The Villa Vilina hotel on Lopud, near Dubrovnik
We spent a few nights at the delightful Villa Vilina on the tiny island of Lopud, off the coast of Dubrovnik and loved every minute of our stay.
The hotel, room, food and pool
Booking your accommodation on Lopud is recommended, especially in the peak season, and definitely if you want to stay somewhere as delightful as the Villa Vilina.
Like many of the islands of the coast of Dubrovnik, Lopud is very popular with locals and overseas visitors alike. The Villa Vilina has a great reputation, and deservedly so.
Sat on the hill overlooking Lopud bay, the Villa Vilina is a handsome stone house that has been converted into a personal and yet stylish hotel.
The staff were all lovely people, always helpful with any of our queries. One helped arrange a day's kayaking, walking us down to the rental house and even helping carry the kayaks into the water.
The room was of average size, but comfortable, with a lovely view across the bay. Lopud village is small but well formed, and waking up to the blue sky, clear waters and gentle breeze was an absolute treat.
Our first meal at the hotel restaurant was lunch on arrival, when hungry after our trip out from the UK, we decided to keep it simple and eat on the terrace. As soon as our octopus carpaccio arrived, we knew our holiday proper had started as we sipped a glass of local wine. Other meals were of a similar high quality, with special mention for a succulent steak dinner.
Above the hotel is a pool, shared with self-catering apartments also run by the hotel. Being higher up on the hill the view from the pool terrace was terrific, and we made good use of the luxury sun loungers provided.
One thing to recommend, although not a cheap option, was the speedboat trip from Dubrovnik arranged by the Villa Vilina. What a great way to start the holiday... cutting through the turquoise waters of the Adriatic in a great looking boat, and being met at the quay by the hotel porter.
If you're looking for a few nights on the Elaphite Islands, then this is the place to stay.