“Bright white bliss: a stunning cliffside spa hotel with glorious sea views, an excellent restaurant and James Bond-style boat transfers to Dubrovnik Old Town”
All 47 rooms and 9 suites share the same simple styling and luxe finishes: flawless white bed linens, polished wood floors, Bulgari toiletries and glossy glass bathrooms with gleaming showers over angular tubs (and drapes for additional privacy). 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 square footage, although 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 out on the terrace. The showstopper is the Royal Suite, which 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 2 bedrooms each (plus a third room with space for a single bed), and are located in a separate building from the hotel, making them particularly private. Along with the Garden Suite, they are the only rooms without a sea view.
All 3 room categories have kingsize beds, balconies and sea views. Executive (and some Deluxe) Rooms look towards the Old Town, but we stayed in one of the Superior Rooms, which face verdant Lokrum Island. 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 balcony before breakfast. We felt the Superior Rooms were great value, but romantics may want to spring for an Executive Room as they have the added bonus of an outdoor Jacuzzi - just crying out for sunset and bubbly!
We arrived at Villa Dubrovnik just in time for a late dinner, and boy are we glad we got there in time. Sitting on the still-balmy alfresco dining terrace of 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, encompassed 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 cooked-to-perfection pan-fried veal loin with green beans, braised cabbage, glazed apples, pickled onion, béarnaise sauce and veal jus. And to finish? Heavenly chocolate mousse cake with a cherry sorbet.
Equally enticing is the Sky Bar, a rooftop wonder where guests sip 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 before a vaporetto ride into the Old Town.
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.
Although the à la carte breakfast isn’t included in the room rate, it’s so relaxing here that you’re bound to be tempted at least once during your stay. 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.
All ages are welcome, but this is a calm, sophisticated retreat that's geared towards couples.
Babies (0-1 years)
All but the Superior Rooms have space for an extra bed or baby cot; 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 2 double or twin bedrooms, plus 1 single bedroom. The Deluxe and Duke's Suites can interconnect with neighbouring Deluxe Rooms.