Having spent the previous two weeks driving up the Croatian coast it only made sense for me to stop somewhere near Krk Island so that I could explore the area.
Tucked away in the suburbs of the small town of Kraljevica is the Villa Dora and after reading some reviews online and checking out the photos I knew that this is where I had to stay.
More than just a villa, the Villa Dora Apartments take on more of a resort feel and after passing through the gate onto the sprawling property I immediately forgot about anything that was going on beyond my surroundings.
The lush, heavily landscaped property with incredible Adriatic views from every walkable space made it seem like I had discovered something that very few people are ever fortunate enough to experience.
After spending just a few hours relaxing by sea and soaking up the sun rays in the privacy of my own terrace I almost decided to skip exploring the region and nearly opted to simply spend my time at the villa without a care in the world.
I’m positive there were other people around but thanks to the layout and design of the property I rarely bumped into anyone else and even the pool during peak hours of the day was hardly busy at all.
While I first thought that the highlight of my visit was going to be a day trip to Krk Island it turns out that one of the highlights of my entire visit to Croatia was the Villa Dora and the memories I made here will follow me for the rest of my life.
The Villa Dora Apartments
Located on the shores of the Adriatic and within clear view of Krk Island are the Villa Dora Apartments.
Renata, the owner of the property and current manager has clearly dedicated a lot of personal effort towards making sure that guests have the best visit possible.
Upon greeting me at the main gate Renata then lead us to a secure parking lot that’s a little bit up the road from the main entrance.
Here she gave us a quick tour of the cozy bungalow that my girlfriend and I stayed in and showed us the pool and beach area.
On the property is one main building, the actual Villa Dora, and a few smaller buildings such as the bungalow I stayed in.
The original home, or villa, was built during the late 1930s and today it maintains much of its traditional and historic charm.
In the main building there are 2 studio apartments and 3 one-bedroom apartments available.
Additionally there is another one bedroom apartment and a 2-bedroom bungalow.
All of the apartments have a wonderful view of the Adriatic Sea and access to the quiet pool, waterfront beach area and all of the other amenities available on the grounds.
Now that you know a little bit more about the villa let’s take a look at my personal review as well as the experience I had staying here.
My Review of the Villa Dora in Kraljevica, Croatia
Check-In and Grounds
Apart from driving right past the sign that points to the Villa Dora on the main road into the area I didn’t have any problems finding the place.
I called Renata, the lovely host, rather than ringing the bell at the main gate since I wasn’t sure how parking worked but if you’re visiting you can reach her by simply ringing the bell.
After getting off the phone with Renata she walked out a few moments later and directed me to a different parking lot on-site.
I parked the car, got out for some introductions and then Renata lead me on a tour of the property and of the bungalow I was staying in.
All of the details I needed were given to me and Renata was able to provide in-depth information on the best restaurants nearby and some of the more interesting places to check out on Krk Island.
Right after Renata left I turned to my girlfriend in amazement at the size of the bungalow that we were staying in.
The bungalow apartment is totally huge with two bedrooms, a dedicated living room, dining room, spacious bathroom, and a large well-equipped kitchen.
There is also a large, private terrace that offers an amazing view of the Adriatic Sea off in the distance and a small garden separates the bungalow from the neighbouring apartment.
There are plenty of landscaped areas throughout the entire property and when you’re walking around it feels like you’re navigating through a forest because of all the trees, bushes, shrubs, and stone-work.
On the terrace was a comfortable swinging chair and even a small water tap for washing off any gear after going snorkeling or swimming in the salty sea.
This section is titled “the room” but I was actually staying in the bungalow apartment and it’s more of a living space rather than your traditional hotel room layout.
Right after walking into the bungalow I was surprised by how bright, clean, and spacious it was.
All of the walls are painted white, which gives it even a larger appearance, and it’s not crowded or cluttered at all so it seems very large and wide-open.
The decoration has been tastefully done in all regards and there isn’t anything that doesn’t have a purpose in the entire space.
Immediately after entering you walk right into the dining area with a dining table that has seating for 6 people and directly to the right is the first of two bedrooms.
Then there’s a large living space with a huge L-couch, a wardrobe that lines the wall, and a small TV-stand.
The kitchen is also spacious and comes fully equipped with a stove, fridge, freezer, kettle, pans, cutlery, and anything else you would need to prepare a proper meal for your family.
The main bedroom features a very comfortable and firm mattress and even during the day it never gets very bright at all so it’s possible to get plenty of rest.
One thing I noticed is that there was an air-conditioning unit in all of the main rooms.
Seeing as Croatia gets very hot during the spring, summer and fall, this was a much welcome feature especially in mid-September where the temperatures still reached into the low 30s.
As I’ve already mentioned the bathroom in the bungalow was large, bright, and came fully equipped.
There was a stand-up shower with a suitable supply of hot water, storage space for towels or any other bathroom products and amenities, and there was even a washing machine as well.
It’s not often that I stay in hotels that offer washing machine access so I definitely took advantage of being able to get my clothes washed.
Everything in the bathroom was clean, worked properly, and I really liked the window that I could easily open to let in fresh air that got rid of all the steam and humidity after a shower.
Unfortunately there wasn’t any supplies like soap or shampoo but thankfully I travel with those amenities on my own so it wasn’t a problem for me at all.
Depending on the apartment you choose you’re looking at spending anywhere between $100 USD and $200 USD.
The prices for accommodation at the Villa Dora also vary throughout the year and during the summer the rooms are going to cost much more than during the winter, off-season months.
Compared to the other hotels in the area I would argue that this is a great value for such a wonderful place to stay especially if you’re looking to visit Krk Island and explore the surrounding region.
The location of the Villa Dora is ideal and well-suited if you’re looking to spend a few days relaxing and enjoying the sun along the Croatian coast.
The highway is a short 5-minute drive away and even during the busiest traffic hours you’ll never hear any cars, trucks or any typical driving sounds so it feels like you’re much more secluded than you really are.
Also 5-minutes away is the small town of Kraljevica that has some nice restaurants, cafes, bakeries, and other small shops depending on what you’re looking for.
Should you be interested in visiting Krk Island then you’re really in luck because even from certain parts of the property it’s possible to see the island and the toll bridge off in the distance so driving there is hardly a problem at all.
Finally, if you’re driving from either Split or Zagreb it’s quite easy to find the hotel location and it’s just a few minutes away from one of the main highways that runs along the entire coast.
One of the only issues I had during my stay was the poor wi-fi connection.
It wasn’t very fast at all and while I was able to do some basic web browsing I wasn’t able to upload photos, videos, and even YouTube streaming didn’t work very well at all.
I’m not sure why there was an internet issue since the router is actually located in the bungalow so it’s not like I was having to share the signal with all of the other guests.
Even using a travel router I wasn’t able to take advantage of a better connection.
Keep in mind that the Villa Dora is more of a vacation/resort type of place and for many travelers not having a reliable or speedy connection isn’t that big of a deal.
However, if you’re a travel blogger, digital nomad or you’re working online for business then you might run into some issues with the internet here.
Parking and Accessibility
Secure parking is available on-site and I believe there are two different parking areas depending on which part of the property you’re staying in.
For the bungalow I was able to park in a shared parking area that only had room for 2 spaces so it was very private.
To make it even safer there is only access to the parking lots through an electric gate that has to be opened to using a dedicated remote.
This way you can just leave your car and spend your day at the pool or beach without worrying about the safety or security of your car.
As for accessibility, I’m not sure if it’s able to reach the property by public transportation and I wouldn’t recommend it either.
While it’s possible to reach Kraljevica on foot you’re looking at a 30-minute, very hilly walk and that’s not going to enjoyable at all if you’re on vacation.
Overall, I had a very memorable stay at the Villa Dora Apartments in Kraljevica.
The Croatian coast is absolutely beautiful and the beauty of the area is highlighted quite a bit at this location.
A little off-the-beaten-path I would definitely recommend visiting the Villa Dora if you’re looking for an enjoyable city-break and you just want to spend some time relaxing by the seaside.
It’s also a great place if you want to explore Krk Island and the surrounding region by car.
The owner and manager, Renata, really makes sure that guests are having a good time and you won’t be wanting for anything at all should you decide to spend some time here.