The Villa Glavic is actually part of the Hotel Argentina, which itself sits on the rocks above the bay and offers fabulous views over the gorgeous little gem that is old Dubrovnik. Guests at the Villa are welcome to use the facilities of the hotel, such as the private beach, swimming pool, restaurant etc. It is a short walk (10 minutes) into the centre of old Dubrovnik.
Hotel staff were very friendly and helpful, our rooms were clean, traditional and well presented and we had wonderful views across the bay from the balcony of our room.
Evening bar service on the large hotel terrace is a bit hit and miss, and we didn't have a lot of luck in terms of securing pre-dinner gin and tonica, but the breakfasts are very good, and it was lovely to sit outside in the morning sun with lovely fresh pastries, fruit etc.
The old town itself is just glorious - small and perfectly formed - and can really be seen in a day. The walk around the city walls is a must, and takes around 40 minutes (but if you are infirm, beware; there are quite a lot of stairs to climb at the start of the walk).
There are loads of outside cafes and places to eat plus some stalls selling the most delicious ice cream. Pretty much all the waiting staff we met spoke fluent English and were pleasant and welcoming. Great pizzas and cocktails at Restaurant Dubravka.
We took the cable car up to the war museum, which was worth it for the view, and also informative - via old BBC newsreels - of the historic perspective of the war with Serbia. We found it hard to believe that in very recent history the rest of Europe simply sat back and watched the destruction of this bewitching little town, despite it's classification as a UNESCO world heritage site.
Having totally rebuilt the bombed out buildings, and returned the streets to their former glory, this is once again a peaceful, restful, beautiful and very special destination, and the only clues as to its recent problems are the maps strategically placed throughout the city which pinpoint the location of every shell that landed on a roof or paving slab, and which serve primarily to demonstrate the justified and palpable Croatian anger at the injustice of it.
We took a boat to the pretty little seaside town of Cavtat, which was a lovely, peaceful place to wander around, and a peaceful break from the bustle of Dubrovnik.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our sea-view villa in Dubrovnik was part of the Grand Villa Argentina complex, and it is embedded with the same spirit. Historic and architecturally striking, the three-floor Villa Glavić offers complete privacy, with spectacular views over the Adriatic Sea and across to Dubrovnik Old Town. Within walking distance of the ancient city walls, its premium location in the most exclusive enclave in Dubrovnik offers complete tranquillity. Villa Glavić combines the personalised touch of a boutique property with the five-star service of a world-class hotel. With only 21 elegant rooms, guests staying here have complementary access to all of Grand Villa Argentina's facilities across the road, while being able to retreat to peaceful luxury. ... more less
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