“A homely, 16th-century seaside villa on a tiny car-free island, an hour's ferry ride from the walled city of Dubrovnik”
All 8 rooms are light, spacious, and cool throughout the summer thanks to the old building’s thick stone walls (with 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 tasteful and minimalist (Ikea-fans will recognise some pieces...), with large comfy beds, sinuous wicker chaises-longues and Indian cotton fabrics. There's a minibar, safe and hairdryer, but you won't find telephone or television - after all, you're here to escape the turmoil of modern life. Rooms are technically categorised as standard and superior (4 or each), but they are all different and full of character, the only real difference is the amount of space (both indoors and out) and quality of the views you get.
Our favourite rooms are Blue and Green, both of which are on the first floor with sea views, plus Blue has the added luxury of a private terrace. Pink and Lilac also look onto the water, and are located on the second floor, but they lack the better views as the windows are rather high. Red, Yellow and Navy Blue all look onto the back garden, making them slightly more peaceful and maybe a little cooler as they do not catch the evening sun. Orange has a small private terrace in the garden.
Families with little ones should opt for Blue, Green, Orange and Red - the superior rooms - as they are more spacious. Green has an additional sofabed which would suit a couple with a child, while Blue and Lilac are ideal for larger families as they have a separate little room with 2 single beds for 2 children.
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.
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.
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)
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