The modern Hotel Bellevue is set on the cliffs above Miramare Bay, just outside the old town of Dubrovnik.
Accommodation consists of 91 rooms and suites spread over five floors, all with views of the Adriatic and many with private balconies. The hotel's interiors feature striking contemporary design and the rooms are decorated with Croatian contemporary art.
There is a beach (not private, as is the case throughout Croatia) above which is a beach bar and restaurant. Facilities in the hotel itself include a health club with gym, indoor pool, sauna and massage room. There is also another bar and a restaurant serving Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine from an outdoor terrace with panoramic sea views.
The hotel is within easy walking distance (less than half a mile) from the Old Town with its many historical monuments, shops, restaurants and cafés.
Why We Love It
A lift goes from the hotel down to a private sandy beach where guests can swim in the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic
Hotel More is a small seafront hotel situated on the Bay of Lapad, just a couple of miles from the historic centre of Dubrovnik.
The eight-storey hotel is set into the hillside and surrounded by pine and cypress trees. The storeys get smaller on each floor with the top floor containing a single, self-contained suite. Reception is on the seventh floor, along with a cocktail bar and a terrace with great views out towards the Elaphiti Islands.
There are 34 rooms and three suites with either garden or sea views, and many with balconies. Facilities include a swimming pool on the fifth floor terrace, a gym and a health club with sauna, steambath and massages. The shoreline below the hotel is rocky so there is no sandy beach, but there is a large deck for sunbathing and swimming from.
On the ground floor, the restaurant and coffee bar lead onto another large outdoor terrace overlooking the bay. One of the highlights of the hotel, Cave bar More, can also be found at this level. A bar built in a cave, this new addition has exposed walls and serves delicious cocktails.
The old town of Dubrovnik is within easy reach by a taxi or bus ride, but the best way in is by walking along the pretty coastal path.
Why We Love It
The latest addition to the hotel is Cave bar More, a seriously cool bar and the perfect place to escape the midday sun - being in an actual cave provides natural air conditioning - or for a delicious cocktail in the evening.
The best - and virtually only - place to stay within the city walls.
Surprisingly there are only two hotels within the walls of Dubrovnik, and the Pucic Palace is by far the better of the two. Overlooking the Gundulic Square, the hotel is ideally located in the heart of the town and no more than a few minutes walk from all the main sites. The interiors were refurbished in 2002 and this is now the quintessential city boutique hotel, although pretty expensive.
On arrival in Dubrovnik, guests are met by a porter at the city gates and your luggage is wheeled through the cobbled streets in one of the best possible hotel arrivals. The hotel itself only has high-ceilinged 19 rooms, a brasserie restaurant and wine bar with tables outside in the square. Each morning there is a charming market in the Gundulic Square where farmers from the surrounding countryside come into town to sell their produce. The Defne restaurant in an internal terraced courtyard, is only open in summer and serves Mediterranean food.
Why We Love It
Their wine bar is definitely worth a visit or two druing your stay! Croatian wine tasting accompanied by delicious meats and cheese is the perfect holiday treat!
Surrounded by gardens of bougainvillea and oleander, Villa Dubrovnik sits perched over the blue waters of the Adriatic with the most stunning views across the water to the Old City and Lokrum Island.
A recent and extensive renovation mean there are now 56 stylish rooms and suites as well as a family villa, a state-of-the-art spa and fitness centre and a lovely restaurant set on the cliffs overlooking the sea. Each one of the rooms and suites at Villa Dubrovnik has a private terrace with a sea view, looking out towards Dubrovnik Old Town and Lokrum Island. In addition, the three-bedroom Villa Kolin is ideal family accommodation and has its own private garden and a Jacuzzi on the terrace.
Enjoy a light lunch in the al fresco Bistro Giardino restaurant under the shade of the trees, overlooking the beach. The alternative is Restaurant Pjerin, a restaurant located on the cliffs overlooking the sea with an unrivalled view of the Old City.
The Villa Spa is located on two floors, with private treatment rooms, dry heat saunas, steam rooms and showers. An extensive menu of facials, manicures and pedicures is available.
Why We Love It
Villa Dubrovnik has a mahogany and teak taxi-boat for complimentary shuttle service between the Villa and Dubrovnik Old Town and can also be hired for private visits to local islands and beaches.
Originally built as a private home, Villa Orsula is a luxury boutique hotel housed in a 1930's Mediterranean villa within stunning landscaped gardens, and is one of our favourite boutique hotels in Dubrovnik.
The 13 bedrooms, two of which are suites, are all beautifully decorated (whilst still being modern) with elegant touches such as heavy silk curtains and dark wooden headboards on the large beds. We recommend one of the rooms with a balcony for fantastic views of either the sea, Old Town or the island of Lokrum.
The Victoria Restaurant is within Villa Orsula's grounds, and serves delicious food with the al fresco terrace making the most of the spectacular views. Bang next door is Grand Villa Argentina, and Villa Orsula has access to its elder sister's facilities, which include an outdoor salt water pool, an indoor pool, a wellness centre, and a gym.
Villa Orsula's location is pretty good too - just a five minute stroll into Dubrovnik's Old Town, whilst being resolutely private.
Why We Love It
Villa Orsula has direct access to the sea through the gardens - a real bonus.