Hotel in Dubrovnik
5-Star Boutique Hotel
You don’t have to be a Game of Thrones fan to appreciate the beauty of Dubrovnik. But not only is Croatia’s capital the setting of one of the most successful TV series to date, it's also home to the beautiful Villa Orsula.
Just a short ten minute drive from the ferry port, the hotel perches proudly atop the mountainside, peeking out from behind majestic pine trees and overlooking the Adriatic Sea. The boutique hotel is deceptively hidden within its sister property, the Grand Villa Argentina which can make life difficult when there are no signs and taxi drivers are none the wiser, but it's a small price to pay for what lies ahead.
Confused and excited, we frantically looked around for clues of our final destination as the porter guided us into a mystery lift. Ushered through winding corridors, conference rooms and communal lounge areas, we were told we had now officially crossed into Villa Orsula territory. Phew, we made it across the border! With a slightly more modern décor than our original entrance, the boutique surroundings of soft cream furnishings, long-stem flowers and glass accents told us that Villa Orsula had its very own identity.
With a knowing look, the concierge swung open our heavy wooden suite door to reveal a vast and homely space before us. Floor to ceiling wardrobes, stylish floor lamps and comfy armchairs welcomed us into what could have been a chic city apartment all our own. A quick dash round the corner revealed a huge Queen size bed and a hidden gem – double doors out onto a large stone balcony with breathtaking views of the lush gardens below, the sparkling blue sea and Dubrovnik city to the right. I was home.
Satisfied that we'd made the most of the afternoon sun from our terrace, we went to explore the rest of what Villa Orsula had to offer. After scaling the building floor-by-floor in a baffling lift concept, trying to find the correct floor (this continued for three days!) we found the beautiful Victoria restaurant. With dark wooden floors, creamy accents and shiny surfaces, its modern elegance at its very best.
As we stroll through the doors into the outdoor space, the grand scale of the 1930's building is displayed in all its glory. Creamy stone pillars, balconies and verandas are engulfed in climbing vines, flowers and foliage – it effortlessly exudes luxury and refinement.
With a distinct Mediterranean design, the villa sits amongst landscaped gardens, secret pathways and hidden coves as we meander through the pine trees and down (what feels like) hundreds of steps to the stunning pool. Balancing on the cliff side next to the sea, surrounded by white stone and a rocky terrain, the salt water pool is the perfect place to spend a lazy Dubrovnik day, basking in the summer sun. Designated staff buzz around cream loungers bringing cocktails, towels and refreshments while the occasional cruise liner silently floats by. Although there is a public beach further down, once you experience the serene quiet, personalised service and unprecedented surroundings of Villa Orsula, it will be a distant thought that you never quite got round to exploring.
If all of that horizontal action leaves you famished, you can venture over to the Victoria restaurant where you can expect an unbeatable menu of prawn, mussels, calamari and octopus topped with creamy macho sauce followed by a white chocolate and almond tartlet. But, delicate cuisine aside, the real star of the show is the seductive, romantic setting of sweeping grape vines, twinkling lights and an outstanding view of the city walls. Who needs Kings Landing in Westeros when you have Villa Orsula in Dubrovnik?
Jessica Harris is a UK-based journalist with a background in fashion, beauty and travel journalism
Photographs courtesy of Villa Orsula
|Reviewer's Rating||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Related Activity||Relaxation, Culture / Sightseeing, Beach / Sun, Great local restaurants|
|Services||Free High Speed Internet, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool, Health Spa|
|Dress Code||Smart Casual|
|Ambience||Quiet, Hidden Gem, Romantic|
|Number of Rooms||11 rooms and 2 suites|
Classic Double Rooms; Superior Sea View; Deluxe Sea View with Balcony; Deluxe Suite (77 m²) and a Royal Suite (73 m²).
Guests all have complimentary access to the Energy Clinic Spa and Wellness Center in the Hotel Excelsior adjacent to the hotel.
Last updated on 06-07-2015