Just south of Dubrovnik in Cavtat, Hotel Supetar is a vintage villa that was built on the site of an ancient settlement, Epidaurus (Greek) and latterly Epidaurum (Roman). The house is the perfect refuge after Dubrovnik day trips, with oranges and lemons growing in the garden, a peaceful pool and a wine bar showcasing the region’s venerated vines. The dock for Dubrovnik-bound boats is helpfully just outside, as is Cavtat’s charming Adriatic-facing promenade.
Double rooms from £247.09 (€287), including tax at 25 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €3.00 per person per night on check-out.
Rates usually include breakfast.
The hotel shutters up for winter at the end of October and reopens at the start of May.
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: air-conditioning, tea and coffee kit, TV and Natura Bissé bath products.
Our favourite rooms
If you’re tall, the Attic Room with Sloped Ceiling should be avoided for obvious reasons (even if they do have views of Cavtat through their bay windows).
The pool in the garden is open for swims from 8am until 8pm.
Cobblestone-friendly footwear, reading materials for poolside lounging and chic nautical clothing for Adriatic seafaring.
The century-old building is unfortunately not easily accessible for wheelchair users.
All ages are welcome but there are no special facilities for children.
The renovation of Supetar’s century-old building used only local materials and contractors to install eco-friendly heating and cooling systems; all tours and activities are provided by local guides and businesses; the bath products are in refillable and recyclable bottles; and even the TV in your room will help teach you how to protect and respect the surroundings, especially in Dubrovnik itself, which has seen mass tourism in recent years.
Sit out on the courtyard near the old well and smell the citrus, or watch the bay go by from the restaurant’s terrace.
This laid-back lodging isn’t one for rules.
The bay-facing restaurant serves classic Croatian dishes, including creamy grain soup with corn chips and parsley oil, wild-hare ragu and stuffed quail, washed down with the region’s acclaimed wines and accompanied by organic local produce. Breakfast buffets are laid out each morning, but it’s the view that will be doing most of the rousing.
The wine bar serves the Konavle region’s finest wares (with wine flights available for the studious), and you’ll also be able to rehydrate with cocktails in the lounge bar near the pool.
Both bars are open from 5pm until 11pm.
Snacks and sustenance can be delivered to your room around the clock.
Hotel Supetar is in Cavtat, a 30-minute drive south of Dubrovnik, on Croatia’s Adriatic-facing coast.
Hotel Supetar is just 15 minutes by car from Dubrovnik’s main airport. Hotel-arranged transfers cost a little over €20 each way.
A car will come in handy for exploring the coast, but the hotel is in a pedestrian zone – let the team know your ETA and they’ll collect you from Hotel Croatia, where you can stash your wheels away for free.
A ferry service runs from Dubrovnik’s Old Town Port down to Cavtat in high season; the journey takes around 45 minutes. You can also make the crossing by taxi boat.
Worth getting out of bed for
Dubrovnik’s Old Town is a 30-minute drive north of Hotel Supetar, or you can hail a taxi boat from the Cavtat promenade just outside; there’s also a slightly less glamorous ferry option. For active sorts, the region of Konavle in the Cavtat hinterland is the rural destination for you: activities include cycling along on train tracks, setting off on horseback from the village of Popovići and quad-biking on a riverbed. You’ll also be able to scuba-dive among sunken ships in the archipelago.
Seek out some shade-giving bougainvillea at, er, Bugenvila on Cavtat’s promenade; or try the catch of the day at laid-back Ludo More, where the small menu changes almost every day – you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone in town more serious about seafood.
Head to Supetar’s sibling Hotel Croatia’s Piano Bar in Cavtat for drinks overlooking the bay out on the terrace, regular live music or a shaded caffeine spot during the day.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this heritage hotel in Croatia and unpacked their oranges and lemons, a full account of their beach break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Hotel Supetar in Cavtat…
You can blame Game of Thrones for Dubrovnik’s burgeoning popularity, even if the King’s Landing crew moved out a few years ago now. If you want to stay a little away from the action, Hotel Supetar in the seaside town of Cavtat – a 30-minute drive or sail away – is the respite-giving retreat you need. Pronounced ‘Tsavtat’, Cavtat was once called Epidaurus, an Ancient Greek colony founded circa the 6th century BC, and Epidaurum (during its Roman era).
The three-storey private villa in the centre of town, is surrounded by terracotta-topped houses and cobblestoned streets, just steps from the shore (and vessels bound for Dubrovnik). There’s a wine bar, a restaurant overlooking the bay, a fragrant garden with orange and lemon trees (plus lavender, rosemary and olive trees…), and a peaceful concrete pool. Even if winter is coming, the sun will be shining on Cavtat.