My taxi turned into a small road and dropped me at Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel – my temporary home for the next couple of days. When the taxi driver said, “This hotel just opened and it has a very nice view,” you know you’re off to a good start.
Overlooking the Srebeno Bay and backed by rugged mountains, Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera offers a quiet escape from the hustle and bustle. Designed by London architect firm, Scott Brownrigg, the hotel’s curvy modern form and interior were inspired by Dubrovnik’s culture and surroundings, including the medieval terracotta rooftops, coral from the Adriatic Sea and traditional Dalmatian filigree jewellery, combining contemporary furnishing with traditional icons.
As I stepped into the hotel, I was welcomed by the friendly reception staff. The check-in was swift and everything was explained clearly to me. I could not wait to rest my weary body. I was given the Deluxe Room which was bright and airy. The balcony overlooked the hotel’s pool and the Adriatic coastline. The room was equipped with an expansive working space (which was great for my multiple electronic gadgets).
The bathroom was luxurious and spacious with a Villeroy & Boch bathtub and a walk-in shower. To me, the most alluring part of the room was their signature Sweet Sleep™ bed which was enticing with its plush mattress and comfortable pillows.
After a quick nap, I was rallying to go and explore Dubrovnik’s Old Town. Though Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera is quite a distance from the Old Town, there are a few convenient ways to get around. I chose to take the local bus, and the bus stop is just a five-minute walk from the hotel, and the ride takes around 15 minutes.
Walking around Old Town can be a tiring affair especially with its cobblestone pathway and steep stairs. That is why I appreciate Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera has its own in-house, full service spa – Shine Spa. The spa is co-located with the 24-hour Sheraton fitness centre. Hotel guests can choose to detox in one of the saunas, enjoy stunning views from the jacuzzi or go for a swim in one of the magnificent pools (they have both indoor and outdoor pools), and all of these are complimentary services. As my time at the hotel was quite short, I did not manage to book one of the treatments at Shine Spa – I vowed to return.
Once the body was relaxed, I needed to fill my tummy with deliciousness. Located at the hotel lobby, Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera’s Leut restaurant offered a taste of local and international delicacies while its Piano Bar concocted refreshing cocktails and boasted a wide range of wines. And, I got to enjoy all these while looking at the breathtaking views of the Adriatic coast.
To me, relaxing is essential for making the best of a break, especially in the most glorious settings. And Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera certainly ticks all the right boxes.
Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel
Šetalište Dr. F. Tudmana 17 / Srebreno
20207 Mlini, Croatia
Tel: +385 20 60 15 00