We wanted to stay here forever and watch the sun go down over the bay from our balcony with a glass of wine for the rest of our lives..
Ivan picked us up at the airport and showed us a bit of Dubrovnik as we drove into the city then welcomed us with some orange lemonade from their own tree. Also drove us to the bus station early in the morning when we left for Mostar. Place is immaculately clean. We stayed six nights and his wife Kate even changes the sheets/towels after a few days. Good kitchen for cooking that you share with a few others. Airco too for 5 euro extra per day: worth every cent if it's in the 90's.
Things to keep in mind: it's not very close to a public beach (but I think the # 6 bus from the harbour below Villa Ivan goes to one on the far side of the bay. So you can always check) and you need to be able to walk either down from the bus (coming back) from the old city which stops on a road just above Villa Ivan (3-5 min. walk) or up a few flights of steep stone stairs from the other bus stop (10-12 mins.). At that bus stop there are two bakkeries, a small market and Luna, A very good inexpensive pizzeria . Note to the wise: a normal pizza is big enough, perhaps even for two. Be very clear about your order because their English is limited.
Figure out the bus schedule to the old city and back early on because there are only 1 or 2 busses per hour (Otherwise a taxi ride from the old city to the road above Villa Iwan is about 14 euro and to just below near the stores about 8 euro (with the exchange rate).
Ivan will recommend Taj Mahal in the old city for a Bosnian meal. We ate lunch there the first day and the veal in cream cheese sauce was fantastic! Good value even though old city is touristy. And walk the wall, it's worth the effort.
Five star accomodation for a more than modest price. We loved it.
And last but not least: If you can book it through Booking.com. I used Hostelbookers and you end up paying a 10% fee.
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