About the property
- Apartment430 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay0 - 2 nights
2 twin Apartments, each has 1Bedroom (each Sleeps 3)
Beautiful view of Zaton Bay (Adriatic Sea) from the balcony, and just a fifteen minute drive to Dubrovnik's Old Town. Zaton is a charming village which has great swimming areas and restaurants. Beaches nearby. Villa Rosa (my place) is set on two parcels of land and is surrounded by Italian Cypress trees. There are Oleanders bordering the front garden with Olive trees and citrus trees. A hammock hangs between two majestic Cypress trees. Help yourself to seasonal herbs, figs and raspberries. BBQ in the garden. Grocery store near by. Very private location. Ample Parking.
Apartment nicely decorated. Second bedroom is in detached guest cottage. Linens/towels provided.
Owner is American and lives on the premises.
Keywords: One bedroom apartment sleeps up to 3 (or 5 if you rent Cottage). Kitchen fully equipped; shared terrace with spectacular views; Two minute walk to the sea and great swimming. Great restaurants within walking distance. Grocery near. Also see 363116 twin apartment available. Airport pick up and drop off services available. Bedrooms have AC; no AC in living room/sleeper sofa; if just the detached cottage(no kitchen) just 45 Euros sleeps two. AC, fridge.
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- Apr 20, 2018
About Michael O'Malley
I am a Chicagoan who came to Sarajevo in 2001 to work with ABA/CEELI for one year. Visited Dubrovnik that first summer and decided that this was the place I wanted to live. Bought my place in 2003 and built the additional apartments in 2008. Have traveled widely and also spend a fair amount of time in Ireland. I enjoy cooking, swimming, hiking, music and interesting conversations over some good wine or home-made cordials.
Michael O'Malley purchased this Apartment in 2003
Why Michael O'Malley chose Zaton
I had not really heard much about Dubrovnik before first visiting in 2001 - my first summer in Sarajevo. Walked into the Old Town and my jaw dropped. After a couple of years of visiting Dubrovnik, I decided I would rather live near the Old Town than in it. I believe I made the right decision.
What makes this Apartment unique
Great place to kick back and relax. I never tire of the views of the sea. Changes every day. Birds sing night and day. Only one neighbor to the south of me and they only come occasionally. Olive groves to the south and Italian Cyprus behind me. A two minute walk to the sea - great way to start the day with a swim; or walk up into the hills behind me for a more strenuous form of exercise. Two first-rate restaurants within walking distance - 20- 25 minutes away along the coast. Elefiti islands are quite nearby.Bus stop just across the street will take you to the Old Town. Also available is a boat which will carry you to the Old Town. Great Grocery store one minute walk.
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Check-in: 12:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Spent two weeks here recently. The view from the balcony is amazing, The location is excellent, near enough to Dubrovnik to visit regularly via taxi.short walk to well stocked supermarket, sea and local restaurants.
Michael was the best host, providing dinner on our arrival, after he saw our flight was delayed, and on hand to ask questions whenever required.
We had the perfect balance of relaxation and exploration . We hired a car and visited Montenegro, Bosnia and the surrounding area. Both Kotor bay and Mostar are 'must sees'... We stayed over for a night in Mostar at 'Villa Mike' which was a much needed oasis after the long winding drive there. We visited Kravica waterfalls from here, another 'must see' .
All in all a fabulous holiday and cannot wait to return to this amazing part of the world.
Thanks for the great review. You and your daughters were great guests. It was a pleasure to host you. Your enthusiasm for the region renewed mine. Thank you for your patronage.
Disappointed, important info missing from listing, cleaning issues.
We chose this apartment based on the price, the view and the reviews. Unfortunately it did not live up to our expectations. The listing fails to mention the main road that runs in front of the property which is the road between Dubrovnik and Cilipi airport. This means that it is never without traffic and the noise is constant, even with the windows closed and who wants to keep their windows closed? There is one other apartment on the same floor and the walls must be fairly thin as someone in the next apartment appeared to have a troublesome night-time cough which we could hear every night while they were there. After they left and another party arrived, the new party proceeded to sit on the balcony outside our french doors as there is nothing to divide the shared balcony. Perhaps some kind of divider could be installed to prevent this happening? We felt that we couldn't even have the shutters or windows open because they could look right in and did actually walk in to our apartment on one occasion.The listing also fails to mention the steps to the property (it is on the first floor of a two storey house) and there is an upwardly sloping path with a few more steps leading up it. This wasn't an issue for us but it would be for someone with mobility problems so should really be included in the listing. And lastly, cleaning issues: it was apparent that cleaning had not been carried out fully before our arrival. The inside of the microwave had stale food stuck to it and the shelf around it was also dirty. The fridge had spill stains and a dead spider inside it. The crockery inside the cupboard felt sticky and the cups were tea stained. I felt like I had to wash everything before I used it. On the plus side, the proximity to the airport and to Dubrovnik makes getting around very easy. There were little extra items in the apartment that were appreciated: extra pillows and towels in the wardrobe, washing up liquid and sponges in the kitchen. Mentioning the road and steps in the listing and a little extra attention to detail when cleaning would make all the difference and is easily remedied.
The couple were uncommunicative from the beginning. Not sure why the review is so negative; I personally cleaned the apartment before their arrival including the refrigerator. It was clean. There were beers in the frig for them but neither of them drank alcohol. The microwave - perhaps i did not check that.
I am sorry they found their experience here negative.
Instructions from the airport clearly state my place is just off the main road. Pictures of the place include the steps going upstairs. I believe in truth in advertizing.
The couple in the other apartment told me that they said hello to the woman who turned and walked into her apartment without responding.
Please read my other reviews; you'll find most people disagree with this review.
The Best Holiday!
We rented the 2 apartments in October from Michael. They were just what we wanted, great location, clean and what a view.
Michael was very knowledgeable about Dubrovnik, restaurants, boat tours, food, things to do and see. It was just perfect. He is so friendly and willing to take time to answer our questions.
We will be back. Thanks again Michael.
Can't fault it...!
We had been recommended by a friend who had stayed here, and were not at all disappointed. We were met by Michael (having hired a car from the airport) and were very taken with his hospitality right from the first minute. The flat was more than adequate, the view from the veranda was to die for, the climate was very pleasant indeed... Good choice of restaurants in both directions from the flat, from basic menus to more upmarket venues, we went to one place three times and became "regulars" in just one week! If you are driving yourselves around, the traffic police are very much in evidence, looking out for speeders and drinkers - four out of the seven nights we were there, they were parked up just 100 yards further on from the apartment. Be warned, there appears to be ZERO tolerance for any alcohol/driving scenarios. The scenery along the coast is amazing, we did a lot of sightseeing up and down the coastline. First time we've been to this country, very much doubt it will be our last. Hopefully Michael's flat will be available in a few years to come...
Perfect for a young (or old) family's adventure
Dubrovnik is an awesome place to visit by day and by evening! But those walls can get claustrophobic and those steps . . . well steppy!
So, for our young family, this charming, restful, cyprus-shaded home overlooking Mali Zaton Bay- just an idyllic 15 minute coastal drive north of Dubrovnik- provided great comfort, fabulous panoramic views, hiking trails, kayaking, and great local cuisine - all a short walk away. It was quite a find. The kids especially enjoyed the front yard, and the nearby playground. When we ran out of diapers, I was pleasantly surprised to find a well-stocked convenience store just 50 meters away. We made great use of our apartment's kitchenette and outdoor grill, cooking up fresh local fish and vegetables we had purchased at the green market each day. For the adults, dining, and later sipping our host's homemade lemoncello, on the balcony under magnificent cyprus trees set against a dark, starry sky really made for relaxing evenings.
The apartment bedroom was nice and quiet and the bed was very comfortable. The bathroom is a bit small, but clean and water pressure was great. The loveseat folded out into a really good bed that was plenty big enough for our 6 and 9 year olds.
We liked it here so much that we have returned several times. This last year we had a great time by convincing our friends (another couple with 2 kids) to rent the twin apartment next door. The host who lives downstairs periodically - happened to be around, and was very gracious with our use of the common land around the house. We even extended our stay by a couple of nights when we realized that there was an impressive arboratum (in Trsteno ( 10 km), a nice sand beach in Slano (20km), and the walled city of Ston (30 km), and all were just simple day trips from this shady spot overlooking Mali Zaton bay.
Fantastic Summer Stay August 2011
My husband, 17 year old daughter, and I stayed here for two incredible weeks. We rented the two rentals and each had great views of the azure blue Adriatic Sea. The apartments are newly decorated, well appointed with clean lines and comfort in mind. My teenage daughter loved having her own apartment with separate bedroom, and a sweet open living room and kitchenette with French doors out to the balcony.
Michael is a great host as he really knows the area and can tell you the secret local places to go that you wouldn't know about otherwise. He is an incredible cook and will serve you dinner on the terrace as the evening cools down and the Adriatic Sea and sky turns all dusky pink and lavender while you watch the local fishing boats return. He buys everything from fresh local markets, uses herbs from his garden, and local Croatian village-made wine and lemon-cello. We had fish one night, chicken another, and a great Thai dinner our last night. Yum!
The views from this rental out to sea and mountains are lovely, peaceful and ever changing as the light changes on the sea throughout the day. The house sits at the end of a long narrow U cove with views of the sea, low mountains and the red tiled roofs of the villages that dot the lower coast line, set against the steeply rising giant hills that are rocky, dry and sparsely tree-ed.. It is just a 3 min walk to swim and you can also walk along the calm water's edge along a pedestrian sidewalk that hugs the coast and meanders through the village life of Mali Zaton. My daughter and I swam across the cove from one little village to another for 45 min across and back. We also enjoyed evening swims while star gazing. We loved taking the local 3 island boat tour for the day right from the village with the "fish or chicken picnic" and choices to swim, shop, or laze about at a cafe on each island.
There is a good small & well stocked grocery store 100 yards away where you can walk to get everything you need for making meals, or you can walk to little cafes and restaurants along the waterfront. The village is sleepy, charming, and relaxing after a busy day of sightseeing in Dubrovnik, which is about 15 - 20 minutes away. We rented a car for day trips into Bosnia which is only a half hour away... and the views along the coast are spectacular. However, my favorite pleasure was picking a fig off Michael's tree in his garden on my way to and from a swim. ... We all plan to return!
I can help you plan your stay. Great drives to Sarajevo, Mostar, Montenegro etc.. Wire tours with Mario. Kayaking with Tammy. Fish picnics. Sailing with Mary Anne.