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Dubrovnik and Croatia's Spectacular Dalmatian Coast via Lufthansa First Class

Dubrovnik and Croatia's Spectacular Dalmatian Coast via Lufthansa First Class

Old Sep 24, 20, 4:08 pm
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Thank you for taking the time to watch them and express an interest. A sad chapter in European history but there is optimism in how things have moved forwards in Croatia at least. Glad so much of your time there was wonderful.
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Old Sep 26, 20, 10:50 am
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Villa Korta Katarina
Orebic

Twenty minutes north of Grgic is the one of the most luxurious hotels we have ever visited. Villa Korta Katarina is a spectacular, stunningly gorgeous boutique villa overlooking the Adriatic. Sumptuous decor with amazing personal service and attention to detail. The newly opened villa is owned by Minneapolis natives and philanthropists Lee and Penny Anderson (APi Group Inc.) who fell in love with Croatia after visiting the area on humanitarian missions following the Bosnia War.

With a full time staff of 13 and only 8 suites, guests are truly pampered. Even more so in our case as we were the only guests during our all too short two day visit. We were welcomed by multiple staff members as we arrived and were escorted to reception.













After more welcomes in the reception area, we were escorted for a tour of the villa where we met some of the wonderful staff that welcomed us like family... including Slobodan, Marianne, Iva, Marijela, Tea, Ana, Antonia and Chef Ante. The decor throughout is stunning with incredble attention to detail.





















Time to see our suite.



Upstairs on first floor, ouur beautiful Suite 103.





















Just down the hall is the villa's stunning library, my favorite late night spot.





Wonderful views from the library balcony.





Down on level -1, the incredible wine cellar.











... and fitness (wellness) center and spa.









After we settled in, we headed downstairs to relax at the pool.







As we started to relax, Iva came to visit and ask if we wanted refreshments. Then afternoon concierge Tea visited and asked if we had any special requests for dinner. After Mrs. SFO777 mentioned that she regretted not packing a bathing suit, Tea excused herself and returned 20 minutes later from a shop in town with 5 bathing suits for her to choose from. Amazing.







Probably the nicest pool bathroom I have ever seen.





Later, we headed back to our suite, to discover the table that had been set for us for our dinner.





Showtime.



There are multiple different table settings. Looks like seafood tonight.



Our delicious starter, with scallops caviar. The tiny green balls were our dressing... an explosion of flavor in each bite. We enjoyed a very nice Posip wine from the Villa's adjacent vineyard.



Our main was a lovely lobster with fried potato strings and delicious garnish.



Chocolate mousse with ice cream on a bed of chocolate dirt.



After dinner and after Mrs. SFO777 went to sleep, I headed down the hall to the library to answer some emails, edit pics and enjoy a glass of sherry.

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Old Sep 26, 20, 10:51 am
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After a great night's sleep, we headed downstairs for an incredibly decadent and sumptuous breakfast feast in the kitchen.











Later that morning, we relaxed at the pool before heading to the island of Korcula.



By private water taxi from the pier just below the villa.



With our skipper Antonio.















Approaching Korcula.







Up the stairs and thru the gate to old town Korcula.

















Some residents and travel guides claim Korcula as the birthplace of Marco Polo. He may have passed thru and lived here for a while, but as for being born here, that might be a stretch.







Lovely seaside walk with dozens of restaurants. Sadly, not many customers even at 1:30pm.















We were trying for lunch at Michelin one star L-D, but alas they had just closed for lunch and the staff clearly had no interest in extending lunch for us. So we tried the next resto down the water front.





After lunch, we called Antonio for the return ride back to Korta Katarina.



Interesting combination. LOL.





More pool time and then back to our room to relax and get ready for dinner.









Pre-dinner drinks at the bar.



And then dinner on the terrace, again just the two of us.



Different night, different table setting. Since we could request anything for dinner, we requested a greek salad and steak.



The salad was perfect.



Our steaks delicious.



And dessert of course. Tasty peach cobbler like.

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Old Sep 26, 20, 11:00 am
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Wow, that all looks truly fantastic. Would love to visit there.
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Really liking the TR and itinerary! We are looking into traveling to Croatia in the next month or so. I can't find a way to book Villa Korta Katarina through Virtuoso or FHR. Did you book direct?
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Old Sep 26, 20, 1:47 pm
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Iím planning to go to Croatia with TK (J award) next April.
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Old Sep 27, 20, 3:49 am
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Thanks so much adampenrith. No comment on the age thing though. LOL. The Australia lock down is simply crazy. I had plans to visit both Melbourne and Sydney at the end of November as part of another RTW, but obviously we've had to reroute.

It has at times been a bit over the top but compared to US 631 deaths per million to AUS 34 deaths per million I know where I would rather be
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Old Sep 27, 20, 6:40 am
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Originally Posted by cmd320 View Post
Wow, that all looks truly fantastic. Would love to visit there.
Thanks cmd320. Croatia is an amazing place.

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Really liking the TR and itinerary! We are looking into traveling to Croatia in the next month or so. I can't find a way to book Villa Korta Katarina through Virtuoso or FHR. Did you book direct?
Thank you so much sonomawine. Korta Katarina booking is old fashioned. You have to contact directly, although I had my Virtuoso TA do it.

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Iím planning to go to Croatia with TK (J award) next April.
You will really enjoy it.

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"...Thanks so much adampenrith. No comment on the age thing though. LOL. The Australia lock down is simply crazy. I had plans to visit both Melbourne and Sydney at the end of November as part of another RTW, but obviously we've had to reroute..."
It has at times been a bit over the top but compared to US 631 deaths per million to AUS 34 deaths per million I know where I would rather be
At the risk of crossing the line into OMNI, US COVID death counts are grossly inflated by politics and greed as hospitals and others get more compensation for reporting "COVID" deaths. US COVID-only deaths are less then 10,000 or about the per million rate as Australia. And the US didn't have to destroy its economy and suspend freedom in the process. In addition to deaths, one needs to consider other deaths and health problems caused by a lockdown, those resulting from the increased suicides, mental health issues, deferred cancer screening, deferred immunization for vaccine-preventable disease, deferred surgeries, etc.
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From Orebic to Split

Another gorgeous morning on the Adriatic coast.



Awe, how sweet is this.



Yet another amazing breakfast feast.















After breakfast, I hit the fitness center to pump some iron.



Is there anything they don't think of?



And then to the pool before heading upstairs to shower and get head to Split.





Korta Katarina is truly one of the most amazing hotels we have ever stayed at. We bid adieu to the wonderful staff and hope to see them all again soon. Our amiable driver Josep was waiting to drive us to Split, first by ferry and then the coastal road. Twenty minutes later we're in line for the 2pm ferry to the mainland.



















































Interesting sign along the way. No idea what this is all about.





Heading inland to the main highway.





Where did this come from?



Which only lasted 10 minutes or so and cleared up by the time we got to Split, just after 5pm.
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Hotel Park
Split

Unlike Dubrovnik, Split does not have a lot of great high end hotel options. Hotel Park is a near century old hotel near the water. It has been renovated and updated over the years. I'm guessing not in the past 10-15 years. Just seems a little tired.





Our Executive Suite 113 which was spacious and comfortable.



















A nice oddly unadvertised feature is a huge private balcony which was lovely when the sun wasn't shining directly on it.





Our private lounge area with oddly wild, ratty looking landscaping.





Tonight's birthday dinner (LOL) was at wonderful Kadena, a short 5 minute taxi ride away.



Beautiful decor but shockingly empty tonight. Another COVID year casualty.



Our lovely seaside table. Someone vetoed the pic. LOL.



We were invited to select our own fish tonight and both chose the John Dory.



Excellent wine tonight.







My delicious ravioli starter.



And our John Dory.











Next morning, breakfast on the hotel's terrace...







... with pool area off to the side...





And the hotel's indoor dining and bar area.





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Exploring Split

Late morning, we took a taxi for to the old walled city.











A little reminiscent of Dubrovnik but smaller and without the water views

















OK, now this is cool. Diocletian's palace with 'Oculus' or hole in the roof.



























And the inevitable once a trip evil eye. LOL.







Back at the hotel, we relaxed on our terrrace.



For dinner tonight, Mrs. SFO777 decided no mas to fancy meals. We headed out from the hotel...



... and found Bakra, a great steak and pizza resto just a few minutes away.









Oh yeah.



One of the best pizzas we've enjoyed in a long time.





And then back to the hotel to pack and get ready to head home.

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Old Sep 27, 20, 5:49 pm
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Hotel Park
Split

Unlike Dubrovnik, Split does not have a lot of great high end hotel options. Hotel Park is a near century old hotel near the water. It has been renovated and updated over the years. I'm guessing not in the past 10-15 years.
Hotel Park seems nice. In Split we went for Le Meridien, now thatís a tired looking hotel...
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It's interesting to see the LH F promo gin (London No 1) is the very same that LOT have had on their BOB Y Menu for a few years now. I feel truly premium!
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Old Sep 30, 20, 5:41 pm
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Hotel Park seems nice. In Split we went for Le Meridien, now thatís a tired looking hotel...
Thought about Le Meridien but the pics and comments weren't very inspiring.

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It's interesting to see the LH F promo gin (London No 1) is the very same that LOT have had on their BOB Y Menu for a few years now. I feel truly premium!
LOL. And here I thought LH was proposing something rare and special. Thanks hugolover.
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Superb report as always .......Dubrovnik/Croatia is now firmly on my to-do list
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