1/7 Admiral Grand Hotel ★★★★★
The award-winning five-star Admiral Grand Hotel has gorgeous views overlooking the Dalmatian Mountains and Slano Bay in Croatia. Dubrovnik can be easily reached by local bus and there are plenty of off-road trails that are perfect for families who enjoy to hike and cycle. Boasting more than 220 modern guest rooms, including 14 family rooms with interconnecting bedrooms, Admiral Grand Hotel provides families with a range of amenities that include three sea-facing outdoor pools, a kids’ playground and a range of both land and water sports, such as beach volleyball, tennis, basketball, football, canoeing and jet skiing. Guests are spoilt when it comes to dining options, with a buffet restaurant, beachfront diner, tavern, pizzeria, pastry shop and piano bar.
2/7 Resort Del Mar ★★★★
The stylish Resort Del Mar is a vibrant resort set in the small fishing village of Banjole near Pula in Croatia. The apartments come with kitchens, dining/living areas and bedrooms, plus balconies or patios, some with views over the Adriatic Sea. Families are well catered for in two open-air restaurants and there is an ice cream parlour for treats. The resort has a swimming pool walkable from the beach, mini club, dock with paddle boats, playground and games room, as well as organised entertainment including water aerobics and live music. The hotel concierge can organise various excursions such as boat trips and guided tours. Kids 11 and under stay for free.
3/7 Remisens Hotel Albatros ★★★★
Four-star Remisens Hotel Albatros sits right by Croatia’s crystal clear coastline. The pebble beach has a bar and features a range of water sports. This newly-renovated hotel is also close to the centre of Cavtat town, with its many shops, bars and restaurants. Kids aged four to 18 get their own mini club in age-appropriate rooms, while adults can chill out in the hotel spa or by a pool flanked by palm trees. Tennis fans will appreciate the nine floodlit clay tennis courts and tennis school. Remisens Hotel Albatros also runs an agenda of high-energy activities that will keep active families engaged, including pool games and competitions on land. For something a bit different, guests can try their hand at Nordic walking, bocce, archery, water skiing and scuba diving.
4/7 Solaris Villas Kornati ★★★★
Solaris Villas Kornati sits on a small peninsula by Solaris Yacht Marina and is surrounded by aromatic olive trees, rosemary and lavender bushes. Apartments are spacious and consist of one to two bedrooms, kitchen area, living room and either pull-out beds or bunk beds for kids. Families can while away the hours down by the sandy shingle beach right next to the hotel or head out to enjoy one of many local excursions such as Kornati Lakes National Park or Krka Waterfalls National Park. The hotel also has many family-friendly amenities on site including outdoor and indoor pool, games room, garden and plenty of land and water sports like basketball, canoeing, biking, mini golf and tennis.
5/7 Amadria Park Hotel Jakov ★★★★
Amadria Park Hotel Jakov is a modern hotel that has recently undergone an impressive upgrade, giving it a fresh and bright feel. It sits on the coast by aptly-named Family Beach and Aquapark Dalmatia, providing an ideal location for a family holiday. Family suites come with bunk beds and separate bedrooms for added privacy and space. Kids are in for a treat at Amadria Park Hotel Jakov, with a hotel-run kids’ club led by mascot Solarko and his team, an 18-hole pirate adventure golf course with sound and smoke effects, and a huge water park with water slides, a lazy river and plenty of poolside refreshments. Sports on offer are top-notch, boasting its own sports centre with football and tennis coaching workshops and competitions, plus relaxed games of badminton, table tennis and basketball. Other amenities include two lagoon-style pools and a spa with a range of treatments, sauna and steam room.
6/7 Marbera Green Villas Flora ★★★
Situated on the idyllic island of Krk in Croatia, Marbera Green Villas Flora is a family-friendly resort boasting high-end villas. They aim to showcase the beautiful natural surroundings around the island and bring light into accommodation with plenty of window space. Marbera is in close proximity to the balmy coastline for lazy days by the sparkling sea. ‘Campi Kids’ Club’ with mascot Campi, provides added organised entertainment. Activities range from planting seeds to playing table tennis. The ‘Campi Aqua Fun’ water complex with pools, playground and café provides further fun for little ones. Kids don’t have all the fun. There’s a fitness centre with classes for adults plus daily organised activities such as dance and language lessons.
7/7 Hotel Zora ★★★
Backing onto a pinewood forest on the Raduca peninsula of Croatia, three-star Hotel Zora is a cliff-lined beach hotel sitting on a white pebble beach. The pretty old town of Primosten is just a couple of minutes’ stroll along the attractive waterfront. The 324 rooms are bright and airy, some offering views over the sea, while guests can upgrade for whirl tubs and separate living areas. The beach has plenty of water sports and a beach bar for refreshments. At the hotel there are more sports facilities including three clay tennis courts, multi sports court and mini-golf. There are also two swimming pools, a sauna and a gym, which parents can enjoy while kids make the most of the hotel-run mini club.