“A homely, 16th-century seaside villa on a tiny car-free island, an hour's ferry ride from the walled city of Dubrovnik”
Today, it appeals to young professionals who want a back-to-nature escape among some of the loveliest seascapes in the world. And where better than this 16th-century stone villa, set in smart gardens right by the sea? Above the ground-floor lounge, with its library and internet corner, are 7 spacious, white-washed rooms, stylishly furnished with wicker chaise-longues and splashes of colour from Indian cotton bedcovers and brightly mosaic'd bathrooms. From the seafront, a path leads across the island through herb-scented Mediterranean vegetation to one of Croatia’s rare sand beaches set in a blissful bay. Hosts Dobrila and Mischel are warm and friendly and will help you arrange anything from bike hire to sea kayaking; their new speedboat, skippered by Mischel (who is also a keen diver) will whisk you in minutes to Sunj beach, Sipan island or the sea-washed lighthouse on St. Andrija.
- Lopud is a beautiful, tranquil and car-free island with some of Croatia's loveliest sandy beaches, including Sunj, a 20-minute walk from the hotel
- Great food in the restaurant, and its outdoor terrace has fantastic views
- Lovely laid-back staff
- Stunning walks all over the island, perfect for exploring
- Splendid Dubrovnik is just an hour by ferry - perfect for a day of culture
- If you’re after the full range of creature comforts, this one isn’t for you
- A large hotel at the far end of the bay spoils the view somewhat, and they sometimes play loud music at night
- The island has little by way of nightlife or shopping - which, some would say, is ideal
- Although the bedrooms are great value, the transfers and food can add up
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Our top tips
- Boutique B&B
- Restaurant (open daily)
- All ages welcome
- Closed: 16 Oct 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Bicycles Available
The 7 rooms are light, spacious, and cool thanks to thick stone walls and a bit of help from the A/C. Set against whitewashed walls are boldly coloured bedspreads, cushions and curtains, which give each room its name. Furnishings are simply styled (and familiar to Ikea fans), with large comfy beds, sinuous wicker chaises-longues and Indian cotton fabrics. There's a minibar, safe and hairdryer, but you won't find television - it's all about the escape. Pricier rooms get more space (both indoors and out) and a sea view.
Our favourite rooms are Blue and Green, both of which are on the first floor with sea views; Blue has the added luxury of a private terrace. Second-floor Pink and Lilac also look onto the water, but high windows hamper the views somewhat. Red, Yellow and Navy Blue all look onto the back garden, making them slightly more peaceful and cooler, as they do not catch the evening sun.
Vivid bathrooms are decorated from floor to ceiling with tiny Italian mosaic tiles, broken up by a big mirror and cool bowl-shaped basins. They all have showers, apart from Red, which has a large built-in bathtub.
- Air conditioning
- Cots Available
- Extra beds
- Safe box
Breakfast is served in the front garden at a long table beneath a vine-covered terrace overlooking the sea. The pace is leisurely, with guests welcome from 8.30 to 10.30am. If everyone arrives at the same time, they share the same table, which makes for a friendly atmosphere. Expect fruit juice, yoghurt and muesli, platters of cheese and salami, eggs, bread and butter and a selection of jams, marmalade, honey and nutella, plus tea or coffee.
La Villa's restaurant uses home grown vegetables and herbs from the garden. Expect fresh roast vegetable alongside, huge, grilled fish - fresh from the sea, lobster spaghetti, seafood risotto and steak, served with platters of local meats and cheeses. The terrace is an ideal dinner spot as you can overlook the bay, glass of Croatian wine in hand, and watch as the sun dips over the horizon.
Lopud also has some half-dozen eateries to choose from. If you plan a lazy day bathing on Sunj, there’s a rustic beach bar doing sandwiches and barbecued snacks for lunch. If you decide to go out for dinner, the most memorable venue is Peggy's, up on a hill above the harbour, with a fine view of the floodlit church belltower over Lopud’s terracotta rooftops. Take an outdoor table and watch the owner-chef prepare freshly caught fish on the open fire, then round off with a shot of homemade rakija (a potent Croatian spirit). Down on the seafront, Obala is slightly more formal, with a waterside terrace and occasional live Dalmatian music.
- Communal dining
- Organic produce
- Vegetarian menu
- Following a signed footpath, walk 20 minutes across the island, passing through dense, herb-scented vegetation, to arrive at Sunj beach (pronounced Shunj), a 500m stretch of fine sand in a sheltered horseshoe bay with warm shallow water, sun beds and umbrellas for hire, and a ‘clothing optional’ approach
- Explore the ruins of medieval churches and the 15th century Franciscan monastery with its cloister and defensive walls
- Try snorkelling in some of the island’s secluded rocky coves to discover the Adriatic’s fascinating underwater life; or Mischel can arrange guided diving excursions with a centre in Dubrovnik (as a trained instructor, he knows his stuff)
- Pop across to neighbouring Sipan, rent a bike and cycle the length of the island (5km) from Sipanska Luka to Sudjuradj, passing through Sipansko Polje, a fertile interior valley planted with olive trees and grape vines
- Go sea kayaking, taking part on an organised tour around the Elafiti islands
- Play tennis on nearby courts, floodlit at night
- Allow at least one day to explore the beautiful medieval walled city of Dubrovnik, a UNESCO world heritage site and undoubtedly Croatia’s most fashionable destination: walk a circuit of the city walls, check out the City Museum inside the 15th-century Bishop’s Palace and see the latest photography exhibition at War Photo Ltd gallery
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Historical sites
- Plantlife / flora
- Scuba diving
La Villa is ideal for children; the beach is just a few steps away from your doorstep. Babies and children in baby cots and extra beds are charged a supplement - see Rates.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Family friendly accommodation:
Blue and Lilac are ideal for larger families as they have a separate bedroom with 2 single beds for children. Green has an additional sofabed which would suit a couple with a child. All rooms can fit a babycot.
Baby cots available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Kids Activities on site:
- There's a beach right on your doorstep
Kids Activities nearby:
- Day trips to other islands from Lopud (such as Kolocep and Sipan)
- The popular beach, Sunj, is a short trip away