Lopud is quite busy in the peak months but compared to other resorts very laid back and quiet. Lafodia is well-managed and the facilities are designed so that all age groups are catered for but do not expect lively nightlife.....it is a place to relax!
We are early birds and got down to breakfast by 8 when it was virtually empty so plenty of choice and we sat outside overlooking the bay. The buffet is substantial and set us up for the day.
We were on a B and B basis for which we were grateful - we were able to explore all the restaurants which vary in price and provision. Our favourites were La Villa - halfway round the bay, set back all in the open air under a huge trellis of greenery. This does amazing steaks. If you prefer fish try Peggys - walk almost to the end of the bay and turn right past the cash machine, past the mini market and it is up the hill a little - amazing views from the terrace. You can watch them cook your fish (which you choose personally) to order on the outside grill. Probably our favourite though was Robinzoon - take the road to Sunj beach - first track on the right past the bakery and ask for the lamb special - I won't spoil it for you by explaining exactly what you get but there was so much lamb we couldn't finish it! Best to reserve at all of these places - they get busy.
Ice creams are amazing - cheapest (by a third) are those at the other end of the bay rather than at the Exquisite bakery.
Do go to Sunj beach - if you are reasonably fit it's about 30 minutes walk - or you can cheat and get a buggy! The little path going down to the beach - which the buggies cannot use - is charming. Through the woods so very cool and completely unspoilt. Go early - if you get there by 9 you will have it to yourself for almost an hour. Wonderful sandy sloping beach - great for children although lots of boats and kayaks find it so it gets busier as the day goes on.
A visit to Dubrovnik is a must. We did our own thing and got tickets for the ferry at the Post Office (schedules available at hotel reception). It takes about an hour. Get a bus 1a, 1b or 3 to the Old Town and do a tour of the city walls. It costs about £10 each but well worth it - the views are amazing. Take water - there are little cafe/drink stops round the walls but they are quite pricy.
Oh and don't do it when it's 35 degrees :o)
Beach is lovely at the Lafodia - again if you get there early you can have your pick of the beds. Stones are tiny and don't hurt the feet and there is sand after about 10 feet. It drops sharply though so not suitable for little ones unless closely supervised.
Private transfers to the island are not cheap but worth every penny - very glamorous to have your own speedboat - and it cuts the crossing time right down.
We loved Lafodia - and the island of Lopud. We hope to return!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Far from the city’s bustle, surrounded by sea and palm trees, Hotel Lafodia is the perfect place if you’re looking for relax in an exclusive location.This four stars hotel has become a byword for peaceful holidays amongst the clear waters that surround the Lopud Island which is better known as "The Island in the middle". You will be amused to be in such a nature and peaceful landscape, experiencing unforgettable moments of harmony and tranquility while relaxing completely. Wrapped in comfort, soothed by the sound of the waves, enchanted by the reflection of the sun on the sea……this is your holiday at Hotel Lafodia. No motor vehicles are allowed on the island to disturb its peace and tranquility so….. just forget about the noise and traffic of everyday city life. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lafodia Hotel And Resort
- Lafodia Hotel Lopud