Level with the road is a simple tower structure which holds an elevator that descends to the ground level and the impressive courtyard atrium, entrance of the Villa Dubrovnik Hotel. Walls of glass, outdoor seating and an imposing stone wall reminiscent of the old city walls took my breath away. The lobby is the epitome of the lush emerald wooded island of Lokrum just across the blue green Adriatic and was enhanced by Sea Dream, a luxurious sailing ship at anchor with her five masts gleaming in the dusk with miniature lights. What a sensational lobby to welcome guests!
We were escorted by Matina Durovic for the site inspection of this new and marvelous boutique hotel. Matina is a local who speaks English as effortlessly as if it is her first language. However I imagine she knows three or four fluently as I later overheard her converse with a guest in German. She is charming and so proud of the property and her infinite knowledge was apparent as we visited the first residence.
There are fifty-six double rooms, all with a sea view and very private balcony. The deluxe room had a king size bed with luxurious linens and a fluffy terry robe and slippers arranged atop. I knew this room offers perfect romantic ambiance with the Jacuzzi bathtub on the very private balcony overlooking the Adriatic. Should any guest require a triple, they would need to book one of the suites. The suites have either one or two bedrooms with a well appointed spacious living room. Flat screen TV, internet access, plush white terry towels and stunning bathrooms with Bvlgari luxury toiletries.
An indoor pool surrounding by tempting lounges is another perfect setting. The spa, beyond comparison with any other property in town, is attended by a handsome young man who proudly explained the new chi table, one of the only three in Europe.
We entered the library filled with books and magazines with cozy leather chairs and then went on to the 5 star restaurant. Pjerin. The lower level opens to another terrace with an exquisite view of the port of old town. During high season the hotel has a full time chef cooking on the built-in outdoor grill for lunch and supper. With little effort, I can imagine the pleasure of a leisurely supper of grilled lobster tail at any of the tables for two.
Villa Dubrovnik, a small boutique hotel perched on the rocks at the edge of the Adriatic Sea is a secluded gem in Dubrovnik. Located on the small road parallel to the sea in the Sveti Jakov area of town, it is an easy 20 minute stroll into the old town. Additionally, the hotel offers a transfer in their teak speed boat to skim across the water to the old port. At times when weather does not permit the elegant teak boat to venture out, the hotel also offer a Mercedes car with driver. This hotel is the gem of Dubrovnik; plan your exquisite experience now.