5 Incredible Luxury Experiences in Croatia
Those who have been to Croatia know how incredibly stunning the country is. It appeals to travelers of all kinds, including those seeking luxurious experiences. While many would head straight to the historic city of Dubrovnik, other islands have plenty to offer if you want to experience luxury travel.
From dining at Michelin-starred restaurants to island hopping on a luxury yacht and taking a luxury food and wine tour, here are Croatia’s most incredible luxury experiences.
1. Eat at the Michelin Starred Agli Amici Rovinj
Rovinj is a charming port town sitting on the west coast of Istria. It’s best known for producing truffles, olive oils, and delectable wines. Because of this, it’s considered one of Croatia’s top destinations for foodies, including those seeking luxury dining experiences. You’ll have no issues looking for great restaurants in Rovinj. Many of these eateries offer outdoor dining options, where you dine with the spectacular ocean as your backdrop.
For the ultimate luxury dining in Rovinj, head to the Michelin-starred Agli Amici Rovinj. Run by renowned Italian chef Emanuele Scarello, Agli Amici received a Michelin star within a year of its opening. It sits at the heart of the marina in the old town of Rovinj, and diners will have a spectacular view of the sea and the island of St Catherine.
Every dish at Agli Amici is bursting with flavor, inspired by centuries-old Italian tradition, featuring the local aromas of Istria, the sea, and all its many products. The menu consists of mouth-watering vegetable-based dishes made from the finest local ingredients. Of course, it includes a carefully curated wine list to go with the delectable meals.
2. Take a Private Tour of the Croatian Lakes
Croatia is renowned for its spectacular natural scenery, home to gorgeous national parks and incredibly scenic lakes. If you love nature and want to escape the country’s busy cities, consider booking a private tour of the Croatian lakes. It will take you to some of Croatia’s 27 lakes with crystal-clear waters, guaranteed to impress every nature lover.
While it’s possible to visit the lakes on a DIY tour, private tours around Croatia offer an all-inclusive travel experience, where you will be with an expert local guide as you explore Croatia’s most beautiful lakes. You won’t have to worry about the transportation and everything else. They will coordinate all the logistics involved in your tour of the Croatian lakes.
You’ll find some of Croatia’s most stunning lakes at the Plitvice Lakes National Park, so this should be a part of your itinerary. Connected by streams and waterfalls, the lakes are at different elevations in the park. Some are high above sea level, requiring you to trek. Plitvice Lakes is a protected national park, considered the largest and oldest in Croatia. You can spend an entire day exploring the park on your private tour, taking electric boats and hiking through nature trails.
3. Watch the Sunset in a Cliff Top Bar in Dubrovnik
Rising from the deep blue waters of the Adriatic Sea, the walled city of Dubrovnik is one of Croatia’s most beautiful cities and a fantastic place to explore on your luxury trip. While many would come here to discover its historic sites, Dubrovnik is also a delight for those who love to party. It has a bustling nightlife scene, home to Croatia’s top restaurants and bars, including a clifftop bar where you can marvel at spectacular sunsets.
Buza Bar is Dubrovnik’s most famous clifftop bar, which can be an effort to find. Yet, many would flock to this nightlife spot, a favourite hangout spot for locals and visitors at sunset. Tucked in a small archway along the side of Dubrovnik’s city walls, it is marked only by a small sign that reads “bar.” Follow the road to find Buza bar, perched on concrete terraces with tables and chairs, offering a unique experience.
Buza offers stunning sunsets, cocktails, and popular cliff-jumping in Dubrovnik. Those looking for the thrill of plunging off cliffs into the Adriatic should visit this place.
4. Island Hop on a Luxury Yacht
Surrounded by the sparkling waters of the Adriatic Sea and home to numerous picturesque islands, the best way to explore Croatia is on a luxury yacht. Your island-hopping adventure will take you to many spectacular places with a professional crew and an experienced captain. You will visit scenic bays, remote villages, and other hidden gems you would not otherwise see on a regular trip.
The luxury island hopping tour is suitable for couples, families, and groups of friends. Routes are flexible; you can personalize them according to your needs and preferences. For active groups, the itinerary includes kayaking, biking, snorkeling, hiking, and more outdoor activities.
Depending on your preferences, you can visit five to seven islands for a week-long trip. Some of the most popular cruises begin in Split before heading to Hvar, where you spend a day exploring Hvar Town and Stari Grad. The next destination is Vis, Korcula, Mljet, before finally arriving in Dubrovnik.
5. Take a Luxury Food and Wine Tour
One of the best activities for food lovers visiting Croatia is a luxury food and wine tour, allowing you to discover the country’s spectacular scenery while sampling its regional delicacies. Booking a luxury tour includes a personal guide for a more enjoyable experience. In addition, you can customize it depending on your interests and dietary preferences.
Your luxury food and wine tour in Croatia can include wine tasting at exclusive wineries with wine-tasting experiences. Some have activities like oyster harvesting experiences and cooking lessons in a local’s home kitchen. Some of the most popular destinations for a food and wine tour are Dubrovnik, Split, Rovinj, and Zagreb.
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