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4 of 5 bubbles Review of Kolocep Island

Kolocep Island
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Kolocep Island Hiking and Swimming Full Day Trip from Dubrovnik
Ranked #24 of 158 things to do in Dubrovnik
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Athens, Greece
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2013

Very relaxing all year around but from the mid Octomber very very quite because even the 2 cafes at the little port are closed.

Visited October 2013
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“please don't visit- it's mine”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2013

I'm very reluctant to share with you all as part of the perfection is that it's small and quiet, but if you promise to only go in school holidays I will let you.

Nothing ever happens here, that the point.
Stunning sea, sand, rocks, woods, no one about to annoy you, fantastic fish and sea food. Grumpy Croatans who are actually lovely and fun.
Best bit- skinny dipping with the phyto plankton gazing at Dubrovnic at night.
Worst bit- party boats cruising past and almost none of the wine is drinkable.
Enjoy- but remember- school holidays only please!

Visited August 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2013 via mobile

Kolocep Island

We stayed here for 1 week. It is honestly a beautiful island. The scenery is really something and I could not stop taking photos. It is small and quaint and has stayed away from becoming commercialised (unlike it's neighbour Lopud). The whole island is quiet, with no cars allowed. The walks around the island are challenging but worth it. It takes about 3/4 hours to see most of it. We stopped in the second of two villages for an ice cream half way! The island also offers Kayak hire which we did for 4 hours (just 120 kuna, about £14) and this was a lovely way to see areas you cannot get to any other way. The island offers three restaurants (one within the only hotel on the island) all with gorgeous views and located on the harbour. Have a drink in Bavaria bar on the swinging seats, we stayed here for hours.
You can grab a boat from the island (run about every 3-4 hours so be careful to catch one at the right time) to Dubrovnik as well as it's neighbouring islands Lopud and Sipan. We did our own day trip to these two islands which I would really recommend. It cost about £3 each as a total to travel from kolocep to Lopud to Sipan and back to kolocep. Sipan is gorgeous and the biggest, and Lopud is more commercialised offering Kebabs and football! Both have lovely walks though. On Lopud we walked up to the 9th century monastery which you can see on the top of the island. A deceptively tricky walk (take trainers) but worth it at the top. On Sipan we wondered the harbour and a long to the beach. Being the biggest by far, there are roads and cars on this one, and everything is very spread out so if you want to see it all it may be best to do a whole day here. Having explored all the monasteries on Kolocep, we were quite content to stay by the harbour.
We had a really gorgeous holiday here and is a great way to experience a few of the islands in Croatia as well as being in close proximity to the place to see, Dubrovnik.

Visited September 2013
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“Beautiful sandy beach”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2013 via mobile

Just a short ride from dubrovnik away lies this small and quiet island with a beautiful sandy beach. Went there for a day and also enjoyed kayaking around a little.

Visited September 2013
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“It's the little things that spoil it....”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2013

Just a quick review based on a week's stay at the Kolocep Villas in late August 2013 when the rate of exchange was approx 8 Kuna to the £ sterling.

I'll start by agreeing with most that the setting here is absolutely beautiful - the outlook from the hotel is one of the best I've ever had and the topography of the island itself really does give a good opportunity for taking nice walks if that's your thing. I won't talk about Dubrovik, Lopud and te other islands as that's all been covered by others and will concentrate on Kolocep.

The hotel is set on the beach but all the accommodation is all set on the hillside and depending on where you are it can be a hefty walk up to your oom, particualrly on arrival with your luggage, but if you have a sea view room the views are fabulous. Given that this is the only hotel on the isalnd with limited transfer access to the mainland one would expect a comprehensive entertainment program but that's not the case - there was a lady jazz singer there on two evenings but that's it. Unfortunately that's the best bit.... the food and the extra charges took the gloss off the whole experience for me.

Breakfasts were first class, apart from the customary toast problem. Why on earth don't hotels do away with these ridiculous toast machines and simply install a bank of inexpensive four slice electric toasters??? It would cut down the queues no end. The lady who cooked eggs was a delight to talk to and served up probably the best omelettes I've ever had and there was always a good choice of cereals, breads and Continental breakfasts. Five stars for breakfast, then.

Lunches were basically cafeteria-style quick food such as grilled cheese sandwiches etc. but were very pricey at £6 or so for a club sandwich and another £2.50 for a coffee. A half litre of medium quality beer cost £3.50 so it was easy to rack up a bill in excess of £20 for 2 people for a sandwich lunch. Not at all cheap.

Dinner was a real disappointment. The food was indifferent in quality, and reminiscent of what it was like in mainland Spain about 25 years ago. Choice was extremely limited and was predominently inexpensive vegetable dishes with either a fish or chicken dish, or the next night a beef or pork dish. It doesn't sound too bad but the cuts of meat were very low grade and had usually been cooked in a sauce, I assume to soften them up. There is a pasta alternative but it was always limited to a choice of two pastas and two sauces - both vegetarian whilst I was there. We did manage to book into the A La Carte restauant on two evenings where the standard of food was much higher, but even there you had to pay for water. One night we went down to the restauant near the ferry terminal (independent of the hotel) and had a very nice steak for about £12.50. That was the best meal we had on the island.

Now the 'extras'..... One thing you immediately learn is that you certainly will pay for extras, although strangely enough the room safe was free. Pool towels for two people for the week came to £26.50, Wifi was something like £30 a week, bicycle hire was £8 an hour, beach bed and umbrella hire somehwere in the £12 a day region. Water was £2 per bottle with your meals and the type of things you do expect to pay for such as coca-cola, ice creams etc. weren't at all cheap. Now whilst I understand that this wasn't an all-inclusive holiday and expected to have to pay for some 'extras' I didn't think I would be paying higher than UK prices for them and feel that the hotel is abusing its monopoly position. In short it would have probably been much cheaper to go all-inclusive at another location.

We got friendly with a couple from Nuneaton who had stayed at other areas of Croatia and felt that the Kolocep Vilas were not indicative of 3 star Croatia so when I go to Croatia again I would go somewhere further North such as Istria, Rovij or Porec and look for an all-inclusive option.

Visited August 2013
9 Thank Aint_dead_yet
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