Dubrovnik, Croatia

Villa Dubrovnik

Rates from (ex tax)$445.32

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 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR450.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Neutral, natural, nautical

Setting

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

Facilities

Photos Villa Dubrovnik facilities

Need to know

Rooms

56, including seven suites. There are also two villas, both with their own entrance and parking.

Check–Out

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

Rates

Double rooms from $445.32 (€398), 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.

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 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR450.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include breakfast and boat transfers to the Old Town.

Also

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.

Poolside

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.

Spa

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.

Children

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.

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.

Location

Photos Villa Dubrovnik location
Address
Villa Dubrovnik
Vlaha Bukovca 6
Dubrovnik
20000
Dubrovnik
Croatia

Planes

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.

Automobiles

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.

Other

Jadrolinija (www.jadrolinija.hr) run ferries daily between Italy (Bari) and Dubrovnik, from May to October. The hotel's Venetian vaporetto speedboat runs daily between the Villa and the Old Town (from May to October).

Worth getting out of bed for

Rates include a boat transfer to the Old Town on the hotel's Venetian vaporetto (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.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

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 with us, 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

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.

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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!

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Stayed on 7 Apr 2017

We loved

Beautiful contemporary interior, al a carte breakfasts, friendly staff, small number of rooms.

Don’t expect

I didn't rate the complimentary Mr & Mrs Smith diamond spa bed experience.

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Stayed on 2 Oct 2016

We loved

The hot-tub on the balcony and the vaparetto into the Old Town. Very good food and Croatian wines - best of all in the rooftop bar. Spacious and great design. Particularly liked the Bond-villain entrance to the hotel. Recommend The Restaurant Dubrovnik in the Old Town

Don’t expect

The Old Town is full of people, so don't expect deserted streets.

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Stayed on 6 Sep 2016

We loved

Very cool hotel, beautiful décor. Felt very exclusive and quiet. Use the hotels private launch to take you to the old town and go out for dinner. Concierge made some great recommendations.

Don’t expect

Cheap anything. Spa was a bit disappointing. Diamond bed experience totally overrated.

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Stayed on 31 Aug 2016

We loved

The service, seaside swimming area, breakfast (included) lunch, location, free boat service into the old town.

Don’t expect

Large rooms, very private bathrooms.

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Stayed on 31 Aug 2016

We loved

The view from all areas in the hotel - breath-taking. 360 degrees restaurant in Dubrovnik old town, fabulous food in a wonderful setting

Don’t expect

Personalized service and attention to details - Staff are not what you would expect in a 5-star hotel

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Stayed on 15 Aug 2016

We loved

The vaporetto to the centre of Dubrovnik- so wonderful to be out of the madness and heat of the town and to travel there in such style- we felt like film stars! The indoor pool which was lovely in the heat of the day. The staff very helpful and everyone always greeted us in a very friendly way. The view from the rooms was stunning- especially seeing the sun setting over Dubrovnik. We loved the little bathing areas by the sea- they made the best use of the space. We travelled with a 16 and 20 year old who absolutely loved the hotel. It was hard to find good food in Dubrovnik as there are so many tourists. We really enjoyed eating in the restaurant at the hotel. It's essential to walk the walls of the the town but do it early or late in the day as it gets very busy (and hot). The Franciscan Monastery was also worth a visit ( and relatively quiet). 

Don’t expect

We thought the rooms lacked the beautiful design of the rest of the hotel. They were good but nowhere near as stylish.

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Stayed on 13 Jul 2016

We loved

The hotel service and amenities are perfect. There is plenty of space and chairs to accommodate all the guests - it's my pet peeve when places are lacking sharable space. The Prosciutto Wine Bar is a great place to relax, we even had dinner up there one night. The hotels water taxi is also a great amenity to easily get in and out of town. There's a nice hiking trail that goes to the top where the cable car goes. Take a Boat to the Elaphiti Islands, the hotel can arrange. 10/10

Don’t expect

The room service was below average, we were hoping to dine on the balcony one night but it wasn't fitting. Rooms seemed a little smaller than expected, bathroom is a bit of an open floor plan which was kind of odd.

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Stayed on 30 Jun 2016

We loved

The service and the food, and sunbathing by the pool. Proto restaurant in the old city

Don’t expect

A beach or a holiday free from children

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Stayed on 27 Jun 2016

We loved

The beautiful views, the water taxi to Dubrovnik, the ocean swimming and relaxing area, the pool, the restaurant and the rooftop bar. Dubrovnik is very crowded in the season, much nicer to look at it from the Villa Dubrovnik with a glass of wine!!

Don’t expect

Night clubs and loud music!

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Stayed on 24 Jun 2016

We loved

Wonderful view. Roof top bar at night. Lovely swish room and bathroom. Good helpful service. Very smart!

Don’t expect

Fantastic breakfasts (getting fresh orange juice took persistence). Proper coffee machine in room.

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Stayed on 20 Jun 2016

We loved

The rooms are amazing and the smell everywhere in the hotel is beautiful, they have rituals sticks everywhere creating the relaxing and harmonious atmosphere. The views from this hotel are stunning I would call it paradise. The areas to sunbath are so peaceful and right by the sea which enables you to truly unwind and relax. A perfect break away with stunning views and the most peaceful of locations. The evening chocolates and daily news at the villa are a stunning touch to this hotel - giving you an update of what is happening the following day including the hotel activities and most importantly the weather! Perfect for a romantic break away having time together in the peace and quiet, you really do get left alone. Local recommendations: Buza Bar 1 and 2 are out of the way (you actually walk through the city wall - it is not signposted but if you ask anyone in town they will know the bars). The bars overlook the sea and are on the rocks so you can sunbath and also drink cocktails or coffee whichever is your tipple under the stunning views Dubrovnik has to offer. Get there early as the bars fill up quickly!

Don’t expect

The food to be cheap! The food is based on fine dining (although I would not say to the same class as somewhere like London) and you certainly pay for this even though it is not that great. If you choose the taster menu choose 5 courses not 7 courses due to the richness of each course and the portions increase in size! I would say this is the only let down to this hotel and place - the food.

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Stayed on 2 Jun 2016

We loved

The hotel ferry service, the view from our window overlooking the bay and the vibe. D'Vino Wine Bar is made for long afternoons, sipping wine and nibbling cheese. Ducked in to escape a shower and left about 4 hours later!

Don’t expect

Wild nights

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Stayed on 18 May 2016

We loved

Everything especially the location and the staff. We rented Denis and his boat from Dubrovnik Boat Rentals for a tour of the Elaphiti Islands. He looked after us so well and we had a lovely day on the Islands. Great seafood restaurant in Lopud that was recommended by Denis. Best lobster spaghetti ever.

Don’t expect

To want to leave .... ever!

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Stayed on 18 May 2016

We loved

The warm welcome.

Don’t expect

To have name remembered so often!

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Stayed on 4 May 2016

We loved

Stunning views- even from the shower! Private cliff-side sunbathing. Brilliant, friendly service. Go kayaking around the island. 10/10

Don’t expect

Late night partying /bar (although we were there in April)

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Stayed on 20 Apr 2016

We loved

Boat transfer to Dubrovnik and beach and room and staff and spa

Don’t expect

Lively nights

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Stayed on 29 Oct 2015

We loved

The location, the facilities, the location, the service, the location, the boat transfers to the Old Town, the location, the design ethic..... Did I say the location? Brilliant vista of sea, island terrain, and old Dubrovnik. Just lovely. Nearby, go to Bota Oyster and Sushi Bar, for excellent oysters tempura and sashimi. D'Vino Wine Bar for flights of local wines, and duck from Split. Truffled fettuccine at Proto, on the upstairs terrace. Walking the walls, of course, and the exhibition at the top of the mountain.

Don’t expect

If you are looking for a party scene, this is not for you.

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Stayed on 26 Oct 2015

We loved

Loved everything! This hotel has a huge "Wow" Factor.

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Stayed on 8 Oct 2015

We loved

Great quiet location. Magic views across the bay with stunning sunsets. Only 15 mins walk from Old Town or you can get there by complimentary boat transfer.

Don’t expect

LIvely nightlife.

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Stayed on 27 Sep 2015

We loved

...just about every single detail! Egyptian cotton sheets on very comfortable and large beds. Floor to ceiling windows with a view of the sparkling sea, the island of Lokrum, and Old Town Dubrovnik. Fantastic service from managers, desk staff, porters, waiters. Complimentary taxi boat service (on a very attractive boat indeed!) to Old Town Dubrovnik. Beautiful private beach. Lovely rooftop bar. Delicious dining. "Romance Forever" indeed!

Don’t expect

...too much motivation to go elsewhere...We're quite the adventuresome couple and we like to explore. However, when we arrived here we had no desire to go anywhere else at all for a least a good 36 hours. That's a big deal for us!

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Stayed on 12 Aug 2015

We loved

The whole hotel - staff were brilliant and so friendly and accommodating. Food was excellent and the rooms were immaculate. Have already planned to return. The hotel recommended some great restaurants, in particular 'Dubrovnik'. Definitely worth visiting Lokrum island too.

Don’t expect

A busy hotel with lots of kids activities. The hotel is for relaxation and chilling out.

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Stayed on 27 Jul 2015

We loved

What a divine setting. Superb service, excellent food and a gorgeous room. The vaporetto spirits you and fellow guests each night into Dubrovnik. It's extremely romantic and an opportunity to chat casually to other guests and meet others who are delighting in the Villa Dubrovnik experience. Diving from a sunbed into the crystal clear water between chapters in a book - med heaven.

Don’t expect

The in-house restaurant is superb, but you'd be mad not to explore some restaurants in the Old Town if you can tear yourself away from the Villa. Don't expect to meet loads of locals, you'll need to get outside of Dubrovnik Old Town in the height of summer to avoid the tourist crush.

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Stayed on 19 Jul 2015

We loved

The wonderful ethos of the entire staff in making our stay wonderful. Ten out of 10.

Don’t expect

So many young children/babies. Also the very casual dress code in the evening by some of the men. 

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Stayed on 12 Jul 2015

We loved

The hospitality, the attention to detail and quality, and the gorgeous hotel, rooms and grounds. The Spa was fabulous as well!

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Stayed on 11 Jul 2015

We loved

The location of the hotel was secluded over the cliff and by the water with direct views of the walls of Dubrovnik, yet still within walking distance. The suite was modern with lovely decor and the hotel itself had great staff and service.

Don’t expect

crazy nightlife

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Stayed on 25 Jun 2015

We loved

The stunning location. Breakfast on the terrace. The vaporetto to Dubrovnik. The attentive staff. Definitely take the ferry to Lokrum for the day.

Don’t expect

There to be no children, there were lots! The Diamond bed experience was 'interesting'!

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Stayed on 22 Jun 2015

We loved

The location. Far enough away from the main town to enjoy the peace and quiet, while close enough to take in the many restaurants and shops. The views were also astonishing.

Don’t expect

Children.

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Stayed on 15 Jun 2015

We loved

Rooms were lovely, spacious, light, clean, comfy beds. staff all very attentive and friendly while not being obtrusive. pool area lovely and quiet, good gym, spa facilities excellent. complimentary boat transfer to old town every hour on a gorgeous venetian vaporetto. Really couldn't fault the hotel in anyway, which considering we have around 10 holidays/breaks a year is saying something! There was absolutely nothing to fault

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Stayed on 12 Jun 2015