We stayed Thomson full board between 6th and 13th October 2013. Flights to and from Birmingham airport were on time and hassle free. Pre-booked taxi transfers were on time and comfortable, Citroen Cross and Audi. Check in was quick and luggage taken to room. Room clean (and kept clean), spacious, with a balcony with sunbeds overlooking the outdoor pool and sea. The meals were ok. Salads, cold meats, cheese and croissants were very good. Unfortunately the hot meals let the mealtimes down. They are offered in canteen style stainless steel containers and sometimes were lukewarm not 5 T standard. The service in the main restaurant was slow and erratic; however the service in the Agora bar was exceptionally good. Our welcome meeting was adequate and but little was said about the bus passes and the surrounding area only the Old Town; we found out more about the area by walking around ourselves.
We had a meal in the Lalezar restaurant which was superb, but a bit expensive. However the Bela Vita bar and Azzur Fish restaurants were closed. The latter because of bad weather but with a bit of planning it could have stayed open. We have eaten outside quite comfortably at restaurants in the Far East with a downpour outside, it just requires side screens.
The biggest let-down was the Wine Tasting tour. It would appear that the object (and the guide said as much), was to drink as much as possible and get drunk.
The tour included a visit to two mills, the first was ok but the second was only visible through a small opening in a wall, but because it was completely dark inside it was impossible to see what was happening. It was only after I viewed a photo that I'd take with a flash that I could see the process. The remaining visits were to winerys', I'd like to say vineyards but as we did not see any processes it's difficult to confirm. The return trip took about an hour to the first hotel so how did our guide fill the time, not by telling us something about the 2000 year history of Dubrovnik but by having a singsong; On Ilkley Moor, Its A Long Way to Tipperary, etc. so you understand the tone. That’s fine if everyone joins in but as it took at least 10 minutes to get anyone singing and then only half a dozen or so, the guide should have realised it was not a good idea. The trip would have been far better if it had been to a smaller number of vineyards and more information had been given about the processes, where the grapes were grown and why, what we should be looking for in the taste, that sort of thing, and to fill the spare time with information about Dubrovnik. Also better arrangements for the mill visits, lighting, diagrams explaining what was happening, and what we were seeing. To be fair there were short talks but with a coachload of people trying to listen and with the rushing water it was impossible to hear.
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- A landmark of exceptional Croatian hospitality, the waterfront Rixos Libertas Dubrovnik has been reborn as the ultimate contemporary design hotel with luxurious facilities for discerning travelers. Home to 254 guest rooms that combine panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea with pampering facilities that indulge and inspire, it is conveniently located only 15 minutes away from Dubrovnik Old Town and 25 minutes away from the Dubrovnik International airport. ... more less
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