Dubrovnik – the new celebrity hotspot
From royals to rock stars, celebrities across the board are turning their backs on Barbados and the French Riviera and heading to Eastern Europe for a sunshine getaway.
Just twenty years ago, Dubrovnik was filled with journalists reporting on a war-torn city. Today this stunning holiday destination is Croatia’s crowning jewel, with gleaming walls holding an abundance of luxury accommodation, restaurants and sights to tempt the rich and famous. Prince Edward and Wallis Simpson’s favourite holidaying spot is now a once again a celebrity playground, filled with everyone from Jay-Z and Beyonce to the King of Jordan.
So what exactly draws the A-listers to Croatia?
Dubrovnik was one of Europe’s wealthiest cities during the 15th century and was home to the continent’s finest artists, architects and sculptors. The city’s golden age may have ended with a sudden earthquake in 1667, but luckily many Renaissance sights still remain and UNESCO has named Dubrovnik a World Heritage Site. George Bernard Shaw is one of the many 20th century poets who were enchanted by Croatia’s capital of culture, praising it as paradise on Earth. The marble streets of the walled city are lined with breathtakingly sculpted fountains and baroque buildings – a fitting backdrop for beautiful Hollywood stars.
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton escaped to Dubrovnik a time and time again during their two high-profile marriages. Today, ordinary beings can grab an affordable Dubrovnik holiday and explore beyond the city walls to Konavle, a traditional Croatian town littered with ancient tree-lined walkways and pretty windmills. Here lovers from all walks of life can enjoy a delicious meal in the shaded privacy of Konavoski Dvori restaurant, which offers classic regional cuisine cooked to perfection – whilst trickling creeks and chirping birds complete a tranquil soundtrack.
Hilton Imperial House
During the decadent seventies, stars filled Dubrovnik’s Excelsior Hotel. Today the Hilton Imperial Hotel is fast becoming a celebrity favourite, offering an irresistible blend of modern luxury and timeless glamour. Known locally as ‘the hotel which remembers much’, the original building dates back to 1895 but was completely revamped in 2005 to offer the latest
in comfort and technology. Shimmering yellow-gold masonry, wrought-iron balconies and views of the emerald green sea lend this hotel an impressive air, worthy of the world’s rich and famous.