It’a been just over a week since I returned home from an amazing week in Croatia, it was a brand new country for me to discover and I fell head over heels for the place! My journey started in the south of the country at the Valamar President Dubrovnik where I spent three days basking the sunshine by the gorgeous turquoise coastline and enjoying meal after meal of deliciousness!
When first looking into spending some time in the city I would initially have thought to stay in the old town down to the whimsical attraction of the world inside the world but I was invited out to Croatia for the very first time by the Valamar collection of hotels as part of a hosted press trip and I am so pleased that staying at the Valamar President Dubrovnik was my first introduction to Dubrovnik the city.
I stayed at the Valamar President Hotel which out of the large collection of hotels within the group, is one of their finest. The hotel is definitely deserving of its five star status with everything you need for a luxury break and then some! There is, an undeniable magic about the old town (which I’ve written about here) but when it comes to Dubrovnik there’s so much more to offer than just what’s behind the walls.
The beaches are amazing, those clear kind of turquoise blues that make you feel as though you are a million miles away from home and as soon as you set foot into the hotel the panoramic views of the water greet you with a welcome glisten! Hotel Valamar President Dubrovnik Hotel is located on the peninsula of Babin Kuk and being tucked further way from the old town means that the location is far more calm and serene offering guests that highly lust-worthy peace and quiet outside the hustle and bustle of the centre. The old town is reachable by public bus (there’s a stop just outside the reception) or you can jump in a taxi for fifteen minutes.
No beaches in Croatia are private but the cove-style location of the hotel’s beach is handy for keeping away guests that may not be staying at the hotel itself. You can chose to wade in the shallower shoal section or jump off the jetty for a more adventurous swim, either way the water does it’s very best to entice you in!
The hotel is obviously large but it never felt too busy during my stay. There’s a large outdoor pool area for the lush warm weather days and an indoor pool to compliment the spa, steam and sauna. So there’s always something to be getting up to and ‘keep you on your toes’ if your toes aren’t partial to dipping into the Adriatic.
Breakfast is served on the beautiful outdoor terrace overlooking the sea, lunch is served by the beach and there’s two restaurants to choose from in the evening offering a wide range of choices for even the fussiest of eaters (that’s me by default!). I thoroughly enjoyed every meal during my stay and the chef was always reassuring with my allergies and talked me through each dish. I especially loved the breakfast, it was quite the spread of well, everything you could imagine at a breakfast buffet!!
The rooms in particular are what seal the hotel’s status for me, I spent two nights in the premium double with sea view and the view from my large balcony was one of my favourites from my whole trip to Dubrovnik, especially during sunset. The large outdoor pool, perfectly placed palm trees and the vast expanse of the sea ahead was quite the sight for sore eyes at any time of the day. The room was lovely and large with clean and simple furnishings and all of the handy modcons we know and love.
I fell in love with Croatia as a country and fell deeper in love with Dubrovnik itself, I would highly recommend this hotel for a luxurious get-a-away to the town. You have the best of all worlds, a stunning beach, amazing food, cleanliness and comfort whilst being just a short journey away from the wonder of the old town. There’s so much to see and do in the surrounding area which I’ll be covering everything in my next blogpost but when it comes to accommodation here’s the ticket!
Watch my latest vlog to see the hotel come to life:
We flew with Jet2Airways, flights to Dubrovnik prices start from £39 one way including taxes and 22kg of luggage.