Need to know
158, including 19 suites.
Noon; earliest check-in, 2pm.
Architecturally speaking, this hotel has something of a split personality: there’s the handsome historic section, Villa Odak, which dates back to 1913, and the modern – but equally majestic – Tower.
At the hotel
Private beach (rocky, not sandy); spa; hairdresser; fitness centre; gift shop; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, free WiFi, desk, air conditioning, minibar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, black-out curtain, L’Occitane bath products.
Our favourite rooms
We love the Superior Rooms set in the historic Villa Odak, especially number 208, which has high ceilings, a ravishing terrace, an antique carpet and a bath tub with an overhead shower. This room is dangerously romantic (you might put a ring on it, if you haven’t already).
Rub your flippers together with glee, mermaids and mermen: not only does the hotel has a heated indoor pool, but the Adriatic is right on its doorstep (you'll need to walk down the coast a little if you want a sandy beach). Guests do get access to a private rocky beach, which has day-beds and a delightful beach restaurant.
Even indecisive Smiths can expect to enjoy decision-making at Excelsior’s spa, which goes a little something like this: Jacuzzi whirlpool first, or begin with the steam- or Roman baths? Soak up the intense heat of the Finnish sauna, or succumb to a massage by an expert wielding Sisley products? There’s an air-conditioned gym too, but we really don’t expect you to use it.
Bring deck shoes, diamonds and an appetite for seafood.
The hotel has a hairdresser and an on-site gift shop, should you need your barnet beautifying or a little something for the folks back home...
Little Smiths are welcome (water-babies will love it here). Families can request interconnecting rooms and there are lifts, so no buggy-lugging is required. Extra beds for over-2s are €50 a night; babysitting is €20 an hour (book a day ahead).