Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik teeters at the top of a rugged cliff just outside the Adriatic’s crowning walled town. Offering effortlessly cool and contemporary Mediterranean chic, Superior Rooms are a must, coming complete with French windows that open onto a furnished balcony with a glass balustrade. Wake up to mesmerising views across the spectacular Dalmatian coast, enjoy a rich buffet breakfast at Vapor, share an oyster platter at Nevera Beach and, after a day of sightseeing, unwind at the hotel’s wine bar with a glass or two of Croatian regional fine wines. Indulge in a sense of adventure by heading to the rural region of Konavle (just 30 minutes away), which is great for cycling, hiking and horse riding and is known for its agriculture, where vineyards and olive groves surrounded by rugged slopes, old stone farmhouses and cypresses abound. For those chilly winter days, warm up at the hotel spa’s heated freshwater pool that’s framed by floor-to-ceiling windows so you can float in front of sensational sea vistas. Or feel refreshed with an espresso facial at the aptly named Energy Clinic.
How does five-star luxury within a ten-minute walk of Dubrovnik’s Unesco-protected Old Town sound? We thought so. This seaside-set, minimalist pad is all grey walls and retro furnishings, punctuated by sumptuous marshmallow-like beds. Ideal for kicking back, not only does the hotel have a heated indoor pool, glamorous spa with a whirlpool bath, Roman bath and Finnish sauna, but guests also have direct access to the hotel’s rocky beach (if an ice-cold dip in the Adriatic Sea is more your thing). The food? Wherever you go, the focus is on the finest seasonal ingredients prepared with an innovative aesthetic twist. Enjoy an aperitif on the terrace followed by a seafood extravaganza at modern Mediterranean in-house restaurant Sensus. Alternatively, pop over to the small town of Mali Ston, which is famous for three things: oysters, mussels and its ancient town walls. Located just an hour’s drive away from the hotel, it’s a paradise for seafood lovers. Back at base, for those lazy, post-night-out mornings, the hotel’s bountiful breakfast buffet at Salin will hit the spot.