There are plenty of places to stay on Mljet island. Hotels and accommodation range from the modest, family-run type (Apartmaji Mljet Soline is a cosy boarding house) to those laced with luxury, such as the stylish Boutique Pine Tree Apartments.
The best hotels in Mljet
The former Sršen Apartments in Soline are now a three-star boarding house, the prime location overlooking both the sea and lake at the heart of the National Park the prime attraction here. The Sršen family also runs the adjoining restaurant and can arrange bike hire and even night fishing. Rates are cheap, even in high season, though you’ll have to pay the 100kn admission to the National Park to reach the place. Breakfast and lunch are extra. There’s a pebble beach alongside and free parking if needed.
Since taken over by the Adriatic Luxury Hotels group, the Odisej is now stablemates with a number of high-end properties in Dubrovnik. Still the only hotel on the island, the Odisej now comprises 88 deluxe rooms with a sea view and/or balcony, two family rooms, two executive suites and some five dozen classic, superior and premium rooms. Whatever you fork out, you have access to the sauna, gym and sun terrace – there’s also an outdoor children’s seawater pool and a number of enticing add-ons, manicures, massages, pedicures and the like. Biking, diving, snorkelling and all kinds of watersports can also be arranged and with a restaurant, pizzeria and beach bar, you need never leave the hotel grounds.
Just one look at the names of each of the six apartments here – Jasmin Lush, Ortensia Love, Garden Secret – tell you that this is no ordinary lodging. A mint of money and a lot of good taste has gone into creating this intimate mini-resort of contemporary studios ranged around an infinity pool, jutting out into the Adriatic at Saplunara. Though some studios are on the small side, they feature a kitchenette and microwave, as well as air-conditioning, a fridge and a flat-screen TV. The larger ones are really quite large, 70sqm-plus, with a private balcony or terrace. Diving, kayaking and cycling can be arranged, parking, breakfast and Wi-Fi are free, and you can sink a cocktail by the pool before heading down to Kod Ante, the seafood restaurant in the same property.
On Mljet’s north coast, this unpretentious but comfortable guesthouse provides easy access to the National Park nearby. Host Marin makes a point of making everyone feel at home, cooking home-grown food and recently caught fish while guests relax in the lush verdant greenery of the adjoining garden. For the price, considering you’re getting a kitchenette, balcony and beach nearby, this really is a bargain – and pleasurable one at that.