The walled city has undergone a breathtaking transformation over the last two decades and now the home of the Red Keep is an utterly enchanting place to play. With the shimmering Adriatic on its doorstep, its lovely limestone streets bleached by the pouring sun, and its baroque style buildings hosting an array of boutiques, bars, and beautiful little restaurants all with a view – Dubrovnik doesn’t have to work hard to keep us interested. For those touching down in the UNESCO city to celebrate the Dubrovnik summer festival, we have handpicked the perfect places to stay.
Hotel Dubrovnik Palace
On the Lapad peninsular, perched between pine forests and turquoise waters, you will find the favored five-star hotel in town – the Dubrovnik Palace. Modern luxury abounds at this hotel, offering a cool and contemporary design with shades of beech, cream and pine so not to detract from the stunning views of the Elafiti Islands.
Even the spa settled on the 10th floor of the hotel boasts those stupendous sea views. Speaking of the spa, you can let your tensions melt away in the whirling hot tubs or the steam bath before cooling off with a dip in the inside pool. Sun lovers will also find another pool on the rooftop and ocean junkies will adore the beachfront access and diving shop.
Be sure to book the VIP wings presidential suite to stay in a palatial living space complete with its own jacuzzi bathroom, separate dining area, and extra-large furnished terrace. The private entrance, access to the VIP beach, and open fireplace in the lounge are all wonderful touches.
Grand Villa Argentina
Traditional luxury abounds at the Grand Villa Argentina, with its terraced green gardens and vistas across the old town and the sea. The Grand Villa was built as a lavish private residence before converting to a hotel in the 1950’s. The pale stone façade, ornate arches, and glorious gardens set the perfect mise en scene for a charming stay.
Walking through the fragrant gardens you can breathe in scents of lemon, rosemary and lavender. Big white parasols offer respite from the sun beside the outdoor pool and a bathing platform invites you to plunge right in to the big blue sea. An inhouse spa also offers the delights of a sauna, whirlpool bath, and signature Energy Clinic treatments.
The executive suite has its own corner balcony for enjoying your fresh morning coffee with a view. Colonial style dark wood furniture against nautical colors and dramatic picture windows brings old world grace and beauty to the design.
Boutique charm and one of the best restaurants in town make the Villa Orsula a real romantic retreat. The white stone villa dates back to the 1930’s and with only 13 rooms and a sweet terrace draped in vine leaves you will feel as though you have stepped right into a movie set. Elizabeth Taylor was a once upon a time guest, and with the art deco touches you can see why Hollywood stars fell hard for this place.
The service is impeccable and with only 13 rooms you can be sure that this place has the personal touch in every nook and cranny. The concierge can arrange yacht trips down to Split, silver service dinners, and special tours and tickets to help you make the most of your stay. The terraced gardens spill over with fresh flowers and the stone steps leading down to the sea ensure a morning swim is always on the cards. Guests can also enjoy free access to the pool and spa at the neighboring Villa Argentina.
From Bulgari toiletries in the bathrooms to walk in dressing rooms, furnished balconies, original arches and tones of chocolate and cream – the Royal Suite is the best of the 13 and even boasts beautiful sea views. The boutique touch brings daily platters of fresh fruit and homemade biscuits into your room for that extra special feel.
The restaurant at Villa Orsula is one of the best in town, whether its bountiful breakfasts on the Victorian Terrace or Peruvian fusion food in the evening as you watch the sunset with your pisco sour and fresh ceviche soaked in lime.
Being only a stone’s throw from the ancient and infamous walls of Dubrovnik makes the Hotel Excelsior a sophisticated option for those seeking a historic stay in the heart of the Old Town. The Excelsior has held onto its five-star status thanks to its highly prestigious former guests like Queen Elizabeth II and Francis Ford Coppola. The hotel is certainly special with its private beach, three restaurants, and gentle quiet gardens.
The serene indoor pool, roman baths, and Finnish sauna offer a sense of calm away from the thrum of the city. The VIP spa treatment room for two is also a great option for couples looking for side by side massages complete with jacuzzi and champagne.
With five Odak suites available, these are the best option for elite guests seeking something a little special. The historic layout boasts beautiful master bedrooms, marble bathrooms, a well put together living space and open French style balcony with vistas of the sea.
Another boutique gem in the majestic medieval city, Villa Glavic faces south across the Adriatic – inviting all the sunlight you could ever wish for to filter through. Gorgeous gardens, spa services, and an opulent outdoor pool at the neighboring Villa Argentina are there for guests to use as and when they wish. With the beach only a five-minute stroll you couldn’t hope for a better locale.
With only 21 rooms available, Villa Glavic does capture that boutique feel and the private residential gardens highlight the privacy you will feel staying here. Whitewood windows, cherry wood furnishings, and sumptuous fabrics capture the essence of luxury in the superior suite.