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
Having booked (and paid for) this hotel via British Airways holidays in August 2018 for a trip this Easter 2019 I have heard today that it has been cancelled because the hotel has taken on a block booking! Shocking giving us only 4 weeks notice. I would love to be writing a good review but alas I won't have the chance. Worst customer service ever - you should be ashamed of yourselves. Far too late now for me to find something else.
Upon check in I had high expectations as the hotel looked great and check in was seemless. We were taken on a golf buggy to our apartment. As soon as we turned up to the entrance of the apartment I was instantly disappointed as the area and lift looked tired and this continued into the room. Although the room was clean and had all the amenities (separate kitchen/bathroom/bedroom/ lounge and balcony) the place was just a little tired and the furniture was stained and grubby. We ate at the Italian and the food was adequate and almost canteen like. I liked the setting of this hotel/ apartments and I think it would suit families with all the amenities contained on site but as a couple it didn't suit us.
I would recommend this to anybody travelling with a small family. The hotel had everything we needed including good quality restaurants, spa and pool facilities and a local supermarket. It has a great (though rocky) private beach and excellent access to the Old Town of Dubrovnik via boat. The staff were great and I found them all to be highly intelligent. In particular, the bar staff provided great Old Fashioneds and White Russians in the evening (Josip at Maraska was great). Likewise, it became a daily tradition for me to have grilled vegetables and seared salmon at the Origano restaurant (all staff there were very accommodating and the chef made a point of regularly coming out to talk). A nice standout for me was eating a fresh filleted sea bass - catch of the day from the Dalmatian coast! It was also quite educational from a historical standpoint (recent back to Roman history).
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.