Apartments and Villas near Slano in Dubrovnik, Croatia
The property owner was very helpful and accommodating. Very good customer service. Thank you!
Impressed with: Great vacation by the sea, nice people, lots of interesting sightseeing
Recommend: Slano - Maestral restaurant
Ston - restaurants, wine bar and bakery in town center
Ston - Butcher shop by parking lot (very good meat)
Ston Mali- Kapetanova resturant, Vila Koruna restaurant
Konzum supermarkets everywhere
Favourite villa moment: Dinner with family outdoors and swimming in ocean
Stayed July/August 2017
Alex has been very helpful, answering all my queries quickly and sorting things out for me
The property is generally delightful - the bedrooms and en suite bathrooms are all beautifully fitted out, as is the living room. We did not need the sauna,"spa" or gym in temperatures of 30+! The kitchen is very well fitted out, the a/c is brilliant and all the outdoor seating areas are large and very comfortable. The pool is great, but the jetty is superb for diving and swimming - just have to be careful of the sea urchins!
Owner was extremely helpful and wanted to do all he could to make our stay in his villa memorable: he organised a small boat for us for 4 days and took my sons to collect it from Slano, he brought us fresh fish from the fishermen, which he picked up at 7 am. When we had a problem with an a/c unit he came immediately to fix it and frequently asked if there was anything he could do for us - a charming and delightful young man.
Impressed with: All the people we met were very helpful and proud of their country. They truly wanted visitors to enjoy it. The scenery is breathtaking - both from the sea and on the coastal road English is spoken everywhere and the children learn it at primary school.
Not impressed with: The lack of investment in the infrastructure and the poor state of the economy. Apparently there is huge unemployment and disappointment that there has been so little help forthcoming from the EU.
Recommend: Obviously a trip into Dubrovnik is essential: we were advised to arrive after 4 pm, when all the cruise ship passengers have left and it is cooler. We drove straight up to the fortress, visited the War museum (fascinating) and went down to the city on the cable car, which is open until midnight. There is time to walk the City Walls, wander and have a meal before returning in the cable car to our free parking spot.(parking in Dubrovnik is difficult and terribly expensive) We loved having the small boat, with out board motor and sun awning, seating about 8 people, (which Alex and Ante organised for us) and visiting small coves for snorkelling. A lovely lunch spot is Luka's in Kobas, near the southern end of the Peljesac peninsula (turn left out of Ston) it is on the quay and we were able to swim between courses. No credit cards and quite expensive. Bakus in Ston has good food and is good value. The little kiosk on the way to Mali Ston is great for oysters. Gastro Vista on the road to Majkovi (Ante has details) has wonderful views and lovely food cooked on a wood burner. (no credit cards) We did our large super market shop in Konzum - 10 minutes out of the airport, which was useful as the small shops in Slano and Ston are limited
Favourite villa moment: Many lovely moments, but perhaps the favourite was sitting in the garden at night star-gazing and counting shooting stars, with no light pollution - and a glass of Sljivovica (plum brandy)
Stayed July 2016
Idyllic setting in a very quiet, almost private, bay with plenty of space both inside and out and with its own access to the sea for swimming and snorkelling. The location is perfect for those wanting to be away from the hustle and bustle of a city, but only 40 mins drive north of Dubrovnik and just 15 minutes from the walls of Strom. The villa itself is very well appointed with sauna, games room and gym. There is even a wine fridge stocked with local wines which can be purchased, making sampling very easy! Each bedroom has a very modern en suite/ wet room and is air conditioned. The villa wifi proved itself to be very reliable after a slow start on the first day. Plenty of balcony and outside terrace space, both covered and open with bbq facilities available. All in all, a great place to stay, chill and relax, but within easy travel of Dubrovnik along the spectacular Croatian coastline.
The owner is a really nice guy who can't do enough to help you with advice and recommendations and even willing to acquire fresh fish from a local fisherman if you fancy it.
Impressed with: Beautiful scenery, very friendly people and reasonable prices, even for 'touristy' Dubrovnik.
Not impressed with: Nothing
Recommend: Bakus restaurant in Ston served fantastic food with a great variety on the menu including local seafood and was also great value. All the coastline was a delight, but a drive up to the island of Korcula is worth the trip and a visit to the walls of Strom a must on top of the obligatory Old town Dubrovnik. If you get the chance, drive up to the top of the cable car for spectacular scenery.
Favourite villa moment: The tranquil setting of the villa is my abiding memory. Sitting outside by the pool with a glass of rosé taking in the beautiful sea and island views as the evening falls!
Stayed June / July 2016