Thursday, 27 June 2019
Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas - The editor and big chief of The Dubrovnik Times. Born in the UK he has been living and working in Dubrovnik since 1998, yes he is one of the rare “old hands.” A unique insight into both British and Croatian life and culture, Mark is often known as just “Englez” or Englishman. He is a traveller, a current affairs freak and a huge AFC Wimbledon fan.


The renowned UK publication The Guardian has placed one Dubrovnik boutique hotel on their list of the 10 of Europe's best new seaside hotels. The Kalamota boutique hotel, on the island near Dubrovnik that bears the same name as the hotel, is a newly opened accommodation unit which contains one, two and three bedroom apartments. The Guardian highlights the best hotels in Europe, from Greece to Portugal and Latvia and the top ten actually features two Croatian properties, the one on the island of Kalamota and The Melegran in Rovinj.

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A short ferry ride from the centre of Dubrovnik, the island of Kalamota (as it is known locally) or Koločep to give the island its official name is a summer favorite for both holidaymakers and locals. It is part of the Elaphite group of islands, that include Šipan and Lopud, and there are no roads, and of course cars, on the island. A true break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

kalamota hotel boutique swimming pool dubrovnik


And as The Guardian writes, “Koločep is a serene, car-free island, 30 minutes by ferry from the historical sites and crowds of Dubrovnik. Opened in 2018, the Kalamota hotel sits on the island’s west coast and has one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, each with a lounge, balcony and a sea view. There’s a rooftop pool and a bar and restaurant with large outside terrace by the water. Cycling and walking trails criss-cross the 3km-long islet through pine forests and pass ninth-century churches around the hamlets of Gornje and Donje Celo. Kayaks are available to rent – a great way of exploring the island’s sand and pebble coves.”

kalamota hotel terrace dubrovnik


Former West Ham and Croatian National Team manager Slaven Bilic has been named as the new boss of West Bromwich Albion. Bilic (50) has reportedly signed a two-year contract at the English Championship side and he succeeds from Darren Moore who lost his job in March.

Bilic returns to England after he last managed West Ham in 2017 and he commented for the BBC Sport that “We want to improve on the pitch and Albion have convinced me they want to return to the Premier League.”

His last job in management, after he left west Ham, was with the Saudi side Al-Ittihad Club.

During his long playing career Bilic played for both West Ham and Everton in England as well as Hajduk Split in his hometown of Split on the Dalmatian coast.

"From the moment we spoke to Slaven, we were struck by his enthusiasm and excitement about this challenge," commented the West Bromwich Albion technical director Luke Dowling. Adding that “We believe he is a great ‘fit’ for us - his presence, experience and management qualities are just what we need.”

The most famous Croatian cello player, Ana Rucner, will be hosting the first summer sunrise at 5 am in the Excel Real Estate amphitheater on Srđ as part of her Ana in the City festival with a set of gentle cello sounds. This year, for the first time, Ana will also be preforming during the first summer sunset. A concert at Kantenari Restaurant on Sunset Beach Dubrovnik will be held on June 21st, the first day of summer and World Music Day. The concert will start at 8:00 pm.

Following one of the most beautiful sunsets in the Dubrovnik area, Ana will play accompanied by DJ Petra under the stellar sky of Sunset Beach Dubrovnik.

sunset beach 2019 ana rucner

Entrance to the concert will be free of charge. If you would like to enjoy dinner along with the music, Kantenari Restaurant will offer a fish and meat menu of three courses at a price of 250 Kunas. Reservations in the VIP lounge area are also available at a price of 100 Kunas per person which includes a welcome cocktail. Additional information and reservations are available at 099 444 7717.

sunset beach dubrovnik cocktail

The aforementioned event will not be the only one Sunset Beach Dubrovnik has prepared for the opening of the summer season. Namely, all Kantenari Restaurant & Lounge can enjoy club music, flair shows and signature cocktail selections at a cost of 50 Kunas during the four-day Sunset Cocktail Sessions from June 20 to June 23, beginning each night at 7:00 pm.

ana rucner to perform in dubrovnik 2019

Vintage French wines, magnums of Dom Perignon Champagne and bottles and bottles of alcohol in a leading Dubrovnik nightclub proved a party to remember for guests on the luxury yacht “Yas” from the United Arab Emirates. And the bill at the end of the wild night in Dubrovnik a whopping 50 thousand Euros!

This weekend at the Culture Club Revelin, inside the historic city centre of Dubrovnik, guests from the Yas yacht, owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, a member of the royal family of the United Arab Emirates, drunk their way to a bill of 368,120 Kunas with a selection of all of the best bottles on offer at the popular nightclub. The mega yacht Yas can accommodate 60 guests and has a crew of 56 employees. And it is worth around 180 million dollars!

With thumping dance music, exotic dancers and enough bottles of the best vintages to fill a swimming pool the yacht passengers finished their night out in the early morning hours, in fact the party finished at 6:00 am as the sun was already coming up. However, according to visitors to this club, everything was "within the limits of normal behaviour" because the guests from the Emirates did not attract the attention of other guests.

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And although there were some slight complications when it came to settling up at the end of the night the whole bill, of a whopping 50 thousand Euros, was settled.

The United Arab Emirates party downed Dom Perignon and Chivas Regal Whiskey, as well as bottles of the French champagne Roederer Cristal Rose and Armand de Briganac Rose. The highlight of the evening was probably a 6 litre bottle of Armand de Briganac which cost a staggering 120,000 Kuna! Now that is a night out that the staff at the club and the yacht’s passengers will not forget in a hurry. It only leaves us to wonder what size of tip they left?

Just two days after a video showing a shark swimming off the Dalmatian coastline on the Makarska Riviera comes news that the same shark was spotted yesterday near the island of Korcula.

The shortfin mako shark, also known as the blue pointer or bonito shark, was spotted in the Korcula Channel yesterday morning and it was confirmed that it is the same shark that was spotted earlier in the week as it has exactly the same scar between the head and dorsal fin. Experts said that there is no need to panic as this particular species of shark isn’t aggressive.

Representatives of the Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries in Split commented for the newspaper Dalmacija Danas that “There are no documented attacks in the Mediterranean. Generally, there are few such attacks in the world. The vast majority of these attacks are provoked, for example, when a shark is caught on a hook.”

Mako - korculanski kanal

Prije dva dana objavili smo informaciju da je kraj Makarske snimljen morski pas mako (Isurus oxyrinchus), a ne neka druga vrsta. Jutros je opet snimljen u Korčulanskom kanalu. Radi se o istom morskom psu a to se može vidjeti po rezu koji se nalazi malo desno, između glave i dorzalne peraje. (usporedba u prvom komentaru). Još jednom naglašavamo da nema razloga panici, radi se o nezreloj jedinki i vrsti koja nije agresivna. (v: Toni Kačić)

Posted by on Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Croatia can expect another wave of interest from British tourists in 2020 after a major travel opened this week in Split. All of the big names of the UK’s travel industry, from British Airways, Thomas Cook, EasyJet and Visit Britain took part in the conference in Podstrana, near Split, at the Institute of Travel and Tourism congress.

Around 800,000 British tourists visited Croatia in 2018 and that number looks like growing this year. Around a third of these tourists came to Dubrovnik. The hosts of this international conference are the Croatian National Tourist Board (HTZ), the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board and the city tourist boards of Split and Hvar.

This is an annual conference organised by the British association of tourism professionals, the ITT, whose members are general managers and leaders in the British tourism industry. The 2019 Conference will be held at the five-star Le Meridien Lav, Split Resort. 

Speaking to HINA, the ITT president Steven Freudmann said that leading British managers see Croatia as a main destination but also as an opportunity to make a profit and that is why they aim to bring as many guests as possible. He said that the beauty of the nature and the islands is attractive to those who love nature and natural beauties.


The Dutch supermodel Sanne Vloet is recently been on a break in Dubrovnik and clearly enjoyed her time in the city and especially the Adriatic Sea.

The Dutch born, New York based model, filled her social media accounts with photos of Dubrovnik and the sea and as she has almost half a million followers on Instagram alone these images soon went viral. She stayed in the luxurious Hotel Bellevue in Dubrovnik overlooking the Adriatic and commented that “Who knew Croatia had such clear blue waters. Can I stay forever?”

The 24-year-old model works with all the major modelling agencies in the world, in New York, Milan and London.



As part of New Europe Market 2019 (NEM), a media event held annually in Dubrovnik in June the Hollywood A line actresses Jessica Alba and Gabrielle Union participated in a panel discussion to present their new series LA’s Finest. This new series focuses on two female detectives working on the streets of Los Angeles.


These is the first time that these two actresses have visited Dubrovnik and in fact Croatia but it was very much a working meeting for the pair as they only spent a couple of days in Dubrovnik and hadn’t even had time to explore the Old City yet. Asked whether they would make time Alba answered “We’ll try and make time.”


“Jessica has a very adventurous spirit,” commented Union on her co-actor. And Alba revealed a Dubrovnik story that seemed to make this up. It appeared she had used a Segway and had been travelling around the Bay of Lapad when “I nearly fell off.”




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