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
Stayed in the main building close to conference halls, restaurants and Spa. Rooms are spacious and have big and comfortable beds. Bathroom and shower are clean and in perfect condition. Room service is of a high quality. Staff and front desk are friendly and very helpful. Airport transport easily arranged by the hotel.
Stayed here twice now, first time was absolutely amazing. Second time was still good. Change under ownership from Radisson to Sun Gardens. Nice to be away from the old town and chill which is a PLUS! We took the shuttle into town every day (return). Due to the fact that it's a little far out 20-30 mins to get there, we think this should be free service. Paying for a return trip everyday wasn't really great when we paid a lot to stay there. So if you're staying there be prepared to pay for that or the resort should change its policy.
We stayed at the Sun Gardens Dubrovnik in Oct. 2018. It was the end of the tourist season locally. It was a very good stay. However, you might be surprised by one or two things which were not quite up to par, in my opinion. First, your transportation options are fairly limited. The hotel does not provide shuttle service, neither to the airport nor to the old town. Their travel and tour partner, on site, handles all that. Transit to the airport is 395 kuna (the same as a taxi) and travel to the old town is 45 kuna per person and another 45 for the return (a little better than a taxi). Food was very good. They offer excellent local wines. A good variety of excursions are offered by the travel partner, though some of them were not available in Oct at the end of the season. And then there is the spa. First the good. The spa area is open to guests, for no additional charge, and includes an indoor pool, a fitness area, a jacuzzi and several steam rooms and dry saunas. Massage and other treatments are offered. We had massages where were excellent. However...if you are thinking you will have a traditional spa environment, especially in the off season, you could be badly mistaken. The hotel recently has begun allowing children into the spa. Expect the loud whoops and laughs of children at a water park. That's what we experienced. Which is fine if that is what you're after. But if you were thinking silence and relaxation and quiet spa experience, you may need to think again. Now, clearly part of the problem is communication. The staff do not specifically inform guests that the spa is a quiet zone. Additionally, the parents of the loud kids are not helping. Spoke with the manager and at the moment, they see their bread being buttered by families with children more than traditional spa-goers. So be aware. Finally, we had minor problems communicating off-hours over things like room service. Staff members speak English, but variably well and sometimes there is a breakdown. Having said that, the property is beautiful. The staff warm and helpful. I felt very welcome there. I would probably return, though some of the issues with the spa leave me wanting to investigate options for a return trip. I think you should consider the Sun Gardens Dubrovnik but you should make your reservation with eyes open.
Upon arriving I received a warm welcome and a free room upgrade with the most magnificent views. The staff were extremely helpful and friendly.
I went to the spa for a package that included, full body scrub, body wrap, full body massage and mini facial which was brilliant and relaxing! I must have fallen asleep a few times.
The spa had heated pool, saunas, steam rooms, relaxation areas.
The resort was in great condition, well maintained and postcard views everywhere you look.
The pools were crystal clear with views of the Elaphite islands and yachts passing by.
As a Muslim, I really appreciated the fact that all the menus at the multiple restaurants on offer had symbols which indicated whether the dish contained alcohol or pork.
Overall, a perfect place to getaway and relax and recharge.
Thanks Sun Gardens for the wonderful stay!
We are on our last day in Croatia.
The sun garden hotel has unfortunately let us down quite badly. Last year we stayed at Hotel Croatia in Cavtat which was excellent.
lovely residential room overlooking the sea. ( apart from extremely large trees blocking most of the view)
Lovely quiet beach
Excellent gym and fitness class facilities
Excellent spa and indoor pool facilities.
The boat transferred to Dubrovnik was fantastic. Both guys were very helpful and friendly.
The lock on our room did not work although we did complain twice it still has not been fixed. We were very concerned about this as the maid continuously removed our spare key from the room. We had to call reception every day to have it returned. We were told each time “Oh it must just be a mistake” not what I would expect from a 5* hotel.
We were told upon arrival about all the shops and restaurants that were there. But unfortunately two days in every shop closed down without warning. You could not buy any provisions at all. I was constantly bitten by mosquitos and could not get medication as the chemist had closed for the season.
The room has a dishwasher the maid only left tablets for it occasionally. So with no shop to buy any, we were stuck with all the plates and pots to wash. Not what you really want to spend your time doing on holiday.
All the bars around the beach and pools were closed so you could not even get a cool drink.
Unfortunately there is a definite ‘end of season’ mentality around the whole hotel/resort that just makes it feel that as a guest you a bit of an inconvenience.
Next year it will be back to the Hotel Croatia.