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LOCATION: An idyllic magical setting offering stunning views of the crystal blue Adriatic and a short walk to Old Town Dubrovnik. This unique property is built on the side of cliff edged with beautiful terraced gardens and a walkway that leads to a private salt water outdoor pool and beach on the waters edge. From Grand Villa Argentina, each sunset offers an intimate experience, igniting the sky with fiery red, orange, and gold light beams that dance across the clouds and reflect off the mirrored sea. The ancient city is illuminated as if a hallowed fortress of the heavens. Breathtaking!

Dubrovnik Airport is 13 miles or 22 km north of the City Center. Airport transfer cost averages US$ 45 one way by taxi.

ROOMS: 161 rooms and 7 suites, including 4 Private Villas – Villa Argentina, Villa Orsula, Villa Glavic, and Villa Sheherezade. Rooms are charming and comfortable with upscale traditional décor. In room amenities include adjustable climate control thermostat, phone line, television, free high speed cable internet, mini bar, safe deposit box, as well as, plush bathrobes and luxury toiletries.
 
RATES: Vary by Season. Range: US$ 275-$470 (EURO $ 209-$350)
 
TIME OF YEAR TO GO: September is recommended to avoid the Cruise Ship crowds.

Great GIRLFRIEND GETAWAY Destination Hotel: A 10 minute walk to Old Town Dubrovnik shopping, dining nightlife and attractions makes this hotel the perfect home base for any discerning diva. Sun worshipers will delight in this Mediterranean seaside paradise, a rival to any Hollywood celebrity favorite coastal haunt, soaking in Dubrovnik’s over 2700 annual hours of rejuvenating sunshine. No need to leave your lounge chair for nourishment, the Beach Terrace Restaurant and Bar is onsite to meet your every need. For spa lovers indulge in the full service Wellness Center complete with indoor pool, whirlpool and sauna.

HOTEL RESTAURANTS & BAR HIGHLIGHTS:

Caravelle Restaurant: The full service restaurant includes a wonderful outdoor terrace. Rise for an early buffet breakfast and indulge in the morning glory – spectacular views of the sea and Dubrovnik’s old city walls. An incredible way to start the day!

Restaurant Victoria & Lounge Bar: Victoria lives up to its regal name offering a divine Mediterranean menu featuring fresh regional seafood dishes and an extensive wine list. The outdoor bar’s low level white sofas, smooth jazz melodies, soft lighting, evening breezes and starry skies give Victoria an inviting sensual vibe that is hard to resist.

SPECIAL PACKAGE: Superior History Package – 3 night Minimum

Explore Dubrovnik’s history, shopping and best kept local secrets.

• 3 nights stay in Double Room
• Hot buffet breakfast at Restaurant Caravelle
• Transport from Airport to Hotel
• Dubrovnik Card (for 2) – card allows entrance to all museums in the city including the city walls and use of public transport
• Private Tourist Guide for 2 hours walking tour of Old Town
Cable Car Ride (2 persons) for an incredible panoramic view

Available for Standard Room, Double Room with Sea View or an Upgraded Room with Private Balcony and View. Contact Hotel for Rates and Promotions

Recommended Day Trip Excursions:

Cavtat: This beautiful and quaint medieval village, on the southern coast, is the site of an ancient Greek settlement and home to Dubrovnik’s first settlers after the earthquake. The town is well known as the birthplace of Vlaho Bukovac, one of Croatia’s most beloved painters. It is a 20-30 minute car or bus ride north from Dubrovnik’s city center. If time allows, join in the folkloric festivities of nearby Cilipi, a town that regularly celebrates the Konavle region’s rich traditions every Sunday from April through October. To learn more contact the Konavle Region Tourism Office.

Ston: Historic Ston is well known as Croatia’s “Salt City”, home to one of the oldest active salt work operations in the world, where the traditional production process has not changed in centuries. Ston is a tiny picturesque town consisting of only a few narrow streets lined with shops, restaurants and cafes. But it is the towering wall which surrounds Ston, the longest stone wall in Europe, that is a favorite visitor challenge. Adventure enthusiasts will not want to miss this formidable climb.

For a sampling of the finest oysters in the Mediterranean, one must visit Vila Koruna Restaurant in nearby Mali Ston. If you are lucky, the owner may invite you by boat to harvest this treasured ancient sea delicacy from his private adjacent oyster beds for a truly exceptional and memorable meal. Villa Koruna promises an authentic, organic and fresh seafood dining experience that will tantalize your taste buds! For more information contact the Ston Tourist Board.

Pelješac Peninsula: Wines and Vineyards
The rocky terrain and sunny climate make this area perfect for cultivating grapes and olives.
The local grape, Plavac Mali, which name translates to “small blue grapes”, is said to be the ancestor of the California Zinfandel grape and directly related to the Primitivo grape. Popular Croatian Plavic Mali coastal reds are Dingac and Postup with vineyards on the peninsula.

Special Note: Even California winemaker, Mike Grgich, a native Croat, sees the potential for top wine production in the region. He now operates a successful winery in Trstenik. For a list of wineries, contact the Pelješac Peninsula Tourism Office

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