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Villa -
4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Cavtat, Konavle, Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Dalmatia

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sem3535
Raleigh, North Carolina
2 reviews
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“Remarkable Holiday!”
Reviewed 6 June 2016 for a stay in May 2016
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What an amazing week! I would do 6 stars but sadly 5 is the max. We were a family of 5 (3 younger children), 2 grandparents and my brother…8 in total.

Let me start with the owners, Ilija and Marija, they are first class in every way. Upon our arrival to the house, they met us there and showed us around. They had the house stocked with goodies for us! A massive fruit basket (+/- 10 kg) of fruit from the local market, water, wine, beer and juice in the fridge, a tray of chocolate bars and 2 or 3 trays of candy were all there for us. They even brought presents for our kids at the end of the week, definitely above and beyond!

The house is perched on a hill. If you walk down the hill about 400-500 yards you are in the village town of Zvekovica. Worth noting that Zvekovica has a good restaurant (Tomislav), a good bakery (Peco), a Tesco Express sized (Pemo) grocery store and a beach/souvenir/toy shop. Also in Zvekovica are the bus stops to get to Cavtat (across the main road) and Dubrovnik. The #10 bus can easily be caught in Zvekovica and runs to/from Cavtat and Dubrovnik every 30 minutes or so. It costs 10-15 Kuna one way depending on where you go and takes about 5 minutes ride down to Cavtat and approx. 30 minutes to Dubrovnik…although to Dubrovnik could be longer in heavy traffic.

The house itself was spotless inside, well decorated and everything in the house felt relatively new, the house itself was only a few years old. Beds were comfortable; owners even arranged a cot for our 2 year old son which was very nice. Our older two kids (4 and 7) slept in the room with the single beds and loved it. Plenty of bath and pool towels. The kitchen was well stocked for cooking utensils and pots/pans and there was the outdoor grill as well, although we did not use it. We used the washer a few times, which was nice to have. The wifi was fast, I brought my chromecast and streamed all week without issue to the big TV in the family room.

Pool was great, and even though not heated it was refreshing with the sun out and temp of 22-25C for the majority of our stay. The owners put out inflatables for kids to use, which we certainly appreciated. Ilija came early every morning to make sure the pool was clean and to tend to the nice garden outside; he was stealth, I never heard or saw him. The view of Cavtat and harbor/islands from the pool and the balcony on the floor above were just stunning. The sun set over the water/islands every night and it could not be more beautiful. Although the mosquitos got a few of us pretty good once the sun went down. Have to agree with previous reviewers, the planes flying over were not all that frequent and a source of amusement versus a nuisance. And our kids especially loved helping to watch over Missy, the Villa Maria cat, during our stay. Missy had her own little house outside of the main house.

Cavtat is awesome and although low-key compared to Dubrovnik, there is plenty to do in Cavtat with restaurants, a few bars, shops and a very pretty setting. Sometimes there is water polo practice in the harbor close to the Toranj restaurant during the afternoons. And we were all pleasantly surprised at how friendly the service was in most of the Cavtat restaurants. We recommend Toranj and Ivan in Cavtat, good local seafood.

We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Villa Maria and Croatia and we will be back!

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Neil S
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Our holiday in Cavtat”
Reviewed 29 September 2015 for a stay in September 2015

We have just returned home after a fantastic holiday in Cavtat staying at Villa Maria. The Villa was everything we expected and more. It was beautifully presented by the owners and in immaculate condition. We had hired a car and I would suggest you do the same as the walk down into Cavtat took 35mins. Our hosts however provided a taxi number which we used every night to go down to the beautiful restaurants in town, this cost around £6. If you are thinking as a group/family to go to Croatia it is a fantastic setting Cavtat, the villa is excellent and its only 20mins drive to Dubrovnik. Highly recommend it. Croatia is a beautiful country.

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Liked best: Setting
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Friends
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Kate47Ade...
Hampshire, United Kingdom
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“Everything you could wish for..and more!”
Reviewed 3 September 2015 for a stay in August 2015

We've just returned from a most memorable week at Villa Maria. We were a family of 6 adults of which 3 were 18-24. The Villa's situation offers an ideal opportunity to visit both Cavtat and Dubrovnik with easy access to both via bus, water taxi - or even on foot to Cavtat (takes approx. 25 mins). We did not rent a car - and didn't have need for one - with the shops in the village providing all that you need - fresh bread each morning, local supermarket, and an excellent restaurant (Tomislav) all within a 5 minute walk. The restaurant is really friendly and welcoming and we ate there more than once. There are also loads of restaurants to choose from in Cavtat which is only 5 minutes by bus if you prefer not to walk (buses every half hour)
The facilities at the villa were excellent with the pool providing hours of entertainment - much needed as the temperature stayed over 30 degrees all week!
Illya and Maria (the villa owners) could not do enough to make our holiday memorable with a huge basket of fresh fruit waiting for us on arrival and all the essentials to get us started, together with a truly warm welcome! We were able to enjoy stunning views from the fabulous BBQ area - the sunsets are just breathtaking!!
With regard to accommodation, the twin room may be more suitable to younger children than to 2 x 6ft 20-something lads but this is a minor point as it didn't spoil anything!
It is worth noting that the airport is only 4km away, which is great for transfers - takes only 10 mins by taxi - but means that there are planes flying overhead during the day. This however, for us, was a source of entertainment rather than annoyance!
The village of Zvekovica where Villa Maria is situated could be seen as a bit basic but the people are very friendly so this was not an issue and the views over the countryside and to the sea are just fabulous along with the peace and tranquillity of the area.
All in all this villa comes very highly recommended and we hope that you enjoy your visit there as much as we did!

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Liked best: Pool, views, BBQ and the tranquility of the setting
Liked least: It's worth noting that the area is very hilly so not good for people with mobility problems
Travelling group: Extended Family
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JuF-BG
worcestershire
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34 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Absolutely amazing Villa, stunning views”
Reviewed 13 June 2015 for a stay in June 2015
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Just returned from a week's stay in this stunning villa. family holiday with 7 adults and a 15 month old baby. Location was excellent with views over Cavtat and Dubrovnik. The Villa is of exceptionally high standard and is fully equipped to accommodate everyone. We were greeted by the lovely owners Ilija and wife Maria who provided us with a huge basket of the freshest fruit. When they found out it was one of our party' birthday, we received a bouquet of flowers and a cake!
Nothing was too much trouble, just needed a couple of things sorting out and which Iliya sorted immediately.
Good little restaurant within 5 minutes (ate there 3 times) Supermarket also very close. We didn't need a car as bus service into Cavtat every 1/2 hour.
Walked to Cavtat every day and caught bus back, but road quite busy so care needed.Would love to go back one day. If staying in the Villa please look after the owner's cat Niko. He was so friendly! Just cannot praise Villa Maria and the owners highly enough.

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Liked best: Villa, pool, location and owners responded to our requests immediately
Liked least: nothing, everything great
Travelling group: Extended Family
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LyndseyC1...
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“Absolutely Fabulous”
Reviewed 6 June 2015 for a stay in May 2015
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Wow! What a wonderful villa. We stayed for 10 days in May for our wedding in Cavtat. The villa for the perfect base for a peaceful location helping us to relax and prepare for the celebrations. Villa Maria is equipped with everything you need and more including an immense fruit basket, and drinks in the fridge to welcome us. It was stocked with toiletries, cleaning products etc - all we needed to purchase was food! The owners were so kind and helpful and even provided inflatables for our 2 children to use and so kindly bought them presents on our departure - we were blown away!
Everything else about the villa was beautiful - very clean and modern. We didn't want to leave and will definitely be back!
Thanks for an amazing time!

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MKOLDWalk...
Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Excellent villa, excellent facilities and a quiet location”
Reviewed 28 August 2014 for a stay in August 2014
2
people found this review helpful

Villa Maria is very spacious both inside and outside, with high-quality facilities throughout. The villa is very private, with its own driveway and parking. The pool is fabulous, with sun loungers, dining table and more, including a lovely cat (Nicky) who lives outside at the villa. The kitchen and lounge have everything you could wish for, each having another dining table and chairs, and these being the rooms that have air conditioning. We travelled as a family with three late-teenagers, and we all had a great time. There is a large built-in barbecue that we used when we wanted to entertain ourselves, and there is a nice local restaurant within 200m, together with small shop and bakery. There are supermarkets within 2 minutes' drive. The shortest route we found to the beach is about 2km, with Cavtat centre being about 3km. Cavtat is a mid-sized family resort with a good number of restaurants, cafes, ice cream shops and tourist shops, almost all taking credit cards. The shoreline and scenery are stunning, with mostly rocky and pebble beaches, and some shingle in parts. The sea is wonderfully clear and mostly very calm when we were there. The villa is only 5 minutes' drive from Dubrovnik Airport (Cilipi), which means nice short transfers, and the airport is not very busy so the odd aircraft flying over is quite a pleasant distraction. Dubrovnik is about 15km away, and can be reached by bus from the stop 200m away from the villa, or by water taxi from Cavtat harbour and beach. We had a car for the duration, but were advised that it is difficult to park in Dubrovnik, so used the boat costing about £6 for return tickets, taking 40 minutes each way and stopping right in the centre of Dubrovnik. We also went to the busier resort of Herceg Novi in Montenegro which is only 30 minutes' drive away, but it took 90 minutes to get through Croatia passport control on the way back. In conclusion, we would definitely recommend Villa Maria and Cavtat as a holiday destination.

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Liked best: Pool and barbecue
Liked least: No air conditioning in bedrooms
Travelling group: Teenagers
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pekoeandj...
Edmonton, Canada
2 reviews
“Amazing.....amazing.....amazing!”
Reviewed 6 August 2014 for a stay in July 2014

There were six of us staying at this villa for 10 nights. It was perfect. It's a beautiful villa in a beautiful setting/location. The owners, Ilija and Maria, are fantastic - they're accessible at any time and always willing to help. A vehicle would be helpful. But you also have access to hiring drivers. There is a grocery store within walking distance as well as a cafe. Also, there is a fantastic restaurant called "Tomislav" just down the road from the villa which is amazing and extremely affordable. I loved the villa. I did not want to come home. I would recommend this property to anyone....especially groups of friends or families because you will definitely have enough room for everyone. Oh and the pool is out of this world. And the view - wow!!

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Liked best: the location - pool - cleanliness
Liked least: no ceiling fan in the bedrooms
Travelling group: Friends
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