Villa Nightingale, Plat Bay Dubrovnik Riviera (74)
Villa Nightingale, Plat Bay Dubrovnik Riviera (79)

The inside track on some of the best villas for a villa rental, Croatia

by Saron Lease 1st April 2024

Dubrovnik villas are certainly in demand and the area is the most sought-after on the Adriatic coast

Finding the best Croatian villas though, is all about knowing the locations and villas themselves.  For a villa rental, Croatia, the chances are that you are looking for a small family villa, or a large villa for grandparents to join you as well. Perhaps you are looking for a villa for a group of friends? Whatever the reason, the location is key to the success of the villa holiday! So where to go?

Cavtat bay location

Closer to the airport, Cavtat bay is another great location within easy reach of Dubrovnik. With its beaches, old town, selection of attractive restaurants and sea edge coffee and wine bars, what’s not to like? You can hop on the water taxi to Plat, Mlini and Dubrovnik Old Town or hire a boat with skipper to explore the coastline. Maybe try scuba diving or kayak to a nearby island!

Villa Cavtat

Villa Cavtat nestles into the hillside and is a fantastic spot to be based for a group villa holiday. The bedrooms offer real flexibility for everyone in the group, so a good multigenerational villa. Everything is within an easy wander and it’s a really super destination young and old.

Mlini bay location

Villa Turquoise

For a Dubrovnik villa location that you can walk to everything from, you can’t beat sought-after Mlini bay. Take Dubrovnik Villa Turquoise, for example. Minimalist meets cosy fisherman’s hideaway, it’s a 3 bedroom villa with pool on the start of the hillside just steps from the sea. Nestled just above the sea edge, this location has lots of ambiance and is a real escape. Wander down the steps into the bay for beaches, restaurants, water sports and the boat into Dubrovnik Old Town. Or maybe take the frequent bus into town, or take it in the other direction to explore lovely Cavtat.

View from Villa rental Croatia in Mlini Dubrovnik  Villa rental Croatia in Mlini Dubrovnik

Villa Nectara & Summer Villa

A Croatian villa with a private pool but still close to the beach and restaurants? Have a look at exclusive Villa Nectara or private Summer Villa. Set in their own grounds, they’re wow-factor exclusive Croatian villas – the perfect place for holidays to Dubrovnik. Both villas are set back from the sea edge so have their privacy and space. Yet both are still only a wander from everything in the bay. For a Dubrovnik villa rental, Mlini is so close to everything and yet has that beachy, village feel. It’s the perfect cosy holiday-sized place with easy access to the little islands and Dubrovnik sightseeing spots. It’s so easy to head into Dubrovnik Old Town for dinner or drinks, or on a Mlini kayak trip to nearby Supetar Island!

 Villas in Dubrovnik

If you need a large villa rental, Croatia  and a villa that will work very well for multigeneration groups, Villa Lumiere is fantastic. It sits just above Mlini Bay and what’s really great here is that you can use the hotel lift just below the villa to go up and down to the bay! There is also a second kitchen so plenty of space for everyone. Another good large villa is Villa Mlini with its integral 2-bedroom apartment (perfect for the young family in the group, or the teens so they can have some independence).

Plat bay location

Just down the coast, between Cavtat  and Mlini is magical Plat bay, also connected by local boat line to Dubrovnik Old Town and the surrounding bays and islands. There are pretty little coves and beaches to explore. This bay hasn’t been developed at all so it’s a bit lost in time! As a result, there aren’t many Dubrovnik villas here. There are two sides to the bay with the charming Poseidon beach restaurant and terrace on one side and usually quiet, relaxing beach. Then on the other side of the headland there’s a big long beach.

Villa Nightingale

Villa Nightingale is an oasis of calm and so named because amongst the cicadas, you can hear the nightingales sing! With beautiful views and attractive interior, this is one of those Croatian villas that has a real quality feel. The villa owners are architects and built the villa for themselves for their own holidays to Dubrovnik, so it’s not unsurprising. The pool and pergola seating area makes it a villa to relax in.


To search for a villa rental Dubrovnik, or maybe elsewhere, do browse Croatian villas to rent or have a look through villas in Croatia by location. Alternatively, please feel free to email us with your villa requirements and we’ll send you some recommendations.

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