Perched in an enviable position, on a dramatic cliff overlooking the Adriatic,we found the sublime Hotel Bellevue. Having spent the day invading Dubrovnik, the Bellevue was a sight for sore eyes, away from the humming throng of cruise-ship passengers and just a short walk uphill from the old city.
We stared out to sea from the hotel’s modest reception, through the floor-toceiling glass, showcasing the absolutely breathtaking view that gives the property its name. Etched into the glass, is ‘Bellevue’ – in a ‘yes, we know’ kind of a way. Down below is the hotel’s private beach, a natural, deep blue bay known to the locals as Miramare, accessed by a VIP glass elevator – the perfect place to kill time and top up our tans.
With a warm welcome, our host pushed the keys of the property’s Presidential Suite into our hands – and we knew we were in for a treat. Our suite was truly spectacular, of palatial proportions, complete with double balcony, offering the same view as the hotel reception, but totally uninterrupted. The suite’s décor was neutral and contemporary, fusing comfortable yet stylish fabrics and colours – a far cry from Dubrovnik’s other reputable hotels that feature olderworld, European-style’ interior design.
With just 91 rooms, the hotel is considered a boutique – and with that comes an intimate and on-point service, discreet and friendly, without any snootiness, despite the clientele being evidently made up of an international jet-set. This hotel certainly knows luxury, and isn’t afraid to show it off.