A SMALL island in Europe has won fans with celebrities – even though hardly anyone lives there.
Lopud is an island off the coast of Dubrovnik, Croatia, home to just 200 locals.
The boat ride only takes 55 minutes. Since it runs daily, it’s ideal for a short visit.
Since there are no cars on the island, you can get around on foot, by bike or by golf buggy.
According to The Times, it is also home to one of the best beaches in the world.
Sunj Beach is sandy – unlike many of Croatia’s pebble beaches – with sunbeds for €10 and beach bars serving snacks and drinks
Tourists praised how clean the water was and how shallow it was for children, and said the cafes served “amazing” food.
In addition to a picturesque village with cafes and restaurants, tourists can also visit the Lopud Botanical Garden.
It’s not just normal tourists who rave about the island.
The Beckhams often vacation on the Croatian island, while Gerald Butler was recently spotted there with his girlfriend.
You can stay on the island between hostels and apartments as well as 3 and 4 star hotels.
Tour operators such as:and Jet2 offer package holidays to the island, with a seven-day stay at RMH Lopud Lafodia Resort & Wellness costing around £600 per person.
But one of the fanciest places to stay on the island is LOPUD 1583.
The 5,000 square meter resort is built in a 15th century monastery.
Thirteen of the former cells are now hotel suites that can accommodate ten guests in five rooms.
Not only is there a plunge pool, but guests also have access to a butler and private chef.
Baroness Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza opened the monastery in 2021 and told Tatler: “[It] had to be completely rebuilt, restored and redesigned, including the fortress surrounding it.
“But the sunsets are extraordinary – the evening light is unique and wonderfully golden.”
Be sure to start saving – rooms cost around £1,336 per night, or you can rent the entire property for almost £10,000.
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