Dalmatia is an increasingly popular destination for meetings and incentive groups, and while Dubrovnik and Hvar remain the favoured destinations, Split is growing in appeal. Both Dubrovnik and Split airports have seen major terminal upgrades and increased international flights and there have been plenty of exciting developments in the hotel scene too.
Hvar will finally welcome its first 5-star hotel this summer, as the Palace Elisabeth, Hvar heritage hotel will open its doors in June 2019 on Hvar's fabled main square. Located on the spot where organised tourism began in Europe in 1868, Palace Elisabeth is directly opposite the oldest public theatre in Europe, which will also reopen in May 2019 after renovation.
The hotel's history dates back to the 13th century and its heritage is well-preserved in all aspects, including its name. Formerly known as the Spa Hotel Empress Elisabeth when it opened in 1899, the hotel takes its name from Austrian Empress Elisbeth "Sisi", whose generosity was responsible for the hotel's construction. Five suites and 45 luxury rooms will complement the indoor pool, luxury spa and two outdoor terraces. The 5-star property is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, joining the prestigious group of Villa Dubrovnik, Sun Gardens Dubrovnik, Monte Mulini in Rovinj and Ikador Luxury Boutique Hotel.