This was a place I’d wanted to visit for years, especially as my family raved about it, but it always seemed out of reach because of the price.
Luckily this year we found a good deal with TUI and booked ourselves a one week all-inclusive break at Hotel Remisens Epidaurus.
This resort is listed as a 3-star. Usually we’d choose 4-star and above to make sure we have the best possible experience, but we settled on this hotel purely for its location. And what a great decision that was!
I was apprehensive because of the mixed reviews, but I can safely say that the location really did make up for anything that the hotel lacked.
Not only that, but the bay that it sits in is stunning. Surrounded by mountains and crystal-clear waters, it’s everything you’d expect Croatia to be and more.
Better still, the sun sets right in front of the resort, so if the skies are clear everything turns from gold to pink as you eat your evening meal.
As this is a French hotel, we found it difficult to communicate with staff or enjoy the entertainment, but with starry skies, incredible thunderstorms, an ever-changing ocean and crazy expensive yachts right in-front of us, we were never lost for something to do.
One day we did paddle boarding, one day we did kayaking, two days were spent in other locations and two afternoons were spent in the town of Cavtat.
We’re a bit spoiled having visited incredible all-inclusive hotels such as the RUI Republica in Punta Cana and Bahia Principe in Mexico, so here we found the food to be quite repetitive and the drinks extremely limited.
There was one restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating options with views over the bay, and an upstairs terrace area with a bar found inside. There was also a bar beside the pool and beach which offered the same drinks menu with self-serve coffee machines.
Outside there was an entertainment tent, a kids playground, an activities area, two smallish pools and a few rows of sunbeds which sat on and around the pebble beach.
This could be accessed by foot on the right-hand side, and by ladder on the left-hand side. The water is pretty cold, but absolutely beautiful, so even I had several dips!
Lastly, the rooms were small, but clean and modern. In fact, the whole hotel was modern due to a recent renovation.
Thankfully when we booked the holiday we chose a sea-view with a balcony and ended up getting the most amazing view on arrival. Other rooms with the same spec had less of a view, so we were really lucky.
My only complaint is that the walls are paper thin, so I could hear every word, every toilet flush and every snore from next door! This is possibly down to the adjoining door.
There is a charge to use the ironing facilities too, so don’t do what we did and bring creased clothing expecting to sort it there.
Tip: hang your creased outfit in the bathroom whilst you shower and the steam will help. This is what Darryl did everyday!
Overall this resort was a good spot for our Cavtat stay, but not the most beautiful hotel and grounds. This was clear from the reviews during the research however.
I think a more diverse bar menu and an outdoor renovation around the beach/pool area would make all the difference. It depends what your cup of tea is, I suppose!
Click here to find out more about the Remisens Epidaurus Hotel.