Atarra spends a weekend at the Radisson Blu Dubrovnik
Posted on 27th Apr 2016
If you fancy a short 2.5 hours flight across the skies then head to the beautiful and unique Dubrovnik in Croatia built on a rocky peninsula, bounded by the water and centuries old stone walls in the direction of the well-established 5 star Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Dubrovnik Sun Gardens. I have just returned from a wonderful weekend and I was super impressed.
The Hotel has a prime location, on its own private beach at the edge of Orasac village – a charming 10th century village overlooking the Adriatic Sea and the transfer is a very pleasurable and scenic 45 min drive from Dubrovnik airport. The stunning location provides the perfect base from which to explore and enjoy everything the region has to offer and if like me you enjoy exploring then I highly recommend a trip to Trsteno village which is just over a mile away by car and an essential day-trip destination because it is the site of a remarkable Arboretum and Botanical Garden, a beautiful place to wander with its shaded paths & amazing sea views and it has become even more popular since it was used as a set for the television series Game of Thrones! The resort also offers a public boat and bus service to Dubrovnik which is approximately 20 min to Dubrovnik’s Old Town which is filled with narrow city streets, delightful restaurants, café’s, museums and galleries and theatre performances on the city squares.
The Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Dubrovnik Sun Gardens resort layout replicates the ambience of a traditional Mediterranean village offering a mixture of chic hotel rooms/suites and private one, two & three Bedroom Residence accommodation with kitchens. Check-in was quick and easy, I stayed in a Deluxe Suite (one bedroom & a separate living room) which was elegant, extremely comfortable and allowed in lots of natural light. .
The Residences are ideal for those looking for space. They are located in blocks minutes from the Hotel, 4 or 5 floors in each, stylishly designed with generously sized interiors, oak floors, modern art and comfortable furnishings and the views from the balconies and terraces are of either the gardens or Adriatic Sea. Each Residence has an open plan sitting/dining with a kitchenette with a hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, kitchen utensils, cutleries and dishes. Some of the Residences are bi-level with internal stairs (stair gates can be provided) and some are single storey. One thing to be aware of is that as the resort is built into a hillside there are steps all around the resort – from the Residences to the pool areas, restaurants etc but we can request more accessible Residences and depending on the availability the hotel will always try their best to respect the request.
The facilities at the resort are extensive and range from a small exclusive private pebbled beach accessed via stairs from the resort grounds, a Marina, 3 swimming pools including two children’s pool and one for adults, an award winning OCCO Spa and a Sports Centre for the sports and fitness enthusiasts offering a fully equipped gym, 5-a-side football, tennis, squash, badminton, wall-climbing, beach volleyball and basketball to Pilates, Yoga and all round fitness. The Marco Polo Kids Club which managed by the World Wide Kids Company for children from 3 – 11 years is free of charge during the day and at a small charge for the evening sessions.
Something quite unique about the Resort is the shopping promenade which is filled with an array of high standard restaurants and bars – there are 16 restaurants and bars in total offering a offering local and international cuisine (some seasonal), with a dine around service available. There is the very useful ‘Market Place’ with its bakery, patisserie, fish market, butcher and greengrocer making life easy for families staying in the private residences.
There really is something here for everyone ….
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