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Dubrovnik Villas for the Whole Family – Best Locations for Croatia Holidays

by Saron Lease, 6th April 2024

Croatia holidays for a family get-together are in demand, especially so at Dubrovnik villas – but how do you find a villa that works for your group? We have the solutions…

Given the close proximity to the UK and Europe, and with the availability of affordable Croatia flights, it’s easy to get to Croatia from the UK and further afield. So, it’s a sought-after location to book a villa for a big family get-together. You’ll want a larger Croatia villa with lots of bathrooms, and room so that everyone can have their space! And of course within walking distance of beaches and things to do. The best villa holidays happen when everyone can do their own thing and have a bit of independence. 

Dubrovnik Riviera

Dubrovnik is a must-see location, so where are the best large Dubrovnik villas and locations for holidays with the whole family? A Mlini villa has some of the best villas..

Mlini Bay Dubrovnik Villas

If you’re looking at Dubrovnik villas, Mlini Bay is probably the most sought-after location for a family Croatia villa holiday. In fact, Mlini villas tend to tick all boxes… For villas, Mlini is an excellent holiday location close to Dubrovnik as Mlini has everything going for it. It has a good selection of restaurants and cafes. Additionally, it has probably the most and best beaches in the Dubrovnik area. The whole one side of the bay is beach and coves and is mostly pedestrianized. So great for children and relaxing generally. Happily, you can also do an array of water sports like hire jet skis, paddle boards, and go snorkelling. Mlini is superb for sea kayaking – paddle out to nearby Supetar Island or just around the bay.

Mlini is particularly good for groups wanting larger villas for multi-generation groups. There are children’s playgrounds and even an outdoor gym under the shade of the Mediterranean pines.  Why not go on a group kayak trip from Mlini to a nearby island? Basically, you’ll fine that everyone is catered for. A real benefit is that you can also get the water taxi into Dubrovnik old town harbour. Boats also go out to the beautiful islands off Dubrovnik’s coast from here, which of course is a must.

Interestingly, Dubrovnik old town is only a 10 minute taxi/bus ride away so it’s well located. It’s also just a 20 minute easy transfer from the airport so easy to get to. Consequently you will be beside the pool on a lounger in record time. Check out the great regular bus service into Dubrovnik or along to Cavtat too. You can easily travel around this way, so it’s an ideal location to begin your Dubrovnik villas’ search. For a run down of the Villas in Mlini, see our recent blog here.

Aerial view of Mlini Dubrovnik Villas Dubrovnik Villas - Villa Anamaria in Mlini

Dubrovnik Villas – Where to Stay?

Villa Belvedere is a great Dubrovnik villa and would definitely be worth a look. It has a fantastic location close to Dubrovnik old town and the gorgeous beaches of Mlini Bay. Made up of inter-joining apartments, it has a large downstairs living space and terrace with big table.  Appealingly, there’s a lot of space with a large pool. Being a large villa, it  sleeps 12 and is very private and has great views.

It has free Wi-Fi, CD player, CDs and a PS2. There is a honey farm just across the road and the bread man comes each morning! It has a bus stop to Dubrovnik just outside the gates and there are two restaurants nearby also. One is a fabulous new one just around the corner and the other one is 25-minute walk in Bosanka village which is one of the best in the area. The restaurant will pick you up or drop you back to the villa for a small charge (The villa also has a minibus so the villa concierge can organise anything like that for you). The cable car to the old town is also close by and there’s a restaurant there too so you can enjoy the panorama of the old town and Adriatic beyond.

Or Villa Anamaria is a very nice family villa, and really pretty. The views are absolutely stunning and it’s only 10-minute walk down to the sea front in Mlini Bay, with its beaches and restaurants. You can even take the hotel lift up and down part of the way if you want to! Anamaria has 5 bedrooms – all doubles. It (and the villa manager) always get great reviews from guests. Indeed, Villa Lumiere has a similar location set just under Villa Anamaria so also benefits from fantastic views and great location. With 2 kitchens and 2 living spaces it’s a villa that works really well for larger family groups who like to have enough space.

Adjacent villas

Villa Bellevie comprises two villas side-by-side so you get 2 pools, a Jacuzzi,  great BBQ and summer kitchen area, and lots of outside space. It sleeps up to 16, so depending on your group make up, this could be a really good one. Set above Mlini Bay with amazing sea views, it is really close to Dubrovnik, this could work really well for two families wanting to holiday together but needing a bit of their own space.

Group of smaller villas?

The other thing you could do it book a group of smaller villas in the same small area so that you can all have your holiday but meet up for days out and meals. Adding to the Mlini collection, another lovely smaller villa that could be rented along side any of the above is Villa Turquoise near Dubrovnik. It’s close to those already mentioned and you’d pass it on the way to the beach! Fab sea views for every room, it sleeps 6+2 so a perfect Dubrovnik villa for a family.

Zaton Bay Dubrovnik Villas

Zaton Bay is also on the Dubrovnik Riviera and quintessentially Croatian in character! Very pretty and with stunning scenery, Zaton is just 15 minutes from Dubrovnik Old Town (up the coast, and the the other side of the town from Mlini) and 40 minutes from the airport, it has a gorgeous harbour with very nice restaurants and has water taxis to take you to the old town. Away from any roads, this is a lovely village location to really relax. These Dubrovnik villas offer you space and flexibility for sleeping arrangements.



Dubrovnik Villas – Where to Stay?

Villa Sophia is really great Dubrovnik villa for large groups, sleeping up to 18 comfortably but can take as many as 20. The village of Zaton Bay  is set in a horseshoe bay with crystal blue water great for snorkelling and diving and it’s really lovely – really ‘oldy worldly’ with a nice selection of restaurants including a very good seafood restaurant on the sea edge and there are some really  nice beaches in the area. There is easy access to Dubrovnik by boat and bus and also you can take trips to the closest island of Kolocep Island  which has a sandy beach.

Within walking distance of the villa, in the next bay, is the Sun Gardens Resort with its sport facilities pools and restaurants, you can also book into its spa facility. We can help organise transfers from the airport for you if you would rather not drive.

Or, luxury Villa Paradise is a gorgeous seven bedroom villa with views to die for – it’s very close to the beautiful bays of Zaton, Stikovica and Trsteno, within an easy 35 minute drive to Dubrovnik old town. Orasac is quietly building up a selection of exclusive villas on the hillside with those who enjoy it’s proximity to lots of things to do and see on the Dubrovnik Riviera. In terms of a Dubrovnik villa for rent, it’s a good location in which to base yourself. It is advisable to have a car her though although it’s not far to anything. Again the lovely beach at the Sun Gardens Resort is close with all the amenities, or to the less well known, wilder Hawaii Beach just along from there.

Group of smaller villas?

The group of smaller villas idea works well here too. Villa Zaton is a great family villa with 4 bedrooms (2 are twin rooms), cinema/TV room, children’s play area, pool and table tennis tables and just a short walk to beaches and restaurants. Team it up with Villa Capparis which sleeps up to 12, or with 3 bedroom Villa Anise, all in the same Zaton village.

Do browse our villas villas in Croatia, Dubrovnik here, but if you don’t find what you are looking for there, do also have a look at our ‘Croatia Villas Dubrovnik By Request‘ portfolio.

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