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OVERVIEW

Hugging the edge of the Lapad peninsula, yet only three miles from Dubrovnik's Old Town, Hotel Dubrovnik Palace is a luxurious five-star retreat where every one of its contemporary rooms faces the sea. Three pools, a secluded beach, a large spa, a dive centre and tennis are complemented by a wide range of dining options.


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Mary Novakovich
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An award-winning travel journalist based in Hertfordshire, Mary writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Telegraph and the Times. She is also the author of My Family and Other Enemies: Life and Travels in Croatia's Hinterland, which was shortlisted for the 2023 Edward Stanford Travel Book of the Year.

OUR REVIEW

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

The location is north of the Old Town, sat on the most southwestern point of the Lapad peninsula where Pletka Hill looks down over the hotel. It's pretty much at the end of the road, so there's a lovely sense of peace amid herb-heavy gardens and olive trees. Lapad Bay's Sunset Beach is a 12-minute walk, and a few minutes further is café-lined pedestrianised Šetalište Kralja Zvonimira.

By plane: direct flights from London to Dubrovnik take 2 hours 30 minutes. The hotel is a 30-minute drive from the airport. Free parking available. Book flights to Dubrovnik.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

Modern, breezy and chic is the style, with contemporary furnishings designed with flair by Croatian designer Prostoria. Light is the key here - enormous windows everywhere capitalise on all that Adriatic sunshine and blue waters. Colours are pleasantly muted, with echoes of streamlined mid-century décor and an overall feeling of laid-back sophistication.

THE FACILITIES

Warm and professional service from a multilingual staff is evident right from the start. Two outdoor pools - one with a swim-up bar - and plenty of sunloungers hover over the rocky beach, and there's also a dive centre, tennis court, beach shop and two boutiques. There's even a nightclub purely for private hire.

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Beachfront
  • Swimming pool
  • Fitness centre
  • Spa
  • Tennis court
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

All rooms have balconies, some with large terraces, so everyone has a sea view. The style is classily understated and modern, with pale wood and a muted palette enhanced by splashes of deep colours. Marble bathrooms feature embedded rainforest showers.

Room types: Single, Superior, Executive, Deluxe, Junior Suite, Executive Suite, Deluxe Suite, Ambassador Suite, Presidential Suite

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, balcony or terrace, air conditioning, TV, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

Elafiti is the main buffet restaurant for breakfast and dinner, while Maslina Tavern offers exquisite Dalmatian fish overlooking the beach. Swim up to Lanterna Glorijet Bar for a cocktail and order a summertime snack at Beach Restaurant Ponta. Lean & Light on the tenth floor suits its name, as does Sunset Lounge.

Maslina Tavern: Dalmatian cuisine, dishes include lobster, melenzane and seabass. Open in season (Apr-Nov), 12-11pm.

Elafati: breakfast buffet and Mediterranean cuisine. Open daily for breakfast and dinner.

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