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.
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.
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.”