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Dubrovnik anchors the southernmost region of the Croatian coast and lies just a stone’s throw from the border with Montenegro. The medieval Old City, surrounded by its famous fortified walls, stands at its center, and nearby beaches offer pristine Adriatic waters and gentle tides.


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Villa Dubrovnik

Perched on a cliff outside of the historic town of Dubrovnik, the Villa Dubrovnik has been declared the most luxurious small hotel in Croatia after undergoing a full renovation a few years ago. Though there was a hotel in its place for sixty years, the property was completely rebuilt so regulars will recognize little more than the stunning location and a few preserved walls. If you arrive by sea, you will be struck by the simple modern beauty of the cantilevered glass and steel villa that climbs down the cliff into the sea. If you come by car, you will arrive above the building itself to a sea-facing and wood and glass box—an elevator that whisks you down to a terrace. Behind you is a cliff that has been covered in stone mosaics and ahead of you is the first level of the four-story villa, which has glass walls for uninterrupted sea views.

The fifty-six guest rooms all feature sea views and delicious details like oak paneled walls, teak decks and Italian linens. The aesthetic is sleek-yacht-meets-chic-loft with natural materials emphasizing the stunning views and just-right details such as curvy leather chaises, Italian lighting and furniture, hand woven wool rugs and well-selected art books. The hotel’s owner approved every inch of the property with more attention than many lavish on their own homes. All rooms have balconies and suites have sweeping terraces with Jacuzzis.

There’s a serene spa and an indoor pool as well as two restaurants and private bathing platform, where loungers and umbrellas are set up daily. It’s possible, too, to rent a private beach for the day, where you can have a small cove to yourself.

Aerial View - Hotel Excelsior, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Hotel Excelsior

A royal villa in the early 1900s, this regal property once welcomed such illustrious guests as Elizabeth Taylor and Queen Elizabeth II. Now an elegant hotel, the Excelsior has an idyllic location just a 10-minute walk from the city center, and boasts beautiful views of the Old Town and Adriatic. Among the hotel’s additional perks is its private platform beach, located just a short walk from the hotel.

The Excelsior is large but not impersonal. The hotel consists of two buildings, the newer Towers and the Classic Building, both of which have received full renovations. Of its 159 rooms and suites, the best are the deluxe and executive options, which boast private terraces. The presidential and penthouse suites provide stately bedrooms, oversized common spaces and stunning panoramas of the Adriatic. Thanks to recent refurbishments, the interior décor feels sophisticated and sleek with appropriate pops of color throughout, such as rose-pink bed throws or canary yellow lounge chairs. All rooms are spacious, well-appointed and receive plenty of natural light.

The property features three restaurants, each with large terraces, and all offer a range of cocktails and wines (the best are the Croatian varietals). The spa and indoor pool are located on the lowest level.

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