An hour and a half drive from the well-known city of Split, and just a hop across the water from the island of Hvar, is where you’ll find an unsung slice of seaside called Makarska. This place is known for having some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. Those in the centre of town are dotted with bars and restaurants and are perfect for romantic meals over a sunset by the sea popular with families. Look out for spots serving fresh seafood like traditional Croatian cuttlefish risotto. Head off-the-beaten-track, though, and venture along the coast towards Brela, and it won’t take you long to find a pocket-sized cove that you can have pretty much all to yourselves.
Where to stay? The adults-only, seafront TUI BLUE Makarska is an ideal base for exploring this photo-worthy part of Croatia’s coastline. It looks out over a view of never-ending blue from its seafront perch – one of the best places to soak up the vistas is from the hotel’s infinity pool. TUI BLUE Adriatic – with its knockout sea views and mojito bar – is close by, too. You can even treat your other half here to even more luxury by booking a swim-up room.
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The balance between active and relaxed is just right on the island of Kolocep. With a population of only 100 people, and zero cars, it’s so blissfully quiet that you can hear the sound of the waves lapping the silver, pebbly beach at any time of day. That said, Dubrovnik – which is teeming with sights, shops and bars – is only a half an hour ferry ride away. So it’s easy to pop across the water if you want to shop for freshly made lavender soaps at the market, check out the views from the top of Dubrovnik’s fortress walls, or whizz up the mountainside in the cable car. Watch our video to see more of what Dubrovnik has in store.
Where to stay? The just-for-grown-ups TUI BLUE Kalamota Island Resort is Kolocep’s only hotel. It’s sleek and modern from top to toe, and its pool, restaurant and bar all face the long, pebbly beach, which is only a matter of footsteps away. Along with a menu that lists seafood fettuccine, fillet of seabass and steak with peppercorn sauce, the restaurant offers themed nights – including an evening where you can pair your meal with wine, and a dinner where the entire restaurant is filled with candles.
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You’ll find this patch of Croatia in the north of the country, where Italy is within day tripping distance. You can take a boat trip across the Adriatic to Venice, or drive up the coast to Prosecco – where the legendary bubbly stuff comes from. Italian influences are all around in Pula – most notably in the centre of the city, where an ancient Roman amphitheatre takes pride of place. Aside from that, you can expect yacht-dotted harbours, cosy restaurants, and over a hundred miles’ worth of pretty, pebbly beaches to explore hand-in-hand.Look out for restaurants perched on the edge of the yacht-dotted harbour for those top-notch views.
Where to stay? The adults-only TUI BLUE Medulin is close to both the beach and the town centre, so exploring everything Pula has to offer is easy from here. When you’re staying put, you can relax around the curvy pool, book yourself in for a spa treatment, or sign up for wine tasting sessions.
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This adults-only hotel flaunts a large pool, a gourmet restaurant and sea views that are made for Instagram.
TUI BLUE Makarska has more than one string to its bow, including sea views, a beachfront location and an infinity pool.
With a seafront spot on a pin drop-peaceful island, TUI BLUE Kalamota Island is as chilled out as it gets.
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