The Adriatic Sea glistens out your window, a medieval city sits waiting to be explored just down the road and a private boat is ready for you to jump aboard.
This is the way to experience Dubrovnik with a sprinkle of five star luxury and blissed out days under the sun.
Sun Gardens Dubrovnik is where modern comforts blend with the coastal landscape and Croatian culture. Villas are dotted along the hillside like a Mediterranean village and rooms in the main hotel building look out towards the Elaphiti Islands, meaning photography opportunities from the moment you wake up.
To escape the tour groups and cruise ship crowds in the old town of Dubrovnik, I recently stayed here for two nights and what a treat it was. While I highly recommend staying nice and close to the Dubrovnik city walls for a few nights, I just as highly suggest booking a hotel like the Radisson which is about 15minutes by car from the old town and allows you to watch the sun set over the sea without getting shoved or blocked by other photographers. It’s calm, quiet and feels like a resort holiday with the possibility of as much or as little adventure as you want.
You can spend the entire day lazing by any of the three giant pools with panoramic views, take a day trip to explore a nearby island or work on your tan by the sea with fresh fruity drinks within arm’s reach.
If you’re like me, your day by the beach won’t include much lying on a deck chair though. I spent most of the day in the water taking split-level photographs and using the hotel’s water sport offerings! Due to my inability to go fast without screaming like a little girl, I didn’t take the jet ski’s for a spin but was completely content exploring with the clarity of the Adriatic. The water is ideal for underwater photography with little schools of fish and there is even a small castle just beside the Radisson that looks great in photos!
Should you wish to wander the old town or climb the city walls of Dubrovnik, it’s at your fingertips too. The hotel’s private boat takes trips there and back throughout the day along with a private bus or taxi’s on call. If like me you opt for the boat option, along the way you get to see the impressive rocky coastline, forts and city walls from the sea. In my opinion this is the best way to see any city!
As always, rather than write paragraphs about the incredible bath tub, the last sunset of summer that turned the sky into a rainbow of pinks or just how pretty this place really is… I prefer to show you my hotel story because I believe a collection of photos just says it better.
Below is my visual review of the Sun Gardens Dubrovnik…
To experience your own luxury Croatian holiday by the Adriatic Sea, get in touch with the lovely team at Sun Gardens Dubrovnik…I’ll cross my fingers the sunsets are just as beautiful as the ones I was lucky enough to witness! x
As I always note, the equipment used during this trip is below…
Nikon AW1 Waterproof Camera
Nikon 14-24mm lens
Nikon 28-300mm lens
GoPro Hero 3
Check local stockists are authorised resellers of Nikon before purchasing.
Hello! I’m the founder and photographer behind The Wandering Lens. With 14+yrs experience as a professional travel and landscape photographer, all advice found on this site is from my personal experience on the road. I hope it’s useful for your own travels and would love to hear in the comments about your trips and experiences around the world.
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