Šibenik, Croatia

D-Resort Šibenik

Rates per night from$106.69

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR95.58), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Nauti but nice

Setting

Dreamy Dalmatian Coast

D-Resort Šibenik is a striking modern masterpiece on Croatia’s Adriatic coast, with a quadruple-height atrium and art-filled rooms looking over a yacht-laden marina. The pools and playground make it a family favourite, but you’ve got a suave spa with a white marble hammam for grown-up downtime too. There’s a choice of bars and restaurants specializing in cocktails, coffee and barbecue meats, but you’ll want to explore nearby too. The mediaeval charm of Šibenik is just a water taxi away, and you can charter a yacht to go island-hopping along the coast.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

72, including six suites.

Check–Out

Noon; check-in, 3pm, but both are flexible, subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $106.69 (€96), excluding tax at 13 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.40 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates include a buffet breakfast of fresh fruit, cereals, healthy smoothies and hot dishes cooked to order (such as farm-fresh eggs and organic bacon).

Also

D-Resort architect Nikola Bašić won the European Prize for Urban Public Space with his sound-art construction ‘Sea Organ’ in Zadar – it’s an hour up the coast, if you want to go and see/hear it.

Hotel closed

The hotel is usually closed from 1 November until 1 April.

At the hotel

Gym, playground, table tennis, basketball, free WiFi. In rooms: TV, iPod dock, minibar, tea and coffee, Etro bath products.

Our favourite rooms

For extra space, go for a Deluxe Suite, with views of either the marina or the sea from the balcony. If you’re with family or friends (or you’re just set on a private pool), go for an Exclusive Villa – you can even invite one of the hotel chefs to come and cook for you in-house.

Poolside

There are three pools, each refreshingly unheated. The Yacht Club pool is the headline act, with an infinity edge, Roman steps and adjoining section just for children. Out on the peninsula tip there’s another, this time rectangular-shaped with parasols by the sea. And then there’s the adults-only spa pool – shallow and sheltered, with hydrotherapy jets.

Spa

The Yacht Club D-Spa is the place to go for a massage, facial or body wrap; pair up with a partner for the ‘Couple’s escape’, a body scrub and massage with molten candle butter. There’s also a fitness room, and a white marble hammam (no clothes required).

Packing tips

Under no circumstances forget your sunglasses – there’s so much natural light here you almost need them inside.

Also

Wheelchair users can access all areas, and some rooms on the ground floor have adapted bathrooms.

Pet‐friendly

Pets are welcome in the Exclusive Villas, or any of the rooms on the ground floor. They’ll get a bed, water bowl and food, and it’ll cost you just £3.50 a night. See more pet-friendly hotels in Šibenik.

Children

All ages welcome. Extra beds and cots can be added to all rooms.

Best for

Over-6s.

Recommended rooms

Go for an Exclusive Villa, which comes with its own pool, kitchenette and nanny room, along with plenty of space.

Activities

Sign up to the kids club, which runs an activity programme each morning for ages 4–11 (in summer, there’s also a session from 4pm to 9pm). The outdoor playground has a climbing frame and swings; there’s a basketball net and table tennis table for sporty little Smiths.

Swimming pool

Children are very welcome at both the Yacht Club pool and the peninsula pool – at the Yacht Club, there’s also a super-shallow adjoining pool too, especially for petit paddlers.

Meals

Highchairs are provided, and there’s a ‘Kids’ Corner’ menu at both restaurants, featuring fish fingers and friends.

No need to pack

If you want to borrow a tablet, just ask.

Eco‐friendly

The restaurant sources organic ingredients from local suppliers, and there are electric buggies for zero-emission zipping around the resort.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Take a table by the windows, for floor-to-ceiling views across the glittering bay.

Dress Code

Nautical stripes, and nothing too tight – you’ll need room to accommodate the generous portions.

Hotel restaurant

For sophistication and skyline views, book in at the Art Restaurant & Bar – the menu is Mediterranean with a Croatian twist, which means you can expect dishes like swordfish steak with polenta, wilted spinach and a rustic tomato sauce, paired with your choice of 180 wines. At the Yacht Club restaurant, you’ll find local meats barbecued on the grill and served on the shaded terrace overlooking the pool.

Hotel bar

Both restaurants have bars, and there are two others, too. The Peninsula bar is on-point for cocktails, burgers and tempura, served outside by the pool. Or you can hang out at the Lobby Bar, which specialises in coffee – choose a signature specialty brew, or blend the beans into a creamy coffee cocktail.

Last orders

At Art Restaurant, the breakfast buffet is open from 7am until 11am, and dinner is from 7.30pm until 10.30pm.The Yacht Club serves lunch from noon till 5pm. The Lobby Bar is open from noon till 8pm, and the Peninsula Bar is open from 9am until 7pm.

Room service

Take your pick from a wide range of international dishes on the room service menu.

Location

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Address
D-Resort Šibenik
Obala Jerka Šizgorića 1
Šibenik
22 000
Croatia

The resort is built on a peninsula protruding into Šibenik Bay, on the Adriatic Coast of Croatia.

Planes

Fly into Split Airport – British Airways flies daily from Heathrow, while Easyjet have direct flights from Luton, Gatwick and Glasgow. The airport is on the Šibenik-side of Split, 50 minutes by car from D-Resort. A resort transfer for up to three people costs £107 each way; for a private van carrying up to six people, it’s £237 each way.

Automobiles

A car will give you the freedom to explore countless fishing villages and idyllic islands up and down the Dalmatian Coast – hire from the airport and park at the resort for €10 a day.

Other

If you’re yachting up and down the Dalmatian Coast, you can sail into a spot at the D-Resort marina. There’s also a water taxi service from Šibenik – it’s intended for day trips to and from town, but don’t let that stop you.

Worth getting out of bed for

This is the kind of place where you could spend day after day onsite, alternating between dips in the swimming pools, treatments at the spa, meals in the multiple restaurants, and cocktails in the numerous bars. Heck, you could even just get comfy on your own terrace and bury your head in a book.

Take the water-taxi shuttle from the resort marina into Šibenik, then explore its mediaeval Old Town, a tangle of steep stone streets wedged in on the waterfront. The Unesco-approved, triple-naved St James’ Cathedral is a must-see, as is the central Poljana Square and St Michael’s Fortress, which hosts outdoor concerts in summer. Do as the locals do and explore the Šibenik archipelago – car-free Kaprije (40 minutes by water taxi) is our pick of the nearby islands for its pretty fishing harbour and laid-back vibe. Drive inland to the waterfalls and watermills of Krka National Park, stopping at the island-set Visovac Monastery while you’re there and Bibich Winery (Plastovo) on the way back. Charter a boat at the resort, then set a course for Kornati National Park, a group of 140 uninhabited islands lined with snorkel-ready reefs and mysterious sea caves.

Local restaurants

She Bio Bistro is the ‘Šibenik Hub for Ecology’, a green-fingered restaurant serving a plant-based menu of locally sourced goodness – go for the gluten-free ‘Persephone’ quinoa with goat’s cheese and walnuts, or the home-made spelt gnocchi with hazelnut pesto. For more traditional tastes, eat at family-run Barun – house recipes perfected over 30 years in business include the shrimp risotto and the Zagreb-style veal cordon bleu. Michelin-starred Pelegrini has a blockbuster location by St James’ Cathedral, and a big-hitting tasting menu prepared by chef Rudi Štefan.

Local bars

Go back to She, this time for craft cocktails and organic wines at the rooftop bar (the only one in Šibenik); the ‘dalmatinha’, with herbal brandy and local fig liqueur, goes particularly well with the over-city views.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this marina-side resort in Croatia and unpacked their handmade shoes and sugared almonds, a full account of their Dalmatian break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside D-Resort in Šibenik…

If a cruise ship is a hotel on water, D-Resort Šibenik is – in some senses at least – a bit like a ship on land. Fear not, though: we’re not talking tacky casinos, budget cabaret and shoebox-sized rooms here. It’s just that when you stand out on your wood-planked terrace looking down on the yachts in the marina and out over the shimmering Adriatic, it’s easy to feel like you’re out at sea – the four-deck centrepiece of the resort stretches along a finger-like peninsula, and is almost surrounded by water. There are some other well executed cruise-ish elements, too – the ones everyone secretly craves anyway. A choice of restaurants and bars, a popular kids club, a pair of swimming pools… Welcome to a multi-talented destination hotel that’s fit for all the family.

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