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“Relaxing holiday on an island paradise”
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Private wooden pier with the beach in front of the house
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Private wooden pier with the beach in front of the house
House viewed from the sea
View from the terrace
Entrance to the villa
The terrace
Room with two single beds
View from the room
Master bedroom
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The interior of the apartment
Dining room
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The view from the terrace on the bay
Entrance to the villa
Garden surrounded by walls
Barbecue
Private wooden pier with the beach in front of the house
Deck chairs
Deck chairs
Entrance to the villa
Sandy beach 3 minutes walk from the house
Kayaks for rent on the beach
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Dalmatia

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mark b
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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“Relaxing holiday on an island paradise”
Reviewed 28 August 2013 for a stay in August 2013
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Spent 2 weeks chilling out on this idyllic island. Serves as an excellent base for visiting Dubrovnik or the other Elaphiti Islands. However most of our time was spent on the island as the atmosphere was so relaxing. The car-free island has two villages. Donje Celo is situated on a sheltered bay based around the ferry pier with 2 taverns, one hotel and the Villa Ruza. Often we made the 15 mins trek across the island to Gornje Celo, where we found the small shallow beach is more suitable for young children.
Our apartment was superb. The location was second to none, situated on the waters-edge with lovely views across the bay. The shared terrace is large with sunbeds and 2 tables to serve both apartments. Coffee and breakfast on the terrace was our morning routine, then every evening we were treated to glorious sunsets. The friendly family Svilokos run the site well and look after your needs admirably. They treated us to coffee and baked cakes one day, fresh figs from their garden and fried whitebait (caught by their son) on other days. The air-conditioned apartment was spotlessly clean and served with regularly changed towels and sheets.
We would love to spend more time here and will definitely be making a future visits. Many thanks to the family for it so perfect.

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Liked best: location
Liked least: lack of coffee machine
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
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Nicola060...
Neath, United Kingdom
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“comfortable, well appointed apartment in delightful location”
Reviewed 7 July 2013 for a stay in June 2013

Comfortable apartment, in a superb get away from it all location. Both bedrooms are large and comfortable, the bathroom is very good and the mini kitchen is well appointed. However, if there are four of you there is very little living space, just a table in the kitchen. If there's only two of you the second bedroom can be used as a mini sitting room. The lovely terrace has two tables/chairs (one for each apartment), so most of our time was spent sitting outside as we had delightful weather. TV only has one station and the wifi could only be picked up on the terrace and occassionally in one bedroom!
The owners were a delight! Ante was so helpful with our pre planning. His lovely wife purchased some basic goods for us in advance of our arrival. The family invited us for their traditional meet and greet of coffee and home made cakes and offered information about the area as required. The owners live downstairs but were very unobtrusive, and offered the use of their lovely garden, bicycles and barbecue if required. Sharing a terrace with neighbours from the upstairs apartment means that you don't have total privacy. Luckily we had delightful neighbours too which added to the experience. The views from the terrace are outstanding. Down a flight of steps and you are on the rocky beach and straight into the clear turquoise waters. Beware however, the sea urchins love this area of rocks, so deck shoes are essential to prevent very sore feet! Crocs don't work to swim in - your feet float!!! :)
The island is car free, peaceful, clean and has loads of hidden coves for swimming and plenty of pathways for walking. Restaurants are limited, but are reasonable in cost. Our neighbours raved about the fish barbecue at the beach at Gornje Cello, just around the coast. There is a safe and clean sandy beach only 300 metres from the apartment. We visited Dubrovnik old town, taking the 6.45 ferry, and a bus, arriving at the Town at 7.30. we were so glad we arrived early as there were few people and so had plenty of photo opportunities before the crowds and the heat arrived!! Restaurants and bars are more expensive in town than on the island! We tried sea kayaking which was great, however, watch out for the afternoon winds coming up which created two foot waves in a matter of 20 minutes causing us quite a problem getting back! We took the ferry to Lopud island which was also delighful, but more commercialised than Kolocep. All in all a delightful holiday with plenty of peaceful times but also plenty of activity if you want it. Not ideal for teenagers unless they are into walking swimming cycling or kayaking! Would suit families with youngsters and couples.

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: No kettle :)
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Edinburgh
Reviewed 12 June 2013 for a stay in May 2013

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Liked best: The balcony
Liked least: The lack of facilities in the local area
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Rugby, United Kingdom
Reviewed 25 September 2012 for a stay in September 2012

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Liked best: The views
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 25-34
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4 reviews
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“Villa Svilokos - fantastic location, super hospitable hosts!”
Reviewed 21 August 2012 for a stay in August 2012

We stayed three weeks on the Island of Kolocep at Villa Svilokos; for the first week as a couple and then as a family when our fifteen year old son joined us after an action packed week of kayaking in Montenegro with Watermark Experiences.
The accommodation was ideal for our needs with comfortable beds and the most amazing views over the bay from the windows and the large shared terrace. It was amazing being lulled to sleep at night with the sound of the sea just outside our windows. Our hosts were most helpful and kind
We loved the ease of getting around on the local ferry between Dubrovnik and the other Elaphiti Islands and there is great kayaking around the island with sit on top kayaks to be hired from the local hotel.
Highly recommended.

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Liked best: Location
Travelling group: Teenagers
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Moscow, Russia
Reviewed 11 July 2012 for a stay in July 2012

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Liked best: stunning view to the bay from windows
Liked least: there is only one small market on the island, so we needed to go to Dubrovnik every time we wanted to buy some food
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 25-34
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nathquinn
London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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“Perfect, relaxing stay on Kolocep Island: wonderful views, hospitality and location.”
Reviewed 20 June 2012 for a stay in June 2012
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We loved it here. We needed a break where we did not do our usual sightseeing, museums and activities. This was perfect. Kolocep is a small, car free island outside Dubrovnik and it is quiet apart from the ferries (small ones!) to and from Dubrovnik and the other islands, and some boat tours. The apartment is perfectly adequate for a couple, and the room that is another bedroom can be used as a lounge as it now has a sofa/daybed and TV set up as so. (It is 2 single beds otherwise).
The rooms have OUTSTANDING views - wide open windows showed the crystal clear water and you could listen to the water lapping at night, or use the shutters or double glazed windows if you prefer total peace. It is a quiet place to stay so there is no real noise to disturb you. The family live below the apartment and they were not intrusive, or too discreet. They are very accomodating and friendly and they gave us cooked fish for lunch one day and the courgettes they picked from their allotment another.
They also picked us up from the airport and took us to the supermarket in Dubrovnik which was a great help! Then took us by boat to the apartment, same on departure, for a small fee. It was a highlight for us to go from rainy Britain to hot sun and sea, getting in their boat with our cases! We had perfect weather all week - first week of June 2012 - and it was not at all busy even though there is a hotel on the island and was half term. The people that come by off the boat trips actually were quite nice to people watch - it never felt busy or crowded, and the island itself felt a little like 1950's Italy. Charming.
The internet was on and off but not really a problem. I would recommend they get a tin opener, a frying slice, spatula, a sharp knife and a couple of mugs instead of small teacups but this is just feedback, we didn't mind this overall.
I recommend the restaurant on the corner, past the apartment for a special splurge type meal if you are eating at the apartment most of the time as we did. I think it is called Villa Ruza or Cruza. It has the most fantastic views and wonderful service - fresh fish caught that day and you can have carpaccio of tuna or salmon mousse and wine while you wait, watching the sunset before you. We had a cocktail one night too and you can just use as a bar.

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Liked best: The views from the apartment bedrooms, short walk to beaches.
Liked least: Cant think of anything!
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
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