We spent our holiday to Croatia in three different places: Split, Bol and Hvar. The plan was for Bol (and the Elephusa in particular) to be the relaxing treat in the middle between two more hectic places. We therefore justified the €180/night when we booked as treating ourselves. We arrived at midday-ish, and were pleasantly surprised that our room was ready early. Pleasantly surprised until we got to it, that is! Little did we know how dated it would be. It may be a 4* hotel, but this was decidedly a 2* room. The decor was terrible, the carpet filthy and the AC didn't work. We moaned a bit, and got the AC fixed (still ineffective though). We then tried to use the bathroom. The loo seat was loose and the shower head wouldn't stay in the holder or on the rail. I had to tie it up. It then splashed all over the bathroom as the shower screen was completely useless too. At this point I made far more fuss with reception as this truly was nowhere near a €180 / 4* experience. They admitted that B block is the last one not refurbished and implied it was often used for Saga coach guests. You can imagine that this didn't help! Eventually they moved us to D block.
Our new room was much more as we had expected. Modern, clean, laminate floors, a big balcony, great views (this bit might have been an upgrade!). So when you book, be careful to specify one of the refurbished blocks.
Otherwise things progressed smoothly. The breakfast buffet had everything you could ask for. The pool was lovely (maybe not as big as the pictures implied). The location on the seaside path halfway between town and Zlatni Rat is perfect. Drinks were a bit overpriced, but not extortionate. The cocktail bar (Bolero) had a decent range and good few drinks in the happy hour deal.
It is definitely a family hotel, and we knew that we'd be faced with the dreaded European "animation". It was as bad as we'd feared but only overran the pool area for about 90 mins twice a day, so we just learnt to leave the pool and go for a walk! The music was often left on very loud between the activities though, so don't sit near the speakers!
Sunbeds are under massive pressure, and although we hate the culture of reserving before breakfast, you had absolutely no choice at all if you wanted a bed for the day. It really is a case of "when in Rome ..." Whilst I was no fan of the teenagers and kids, the fact that many had to lie on towels on the floor is a bit harsh!
Bol town was small but lovely. More expensive than Split, but less expensive than Hvar. Had two lovely meals with decent wine.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boasting the largest spa and fitness center on the island of Brac, a tennis center with 26 clay courts and bowling alleys, the Elaphusa is an excellent choice for an active vacation. Located at the seafront promenade only 55 yards from the beautiful pebble beach, you can reach the center of Bol in a 10-minute walk. Moreover, the Elaphusa is situated close to the stunning Zlatni Rat beach. It has great indoor and outdoor pools and your kids can have fun in the paddling pool; there are also children's entertainment programs available free of charge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bluesun Hotel Bol
- Bluesun Hotel Elaphusa Bol, Croatia - Brac Island