Lonely Planet Writer

Brad Pitt visits potential site of $1.5 billion luxury resort in Croatia

Brad Pitt caused a stir in Croatia last Thursday, when he took a site tour of a proposed luxury resort on the Northern Dalmatian coast.

Hollywood star Brad Pitt
Hollywood star Brad Pitt Image by Republic of Korea / CC BY-SA 2.0

The 52-year-old actor flew into Zadar airport, then boarded a boat to travel south to the town of Šibenik, where he stayed at the luxurious new waterfront D-Resort hotel. The star visited the Unesco World Heritage listed St James’ Cathedral, an architectural masterpiece constructed in the 15th and 16th centuries, before being taken on a tour of the proposed resort site in Zablaće, just outside Šibenik.

The small tour group also included renowned Croatian architect Nikola Bašić, who is famous for creating the Sea Organ, an enormous musical instrument played by the sea, and the Sun Salutation lighting installation on Zadar’s waterfront.

Bašić is working with the Swiss-based fund TFI Holding to create an ecologically responsible development at Zablaće, featuring a luxury hotel, a golf course, shops, villas, schools and a health clinic. A community with a population of 2500 will live alongside the luxury resort. It is expected to cost around US$1.5 billion to transform the existing marina and salt-production area into a sustainable resort and community.

Pitt had previously visited the area almost 30 years ago when he was filming Dark Side of the Sun with director Božidar Nikolić, who gave the aspiring actor his first leading role in a movie. Pitt’s wife Angelina Jolie visited Croatia’s beautiful Brijuni Islands in August 2011.