Hotel Orphee, Plat, Croatia
We stayed at the hotel Orphee which is part of the Plat Villa’s / Hotel complex, as it was considerably cheaper to stay B&B in the hotel than in the self catering villa’s next door. In hindsight this was much better as there is no large supermarket nearby!
The hotel and room were clean (the room was cleaned daily), had free air conditioning, had a fridge and had enough space for the 2 of us.
The breakfast was the buffet type, with plenty of cold meats, cheeses, fruit, bread etc as well as hot items like eggs, bacon, sausage etc.
The complex is about 15 minutes up hill walk away from the main road, and the walk is quite steep, the buses run from the main road roughly every half hour to Cavtat and Dubrovnik (cost about £1 each way). Both towns need visiting both during the day and on an evening for totally different experiences.
The small complex at Plat has a bistro serving drinks, pizza’s and light snacks (not the best food to be honest), a very small shop selling a few items, i.e. drinks, ice cream, etc.
There is a pool bar serving food and drinks which was fine, there are also a couple of nice beach bars (the one about 10 minutes walk past the Taverna is excellent for great food, service and wonderful sunsets. You must try the mix grill here!
The Platt Taverna restaurant is also much recommended – and you get 15% discount if you show your room key- lovely food, great service and wonderful views over the sea.
A five minute walk towards the main road is another restaurant called King, the food here is also fantastic, and it’s also a very popular place, so it’s worth booking if you want to eat after 8pm. Opposite you will see the old larger hotel, which is now just a shell following the Homeland War, prior to the war the hotel had a gym and indoor pool. Now the buildings are shells and are waiting to be knocked down and redeveloped. Previous apparently the resort was 100% government owned, but now it’s 80% owned and the resort is awaiting investors. This also explains why all the menus and prices in Plat are identical.
At the resort there was always evening entertainment each night, ranging from dance groups, to disco’s, to live music etc. During the morning and afternoons you could partake in various activities like bowls, archery, etc
There were plenty of sun loungers / parasols around the pool (which was sea water) and these were free to use for hotel guests.
If you are after a relaxing holiday in a quiet location, you’ll love it here, and if you decide you want a lively evening Cavtat is only a 10 minute bus ride away or Dubrovnik about 15 minutes bus ride away.
A tourist bus also operates from the hotel each morning (not Sunday) and will take you from the complex to Dubrovnik if you don’t fancy the walk up the hill, it also returns in the afternoon (appox £2 each way).
There are also boat trips from the pier – be careful when using these, as you will be herded from one boat to another on the trips and you will need to keep asking / reminding the crew where you are going, for example we booked to go Lokrum island and ended up on 6 boats and they forgot to drop us off, and we ended up Lopud island.
We did go to Lokrum island on another day – easiest, quickest and cheapest way is to get the bus to Dubrovnik, then use the regular boat to the island from the port – (about 10 mins), included in the boat ticket is entry to the island, whereas you have to pay a small fee to get on the island if you use the boat from Platt.
Lokrum Island is a must for a day trip; there is a monastery, botanic gardens, a lake for swimming, a bar, restaurant with peacocks walking around, like a day in paradise!
We also went on day trips to Bosnia and Montenegro – these are long full days, with plenty to see, and don’t cost the earth. Well recommended.
If you are expecting Croatia to be cheap, you will be disappointed, as they are about to join the EU, prices are rose scientifically this year, although prices aren’t expensive compared to other countries, prices are a lot higher than previously in Croatia.
Great relaxing holiday in lush green surroundings.
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