Dubrovnik, Croatia

Villa Dubrovnik

Rates per night from$307.70

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR270.80), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.


Neutral, natural, nautical


Edging the Adriatic

The hotel Villa Dubrovnik epitomizes Croatia from start to finish: styled by two home-grown designers, built out of grey stone from Brac and perched on a rocky coast overlooking the deep azure Adriatic. Spend your day soaking up the sun or working through every tension at the serene spa. At night, salivate over sunset views before supping on seafood at the Michelin star-worthy restaurant.

Smith Extra

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A 30-minute 'Diamond Bed' treatment (a multi-sensory experience using colour, sound, light and smell) in the Villa Spa, for two guests


Photos Villa Dubrovnik facilities

Need to know


Fifty-six, including seven suites and two villas.


Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from $307.70 (€271), excluding tax at 13 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.00 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates include breakfast and transfers to the Old Town.


Hire the hotel's vaporetto for island-hopping trips and jaunts to local beaches. Bored of your holiday read? The hotel’s library has a stash of fashion and design tomes.

At the hotel

Spa with steam room, bio sauna and several treatment rooms; gym and aerobic studio; library. In rooms: standard TV, minibar, flatscreen TV, WiFi, Etro bath products; suites have espresso machines (and more generously sized bath products).

Our favourite rooms

If sitting in an alfresco tub makes you smile, book one of the two Jacuzzi-equipped deluxe suites (we like 418, which has a grey chaise longue looking out to sea and a soft stripy rug in its cosy lounge). For a glorious view of the Old Town, book 218; for a balcony overlooking Dubrovnik, book 416.


The large indoor pool has French doors – the perfect escape on the rare drizzly day. There are breathtakingly beautiful sea views from the floor-to-ceiling windows, and a fleet of sun loungers from which to lie back and admire them. Prefer saltwater? Hop along to the rocky private beach, which has concrete platforms for sunbathing (sounds Spartan, feels fine) and a five-step ladder to the sea.


Villa Spa uses organic Sodashi products for its facials and massages, and OPI nail lacquers for its pedicures and manicures. The Villa Spa Experience Massage Diamond offers the chance to test out the hotel’s ‘diamond bed’, which uses light, colour, sound and scents to stimulate the senses.

Packing tips

Small swimwear; giant sunglasses. Deck shoes for the transfer to Dubrovnik; minimal Prada or Calvin Klein to match the restaurant. Leave the bucket and spade at home – the hotel’s beach is rocky, not sandy.


Accommodated, but not pandered to. Cots for under-3s (free) or extra beds (€50 a night for kids aged 3–7; €60 a night for ages 8+) can be added to parents' rooms. The hotel can supply booster seats and babysitting is available, subject to availability.

Food and Drink

Photos Villa Dubrovnik food and drink

Top Table

Sit in the corner by the windows for the best views of the sea and the Old Town. At lunch, eat out on the terrace or down by the grill area.

Dress Code

Island A-list: crisp shirts, flowing dresses, vibrant jewellery.

Hotel restaurant

Like the chef’s concoctions, Pjerin is smart and elegant. Chairs are chic grey and white, tables are topped with crisp linen and decorated with a sprig of rosemary and artfully shaped cutlery and glasses. The glass walls overlook the terrace and the sea, so that what’s outside shares the limelight with the delicious food: dishes such as home-made artichoke-and-ricotta ravioli and rabbit fillet with hazelnuts and wild mushrooms. Giardino, the casual bistro, has wooden tables and chairs crafted from purple rope set out on the terrace. There’s also an outdoor grill area where seafood and meat sizzle enticingly.

Hotel bar

Downstairs, there’s the pale and interesting Library Bar, dotted with light grey armchairs and charcoal sofas; lime-washed ceiling fans whir gently in the background, adding a cooling breeze. Romance levels rise a notch or two at the sultry rooftop Prosciutto & Wine Bar, where comfortable sofas sit under a canopied pagoda. The glass balcony overlooks the hotel’s roof, and has hypnotic sea views. All the classic cocktails are present and correct (alongside some signature drinks – try the Villa Dubrovnik cocktail), and there’s a sexy soundtrack of jazz and soul to accompany a variety of – you guessed it – prosciutto and wine.

Last orders

Drinks are served from 7pm until 1am; Pjerin is open from 7am until 11pm.

Room service

Room service is available on request.


Photos Villa Dubrovnik location
Villa Dubrovnik
Vlaha Bukovca 6


Dubrovnik’s airport (www.airport-dubrovnik.hr) is 18km away – a 20-minute drive. Easyjet flies to Dubrovnik from major cities in the UK, France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. Flights across the Pacific arrive via Dubai (or Charles de Gaulle airport) and Frankfurt.


There's an Avis car-hire booth at Dubrovnik airport. Free parking (and valet parking) is available at the hotel; there are plenty of parking spaces. If you're travelling through Croatia, Split is a three-hour drive away. The hotel offer free road transfers to and from the Old Town.


Jadrolinija (www.jadrolinija.hr) run ferries daily between Italy (Bari) and Dubrovnik, from May to October.

Worth getting out of bed for

Rates include a boat transfer to the Old City on the hotel's Venetian Vaporetto speedboat (May–October, weather permitting). Boats leave around every hour (check times with the concierge) and take just 10 minutes. Stroll down to the hotel’s rocky beach and hop onboard. Spend some time relaxing in the spa, which has a respectably sized indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and several treatment rooms. Gym bunnies can work out on the eight or so machines and there’s also a small room dedicated to pilates and yoga classes. Take a boat to Lokrum Island and admire the fortress, botanic gardens and lake. The hotel can also organise various outings and activities, including private tours of historic Dubrovnik, Peljesac peninsula, Zagreb or the Elaphiti Islands; horse-riding in Konavle, evening cruises, sea kayaking, visits to the wine regions, trips to the oyster farms, and meals at a Croatian family home.

Local restaurants

Sit in the romantic stone alleyway and sample flavoursome fish – including excellent sea bream and saffron shrimp – at Proto (+385 20 323 234), in the Old Town at 1 siroka. Not a fan of fish? Try the smoked ham and olive starter. 360 Dubrovnik (+385 20 322 221; www.360dubrovnik.com) is named for its panoramic views; the Mediterranean cuisine is immaculately presented. Nautika (+385 20 44 25 26; www.nautikarestaurant.com) is perched right by the sea, so the menu’s seafood focus figures. Try the lobster or the sea bass fillet with olive oil, cooked Konavle-style. Olivia Gourmet (+385 20 324 076) at 2 cvijete Zuzoric is a cool and characterful little joint that serves tasty Italian food. Sit outside on a balmy summer evening and watch the world go by.

Local bars

Gradska Kavana (+385 20 324 747) at 77 gorica Sv. Vlaha is an elegant setting for morning coffees or nocturnal imbibing, thanks to its parquet floor, brass balustrades and shiny chandeliers. The pretty terrace looks out over Placa. The cliff-hugging Cafe Buza (www.cafebuza.com) at 9 crijevićeva is a good introduction to Dubrovnik’s relaxed nightlife: accessed through a hole in the wall marked with a wooden ‘cold drinks’ sign, and the best place to watch the sun set.


Photos Villa Dubrovnik reviews
Zoë Foster

Anonymous review

By Zoë Foster, Beauty queen

The motto of Villa Dubrovnik is ‘romance forever’. But after a couple of months of a rainy London, we would happily take ‘romance temporarily’ such is our desire for a weekend away together. We just want to be sun-baked piggies that eat too much and do very little.

As Mr Smith optimistically tries to pay the driver from the airport in euros (der – Croatia has its own currency), I spot the mediaeval Old Town across to the right, and watch a gaggle of glossy superyachts gleam arrogantly in front of our hotel. I’m in a real-life Instagram photo, and I am fidgety with anticipation.

At the hotel’s entrance is a futuristic lift door flanked by a small wall. Thanks to the breathtaking views of the sparkling Adriatic sea below, it’s hosting a pair of pretty young tourists taking ‘selfies’ with the watery horizon as their backdrop.
Exiting the lift we’re thrust into the modern, minimalist space. Completely renovated in 2010, the hotel is resplendent in light, airy wood and stone textures, punctuated with cream lounges and latté fixtures. Relaxed and sophisticated, this is not your standard Eastern Europe seaside hotel. This is the new guard. This is fresh.

Passing a cluster of tanned guests barricaded by piles of LV luggage, we are checked in and given a tour. Our third-floor room has a full, glorious sea view, and is a medley of timber, sand and taupe. Understated and comfortable, it feels deceptively spacious. Bulgari toiletries and Egyptian linens catch my eye. Being a man midway through a bathroom renovation back home, Mr Smith scrutinises the taps, sinks, toilet and the fact that we’ll shower at no cost to the view thanks to a large glass wall. For this modest Mrs Smith there is heavy linen curtain available.

After a long, grubby day of travel, I wrench open the huge glass doors to our balcony and we devour the vista of deep green pines and grey rocks clashing with fantastically clear aqua water. Like all 56 rooms at Villa Dubrovnik, we get full ocean frontal: the hotel is built so that all rooms are treated to the money shot.

‘Swim?’ Mr Smith asks as he furiously tries to capture into his camera what our eyes are seeing. 37 degrees outside, and the Adriatic ocean at the foot of the hotel. There is no option but to dive in. Except for maybe an activity involving icy cocktails. (Which we also do; my advice is to skip the too-sugary daquiris.)

After a slightly confusing skip down to the sea (you have to walk through the fine-dining Restaurant Pjerin through a picturesque, pine-shaded stone terrace and the more casual Al Fresco Bar Giardino, down more stairs and through a tunnel), we find ourselves in a scene from a 1960s’ movie.

A huge rock shelf, modified with steps and levelled-out platforms, it still feels gloriously natural with its undulating, imperfect rocky mounds. Despite being almost 7pm, the area is still peppered with swimsuited guests who are lazing on blue-and-white-striped deckchairs only rising occasionally to dive directly off the platform into the deep, flawless bluey-green water before returning to their lovers, friends, or sunkissed, goggled children.

Moments we’re in that water, babbling to each other just how clean, and clear and perfect it is, and unlike what we’re used to. No bities or nasties or stingies. A stylish wooden Riva boat glimmers to the side, and we watch as well-dressed, perfumed guests, (they’ve been here a few days, you can tell by their unhurried, loved-up dawdle) climb aboard for the 10-minute trip to the Old Town for dinner and maybe some artisanal pepper shakers/teaspoons/salad servers. We have no energy for such things, and settle for zingy margaritas and sharing platters in the hotel’s rooftop SkyBar lounge.

We rise early enough to hit the gym and earn ourselves some lunchtime burgers. We’re not the only ones up: after a glimpse at the indoor pool we see that the sun deck is already full and the gym is also packed. Maybe we’re all eating burgers for lunch. After a day of swimming and reading and lunching by the ocean (and flirting dangerously with heatstroke) there is no other option than to head to the Villa spa.

Australia’s organic Sodashi products are the headline act in the quiet, cool, dark spa, so I immediately sense that we are in good hands. As it transpires, we are quite literally. We find hotel spa massages can be a bit so-so; we prefer the pain and torture of sports massage, but our Croat therapists are strong and experienced, and as we drift out into the corridor and back to our room, eyes glazed, hair knotted, muscles limp, we resolve that a nap is the only option.

That evening, mimicking the guests we’d seen the night before, we dress in our resortwear finery (bejewelled sandals for her, white pants for him) to take the Riva into town, forgoing hotel dining for something a little more… traditional. We tick all the tourist boxes – ice-cream, useless souvenirs, photos in the heaving town square. Then, back at our oasis, we’re delighted that a late check-out will permit another morning of sleeping in, blueberry pancakes and jumping off the rocks into the magnificent emerald sea.

Mirthfully we realise we are now the unhurried, loved-up hotel guests dawdling along, feeling fond of each other. ‘Romance forever!’ Mr Smith shouts, startling the reception staff as he does so. We laugh, and despite making fun of the motto, quietly concede its pertinence with a kiss. Then we order room service dessert. Because we’re pigs.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Villa Dubrovnik’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Feeling like we were in James Bond movie arriving in the lift! The staff are all fantastic and so friendly, beautiful setting and although it was the end of the season we would love to return in summer and eat outside, drink prosecco on the rooftop bar and laze on the sunbeds! A very chilled hotel, beautifully designed and gorgeous views from the rooms.

Don’t expect

Wild nightlife or shopping – Dubrovnik is mainly tourist shops.


Stayed on 25 Oct 2018

We loved

The location. The ambiance. The decor. The drinks.

Don’t expect

We had a snafu with the service in which the hotel forgot to confirm a tour we were on and therefore they showed up an hour late, we also had to bring it to the hotel's attention; no one came to us. Not what I expected at a hotel of this caliber and price.


Stayed on 31 Aug 2018

We loved

Beautiful location and views. Very impressive and attentive service.


Stayed on 1 Jul 2018

We loved

It was amazing: the hotel, the view, the breakfast or lunch on the terrace, the roof top and its cocktails... We loved swimming in the sea from the private deck or in the swimming pool with the view on Lokroum Island. We enjoyed taking the riva boat to the old city. Dubrovnik is small but georgeous and there are a lot of nice restaurants.


Stayed on 26 Apr 2018

We loved

The sea views, that it's within walking distance of Dubrovnik, the speedboat transfer into the city and the standard of the rooms.

Don’t expect

It to be cheap; it's worth the money for a special occasion.


Stayed on 14 Oct 2017

We loved

The hotel generally, the beautiful setting, use of the private launch for travel, the swimming pool, sea and excellent staff.

Don’t expect

A sandy beach. 


Stayed on 28 Sep 2017

We loved

Very expensive food and drink and definitely not worth the cost. Facilities are good and the staff excellent, but the restaurant has gone downhill since our last visit. Won't bother again. Actually the whole of Dubrovnik is a rip off!


Stayed on 21 Sep 2017

We loved

The location and view are amazing – definitely on the more exclusive side of town! All the staff were warm, friendly and attentive and determined to make our stay memorable. The rooftop bar is breathtaking and breakfast is definitely worth getting out of bed for. The vintage speedboat into the Old Town is the icing on the cake. Proto restaurant in the Old Town does the most amazing scampi and truffle fettuccine. The local wines are delicious and you can sample them in a wine flight tasting at D'Vino in the Old Town. The ferry trip to Mljet is worth it to find a secluded spot to swim in the salt lakes of the National Park.

Don’t expect

I wouldn't bother with the Diamond Bed experience even if it is free but I would recommend a massage.


Stayed on 7 Sep 2017

We loved

The hotel is stunning, the setting incredible and staff could not do enough. Also loved the hourly shuttle boat across to the Old Town.

Don’t expect

A buzzing, loud vibe – it's chilled, serene and calm. Unfortunately don't be expecting the best air conditioning!


Stayed on 6 Sep 2017

We loved

We loved everything about Villa Dubrovnik. Swimming in the ocean, the awesome bar upstairs, and the great service were among our favorites.

Don’t expect

Cheap prices.


Stayed on 2 Jun 2017

We loved

Absolutely everything. Incredible, personal and highly attentive service, with major attention to detail. Beautiful comfortable room with gorgeous view. Delicious food. Prompt service. Will definitely stay again.


Stayed on 19 Apr 2017

We loved

Hotel is right on the sea, a short walk from the city itself, quiet as no traffic near the hotel itself.Tthe access road is some way above the hotel and access is down via lift. The room balcony has one of the best views in Dubrovnik and is great for evening sunset drink and snacks. The beach, a short walk to the south of the hotel, was quiet and secluded in April 2017. We liked the food and atmosphere of Azur Dubrovnik restaurant.

Don’t expect

Change. Dubrovnik is not a cheap place!


Stayed on 7 Apr 2017