Sun Gardens Dubrovnik
What We Love
- Sweeping Adriatic Sea views
- Three freshwater swimming pools
- Laid-back city-meets-beach atmosphere
- Mammoth 37,000-square-foot spa
- Lots of kid-friendly facilities
What To Know
- The resort is a 15-minute drive from the historic center of Dubrovnik
- Don’t go if you want an intimate experience; this is a vast resort
- Some restaurants and shops are closed during the off season
- Book spa appointments well in advance
- A tourist tax of approximately $1.50 per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
“The Pearl of the Adriatic” built by the Venetians, Dubrovnik is a city that allows you to hit the coast and get a culture fix in one trip. And the Radisson Blu Dubrovnik Sun Gardens, situated a scenic 15-minute drive from the historic old town, is perfectly placed to see the sights and soak up the sea views, too. One of the first resort-style hotels in the region, the property mixes breezy modern design, kid-friendly activities, a full raft of dining options, a mammoth spa and Adriatic vistas at every turn.
Bed & Bath
The 408 guestrooms are all about contemporary design, with a Mediterranean palette of beige and turquoise and floor-to-ceiling windows. All but the Standard Rooms (which are a spacious 366 square feet) come with balconies overlooking the sea, and they feature tea and coffee kits, bathrobes and slippers, and the all-important free WiFi. The residences are like luxe apartments, with oak flooring, modern artwork, lounge and dining areas, and kitchenettes.
There are plenty of opportunities to kick back or get active at the resort, including three outdoor pools, a private pebble beach, a dive center, a gym, a climbing wall, volleyball courts and an impressive 37,000-square-foot spa, which has all the essential amenities, from a hydrotherapy pool to a hammam. Foodies and fussy eaters alike are seen to, with a choice of 14 venues at which to wine and dine. Tuck into seafood and local specialties at the waterfront Cilantro or sink your teeth into a steak at the Butcher. Families should head to the resort’s Market Place, where you can either dine in or pick up goodies from the open kitchen. Or, for those wanting to party, the lounge-like Ginja features an alfresco dance floor by the Adriatic.
In the Area
Discover the pedestrian heart of Dubrovnik’s old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The impressive fortress hides a maze of white cobblestone streets. Its marble thoroughfare, the famous Stradun, dates from 1667 and shines like a mirror thanks to centuries of polishing wear. Go really local at the no-frills Buffet Kamenice, with its blue and white awning. Located on Gunduliceva Poljana, it offers local fare, including squid ink risotto that’s incredibly tasty, cheap and plentiful. For the hipper crowd the favorite is Gil’s, at the city entrance. It has become the place to see and be seen, with a fantastic alfresco lounge, bar and restaurant with lovely sea views and French fusion cuisine. A daytrip to the Elaphiti Islands is a must. Kolocep, Sipan and Lopud are exotic and green, covered in olive groves, vineyards and tropical plants, as well as Roman ruins and churches.
How to Get There
The staff make it!! Kind courteous and so proud of their hotel and their country.
I travelled with family staying in the residences which were lovely and myself in the hotel which was excellent.
We ate lovely food swam in pristine pools and slept in comfortable beds.
A sandy bit of beach or even a covered sand pit for children would be perfect. My only suggestion would be that the play are and one of the pools for children should be shaded, factor 50 is great but how they hate having it put on.
We stayed at the Sun Gardens in late May, the weather was fantastic. We had a slight mix up with our room which was resolved quite quickly while we enjoyed the view with some sparkling wine. From the moment you arrive at Dubrovnik airport you are made to feel very welcome by the wonderful Croatian people. The hotel is beautiful, set in the most amazing location over looking the Adriatic Sea, sprawling over a huge area there are plenty pools and bars, restaurants and areas at the sea to keep everyone happy. We ate in the restaurants that were open at that time, The Butcher being our favorite. We also go the hotel bus into Dubrovnik a couple of nights, and had a wonderful time there. The most memorable thing that we will all take from this holiday is the lovely friendly people that work at Sun Gardens every single one of them go out their way to make sure you will have a holiday to remember. Thank you to everyone at Sun Gardens!
We stayed here last year in a2 bed apartment with 2 grown up children and loved it. So much so we booked again. We chose club rooms (so access to club lounge with beer, wine and snacks) and a lovely roof top breakfast. Effectively the cost of that was around 180 euros a day per room for the upgrade - a lot for 3 rooms but hey ho, holidays with family are important. The good stuff.... fabulous rooftop breakfast, amazing staff there. The adult pool is great - quiet and ideal, again fabulous staff. Sadly we were very let down by the club lounge and the level of service received generally for the club concept. The lady who runs the club lounge resented our very existence and made us feel uncomfortable about being there. We were not in there to drink lots but even if we were we had actually paid for it. That said the views were stunning from the lounge and we used it around 6 days out of the 9 we were there. It was my birthday whilst there and the Hotel sent a lovely cake...great gesture but housekeeping took it away the next day, even though only half gone - was very sad. Lots of silly things like this just spoiled it. I wont bore a reader with the detail - for us, we will not go back.
Great hotel, didn't realise how big the resort itself was! Gym and sports facilities superb, as was the private beach (though pebbly), swimming in the sea everyday was gorgeous! We took the hotel boat on way onto Dubrovnik (takes about 30 mins) and got an Uber back, great way to get to the Old Town to explore it. Food was excellent in the resort, we were half board and got to use our credit in several of the restaurants, large portion sizes and drinks not too expensive for a 5 star hotel. Get a room with a sea view!
This hotel has two strengths, the spa and restaurant staff. Having said that we found the additional costs incompatible with its rating. We have never paid for water and soft drinks in the room of a five star hotel before. Also the cost of the transfer into Dubrovnik, we have never paid this in any other 5 star hotel. Then there is the fact that this hotel fills its rooms with conferences out of high season. If you want to be kept awake by partying travel agents until 5am then this is the hotel for you. You also can spend up to 15 minutes waiting for breakfast coffee when they need to get conference guests out on time. Our complaint to the manager resulted in a bottle of not very good wine. If you want to sunbathe all day and don’t mind all the extras then go ahead. If you want to experience wonderful Croatia, stay somewhere else.