Sun Gardens – A True Resort Experience in Dubrovnik

Sun Gardens Dubrovnik Croatia
Sunset over Sun Gardens Dubrovnik

Sun Gardens – Welcome To The Pearl of the Adriatic – this is what you first read on the Sun Gardens website and this is exactly what you experience when you first arrive!  The quote from Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw “Those who seek paradise on earth should seek it in Dubrovnik” also appears on their website. How apt are these two statements!

Sun Gardens Dubrovnik

Such a stunning view!


Sun Gardens – we certainly left the best to last!  After spending the last 8 days in Dubrovnik we had two more nights left before we were headed off to Spain, and what a better way to spend it than enjoying the luxurious Dubrovnik Sun Gardens Resort.

Just 15 minutes from the Old Town of Dubrovnik the road winds its way through small harbour front villages with stunning views over the Adriatic Sea.  As your eyes gaze over the stunning vista you suddenly find yourself at the entrance to the hotel.  We had been following Sun Gardens on their Instagram account for the last few weeks and thought we knew what to expect.  Already our expectations had been exceeded and we had not even seen our bedroom’s view yet.

We had arrived early at the hotel to meet with Iva Svetac, Marketing and P.R. Manager and Katarina Vukic, Sun Garden’s Marketing Administrator and whilst our room was being prepared we joined them both on the balcony for coffee to find out more about Sun Gardens.

Background of Sun Gardens

Originally the hotel was built during the 1980’s as holiday residences.  Fortunately, during the war of the early 90’s the hotel was not damaged but the actual running of the hotel did run into problems, the need for accommodation dwindled and the maintenance and upkeep of the hotel came to an abrupt holt.  In 2008 a new investor put together redevelopment plans to create a ‘replica of a Mediterranean village’  not just another hotel but a resort with hotel and residential private houses in a village like atmosphere.

Sun Gardens Hotel is part of the franchise group of the luxury hotel chain Radisson Blu.


Celebrating their 7th birthday in 2016 Sun Gardens offers 408 accommodation units comprising of 201 rooms and suites and 207 residences spread over 22 acres.

The private residences are available in 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms with either sea views or garden views.

After enjoying coffee and a lovely chat with Iva and Katarina our room was ready. The top two floors of the Sun Gardens is designated for their Club Rooms and Suites according to the room number on our key, that is where we were headed!  You know the feeling when you are lost for words? Their Romantic Suite was ours for the next 2 nights! We stood on the balcony in awe of the view in front of us!

Dubrovnik Sun Gardens Resort Balcony

Lounge Chairs on the Double Balcony

The double sized balcony contained 4 lounge chairs and a table that we could envisage enjoying a glass or two of chilled white wine whilst watching the sun set over the islands.

Sun Gardens Dubrovnik Bathroom

A very large luxurious bathroom

As we walked back into the room we realised the bathroom was as large as the bedroom (and that was large) and that the walk-in wardrobe/dressing room was as large as some of the rooms we have stayed in before in hotels.  The double sized shower and stand alone bath with views over the Adriatic Sea was to die for, as well as complimentary OCCO toiletries. Our tiny carry-on bags looked like shopping bags in the immense walk-in wardrobe.

Romantic Suite Sun Gardens Dubrovnik

Romantic Suite Sun Gardens

The bed was king size with luxurious coverings and fluffy pillows.

A nice touch was the Nespresso Coffee Machine and our complimentary bottle of Croatian Red Wine with a plate of canapes.

The Exclusive Club Lounge was on our level and it was time to check it out and enjoy a chilled glass of Croatian White Wine before we headed off to explore the grounds and the 3 swimming pools.

Club Rooms

If you are considering staying in one of the Club Rooms this is what is included:

  • personalised check in and check out
  • welcome tray of wine and canapes
  • fresh flowers and fruit delivered daily
  • your personal pillow selected from a pillow menu
  • designer toiletries by OCCO (made from mineral extracts from the Adriatic Sea, local plants, flowers and herbs)
  • free high-speed wireless internet
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Satellite and Pay TV
  • Turn down service
  • Access from 1100 to 2300 in the Exclusive Club Lounge with complimentary tea, coffee, soft drinks, wine and spirits

Exploring Sun Gardens

Swimming Pools and Beach Area

Residences Sun Gardens Dubrovnik

Residences at Sun Gardens

Spread over 22 acres, Sun Gardens boast gardens of palms and pine trees, 3 swimming pools (two family pools each with a separate children’s pool and one adults-only) a promenade that spans the length of the beach.

Sun Gardens Dubrovnik Adults Only Pool

Adults Only Pool

The beach offers deck chairs, a beach bar and a very special V.I.P. area where you have your own private cabana, draped in white flowing curtains, where you can enjoy cocktails and wines whilst enjoying the view (this is a special V.I.P. package, costs and availability enquiries must be made direct with the hotel).

Spa Facilities

A Spa by OCCO offers various soothing treatments, indoor pool and spa, sauna and a sun terrace where you can enjoy vitality juices.

Sporting Facilities

A sports centre that offers 3 clay tennis courts, a football court where at 4pm you can join  a 5 aside game on their artificial turf. A squash court, gym, climbing wall, billiard tables, table tennis, indoor basket court, a studio room that offers aerobics, pilates and Zumba as well as private lessons are available to both hotel and private residences.

Shopping Facilities

Sun Gardens offers a Shopping Promenade with a grocery store, a pharmacy, hairdressers and retail outlets.

Marco Polo Kids Club with Children and Teenager Facilities

Sun Gardens offers 3 clubs for children aged between 3-6 years, 7-11 years and a teens club from 12-17 years. Different programs are available for the different age groups with activities to suit.  The clubs are free but for 20 euros per person, children can enjoy lunch with other children of the same age.  In fact, children can be dropped off at 10am in the morning and can take advantage of the activities until 6pm at night giving you the opportunity to take a sightseeing tour, a spa treatment or just time out at the adults only swimming pool.

In House Travel Agency

Sun Gardens also offer in-house travel agency services who can organise a shuttle into the Old Town, tours to the islands or even to Mostar in Bosnia.

Restaurants and Bars

With a total of 18 restaurants and bars to choose from, we were spoilt for choice.  Guess we have to stay 18 nights to try each one out!  We made our dinner reservation for Cilantro which enabled us to dine al fresco with a view over the Adriatic Sea and to enjoy their range of Mediterranean and Croatian specialities.


Cilantro Restaurant Sun Gardens Dubrovnik

Entree at Cilantro Restaurant







Our compliments to the Chef and the team at Cilantro for making our evening memorable.

Cilantro Restaurant Sun Gardens Dubrovnik

Seafood Entree at Cilantro Restaurant

We dined on local seafood as Entrees.

Sun Gardens Cilantro Restaurant Dubrovnik

Main Meal Cilantro Restaurant

Duncan had beef as a Main meal.

Cilantro Restaurant Dubrovnik Sun Gardens

Risotto at Cilantro Restaurant

Jane had a vegetarian risotto with a delightful chilled bottle of Tezoro.

Sun Gardens Dubrovnik Rooftop

Roof Top Club Breakfast

Breakfast for those on the Club Floors is held on the roof top in a delightful white and pink setting.

Breakfast Sun Gardens Dubrovnik

Breakfast Sun Gardens Dubrovnik

If you are not on the Club Floors, for an additional charge, you can enjoy the experience.

Breakfast Roof Top Sun Gardens

Breakfast Roof Top Sun Gardens

We could have stayed there all day enjoying our breakfast and having numerous cups of coffee whilst staring out at the sparkling Adriatic Sea and watching numerous boats pass by on their way to the islands but the Old City beckoned.

Sun Gardens Dubrovnik

Fruit and honeycomb Sun Gardens

Unfortunately, the next morning we had a very early departure from the hotel and could not enjoy the delightful setting and breakfast, but after enquiring at Reception we were informed that the Hotel would provide us with a breakfast box to take with us.  There was so much food in the Breakfast Box it fed us for breakfast and lunch.

Sun Gardens Dubrovnik News

A weekly newsletter is published by the hotel showing the weather forecast for the week, opening hours of the restaurants and bars and a leisure activities timetable.  The newsletter also provides interesting articles on Dubrovnik and the surrounding area and any special events that the hotel may be holding.

Our Verdict

The Sun Gardens Radisson Blu Resort and Spa is one of the most beautiful resorts that we have had the pleasure of staying in. Waking up to the stunning views over the Adriatic Sea and the islands and enjoying a special breakfast on the roof top will always be a memorable experience for us.  Even with 100% occupancy the hotel will never feel crowded or busy, the 22 acres have been utilised for all to enjoy some peace and quiet on your holidays and the variety of restaurants and bars enhance that experience. We should have stayed longer!

Sun Gardens Radisson Blu Resort and Spa is perfect for:

  • Couples
  • Solos
  • Groups
  • Multigenerational Travel
  • Family Travel
  • Conferences and meetings


Hotel deals

Check in regularly for the Sun Gardens special deals and packages e.g. Christmas and New Years Eve

Read why TripAdvisor readers have rated the Sun Gardens Radisson Blu Dubrovnik #1.

If you have enjoyed our article on the Sun Gardens Radisson Blu Resort and Spa or you have stayed here we would love you to leave your comments below.

We thank Iva and Katarina and the staff of Sun Gardens Radisson Blu for looking after us so well.  Our stay was part of a press trip to Dubrovnik and as always our opinions are our own.


Check out our YouTube video – Sunrise and Sunset at Sun Gardens Hotel Dubrovnik.

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  • Penny says:

    Reading this review made me feel as if I was right there with you. Sadly, I wasn’t. Damn it! 🙂

  • Carrie Ann Karstunen says:

    Sun Gardens looks like a fantastic place to stay, with so many amenities and activities. Your room was very spacious, and I love that soaking tub. The food looks delicious (that risotto is making me hungry), and what a view from the dining area!

  • Anita says:

    WOw, this looks aboslutely amazing, I loved the welcome wine and canapes in the CLub rooms, all the list acutally looks tempting. I became hungry seeing all the dishes and I am sure I would love to visit this place.

    • Hi Anita
      Thank you for your comments. The food was amazing and the location superb. The sunsets are incredible. Hope you can visit.
      Cheers Jane and DUncan

  • Raghav says:

    Croatia is still on my must-visit list, so I am always looking for places to see and stay there. Sun Gardens looks lovely and I’m digging the view of the sea during breakfast. The rooms looks might fine, especially with the tub in the middle. I’m glad you mentioned that it looks clams and quiet even with full occupancy. Sometimes big hotels can get crowded. Thanks for all the information and I hope I get to experience this side of the world soon. Oh! And curious to know, what the little white island in the middle of the swimming pool for?

    • Hi
      Thank you for your comments. The white island was just a place to lay down and chill! Something different! Hope you can visit one day.
      Cheers Jane and Duncan

  • Amanda says:

    *checking flights to Dubrovnik* I can not believe such an incredible place exists! First of all, PILLOW MENU?! What does that even mean?! The food there looks insanely delicious, the views over the water are absolutely beautiful, and that bathroom is everything I could dream of and more. I don’t think I would ever want to leave…

  • Daniel says:

    I visited Dubrovnik many times and I actually spent a couple of my vacations in the Sun Gardens. I’m happy to read about your positive experience and I’m really glad you liked it. After my last vacation, it has become my go-to place in Dubrovnik 🙂

  • Wow! Croatia has been in my list of countries to visit next year. It looks like you had fun. While scanning your food photos, I was drooling! I want to try the seafood entrée. It looks so yummy!

  • Lisa says:

    I actually stayed here a few years ago! Sun Gardens is a gorgeous resort, and I’m happy to read it’s just as good as before. I didn’t get to try those dishes during my time, of course it was different then. I’d definitely return and stay again!

  • Yukti Agrawal says:

    Dubrovnik is on my wishlist and thanks for sharing this wonderful staying option here. I loved the beautiful setting of this resort. The view from the terrace is incredible while having meals. Vegetarian Risotto looks perfect for me. I would love to stay in Club rooms as they have many good features.

  • Glad to know that you had a great experience at Sun Gardens and you experienced exactly the same that was mentioned on their website. It’s usually not the case. The hotel looks great and the views do make you believe that you are staying at paradise on earth.

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