The stunning landscapes of Croatia and Montenegro have become more popular, yet still possess those perfect little pockets of unspoiled luxury. Our team of experts has put together a selection of private Villas in hotels in this captivating corner of the world. Leveraging Exeter International’s deep regional experience, we are excited to craft an itinerary tailored just for you. Read on to discover the allure of each region and each villa.
The region of Istria, close to Italy and Slovenia is the perfect place to begin your Croatian adventure. You can choose to either fly to Zagreb, the Capital of Croatia, or Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, or even to Venice. All three are potential gateways to the part of Croatia that the Romand called Terra Magica – literally translated as magical land. Fertile and abundant in great produce, some of the best restaurants and wineries in the Adriatic region. MICHELIN rate 18 restaurants here and you will be spoiled for choice. Many of the special experiences Exeter curates here are culinary-based. Whether it is sipping delicious herbal liqueurs, tasting wine or olive oil, or truffle hunting with dogs, there will be an experience for everyone.
Up first is a foodie’s paradise where you can get a taste of Croatia while luxuriating at one of the most exclusive properties in the country. This is the best hotel for enjoying quintessential inland Istria. Located in the heart of the region, you will experience the culinary excellence of this world-renowned truffle region. Venture from the gates of this comfortable resort to explore the hilltop towns for breathtaking views of the countryside. With only two villas, the summer gets booked up fast, so we advise early booking. Luciano, the restaurant at the hotel offers an exceptional tasting menu with a wine pairing that is not to be missed. The San Canzian is close to several wineries, including the Kozlovic Winery which has one of the most beautiful locations above the vineyards. (pic of Kozlovic) We recommend visiting Kozlovic pre or post-lunch at one of the best Konobas in Istria – Konoba Stari Podrum where you will enjoy one of the best meals in Croatia!
Meneghetti Wine Hotel
Revel in the magnificence of the Meneghetti estate and its renowned winery to sample award-winning vintages. Part of Relais & Châteaux, with a Michelin-rated restaurant, you can sip and savor world-class cuisine after taking a dip in your villa’s private pool. Soak up the sun and the beauty of the Istrian Peninsula by roaming the vineyards with the excellent team at Meneghetti, who will educate you about Croatia’s viticultural history and give you a sneak peek into one of the region’s most famous wineries! The Meneghetti is ideal for travelers who want to be nearer the coast.
Right at the other end of the country, on the Dalmatian Coast, one hour by private boat from Split on the Island of Hvar is the magnificent Maslina Resort. This is the perfect spot for travelers looking to unwind. The luxury Maslina Resort creates the perfect ambiance to kick back, relax, and find your inner zen. Offering complimentary yoga every morning in their world-class spa, you won’t want to leave. Part of Relais & Châteaux and with a Michelin-rated restaurant, it is also a culinary treat! With villas that sleep up to 10 people and a kids’ club on the premises, this property is perfect for families and groups. The resort is just a short bike ride from the historic town of Stari Grad and does not feel isolated at all. Take a private boat to the Pakleni archipelago, go biking around the island, or visit one of the many wineries that Hvar is famous for.
Continuing further south is Dubrovnik – the pearl of the Adriatic. Perfect for couples or smaller groups looking for somewhere intimate yet luxurious, the Villa Dubrovnik is the jewel in Dubrovnik’s hotel crown! Wake up each morning to views of the sea from your bedroom that will take your breath away. Indulge your palate at the on-site Michelin-rated restaurant, Pjerin, for an unforgettable meal. Currently closed for a complete renovation, The Villa Dubrovnik reopens in June this year. I would use a render here
You can choose to walk the old town walls, kayak around them, or cruise around them in a private boat! This timeless city offers something for every type of traveler.
Just 75 minutes away from Dubrovnik you can experience the magnificence of Montenegro at the most luxurious hotel in the region. Located in the spectacular Bay of Kotor, you can enjoy one of the only sandy beaches on the Adriatic coast. Known for their meticulous service, you will receive royal treatment from the One&Only team the moment you arrive. With two beachfront Villas, sleeping up to six adults and two children, this is the ultimate option for an ultra-luxe vacation. You will probably want to stay in the resort to make the most of your time here, but a day exploring the Bay by private boat is a must.
For more details about any of our destinations, contact us: 800.633.1008 or 813.251.5355 or email.