A luxury guide to Dubrovnik: The best places to stay and things to do
Words by Natasha Bazika
Dubrovnik is known for its old world charm, limestone streets, baroque buildings and the ancient city walls that protected the capital during war. Situated in the Adriatic sea, the city is outlined by a dazzling jagged coast of turquoise waters, which is perfect for sailing. Whether you prefer a day trip or overnight, Dubrovnik shimmers both on land and sea. We love this stunning city and bet you will too, so here is a luxury guide to Dubrovnik and the best way to take advantage of all this city has to offer.
Where to stay
There are many options for accommodation in Dubrovnik. You can explore Airbnb options or opt-in for a luxury hotel by the water. Adriatic Luxury Hotels is a collection of hotels in the city, which gives you more location options without compromising luxury. Their collection includes; Dream Collection, Escape Collection and Unwind Collection. Each collection has various rooms, villas, and suites to choose from.
We recommend the Hotel Dubrovnik Palace option, because who doesn’t want to live in a palace? Every room offers uninterrupted sea views, contemporary interior design and direct access to the beach and pools. If you really want to splurge, secure the executive suite, which has a balcony and VIP access to the beach club.
Airbnb is always a great option, even if you want to save a few dollars and spend it elsewhere, like on an experience. The Airbnb villa options in Dubrovnik are almost endless. You will see many with terraces and balconies because almost every home in the city has direct ocean views. If you want an entire home to yourself, Apartment Mirta (pictured above) from host Jasna is beautiful, both inside and out. It has everything you need, including a kitchen, living room, one bedroom and furnished balcony complete with stunning views. In addition, Airbnb is known for offering unique accommodation options, such as a luxury tree house.
In Dubrovnik, you could be staying in a lighthouse on a private islet, a palace on Stradun, a Great Gatsby inspired mansion or even a trendy mezzanine apartment. The options are endless, so be sure to find the right option for you.
What to do
What is there not to do in this historic city? You can walk along the city walls and visit the forts that mostly withstood an attack in the 1990s. Built in the 9th century and 14th century, the wall is Dubrovnik’s claim to fame and apart of its history. Let’s just say no visit to Dubrovnik would be complete without visiting this treasure.
The city is surrounded by many islands but it is Lokrum that caught our eye. This beautiful, forested island is a popular swimming spot and a great place to spot pines and olive trees. The best part, Lokrum has a medieval Benedectine monastery, which houses a restaurant, but was also used in the filming of Game of Thrones. There are several palaces to visit, including Rector’s Palace, which was built in the late 15th century for the elected rector who governed Dubrovnik. You can walk through the palace and get a glimpse of the city’s history through portraits, coats of arms and coins and artfully restored apartments.
Enough about land, let’s get down to why we’re really here, the sea. Croatia alone has over 1,000 islands and the best way to explore them is by chartering a yacht. While there are many options to chartering yachts and boats, Zizoo is the leading boat holiday platform and they have over 21,000 boats at their disposal, catering to over 500 countries. One of their most popular destinations is if course Dubrovnik, which allows travelers to choose their perfect match from over 175 yachts alone.
You can charter a catamaran for a luxury and comfortable holiday with the family and friends, or rent a sailboat and let the wind guide you to a nautical experience in the Adriatic sea. If you have the need for speed and don’t intend on staying overnight on a boat, charter a motorboat or speedboat, perfect for a day trip to a nearby island. Their custom built gulets are also great for channeling your inner explorer.