2019: Best Croatia Family Resorts For Family Holidays In Croatia
Planning a holiday in Croatia with kids? Great! We’ve got lots of tips for traveling in Croatia with kids, as well as ideas for things to do with kids. We’ve also narrowed down our top picks for the best Croatia family resorts and family hotels for your Croatia family holidays in 2019.
Family travel is immensely enjoyable if you plan things well. After having our son, I realized that traveling with children is not only possible, but can be very exciting, too. It just requires some extra thought, planning and a few things done differently. As a local living in Croatia, I know that traveling to Croatia can seem daunting. But trust me, once you arrive at any one of these resorts, you’ll be relaxed and glad you came.
Istria Region Family Resorts
Family Hotel Amarin, Rovinj
** Our #1 Choice **
Staying on a stunning peninsula, surrounded by beachfront, families can enjoy the luxury of sunny days at the shore while being close to the attractions of the city.
Contemporary, modern rooms are decked out with all the comforts for family relaxation, from minibars and balconies to free WiFi and more. With rooms that can accommodate up to 8 people, families of all sizes will find space to stretch out, including even the smallest babies who can have beds upon request.
Indoor and outdoor pools are designed with all ages in mind, and a ride on the lazy river will put smiles on everyone’s faces. Kids will be entertained with a variety of clubs and playgrounds, while older teens can enjoy the fresh air with kayak, paddle board, and bicycle rentals. If the whole family wants to get out, opt for a day on jet-skis!
Visitors can enjoy the availability of numerous on-site eateries and bars as well as the ample opportunities for sauna and massage relaxation. This is without question one of the best family hotels in Croatia. You can read our full hotel review from 2017 here.
Hotel Eden, Rovinj
Peace and relaxation await at Rovinj’s Hotel Eden. Nestled next to the Zlatni Rt Park Forest and overlooking a picturesque bay, nature is at each turn.
Modest rooms each feature a balcony giving your family extra space to spread out. Indoor and outdoor pools along with a wellness spa featuring a suite for couples will have the whole family rested in no time. Additional entertainment includes water sports, live music & shows, and even Croatian language school. There will be no time for the kids to complain of boredom! Various onsite restaurants with cuisine from around the world complete the package at this great family spot in Rovinj.
Sol Garden Istra, Umag
For families looking for a Croatia family holiday full of active, recreational activity, staying at Sol Garden Istra in Umag is an excellent choice. With a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award, a prime location just 250 meters from the sea, buffet and show cooking restaurants and all the amenities for a cycling holiday at your fingertips, this 4-star accommodation offers something for everyone.
Children delight in the on-site Aqua-Park, complete with water slides, swimming pool, and a water playground. Additionally, daily entertainment programs take place at the various kids clubs, specially tailored to each age group. For guests between 5-12 years old, a special offer of snacks, drinks and ice cream is available during the stay.
As a family, check out the hotel observatory, or if your kids are older, rent bicycles from the hotel to explore the area. Nearby water sports activities such as diving, boating, parasailing, and windsurfing are ideal for teenagers.
Adults can enjoy some time clearing their minds and relaxing their muscles at the Body Holiday Spa. Cocktails can be ordered at the lobby bar.
The hotel offers a “child-friendly welcome in an elegant surrounding” with family rooms and suites designed to accommodate groups of all sizes and ages. It’s the perfect home base for a Umag family holiday, one of the best kids hotels in Croatia.
Mobile Homes Camping Santa Marina, Lanterna
Located just 10 minutes from the beach, and around 10 kilometers from Porec center, this camping site is ideal for families who love to be outdoors. There is a water park on site, where the kids can splash to their heart’s content, as well as Aquapark Istralandia, which is a short distance away by car. There is an outdoor pool and an outdoor play area for the kids, as well as a dedicated kids pool. If you want to put your feet up, your kids will love the Kids Club, and the entertainment staff are sure to keep them occupied for a few hours!
The units themselves are large and well furnished, with large terraces and outdoor furniture. Family rooms are also soundproofed, so no worries if you have a crying baby! The outdoor space also means you can let the kids play outside and know they’re not going too far away. You can also look forward to cycling in the area, with a bicycle hire service, and water sports activities on the beach.
Valamar Bellevue Hotel & Residence, Rabac
Luxury and a family-friendly atmosphere go hand-in-hand at the Valamar Bellevue Hotel & Residence. Located in Rabac, 50 minutes from Pula and close to the historic town of Labin, the hotel is set along white pebbled beaches overlooking the stunning Kvarner bay.
A wide selection of bright, contemporary rooms and family suites await guests. Each room comes with free WiFi, air-conditioning, mini-bar, CD player, satellite TV and a bathroom with bathtub and hairdryer to ensure a comfortable stay. The price of the room includes free parking.
Guests of all ages can dip into either the adult or children’s outdoor saltwater swimming pools or head to the pristine Blue Flag beaches along the hotel’s perimeter. Rubber rings and armbands are available for little swimmers, as are deckchairs and parasols. Bicycle rental, tennis courts, and a diving center are offered on-site for guests looking for additional recreation in the area.
The hotel offers professional child care along with kid and teen clubs in order to give parents alone time to enjoy the Jacuzzi or a cocktail or two! Snacks, buffet breakfasts and dinners, and themed dinners with kid-friendly dishes are available at the hotel’s restaurant, lobby bar, and exotic snack bar. Even the pickiest of little eaters will enjoy the wide selection of foods offered! Definitely one of the best Croatia hotels for families.
Local Tip: Pre-purchased beverage packages (both alcoholic and not) are available to hotel guests at a much lower price than buying individual drinks throughout the day.
Kvarner Bay Family Resorts
Krk Premium Camping Resort By Valamar, Krk Island
Our Favorite Kids Hotel For 2019
This is the ideal outdoor adventure campsite for families, located close to Krk Old Town. The site is right on the beach and includes a children’s playground, a heated outdoor pool and lots of sports activities on site. This is an eco-campsite, so everything is focused on being outdoors in nature. It’s certainly one of the most noteworthy family-friendly places to stay in Croatia. Ideal for families!
There are tennis courts with night lights for evening matches, mini-golf, table tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts, as well as a children’s pool. If you want some peace and quiet, you can make use of the babysitting service, but the Campground Piazza also has lots of stuff to enjoy together with the family, including a restaurant, bakery, shops, and a small markets.
There are several kids clubs, depending upon the ages of your children, including the Maro Children’s Club and a Teen’s Club, which has a Nintendo Wii. If your kids love arts and crafts, send them to the Hobby Club for some artistic fun. There is also live music, movie nights, and lots of evening entertainment for every family members. We particularly loved the disco.
Hotel Manora, Mali Lošinj
With a prime location on the island of Lošinj, just 400 meters from the sea, this small, 4-star Croatia family hotel is the perfect base for an active family vacation. Lošinj has a mild climate, giving visitors the opportunity to explore the island. So get active in Croatia! Bike, walk, climb, and dive, all while letting Hotel Manora take care of everything else.
Relax in modern rooms, complete with air-conditioning, WiFi and smart TV options as well as views of either the sea or the beautiful Mountain Osoršćica. A nice bonus is that each room comes with a parking spot!
Spend afternoons at the outdoor pool, which has a children’s area and lounge chairs. Take some time to indulge in a Finnish sauna or schedule a massage in the wellness center while the little ones play in the hotel’s children’s room. Enroll your kids in the sailing club or take the family out on rented mountain bikes or several motorboats.
Dine at Hotel Manora’s restaurant that offers families a variety of cuisine options using ecologically grown vegetables from the hotel’s farm, fresh fish from the sea and island lamb. Don’t forget a glass of Croatian wine to wind down the day.
Family Hotel Vespera, Mali Lošinj
The hotel has the word ‘family’ in it, which literally sums it up. This is a great choice for those with children. Located just 5 minutes away from the beach, the hotel was recently renovated, so again, you can be sure of safe and modern surroundings. You can also book cribs and extra beds, but make sure you do this ahead of time, due to high demand.
The hotel is large and surrounded by pine trees, which means lot of shade, as it runs down to the beach. There are also swimming pools and ‘waterfalls’, as well as two which are dedicated to children only. There are lifeguards on the beach, for extra safety and peace of mind.
There are several restaurants on site, and a separate dedicated area for parents to prepare meals and food for babies and young children. All restaurants have kids menus and buffet style dining.
There are several Kids Clubs, all of which offer complimentary snacks and soft drinks for the little ones or teenagers. There are also playrooms for the younger children, and video games and table tennis and football for teens. Evening entertainment is plentiful.
Valtur Novi Spa Residence, Novi Vinodolski
If sunsets, panoramic views, and visions of the azure sea are what you’re after, a stay at Novi Spa Hotels & Resorts near Kvarner is what you need. Book a room overlooking the exquisite Kvarner Bay to appreciate the real beauty of the region.
Rooms have a modern luxury appeal, and each come with a mini-bar, high-speed internet, bathtub, luxury toiletry products and slippers with bathrobes. This luxurious 4-star resort offers a little something for everyone.
Those looking to bring Fido on holiday will be thrilled to hear pets are welcome for an additional charge. For those looking for ease and convenience, airport shuttles are available. People traveling with children will relish using the kids club, babysitting, and Kids’ Town pools (think slides, animal fountains and splash pads for the youngest swimmers). For adults looking for some rest and relaxation, a dip in the heated outdoor pool, a hydro-massage in the one of the in-pool Jacuzzis, a cocktail at the in-pool bar or a massage and spa treatment at the on-site wellness center can be indulged in.
Zadar Region Family Resorts
Falkensteiner Borik Funimation, Zadar
Located on a gorgeous bay with a private beach and just 3 kilometers from the unique city center of Zadar is Club Funimation. One of the top family hotels in Zadar, it was awarded most beautiful family club/hotel in Croatia, and we can totally see why!
The club offers modern, stylish rooms and suites equipped with all the fun extras, including hairdryers, integrated radio, minibar, satellite TV and air-conditioning. If you’re bringing the kids, check out the Mini Family rooms which have sofas that convert into bunk beds. They will be impressed with their calm sleep space!
During the summer season, all-inclusive buffet dining is available, with loads of organic and healthy options. Also included is beer, wine and local liquors from Tramontana Bar and an all-inclusive snack bar serving up kebabs, hot dogs, sandwiches, pasta and grilled meats for in-between mealtime munchies.
Youngsters will delight in Falky-Land, a children’s world complete with a playground and paddling pool. The adventure pool with water slide, children’s cinema, children’s disco and kids clubs are also not to be missed. Adults can discover the healing power of the sea in the Acquapura Thalasso & Spa Center. Finnish sauna, Vichy showers, steam baths and salt baths await! For those looking for a more active holiday, onsite sporting activities, boats and catamaran sailing is available.
Falkensteiner Family Hotel Diadora, Zadar
One of the top family-friendly hotels in the Zadar area, Hotel Diadora, is found on the private peninsula of Punta Skala.
Rooms come equipped with air-conditioning and satellite TV along with a beach bag full of robes, towels, and slippers for the whole family. Enjoy views of the stunning Adriatic sea or take a dip in the outdoor pool. Children will delight in the giant water slide onsite along with Falky-Land, a child’s dream world of gardens, arcade, cinema and play area. Grab a bite to eat on the large terrace at the buffet restaurant and send the kids to their own special children’s restaurant.
There is something for everyone in your family when relaxing at Hotel Diadora!
Zaton Holiday Resort, Nin
Right in the Zadar region, Zaton Holiday Resort offers a variety of lodging options for your family vacation. There’s a surplus of sporting fields, recreational facilities, sports lessons (horseback, windsurfing, diving, tennis, swimming), Kids and Teens Clubs, and other musical and cultural programs. One of the top hotels with kids clubs in Croatia, it’s a fantastic all-in-one holiday option to fit your family’s varied interests.
Sleep under the stars in the midst of the Mediterranean greenery at the most-awarded Croatian campground. Sites offer electricity, water, and sewage hookups. Family bathrooms, laundry, hot water and shower units along with playgrounds and a BBQ zone are available, which make for an excellent kid-friendly environment.
For those inclined to stay in the comfort of a holiday home, this family-friendly resort also has the option to rent 3- or 4-star apartments as well as pet-friendly mobile homes. Smaller groups can enjoy cooking in fully equipped kitchens. These units also have private bathrooms, and the option of terrace or balcony views from the apartments. Larger sized groups will find comfort in the mobile home choices, also complete with kitchens, private bathrooms, and covered terraces.
No matter what accommodation guests select, everyone has easy access to the resort’s sandy beach. With shallow waters, Blue Flag cleanliness status, and the shade of abundant pine trees and beach umbrellas, this beach is ideal for families with children. Other cool-off options include a “Big Pool” and a “Kids Pool,” each with fresh, heated water and jets. Grab a sandwich, snack or cocktail at the pool bars for refreshment.
Dinner is served at the resort’s Dalmatian Konoha restaurant or the pizzeria. Alternatively, if you choose not to cook on holiday, you can arrange to have half-board or takeaway meal services!
So much is offered, we can’t even begin to list it all. We suggest you make 2019 the year you check it out for yourself!
Crvena Luka Hotel & Resort, Biograd Na Moru
Located in Biograd na Moru, around 29 kilometers by road from Zadar, you will find Crvena Luka Hotel & Resort. This is the ideal choice for families, with many child-friendly facilities on site. You can also book a family room, with cribs upon request, so be sure to get your request in well ahead of time, especially during the summer months.
The hotel is around 3 minutes’ walk from the beach, and the hotel has a dedicated, private section for guests, which cuts down on crowds. There are several family attractions close by, including fun Park Mirnovec and Vransko Lake Nature Park, easily reachable by hire car.
On site you will find mini golf, snorkeling lessons, horseback riding, canoeing, and cycling opportunities. There is a tennis court, as well as a kids playground. Entertainment-wise, there are many musical performances throughout the week, as well as kids entertainment by the animation staff. The dedicated Kids Club will keep your little ones occupied, and in the rooms, there are also kids TV networks. There are three restaurants, and one is a pizzeria, which most kids will love!
Split Region Family Resorts
Tamaris Aparthotel, Makarska
Cycle, dive, and snorkel on a family vacation along the Makarska Riviera, just south of Split, when staying at the Tamaris Aparthotel. Located under the gorgeous Biokovo Mountain and next to the beautiful pebbled beach of Tučepi, the hotel is attractive for families staying in the area.
This unique accommodation offers parents the option of either apartment or hotel room lodging, ensuring relaxation in plenty of space. Apartments come fully furnished, each with a sea-view terrace, while the hotel rooms are spacious and comfortable, each with a skylight. TV, mini-bar, hairdryer, air-conditioning and a private bathroom complete the contemporary feel of each room.
Relax in the outdoor swimming pool while the kids splash in the nearby children’s pool. Enjoy breakfast in bed or grab a bite to eat at the hotel’s restaurant or aperitif bar. For families looking to explore the area, a packed lunch can easily be arranged before the outing.
Get active on land or in water with the hotel’s bicycle rental service and diving center amenities. Whether you are new to snorkeling and diving or a pro, the certified instructors at the center will have you enchanted with the underwater world in no time. Shipwrecks, caves, springs and walls await at 20 different sites! A tour desk is also available for hotel guests to arrange other activities in the Tučepi area with the help of friendly, knowledgeable locals on staff.
Le Meridan Lav, Podstrana
Le Meridien Lav is a 5-star resort found along the Dalmatian coast, offering incredible views and fantastic family-friendly accommodations.
Decked out with fabulous facilities for active travelers, guests enjoy basketball and tennis courts, wall climbing and numerous water sport activities. A unique Family Kids Club is available to ignite creativity and curiosity through play for younger guests, and qualified swim instructors are available to give little swimmers lessons in the separate children’s pool on-site.
Free WiFi, air-conditioning and spa baths come with each classically designed room, and families will love the space available in the family suites.
Other great amenities include a secluded private beach and the luxurious Diocletian Spa area. Modern Mediterranean and Croatian cuisine along with cocktails are available at the hotel’s various restaurants and bars. Additionally, late night entertainment is available in the hotel’s casino for those wishing to try their hand at a blackjack!
Medora Auri Family Beach Hotel, Podgora
Medora Auri Family Beach Hotel is located right on the beach in Podgora. This is a great hotel for families, and as it is literally 1 minute away from the beach on foot, there are plenty of outdoor things to do. There are outdoor pools, and a children’s play area, which is ideal for smaller children too. On the beach, there are many waterspouts to enjoy, such as diving, parasailing, jet skiing, and there are tennis courts on site too.
The family rooms are large and have equally as large balconies. Some have a sea view or partial sea view, so kids can play and enjoy the view too.
Daytime and evening entertainment keeps everyone occupied, and if you fancy a night without the kids, there are babysitting services available too. The entertainment staff are on hand day and night, and the games room is open for larger kids to enjoy video games and technical entertainment. Food-wise, there is a kids menu in the buffet restaurant, which is ideal for picky eaters!
Dalmatian Islands Family Resorts
Bluesun Borak, Brac
If the lovely town of Bol on the Island of Brac has you itching to visit Croatia, this 3-star, all-inclusive family resort will have you smiling in no time.
With 188 rooms, 48 of which are family rooms, and the option for additional children’s beds, there is plenty of space for your family to stretch out for a little R&R. Each room is equipped with free WiFi, air-conditioning, satellite TV and a balcony or terrace (many of which offer views of Zlatni Rat Beach).
When you’ve got youngsters to feed, meals on holiday can sometimes become a headache. Not so when staying at the Bluesun! Food and beverages are included with your stay, and yes, this includes the AMAZING local wines, brandy, and espresso! Children’s chairs are also available for the youngest diners.
Resort facilities for children include a kids pool, playground, kids club and other entertainment programs. Adults will be pampered, too, at the outdoor pool complete with a pool bar, access to the wellness and beauty center at the nearby Bluesun Elaphusa Hotel, and live music and DJs at the beach and cocktail bars. All in all, the perfect resort for your Croatia family holiday.
Local Tip: If a stop to the island’s famous beach is on you 2018 to-do list, check out our guide to visiting Zlatni Rat Beach with your family.
Gava Waterman Milna Resort – All Inclusive, Brac
Located in Milna, on Brac Island, the Gava Waterman Milna Resort has plenty of things to keep the kids occupied. As with most of these hotels, family rooms are available, to give you extra space. You can book cribs and extra beds, according to availability, so make sure you request these ahead of time, to avoid disappointment.
There is an outdoor swimming pool and a children’s playground, as well as an indoor playground for kids of all ages. You can also find mini golf, a tennis court, and lots of waterspouts on the beach, which is literally steps away from the hotel itself. Inside the rooms, you will find the regular kids TV programs and networks to enjoy and lots of outdoor play activities and equipment dotted around the hotel grounds.
Food-wise, there is a kids menus in the restaurant and a buffet-style dining, which is much easier for fussy eating children.
Hotel Amfora Grand Beach Resort, Hvar
Secluded on a stunning bay and with a private beach at your fingertips, the Hotel Amfora in Hvar is perfect for families looking to experience island life.
Modern, cozy rooms feature views of the area, including the Paklinski Islands along with free WiFi. The outdoor pool area features soothing cascade falls and mood lighting, along with plenty of room for the whole family to splash. Loads of fun restaurant options include rooftop dining, beachside tents with barbecue, and cocktail areas. For an extra special treat, parents can rent a seaside cabin to indulge in a massage. Should you decide to explore the town, the walk is just 10 minutes to the city’s center!
For more of our favorite places to stay on Hvar Island, click here.
Port 9 Hotel, Korcula
The Port 9 Hotel is just 2 kilometers away from the Old Town of Korcula, and has many activities and facilities on offer for families. The hotel itself is only 3 minutes on foot from the beach, and it was recently renovated, so you can be sure of modern and safe surroundings. Family rooms are available, with large balconies, with high barriers for extra safety. If you need a crib, be sure to request this beforehand, but they are available.
Facilities include on site tennis and cycling tracks, as well as a water park for splashing fun. There is a children’s playground and a Kids Club, with animation staff on hand to entertain your little ones. The outdoor swimming pool has a dedicated kids section, and there is also an outdoor play area and an indoor one too. You can also check out the mini golf, cycling, and ping pong on site.
Dining-wise, there is a large selection of dishes on the menu, and a dedicated kids menu, so you can cater to your fussy little ones, if needs be!
Dubrovnik Region Family Resorts
Valamar Club, Dubrovnik
Valamar Club prides itself on being the only and, therefore, best family hotel in Dubrovnik. With an incredible location on the beautiful Babin Kuk peninsula, your family will enjoy the breeze of the sea along with being only minutes from the Old Town. It’s the perfect base for making the most of your time in the area.
Clean, spacious rooms are designed with families in mind, and family rooms include individual children’s TV programming.
Dining is buffet style, and the restaurant offers a separate area, the Children’s Corner, for youngsters to dine and enjoy ice cream throughout the day. Beach bars and cafes are also on site for light snacks and the all important drinks throughout the day.
Excursions, fitness classes, pool and pebble beach access, massages, music, sporting events and an abundance of children’s activities will keep your family relaxed, active and entertained throughout your stay. So put your feet up, enjoy your sea view, and let Valamar Club Dubrovnik handle the rest!
Radisson Blu Resort, Dubrovnik
The famous, 5-star Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Hotel, Dubrovnik is set 11 kilometers away from the Old Town. It’s perfect for a family holiday along the Dalmatian Coast, with UNESCO World Heritage sites, Old Town Dubrovnik and stunning Adriatic waterfront views at your fingertips.
Settle into one of the sleek, modern residences, designed for families of various sizes, and enjoy free WiFi, coffee, tea, designer toiletries and gorgeous views from either a terrace or balcony. Our favorite feature? The residences have cooking facilities, which mean no fuss and worries about trying to keep tired kids under control. Instead, you can cook while they play in the spacious family-friendly rooms. Having extra space and your own kitchenette is priceless when on holiday with kids!
This hotel offers kids activities all summer at the kids club, and youngsters will enjoy access to their very own kids pool. Parents can relax with sporting activities (squash, basketball, football and tennis courts, yoga classes, wall climbing and more!) along with grabbing a nutritional drink at the on-site sports bar while watching the latest professional sporting events. Indulge with some time in the sauna or opt for a steam bath or spa treatment or a stress-free day. You can also have the hotel staff assist with sight-seeing or aquatic tours for the whole family!
Should a break from your kitchenette be needed, you won’t need to travel far! With multiple on-site restaurants and bars, your family will never go hungry or thirsty while on vacation here.
Valamar Dubrovnik President Hotel, Dubrovnik
5-Star luxury is what the Valamar Dubrovnik President Hotel is all about. Located on the very tip of the Babin Kuk peninsula, this seaside hotel is surrounded by the beach. It’s a Blue Flag beach that is great for kids.
Each of the hotel’s rooms offers a sea view, where you and the family can enjoy sunsets from the comfort of your own balcony or terrace. During peak season, a stack of children’s programs is available at the hotel, making it possible for adults to relax while kids play. Yay for us Moms and Dads. Oh, and ask about the all inclusive options, a great way to save money.
Smart Selection Hotel Epidaurus, Cavtat
Nothing says family friendly quite like an all-inclusive option! At the Smart Selection Hotel Epidaurus, that’s exactly what you can expect. This 3-star hotel is located in the beautiful Tiha Cove along the Dubrovnik Riviera, approximately 1 kilometer from the medieval town of Cavtat. With close proximity to town, but enough of a distance to get away from the crowds, this hotel is a peaceful oasis for families traveling with kids.
Quiet, comfortable rooms offer views of the gardens or the sea and have the option of adding a bed to accommodate various family sizes. Air-conditioning, WiFi, hairdryers and LCD TV are great modern touches to each room.
An outdoor pool and children’s pool are available along with access to the nearby beach. Chairs and umbrellas can be used at no additional charge so that little swimmers can rest in the shade! Young guests will enjoy the hotel organized pool games and can also participate in the children’s program and “mini club” complete with a mini disco. Guests of all ages can relax with daily live music in the evenings and various sporting activities: diving, pedal boats, water skiing, beach volleyball, bocce, and more! If interested in Wellness and Spa options, a trip to the nearly Hotel Albatros might be in store for a massage or sauna.
All-inclusive buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner are available for those looking to enjoy a carefree holiday with kids for 2018. This offer includes local brands of alcoholic drinks, wine, and beer, so enjoy. Do try a few glasses of that famous Croatian wine on vacation!
Which of these Croatia family resorts & hotels sounds best for your family?