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Pictures from inside Zagreb's beautifully designed new Amadria Park Capital hotel
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Pictures from inside Zagreb's beautifully designed new Amadria Park Capital hotel

The first pictures have been released of the spectacular design held by Zagreb's new Amadria Park Capital hotel. Once fully opened, the city centre location will be Zagreb's fourth five-star hotel.The hotel's design has been undertaken by the acclaimed HBA London, who have worked in conjunction with Zagreb project developers Ugo Group, in transforming the former bank, which is already a building of significant architectural heritage and is just under 100 years old. HBA London have previously undertaken work on high profile projects like The Address in Istanbul, The Orient in Jerusalem, St Regis hotels in Dubai and Marrakech, a Luxury Collection hotel in Doha, Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Hotel Atlantis by Giardino, Zurich and a new InterContinental in Munich.The designers have been keen to compliment the building’s historic character and so the new interiors are light, fresh and elegant. Original features, such as classically carved, mahogany-clad columns, listed ceiling features, light fittings and arched windows have been added to with the inclusion of restored, antique furniture alongside wholly new and modern elements such as most of the seating, tables and accessories, plus features within the actual rooms such as completely modern and elegant bathroom spaces.Founded in 1904, the family-owned Amadria Park has 15 hotels and attractions across Croatia. Its Amadria Park Capital hotel will open in 2019.

The best Airbnb Croatia stays
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The best Airbnb Croatia stays

Croatia Airbnb stays deliver incredible value for money, so why not go for somewhere with a wow factor? We've tracked down the coolest places on offer, from a 19th-century lighthouse to luxury beachside villas. Here are the most impressive Airbnb stays in Croatia.  RECOMMENDED: more great hotels in Croatia 

Awesome new treehouse resort opens near Plitvice Lakes National Park
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Awesome new treehouse resort opens near Plitvice Lakes National Park

A new glamping resort has opened on the outskirts of Grabovac, near Plitvice Lakes National Park. The Plitvice Holiday Resort is situated in a picturesque spot by a water feature and beneath mountainous trees. However, the campsite's most remarkable feature is a set of impressive treehouses where guests can sleep.There are five of the treehouses within the resort. Each of the houses have been built from wood, as are the walkways that snake around and over the camp's water feature.All of the treehouses hold two bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. Each treehouse also has a kitchen and a terrace and all come with WiFi and air conditioning.Campers who don't quite like the idea of sleeping in the trees can still visit the campsite. The resort holds space for caravans, tents, plus has large in-situ wigwam style tents of its own. There are also nine small wooden houses with a similar design to the treehouses but located on the ground and by the waterside.

The best Dubrovnik Airbnb stays
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The best Dubrovnik Airbnb stays

A magnificent walled city lapped by the Adriatic, beautiful Dubrovnik is a victim of its own success. Although marvellously romantic, this compact city teems with tourists in the summer months, making an 'authentic' travel experience increasingly hard to come by. Forget the high-rise hotels on the outliers of the city, for something truly unique, look at these impressive Airbnb rentals in Dubrovnik. RECOMMENDED: more great hotels in Croatia

Rijeka hotel guide
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Rijeka hotel guide

Despite two four-star venues, the Bonavia and the Jadran, the range of accommodation in Rijeka is increasingly apartment based. A short drive down the coast, the complex of Novi Spa Hotels & Resort provides first-class luxury. Also, about 20 minutes outside of Rijeka, in the preserved old town of Kastav, the Kukiriku has lodging above its excellent restaurant. RECOMMENDED: Great things to do in Rijeka.

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The best Zagreb hotels
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The best Zagreb hotels

The problem with Zagreb hotels in the past was the dearth of venues between the bunk-bed and smoking-jacket ends of the spectrum. This is no longer the case, given attractive range of options available. As Zagreb continues to spread its wings as a destination in its own right – rather than a spot to lay over before the coast – hotel options continue to grow. Here are the best.

Recommended Dubrovnik hotels
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Recommended Dubrovnik hotels

It's hard to keep track of the ever-rising number of high-end Dubrovnik hotels, but the city also packs some impressive hostel and B&B options. As is common in Dalmatia, high-season prices are significantly higher than in spring or autumn, and some venues close at some point in the winter – though this policy is changing as Dubrovnik becomes a more year-round destination. Read on for your guide to the best hotels in Dubrovnik.

Rijeka hotel guide
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Rijeka hotel guide

Despite two four-star venues, the Bonavia and the Jadran, the range of accommodation in Rijeka is increasingly apartment based. A short drive down the coast, the complex of Novi Spa Hotels & Resort provides first-class luxury. Also, about 20 minutes outside of Rijeka, in the preserved old town of Kastav, the Kukiriku has lodging above its excellent restaurant. RECOMMENDED: Great things to do in Rijeka.

The best hotels in Rovinj
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The best hotels in Rovinj

Rovinj’s tasteful but limited accommodation stock has been transformed by the maistra group, which has created gleaming, family-friendly resorts, turned whole islands into self-contained hotel complexes festooned with pools, spas and restaurants, and conceived two of the finest properties on the Med, one an architectural wonder. The lodgings in historic properties remain in place for those who wish a quiet stay amid the cobbled streets of the Old Town. RECOMMENDED: amazing things to do in Rovinj.

Zadar hotel guide
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Zadar hotel guide

The Zadar hotel and accommodation situation in is improving in leaps and bounds, with the recent arrival of a brace of four-star hotels in the centre – the Art Hotel Kalelarga – plus the advent of designer backpacker digs in the shape of Boutique Hostel Forum. Elsewhere, the Villa Hrešć is a commendable apartment hotel. It stands almost halfway out to Borik, the tourist centre five kilometres north-west of town at Puntamika, a simple ride from Zadar on the No.5 bus.

Luxury hotels in Zagreb

Sheraton Zagreb Hotel
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Sheraton Zagreb Hotel

A true five-star on any scale, the Sheraton Zagreb Hotel has 306 rooms, all with marble bathrooms, well lit and expansive living spaces, handsome wooden nightstands and desks, and high-speed internet connections. All in all, like a polished version of home – with turndown service. The lobby flows from the café bar across to the restaurant under cascading glass chandeliers and leather armchairs. There are 13 conferences rooms, a fitness facility, spa and indoor pool. When you factor in the location, service and level of pampering, it really is quite good value for money. Make sure you ask about weekend specials when prices can drop down. Newly fashionable, this attractive, Habsburg-era city is just the right size for a long weekend. It combines a Mediterranean lifestyle – think al fresco cafes and street markets – with a healthy dollop of Balkan attitude and hedonism at night. Cutting-edge modern art, wonderful boutique shopping and sightseeing opportunities aplenty complete the winning mix, while its gridded layout and concentrated city centre mean it's not overwhelming.  This review is sponsored by The Sheraton Zagreb Hotel, Croatia Full of Life and Zagreb Tourist Board.

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5 out of 5 stars
The Westin Zagreb
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The Westin Zagreb

Something of an urban landmark ever since it first opened in the 1970s under the Intercontinental banner, this cool five-star slab has frequently been the top choice for high-end Zagreb visitors: the Stones, Sophia Loren and Nick Cave have all graced its halls. In 2016, a huge renovation gave the hotel its contemporary feel and current 349-room, 13 conference-room look. The rooms come equipped with fog-proof mirrors and marble-effect bathrooms. The north-facing units have grand views of the Old Town and Sljeme Mountain. The hotel's 'Heavenly Bed' philosophy prioritises a good night's sleep with deluxe mattresses and pillows and high thread counts. The sparkling, jet-set-worthy fitness and beauty centre contains Turkish and Finnish saunas, cutting-edge Nautilus equipment, and massage treatments alongside pedicures, manicures and facials. The 17-metre pool is surrounded by tasteful wooden lounge chairs and black stones, bathed in an ethereal blue light. Newly fashionable, this attractive, Habsburg-era city is just the right size for a long weekend break. It combines a Mediterranean lifestyle – think al fresco cafes and street markets – with a healthy dollop of Balkan attitude and hedonism at night. Cutting-edge modern art, wonderful boutique shopping and sightseeing opportunities aplenty complete the winning mix, while its gridded layout and concentrated city centre mean it's not overwhelming.  This review is sponsored by the Westin Hotel, Croatia Full of Life and Zagreb Tour

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
DoubleTree by Hilton
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DoubleTree by Hilton

Rising serenely above Radnička cesta, Zagreb's developing commercial and financial district, the sleek bronze block of the DoubleTree was the major hotel opening of 2011 and brings a new dimension of contemporary design and comfort to Zagreb's upper-bracket accommodation. All rooms feature a svelte mixture of charcoal, chocolate and ochre surfaces and fabrics; big windows provide both plenty of light and a a sense of outside bustle. Desks and luggage space are well provided for, even in the smaller 'standard' doubles. Wifi, and media hubs that allow you to play your gadgets through the hotel TVs and speakers, are standard throughout. Importantly, every room has a bathtub. Another major plus is the top-floor gym and spa centre, with a small pool on one level and a large exercise area just above it, big wall-to-ceiling windows offering breathtaking panoramas of the city as you pedal way or pump iron. Down on the ground floor, the the hotel bar and the Oxbo restaurant share a relaxing open-plan social space.

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5 out of 5 stars
Esplanade
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Esplanade

Since it opened in 1925 to cater to travellers on the Orient Express, the beautiful and opulent Esplanade has accommodated Alfred Hitchcock, Elizabeth Taylor, Queen Elizabeth II, the King of Spain and Louis Armstrong. Fabulous luxury and top-notch service are the name of the game at this art-nouveau gem beside the train station. After a complete refurbishment, it reopened in 2004. The lobby is a veneered wonder and clocks display the time in six world cities. Stylish guestrooms range in size and configuration, but all come with perks such as heated floors, goose-down bedding, mist-free mirrors and fancy toiletries in the marble bathrooms. The chef at Zinfandel's restaurant conjures up modern Med cuisine and Croatian traditional dishes, while Le Bistro does the best štrukli in town. Relaxation packages are popular: hot-stone and chocolate massages in the treatment and sauna rooms. There are also deluxe room service options like a Bath Butler, who'll draw the perfect, bubbled tub. Combine it with the Great Gatsby treatment for men: a cognac and a cigar. Even the pooch gets in on the action here. Pets receive a bone, a welcome letter and a bed when they arrive.

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars

Best hotels in Dubrovnik

Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel

Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel

The superlative hotel chain Sheraton have added another top hotel to thier portfolio. Just a few minutes' drive from the bustling town centre, this 240-room and 11-suite resort is elegant, calm and spacious. 

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5 out of 5 stars
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Villa Dubrovnik
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Villa Dubrovnik

The major reopening of a couple of years ago, the Villa Dubrovnik is a stunningly located, superbly appointed former three-star, set on a rocky outcrop a complimentary boat journey from the Old Town. Breakfasts and sunset cocktails take in the magnificent view – no wonder the hotel's slogan is 'Romance Forever'. Far enough away (1.5km/one mile) from the Old Town crowds to warrant a handy water shuttle service there and back five times a day, the summer-only Villa Dubrovnik allows tranquillity and isolation. All of the property's 56 rooms, set on descending terraces, have sea and Old-Town views, and all are beautifully appointed with access to a stretch of private beach, and pools indoor and out. For many, the most attractive facility, at sunset at least, is the Bar Giardino, a verdant, panoramic terrace and the ideal spot for a cocktail before the last boat to town. The Mediterranean flavours of the Restaurant Pjerin may just force you to stay, all the same. In the end, it comes down to detail: the bed linen of Egyptian cotton, the teakwood sea terrace and the goose-liver terrine with fresh black truffles on the room-service menu.

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5 out of 5 stars
Hotel Dubrovnik Palace
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Hotel Dubrovnik Palace

This ten-floor, 308-room luxury hotel reconfigured in 2004 was conceived in 1972, set in woodland paths at the tip of Lapad, in full view of the Elafiti isles. Today this is what everyone sees from their balcony, from the four bars, three restaurants, four pools and gym. Saunas, massage treatments and beauty procedures are on offer at the energy clinic spa. Also of note are the Lanterna Glorijet poolside bar and the Sunset Lounge cocktail bar.  

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
Kazbek Hotel

Kazbek Hotel

Opened in 2008, this conversion of the Zamanje family villa (1573) is now a five-star hotel of a dozen rooms, one suite, three restaurants and a beautiful outdoor pool with a bar beside it. A speedboat and yacht are on hand for guests' use.

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5 out of 5 stars
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Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik
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Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik

For once the slogan is right: this is indulgence on a grand scale. Here in lush Babin kuk is a state-of-the-art hotel with the Ragusa spa and its dizzying array of treatments (free with a minimum fournight stay), pools indoor and out (and separate kids' pool), fine dining Langosto luxury restaurant, cocktails in four bars – plus, of course, the guest rooms, 385 in all, plus 16 suites. There are also any number of conference facilities.

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5 out of 5 stars
Hotel Bellevue
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Hotel Bellevue

Dubrovnik has more than its fair share of cliff-hugging, sun-trap hotels and this particular feat of engineering is one of the more outstanding examples. The venue, cut into the cliff facing the sea, has been expensively refurbished to feature local woods and granite. All rooms have a sea view, as do the spa and highly rated Vapor restaurant. The Nevera Beach restaurant occupies a man-made cave right beside the private beach.

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars