More about Hotel Villas Kolocep
Beautiful peaceful Kolocep
Villa Kolocep is a 3 star hotel on the beautiful peaceful island of Kolocep.
The hotel is very clean, although the rooms are a little cramped. The bathroom has toilet, basin and shower.
There is a nice pool, kayaks, bicycles and each room has a large modern tv and computer with internet access, games and 80 english films available.We had a wet day on our holiday so were able to watch a film.
We stayed half board and whilst the food is plentiful and of good quality it was often not hot enough. As it is served buffet style they have to keep it warm and it depends on when it came out of the kitchen and when you eat.
The waiters/waitresses in the hotel were all nice although I did have trouble with one at one stage but when he saw I was unhappy about what he had said he made an extra effort to be friendly the rest of the holiday.
The best thing about the hotel is its position and the wonderful view you get looking over to the Croation coast line whilst sat on the outside dining terrace - it is sensational.
A ferry runs 4 times a day to ~Dubrovnik and the other Elephiti islands. The hotel has also organised a water taxi that is available at other listed times.
If you want a quiet holiday I would recommend it.
Kolocep Villas & Island
The overall hotel accommodation was excellent. We arrived in Mid June for 11 nts (which is longer than most - due to me being 5 mths pregnant!). The island was very small with limited facilities but we went there with the intention to relax and it did not fail. The staff in the hotel were extremely friendly and always helpful, speaking excellent english. The villas are on a hillside so expect a walk uphill back to your room. This was a bit tiring for me, esp in the heat but nothing too strenious!
We did not have the buffet dinner as it didn't inspire so instead opted for the a'la carte menu when we ate there (see restaurant info). The room was excellent (we had balcony with sea view)and the beds very comfortable and large! The facilities in the room were a bonus with the use of a PC with movies and air conditioning. No coffee making facilities just in case you cared.
My husband did a gentle kayak tour around the island (highly recommended) and on 2 separate days we rented a kayak for a couple of hours. Snorkelling is the only other water sport. There are 3 main walks around the island but all involve some uphill (anyone with disabilities will struggle), but it was enjoyable.
Access to Dubrovnik or Lopud/Sipan was easy with up to 4 ferries a day and the hotel has now a NEW transfer option available (see separate travel to Kolocep info).
The pool area was well equipped and plenty of sun loungers, we didn't suffer with the usual towel war but we were just outside High Season (Jul - Aug) and could see it might be a problem. The clientele was mix of English, Croatia, German & French which we liked and there was always hustle and bustle most mornings as the day trips arrived but they only stop for 1 hr ish. I would suggest 7 nights as an ideal holiday but 2/3 nights would suffice if looking for some island life.
Kolocep is the smallest of the Elaphati Islands - a laid back place and totally unspoilt by mass tourism plus its car free. Just one main bay and hotel with a few cafe bars along the promenade and a sandy beach. Its really easy to reach - especially on a boat trip incorporating other islands in this chain - and a real pleasure to chill out and relax here. More info on my Kolocep page.
Loved the Hotel
Loved our 5 day stay on Kolocep.
All the hotel staff were helpful and friendly, the hotel was lovely and clean.
The hotel ran a late taxi boat on wed night which allowed us to have a meal in dubrovnik.
There is a lack of choice of places to eat/drink and entertainment on kolocep, but if you are aware of this and are wanting a quiet break then Kolocep is perfect.
Quiet but beautiful ...
Kolocep is a beautiful island approx 30mins ferry from dubrovnik. The resort itself is quiet, there are no cars on the island and the nightlife is very limited. Kolocep is great for snorkelling, kayaking and swimming - the water is crystal clear and the scenery magnificent.
the pool is ok, but as with many hotels in europe you will miss out on sun loungers if you do not reserve with a towel early : (
there is a sandy beach in front of the hotel which is good - not private - and you can rent sun loungers there cheaply. Other beaches on the island are largely rock and/or pebble (although still very beautiful).
note that the hotel does not provide beach/pool towles so it is essential you bring your own.
there is only one restaurant at the hotel, witha limited yet adequate menu (no room service is available); there are 3 other restaurants on the island with similarly limited menus - however, the fresh fish is excellent!
the is only one shop on the island for groceries etc and that is in the same village as villas kolocep - it's range is extremely limited and should be kept in mind if you intend to stay for more than a couple of days ... bring supplies from the mainland
the hotel is child friendly and the staff are very helpful (if appearing a little abrupt at times - very likely because english is not their first language) - we asked to change to a seaview room if possible and this was arranged as soon as one was available (the next day) and when we had a problem with the tv it was replaced immediately
in-room entertainment is excellent with satellite tv, free internet, approx. 80 movies and a dvd player
rooms are very clean and well presented
ask for a seaview room as this improves the feel of and light into the room considerably (and makes the small balcony that comes with the standard double room much more worthwhile)
all-in-all a great place to come for a quiet retreat to de-stress and enjoy a heap of water-based activities ... the villas kolocep is basic but exactly what you need to enjoy the above
dubrovnik only a short distance away if you want to supplement the trip with nightlife (and a more varied culinary experience)
Beautiful location, Good Service, Locally owned
When the development rights to the land on which the hotel stands came up for auction by the Croatian government the current owners won over higher bidding outsiders on account of their being local. I believe that this is what sets this hotel apart from the crowd: the people who run and work in it tend to also live on Kolocep and they see the hotel as a significant investment for their future employment prospects and economic wellbing. In my experience most hotels are run to maximise short term revenue by charging as much as they can get away with. By constrast this one seems to be going all out to provide a great experience so that people recommend it and return again. We found the service excellent and friendly - and it was always interesting to meet the guy who had served you a meal the previous night setting out on his fishing boat next morning. From reading some older reviews it would appear that the hotel continues to be working to improve people's experience of staying here: for example all rooms have been refurbished in 2006 and there are now a large number of kayaks available for hire. The hotel can also arrange massage, water taxis, scuba, sailing and a host of other activities at a reasonable price.
My advice for those visiting would be: remember to bring beach towels as the hotel does not provide them and try to request a room with a sea view if possible. Kolocep itelf ought to provide enough entertainment for several days and would be great for those with children. Beyond this there is the mainland and the other islands in the Elaphites group.
A Place to Chill out
Kolocep is a very small island with this one hotel on it. It's great if you want to relax and let the rest of the world go by. There is a small sandy beach outside the hotel which is great for small kids. The hotel itself is nothing special, we had a triple room which did not overlook the sea and faced the small hill behind the hotel, and so the room was dark. The bathroom is small, and if you BMI (Body Mass Index) is high then you may struggle to have a decent shower! There are some insects (crickets, I think) which make a lot of noises day and night. We stayed on at the hotel for 2 night, but didn't eat there at all, the first night we checked out the menu and buffet cart, and it really didn't look appetising, so the first night we went to the local pizza place. The second night we went to a new place that hadn't open yet 'Villa Ruza' but they arranged a 'private' dinner for us, the views and sunset from this restuarant was amazing.
The hotel had a Media center entertainment system via the TV and free internet access. This is probably the only thing that will occupy teenagers, otherwise they are likely to get board.
For what the accommodation was it was very expensive - I think we payed €150 per night.
My advice is not to spend more than one night on Kolocep. You can get around the island in 3-4 hours and there is not much more to do unless, as I mentioned before, you want to chill out.
My partner and I arrived in Dubrovnik, Croatia and were pleasantly suprised by the city.
We thought that travelling to the Island of Kolocep would be difficult, however it was suprisingly easy.
There are two ferrys that go across to the island and they are fairly frequent, although they don't run later than 10pm.
The hotel was lovely, the room small yet very clean with all mod con's.
The food very good also.
The island is amazing. We both loved it. There are no cars, it is completely cut off which is what we were after!!
There are beautiful walks and canoeing to go on, although you do have to be fairly fit.
There is an amazing fish restaurant on the other side of the island. I would recommend you visit this small yet lovely restaurant as it does the nicest fish EVER!!!
Overall, Croatia isnt cheap. Although we did go in July (the most expensive month much to my partners dismay) but it is well worth the holiday.
The people are very welcoming and friendly.
Weather fantastic - had a great tan!!!
The old town in dubrovnik is definitely one to recommend also!!!
sailing towards Kolocep
A sight in Kolocep island...
Hello, has any one stayed on/been too Kolocep Island?
Can you tell me anything? Especially - what is the accomodation like? How easy and costly is it to get over to Dubrovnik? What are island restaurants like? Is beach suitable for a toddler? Does it get really busy with day trippers - planned visit June 2007.