Hotel Sipan, Sipanska Luka
The hotel is set in a wonderful location at the head of a bay with beautiful views.
Our room was spacious clean and comfortable with a sea facing view which was worth paying the extra for.
On arrival you are given two swipe card keys for the room.
On entering the room one card is inserted into the power slot to allow the power in the room.
The fridge is connected to this, so guests are advised to leave one card in the power slot at all times otherwise the fridge will turn off.
Breakfast was good and plentiful and is served on the patio area at the front of the hotel when the weather is hot.
The only drawback here was the wasps which could be annoying. Evening meals are also served here in the evenings when the wasps are not a problem.
Wine in the restaurant varies from about 150 kuna per bottle upward. For us evening meals were a bit of hit and miss, not that there was anything wrong with the food, just a couple of times there was nothing that tickled our taste buds.
There are several bars and restaurants in the village and the food is good and varied.
Sipanska Luka is a short bus ride from the port village of Sudurad.
There is a small beach about 5 minutes walk from the hotel.
The beach is pebbles, but if you enter the water on the right side, near the cafe, a short distance from the shore the bottom is sandy, however water shoes are recommended.
It is serviced, with sunbeds and parasols for hire.
There is also a small cafe/shop with outside seating, serving light snacks, coffee, soft drinks, ice-cream etc.
The bus timetable is co-ordinated with the ferry boats arriving and leaving so connections are easy.
Regular ferrys leave from here to Dubrovnik, calling at the other two Elaphiti islands Lopud and kolocep.
Lopud is a nice island but its main attraction is its sandy beach. This is situated about 30 minutes walk over a hill on the other side of the island.
If the walk is too much you can take a ride over on what can only be described as golf buggies. these take about six people at a time and cost 15 Kuna per person each way.
Kolocep is another pretty island. There is a nice walk over to the other side of the island to Gornje Celo, about 40 minutes. There is a small harbour here with a few buildings and a fish restaurant.
We had sea bass here and the fish is barbecued in full view of the customers.
Tip: when you get off the boat at these islands there is usually a large billboard at the harbour with a map of the island. Take a photo of this with your phone, and you can refer to it as you explore the island.
We also did two independent boat trips with local boatmen. Sometimes they will advertise at the reception.
In the first case it was a boat trip to Ston, a walled village up the coast. It was advertised on the reception desk as 200 Euros.
When ten people have signed up the cost is only 20 Euros per head, not bad for an all day trip. Note when paying, prices are converted to Kuna. These are small boats, 10 people would be the maximum.
Our second trip was to the National Park on the island of Mljet. This was 400 Euros, or 40 Euros per head.
This was a nice trip but quite lengthy, 3 hours there and 3 hours back plus 3 or four hours on the island.
Dubrovnik is about a 70 minute ferry ride from Sudarud. Unfortunately the first boat dosn't leave until after 12 noon. So you arrive in the hottest and busiest time of day. However there is a catamaran ferry which calls into Sipanska Luka itself.
This leaves at about 6.30 in the morning and will have you in Dubrovnik before 8am. We used this and it was a good choice, getting into the old town before the crowds arrive. We bought a Dubrovnik Card when we arrived. This will get you access to the walls and also to about 10 attractions/museums in the city. It will also give you free travel on the local buses. Good value if you go to all the attractions.
You can come back on this boat, but it won't arrive in Sipanska Luka till about 7.45 pm. We came back earlier on one of the regular ferries.
There are some nice walking trails in the hills behind the hotel.
You can walk to the top of the hill (Velji Vrh) where there is a good viewpoint. Note the trail appears to fizzle out near the top of the hill.
Look for a path through the bushes on your left about 20 yards before the trail ends. There are small churches dotted around the island.
Unfortunately most of these are closed, but some are worth going to see for the views. There is also a rough road which goes most of the way to the north end of the island.
When we were there, there was a digger extending the road all the way out to the north coast. You can also walk around the south end of the island from Sudurad.
One walk from Sudurad walks out past a monastery. At the side of the monastery there is a sign for the shore. We followed this track which passes through the monastery grounds.
It is quite rough and goes over a small hill and drops down to the coast at a small exclusive restaurant call BOWA which is situated on a small bay with a stony beach.
The clients for this restaurant are almost exclusively from boats and yachts sailing up and down the coast. We had a small meal there and it was delicious.
To save ourselves the climb back over the hill, the owner took us in his speedboat back round to Sudurad for 200 Kuna, not cheap but a great experience.
This is a chill-out destination, and if you want, you will find plenty of things to keep you busy. Enjoy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel is located at the north side on the island Šipan in the very South of Croatia, a district of Dubrovnik and is only 9 sea miles off the mainland. This charming 75 room hotel is situated on the waterfront in Sipanska Luka Bay typically known as a “Riva” providing guests with “picture postcard” views of the bay and the visiting luxury yachts that anchor in front of the hotel.. Known for its charm as a fishing village, the bay also provides one of the best sandy beach locations in the Elafiti Islands and with a west facing perspective provides dramatic sunsets over the Elafiti Islands.Šipan is an experience hard to find anywhere else in the Mediterranean, a place for true originality and romance, an experience of the real Croatia, unspoiled by mass-tourism and its consequences. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sipan Hotel Dubrovnik