We were due to stay at the Hotel Kastil in Bol on the island of Brac and were more than a little disappointed when 2 weeks before we were due to fly our tour company called to say that the Kastil was no longer part of their portfolio.
However, we need not have worried at all. For a few quid more we were re-booked into the Hotel Borak (now part of the Blue Sun chain, rather than the RIU chain) and without a shadow of a doubt this was the best holiday we have ever had, albeit far too short at only 7 days!
The staff at the Borak are very friendly and speak very good English, nothing was too much trouble. Our room was a good size, as was the bathroom. The air-conditioning was very efficient and very silent - both welcome attributes given the 34 degree day time temperature and the humidity in early evening / night time.
We had a terrace with a table and 2 chairs which overlooked the pine forest in the hotel grounds and through to the crystal clear calm sea. The hotel is positioned half way between Bol harbour and Zlatni Rat, listed everywhere as Croatia's best beach - a title very well deserved. There is a wide paved walkway all along the front which winds and dips through the pine forest a few metres from the sea - both the harbour and the Rat are a 15 minute walk from the Hotel Borak.
Food wise, we were B&B and left very satisfied after each breakfast. There is a restaurant / bar on the beachfront just in front of the Borak - excellent for a romantic evening meal where you can sit 5 metres from the gentle lapping sea and watch the sunset over the Rat, or the moon rise over the neighbouring island of Hvar.
Whist staying at the Borak we checked out the neighbouring Blue Sun Elephusa Hotel - a 5 star establishment only 2 mins from the Borak. However, we found the staff very aloof, and the Reception area very sterile. This one might be okay for a Business type trip, but it's far too large and pompous for a romantic or a family holiday.
We spent most of our days ambling up to the Rat and pitching our towels where the edge of the pine forest meets the pebble beach. For those of you with sensitive feet (like me!) you will need some rubber shoes suitable to wear in the sea - the pebbles aren't sharp in any way, but they can be quite lumpy. The sea was absolute heaven - crystal clear, warm and very safe to swim in. On the edge of the pine forest there are a number of bars and food stalls, so you don't need to carry provisions for your days at the beach.
On the last day we ventured further round from the Rat and were amazed at the number of individual coves and mini beaches you can claim as your own piece of paradise for that day. For those prudes amongst you, some of these spots are favoured by nudists, but they are by no means solely for naturists and most of them are very private any way.
Out of interest, we also checked out the Hotel Kastil, our original booking on Bol harbour side. The Kastil's location is good during the day, but the downstairs' cocktail bar attached to this hotel gets very loud indeed on an evening and goes on till the early hours. They claim that the double glazed windows will keep out all of the noise, but we won't be risking staying there when we next visit Bol - it will definitely be back at the Borak.
A few more points that may be of interest; we booked our holiday through "Hidden Croatia" and were extremely pleased with the smoothness of transfers to and from Spit Airport to the Hotel Borak. We would thoroughly recommend Hidden Croatia. The only thing we would consider doing differently next time is taking the high-speed ferry from Split directly to Bol, rather than the direct Split to Supetar ferry with a 50 minute Taxi drive over the mountains.
In summary - book it now before the rest of the world finds out about this wonderful holiday location and perfect hotel!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set amidst a lush pine forest, Bluesun Hotel Borak is only 50 metres from a pebbly beach. The promenade that connects the centre of Bol with the unique Zlatni Rat Beach passes right by the hotel and offers its guests quick access to both of these attractions. You can taste refreshing drinks and cocktails from the pool bar and soak up the sun on the terrace with free loungers and umbrellas. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bluesun Hotel Borak Hotel Bol
- Riu Borak Hotel
- Riu Borak Bol
- Bluesun Hotel Borak Bol, Croatia - Brac Island