The luxury round up of 2014 in Dubrovnik and Croatia

2014 has been yet another successful year in the Croatian tourism industry and once again the Croatian tourism has been a shining star of the Croatian economy. Dubrovnik has performed rather well thanks to the influx of tourists from Great Britain and the Far East, in particular from South Korea. Apart from the fact that Dubrovnik is on everyone’s must see list because of its astounding beauty, it is amazing to learn the fact that the filming of Game of Thrones in the city is also to”blame” for the increase in popularity of this unique city.Game of Thrones film location

As for the luxury segment of the market the new trends contributed to this sector’s good performance, particularly villa rentals. I am extremely glad that this trend is rising and more and more quality villas both in design and decor are being built. This trend has complemented the increase in yacht charters and exclusive private excursions.

The Russian political crisis has partly this season affected Dubrovnik and Istria’s luxury markets but not to the extent of 2013 when some of the Istrian top luxury hotels were half empty during the peak season. Also, Croatia’s joining the EU has to my disappointment shut its door to the Turkish market due to the visa regime. Well, I have also heard this silly unbelievable story that if you are from Dubai and you are willing to come to this beautiful country of ours that you need to apply for your visa in Cairo, Egypt as Croatia does not have a consulate in Dubai.

However, I would like to end this post on the positive note and as I write these sentences, boreas is blowing the sunny streets of Dubrovnik and I am getting warmed up for the celebration of the stradun dubrovniknew 2015 in the most stunning open stage in the whole of the world; Stradun.

Forget Times Square, Trafalgar Square,Red Square, come to Stradun and shout Celebrations after all Let’s celebrate and have a good time!!!

The author of this article is Srđ Portolan, a founding member of Intercon Group of Companies, a board director at Spes Real Estate and Dubrovnik Luxury Travel.

Villa Dubrovnik – Croatia

Have you ever heard of Batakovina and Cajkovici, I have asked our American friend. Of course I knew the answer would be no but then again a lot of natives who travel on daily basis from Dubrovnik’s sleeping dormitory read the suburb of Mokosica to the place they work, would not know why the ruling aristocracy of Dubrovnik built their summer residence houses then and there.Villa Dubrovnik

The answer lies in the magic of a word “shade”. I do not know what was the climate of the 15th century Dubrovnik but truly during the summer months that strip of road that leads you to the ACI Marina in Komolac is in constant shade.

These days the villas are springing in Dubrovnik like mushrooms after the rain. The villa must be self-contained house with all the modern day facilities and amenities. None of this decorative pools pilava. In my eyes if it does not have self contained landscaped garden and a house with a view and guaranteed privacy then it is not a villa but a mundane summer residence house. And for me the beauty of the villa lies in the indoor pool.Villa Dubrovnik

Well, I have started joking with my friend that Ploce quarter of Dubrovnik apart from being the most luxurious place for your choice of Adriatic Luxury Hotels but it is also villas row with Villa Agave, Villa Sheherezade, Villa Orsula and last but not the least, privately owned, five double bedroom Villa Dubrovnik with 8000 m2 of privately landscaped garden, indoor and outdoor pool and pergola with a view to die for. The rumor goes that one Russian oligarh fell in love with this villa instantly and as it goes with Russians, money was not an object, but the villa is not on sale.Villa Dubrovnik Quite rightly so!