Fodor's Expert Review Sun Gardens

Na Moru 1, Croatia Fodor's Choice

Set on 54 acres of sprawling gardens in Orašac—a tiny settlement 11 km (7 miles) up the coast from Dubrovnik—Sun Gardens is the best value resort in the region and a rare property that manages to never feel overwhelming despite its large size. It comes with killer views from every room, renowned spa facilities, a long private beach, and three seafront pools. It's ideal for families, with two children's pools, a terrific kids' club, and a pebble beach perfect for tiny feet, but it's equally attractive for adults looking for a relaxing vacation, with 16 restaurants and bars to choose from, excellent spa and sports facilities, an adults-only pool, and nightly entertainment. Club-level rooms and suites come with welcome bottles of wine and canapés, luxury Salvatore Ferragamo toiletries, and access to a private lounge with an open bar and afternoon tea. It's worth the upgrade to Club level for the breakfast alone, which is served on an exclusive rooftop terrace where the chef whips up stunning à la carte dishes made with premium ingredients like oysters and foie gras. Public buses travel hourly to Dubrovnik, or the hotel can organize a shuttle bus or, better yet, a shuttle boat to Dubrovnik.

PROS

  • Wide range of activities and amenities for the whole family
  • Top-notch spa facilities
  • Three seafront pools and a long private beach

CONS

  • Distance from Dubrovnik
  • Isolated location
  • Some rooms only have partial sea views

QUICK FACTS

Resort
FamilyBest Bet
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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 020-361–500

HOTEL DETAILS

201 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Oct.–Apr., Free Breakfast

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