Telegraph expert rating 8/10A child-friendly seaside resort, with a beach and sublime views over the Elaphiti islands, just outside Dubrovnik. All rooms have either a balcony or terrace, and there are self-catering residences too. The outstanding spa and sports facilities make it popular with families in summer
Location 8/10If you’re after a chill-out seaside holiday, with swimming and sports activities, this location is idyllic; but if you’re hoping to wallow in Dubrovnik’s medieval charm, you’re in the wrong place. In landscaped grounds, overlooking the Adriatic, the resort lies just outside the village of Orašac, seven miles (11 km) north of Dubrovnik. Nearby Trsteno, two miles (3 km) away, is home to a 15th-century arboretum. The hotel is 22 miles (35 km) from Dubrovnik Airport. In summer, a hotel boat runs to Dubrovnik (journey time 30 min), as well as a shuttle bus
Style and Character 8/10This modern nine-storey hotel has lots of glazing, affording impressive sea vistas. Interiors have slick furnishing and bold colours – expect contemporary wooden tables and chairs by Artisan in the restaurants, and corridors hung with framed photos of local scenes by Goran Vranić. The grounds are planted with pines, palms and olive trees, and give onto a shoreline with open-air bars and restaurants.
Service and Facilities 9/10Staff are friendly, welcoming and professional. The concierge can arrange private one-day excursions and transfers. The Spa, acknowledged as one of Croatia’s best, has an 18-metre indoor pool, a hydrotherapy pool with massage jets and a waterfall, various sauna, and does lush facials and body treatments, using Croatian OCCO products, Thalion, Maria Galland and Bioeffect.
There’s a beach with concrete bathing platforms and water sports, three outdoor pools (two for families; one adults-only); a Sports Centre with gym, three clay tennis courts and a squash court; and a shopping promenade. In summer, daily boats run to Šunj beach on Lopud island. Conference facilities include a ballroom and seven meeting rooms.
Rooms 9/10The 201 spacious rooms and suites have wooden floors, contemporary minimalist furnishing, fabrics in Mediterranean-inspired blue, turquoise and olive green, tea and coffee-making facilities, and slick modern bathrooms with Salvatore Ferragamo toiletries. All rooms have either a balcony or terrace, and all except Standards have sea views. The 207 residences are self-catering apartments with modern décor and one, two or three bedrooms.
Food and Drink 7,6/10There are eight restaurants and eight bars. Origano buffet restaurant does a generous breakfast and a (pricey) dinner. Maraska lounge bar, next to reception, serves all-day coffee and drinks, with occasional piano music, while on the ground floor, with a summer terrace, Giardino does à la carte dinner. Small-scale summer restaurants in the grounds include La Pasta for pizzas from a brick oven, romantic Cilantro for fresh Adriatic fish on a sea-view terrace, and Ginja, a fine-dining lounge-restaurant, directly above the beach.
Value for Money 8/10Double rooms from €120 (£105) in low season; and from €310 (£271) in high. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.
Access for guests with disabilities?
Several rooms are accessible.
The residences are ideal for families. There’s a Sports Academy training football, tennis, water polo and basketball (six days, for seven to 15 year-olds) with occasional celebrity sportspeople (and a medal and certificate to take home); and a Marco Polo kids’ club (managed by Worldwide Kids), offering games, activities and trips, so parents can have some time alone. Babysitting services can be requested.
Na Moru 1 20234, Dubrovnik Croatia. dubrovniksungardens.com