Given Croatia’s gorgeous coastline and its many wonderful nature spots – including its national and nature parks for example, but so much more besides, the country is really the ideal spot for a bit of R&R (rest and relaxation) when you simply need to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Here, we present to you the best ideas and places to go for a wellness break in Croatia.

A Wellness Break in Croatia

Best places in Croatia for a wellness break

If you’re putting together your own wellness break in Croatia, we would absolutely recommend somewhere that offers tranquillity and the opportunity for plenty of rest. Although the top nature spots such as the national parks are beautiful, some of them can get very busy during the summer months. If a national or nature park is still your thing, consider going to one of the lesser-known ones such as the unpopulated Kornati Islands or Kopacki rit Nature Park in Eastern Croatia.

Where better to get away from it all than an island? I mean, Croatia’s got over 1,000! Really, you’d want to consider some of the small islands that draw less crowds and aren’t heaving with holidaymakers. Consider places such as Lastovo in southern Dalmatia – one of the islands furthest out from the coast – which is also true of Vis which is reachable from Split. The mostly car-free Elafiti islands near Dubrovnik are the perfect antidote to that city’s many visitors.

Some of the Kvarner islands would also be ideal as they are also considered “off the beaten track” by many. In particular, the lush green island of Losinj which is known as the “island of vitality” or the island of Cres.

In the same region, Opatija has a long-standing tradition of offering a health and wellness break, welcoming visitors seeking such a holiday from as far back as the late 19th century! Nobility in the times of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire were drawn to the health benefits of taking a coastal break by the sea, and it is a tradition that has continued to this day. A number of very smart hotels in the town offer luxury spas, whilst the Thelasso Wellness Centre offers a heated seawater pool, various saunas, relaxation rooms and more.

Thermal Spas in Croatia

Croatia is home to a number of amazing natural elements but something that visitors may not be aware of is its thermal spas. These spas contain water that has healing properties and are often also home to mud springs and similar. For this reason, some spas often cater to guests who need rehabilitation due to injury. The spas are almost always set in beautiful lush green countryside and include accommodation – normally a hotel – as well as general sports amenities such as pools. The spas of course normally also offer treatments such as destress massages, beauty treatments and similar. All in all, a wonderful place for a relaxing break!

The Terme Tuhelj Spa is a fairly large-scale resort located just over an hour’s drive north of Zagreb. It is home to a number of different accommodation options including the modern four-star Hotel Well as well as mobile homes and safari tents. With pools featuring a “water planet” (meaning, water slides and other splash activities for kids) this place is also an ideal location for a family holiday. Mum (and/or Dad) can relax whilst the kids have fun!

Wellness break in Croatia
The glamping village at Terme Tuhelj (Credit: Terme Tuhelj resort)

Daruvarske Toplice is around 2 hours southeast of Zagreb, in the direction of Osijek. As well as offering thermal water treatments, the spa targets medical wellness, stress relief and even weight loss.

Istarske Toplice is located in central Istria, close to the small town of Motovun. The special thermal properties of its water – containing sodium, calcium, chlorine and other minerals and at a temperature of 32 to 34 Celsius – helps to reduce pain and inflammation, and assists with circulation and metabolism. The spa is often ranked one of the best in Europe for this reason.

Wellness hotels in Croatia

The Boutique Hotel Alhambra on the island of Losinj is set in a beautiful forest and offers luxury accommodation with plenty of wellness goodies. After you’ve indulged in massages and beauty treatments, head to the Michelin-starred restaurant to give your tummy a treat too.

Wellness break in Croatia
Boutique Hotel Alhambra (Credit: Boutique Hotel Alhambra)

The Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Iadera is a premium wellness hotel located near Zadar on the Punta Skala peninsula. It is home to a 6,000 square metre wellness area that includes a Turkish Haman, a sauna, steam bath, and indoor and outdoor pools, the latter an infinity pool. Best of all, this hotel is open year-round so you can enjoy its spa on a winter break to North Dalmatia too.

Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Iadera
Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Iadera (Credit: Falkensteiner Hotels)

The Hotel Croatia in Cavtat in south Dalmatia contains the country’s only 5-star spa. There are indoor and outdoor saltwater pools, plus a sauna, steam bath, fitness centre and a very wide range of face and body treatments. Opt for the popular Anti-Fatigue Espresso Facial if you have tired skin or one of their signature body treatments such “Islands In The Stream” which provides deep relaxation to regenerate both your body and your mind.

As we’ve mentioned, Opatija has a long-standing tradition of offering wellness breaks to its visitors. Many hotels here include very well-equipped spas such as the Amadria Park Hotel Milenij or the Hotel Ambassador.

Organised retreats for a wellness break in Croatia

Perhaps the idea of a wellness break for you is to do as little as possible during it and also before it. Maybe your days are normally full of busy meetings and planning itineraries, and doing the same for a holiday is the last thing you want to do.

An organised wellness break may be just the thing, in that case. Such a break may include accommodation, activities such as yoga or meditation (and what more amazing setting for these activities than somewhere on the Croatian coast?), meals, trips to local sights and more.

Wellness and adventure experts Tripaneer offer a number of options for a wellness break in Croatia including this 8-day yoga retreat on the charming small island of Obonjan. Released your physical tensions and encourage deeper energy flows with two yoga classes a day as well as with meditation and workshops. Luxury glamping is included in the retreat, as are vegetarian meals. You can also enjoy free time on this private island, including time for plenty of dips in the sea.

The small group of Pakleni Islands close to Hvar absolutely lend themselves to a wellness break and this 5-Day Meditation and Yoga Retreat is one way to experience them. Stay in a remote 4-bedroom house (or in a tent on the grounds) with the other guests and enjoy daily yoga, pranayama, and meditation sessions. There is even the opportunity to indulge in some healing mud at a local beach.

Something similar on nearby Hvar is the 5-Day Rest, Renew & Rediscover You Retreat. After consulting with a lifestyle coach, there will be daily yoga sadhana and evening meditation sessions. Nourishing breakfasts and dinners are included, and you’ll be able to have access to a bike to explore Hvar. (A great way of exploring the island.)

For an inland option, what could be better than a wellness break near the breathtaking Plitvice Lakes National Park? The 5-Day Yoga Retreat near Plitvice Lakes includes daily yoga sessions, creative intuitive movements and access to hot tubs, a sauna, and massage opportunities. There is of course plenty of opportunity to explore the Plitvice Lakes themselves as well.

Tripaneer also offers a 4-Day Thermal Experience Wellness Retreat in the Kraplinske Toplice Spa which includes 3 nights half board accommodation.

Wellness activities

If you’re perhaps visiting Croatia on a “regular” break – and not one specified centred around wellness – you may wish to include some relaxing downtime during your stay in the country nevertheless.

What could be better than being at one with the sea and enjoying some stand-up paddleboarding? Although you need to join a group tour, you’ll be steering your own “craft” and coming as close to the Adriatic as possible without actually being in it. (Well, unless you fall in.) Stand-up paddleboarding is available in many locations all along the coastline, but below you can find some tours to pre-book – including some magical nighttime ones.

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