If you like to stay somewhere simple but tasteful, run by delightful, but unobtrusive people then this is it. La Villa is lovely in every way, location, interiors, food, people, facilities. I’d recommend it and be happy to return. Lopud itself is a quiet, car-free place (although the locals use little buggies to move goods up and down the harbour) with half a dozen or so tavernas and restaurants.
We stayed for 12 nights in early September and found it the ideal place to unwind and just do nothing. The weather was warm, between 24 and 27c, with a few rain showers and often cooler at night; you might need a cardigan when sitting out at night.
We stayed in the Orange room at the side of the hotel with a patio adjoining the garden. Having its own entrance made it feel more like an apartment. The room was spacious and spotlessly clean. The bathroom was fab. There’s no sea view but that’s no problem as it’s pleasant to sit at the front of the hotel under the vine terrace which overlooks the sea.
Our last night was spent in the Pink room within the main building which was equally comfortable.
Breakfast is a buffet with plenty of choice taken out on the terrace. If you want to dine at the hotel simply ask to see whats on the menu in the morning and they will cook to order. Dobrila and Mischel are excellent cooks so it’s well worth doing.
The rest of the day is yours to laze about. There’s a plentiful library with paperbacks other guests have left, a beach right outside the door or Sunj beach a 25 min walk across the island or (you can catch one of the little golf buggies that shuttle too and fro). The sea was a little chilly but still perfectly swimmable. You can walk up to the fort for a great view of the harbour or to the art installation 'Your Black Horizon' (from the Venice Biennale no less).
A short ferry trip takes you to the neighbouring island of Sipan where you can hire bikes to explore, and of course the truly beautiful city of Dubrovnik is a must and just a 50 minute chug on the ferry. Dobrila can make plenty of recommendations for whatever you’d like to do.
Other than the hotel some of our favourite restaurants included Konoba Peggy (signed up a lane from the harbour) and Konoba Dubrovnik (just past the hotel at the end of the beach). There’s definitely an Italian influence to the food and we ate really well everywhere. However don’t imagine it will be cheap simply because its outside the Euro, in fact the local currency is tied to the Euro and we found eating out about as expensive as any UK city.
Getting there was straightforward. From the airport front door take the Atlas shuttle bus to Dubrovnik. It goes to the port Gruz and you walk back up the road a few hundred meters to buy tickets at the Jadrolinja office for the ferry ‘Postira’ to Lopud. When you return double check the ferry times in case you need to take a taxi or water taxi to make your flight.
Final thoughts: don’t go booking that Orange room – I want it!
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- Also Known As:
- La Villa Hotel Lopud
- La Hotel Lopud