnik includes luxurious dining at one of the on-site restaurants boasting Mediterranean, Turkish, Japanese, and local cuisine as well as an impressive seafood menu at the Libertas Fish Restaurant. Specialised kids’ meals can also be made available upon request.
9. Best all-inclusive hotel: Club Dubrovnik Sunny Hotel by Valamar
What Mumsnet users say
"We stayed in the Valamar Club in Lapad. Small cluster of shops and bars and a lovely beach setting. Food basic but we are easily pleased and had something at all times (typical all inclusive) plenty kids activities would def revisit" - Cab121009
If your children never like to sit still or you’re worried about hearing “I’m bored” during your break, the exciting Club Dubrovnik Sunny Hotel could be the ideal choice for your family. Situated on the Babin Kuk peninsula just 15 minutes from the Old Town of Dubrovnik, this family-friendly hotel is an entertainment hub, surrounded by mystifying views of the Adriatic Sea.
An all-inclusive resort, Club Dubrovnik Sunny has been built with younger guests in mind. With a resident mascot named Maro the Crab, children aged 3-12 will love the high energy kids’ clubs offering entertainment both day and night, including fully equipped playrooms, waterplay, sports competitions, themed days, parties, movie nights and much, much more. For older children and teens, the games lounge with PS5 and Switch consoles is also sure to hold some appeal.
The air conditioned classic family rooms offer two separate areas split by connecting doors, allowing a private space for your children to relax or play, while the balcony with a pool or sea view is the perfect sight to wake up to each morning. The hotel also offers Family Kits to collect from reception, with items such as comforting nightlights and protective plug covers a welcome addition for those travelling with babies or toddlers.
Thanks to the large swimming pool with slides, water sports facilities on site and the beach just moments away, the kids will have unlimited fun. Add in bike tours, fun in the playground and board games in the lobby, you’re guaranteed to keep the kids happy so you can enjoy a carefree holiday.
10. Best for location: Grand Park Hotel Rovinj
On Rovinj’s eastern shores, Grand Park Hotel Rovinj offers a truly unique experience. A three-minute walk from a beautiful pebble beach, the hotel has spectacular views overlooking Rovinj Old Town and the Adriatic Sea.
With a choice of no less than six bars and restaurants, you’re sure to find the perfect balance of traditional Croatian cuisine and modern family favourites.
The chic and modern connecting rooms are airy and light, easily accommodating families of four. Thanks to the large bright windows offering stunning views of the sea, surrounding park or marina, even your teens won’t struggle to get out of bed in the morning.
It’s the perfect base to relax but there’s plenty to do for both adults and kids of all ages. With a choice of three large pools including an infinity pool and sun terrace, older children will love having access to water sports or hiring bikes to explore the Istrian Riviera.
For younger children, the kids’ club offers daily entertainment and games including face painting, treasure hunts and mini discos. Whilst the kids are taken care of, parents can make their way to the hotel’s on-site pastry shop.
Is Croatia family-friendly?
Croatia is extremely welcoming to families and children. With safe, welcoming beaches and the calm warm water of the Adriatic Sea, Croatia makes a great destination for families wanting to relax, play or embrace in some high energy water sports.
With a rich medieval history, children will also love exploring the walls of Dubrovnik’s Old Town, scaling ancient ruins or exploring the lush green gardens, waterfalls and nature within the Plitvice Lakes National Park.
Croatian hotels are well equipped to cater for younger guests, with family friendly hotels, entertainment and kids’ clubs that can cater for their every need. The perfect balance of history, heritage and natural beauty, Croatia is a great destination for children and adults alike.
What is Croatia famous for?
Calling all Game of Thrones fans! Did you know that Croatia was one of the primary filming locations for the Game of Thrones series?
For a truly unforgettable experience, head over to Westeros where you’ll find the famous King’s Landing, and explore Dubrovnik’s Lovrijenac Fort which was the set to several Game of Thrones Scenes, including the Red Keep, West Pier, Blackwater Bay, Steps of the Great Sept of Baelor, and Daenerys’ throne room.
Do I need to hire a car in Croatia?
If you plan to visit one city or resort and will likely only explore the local area, you won’t need a car to enjoy a family holiday in Croatia. Taxis are relatively inexpensive and easy to come by.
That said, if you’re planning to see more of Croatia during your stay, you may wish to hire a car to make things easier. Most of the main car hire companies including Europcar, Sixt and Avis operate out of major hubs like Dubrovnik, Rovinj and Zagreb.
When is the best time to go to Croatia?
Croatia is best visited anytime between April to September, although you can still find warm sunny days well into October. Peak season is July and August. If you can travel with young kids outside of term time, May and September are particularly lovely months in which to travel in.
Is English spoken in Croatia?
Croatian is the official language of Croatia. However, many locals can speak English, particularly in the main tourist spots.
How we chose our recommendations
Recommendations by real parents
Before choosing any destination for our roundups, we first consult the Mumsnet forums. With over 10 million users per month, there’s a lot of suggestions by real parents who have been there, done that when travelling to Croatia with the family.
Expert guidance and traveller reviews
Here we’ll also check what travellers are saying about Croatia on these sites, taking into consideration both the positive and negative points of their trip to bring you a well-rounded and honest guide.
Finally, we cross-referenced all of the above information to find the best Croatian resorts for families that had won the most awards and recommendations across the board. We feel there’s something here for everyone, to suit every budget.
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