Kelsey discovers Sun Gardens Dubrovnik
Posted on 10th Oct 2018
Dubrovnik has always been a popular destination amongst young Australians and I first went there as an 18 year old on a backpacking trip around Europe. I had memories of sheltering from a record-breaking heavy downpour in the Old Town for 3 days straight, so I really wasn’t expecting much more than that upon arrival. I couldn’t have been more wrong!
To start my sunny weekend away, I was met at the airport by a very welcoming, friendly driver. The 40-minute journey was accompanied by stunning views the entire way along with loads of information about the country and its tourism.
Upon arriving at the Sun Gardens, I was welcomed by staff who talked me through the facilities available for use and suggested what activities I might like to participate in during my stay. The resort really has everything you need – there is a small strip of bouquet shops selling swimwear and clothes. There is also pharmacy, and grocery store which is convenient for guests staying in the residences where they are kitchenettes. The Sports Centre caters for people of all ages and skill levels and has multiple academies for children; basketball, football, tennis and water polo. The Kids Club is free, whilst the teens club (15-19yo) and new baby club (crèche) is chargeable.
The rooms themselves are well equipped and spacious, with the One Bedroom Residence Sea View apartment hosting 1 bathroom and 1 separate toilet and can accommodate 3 guests, with a King Bed and fold-out sofa. The terrace is very large and has a table and chairs, small outdoor sofa and 2 sun beds – perfect for relaxing on with a glass or two of wine.
No matter where you are in the resort, you are only a short walk away from one of the three pools and from multiple restaurants. All of the restaurants can be pre-booked however Cilantro tends to be most popular so I would recommend booking in advance. On my first night I had dinner at Market which was spectacular, with a large array of fish-dishes including stuffed squid, clams, and whole fish. La Pasta is excellent for pasta and pizza dishes, with the squid ink pizza making quite the impression. None of the restaurants have strict dress codes, making dining in smart-casual possible.
Pools are refreshing with an adult only pool and 2 large family friendly pools. The pebble beach stretches along the length of the resort whilst the private marina allows for guests to access Dubrovnik Old Town on a stunning 40-minute boat trip, or hire yachts out for the day. There are also a variety of water sports available which can be booked on-site.
A shuttle bus can also take guests into the Old Town and takes around 20 minutes. The shuttle boat is highly recommended, but I would suggest only catching it on the way home. The sea spray can be a bit much, and you may need a rinse off once you’re off the boat! If you time it right, you can also catch the beautiful sunset on the boat ride home whilst enjoying the amazing views of the Old Town city walls. Make sure to check with reception before booking a day trip in – they have a schedule of the cruise ships, and sometimes with multiple cruise ships in, the Old Town can be very difficult to navigate against the crowds.
Overall, the resort is incredible, and I definitely recommend a visit there. Sun Gardens is quiet and although it was at 98% occupancy, it did not feel as though there was very many people there at all. Staff were very welcoming and friendly, and always available if help was required.
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