After reading all the excellent reviews of Villa Castelletto my partner and myself stayed there for seven nights in July having booked direct with the owners in September 2006. The property changed ownership earlier this year and now has Irish owners, the Villa is managed on their behalf by a lovely Croatian couple - Dayahn and his wife Christina - assisted by the staff who were employed by the previous owners, together they make a very professional team, all understand and speak excellent English.
We were met at the airport by Dayahn in the immaculate and brand new mini-bus and driven back to the Villa via a short guided tour around Cavtat. We had booked room 32 which is one of the most requested ones because of its views out to Dubrovnik and we were not disappointed, the furnishings and decoration were first class and the room - as they all do - had the benefit of air conditioning.
It has been noted in many previous reviews that the villa is up a hill, it takes maybe five minutes to get down to the harbour and 10 minutes stroll to get back, there is a very welcome wall in the shade of a house for a break, I suffer from an arthritic hip and made the journey down and back twice a day for the full week without resorting to the bus which stops 150yds from the villa and runs frequently until around 2330hrs, it costs 5kn (50p). The villa is situated amongst the local neighbourhood and is quite peaceful, there is some noise from aircraft but they are over that quickly that they did not trouble us, the airport alternate approaches and takeoffs so they do not use the same track all the time.
Breakfast was self-service with cereals, fruit, cold meats and a warm selection - always eggs maybe scrambled or boiled and various sausages - fruit juice and tea and coffee are also served, you may sit outside in the garden or by the small pool or if preferred inside.
We loved Cavtat - the first time we have stayed there - having visited previously on day trips from Dubrovnik, it is nice and quiet and also very clean and there is the chance to see the daily changing millionaires yachts which moor right up to the harbour wall - how the other half live!!! We spend a couple of days on sunbeds over at the Hotel Croatia as you were able to get shade from the overhanging pines should you wish, the beds were also equipped with a mattress which made for more comfort - 50kn (£5) a day for two beds and a parasol.
We found some nice restaurants for the evening meals - we went to the 'Ivan' three times nice food and good value - this is in the 'quieter' bay, find the bus station and stand with your back to the bus and it is directly in front of you right on the harbour wall, the popular 'Dalmajia' restaurant immediately on your left as you get to the bottom of the steps after walking down is always busy but we thought a little disappointing, we went to 'Taverna Gallija' at the far end of the promenade next to the old church (St Nikolas) on two occasions and found this to be excellent it looks very pricey with the pianist and fancy candles - but was not and the food is cooked in the open air on a giant barbecue, it was always very busy so best to book.
All in all a very pleasant holiday - the temperature was around 90deg for most of the week - we will return to Cavtat and to Villa Castelletto.
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