Villa Dubrovnik

near Old Town Dubrovnik, Croatia Book from Book from £423 per night

Bright white bliss: a stunning cliffside spa hotel with an excellent restaurant and glorious views across the Adriatic to Dubrovnik Old Town
From the moment we stepped into the glass lift and swept down to Villa Dubrovnik’s spotless white reception, we knew we were in for a treat. With its modernist rooms, chic spa and wonderfully atmospheric restaurant, this is the perfect romantic retreat. Each room comes with a private teak terrace facing the sea and sleek glass bathrooms; select suites have private whirlpool baths. Built into the rocky coastline just outside Europe’s best-preserved medieval walled cities, the hotel is blissfully peaceful and secluded.

Soak up some culture amongst the marble cobbles and open-air cafés of Dubrovnik Old Town, before returning to unwind on the hotel’s beach or in its world-class spa. As dusk falls, ascend to the cool rooftop bar for sunset cocktails overlooking the Adriatic and Lokrum Island. Our favourite moments were spent over dinner on the alfresco restaurant terrace; lights twinkled in the trees as we dined on exquisite Mediterranean cuisine, captivated by the moonlit sea and the distant glowing walls of the Old Town.

Information provided by Villa Dubrovnik on 08/04/2021.

Opening Date
30 April 2021

Cleaning and hygiene
Bureau Veritas SafeGuard Hygiene Excellence and Safety Certification. Awarded Safe Stay in Croatia label. Safe Guard certificate holders. Green Globe sustainability certificate.
Enhanced safety and sanitation measures in place. Ongoing staff training. Sufficient protective face masks, gloves, and disinfectants provided for all employees and guests for use. Hand sanitisers are placed in the hotel entrance, restaurant entrance and in all public areas. All hotel contact surfaces are disinfected on hourly basis or after each use. Each room has protection - disinfection safety kit for guest use. Hotel staff will not enter occupied rooms for cleaning unless guests are outside the residence, all rooms ventilated during the cleaning.

Common areas
Social distancing rules of 2m in exterior hotel areas and 2m social distancing in interior hotel areas implemented. Monitoring and recording of temperatures for all employees, visitors, vendors daily, as well as temperature measuring for guests upon arrival.

Food and drink
All hotel brochures, room directory and hotel menus available in electronic form via QR codes placed in rooms and all hotel public areas and restaurants. Non-contact food delivery.

Facilities
Spa zone closed for a half an hour once per day for special disinfection of all surfaces from 13:30 - 14:00. Only members of same room or family permitted in the sauna or fitness at the same time, otherwise 1 person in sauna at a time. Number of sunbeds reduced in line with the social distancing. Treatment beds and all contact surfaces and lockers thoroughly cleaned and disinfected after each use and after each treatment a gap of 30 minutes before the next.

Other
Contactless check-in and check-out. PCR testing available in hotel with results within 24 hours.

Highs

  • Excellent service from the pleasant and knowledgeable staff - our dinner was accompanied by some exquisite local wine thanks to our waiter’s recommendations
  • Cool, understated décor that perfectly complements the ocean views, a beach area and pretty garden for lounging and alfresco breakfasts
  • An outstanding spa, with a huge range of treatments (massages, facials, mud therapies) and a sauna, steam room and large indoor pool
  • Romantic rooms and private terraces; some also have Jacuzzis or private gardens - honeymoon heaven

Lows

  • The hotel is tucked down some particularly narrow streets so drivers will need to have their wits about them, but there’s good private parking once you get there
  • Though all rooms have their own balcony, some are more private than others (the Premium Room is the only one without sea views)
  • The hotel’s beach is a rocky outcrop where guests can sunbathe and swim, but don’t expect sand or shallow water
  • This kind of luxury doesn't come cheap

Best time to go

Dubrovnik gets very busy in summer (July-August), although the hotel offers a wonderfully calming retreat. With this in mind, it's a particularly good place to stay during the city's Summer Festival (book well in advance). Spring and autumn bring comfortable temperatures and quieter streets. If you visit in low season (November and April), you’ll find Dubrovnik more peaceful and romantic, but the weather may be chilly; the hotel closes from December until March annually.

Our top tips

Fans of Game of Thrones will be in their element here and the hotel can arrange private daily tours and have a King's Landing 2 night package which includes dinner and transfers. Dubrovnik has been used as the location for 'Kings Landing' since season 2, and the monastery on Lokrum Island is the site of 'Quarth'. The cast have even been known to dine in Villa Dubrovnik's restaurant.

Great for...

Beach
City Style
Foodie
Romantic
Spa
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 56
  • Restaurant and bar (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Closed: November - March
  • Indoor Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
  • Beach
Room:

Rooms

All 48 rooms, 6 suites and 2 Residences share the same simple styling and luxe finishes: flawless white bed linens, polished wood floors and glossy glass bathrooms with gleaming showers over angular tubs (and drapes for additional privacy), and signature own-brand toiletries. Soft lighting creates warmth in the evening, while natural light pours in during the day.

Each suite offers a different combination of view, outdoor space and size; all have at least 1 bedroom (double or twin), a living room and either a private terrace or garden. The Standard, Loft and Romance Suites all have Jacuzzis in their living rooms, while the Duke’s Suite has its Jacuzzi on the terrace. The showstopper Royal Suite has 2 bedrooms and a Jacuzzi on its truly enormous terrace, drawing panoramas of the Old Town and Lokrum Island. The 2 Villa Kolin Residences also have 3 double bedrooms and 4 bathrooms each, and are located in a separate building making them particularly private; they have views of the sea and the Old Town from the top floor living room.

All 4 room categories have kingsize beds, balconies and sea views apart from the Premium Rooms. Deluxe and Superior Rooms face verdant Lokrum Island and some look towards the Old Town. Having arrived in the evening, we awoke to the sun-dappled ocean glimmering before us and couldn’t resist a cup of tea on our Superior Room balcony before breakfast. Romantics may want to spring for an Executive Room as they have sea views and the added bonus of an outdoor Jacuzzi - just crying out for sunset and bubbly!

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • TV
  • WiFi

Eating

We arrived at Villa Dubrovnik just in time for a late dinner. Sitting on the still-balmy alfresco dining terrace of Michelin-recommended Restaurant Pjerin, delicious local wine in hand, we were instantly lulled into holiday mode. Masterful lighting set the surrounding trees aglow as we lazily gazed over inky moonlit waters towards the luminous walls of Old Town Dubrovnik.

An impeccable dining experience followed. Four courses, all accompanied by fantastic service, including monkfish carpaccio with blueberries, fennel, rocket and parmesan, then the hotel’s signature dish: angel hair pasta with prawns and deliciously fresh and juicy tomatoes. For our main there was pan-fried veal loin with green beans, braised cabbage, glazed apples, pickled onion, and béarnaise sauce. And to finish? Heavenly chocolate mousse cake with a cherry sorbet.

Al Fresco Bar Giardino is in a shady, secluded garden just above the beach, and is designed for enjoying light lunches - think Mediterranean cuisine - and your favourite coffee blends.

Equally enticing, the Prosciutto and Wine Bar is a rooftop wonder for sipping wine or cocktails on super-cool sofas overlooking the sea. With the best views in the hotel (no mean feat), it’s ideal for sunset drinks.

Many guests also lunch here, at the less formal tables in the cobbled garden. Dishes are similar to those on the 24-hour room service menu: Caesar salad, scampi and pesto risotto, goat’s cheese or prosciutto sarnies, and sweet cakes or fruit desserts.

The à la carte breakfast (included in the room rate) is heavenly. We still talk about the vanilla cream pastries, eggs Benedict and excellent strawberry and banana smoothies - though the fruit and savoury cheese and cold-cut plates would make a great brunch, too.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Unwind in the excellent Villa Spa. Choose from the full menu of treatments using organic Sodashi products, covering everything from couples’ massages to facials and mud therapies. Beyond the treatment room there’s also a sauna, a steam room, a full-size indoor pool opening to a sea-facing terrace and a gym
  • Amble down to the hotel’s beach or relax in the hotel gardens. There may not be any white sand, but beaches are limited in these parts and here you get discreetly placed loungers and full waiter service throughout the day
  • Walk Dubrovnik's fortified city walls for great views over the terracotta rooftops, and stroll the pedestrianised streets, stopping off in the museums, churches and open-air cafés (the East Gate is 15 minutes' walk from the hotel
  • The concierge can arrange a wide range of excursions and private tours, including boat trips (day and evening), horse riding, kayaking, mountain biking and day trips around the wider region and into neighbouring Montenegro
  • Take in a classical concert or theatre performance during Dubrovnik's Summer Festival (July/August)
  • Pop over on the ferry to the pretty island of Lokrum and have a bite to eat before a snooze in the sun

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Historical sites
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Private guided tours
  • Sailing
  • Shopping / markets
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming
  • Well being
  • Yoga

Kids

All ages are welcome, but this is a calm, sophisticated retreat that's geared towards couples. All rooms can take a baby cot.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

All but the Superior Rooms have space for an extra bed; the suites are most suitable as they have considerably more space. In particular, the Royal Suite has 2 bedrooms and the Villa Kolin Residences each have 3 double or twin bedrooms and can sleep up to 7. The Deluxe and Duke's Suites can interconnect with neighbouring Deluxe Rooms.

Kid Friendly:

Location

Villa Dubrovnik is built into the cliffside in a quiet suburb just outside Dubrovnik Old Town, in Croatia.

By Air:
Fly into Dubrovnik (18km), or alternatively to Split (241km). Click on the links below for a list of airlines serving these airports.

From the Airport
The hotel can arrange airport transfers or you could take a taxi. If you're planning to explore the wider area you may want to hire a car (see below).

By Sea:
If you are arriving from Italy, Jadrolinija operates ferries from Bari.

By Car:
If you rent a car, bear in mind that Dubrovnik is not the easiest city to drive around. Roads are narrow, parking is very limited, and the Old Town is pedestrianised. That said, the hotel has private parking for guests and a car is useful for exploring the surrounding area - see our car rental recommendations.

Detailed directions will be provided when you confirm a booking through i-escape.com.

More on getting to Croatia

Airports:

  • Dubrovnik 18.0 km DBV
  • Split 241.0 km SPU

Other:

  • Beach 0.1 km
  • Shops 0.4 km
  • Restaurant 0.1 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 2 independent reviews from i-escape guests

9/10
Room
9/10
Food
10/10
Service
8/10
Value
9/10
Overall

Amazing hotel!

10/10,

It may seem harsh to be negative about what is an excellent hotel, well located for Dubrovnik with wonderful views and friendly service. However it was very expensive for a medium sized double room in May and the food and drinks were also expensive. A meal for three people (two courses), with 1 pre-dinner drink each and a small glass of wine was £180! I know the exchange rate is working against us but even so...

8/10,

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