If you happen to’ve been lacking the dream European trip — a luxurious resort alongside the Adriatic Coast, improbable regional meals and wines and an iconic view you’ll always remember — image your self having sundown cocktails in your personal balcony on the Hotel Excelsior, overlooking the pink tiled rooftops of the well-known walled-city of Dubrovnik. And, whereas a lot of Europe stays closed to American vacationers, Croatia has just lately opened its borders to them. So overlook about Paris and Rome, and uncover all the wonder and historical past that Dubrovnik has to supply.
“We’re very pleased to welcome People again to Croatia, particularly right here in Dubrovnik.” says Zrinka Marinovic, Public Relations Supervisor of Adriatic Luxurious Lodges, which function a number of properties in Dubrovnik, together with the Resort Excelsior. “We’ve added measures to ensure our visitors are as protected as doable, however we have now designed these enhancements to be as discreet as doable, to ensure our visitors nonetheless really feel like they’re on a luxurious trip.”
Whereas it’s been an essential vacation spot for hundreds of years, Dubrovnik’s tourism elevated dramatically within the final decade, resulting from it being the inspiration for the fictional King’s Touchdown on HBO’s Recreation of Thrones. And whereas filming the present, many solid members have stayed on the Resort Excelsior. However the resort has at all times been drawing celebrities, with visitors resembling Queen Elizabeth II and Elizabeth Taylor having fun with holidays right here. And the views make it simple to see why. Completely located alongside the curve of the coast — you’ll be able to dip your toes proper into the Adriatic Sea from the decrease stage — the resort’s rooms, eating places and public areas function straight-on views of the previous city, whereas additionally being shut sufficient to be inside these well-known partitions with only a brief stroll.
Resort Excelsior Dubrovnik has 158 rooms and suites, combining the constructing of the unique 1913 resort Villa Odak with the fashionable addition, The Tower. Friends looking for a extra personal expertise can even e-book the personal three bed room Villa Agave, with 5 terraces, personal pool and 24-hour butler. Together with the views, which additionally embrace the island of Lokrum throughout the Adriatic, visitors can bask in massages on the spa, which additionally contains jacuzzi whirlpools, Turkish and Roman baths, the pool and wonder and wellness therapies. “The one change is that our steam baths will not be in use right now,” says Marinovic, “however conventional saunas and therapy amenities are absolutely open for visitors to take pleasure in. All of our employees put on masks always and that features these working at pool, eating places and spas.”
Eating choices on the resort embrace the Prora Restaurant, the place you’ll be able to sit on the outside patio, proper subsequent to the water, and revel in a seafood lunch or dinner. The Abakus Bar is ideal for drinks with the views. The Sensus Positive Eating Restaurant, run by chef Peter Obad, brings a contemporary contact to Croatian dishes utilizing native substances, like Sea Bass with potatoes, saffron, zucchini and beetroot cream in addition to Sea Scallops with peas, black Slovenian bacon and mini apples. It’s additionally the place to start out diving into the world of Croatian wines. The nation has a wealthy historical past of winemaking, and lots of of its personal varietals, so don’t fear about names you’ve by no means heard earlier than, and ask the sommelier for some steerage — you can begin with the nation’s three most planted grapes: Plavac (a mother or father of Zinfandel), Mali Graševina and Malvazija Istarska.
There’s a lot to discover within the previous metropolis of Dubrovnik. One can see town from above, strolling atop the city’s medieval walls — don’t fear, there are exits and entrances alongside the route, you don’t must do the whole distance, which is about 1.2 miles. Strolling inside town is enjoyable even with no vacation spot, however you’ll want to search for the Sponza Palace, Onofrio’s Fountain, the Rector’s Palace, now a museum, and The Dubrovnik Cathedral, inbuilt 1763. A 3-minute trip on the Dubrovnik Cable Automotive, takes you to the highest of Mount Srd, for an much more spectacular chook’s eye view. And, relying on the season, a ship trip by means of the islands within the Adriatic Sea is a should.
Whereas People are welcome for tourism in Croatia, there are some essential issues to notice. You should have affirmation of your paid resort reserving when coming into the nation and, most significantly, you should should current a destructive PCR take a look at for COVID-19 that isn’t older than 48 hours upon arrival — so you should plan for a take a look at that may be given very near your departure with quick turnaround for outcomes. If you happen to meet these necessities, you’ll not be topic to any quarantine measures. After all, issues might change, so examine the Croatian COVID-19 English language website, in addition to the Croatian U.S. Embassy website to remain up-to-date.