ubrovnik has a lot to offer. A rugged coastline and crystal clear waters with a predominantly hot and sunny climate, as well as a lot of culture and history.
In recent years, Dubrovnik’s profile has exploded thanks to this little HBO Game of Thrones show. Most of King’s Landing’s scenes – starring Sophie Turner, Sean Bean, Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, and Lena Heady – were shot in the Old Town, making it a must visit for “Thronies”.
On my first trip to this gem of a city – and even Croatia – I stayed at the modern resort style hotel Rixos Premium Dubrovnik and very much enjoyed the glamorous space in this exceptional setting. The cliffside property has three restaurants, making it a foodie’s paradise, a huge spa, indoor and outdoor pools as well as a fitness center, activity booking facilities and, perhaps more importantly, spectacular views of the old town action across the Adriatic Ocean.
This is a fantastic option for couples who want a peaceful vacation while immersing themselves in the nearby hustle and bustle at their leisure. I loved being able to enjoy the best of both worlds – a coastal vacation with the allure of a historic new town to explore right on your doorstep.
Rixos Premium Dubrovnik is a brisk 15-minute walk (or a seven-minute taxi) very slightly north of the Old Town. The 14-story hotel is set on the cliffs and looks back towards the main center, with its outdoor pool and restaurant perched a few meters above the Adriatic Ocean.
Modern minimalism. It’s a large property – so expect spacious, light, and airy spaces with neutral decor. The upstairs Libertas Bar is decorated with pops of color thanks to chic modern furnishings, while its other restaurants stick to a white, tan, and wood beach aesthetic. The rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable, making the most of the Adriatic view with a simple approach to design.
I stayed in a superior double room with sea view. You can pay more for this view, but it’s worth it – open the curtains in the morning to enjoy a coffee while looking at the ocean with the hotel taking life around you is happiness. The balcony is also great for people watching – or checking out the condition of the poolside lounge chairs below.
Rixos Premium Dubrovnik has three restaurants. Turquoise is the main space where a buffet breakfast and dinner are served. Breakfast is varied and excellent, while dinner is limited and doesn’t live up to the high standards of its other places (as is often the case with buffet restaurants). Upstairs, Umi Teppanyaki offers a chef’s table style experience twice a night. Diners enjoy the theater where the chef prepares excellent Asian-inspired cuisine with local ingredients in front of their eyes, before retiring for a nightcap and shows. A must see book (but not a cheap night out for £ 90 per person).
Finally, and my favorite was dinner at the Libertas Fish Restaurant. During the day, it doubles as a poolside bar offering pizza, salads, sushi, drinks, and cocktails, but transforms at sunset into a fabulous cliffside dining area. Daily fresh catches are offered following a small selection of plate-style starters that consisted of both classic Croatian dishes and seafood specialties. We sat as close to the sea as possible, this which made for a wonderfully romantic and atmospheric dinner. Well worth booking (with prices starting at around £ 50 per person).
If you are feeling active, the Rixos Premium Dubrovnik has a lot to offer. There are tennis courts, billiards, table tennis, as well as activities such as Nordic walking and a gym. You can also book a selection of water sports activities – with a jet ski and paddle boards ready for guests to use.
If you are more in the mood to relax, you can easily spend a day at Spa Anjana with traditional Turkish bath and hammam treatments, indoor heated swimming pool with Jacuzzi, various saunas, salt room, ice room and a lounge. tea with a selection of over 100 organic drinks. Plus a menu of many relaxing treatments.
The hotel is also home to Dubrovnik’s only casino, if that tempts you, and a sports bar.
All extracurricular time should be spent exploring the old town. Book a walking tour of Dubrovnik during your first few hours in the city to get a feel for your surroundings. Your guide will show you around its many sites, including the 1940 meters of ramparts, Lovrenac Fortress, various historic and magnificent churches and squares, and even the old pharmacy. Founded in 1317, it is one of the oldest in Europe. Of course, there are also various Game Of Thrones tours that fans will enjoy.
A day, or even a few hours, spent on the neighboring island of Lokrum is worth it. Located just 20 minutes by boat from the old town, the small island is a great nature reserve for strolling before swimming.
A trip on the Dubrovnik Cable Car is excellent for those who feel dizzy due to its panoramic views of the city and neighboring islands. Reserve a seat at the restaurant at the top for a unique way to dine.
Dubrovnik has excellent restaurants, including Kopun, located on the square in front of the Jesuit Church of St. Ignatius. The family team serves traditional Croatian dishes at a reasonable price. Azur, a modern seaside resort, is also talked about a lot.
Its sublime offering of food and drink makes it perfect for foodie couples. While there is a kids’ club and activities for kids, this is a couples hotel and that is reflected in its clientele. There is no beach, which should be kept in mind if you dream of feeling the sand between your toes.
Prices from £ 300 for bed and breakfast. rixos.com