Croatia has long been regarded as one of the most beautiful spots in Europe, but the booming tourist industry was interrupted by war in the early 1990s. Now tourists are rushing back to enjoy the country's long stretch of Adriatic coast.
The Hotel Dubrovnik Palace (pictured) is located on a peninsula called Lapad, which juts out into the sea. Because of the hotel's cascading architecture, all 308 rooms have a private balcony with a view of the Adriatic. (Rates start at $550 a night for a double room.)
The hotel has three outdoor swimming pools, one indoor pool, a gym, spa and tennis courts. For night owls, there are also four restaurants, three bars and a nightclub. And the walls of the Old City of Dubrovnik are a short ride from the hotel.