How to Spend a Hot, Hot Honeymoon in Hvar, Croatia

The enchanting Adriatic Sea destination is one of Europe’s trendiest destinations

Updated 06/21/17
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With plenty of sun, beautiful bays, vineyards, and endless romantic hotel and restaurant options, it’s no wonder everyone's flocking to Hvar, Croatia—especially when it comes to honeymoons. Settled on Croatia's Dalmatian coast, Hvar is the country's most popular summer resort island. Known for being a slightly more affordable European option, this small walled city full of Gothic architecture is perfect fit for couples looking for relaxed vibes with a little history and sightseeing during the day.

What’s New

While sailing is one of the best ways to see Croatia in general—and let’s face it, also a great way to arrive on a honeymoon—as of this month, Uber has officially landed in the region, but certainly not in the way you might think. The popular transportation app is releasing UberBoat in Croatia, making it easier than ever to enjoy a day at sea on the sparkling Adriatic Sea. Previously launched in Miami and Istanbul, UberBoat is what would happen if its sexiest SUV got together with a private yacht. Your on-call charter will be just as easy to book on your Uber app as a car and will be available throughout Croatia in other popular tourist spots like Split, Dubrovnik, and Korčula Island.

What to See

The fortress above the city is not to be missed, nor is St. Nikola—Hvar’s highest peak—as both are prime photo spots and two of the most romantic parts of the island. Only a short boat ride away are the Pakleni islands, where you’ll want to spend the morning at the idyllic beaches and an afternoon with a leisurely lunch watching the boats go by.

Just outside of Hvar (and absolutely worthy of a day trip) is the deserted village of Malo Grablje, which has a small restaurant at the very top. The small island of Galešnik in front of Hvar’s harbor is easy to get to and offers stunning views. Also worth seeing: The front yard of St. Mark’s church, which is a popular wedding spot, and a beautiful way of reliving your recent nuptials.

Where to Stay

Hvar is full of all types of lodging, from sprawling resorts like the Hotel Amfora to villa rentals available from Wyndham Vacation Rentals. Or, if you’re looking for something more intimate, Airbnb has many beautiful apartment options, all complete with stunning bay views.

Start your research by looking into some of Hvar’s most romantic places to stay, including Hotel Adriana, Hotel Pharos, Hotel Podstine, and Hotel Park. These dreamy (and often hidden) gems feature luxury suites, top-of-the-line amenities, private experiences, and accommodating staffs that will cater to your every need, whether that’s finding the most authentic pasta dish in town or helping you book a guide (with a boat, car, or scooter) who can highlight all the best of this Croatian paradise.

Which Packages to Book

Not only is booking a honeymoon or romance package usually the most cost-effective way to go, but many of these Hvar properties are known for their over-the-top options, like Adriana Hvar Spa Hotel “Couples Hideaway”. When you book this three-night package you can expect swoon-worthy decorations (think potpourri, candles and bubble baths), glasses of sparkling wine, a daily love-themed breakfast, an outdoor candle spa treatment for two, a love-themed 4-course dinner for two at Butchey & Wine restaurant, and early check-in and late check-out. There’s also another Honeymoon Package that offers discounts on activities like sailing and vineyard tastings. Over at Amfora, you can decide between a five-day vacation or a couple’s biking adventure (if you’re a more active couple), where you’ll receive three nights in a superior room, a premium bottle of Hvar wine, Adriana’s Sensori Spa Chocolate Therapy session (which includes a hot chocolate drink introduction, a 30-minute Sensori glow steam sauna, one hour full body massage with—you guessed it—more warm chocolate, and an indulgence gift), and one-day unlimited bike rentals.

Where to Dine

Long leisurely dinners in corners on cozy balconies are only the beginning when it comes to the restaurant scene in Hvar. Top spots would be Zori for ambiance, Dalmatino Hvar for delicious Mediterranean fare, Lungo Mare for a local vibe (FYI—you’ll want to order the lobster), and Konoba Menego for a mix of everything.

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