From Toddlers to Teens – Top Spots for Croatia Villas, Private Pool
by Saron Lease 22nd February 2024
Croatia villas – private pool villas in easy locations for holidays with teenagers & little ones make all the difference
One thing is for sure, a Croatia villa holiday is a brilliant option if you have children of any age. Croatia is small and mostly on the coast with a host of nearby islands that are quick, easy and fun to get to. For toddlers there are quiet little beaches and shallow, calm water to paddle in and often little playgrounds too scattered around. For teenagers there is enough independence and ‘cool’ in the locations to allow everyone to do their thing. You’ll find that Croatia is very good at being multi-faceted in this way!
Things to consider
Still, it is a good idea to do your homework and choose a location which is more child friendly than not. It goes without saying, if you keep the small people and young adults happy, you’ll all have a happy and stress free holiday. That is where Croatia again does well. With so many miles of coastline, Croatia beaches are aplenty. It has lots of bays, coves and beaches to go around, from hip beach clubs with lounge bars and music to serene, hidden bays and the more family oriented.
If you have children, go for a bay with sea activities like a big sea bouncy castle, or water slides, pedalos, kayaks and boats! Supetar Bay on Brac Island is ideal and has great inflatables and water slides. Additionally, it has plenty of places on or just next to the beaches for the adults to sit with a beer or sunbathe. Stay somewhere near the fun but nice & quiet like one of our favourites Villa Sinatra in lovely Sumartin bay. No inflatables there but a lovely little beach by the beach bar along the way. You get boat mooring with this villa and it’s a joy to rent one of the little fishing boats and set off on an adventure. So many little coves too discover – and with the sea non tidal – it’s a great place to mess around in.
The joy of Croatia is that it generally has small beaches that don’t get overcrowded. Consequently, going to the beach or on a day trip is all very easy and bite sized. Slatine Bay and Okrug Gornji, on the Split Riviera near Trogir, also have beaches with beach activities and beach bars perfect for older teens. Stay somewhere like Villa Marissa or Villa Lendra for a small family. Or with more bedrooms Villa Moonstone and Palm Tree Villa are actually on the beach!
The clear sea also makes sea kayaking very popular. If you are in the Dubrovnik Old Town area, take the opportunity to do it in view of the old town itself. You can actually paddle out from a beach just next to the old town, around the old town walls. This is an awesome experience.
The Dubrovnik Riviera has some lovely places to stay away from the crowds, but within easy striking distance from Dubrovnik town. Most of the villas are out of town surrounding like the lovely harbour village of Mlini Bay. For example, stay at Villa Anamaria for some breath-taking views over Mlini bay, from there you can catch a water taxi or bus into Dubrovnik old town.
Alternatively head back towards Cavtat Bay which has lots of little bars and restaurants too, with great water sports activities. It’s a super place to head for your morning coffee. You can sit there and watch the super yachts moor up – great for celebrity spotting! Keep your eye on the local news and it will tell you who’s in town. If you have younger children with little legs not used to hills, then Villa Nectara is in a great spot with an easy walk to the beach, and there is a badminton court in the garden for the older ones to use up some energy. For the smaller family. Mlini’s Villa Turquoise is great – an easy walk to several pay areas, restaurants and ice cream vendors! And it’s one of the nicest Croatia villas – private pool with wonderful views just in case you just want to relax a bit!
How to find the right villa for you
For young children have a look at our Child friendly collection of villas, some of which have gated pools, some with gardens or play areas for example. If you don’t see what you want there for your Croatia villa holiday, search here for other villas. Also don’t miss our other ‘By Request only’ villa collection, or just give us a call.
From anywhere in Dalmatia, the southern part of Croatia, a ‘must-do’ is a boat trip to an island – you can take a group trip and there are any number advertised locally in most places, but by far a better experience is to join a small excursion of about 10 people.
Swishing past islands, caves and coves surrounded by turquoise water is fascinating and such a different perspective. For example head for Vis Island and its Blue Caves or Hvar Island and its archipelago of Pakleni islands. Or check out the Elaffiti Islands just off the coast of Dubrovnik. They are little gems with pretty harbours and no cars, just a magical array of paths around the island to beautiful bays and beaches. Consequently all you can hear are crickets and you’ll see glimpses of sea as you make your way around. For little legs you can hop on a golf buggy to transport you too! Perfect for getting you to those pina coladas and wonderful beaches!
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