Apartments and Villas near Peljesac Peninsula, Croatia
Beautiful old house right amidst the old stone walls of Mali Ston with great views and patio. Villa was very well furnished and decorated. Due to the amount of steps to get to property it is only suited for people who are mobile and don't mind climbing in/out of their villa to do anything. Only negative is villa needs microwave due to location which owner seemed to resist. Only place in world we have visited over last 10 years that does NOT have one. Also owner did not know how to operate her TV which was a real inconvenience-again due to location and steps! Area is very scenic with great local red wines and seafood.
Impressed with: The walls and salt farms are outstanding. Great location to visit Dubrovnik also.
Favourite villa moment: Having drinks /meals on patio overlooking the ancient walls and fabulous views of bay!
Stayed August/September 2013
Owners were there to meet us and after showing us around said he was available by text or by mobile, but we didn't need to contact him and didn't have any other dealings with them.
We did ask by email prior to travelling if beach towels were provided and were advised they weren't and therefore brought these with us and when arrived there were actually towels provided.
The only downsides of this property are the lack of a pool, which there would be room to build in the largely unused garden at the rear, but understand this may not be practical given location. Fortunately it wasn't too hot and the sea is close by for a quick dip. The other issue is regarding the privacy of people walking up the steps to the Mali Ston walls, although there wasn't a huge amount of people - we actually caught one lady looking over the wall while we were sunbathing. After some careful locating of the umbrella this gave us more privacy, but a small fence or additional planting would resolve this. The additional of a BBQ would also add to the self-catering facilities.
Recommend: We ate at Kapetanova kuca 5 of the 7 nights we stayed as the seafood was superb and the best in our 2 week trip across Croatia. All others in the village rarely had more than one or two tables taken, but Kap Kuca was full every time we went. Also stagnum in nearby Ston for good thin crust wood fired pizzas, a rarity as usual thick and Italian style.
Favourite villa moment: Drinks on the terrace in the eveningToo many to pick one, we loved the lovely village and fantastic seafood available locally. It was nice to have Ston just a walk away for groceries and morning coffee in the square watching the world go by. Would definitely return and hope Mali Ston doesn't become too commercialised as lots of the properties are currently being renovated.
Villa comments: Great to hear people enjoy their stay overall. About the BBQ and more privacy - a big stone BBQ will be ready for 2013 and a fence of some kind to keep people from looking in, so that will be sorted.The pool idea is great but being located within the village walls, planning regulations for the moment do not allow for a pool to be built.
Stayed September 2012
Caretakers were fine, not overly helpful but did the necessary. There was no brief though on what to do with the rubbish, we kind of figured it our ourselves.
It would have been nice to have some sun loungers on the veranda and the outside chairs, or rather the cushions for them, were in a pretty sorry state.
Impressed with: Some of the beautiful scenery in southern Dalmatia
Not impressed with: For us most of Croatia was too touristy. Despite the scenery and weather being stunning, we are not sure if we can put up with the masses of people again. Maybe out of season yes, but not during peak season.
Recommend: Hire a small boat to explore the coastline.
Favourite villa moment: Sunset - great views.
Villa Comments: Sun loungers were in the garage so we don’t know how they didn’t see them. As for the garbage, it could happen we forgot to mention that but it is also written on the villa instructions given to guests which also includes local recommendations. All guests have our contact details and are advised to contact us if they need any help or assistance. We are sorry we were not made aware whilst guests were staying at the property as we could have rectified the situation.
Stayed August 2015
Impressed with: Views, wheater and food :)
Favourite villa moment: Everytime we woke up, the view was amazing :)
Stayed July 2015
An information pack in the property with useful information about the apartment (e.g. to tell us how the kitchen hot water is heated, as we had to work this out for ourselves) and information on local facilities. Shower heads need to be cleaned/replaced. A follow up visit by agent within first few days would have been helpful. We would have liked a clean half way through the 2 weeks - this is normal in holiday properties.
We suggest you or the owner gives the property a thorough clean/check before the start of each season. For example, we had to wash all items in the kitchen before we used them because they were dirty and the hot water in the bathroom sink did not work initially. We liked the double bed - it was a good size and comfortable, but the screws used in its construction need to be tightened - they are loose and are noisy.
Impressed with: Scenery. Good value. Friendly people. Good quality roads.
Not impressed with: Food, with the exception of fish and seafood which is excellent.
Recommend: Restaurant by the sea at Perna (not sure of the name but it has the fish picnic boat). Villa Antonio Hotel -very friendly. Good buffet and lovely pool. Dubrovnic - worth the trip even though it is crowded. Ston and its wall. Ferries to Korcula are excellent. Ice cream shop in centre of Orebic where all the locals go.
Favourite villa moment: Sitting on the terrace looking at the view and watching the boats etc - amazing.
Stayed July 2015
Villa Comments: We never had any complaints about the cleanliness. I have to admit that when we go to inspect the house before guests arrive, we are not checking each plate or spoon but overall the house looked spotless. When I was taking them to the house I gave them additional clean linens and towels as they were staying for two weeks and showed them around the house. They were asking about the pool, were quite impressed with the ambience and charm of the house. I also gave them instructions to the nearest beach, supermarket and other basic information and suggestions like every time. They were also informed that there is no half stay cleaning but that we will organize a cleaning lady for them if they wish – they said it is not necessary.
On their voucher there was my mobile phone number and I told them not to hesitate to call if they have any additional questions or need any kind of assistance. We don’t go to visit guests after arrival – only on their request. Now I can only say that I’m sorry they didn’t contact me with this while they were here – we would take care of it right away.
No one complained about loose screws, shower heads or hot water but I’ll go and check it out and replace/fix what is needed. The previous guests didn't mention anything about the shower heads. The main issue here could be low water pressure in high season but we will double check everything. I apologize for the inconvenience this might cause you.
Impressed with: Scenery
Not impressed with: It is more expensive than I thought
Recommend: The 2 restaurants next to each other on quayside in Mali ston...also day trip to Bosnia is well worth it
Favourite villa moment: Lazy day spent sitting near the villa on the steps by the wall with coffee and reading materials
Stayed April 2018
An excellent property, the owner was very helpful and went out of her way to make our stay enjoyable and comfortable. The location was just perfect and Mali Ston was quiet and peaceful without all the normal tacky tourist shops and restaurants.
For some reason I did not receive an email from Croatian Villas with accommodation details and directions. I had to call a week before departure to get details but was dealt with efficiently and quickly.
Impressed with: The natural beauty and that the area is protected from mass tourism. The people were also lovely, friendly and helpful.
Not impressed with: I cannot think of anything it was a perfect holiday.
Recommend: Three restaurants in town, all good although Kapetana Kova was the best with great seafood, good wines and excellent service.
Favourite villa moment: Trips to Dubrovnic, Korcula, Mljet, the walls of Mali Ston and boat trip to taste the famous oysters and mussels straight out of the sea.
Stayed July 2015
There is long term renovation work going on at the building next door and although it is not a constant ongoing noise it might be worth mentioning that there may be a small amount of noise from that from time to time. Generally it is quite peaceful. The owner was staying in the village at the time and has a long term family history there so was always on hand and helpful with any questions. Anything she was not sure of she got back to us with information which was great. We also spent a lovely evening with the owner, friends and other guests which was very nice. We have taken holiday lets before and the only other thing we normally have that is useful is a short note on how to leave the villa on exit. I wasn't sure what was required. And perhaps a little mud map of the village and what is available there and nearby. When we arrived we were met and shown around but it's a lot to process and remember when you've just got there so having a note to refer back to is always helpful.
Impressed with: It is similar to my home country (NZ) in that it is not so busy or developed that you can still pull up at a beach, restaurant or shops and it is possible to get a park easily and it is not all paid parking. How refreshing!!
Not impressed with: The drivers. Would do well with a minimum speed limit so other people aren't forced to overtake slow drivers in crazy places. Some overtaking lanes would be good. Would also be better if people stayed on their side of the road as people didn't pay much attention to the centre line.
Recommend: It is possible to arrange for tours out of Dubrovnik to Mostar in Bosnia Herz to pick you up from the main road near Mali Ston if you request it. Local restaurants in village are good.
Favourite villa moment: The courtyard is a lovely spot for drinks or meals at home
Stayed July 2012
It was the second year we go to the same villa because it is really good. (Everyone was) Very kind and helpful. I would have liked one charcoal grill instead of the existent gas grill.
Favourite villa moment: The sea is wonderful and the food and wines delicious
Stayed September 2016
Very good value and so pleased with our choice.
Impressed with: Coastline.
Recommend: A trip to Korcula Island was nice .
Favourite villa moment: Watching the sunset from the balcony and eating from the large stone table. Lying in the shady garden on the hammock.
Stayed August 2015
To be honest, I can't fault the service provided or the location, amenities or accommodation. The sales staff that I initially spoke with were very friendly, informative and very professional. The accommodation only added to the superb service already experienced. It was a beautiful location and certainly more than we expected.
We were met by the caretaker - she was extremely friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable - without being overbearing or intrusive. She advised that she was available if we had any problems or issues. It was the perfect blend.
It was a beautiful location with superb amenities - more than we expected. It was a beautiful experience.
Impressed with: We would absolutely, definitely, without a doubt revist Croatia! The views were absolutely spectacular. The bays and coves were spectacular and the sea was so clean and clear. Also, I wasn't a fan of pebble beaches previously, but absolutely love them now! No more sand!!! Oh, and Croatian beer - it's beautiful!!! Absolute convert!!!
Not impressed with: The drive was a little long to get to the villa - but this was a combination of us flying into Split and not realising how quick the ferry to/from Ploce was (also, I didn't take into account how calm the sea was - I get motion sickness so was a bit dubious about getting the ferries!). I can't say that we were unimpressed by anything in Croatia, only extremely impressed by all the views, people, and infrastructure.
Recommend: We were not aware of how cheap the ferries were when island hopping - so if perhaps we had been more aware of this, we would have used these more and travelled a little further around. The bar on the beach in Mokola served superb pizza and were very friendly. The recommendations left in the information book at the accommodation were extremely helpful along with the information guides and maps. We visited some of the recommended areas/restaurants etc and can only concur with those recommendations - beautiful!
Favourite villa moment: When we arrived. We had not booked a holiday via an internet site before so were a little dubious that the property we had booked may not live up to the info advertised or our expectations. The villa completely exceeded this. Also, resting in the garden on the sun lounger late pm!!
Stayed August 2013
Fantastic properties and friendly owners. We did not realise how beautiful everything was so I guess I’m saying your website did not give us the true picture!!
Stayed July 2009
Property was lovely.
Property was lovely, perfect size and set up for three couples, even had a fourth couple for one weekend.
Stayed May 2007
Great location and wonderful views. Would go back again.
Stayed August 2010
Stunning, Comfortable, very well equipped. Only negative we faced were number of wasps around the pool. No obvious nest immediately around the property, so almost certain that there was nothing owners could have done, but with young children (2 stings), and the wasps attracted by the water during heat of the day, it became restrictive on their use of the pool at times.
Property owner was extremely - very responsive, never intrusive.
We've been to Brac and now Orebic, loved both villas (Villa Mira last year), probably preferred Brac to Orebic as slightly more to do with the children, although Dubrovnik for a couple of days subsequently was absolutely fantastic - loved it. Entirely open to suggestions of where we could try next... over to you!
Impressed with: Beautiful, friendly, climate, food, affordable, clean (although Dubrovnik region noticeable more expensive than Split/Brac Island).
Not impressed with: Nothing
Recommend: Mostly self-catered, used a couple of local restaurants (can't remember names) but all were good. Day trip to Korcula was fantastic and not to be missed. Trip to Ston to climb the walls and see the salt works was well worth it.
Favourite villa moment: Night swimming with pool lights on (fantastic), then enjoying glass of wine on sun loungers in total darkness and watching the stars. Unforgettable.
Stayed June 2017
It's a second holiday in row.
Impressed with: Sea
Recommend: Beach restaurants
Stayed September 2016
No mention of the steep steps down to the beach. Photos appear to indicate that the beach is on the same level as the house, which is definitely not the case. The elderly members of our group found it difficult to manage the steps down to the beach. It would have been good to know about this beforehand. We may have chosen another property if we had had a more realistic picture of the situation. Handrails all the way down would have helped.
The last 20 steps or so from the house down to the beach don't have a handrail. This made it impossible for the elderly members of our party to get to the beach and they were unable to share this aspect of our holiday with us.
Caretaker was really helpful, friendly and knowledgeable.
Impressed with: Scenery, the sea, reasonable prices.
Recommend: Trip to Korcula was wonderful.
Favourite villa moment: The villa is really comfortable and we loved being there. Swimming in the sea was a highlight for most of us.
Villa Comments: Thank you for your comments, we will consider adding a hand rail for the last few steps down to the beach in time for next year.
Stayed August 2015
Excellent! We really enjoyed our stay there!
Impressed with: The sea
Recommend: Boat tour.
Favourite villa moment: Having breakfast and dinners in the beautiful patio. Enjoying the small beach just across the villa's gate at the sunset.
Stayed August 2015
Beautiful property with lots of different seating areas for sunshine/shade and direct access to our own bit of shoreline, very well furnished, and nicely presented. Really appreciated the provision of food and fruit on arrival, plus the abundance of towels and bathroom products for use during our stay, and lovely cleaner.
Owner was very attentive after a big storm that disrupted the internet service to the property, ensuring it was restored within the day. She got up early to see us off. Very nice lady, who obviously took pride in the property and wanted to give us a good holiday.
Impressed with: Beautiful weather, clean water, lovely islands, good food.
Not impressed with: We found the service in some of the shops/restaurants a bit perfunctory: a cultural rather than personal issue, we assumed!
Recommend: We enjoyed the local tavernas on the seafront in Orebic.
Favourite villa moment: Sitting out in the garden looking out over the sea.
Stayed August 2016
Owners were wonderful, kind and attentive but not invasive.
Impressed with: The Adriatic Sea is beautiful to swim in.
Not impressed with: The Bosnian corridor traffic jam
Recommend: Water taxi to Korcula, most of the restaurants in Orebic were great value- we noticed the difference when we went to Korcula town.
Favourite villa moment: Swimming in the sea
Stayed July 2016
Everything with the villa was absolutely perfect.
Owner was outstanding in every way. She was there to greet us the moment we arrived and had our kitchen stocked with everything from wine and cheese to coffee, eggs, milk, fruit, and bread for breakfast the next morning. She also shared her own bicycles with us and a rolling caddy for carrying groceries from the market to the villa.
Impressed with: The stunning scenery.
Not impressed with: The 2 lane roads that make driving to surrounding areas very stressful. Aggressive drivers in cars and motorcycles passing on curves, roads with no shoulder.
Recommend: The ferry to Korcula is an easy way to see some surrounding areas, and a lovely day trip. We enjoyed all the restaurants - everyone is very helpful with the understanding the menu and the food is fresh and delicious! Our favorite place was a small cafe, Croccantino, on the main seaside road that had coffee, pastries, and the very best gelato. The fresh fruits and produce that can be purchased in the small vendor market stalls is the best we've ever had anywhere!
Favourite villa moment: Sitting outside on our patio enjoying the view and wine.
Stayed June 2015