La Villa

Lopud Island, Dalmatian Coast, Croatia Book from Book from £64 per night

A homely, 16th-century seaside villa on a tiny car-free island, an hour's ferry ride from the walled city of Dubrovnik
Scattered in turquoise seas off Dubrovnik, Lopud is one of the largest of the gorgeous, green Elafiti islands. The only settlement unfolds as you enter a deep bay, guarded by a small Gothic-Renaissance chapel. With just 220 inhabitants and no cars, this village of stone cottages, towering palm trees and an abandoned Franciscan monastery was once a summer bolthole for Dubrovnik aristocrats.

Today, it appeals to young professionals who want a back-to-nature hideaway 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 rooms, each with a different colour scheme and stylishly furnished with Indian cotton bedcovers and brightly mosaicked 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.

Highs

  • 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

Lows

  • It's been a while since we visited, and some changes have been made to the hotel that we're yet to see
  • 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 transfers and food at the restaurant are a little pricey
  • Although the bedrooms are great value, they are fairly basic

Best time to go

For a peaceful break, visit May-June or September-October, when it's pleasantly warm and sunny but not too crowded. Note that Dalmatia gets dreadfully busy through high season (July-August). That said, if you go between mid-July and late-August you’ll catch the Dubrovnik Summer Festival.

Our top tips

Rent a sailing boat and explore the surrounding islands. Kolocep and Sipan are just a couple of miles away, easily manageable in a day-trip; while Mljet (about 5 nautical miles further west) has a national park with dense pine forests and two interconnecting lakes, one with an island.

Great for...

Beach
Cheap & Chic
Family
Foodie
Great Outdoors
  • Boutique B&B
  • 7
  • Restaurant (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Closed: 16 Oct 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Bicycles Available
  • Excursions
Room: Red Room

Rooms

The 7 rooms are light, spacious, and cool thanks to thick stone walls. They feature 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 and Indian cotton fabrics. There's air conditioning, a minibar, a safe and a 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.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Safe box
  • Terrace
  • WiFi

Eating

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. Dishes might include huge, grilled fish fresh from the sea, lobster spaghetti, seafood risotto or 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.

Features include:

  • Communal dining
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Organic produce
  • Restaurant
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • 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 time 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 and check out the City Museum inside the 15th-century Bishop’s Palace. Be aware that ferries from Lopud to Dubrovnik are a little irregular on weekday mornings

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Kayaking
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Kids

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.

Best for:

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 - be aware that there is no air conditioning unit in these smaller bedrooms. Green has an additional sofabed which would suit a couple with a child. All rooms can fit a babycot.

Baby equipment:

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

Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 8 independent reviews from i-escape guests

9/10
Room
9/10
Food
10/10
Service
9/10
Value
9/10
Overall

We were on Lopud for our minimoon and our stay at La Villa was an absolute dream. Dobrilla and Michele were the most friendly, helpful and welcoming hosts. They organised airport transfers, a boat trip for us, and more, and made our whole stay stress free. Although our room was reasonably basic, the accommodation is great and fits the vibe of the island. It’s in a beautiful rustic setting and is home to one of the best restaurants on the island. We will definitely be back!

10/10,

La Villa is set in a delightful spot virtually on the water. Lopud is a small, entirely carless island and the promenade on the front is reminder of the charms of yesteryear. Lopud also possesses a wonderful Franciscan church which holds art exhibitions, a naturist beach for those so inclined and a preponderance of small people in all directions. I did not do a great deal in the two days we were there apart from sleep, read and eat plenty of ice cream but our hosts at La Villa were most hospitable and I highly recommend this hotel.

9/10,

Fantastic stay in this wonderful, small & friendly hotel. Location perfect, hosts extremely kind & helpful. My son loved the pancakes at breakfast, the steaks are amazing & the restaurant terrace is stunning. Would return in a heartbeat!

10/10,

Really lovely swimming just outside the hotel, either off stone pontoon or small beach, in crystal clear water. We were lent flippers and masks to see shoals of small fish. Lopud has a very chilled vibe, easy 1 mile walk over to Sunj beach on the other side of the island, but you could cheat by getting a golf buggy. We think the best food on the island was at La Villa. Blue room with balcony was perfect for family of four. Definitely go for a sea view as your shutters open onto the sea, a stone's throw away. We hope to go back!

9/10,

We stayed in Orange. It was very quiet, no sea view but on the ground floor facing the garden and very private with an outdoor sitting area. The bed is good and bathroom great - the room is in need of a little care. Food was very good. For breakfast we had eggs, pancakes, fruit, granola, cappucino etc. The service and staff were excellent and extremely accommodating. Something small went wrong and they gave us a bottle of wine! Internet is a bit wonky but didn't care. Loved you can step outside and jump in the sea and that at the end of the garden you can go out the door into the island park. Go to Obala for dinner. Walk/ hike around the island - especially the coastal path for the sunset. It's very easy to get to Lopud by ferry from Gruz.

10/10,

The most wonderful stay. Stunning island, great welcome. Clean charming room. Fantastic food. Best value holiday I've ever had. Recommend to anyone. Families or couples.

10/10,

This hotel is run by very helpful, professional, friendly staff. They are very welcoming. It is good value for money, in a great position on Lopud. The food in the restaurant is delicious, particularly the fresh fish.

10/10,

The room was very basic! A mirror would help. We were also woken up 3 mornings at 7am by bin men right outside the window for an hour or so. The boat was also out of use.

6/10,

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