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European Getaway: Book a Sun-Soaked Stay in Croatia for Only $599

This fully refundable deal will save you 40%.

A summer holiday in Europe is a dream for travelers. The temperature is just right and the sun comes out to play. Locals and tourists make the most of the magnificent coastlines and cities fill their calendars with fun events. The vibe is so different in throughout European regions, so there is always something for every kind of traveler: the food lover, the history buff, the wine enthusiast, the adventurer, and the laidback wanderer. And while Paris is never a bad idea, the dramatic Dalmatian Coast is a wonderful discovery. This summer, we recommend you set your sights on the sunny and exciting Hvar Island in Croatia. 

The Destination

Croatia has more than 1,200 islands and a coastline that stretches 2,000 kilometers (1,242 miles). And almost every best-of list places Hvar at, or near, the top—it’s that popular. From Split, you can take a ferry to get to Hvar and make this a start-off point to discover other Dalmatian islands. 

It’s blessed with sunshine, you’ll see the uber-rich fancying it up on their yachts, and the food is outstanding. Hvar town is pure energy, and the harbor views from the 16th-century fortress are Instagram-perfect. There are also quieter towns, such as Jesla and Stari Grad, if you want to escape the crowds. If you’re coming in the summer months of June and July, the blooming lavender fields must definitely be on your list of to-dos.

The Deal

We’ve found a great refundable deal on Travelzoo at a hotel near the medieval fishing village of Vrboska, known for its curving fjord and small bridges. 

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Located a few steps from the beach, Labranda Senses Resort is a 182-room hotel with a sea-view restaurant, two bars, a spa, and a pool. Travelzoo members can spend seven nights in its Side Sea View Double Room with private balconies and partial sea views for $599 from April 1-June 2 and September 23-October 31; $729 from June 3-July 7 and September 2-22; and $1,579 from July 8-September 1. 

The perks are aplenty: daily breakfast buffets with drinks, a free dinner for two, spa services at 20% off, and welcome fruit. You can request an upgrade to Sea View Rooms for panoramic vistas for $9 per room per night. All-inclusive meal plans are available for $17 per person per night.

Here, you’re just 18 miles away from Hvar town. Go around the island to experience the lovely coast, swimming, diving, or lounging. The nightlife is pulsating on the island, with some drawing parallels to Ibiza, but there are quieter spots to be found in northern towns. Excellent wines call for vineyard tours and tastings, and Mediterranean food is an experience of its own. This is the sunniest place in the country, so reserve plenty of time on its beaches.

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