Villa Dubrovnik

near Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia Book from

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
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 sleek rooms, chic spa and wonderfully atmospheric restaurant, this is the perfect romantic retreat. Built into the rocky coastline just outside Dubrovnik Old Town, the hotel is blissfully peaceful and private, yet it’s just an 8-minute vaporetto speedboat ride into one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval walled cities.

Soak up some culture amongst the marble cobbles and open-air cafés, before returning to unwind on the hotel’s private beach or in its world-class spa. As dusk falls, ascend to the cool rooftop bar for sunset cocktails overlooking the Adriatic. 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.

Highs

  • Fabulous, complimentary vaporetto speedboat transfers to the Old Town: the service runs throughout the day and evening, providing amazing views of the city and making dining out a doddle
  • 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 private beach area and pretty garden for lounging and alfresco breakfasts
  • The spa is outstanding, with a huge range of treatments (massages, facials, mud therapies) and a sauna, steam room and large indoor pool
  • Romantic rooms with sleek glass bathrooms 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 and the Garden Suite and Villa Kolin Residences don’t have sea views
  • The hotel’s beach is a rocky outcrop where guests can sunbathe and swim, but don’t expect sand or shallow water
  • There are varying minimum stay restrictions from June until September

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-April), you’ll find Dubrovnik more peaceful and romantic, but the weather may be chilly and the hotel closes from December until March annually.

Our top tips

Fans of the cult TV show Game of Thrones will be in their element here. 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
Honeymoon
Spa
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 56
  • Restaurant and bar (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Closed: 9 Dec 2016 - 14 Mar 2017
  • 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
  • Vaporetto transfers to Dubrovnik Old Town
Room: Deluxe Room or Executive Room

Rooms

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!

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, 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.

Features include:

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

Activities

  • Unwind in the excellent spa. Choose from the full menu of organic treatments, 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 and a gym
  • Amble down to the hotel’s private 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
  • Take that fabulous vaporetto speedboat into the Old Town. It's exclusive to hotel guests and you’ll be dropped in the central harbour, allowing for fantastic views of the city as you arrive (and depart)…
  • Once there, walk the 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
  • Villa Dubrovnik can arrange a wide range of excursions and private tours in and around the city, including boat trips (day and evening), horse riding, kayaking, mountain biking and daytrips 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.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

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.

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Our guests' ratings...

10/
Rooms
9/
Food
9/
Service
9/
Value
9/
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