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Croatia: Hvar

Hvar is the latest of the famous international playgrounds, heir to that noble lineage running from Cannes and Capri through St. Bart’s and South Beach. It’s so relentlessly gorgeous it makes your eyes ache: the harbor edged with bougainvillea, the exquisitely aged Renaissance façades, the nonstop parade of caramelized torsos. You could spend a month in tiny Hvar Town and never tire of the daily routine. At the morning market, Claudia Cardinale look-alikes rub shoulders with black-cloaked biddies shopping for figs. As the sun climbs higher, breakfast seamlessly merges with lunch (try the buttery spaghetti with lobster at Macondo). At twilight the crowd congregates at Carpe Diem, a club whose cushioned stools are occupied by couples paying with Credit Suisse platinum cards. If you left your mega-yacht in St.-Tropez, hole up at the swank Adriana Hvar Spa Hotel, whose best rooms overlook the marina. —Peter Jon Lindberg

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