Dip your toes into the pebbly beaches of Croatia, where turquoise waters, bright blue skies, and a stunning landscape will be the backdrop of your visit.
Croatia offers both land and water activities that promise thrill, excitement and ultimate relaxation for the family to relish. Explore the ancient cities, the Old Town, mediaeval infrastructure or go on a hike in the beautiful national parks that boast loads of waterfalls amidst lush green foliage.
Stretching over 3,700 miles and home to over 50 offshore islands, the Dalmatian coastline promises the adventure of a lifetime. Relax on the sparkling blue waters of the Adriatic Sea, where you and the little ones can kayak and discover the blue caves, sunken ships and breathtaking coral reefs, which are just some of the underwater adventures that you can delve into.
Featuring a rich history, 10 UNESCO World Heritage sites, national parks, a breathtaking coastline and wooded trails, there’s much to explore in Croatia. From the lush, leafy capital of Zagreb, to the Italian influenced city of Istria, to the pebbly Dalmatian coast in Dubrovnik, there is always something to embrace in this charming country.
With full-service resorts offering age-appropriate activities, and a culture that welcomes children and all the hustle and bustle that comes with them, Croatia is a top tier destination for family holidays, especially those who are the outdoorsy type.
Here's our guide to the best family hotels in Croatia, according to parents.
1. Best overall: Valamar Bellevue Resort, Rabac
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Age is just a number at Valamar Bellevue Resort. With loads of exciting activities for all to do, this resort is equipped with entertainment that both kids and adults can indulge in. With a wide selection of ventures, this hotel will keep the kids busy and help alleviate your stress while you relish in your perfect, carefree getaway.
The all-inclusive resort has a variety of aquatic entertainment options including outdoor pools, a whirlpool and is just a two minute walk from the white pebbly beach of Rabac.
The swimming pools and the stylish resort terraces and bars offer an awe-inspiring panoramic view of the sea and Cres island.
With a number of recreational activities including sports tournaments, water sports, mini golf, bike tours, a gaming lounge and entertainment staff, it’s understandable if you and the kids want to extend your holiday.
With all services just an arms reach away, you will be sure that your holiday will be relaxing and entertaining day and night. While the daytime entertainment is copious, the evening entertainment features live music and performances.
The sensational beach and the enchanting views of the sea and islands will leave you mesmerised with this remarkable resort.
2. Best historic hotel: Hotel Lapad, Dubrovnik
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Surrounded by the renaissance garden, the charming Hotel Lapad is nestled by the waterfront of Lapad peninsula, overlooking the Gruz harbour. With its historical architecture and surrounded by natural wonder, the hotel boasts itself on preserving Croatian cultural heritage by ensuring that the history of this enchanting country presents itself through the hotel walls.
The hotel is set in a historic building with a large outdoor pool overlooking the mediaeval architecture and tropical palm trees.
As the hotel is central to the city of Dubrovnik, it’s just a six-minute walk from the beach and is less than two miles away from the Old Town of Dubrovnik.
The lobby presents a relaxing atmosphere, welcoming their guests with a lobby bar where you can enjoy cocktails and locally renowned desserts. And through the months of June to September, you can enjoy live music and pool parties five-days a week.
The hotel also features a bar and is in close proximity to some of the main attractions including Lapad Bay, Museum of Croatian War of Independence, Onofrio Fountain and Minceta Tower.
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
3. Best boutique hotel: Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik
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The newly renovated Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik is a luxury boutique set on a high cliff on Miramare Bay.
With incredible panoramic views overlooking the coast, the hotel screams elegance and luxury. Just a 10-minute walk from the hotel and you will arrive at the enchanting mediaeval city centre. Guests at the Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik, get the best of both worlds, experiencing both contemporary and mediaeval architectural views all within walking distance.
For some fun in the sun, you can find Miramare Bay, which is just a minute walk from the hotel. The quiet beach offers a serene atmosphere overlooking the calm Adriatic Sea. The beach features water sports activities that will keep the kids busy for hours on end, while relaxation for parents is always on tap.
The Nevera Beach Restaurant located on the beach offers a stunning variety of seafood, while the Vapor Restaurant offers a unique, seaside fine dining experience with a menu that serves decadent Mediterranean and Dalmatian infused dishes using locally sourced ingredients and spices.
All the rooms in the hotel have breathtaking sea views. And, just half a mile away from the hotel, you will find Dubrovnik’s Old Town.
Guests at the Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik can also enjoy a dip in the indoor pool that overlooks the sea while treating themselves to a massage or wine tasting from the more than 180 selection of domestic and international wines.
What Mumsnet users say
“DH and I stayed at this hotel when we went to Dubrovnik in 2003. It has changed a LOT! When we went it was a nice, clean, but 'average' three star hotel. It was in a great location though, just a stroll to the old walled town. We had a lovely view out over the sea, I can totally see how amazing it would be now it's gone all posh. Definitely adding this to my list of hotels to visit as soon as we can start having child free holidays again.” Alicemum09
4. Best location: Grand Park Hotel Rovinj, Rovinj
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Situated on Rovinj’s eastern shores, Grand Park Hotel Rovinj offers a truly unique experience. A three-minute way away from the beach, the hotel has spectacular views overlooking Rovinj Old Town, the Adriatic Sea and the nearby islands.
The pet-friendly hotel also comes with a variety of restaurants, bars and a pastry shop. A wellness centre and an outdoor swimming pool are also available for your pampering needs.
You will also find a number of beaches nearby, along with the Rovinj Market, Rovinj Heritage Museum, Punta Corrente Park, Cathedral St. Eufemia Rovinj and the Aquapark Aquacolours Poreč.
As for the kids, Grand Park is the place to keep your little ones entertained. Offering a water sports facility, entertainment staff, a games room and a kids’ club. There is plenty to do for both adults and kids of all ages at this unique hotel.
What Mumsnet users say
“I went two years ago and stayed in the Dubrovnik area. The hotel was Grand Park in the Lapad area. It was in a small resort, just a 10 min bus ride (or 30 min walk) into Dubrovnik Old Town. The beach is pebbles, but the water is lovely and clear. Boat trips out to the smaller islands are popular - also kayaking. The Old Town is interesting to all ages- especially for Games of Thrones fans.” Lovelybangers
5. Best design hotel: Hotel Lone, Rovinj
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Notable for its sophisticated design, Hotel Lone is nestled in the Golden Cape Natural Park and is just a two-minute walk away from the beach.
The pet-friendly hotel is home to a spa pool, sauna and massage room along with both an outdoor pool and an indoor pool overlooking the garden. Plus, the resort offers a number of activities for the entire family to enjoy including; live music and performances, cooking class, cultural class, evening entertainment, diving, bowling, games room, children’s playground and a kids’ club.
For when you’re hungry, the hotel offers three restaurants including a sushi bar, a Mediterranean-inspired buffet and a locally inspired a la carte menu.
The hotel amenities aren’t the only impressive things about this place. In fact, just a short distance away from Hotel Lone, you will find Punta Corrente Park, Rovinj Marina, Balbi Arch, Rovinj Market and Rovinj Heritage Museum.
The Hotel Lone is truly a work of artistry with an eye for beauty, style and heritage.
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
6. Best hotel for views: Hotel Croatia, Cavtat
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Just three miles from the airport you’ll find Hotel Croatia Cavtat, a five-star luxury that comes with a variety of exclusive adventures to explore. The hotel is in a unique location, as it’s located on the peninsula and overlooks the unspoilt Cavtat Bay. As a result, enjoy stunning waterfront views and easy access to the Adriatic coast here.
Home to at least 1,500 underwater caves, sunken ships dating back to ancient history, and underwater trading routes leading from Greece towards northern Italy, Cavtat Bay is filled with rich history, heritage and beauty.
The hotel offers easy access to the bay where young explorers can enjoy water sports such as diving and snorkelling, while they discover the extraordinary history from under the sea. We’re sure kids will love exploring the true beauty of the marine life of the Adriatic Sea, all of which is protected by the Ministry of Culture.
Back at the hotel, there’s an outdoor pool that is surrounded by pine trees and has a spa and four restaurant options for your dining pleasures.
The recognisable Dubrovnik can also be seen from the hotel terraces and is just a 30-minute car ride or a 45-minute boat ride, should you choose the scenic route.
What Mumsnet users say
“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
7. Best budget hotel: Hotel Adria, Dubrovnik
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Just over a mile away from Dubrovnik’s Old Town lies Hotel Adria. Located on top of a hill, the hotel promises spectacular views of Elafiti Islands and Lapad bay and is in close proximity to the Gradac Park, Pile Gate, Walls of Dubrovnik and five beaches.
Serving Dalmatian food, Hotel Adria guests can enjoy the scenic views of Gruz Bay while dining at the restaurant, while enjoying a buffet breakfast, locally inspired dinner selection and a wide variety of assortment of local wines.
The hotel also features a snack bar, pool bar, onsite coffee house, an indoor and outdoor swimming pool that overlooks the open water and the mountains, giving you the perfect chance to get a glimpse of the enchanting sunset.
8. Best sustainable hotel: Dubrovnik President Valamar, Dubrovnik
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Relax at the pebbly beach of Val President Relax Beach as you sunbathe in the sunlounger and enjoy views of the open water and the Elaphiti Islands.
You are in good hands at the Dubrovnik President Valamar as the resort is famous for having a number of awards under its wings. As the winner of the Luxury Beach Resort in Croatia for five consecutive years, the resort has also been recognised as the travellers choice in 2020 and 2021 and has also received awards for sustainability efforts.
Just a few metres away from the Dubrovnik President Valamar, the beach offers first class service to match the hotel. Val President Relax Beach offers a variety of water sports and a diving centre and is home to the Miramare restaurant. Known for its exquisite Mediterranean fish and meat dishes, the restaurant has an excellent choice of local wines and a variety of other drinks, with occasional daytime and evening entertainment.
The Dubrovnik President Valamar is located on the tip of the Babin Kuk peninsula. The hotel is just a minute walk from the beach and is home to three gourmet restaurants serving decadent seafood dishes, dishes inspired by local and Mediterranean cuisines.
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
9. Best for relaxation: Rixos Premium Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik
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Treat yourself to a Turkish bath and a massage at Rixos Premium Dubrovnik’s two-storey spa centre. You can also choose to take a dip at the indoor or outdoor pool in the spa centre, along with a beauty centre, massages and fitness centres. With a panoramic sea view, the hotel is just two-minute away from Bellevue Beach and a 15-minutes walk from Dubrovnik’s Old Town.
Your memorable holiday experience at Rixos Premium Dubrovnik includes luxurious dining at one of the onsite 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. Additionally, the sports bar offers the finest beverages while overlooking the stunning Adriatic views.
Surrounded by astonishing landscapes that encompass the lavish hotel, Rixos Premium Dubrovnik is perched on a cliff overlooking the Adriatic sea and the glorious Mediterranean city that is filled with history, culture and a prideful heritage.
Just a short distance away you will find the mediaeval Old Town, Ploce Gate, Dubrovnik Cable Car and Dubrovnik Cathedral.
In terms of onsite entertainment, live music and performances along with cultural classes, themed dinner nights, tennis, fishing, billiards and a casino are made available for the hotel guests.
Younger guests are also in for a treat. With a bustling kids’ club and a water sports facility onsite, they can enjoy snorkelling, diving, canoeing, and a playground. Plus, an indoor play area is available for babies and tots. Babysitting services are also available.
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
10. Best for entertainment: Club Dubrovnik Sunny Hotel by Valamar
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Cater to all of your family’s needs at the exciting Club Dubrovnik Sunny Hotel. Situated on the Babin Kuk peninsula and in close proximity to the Old Town of Dubrovnik, the family friendly hotel is an entertainment hub, surrounded by a mystifying view of the Adriatic sea.
Live performances, themed dinner nights, and a sports facility aren’t the only things to keep the family entertained. In fact, the fun is endless at Club Dubrovnik Sunny Hotel.
With the beach just moments away and water sports facilities onsite, the kids will have unlimited fun. Additionally, bike tours, the playground and the kids’ club will guarantee that the kids keep busy while the parents have a carefree holiday.
The large swimming pool also comes with organised entertainment programmes.
Food options at Club Dubrovnik Sunny Hotel are on par with the entertainment offering a decadent breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet throughout the day at their signature onsite restaurant.
The all-inclusive resort is basically a child’s retreat. With a resident mascot named Maro the Crab, children will enjoy the programmes that are offered and specifically designed with kids in mind at the Maro Club.
The Maro concept is designed for children aged 3 to 12 and features fully equipped playrooms and formulated programmes that include waterplay, sports competitions, themed days, parties, movie nights and more.
Conveniently, adults have the choice of being nearby to their children or allowing them to explore the child-friendly amenities under the watchful eyes of the professional staff.
Older children can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere at the lobby and the terrace that boasts picturesque views of the sea or take advantage of the outdoor pool or the beach.
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
Is Croatia safe for children?
Croatia is famous for having a significantly low violent crime rate. With violent crime rate being sparse and the beaches having calm waters, Croatia presents itself as a safe haven for little ones.
Of course, when travelling anywhere, it’s best to follow universal travel safety tips. Keep your belongings hidden on your person, don’t openly carry large cameras or expensive jewellery, and make sure kids have an emergency contact details card on their person while out and about.
Is Croatia family-friendly?
As a country that is extremely welcoming to families and children, and safe beaches with calm water, Croatia makes for a great beach destination that presents a charming seaside atmosphere as well as an adventurous destination.
With fortresses, amusement parks, waterfalls, lush green gardens, mediaeval history, an impressive coast line and a rich culture, Croatia is truly the perfect destination that is both safe and fun for children and adults alike.
What is Dalmatian cuisine?
One of Croatia’s historical regions, Dalmatia is on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea. Dalmatian food is a style of cooking and is prepared using local ingredients, intense spices and herbs, and is known for its simplicity and nutritional value.
Grilled or stewed seafood, shellfish, lamb and rice are common ingredients in the Dalmatian dish served with a side of vegetables.
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 will find the famous King’s Landing, and explore Dubrovnik’s Lovrijenac Fort which was the set to a number of 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?
On a day out in the city, exploring the coastal towns, it is recommended to hire a car to make your adventure easier and more convenient. Hiring your own car will give you the opportunity to tour comfortably and the flexibility to follow your own schedule.
However, if you plan on staying mostly relaxing on the beach at the resorts or closer to the centre of Dubrovnik, you won’t need a car.
When is the best time to go to Croatia?
Croatia is best visited anytime between the months of June to September, during the warm summer months.
With the wet season lasting over six months, the beachy country is best enjoyed during the summer months when the sunlight is abundant and the temperatures are warm, making it the perfect weather to head to the beach, go for a dip in the pool or enjoy any of the water sports.
Is English spoken in Croatia?
Croatian is the official language of Croatia. However, English is a very common language in Croatia and most locals can speak English.
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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