Dalmatian Coast hotels
One of the lingering hangovers of the Communism era is the attitude toward comfort and service in hotels—the Croatian hotelier's mantra might be: "The beach should be enough for you." Luckily, that is beginning to evolve, with improved service standards and enhanced amenities. And while luxury is a word we still use lightly here, the Adriana and Le Méridien Lav are harbingers of a new generation of high-end hotels. Once you've figured out which islands you plan to visit (for help, see the Fact Sheet), check out our picks, listed here. In high season, renting a private home is another option—it conveys a purer Dalmatian experience. We suggest going through an agency such as Villas Forum (385-52-210-029; www.villasforum.com) or GeneralTurist (385-14-805-555; www.generalturist.com).