The Croatian coastline is speckled with hidden coves, postcard perfect beaches and tiny islands; sand-fringed jewels that bob in the deep blue waters of the Adriatic. The best way to explore then is of course on a private cruise, but where to start? Guests at D-Resort Šibenik – a sleek, minimal design resort whose all-white suites and villas look out across the shimmering coast and the ancient, picturesque waterfront – can choose from a raft of private cruises that showcase the best of the islands and dreamy coast.
An easy sail from Šibenik, the Kornati archipelago is an unspoiled paradise made up of 140 uninhabited islands scattered over a 300 square kilometre patch of ocean. Home to olive groves, vineyards and orchards farmed by the residents of nearby Murter Island, the islands conceal beautiful bays, secret beaches and secluded coves. On a day-long cruise, guests will explore the waters of Kornati National Park and stop off to explore Prvi Island, inhabited only by fishermen and farmers, and stop for a swim in the vibrant waters off Manaa Island before a feast of fresh seafood at a beachfront restaurant.
Alternatively, visitors can cruise down St Anthony Channel and explore the Fortress of St. Nicholas, then stop off on the forested island of Zlarin, famous for its unique red corals and stunning pebble beaches. Drop anchor for a cooling dip off Kakan Island, then plot a course for an unhurried seafood lunch on Prvi Island, before returning to your stylish resort.
For a more languid experience, guests can book a sunset boat tour around the Šibenik coastline, or rent their own motor yacht or sailing boat from Šibenik marina.