Dubrovnik Luxury Travel offers a unique way of luxury holidaying in Dubrovnik region and the whole of Croatia. From the moment you touch the runaway, we offer a comprehensive service of organizing your clearance in, premium transfer service to your luxury hotel or villa destination, last minute luxury villa bookings and luxury yacht charter. Turn to us with confidence and contact our Operations manager Kristian Vrbanic on +385 (0)98 324 657 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tripadvisor Croatia Forum is somewhat arguable the best source of information for the fellow travelers. One of the questions which is more often than not addressed is the island hopping in particular that from Split to Dubrovnik. Whilst it is possible during the peak season to organize this trip on catamaran, but in the end you may end up paying more rather than less. We at Dubrovnik Luxury Travel advise you to take up airliners approach to the issue of Split to Dubrovnik island hopping and get yourself booked a small yacht in the line of Jeanneau Prestige 36 Fly or even Sunseeker Camargue and with advance booking you can negotiate a fair deal price. This is an ideal yacht for a party of four. A fellow traveler asked on Tripadvisor Croatia Forum if he can hop from Brač to Hvar then onwards to Korčula and finally ending up in Dubrovnik without stopping at Mljet. And all this on foot by catamaran. For starters while Milna on Brač is picturesque you really want to go to Bol. You can only catch catamaran from Milna to Jelsa on Hvar which would leave you with two taxi journeys of which one is rather brutally tiresome, that from Jelsa on Hvar to Hvar on Hvar. If you have decided to hop the islands from Split to Dubrovnik then you might as well do it on a 7 day yacht charter. It is utterly pointless to spend 3 nights in Korčula if you are island hopping on a 10 days tour from Split to Dubrovnik without stopping on the islands of Vis, Mljet or Elaphite islands. Then you might as well can book a 10 day holiday on the island of Korčula and make one day outings in the direction of Split or Dubrovnik.
Carefully planned itineraries will save you money on the yacht journey as the fuel is never calculated into the price of the island hopping experience from Split to Dubrovnik and you can avoid paying for berths by the advantage of being moored off one of the islands in your yacht.
Villa Aurora is our special addition because of its location. It is only 13 km away from Dubrovnik, it makes part of Dubrovnik Riviera, nestled in the picturesque village of Trsteno and it is shrouded in a private estate spreading over 1800 m2 next to the Europe’s oldest Arboretum. It can house 8 people with the possibility of extra two as the villa who has 450 m2 comes with the auxiliary building. The approach to its interior design follows the concept of continuity of space and functionality so that master bedrooms, situated on the first floor have a continuity of one step from the en suite bathroom via the bedroom to the terrace. Spacious living and dining rooms offer the sense of minimalistic interior design where one can really relax and enjoy its holiday. In particular this is the case with al fresco dining by the pool as the kitchen with ultra modern appliances opens up to the terrace where a 10 seated dining table is positioned by the pool. The view is amazing, in the first plan are the Arboretum plants and trees while the second plan is reserved for the Adriatic and Dubrovnik islands. Villa Aurora is south faced and the fact that it is only 13 km away from Dubrovnik does help because you profit from its oasis of piece and quiet whilst being close to the colossal beauty of the Old City. What is excellent about this villa is the fact that you get free transfers to and from Dubrovnik airport as well as the fact that you get 30% discount on a daily yacht cruise around Dubrovnik islands and 30% discount on all excursions from Dubrovnik in the region sounds like a fair deal to me.
For some the world of luxury often gives out a sense of snottiness. It need not be. Google trends is this amazing mechanism showing the importance of certain key words popularity which is the most useful tool when you set out to choose your blog post topic. In a way, it does help out your website page optimization.
To the extent, I was amazed to learn that luxury villas are trending as high as three times better than luxury yachts. This phenomenon known already to countries such as Portugal, Spain and France is spearheading faster than expected in Croatia as well. An exceptional few can call themselves villas in a true sense of a word and they are mainly constructed in the last century. However, the remaining summer residence houses have views to die for and a large number of them are ever so close to the sea. Price wise these summer residence houses represent a true value for money as during the peak season they go at tops Eur 1500 for a day for a five double bedroom, en suite bathroom house.
The yachts remain a true part of the luxury world. For instance, Sunseeker Camargue 50, cosy array of luxury to cruise the Adriatic, sleeps 6 people and has a early bird booking price of Eur 1600 per day, depending on the availability and time of the year. The fuel is never included in the price of the charter but then again if you are to have this amazing exploration cruise of the Adriatic, then you are not going to look after your pennies because simply it is priceless. You have to live this experience to believe it. For more info on early bird yacht charters e-mail our team Kristian or Darijan to get more information.
Hrvatska kao iznimno poželjna turistička destinacija je u 2013., prema podatcima HNB-a ostvarila 7,2 milijardi eura prihoda od turizma što je prema podatcima UNWTO-a 0,62% od ukupnih 1159 milijardi eura koliko se u prošloj godini zaradilo od turizma na svjetskoj razini. Do domovinskog rata, turizam je bio pokretačka snaga hrvatskog gospodarstva koji je punio blagajne tadašnje savezne republike Jugoslavije. Početak domovinskog rata razlog je realizacije prednosti naših izravnih konkurenata Grčke i Turske na turističkom tržištu.
S godinama nakon rata, a uz pomoć državnih intervencija, Hrvatska je ponovo, zbog svojih prirodnih ljepota, kulturne baštine i gastronomije postala omiljena europska destinacija i jedna od onih koju svi žele posjetiti. Međutim, slično kao i kod svakog oblika poslovanja, za kvalitetan razvoj su potrebne misija, vizija i strategija. Zemlja s tisuću otoka trebala bi u razvoju nautičkog turizma tražiti svoju viziju i misiju, a time i strategiju. Primjer susjedne Crne Gore dovoljno govori. Stvorena je pozitivna klima za investitore i kao rezultat napravljenja je marina Porto Montenegro u Tivtu, jedna od najsuvremenijih marina na Jadranskoj obali.
Pitali smo Srdja Portolana, člana uprave Adriatic Yacht Services njegovo viđenje situacije u nautičkom turizmu. Srđ nam je rekao da bi za Hrvatsku bilo poželjno pratiti “francuski model”. Portolan je bio sudionik incentive putovanja koje je za svoje zaposlenike organizirala tvrtka Adriatic Yacht Services u Cap d’Antibu, u ožujku 2013. Srđ nam je naglasio da je bio pozitivno iznenađen kvantitetom ali i kvalitetom marina, a posebno marinom za mega jahte. Srđ u nastavku kaže da je organizacija francuskih marina tj. postojeća infrastruktura bezprijekorna. Srđ Portolan naglašava da je upravo to ono što Hrvatskoj nedostaje.
Uzimajući u obzir postojeće kapacitete dubrovačkih marina kao i kvalitetu njihove infrastrukture, bojim se da smo već u startu zakazali. Naime, susjedna Crna Gora nakon što je privukla britansko-ruske investitore za gradnju marine Porto Montenegro u Tivtu, već je istupila korak naprijed te je omogućila investitorima iz Azerbejdžana gradnju još veće marine u okviru bivšeg vojnog kompleksa u Kumboru. Potrebno je naglasiti da Porto Montenegro sa svojom marinom, rezidencijskim kompleksom, restoranima, trgovinama luksuzne odjeće i obuće, luksuznim putničkim agencijam, mnogobrojnim zastupništvima za jahte i automobile ima sve ono što zadovoljava potrebe putnika na luksuznim jahtama.
Budući da je Crna Gora početna destinacija za luksuzna putovanja jahtama i mega jahtama Jadranskom obalom, logičnim slijedom Dubrovnik bi trebao biti prva luka posjete. Iz tog razloga moguće je zaključiti da su potrebni radikalni koraci kako bi se nautički turizam u Hrvatskoj razvijao u pozitivnom smjeru s obzirom da Dubrovnik a i mnoge druge marine u hrvatskom akvatoriju nemaju najosnovnije da bi zadovoljile potrebe putnika na luksuznim mega jahtama.
Puerto Benus and Portofino, the first one near Marbella, the second one near Genova have been the playground of the rich and famous in the yachting world. Add the dosage of St Tropez and Sicily and the circuit of the yachting world for the rich and famous is closed. Srđ Portolan, a member of the Adriatic Yacht Services executive board explains that after the yachting season finishes around St Kitts and St Lucia and when another one starts in the Mediterranean basin, the Adriatic sea comes at the bottom end. Srdj Portolan, Darijan Portolan and Kristian Vrbanic, all three members of the Adriatic Yacht Services were shocked to realize when they went on their French Riviera business trip back in 2013 that the vast majority of the captains take the Italian coast route to Venice and back. Srđ tells us that lack of marinas and in particular the lack of super marinas for mega yachts prevented the captains to use Croatian coast on their way to Rovinj and making that last bit of trajectory journey to Venice.
Portolan stressed that captains are unsure of what to expect in Croatia, Srđ continues to tell us that he utterly understands their concerns. Srđ Portolan is among those who believes that one of Croatia’s most profitable state companies ACI Marinas, needs to privatize even larger slice of the share capital.
Furthermore, Srdj believes that such measure would lead to the construction of mega yacht marina something Portolan and Co witnessed on their visit to French Riviera’s Billionaire Docks. Srđ Portolan states that the state’s involvement into promotion of Croatia as Europe’s next must visit yachting destination would play a primordial role in steering the captains’ attention towards Croatian marinas.
Not everything is black as it seems to be as the Adriatic sea marina sector is growing rapidly. Porto Montenegro in Tivat, Montenegro is a typical example of the theory “ When there is a will, there is a way” In true adage of an ex-soldier Srdj Portolan concludes “Who dares wins”. Remains to be seen whether something like Porto Ragusino is on the horizon that in the eyes of many would turn Dubrovnik into new Monte Carlo. Watch out this space!
Everyone talks about Croatia as this beautiful country with 1000 islands. Srđ Portolan, a member of Dubrovnik Luxury Travel
management board tells us that you do not have to be rich and travel in style. Srđ has recently worked with four Brazilian clients who wanted to have fun in the sun and to enjoy Croatian food and wine. Srđ has managed to include visits to Elaphiti islands, Korcula ( this is where Portolan surname originally comes from ) Hvar and Vis.
Interestingly enough Srdj who is a keen diver, managed to squeeze a diving session for the Brazilians off the island of Vis,
near the world famous Blue Cave. It was a lovely day out with a speedboat from the island of Hvar. Portolan explained to us that a common mistake that people sometimes make is to try to link their journey from starting point, Dubrovnik to Split via the ferry. Srdj Portolan continues to tell us that a journey from Dubrovnik to Korcula in a luxurious mini van is equally pleasant one and that on the way to Hvar you can
always go via Trpanj and then Drvenik to Starigrad on Hvar and continue your journey to Hvar Old City on the island of Hvar. We asked Srdj could this be a bit tiresome. He answered back that we should not forget the fact that the Brazilians had two days out with a speedboat, one on the Elaphiti islands and the second one on the island of Vis which proved a true winner because it was a unique opportunity to dive in the Blue Cave. Srđan told us that this itinerary included a visit to Krka National
Park, the town of Split and for the true lovers of oysters on the way back from Split, they stopped in the medieval town of Ston.
So we agreed this was the true luxury tour for a 7 days tour for a price of EUR 9980 for four people and considering that the accommodation was a five star one ( except Korcula and Hvar, an excellent four star one ) this is indeed a true winner.
The country of 1000 islands, the total revenue of the tourism in the whole of the world amounts to 100 billion euros. Nowadays Croatia gets 6% slice of the tourism cake. Before the war, tourism in Croatia was the main economic drive which was filling in the coffers of the National Bank of ex- Yugoslavia. The war has put Croatia as destination on hold but now this beautiful country is in again and everyone is buzzing about Croatia as the top European destination.
Croatia has a great potential in this economical branch. However as in every business the key is in the strategy. To revert back to the first sentence of this article, “the country of 1000 islands”, it seems to me that the answer to question regarding the strategy is self explanatory. Croatia needs to follow the example of Montenegro and it needs to create positive investment climate for the construction of mega yacht marinas. We have asked Srdj Portolan, a member of Adriatic Yacht Services management bord his viewpoint. Srđ has told us that we should follow the model employed by France. Portolan was the part of the Adriatic Yacht Services incentive trip which took place in Cap d’Antibe in March 2013. Srđ told us that he was amazed by the scale of marinas and especially those reserved for megayachts. Srđ also explained to us that the quality of the infrastracture services was second to none. Srđ Portolan stressed that this French model is what Croatia lacks.
Here in Croatia, Dubrovnik if we are to examine only two of these factors, we have failed the exam. Naturally we have to follow the example of our neighbors, Montenegrins. Porto Montenegro in Tivat, a luxury marina complex, an Anglo-Russian investment project is a success story to the point that oil struck Azeri investors are investing a serious money for the development of a new luxury marina in Kumbor. Having been to Porto Montenegro I was amazed at the scale of infrastructure, restaurants, luxury shops, luxury travel agencies, yacht dealership representative offices, car dealership representative offices which to me only highlighted the seriousness of the whole story.
At the end of the day, the conclusion one can draw is a simple one, Dubrovnik as Croatia’s top destination must find asap a solution for the construction of a marina for mega yachts before is too late. So if you get on your yacht in Porto Montenegro in Tivat and it is logical that your next stop is Dubrovnik. However if you do not have marina for megayachts let alone accompanying infrastructure and services, it is highly unlikely that you as a country read destination, are to raise this slice in the cake to let us say 8% and speed up your economic recovery.
Could you tell us more about Dubrovnik Luxury Travel and your role as Operations Manager?
Dubrovnik Luxury travel has been a market leader in the luxury segment for the past 15 years, here in Croatia and in the region. We are proud that we have served the world’s most powerful clients. Each year our base of luxury clients is growing.
If I were a VIP client, what would be your best recommendation to explore Dubrovnik and Croatia?
Croatia is a country of over 1300 islands. There are many National Parks like the world renown Plitivce Lakes, Krka waterfalls, National Park Brioni, president’s Tito ex-residence, National Park Kornati, an ideal destination to charter a yacht or perhaps do a spot of sailing. In one word, Croatia is a country of many beautiful spot. My recommendation to explore Croatia is the sea way from Dubrovnik to Split. I would charter a yacht from Dubrovnik, I must say that the both, Dubrovnik airport and Split airport are well connected with the rest of the world. En route from Dubrovnik to Split there are many beautiful towns like Cavtat, picturesque Mediterranean town close to Dubrovnik Konavle wine region. The next one is the medieval town of Korcula on the island of Korucla, a birthplace of Marco Polo. I must say that Korcula has excellent gastronomy and white wines, Posip. I like diving and the island of Vis is my favorite. There are so many wrecked ships from the Second World War and would you believe sunk airplanes. Sea next to the Blue Cave just like in Capri, has the best sea visibility in the whole of the Adriatic. There are no sharks.
What about this island of Hvar. Is this a must see island?
Oh, Hvar is simply amazing! This is a must visit destination for all those chartering yahct, sailboats, catamarans and this is also party island, it’s Croatian version of St Tropez. Carpe Diem, Croatian best known night club and lounge bar.
Tell me about this upcoming destination, Split?
Split is originally a Roman city, the remains of the Diocletian palace are still there. It is the second biggest town in Croatia. What I like about Split that its Old City is quite unique, good choice of restaurants, good shopping. Transportation wise, it’s a hub for islands, ferries run from Split port to the islands of Hvar and Brac. Split Airport is well connected to all European destinations. Krka National Park is nearby and the towns of Sibenik and Skradin.
Where do you see the development of Croatian luxury market ?
I see Adriatic as a destination not only Croatia, but Montenegro as well. Adriatic has a pristine clear sea, islands, it is only two hours away from London and Istanbul. Top investors have recognized this. Dubrovnik is building a golf course and luxury villas. At the moment there is a shortage of luxury villas in Dubrovnik and the whole of the Adriatic. I have clients contacting me on daily basis to enquire about the hire of luxury villas. Luckily I have few on the books. Continuing on this subject of investing, in Montenegro for instance, there was a British-Russian investment into marna project Porto Montenegro. There is even bigger marina being planned. Montenegro will be a starting point for the luxury yacht cruises and this would include Dubrovnik, Split, Sibenik, Zadar. I really see the future of the Croatian tourism on the whole and in particular the luxury market segment in the nautical tourism.
When I, Srdj Portolan and Darijan Portolan went for a business trip in France we saw a true example of nautical tourism model with a supportive infrastructure and this is what we lack.
Mr Kristian Vrbanic, thank you very much for taking your time to talk to us.
This is rather interesting story which I am about to retell. Although it would be pompous to state that Dubrovnik Luxury Travel is Dubrovnik’s best kept secret, indirectly this is the case. Well, I jokingly have this expression in Croatian that would roughly translate into English as being “romantic-semantic”. I use it often to describe myself as someone who does“ have a gift of a gob” when it comes to talking about romance but as always action speaks louder than words. So when Dubrovnik Luxury Travel’s GM Kristian briefed us that a famous US rap star visiting Dubrovnik and Croatia decided to propose to his girlfriend my semantic panic button started blinking red, red,red.
I honestly don’t know if this rapper is famous in Japan but he has to thank to Japanese that his girlfriend read fiance read wife was overjoyed about his marriage proposal. For some reason every Japanese tourist has it written in his bible of a tourist guide that a must visit to Croatia are Plitvice Lakes and Dubrovnik and in it, the hill Srdj. Dubrovnik Luxury Travel organizes half day trips from Dubrovnik to this picturesque hill. When Srdj Portolan came late for this brief, he is never late, but on this occasion he was excused as the previous night he was “entertaining” a group of American guests whom he took up on the Srdj hill (rest assured this is not Srdj Portolan hill ) as there is an excellent restaurant serving “peka” traditional Croatian roast potatoes and lamb cooked under the bell and when he mentioned that last night before the dinner the whole hill was occupied by the Japanese tourists, Kristian just uttered with a grin on his face: “That is it”
Dubrovnik Luxury Travel key word on this occasion was sunset as Kristian sussed it out the reason behind Japanese invasion to hill Srdj. They were just staying in touch with their homeland ,from this spot there is a magnificent sunset view over Elaphiti islands. And now Kristian had this idea for our couple to enjoy themselves ,speeding with a fast boat into sunset around Elaphiti islands followed by a dinner in a restaurant which is exactly situated on the sea and when he suggested that we can hide a ring in a oyster from Ston Bay, the rapper management team approved it all and we knew that we had winning formula.