With summer upon us, we face a serious question: where is the hottest place to soak up the sun, sip champagne, and dance tabletop amongst all that is beautiful? Rest assured there is life beyond Ibiza and Saint-Tropez.
Those in-the-know have already discovered this oasis, and with rising international acclaim for having one of the most stunning coastlines in the world, we reveal why Croatia is home to the new Riviera.
PRIVILEGED SEASIDE The region is called Dalmatia and it is rapidly becoming the authoritative summer playground of the world’s most stylish. With a breathtaking shoreline set against the Dinaric Alps, it’s as if nature converged for the sole reason of providing the perfect setting for inspired indulgence. Lingering lunches, abundant amounts of fish, deep olive groves, bountiful vineyards, midnight swims, eerily attractive inhabitants, and many an espresso are the bona fide norm. With over 1,000 islands, a pristine sea, and medieval fortresses in its back yard, Dalmatia offers a lifestyle that defines La Dolce Vita.
GLAM ISLAND STYLEAcclaimed as one of the sexiest islands in the world, Hvar is a delicious secret that Croatia’s holiday-makers have been savoring for years. Charming restaurants, cafés, and boutiques are true to the island’s rustic charm, and a harbor full of mega-yachts provides a luxury-minded stamp of approval. Don’t miss Carpe Diem, home to the Adriatic coast’s most glamorous summer after-beach parties.
HAUTE VILLAGERumored to be the new Monaco, Dubrovnik exudes a raw opulence. The city is home to a 6th century seaside medieval fortress, with huge white stone walls that guard an ancient world frozen in time. Grab your Guccis and stroll the Stradun. For late-night revelers, discover Gil’s, Dubrovnik’s hottest lounge located at Sv. Dominkia bb.
PRIMO PORT CITYSultry Split somehow manages to exude both a Mediterranean city vibe and small village charm. Summer nights are steamy and beg for all activities to be enjoyed outdoors. Dine like royalty at Adriatic for views of the 2,000 year old Diocletian’s Palace.
— Martina Sola