Croatia’s Best Beach Clubs

Summer  is when I think beach and in Croatia there are lot to choose from. (See a selection of Croatia’s best beaches) If you live in Croatia, of course you have your beach equipment already sorted out: towel, beach shoes, chair, umbrella. As a visitor however, it’s easier to let others handle your comfort. That’s where beach clubs excel. Nothing is more relaxing than being shown to your lounge chair with the umbrella turned just so while a beach staff waits to provide you with a snack or a fruity cocktail. Ah, summer on the Adriatic! And here are the best places to pamper yourself the length of the Croatian coast.

DUBROVNIK

Banje Beach Restaurant Lounge and Club

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Only steps from Ploce, Dubrovnik’s eastern gate, this beach club on Banje Beach offers sun-baked relaxation during the day and a trendy lounge bar when shadows fall. Gaze across the azur waters to Lokrum Island or treat yourself to a massage. Thai, Swerige, Hot Stone and more are available. Prices are 200Kn for two lounge chairs and an umbrella. See the Banje Beach website or see more on Dubrovnik beaches.

Coral Beach Club

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Staying in Lapad or Babin Kuk? There’s no reason to trudge to Banje for a private beach. Coral Beach Club is next to the Hotel President and overlooks the crystal clear waters of Dubrovnik bay. It has a quieter and more local vibe and the bar turns out smashing cocktails. See the Facebook page or see more on Dubrovnik beaches.

HVAR

Carpe Diem

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The legendary cocktail lounge, Carpe Diem, ferries beachgoers out to Stipanska Island where a beach club awaits on the edge of a pine forest. The decoration is a summer dream of bamboo, teak and straw and the views over Stipanska bay are luscious. Relaxed and unpretentious, the beach club also hosts a pool and crepe bar. See the Carpe Diem website or see more on Hvar town.

Bonj ‘les bains’

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Prefer not to stray too far from Hvar town? Bonj ‘les bains’ is for you. The white stone colonnade outside the Amfora Beach Resort Hotel provides an elegant setting to wallow in luxury. Lounge on mattresses in a private baldachin or take in the stunning views on a comfortable beach chair. Enjoy a relaxing massage and finish the day with a meal at the excellent restaurant. Prices start at €35 a day. See the Bonj ‘les bains’ website or see more on Hvar town.

SPLIT

Radisson Blu Beach Club

Radisson Blu Beach

You can rent a chair and umbrella at Bacvice beach in Split, but for the ultimate luxury head out of town to the Radisson Blu Hotel in Trstenik. There you can have use of the indoor and outdoor pools, sauna and showers for 150Kn. A beachside chair is an additional 40Kn but get there early as they tend to fill up! See more at the Radisson Blu website or see more on Split beaches.

NOVALJA, PAG

Noa Beach Club

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Here’s the place to follow sunbathing with the wildest party scene on the Adriatic. Located on world-renowned Zrce beach in Novalja on Pag Island, the Noa Beach Club is a village unto itself. Work on your tan during the day on lounge chairs bordering a shallow, sparkling sea. Try a massage or a workout in the open-air gym. Then have cocktails in the After Beach area while waiting for the party to start, often featuring Europe’s best DJs. See more at the Noa Beach website or read about Novalja and Zrce beach.

ROVINJ

Mulini Beach Club

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The newest entry on the Croatian beach club scene is the stunning, minimalist Mulini Beach Club located on Lone Bay between the five-star hotels Monte Mulini and Hotel Lone. The service is impeccable here and the views of Zlatni Rt Nature Park are mesmerizing. It will cost you 450Kn for two lounge chairs and an umbrella. See more about Rovinj.

Beat the Heat on the Croatian Coast

Dinner in the Sky, Split

Dinner in the Sky, Split

Croatia is experiencing a wave of blistering heat. At 33° (91°F) in Dubrovnik, 35° (95°F) in Split and 34° (93°F) in Pula, frying your eggs on the pavement is a real possibility in most of the country. Of course, you could head to the beach, but here are some other ways to keep your cool

Beat the Heat in Dubrovnik

Onofrio Ice Bar

After a walk around Dubrovnik’s walls, duck into this small ice bar next to the Onofrio fountain and get your chill on. Facebook page.

Dubrovnik Boats

No need to trudge around town or wait for a bus. The town has now added a local boat service to its public transport options. Called “vaporetto”, this boat can whisk you from Gruz harbour to Lapad, the Old Town and even out to Lokrum Island. Read more.

Elaphiti Islands Tour

Catch the sea breezes with a day cruise around the beautiful Elaphiti Islands. These lush islands lie just offshore from Dubrovnik and you can see all of them on a pre-booked cruise. Book now.

Beat the Heat in Split

Dinner in the Sky

Nibbling on the creations of Split’s finest chefs while gazing down at the city from a dining table in the “sky” is both cooling and memorable. The table is suspended from a height of 65m, far above the heat. Read more.

Marjan Hill

The woodsy hill on Split’s north side is the perfect spot to clean the lungs and freshen the spirit. There are beaches at the foot of the hill and a network of shady trails that lead to the top. Read more.

Hvar, Vis and Blue Cave Tour

Escaping the city to swim, picnic and explore an island or two is a Croatian tradition. This cruise is by speedboat and includes the spectacular “blue grotto” near Vis island plus a stop on the island and a trip to Hvar. Book now.

Krka Waterfalls

Gorgeous Krka Waterfalls National Park is its own cooling station with splashing cascades, lakes, ponds and the Krka River. Explore independently or on a tour. Read more.

Beat the Heat in Istria

Porec Waterpark

Keep cool in Aquacolors Waterpark? Just 2km south of Porec, this vast waterpark has 17 adrenaline-inspiring rides, a kiddie pool, a wave pool and lots of greenery. It’s great family fun! Read more.

Baredine Cave

Also near Porec is this chilly cave, one of the few that’s open to the non-speleological public. In addition to the rock formations, there are special exhibits highlighting local culture and history. Read more.

 

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