Croatia's Adriatic coast is a superb setting for honeymooners looking to do a little more than just flop on a beach, although there are ample sandy spots as well.

One of the highlights has to be Dubrovnik's walled old town. Compact, yet stuffed full of boutiques and pizzerias, the main Stradun and the cobbled streets leading off it can keep you occupied for hours.

Poised on the cliff just beyond the town walls, the Excelsior is all classic charm - it counts the Kennedys and Elizabeth Taylor among its former guests, and retains its Euro-glam feel.

All suites have private terraces looking out to the yachts in the bay, but the hotel's secret weapon is the lower terrace that opens onto the sea: you climb down a ladder as if into a private swimming pool.

At dusk, watch Dubrovnik's lights twinkle from the terrace of the Abakus piano bar, then head to the Prora restaurant at the water's edge.

WOW FACTOR: Try the freshest sashimi at the hotel's Satu sushi bar and restaurant.

FLIGHT TIME: 3 hours

WHEN TO GO: Summer, Spring

GO: Essentially Prestige ( offers four nights, B&B, in a Classic Room from £714 per person. Includes Easyjet flights and transfers.