Our guests often give testimonials on our service and we ask all our guests for feedback about their holiday with us – you can find more recent Croatia Gems reviews of individual villas on the villa pages, but also see what they said below:
We had a great time and really enjoyed our stay – Nikolina was amazing and made everything run smoothly. We loved being so near to Dubrovnik, the sea was a lovely colour and we enjoyed all the swimming we did.
B Akerman 2014
We really enjoyed the holiday, everything went well. Split airport was a joy to arrive in being so small, once we found the car hire place we drove to the ferry terminal and to Brac.
The apartment was very clean and spacious with a fantastic view and Martino was very helpful. The pool was lovely and we like the proximity to the beach. Going round the island was easy.
We visited Bol and Rat beach twice and Supetar once.
We loved Milna and all the restaurants were great – the walk to the town was easy to do each evening. There were a couple of bars by the marina too.
Overall it was a fantastic, relaxing holiday and we will defiantly think of going back (normally we go to France as we have a place there but I am tempted by Croatia again !!).
Many thanks and best regards
Villa Turquoise (now named Villa
We had a fabulous holiday. Couldn’t have wanted for any more at the villa , it’s amazing and will definately recommend to friends. Perfect for a relaxing stay particularly if you dont want to do anything.
We hired a small car so we visited Bol and was handy for the supermarket as the walk into town took us 36 mins. Fine if you have nothing to carry. There is a lovely beach bar about 5 mins walk which became our local run by a lovely family and so cheap with amazing views to Sumartin itself.
Stanko and his mum made us feel very welcome and although lived in the villa were never intrusive to our holiday.
As your brochure says their Croatian meals are amazing especially the shrimp spagetti ( we did ask for the recipe !)
Everyone said how well I had done to find the villa.
All in all a fantastic holiday and we all fell in love with Croatia. Definately be returning.
On a down side it was a bit annoying the taxi you had booked didn’t seem to be anywhere when we arrived. Luckily we were able to find another.
It was excellent. The villa was exactly as described, high quality in every sense and the location was fantastic. Senka was very helpful and a real asset in terms of the advice she gave us. No complaints whatsoever, many thanks for all your help throughout.
Happy to comment!
We had a lovely holiday – the villa was really well equipped and comfortable; we were really happy just to chill around the pool some days.
We found plenty of place to eat out in Mlini itself and didn’t have to travel far at all. Whilst the water taxi to Dubrovnik is fun, we found that the local bus transport was very efficient, scenic and cheap.
We also found a nice beach just 15 minutes walk away.
If you want any answers to specific questions, do ask.
We had an amazing holiday in Milini, Villa Kate was exceptional, modern and contemporary, located in a beautiful little village, but near enough to Cavtat to go and view the fantastic Yachts in the new harbour and also walk around the peninsular to the old harbour, absolutely beautiful. Dubrovnik was also only a water taxi or bus ride away and was another must see location.
Thank you for the service given by Croatia Gems and finding us the most amazing villa.
Palm Tree Villa
We started off our holiday at the Radisson Blu for 3 nights which was a lovely hotel with lots of amenities. Then to the villa with its ‘wow’ factor and suited the three generations in our party admirably. One pleasant surprise especially for the teenagers in our group was the pool table/table tennis table. The kayaks were well used. Matko was very helpful and tried to sort out some of the problems we had with showers/Wi-Fi/television. But these problems did not distract from what was a fabulous holiday with the lovely people and scenery and all 10 of us were very impressed with the area. We used the cars we hired to go to the National Park and to the water sports and of course shopping. There is quite a lot of shopping with 10 people!!! We would like to thank you for Croatia Gems service and help. All in all 10 happy. relaxed people.
Jenny Clarke 2014
Thanks for your email re our holiday. Yes, we had a fantastic time for the second year running now at Koločep Villa. Robert was as welcoming and accommodating as ever and the only negative was having to come home so soon! We’d love to return again next year for longer but have to check finances first. So a big 10/10 from us all and thank you to Robert and his family for making us feel so at home.
We had a great holiday in Dubrovnik. The villa was even more lovely than last year with a few extra finishing touches having been added since it’s launch last year. Josef and Ivana gave us great advice and ideas for things to do and places to eat during our stay. We hope to visit again soon.
Jane Cranfield 2014
We all had a great time, thanks.
Loved the villa, clean, comfortable. lots of space and spectacular views.
Mlini was a perfect location for small, relaxed place and lots of local families as well as tourists.
We really liked Croatia and found the people very friendly with excellent English.
Miro was really helpful, friendly, kept his property very well maintained and gave us three lifts to the supermarket as we didn’t hire a car. The rep Nikolina was very efficient booked us on a couple of trips and gave us a local taxi number plus excellent restaurant recommendation in Dubrovnik.
We all thought Dubrovnik lived up to the hype. We took a boat trip to the islands but visited 3 in a day so didn’t get long on any of them, next time would just visit one.
Thanks for all your help with finding and organising a very special holiday for us all,
Lucia & Mark 2014
We had a great holiday.
The apartment was very comfortable, and relatively well equipped. It wouldn’t have made any difference but it would be helpful to know that the TV wasn’t satellite ie no English channels. Views from balcony wonderful – especially at sunset.
The area was better than expected, good choice of restaurants and ‘beaches’. Ferry to Dubrovnik was a highlight.
Decided to hire a boat for the day and called the rep to help, but he wasn’t of any help so we had to find out for ourselves.
The owners were very friendly and helpful. The apartment was spotless!
Hope that useful
Laura Doughty 2014
We loved it apartment and area exceeded our expectations Had an amazing, chilled out holiday thank you
Emma McEvoy 2014
We’ve just returned from Croatia as we had a few days in Dubrovnik after leaving Villa Cavtat.
Anita & Dario at the villa were fantastic and went the extra mile on several occasions popping in with homemade liquors for us to sample and very kindly leaving us a special gift to celebrate our marriage.
The villa more than comfortably accommodated our friends and family and was fitted out to a high standard, as were the apartments and overall provided a fantastic base for a fabulous family holiday. The pool being the jewel in its crown.
We would recommend it to anyone as would those who enjoyed the holiday with us.
Jason & Kerry Hamer 2014
Many thanks for getting in touch. We did indeed have an excellent holiday and can confirm that our feedback is very positive with regards to the villa, the location and the service provided by you and your colleagues. Villa Mimosa itself is excellent with the new swimming pool area a real highlight. Sandra, the resident owner was on hand to provide helpful advice when required but was otherwise very discreet. Matko and the local agents were very friendly, accommodating and efficient in handling our airport transfers and storing our luggage on the final day. Many thanks to all,
Villa was very good, could do with a few more mugs and glasses but otherwise fine. Also, showers and bathrooms were of a good standard and the villa was very clean and the pool and surrounding area was lovely.My only negative comments would be:-
– The penthouse villa is let down by not having a small outside area where you can sit and read or eat. both the first floor apartments have private balconies. There was a table and chairs and another paved area for drying clothes at the top of the stairs, adjacent to the entrance hallway to the first floor apartments and where the stairs go up to the penthouse apartment – it would be nice if one of these areas could be made available for the penthouse visitors.
I would rent the villa again and would certainly recommend it – the location was excellent and the pool was certainly the best part about the complex.
Trish Hicks 2014
Palm Tree Villa
Fab! Fab! Fab! Experiencing holiday blues so badly want to be back there! X
We had a fantastic time, thanks.
It was a lovely spacious apartment and we really appreciated the well-equipped kitchen with essentials supplied (dish cloths, dishwasher tablets, tea towels). Plus we all enjoyed having a swimming pool as well as being so close to the beach.
Lovely quiet area with a nice walk into the town and some good restaurants close by.
My only suggestion for improvement would be having a washing machine in the apartment!
Kind regards, Geraldine 2014
We had a lovely time with the whole family in the Croatia. It was perfect for such a big group.
The kids had a fantastic time and we could cordon off parts of the house to ensure they couldn’t ‘escape’ to the pool unsupervised. The little playground was also a delight for the them.
Nikolina was a fabulous host and we all enjoyed our time immensely.
Cheers Melissa 2014
We had a really amazing time in Cavtat. Villa Riva was perfect in a beautiful location with tremendous views. We were delighted with the town as well.
We had a wonderful time thank you. Vera was very helpful, even taking us shopping one day and getting a few bits for us another day. Lovely villa, couldn’t fault it, the view was amazing too, as was our pool. All spotlessly clean with everything we could wish for. Transfers went very smoothly.
The only one teeny problem was the steps to the beach, perhaps they should be highlighted as more of a possible problem, especially for families with small children. Our daughter is 16 but has mobility problems and, even though we expected some steps, it was much worse than we had expected. (CG:This has now been addressed). We got around the problem by either going to Dubrovnik (although more steps, the cable car was great) and even better for her was Cavtat which we loved. The location of the bus stop was a life saver for us. All in all we had a very enjoyable holiday, and the only reason we wouldn’t go back is the steps down to the front. We would highly recommend Villa Mlini to any friends or family with older children.
Nicky Moody 2014
We were extremely happy with your personalised service at Croatia gems and have already been recommending you to friends.
Denise was incredibly efficient and helpful and it is wonderful to phone and have someone know who you are and where you are going.
The villa Zavalia in Korchula was absolutely stunning.Please pass on our thanks to the owner.
Our only concern was the transfer organised for arrival in Vela Luca to the villa .
Even though there were 9 of us 2 cars seating only 8 were sent and our youngest child was perched not very safely on someones knee.Hence we arranged our own return transport to the airport to ensure adequate number of seats.
This was our only small concern which we are mentioning only because you asked for feedback
We had an amazing holiday and would not hesitate to use your sevices or return to Croatia
Marie Nicholson 2014
Lovely holiday thanks, Anna was delightful and the accommodation was ideal.
BW Penny 2014
Villa Ante & Villa Venetia
We had a lovely holiday, thank you, and we loved Croatia! Some specific feed back for you…
Villa Ante – Cavtat
We found this Villa very comfortable, and the owner was very helpful and friendly. I think the Villa is even nicer than it looks in the photo’s. It was quite a long walk to the beach/town, but one can drive of course. Cavtat was lovely, and we managed to make trips to Mostar and Kotor, as well as Dubrovnik of course.
Villa Venetia, Brac
This was a really lovely villa –we particularly liked the garden and the central location. Marina ( the housekeeper) was very efficient and helpful. The only slight problem (which Marina knows about) is the parking. She had arranged parking in the town, but we had a few problems with people telling us we couldn’t park there. She just needs to get some sort of letter/permit which can be displayed. This was a minor problem, as we really did enjoy the location. I think a week on Brac was enough, as it’s difficult to get on and off the island, but we enjoyed the beaches etc..
We drove from cavtat to Makarska. Denise had told me (correctly) that ferries cant be reserved, although you can buy tickets in advance. We arrived at 12 noon, hoping to get the 2.30pm ferry to Brac, but it was very busy and we couldn’t get on a ferry until 6pm. We actually had a nice time in Makarska at the markets etc., and it was an experience to see how unsophisticated the ferry was ( all cars had to turn round and reverse on! And the queuing system was mayhem!) but it might be useful for clients to know that it will be very busy. You could also suggest that in fact it might be quicker to drive to Split and get a ferry from there, and/or you can buy a ticket in advance, even if you cant reserve a ferry space.
Arrival, car hire etc..
We had to wait a little while for the driver to arrive to do the transfer. The driver then took us to a supermarket, so no real problem.
The car hire company were good, and helpful. The car provided was perfect.
So all in all we loved both the Villas and the locations.
I found both you and Denise very helpful and I have already recommended Croatia Gems to my sister.
Many thanks for a lovely holiday
We had a really lovely week at Villa Azur (I think you call it Villa Topaz) in Cavtat. It will not be news to you to know that we found the place spotlessly clean, and extremely comfortable, and the pool area was glorious.The owner Anira was extremely accommodating and obviously took great pride in her property.The location, just outside the main village, was perfect, although the hill walk back to the villa was hard work in the heat, but good for us, no doubt!WE though Cavtat was beautiful, unspoilt but with enough restaurants and bars to cater for everyone.We will definitely be returning for another holiday.Really nothing to fault at all.
Jayne Robertson 2014
Our time at the villa was INCREDIBLE!! We cannot say enough positive things about it. The location, views, property was more then we expected. It was perfect! But most importantly it was Stanko who made our time spectacular. He made sure we were treated like a VIP all the way. From the boat ride to Hvar to all the VIP booths he has waiting for us at the bars we went to and the delicious dinners at the villa, his and his moms hospitality was A++. We were all in love with Stanko by the time we left, both guys and girls. We miss him and the villa a lot and can’t wait to go back.
Thank you so much for arranging
We had a wonderful holiday in Croatia. The apartment was perfect for us – plenty of room for 4 people and very clean and modern.I was relieved we did manage to get a place with a pool as the beaches were crowded and quite small on the island.We loved the country, the people, the food. It was definitely worth hiring the car and the fact that this was delivered to the apartment was a big bonus and meant we didn’t have all that stress leaving the airport and trying to find our way – I doubt we would ever have found the apartment on Ciovo on our own. Now I know the area it wouldn’t be a problem, but first time round there would definitely have been a row in the car! We visited the national park at Sibenik and drove the coast road to Dubrovnik. We also took the car over to Brac. All of the restaurants we went to were excellent – we went to a couple on your list and the food was excellent. It was also really useful having the tourist office on the front in Trogir to answer any questions and give us advice on the area.We would definitely go back – still plenty to see which we didn’t manage to fit in this time.Thank you for all your help with the booking – you were all very helpful and attentive.
Cheers, Louise 2014
Thanks for this.
The villa was great, thank-you, with a lovely pool, and good sea swimming just down the hill. The air con was effective, and it has a big screen telly too! We enjoyed our stay there, and Trogir is lovely, too.
We had the most fantastic time, in fact, we feel that Cavtat, beats Lindos in Rhodes, which is another place we like to visit regularly. The sunsets were stunning. The owner could not do enough for us, very accommodating and pleasant. The accommodation was very clean and of a very high standard. We went to Dubrovnik by boat, kayaking, bike riding/wine tasting and had the owner’s taxi to Bosnia for the day…unforgettable!! We didn’t even mind the uphill walk to the villa to work off some of the food we ate!! The only thing we didn’t like were other guests walking past to their accommodation, although didn’t happen too much as they all went out for the day!!
Will definitely be returning…..thank you so much for your service.
Peter and Marilyn Stone 2014
Thanks for your email. We really enjoyed our holiday in Croatia. The villa was beautiful and we were very well looked after by our rep who helped our holiday trips out go smoothly.
Thanks Croatia Gems!!!
Sue Taylor 2014
Apt Riva & Villa Slano
After a couple of weeks on holiday & a week away from office filming I’m afraid I’m too snowed under to give a detailed report of our time in the villa.
All I can say is that we really enjoyed our stay and the people were completely delightful. It was so good to wake in the morning and walk down a few steps to dive into the sea – The steps the other way up kept us fit.
One note is that there is no permanent taverna as you’d said….we had to give warning for breakfasts to be bought & prepared by the only lady on duty. The nearest taverna is in Slano, 10 mins drive away by taxi or bus. The owners of the villa did however treat us and other guests to a wonderful dinner to celebrate their new baby – very kind.
On arrival the driver from the airport was slightly confused as the name we had was Villa Slano when it is in fact Villa Ratack…please forgive spelling – just guessing. We stayed the following week near old Dubrovnik town sharing a private villa with our friends.
Thanks again for the last minute booking, we had a really relaxing time and we all returned home loving our time in Croatia.
All the best
Thanks for your e-mail.
We had a wonderful holiday in Croatia – thank you. The villa was superb – spotlessly clean, very well equipped and spacious. We were lucky to have the place to ourselves as the first floor wasn’t taken during our stay – it would be a great place to share with a larger party – the kids loved the pool but it might feel cramped sharing with someone you didn’t know. It was very well located, a short walk down to the beach and some beautiful bathing areas, and a short walk to the small local shop and a couple of very reasonably priced, but good restaurants. The traffic getting onto the mainland was the only downside, the roads would get really jammed up and you could be sitting in it for about an hour. However, we found that going into Trogir in the evening was quite simple and definitely worth a visit – it’s absolutely stunning. There were some really great restaurants and the atmosphere in the evenings was really lovely.
Matko at the portal office was very helpful and the owners of the villa were also happy to help with any problems.
Thanks again, it was a super holdiay and we’d definitely recommend!
Brilliant facilities and everything went smoothly-many thanks we will be back!
We had a really good holiday thanks …a week on Brac arranged through yourselves, plus an additional 5 days where we travelled to Mostar for a couple of nights and then finished things off with a few days in Cavtat.
The villa on Brac was ok …but I doubt whether it would go well if it was priced any higher as Denise suggested it might be next year. I accept that it could sleep 9, but there were issues with hot water with 6 of us, and the furnishings would need to be upgraded I would think when I compare with places we’ve stayed in in this price bracket in recent years. Having said that …it was a great base for us, and the owner was most helpful. The taxi we thought we’d arranged in the Port at Supertar did not show up, but in a bizzare chance meeting when we were stranded on day 2, we met up with him and realised he was the same guy that we were expecting on arrival! He was a great bloke, and proved to be very helpful when we needed a taxi to visit a couple of places …and he gave us a couple of excellent restaurant recommendations in the mountains and transported us there. He was most apologetic that he had not met us on day 1, but it had been a late booking that he had not confirmed with you in fairness, and it really was not a problem at all.
All in all …an excellent holiday, and Croatia Gems were deemed to be an excellent company that had provided an excellent service by all concerned in the Williams party! Please pass on our thanks to Denise as well.
Sorry for the delay in replying.
We had a super holiday at Villa Mlimi/ The facilities were great and also the owners could not have been more helpful with their knowledge of where to go and the times we should visit various places to avoid the crowds. Also they arranged a taxi for us which we used on numerous occasions and we would certainly recommend him as well. We will certainly go back again as nothing was too much trouble for them which made the holiday stress free. One place people should visit is Cavtat which is lovely and has lots of restaurants and it is not too far to drive to or you can get a taxi. I think there must have been a breakdown in communication with the shopping order as we ended up receiving 24 large beers in a crate, which did make us chuckle. Thanks to all at Croatia Gems for organising the villa, transfers and car hire, which went very smoothly.
Regards Lorraine 2014
I’ve just been sorting out photos from our wonderful holiday in Croatia and fell that I should email you to let you know just how impressed we were. Nikolina and her family were amazing, we go on villa holidays every year but we’ve never been hosted in such a way before, nothing was too much trouble.
We started with our welcome meeting where Nikolina gave us a full set of ideas to keep us busy for the week. She booked everything and then gave us a guided tour of the area to make sure we could find our way around. We had a couple of hiccups during our stay – on day we arrived at the wrong place to catch the water taxi to Dubrovnik. A quick call to Nikolina sorted it out and the taxi (full of other passengers) came to us! on another occasion my daughter felt unwell, Nikolina took us to the medical centre and stayed with us for the whole morning whilst we received medication.
She organised a chef to cook for us at home, she took us into the hills to a farm where we had a wonderful meal with a family who didn’t speak English, she leant my husband and friend bikes so that they could go and explore the mountains, she even made cakes for us!
Please pass on our warmest wishes and encourage everyone to visit her!
Regards Clare 2014
We (two families of four adults and three children) have just returned from a wonderful seven day stay at Villa Cavtat. The villa itself was fantastic, spacious, clean and beautifully appointed. The new swimming pool was a joy
– a great size and with lots of comfortable sunbeds – and Anita made us so welcome (she even noticed it was my daughter’s birthday from her passport details and brought a surprise cake). Cavtat was a total delight … Only three minutes walk down a steepish hill and filled with interesting restaurants and sights, yet so close to Dubrovnik. Our two families have been holidaying together for seven years, but this was our best experience yet. Thank you.
Pam and Trevor Wood 2014
Villa Zavalia & Villa Angelina
We returned from our 2 weeks in Croatia at the weekend . I thought you might like to have some feedback !
Really outstanding. Villa and position just terrific.
Renata /house keeper was superb, although she doesn’t speak much English at all we managed to make ourselves understood. I sent her texts that she could get someone else to translate for her !
She arranged food / party for my Mums 70th birthday and it was really a night to remember-they could not have done any more to be of service.
A really super week. 2014
Very accommodating owner who was always on hand for travel and other arrangements . The apartment was sparse but very clean and fine for what we needed. The view was really terrific and the location very handy indeed for getting boat trips, for water sports, for village restaurants etc all close at hand without a car.
We were able to get a small boat from the village which runs peak season only , and we had plenty of food options without going to trogir.
We had a really super time.
The agent /your representatives were more than helpful on our arrival with directions etc.
Thanks again for everything, we look forward to the next trip !!
Alison Lloyd 2014
Got back yesterday from Villa Kate and I’d just like to take the opportunity to thank you for and your colleagues for all your help – the villa was absolutely wonderful and your two reps over there – Bozo and Nikolina – were brilliant.So thank you!
Just one thing: when we left yesterday morning we didn’t see anyone except the cleaners, so I just wanted to let you know that early in the week it was pretty stormy over night, and one of the doors on the top floor slammed shut with the wind causing the glass panel to pop out – it’s not broken and just needs popping back in, but we didn’t want to do it in case we broke it.
We also broke one wine glass, so please invoice us for that if needs be.
Once more, thanks for everything – I have a feeling we’ll be in touch again next year!
Cheers, Patrick 2014
Just wanted to drop you a quick note and say that we were so pleased with our stay in the Villa Lavendra. The house was beautiful and really fitted our needs well. The owner was helpful and the staff at the local travel agency really did a good job in helping us make the stay memorable. We truly enjoyed Trogir, a private tour with a speed boat and lots of snorkling and a visit to Split on the one day when there was some rain.
Thank you for your professional arrangement of this vacation rental.
I thought you might like some feedback re our recent holiday
We were delighted with the villa and enjoyed our stay in Croatia
We have stayed at a number of villas over the years and although not the largest outside space this surpassed all in terms of the quality, cleanliness and comfort of the amenities, sun beds etc.
A special mention for the wonderful services of Maggie who was unfailingly helpful and a real star
She went beyond the call of duty and not only dispensed advice and information about the area but cooked my son a delicious lunch when we had left him home one day.
One of the younger members of our group was unfortunately unwell and Maggie accompanied them to the Doctors and ensured she was attended to (she is now fine)
Now back to our lovely English weather!
Hi so sorry for the delay.
The villa was Amazing, perfect for what we wanted and it was lovely getting ready there with my closest friends and family on the day of the wedding! We would definitely recommend this villa and would love to stay here again in the future.
The cleaners were great and Bozo was very helpful. We could’nt have had a better week here.
Lauren x 2014
I would like to thank you and your team at Croatia Gems, for a fantastic holiday!
We had the greatest time ever, probably one of our best holidays! We didn”t realise what a pretty country it is, and all the people are so friendly.
All of the drivers we had to do our transfers and trips went out of their way to make sure our trips were comfortable and that we had everything we needed, not to mention all the information they gave us about their lovely country!
Villa Zavalia is pure paradise!! We didn”t want to leave!!!
Croatia Gems is definitely the travel rep we will use again, as we would now love to visit the other areas of Croatia.
Just wondering, what happens now to the security deposit mandate, please?
Once again, on behalf of my family and myself, we would like to send our heartfelt gratitude to you all.
Hope your well!
Thank you hugely for all your help towards our holiday. We had the most amazing time and hope everything was in order when we left. The local rep was also very helpful with everything.
It was probably my favourite holiday of all time, making getting back to the daily grind of work even harder.
Thank your again
My family took my mother on a holiday to celebrate her 80th birthday. We choose Villa Cavtat. The villa is fantastic, the experience fabulous.The villa is perfect the rooms are great the views are second to none. The pool, well the pool is fabulous as is the pool furniture and the gazebo , places to sun and places to sit in the shade.The owner is very attentive, there on arrival to explain the villas and also helps to arrange your departure.The location of Cavtat is great, made easier to have a Villa that has a fabulous view.
Helen Breslin 2014
“Our second year here and another amazing holiday. Great apartment, great place and Dubrovnik is amazing!
We hired a car and travelled to Kotor, Montenegro which is like a smaller Dubrovnik, the route there had the most beautiful views, well worth a visit.
We also travelled to Tebinje, Bosnia which had a lovely park and was very cheap.
It was great to visit the neighbouring countries and would highly recommend. We also went on the three island cruise from Mlini to Kolocep, Lopud, Sipan fantastic trip and great value for money. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this place. Very sad to leave” Streets, Bailes, Seasons & Baskeyfields party, May/June 2014
“We had a lovely stay here at the villa, the beautiful garden, swimming pool and well equipped villa made our holiday really memorable! The weather was very hot though for us Finns! We hired a car and travelled to Bosnia Herzegovina one day and Montenegro the other. We also took a cruise the nearby three islands. The sea is incredibly clear and it is nice to swim here. Thank you very much, best regards…..” Haapaskoski family, Finland June 2014
Lovely villa with stunning views and so many places to sit. Breakfast on the balcony, pre-dinner drinks under the vine & dinner by the pool. Not that we spent too much time in the well-equipped kitchen with so many superb restaurants in the area to choose from. Dubrovnik old town is stunning and a walk around the walls is a must, although I feel my knee and hip replacements might be due shortly! Public transport very good although I never did fathom out the timetable. A day trip around the islands was also a memorable experience and gave a different perspective of the area. A lot of building work going on in Mlini I hope it doesn’t spoil the atmosphere of the place. NB If you don’t like crowds check out how many cruise ships are due in Dubrovnik at any one time. In the evenings however things return to normal. All in all, a fantastic relaxing week, thank you.
The Philpotts, May 2014
The perfect location for a family holiday! With ages ranging from 9 to 75 the villa and surroundings suited us all. Nothing was too much to ask for, excellent service and fabulous food – in fact we had the best meal in the villa! Thank you from the six Swedes and one Englishman J Leyden 2014
A beautiful house and a wonderful location for the perfect getaway with all the family. HVALA TI PUNO! Verity 2014
Thank you very very much – a perfect holiday and hosts. Phyl Moring 2014
Thank you for a ‘Fantastican odmor’ – perfect place to stay. Esther Smart 2014
Thank you for the lovely pancakes I will miss them and the view was lovely and the boat trip… Toby 2014
Thank you so much for a lovely holiday here in your beautiful villa! Perfect! Louise 2014
On behalf of my large and rather noisy family, I would like to thank Divna and Stanko for a fabulous, perfect holiday. No request has been ignored always being more than happy to be of assistance. One of the highlights of our stay was our day out on Stanko’s boat, we will talk about it for a long time to come. Food provided by Divna and Stanko has been first class and it goes without saying that our hosts are also FIRST CLASS!! Position also fantastic. Many many thanks. Majorie Pendlebury 2014
I cannot think of any other word than Perfect to describe our holiday. Nothing was too much trouble for Stanko and I second my Mum by saying the best day was being out on Stanko’s boat. My boyfriend turned 40 whilst we were here and Stanko cooked a lovely meal for us all and surprised
us with champagne and also made a birthday cake. Such a thoughtful touch. The villa and surroundings are also fantastic. Thank you for a holiday we will never forget. Liz Stott 2014
To echo the previous 2 comments, an absolutely unforgettable holiday. The villa is first class from the bedrooms to the outside facilities and, of course, the perfect view across this unspoilt island. Stanko has been unbelievably helpful and really added to our holiday – as well as being a great guide and host for the local areas. A holiday, villa and experience to live with us all forever. Andy Pendlebury 2014
To Stanko and his Mama: there is only one work to describe you and your wonderful villa, AMAZING! We love you and thank you for providing us with a fabulous and memorable time in Croatia. Agnes and Adam, Toronto, Canada 2014
We loved our week here. You couldn’t be more gracious hosts. Stanko thank you for everything you did for us – you made our vacation stress-free. From preparing glorious breakfasts, driving us around and reserving VIP Club seats, we were made to feel like kings and queens Melissa and Patrick, Toronto, Canada 2014
Thank you for making this vacation absolutely unforgettable. Stanko you and your Mom were amazing hosts. We cannot express our gratitude enough for creating all of the fantastic experiences from food and day trips on the boat. Every request was met and exceeded our expectations. One of the best vacations we have ever been on. Looking forward to seeing you at Summer Camp in Canada 2015. Kristen and Marty 2014
Stanko we absolutely love you and your Mom. This was the best vacation ever. Michael and Jen 2014
Thank you Stanko and family for our amazing time and service. You made it seem effortless. Adam and Agnes 2014
Thank you for going above and beyond every second of our stay with you. We lived like kings J thanks to you. The villa is perfect and we hope to come back again one day. Debbie and Ryan 2014
Hi, I have been meaning to email to say what a wonderful time we had. The Villa Floranneve went far beyond our expectations. It was absolutely magnificent and the grounds and pool lovely to relax in. Cavtat is a great location and only a short walk away although it did test our legs on the way home after a few beers. As the purpose of our short visit was our sons wedding there was a large age range in our party and every one had a lovely time. Bojo the villa manager could not have been more helpful and managed to arrange an evening meal at a local restaurant for twenty one of us at short notice. He also gave up a lot of his own time running around after us at the end of the wedding reception in Dubrovnik.
I was a little worried booking from Croatiagems for such an important occasion.However the company has a Bristol base and I was able to contact Denise with any queries before we departed. She also provided a very useful guide to Croatia. Our short visit has made us want to go back for longer and we would not hesitate to use Croatigems again.
Thanks again to Denise and Bojo. Dave 2013
We all had a great holiday in Croatia, the bay of Zaton was charming and Dubrovnik did not disappoint, a wonderful city. The villa was perfect, clean and spacious and all the team were very helpful, please pass on our thanks to Debbie in the UK and Bozo in Dubrovnik. I have already recommended your company to a couple of my friends. All in all a great holiday in a wonderful location. I am sure we will be back.
We had a fabulous holiday and the villa was fantastic. The view from the balcony from the lounge was outstanding. The villa has every appliance you could wish for. I travelled with my husband, 2 young children, my parents and sister and we all loved the villa and Croatia. The beds were comfortable, there was so much space and the inside/outside dining perfect. The children (well all of us really) loved the pool.
We had brilliant weather and the resort of Mlini was beautiful. The bus stop right outside made trips to Dubrovnik and Cavtat easy.
I wholeheartedly recommend the villa and Mlini.. We honestly could not have had a better week.
We loved Croatia although unfortunately the weather was not very good. We had 3-4 days sun and it was heavy rain rest of time. Also the nights were cold. Trojir was a very nice place.
We will definitely go again in fact my brother is going to book Dubrovnik next however I think we will always wait until late June before going next time.
Croatian gems were brilliant throughout at home and abroad so we will definitely use you again.
Thanks very much.
SPECIAL THANKS TO DENISE AND SARON FOR ALL THEIR HELP
Do please pass on for us that from booking to homecoming it has been amazing.
When our villa cancelled, we were offered Lanterna. I doubted it would match our needs…. Saron managed to convince me otherwise and was extremely patient… And I am so glad she did … It was perfect!
This was our introduction to Croatia and we were blown away.
We will definitely be returning if not this year then next.
Please pass on our thanks to Saron and Denise…..Bozo on site and to the owners of villa Lanterna as they were hospitality itself 🙂
Our holiday staying at the Orangery at Cavtat actually exceeded our expectations! Our welcome from Mija and Michael was perfect, we had a welcome drink, a tour of the villa with everything explained.
The other members of our party thought the same. The villa was clean, well appointed and had a good high spec finish.
It was one of our guest’s birthday and Michael and Mija helped us with a BBQ, and Mija made a lovely cake. They certainly contributed in making our holiday very special. They were great hosts and really good fun.
We know Cavtat very well as we have visited this area a few times, we wanted to stay in the old town and the villa’s location was perfect.
The service we received from yourselves was very good and Denise was very efficient on all matters.
We would certainly recommend you to our friends. Thank you.
J Cunningham 2013
Hi, the holiday went very well, the villa was fabulous as was Croatia, we all said we would go back to Croatia. The owners Vera and her husband were very helpful, in all it was a wonderful holiday.
The villa was very well equipped and was a good size for a party of 6 girls, (although the room with single beds was a bit small and dark). We ate in a couple of evenings and there was ample equipment to cook for 6 without any problems. The pool was a welcome addition to the villa, and the outside dining area was used every day; In all it was excellent.
I was very happy with the service from Croatia Gems, Denise was more than helpful and went out of her away to help and advise, (there were numerous emails and phone calls from me!) as this was our first trip to Croatia. 2013
Our holiday was wonderful thank you. The villa was clean and the owners were very helpful. Bozo was really excellent and helped us when we needed to change the time of our transfer. The area was perfect for a first trip to Croatia, we found that it was great for organising trips and just next door to the local tourist information office which was perfect.
We hope to visit Mlini again and will certainly book through Croatia Gems.
K McKie 2013
We had an excellent time in Croatia and the Villa was of an excellent standard and great value for money
I have no bad comments on the villa or the assistance from the reps whatsoever and would not hesitate to recommend to friends
Many thanks, Diona 2013
Yes we did indeed have a lovely time.Everything was as we had hoped.the owners we extremely helpful,freindly and welcoming.If we decide to return to Croatia we will use Croatia Gems again
M+C Munro 2012
Hi Mario….meant to contact Croatia Gems as soon as we returned from Mlini, but work unfortunately seemed to get in the way!
Many thanks to everyone at Croatia Gems…especially Denise…for all your help in organising our holiday!
We had an amazing week at Villa Vera, Mlini, which was everything..and possibly more…that we were hoping for. We were all sad when it was time to leave for the airport, but hopefully, we’ll be back!
Everything about the organisation of the holiday was excellent…the airport transfers were smooth, everyone was so incredibly friendly and helpful and of course the villa itself was just outstanding!
What a beautiful place Mlini is…quiet and unspoilt…and the walk up and down the steps certainly helped to keep us fit!
Hi Sorry for delay – been a busy week.
Our stay at Villa Karma, Cavtat was very good. We know the area quite well but there is always a worry that a return visit might be a let-down. It wasn’t.
Cavtat is, of course, a lovely spot and Villa Karma is in a great location. The grounds and pool are a real bonus and the apartments were what we expected. Having two enabled us to do our own thing when we wanted but to relax and eat together by the pool when we wanted. A pleasant stroll in either direction brings you to the village and we ate very well in some of the many restaurants.
The apartments are comfortable, clean and well equipped. Our only quibble is that the factsheet said each had a dvd player but neither did – not a major problem but it would have been nice to have been able to let the grandchildren watch a dvd when they were winding down at the end of the day! The pool was regularly cleaned and the gardens well maintained. I understand that this is only the second year that the apartments have been rented out and I suspect they will need some attention at the end of the season to keep them up to scratch.
We would certainly recommend Villa Karma.
We had THE most amazing time in Croatia thank you. Villa Cavtat, Sunset and Bellvue were stunning and had everything we needed to hand. We all really enjoyed our stay, thank you. Anita and her daughter were so friendly, welcoming and helpful. We couldn’t have asked for more. Perfect.
Denise and Saron were extremely helpful with every aspect of our booking. The transport arrangements were much appreciated also.
I would definitely recommend Croatia Gems and the Villa’s to friends and family.
Thank you very much.
Sorry Mario , I should of contacted you as soon as we got back, we had an excellent time , lovely appartment very friendly and helpful hosts, great views, nice walk down into the town bit of a challenge back up, so many places to eat out , all in all brilliant again you made things so easy .
Regards Lindo 2012
We loved the villa in Troger. The quality of the villa and the handling of the process was wonderful, it was pretty close to seamless. The pictures don’t do the villa justice. We were met by the owners and that was a very nice touch. The proximity to the airport was very handy. Working with Matko was great. He arranged to meet us, get a chef one evening and helped prioritize our ability to see many things.
I would be happy to be a reference for this property and your organization. I would be willing to take calls about our experience.
Chris van Ee
Loved the village Mlini – small, quiet but some nice restaurants and choice of beaches
Pension Palma – excellent location, spacious room and nice little balcony in shade of palm trees
We had a nice breakfast each morning at Pension Palma
Short transfer – very convenient
Loved being able to use water taxis and boats – did not go on a road all week – fabulous
Interesting, attractive places to visit – Dubrovnik, Cavtat, Elephite islands – there were other choices too like Lokrum
We had a lovely time. Great location and beautiful country and we will return to another area. Currently looking at Trogir/ Split area
Croatia Gems have been excellent – very efficient, quick response to requests. Yes there was a problem but dealt with very well.
Thank you ! Ruth 2012
It was an excellent trip thanks. Wonderful weather, a great villa and exceptionally helpful owners who looked after us superbly. We would all certainly recommend the experience to others.
Villa Topaz b
The holiday was awesome. The villa was clean and lovely, and the landlady was very friendly and helpful. Really enjoyed my stay there. The only minor feedback is that it would have been very helpful if they pointed us to the information drawer and perhaps provide a map of cavtat? (We only found the drawer the next day and while there was a map for the whole dubrovnik area but not cavtat). But all in all, very enjoyable and we would definitely stay there if we were to go back again. 🙂
The apartment was fine, the views fantastic and Renato very helpful. We had a really good holiday. The location was good for us as it was very hot and so it was lovely to have the balcony up so high with a slight breeze and we had a car so could get about. Highlight was a day trip to Montenegro and the road from Kotor to Cetinje, just increduble views.
Villa Belvedere Slano
Yes we had a great time at Villa Belverdere/Slano last week. The house and apartment we’re very well equipped, the terrace was exceptional and the pool was really lovely. Renato was very attentive and was a good host for us.
Palm Tree Villa
The holiday was amazing. The villa was lovely and had everything we needed. Matlock (I think that is the spelling) who owned the villa was very helpful. Trogir was a lovely city and we found a cheap taxi company who would take us in and pick us up.
Very impressed by the whole process from booking the villa to leaving Croatia.
Thanks for all your help.
Palm Tree Villa
We had a fantastic time at Palm Tree Villa last week. All 12 of thought it was wonderful, great facilities, beautiful house and annex. Martin canoed with Ben, we all swam in sea and pool. Some went on the ferry to Split, we all went to the Nat. Park and waterfalls and on Matko’s all day boat trip getting on from the jetty behind the villa. All really great. Not so great, at this time of the year, getting from the island through Trogir there were queues for almost an hour before being able to go over the bridge. The T junction further on to go in the direction of Split or the other direction to the Waterfalls was a great contributor to the queues. Mid Aug. is incredibly crowded, with a national holiday on the 15th so lots of extra people made a holiday of the whole week. However, the villa and facilities and transfer for Gordon en me to the airport could not be faulted. It was our families’ choice to go mid August and they loved it. We also liked Trogir very much.
The only thing that could be more clear is the directions to the villa. We shopped a lot at the Tommy, good selection of whatever we needed. Had 2 barbeques and 3 meals cooked by family and all eaten on the terrace, 2 meals out nearby, walking distance. Just great.
Thanks for the good organisation and advice. We will certainly recommend a stay at Palm Tree Villa to our friends.
Everything went extremely well, the villa is stunning, so are the views from the pool and the terrace!
Bozo helped us there to get some groceries, so did Maria the landlord, and everything was perfectly set up for our arrival, transfer, etc by Denise.
I will happily recommend you to my friends and colleagues, and might even call you back soon for another weekend over there!
Sorry I did mean to send you an email earlier, Thank you so much to everyone at Croatia Gem especially Denise who I don’t think I would of managed to arrange the whole holiday without. the villa was absolutely amazing, very well located, quiet, good quality and the owner couldn’t have been more helpful, it accommodated all fourteen of us perfectly and my friends now want to make it an annual event.
In fact the whole weekend was so perfect I proposed to my girlfriend on the Saturday……she said yes.
Thank you soo much. 2012
Mlini Bay studio
We all had a splendid time. Very nice villa, and we enjoyed the local restaurants. The Marinero and the Lanterna were our two favourites. Thanks for everything. Back at work this morning though, and it all seems a long way away.
Villa Kolocep & Villa Mlini
Great holiday. All went like clockwork. Thank Bozo for setting up the load logistics
If you have any specific questions let me know, but was great…
Hi Denise…just got back and checking emails. It was a brilliant trip. Villa out of this world, country, weather and people fantastic. When we were at airport coming back, a couple who recognised us from coming in and out of the villa gates came and asked about it and I was sorely tempted to give them wrong details to keep it secret!
Andy & Family 2/7/2012
Thanks for asking about our trip to Croatia. It was wonderful!! The villa was perfect for my family. The owners were very pleasant and helpful. We have stayed in many different places and homes and condos, but this one was best equipped. Deli meat slicer, boiled egg holder…… Everything of highest quality.
Your agent, Denise, made a mistake on our transportation pick up at the airport, so we had to wait unnecessarily.
Have a great day
Nada Kumar 2012
We had a brilliant time.
Every part of the service offered by Croatiagems went like clockwork from the booking, to the transfer from the airport, to the standard of accommodation.
We loved the country and of course the weather.
The people we met were very helpful and friendly, we enjoyed good food and wine – so all told a great experience.
Just returned from Dubrovnik and had to write you a quick email to thank you so much for recommending the Summer Villa to me. What a destination Dubrovnik is and the villa was the perfect place to stay. It surpassed our expectations and with Nikolina on hand with all her advice and recommendations, we all had a wonderful holiday!!!! It was actually very sad to say goodbye to her on Saturday, she had become a great friend to us all.
After a month we knew the area very well and also enjoyed the company of Nikolina and her family – she is a great cook, those cakes are wonderful!!!
Many thanks again,
Hello – I should have e-mailed you earlier to tell you how wonderful my visit was to Mlini was back in October/November of last year. I stayed in Pension Palma and it was perfect! And the car service was excellent – Mladen (not sure of spelling) was very punctual, courteous and informative – I totally enjoyed my trip and am planning my next…. I think I would like to go back to Pension Palma in September – after the season, but not quite as late as my last visit. I think that would be early September – can you tell me if that is correct? Also, can you give me the rates for Pension Palma at that time – or the time that you recommend….. I would prefer to miss the high tourist season and cruise ships…. Was so enjoyable to have Mlini and Dubrovnik to myself in late October!
Thank you – and please tell me if I can post a review on your website – your service was impeccable and I truly enjoyed my accommodations.
Thank you – and sorry for such a delay in my complements!!!!!
Best Richard 2012
I’m sorry Brian and I haven’t replied to your email asking for feedback from our Croatia holiday in Mlini Bay Apartments on 20th June. Have been busy settling back to work!
It was our first time to Croatia and we really enjoyed our holiday. We thought Mlini Bay was great – just what we wanted. A sandy beach would have been the icing on the cake but I suppose you can’t have everything!
Anita and her husband were very warm and welcoming and great hosts. Please pass on our thanks to them for making our holiday so enjoyable. Two points though about the accommodation – we did feel that it was overpriced for what it was and Brian and I had both expected there to be a balcony/verandah attached to the room rather than on the floors below. I don’t think the description and photos on the website make this clear.
We thought the information that Croatia gems sent us was very informative and covered everything we needed to know about the area.
If we return to Croatia in the future we would be more than happy to use Croatia gems.
Everything went perfectly in Croatia, great apartment, great location, ideal for a really relaxing holiday. All advice was spot on and transfers went really smoothly too. Only problem was we didn’t stay long enough!
Cheers Norman 2012
Dear Mario and Denise,
I cannot speak more highly of the way we were welcomed at Villa Kate, by Ivana and Josip. They were delightful. Nothing was too much trouble and they very generously enabled us to shower and change in their flat on the departure day, as we had a late return flight to the UK. The top apartment was so comfortable, especially the beds. The week was most relaxing and we enjoyed a couple of visits to Dubrovnik, a fish picnic and a local swimming bay near Cilipi (which we discovered on google earth)! The wonderful views from the balconies and the pool ‘topped off’ a great week. We would highly recommend this property to anyone. I’d be very happy for this to used as a review of Villa Kate (though please use ‘P Rogers’ or similar non-descriptive reference).
Thanks for the follow up.
We had a great time in Hvar and before that in Dubrovnik. Apartment was perfect and we were well looked after by the owners.
Would definitely come back at some point!
Zara Bay, Hvar
Thank you so much for all your help in booking our honeymoon at Zara Bay, we had the most wonderful time; you were right – it was perfect!
Petar met us from the ferry and helped us hire a car, and we had a drink with him down in the bay, which was great. He was really friendly and helpful, and always replied to our messages when we had a question to ask him during our stay.
The apartment was lovely; clean and with good facilities. The large fridge freezer was really useful, as we hired a car for 1 day, and filled it with bread, cheese and ham, and fruit for breakfast, and just used the bay restaurants for dinner! We were especially impressed with the air con!! I was so worried about the heat, and that made such a big difference, and the unit was really quiet. Can I suggest that you put that the apartment has air con on the details? It’s a selling point for people like us who are just not used to the heat!
I hope you received my thank you card, and here are a few piccies of our stay.
At last I have time to thank you for recommending Villa Sophia to us. We had a really great time it couldn’t have been better. We hope to return maybe next year.
Many thanks once more we will certainly pass on your details to friends.
Thanks for the follow up.
We had a great time in Hvar and before that in Dubrovnik. Apartment was perfect and we were well looked after by the owners.
Would definitely come back at some point!
Thank you for your email.
We had the most fabulous holiday! The villa, the scenery and the local area were all superb and we would definitely recommend it to friends. The pool area and the view from there were particularly lovely and as we had hot, sunny weather for the whole week we made good use of this!
We discovered that the bus from Dubrovnik to Cavtat (and return!) passes through Mlini approximately every 30 minutes and is very cheap. The last bus in each direction is about 12.15 at night so it was perfectly possible to go out for a very nice meal and get the last bus home and everyone could enjoy a glass (or several!) of wine. And the walk back up the (very steep) hill was good for working off the extra calories!
We thought both Dubrovnik and Cavtat were stunning and we also travelled as far as Mostar. This was definitely worth a visit but it was a long drive (2 and a half hours in one direction and 3 hours in the other!). There were long queues at the border and in 40 degree temperatures this was not very pleasant!
The boat trip and picnic was also a very enjoyable day out. My son really enjoyed diving with the diving school in Mlini and felt it was good value for money.
We found meals out to be reasonably priced and the quality of the food was very high.
All in all a great week and a great service from Croatia Gems! Thank you!
Please find our feedback below. We had a great week in Villa Topaz and will recommend both the house and your company to our friends here in Norway. Denise at your office was very helpful with the booking and arrangements, thanks again!
We had a lovely week in Villa Topaz! The garden and pool area was beautiful, the view was stunning, the house was clean, and the Anira, the owner of the house was very helpfull and friendly. Cavtat was only a 10 minutes walk from the house with nice restaurants and a good atmosphere. We rented the house through Croatia Gems Ltd which we found very helpful and would be happy to recommend to our friends.
The Røyneberg family 2012
Had a great time and found Croatia Beautiful. Long journey on the way there as the 3p.m catamaran was fully booked so had to get the car ferry to Stari Grad but glad we did as this was a very pleasant boat ride. Rep met us at the accommodation and arranged scooter hire for us. Hired from a chap in Hvar called George who was absolutely fantastic during our stay. We did find the accommodation very basic and were a little disappointed that there was no kettle and would have been nice for a welcome pack as there was no shop near to buy basics. Weather was amazing during the whole week and we definatley be coming back to Croatia. Looking at September this year and June next year.
Claire and Steve 2012
Had a fab time, thank you. We’d most definitely use Croatia Gems again and recommend to friends.
Denise made significant efforts upfront of our trip, helping pinpoint properties and travel options. Responses to emails were extremely prompt, even where responses were needed back from Croatia.
Especially appreciated was the “very” last minute help provided by Nino and Denise in saving the day when our planned car rental (via another company) went belly up the morning of our trip.
Thank you for making our holiday go so well. We returned brown, happy and very relaxed!
Fiona and David 2012
Hi Mario, we had a great time. Thought the property- Lila Bay near Hvar town was wonderful. Fab location right on the sea and the Villa Jagonda hotel round the bay had a lovely rustic restaurant. The owner of Lila Bay, Maria didn’t have any English but was so sweet and helpful- gave us a lift into town to pick up the hire car and gave our little one some sugar nuts. We are already looking for next year. Denise and Saron in the office were really helpful too. Thanks, Chantelle 2012
Palm Tree Villa
My daughter Emma returned bursting with praise. She evidently had a splendid time and from the many photos she took it certainly looks wonderful. Apparently the owner was also very helpful as well. If you want to contact her direct that would be no problem.
Many thanks for making this such a good week for her.
Villa Corn Flower
Briefly, lovely, and the owners at both properties were lovely.
The second one (Cornflower) was quite small, I wouldn’t send more than a two-adults plus children family there.
More to come!
Villa Belle Victoria
We had a great time and really loved Croatia. Our stay at Belle Victoria in Sumartin was very relaxing and the apartments were excellent; comfortable, beautifully presented and very well serviced. Srdjan and his family made us really welcome. He brought us a bottle of his home grown olive oil and his wife picked us some lavender from the garden! They were delightful and nothing was too much trouble. We would certainly go back there and have already recommended the property to friends.
Many thanks for a great holiday!
Sally Petrie 2012
It was great thanks. Lovely house and position and very nice people. Appreciated the Croatia gems service too.
Sea Shell Villa
Thank you for your email. We had a lovely time in Loviste and enjoyed the Sea Shell Villa.
We found the welcome information useful, including info about the lovely neighbour.
We appreciate the expedient help when we got problems with the shower and sink. We really liked the villa and most things worked perfectly well. The big fan (mobile) seemed not to work, and the socket/outlet above the stove should be fixed.
We really enjoyed both Loviste and the Sea Shell Villa and will not hesitate to recommend Croatiagems to any of our friends.
Thank you very much!
Else Kathrine 2012
Hi Mario!!! We had the best holiday ever!!! We loved it very much and made some nice memories. For us we were not interested in touring around and sight seeing so just staying put and enjoying the pool and walking down to the ocean was bliss. We were very aware of the craftsmanship put into building the villa- the wood ceilings with the lights and every fixture and feature was high end and well done…amazing! Bozo was a life saver for us- so helpful and accommodating. Thank you!!!!
We are leaving Croatia tonight to fly back to the uk. We have had a great time in Croatia and have loved seeing several parts of your special country. Everywhere we have stayed we have enjoyed and the people are so friendly and welcoming.
Villa Cvita (Hvar)
we had brilliant holiday in Hvar which we loved. We will definitely return to Croatia hopefully next summer. Will be in touch.
Elizabeth Jarvie 2012
Yes a great time was had by all.
In terms of feedback, firstly I have nothing praise for the way Denise handled our booking from first enquiry to responding to practical questions. She came up with a mutually beneficial solution and deal to meet our needs and was always prompt getting back to us.
The location was ideal with Dubrovnic easily accessible but away from the hoards of cruise ship invaders found at this time of year. Both Mlini and Cavtat were delightful and we managed without the need for a car even if the walk back to Villa Kate sometimes required a couple of stops to admire the view!
The position of Villa Kate was fantastic with a sweeping panorama across the bay. Our rooms were fine and as described but the biggest acknowledgement must go to the owners, Josip and Ivana, who were hospitable and friendly from the start. They were available and helpful if you needed them but equally didn’t impose themselves on their guests. They really made feel at home.
Our only recommendation is that the apartments are supplied with greater number of glasses, crockery and cutlery – current provision is at the bare minimum requiring a ‘wash as you go’ policy.
Overall, a great week in a beautiful setting and in a property whose owners deserve to have it full throughout the season.
Russell and Sally Andrews 2012
Hi to you both,
Just a quick note to thank you for all your hospitality during our stay with you last week.
We had a great time and really enjoyed seeing your country and in particular Dubrovnic, Cavtat and of course Mlini. Your apartments are of good quality and the views are fantastic.
Most of all, we really appreciated your hospitality and friendliness which makes such a difference to a holiday. Thank you for your gifts as well. Our journey home was smooth and we’ve all been working this week although the kids had a great day at the Olympic park last Monday – 2 golds for Croatia now!
If we are thinking of coming back to Croatia, I will email you for advice and maybe we’ll see you for a long weekend. Likewise, if you want to come to London, you would be very welcome to stay with us – it is 45 minutes from our house to central London by train.
I trust the rest of the season works well for you and thanks once again for helping to make our holiday so memorable.
Best wishes 2012
Villa Dane on Hvar
We had a great holiday. The villa was lovely and all went very well. I would say you should have a good map or written instructions of how to get to the villa (Daria/Dane on Hvar) by foot and by taxi from where the boats/catamarans dock as we had to keep asking for Hotel Pharia. The hotel staff were very friendly and helpful.
Thankyou for your E-mail. We had a lovely time in Croatia. Your villa was superb, we had everything we needed, it was idyllic and very peaceful.
The property and the pool were kept lovely, and the cleaning was of a very high standard.
Ivana was very helpful and arranged a taxi for us at short notice as well as booking a boat trip for us. I would recommend it to anyone.
Mlini was a nice holiday place, catering for the holidaymakers whilst not being too touristy. (The hill coming back from the beach was steep though)
Thankyou for all your help and the detailed information provided in the Welcome Pack, following my booking.
With kind regards
Palm Tree Villa
We had a fantastic time at Palm Tree Villa last week. All 12 of thought it was wonderful, great facilities, beautiful house and annex. Martin canoed with Ben, we all swam in sea and pool. Some went on the ferry to Split, we all went to the Nat. Park and waterfalls and on Matko’s all day boat trip getting on from the jetty behind the villa. Had 2 barbeques and 3 meals cooked by family and all eaten on the terrace, 2 meals out nearby, walking distance. Just great.
Thanks for the good organisation and advice. We will certainly recommend a stay at Palm Tree Villa to our friends.
Just wanted to say thank you for all your help with our holiday. The villa was excellent, and all the arrangements you had made worked brilliantly. It was so nice not to start our holiday by spending hours in a queue for car hire!
We had a fantastic couple of weeks, and I would very happily recommend your services to others.
It was brilliant at the Turquoise Villla. It’s a fantastic place and Stanko was a superb host !!!!
We had a lovely time at villa topaz in cavtat. The villa was well equipped and the pool a big bonus ,perfect cooling off in the heat. The owner was extremely helpful, both in her local knowlege and ensuring we had everything we required. We thought the resort and local area were beautiful and unspoilt, so please don’t suggest too many people go; especially before we have chance to return!
The only downside was that we experienced quite a few power failures, some overnight which made sleeping uncomfortable. I think the first one caused the flat next door’s dishwaher to fuse which then fused ours and theirs apartments. Unfortunately it took a couple of days for the owner to realise that something was very wrong and for her to call out an electrician. The last power cut was caused by a huge forest fire on hillside across the bay.
I forgot to suggest that the owner might leave some candles and a lighter for apartment occupants for such occaisions as it really was pitch black.
Thank you for the helpful service we received, I look forward to contacting you when we want to return.
We had a great time in Villa Kate and were well supported by Philip and Ivana. Villa was clean and everything as stated in the advert. I would recommend a car as the slope to the road is to steep for the 50+ people! In 37 degrees of heat it is too steep to climb! The villa is very well positioned for Cavtat and Dubrovnik and with taxi fares of approx £20 it is possible to do without a car (if you fancy drinking) providing you use the buses for the outward journey and the taxi for the return journey (thereby avoiding the need to climb the mountain.
Pool was magnificant, company great and we had the added attraction of a air display with four planes trying to put out a fire on the top of the mountain.
Croatia very reasonably price if you stick to local beers and drinks. Air conditioning in villa was great. Transfer taxis were prompt ,holiday well organised by Denise.
John and Terrie 2012
Our recent stay in Croatia was absolutely wonderful. A beautiful country which we will
definitely return to. Our daughter was married at Grand Villa Argentina on Wednesday
of that week.
Villi Mlini was a perfect place to stay and have some wedding guests to join us for evening
The facilities in our villa were even better than we imagined and the owner, VERA and her family
were absolutely charming and helpful. They even decorated the stairway for our daughter (the bride)
as she left the villa to go to the wedding.
Please let her know how much we appreciated all of the things she did for us.
I will be showing photographs to friends and will be recommending Croatia (and Croatiagems)
Thank you very much for a wonderful holiday.
“Villa Sophia was a wonderful base for our family holiday of 16 people. The accommodation was first class and offered a great combination of in and outdoor space, and both private and communal areas. Rooms were comfortable and in various sizes / combinations, each with different plus points, all the bathroom facilities were good and the large kitchen plus the BBQ and outdoor kitchen gave enough space to cook at night.
The plunge pool was a welcome way to freshen up after a long hot day, the gym was small but functional and the pool table was a great hit. The villa has beautiful views over the bay, is a short stroll down to the harbour where there is a small selection of tavernas for food and drink, and has a supermarket a short drive away.
The owner of the Villa couldn’t have been more helpful if he tried, quickly resolving any little problems we had and offering personal advice and recommendations. Croatia Gems staff were also exceptionally helpful arranging transfers, car hire, trips etc at any time and at short notice.
I would thoroughly recommend this villa and would happily holiday here again.”
Kind regards, Lucy
Just back from a fabulous 2 weeks in villa karma. Loved it and Croatia , it was our first trip. Just enquiring about availability and prices for Villa Korcula for next summer. We would need to come in summer holidays or late spring half term, depending on availability. If we liked villa Karma hope this might be another good choice?
We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday thankyou and all the arrangements you made on our behalf were evactly as hoped. Many thanks to Denise and the team. We will definitely be contacting you again! Kate 2012
We had a fabulous time. I enjoyed working with Denise. She was very helpful.
I would refer your company to anyone.
We had a great time. The apartment was very good; large, clean and well located. The owners were very helpful and available for any enquiries by phone. The whole building area, pool etc, was very well maintained and clean at all times. The apartment was in a great location; very close to the beach and local amenities. I was a bit worried that with the large number of flats, the pool would be busy, but in fact it wasn’t and we regularly had it to ourselves.
The beach itself was very crowded and not necessarily our vibe (loud music from the bars LOTS of people etc) . However, the water was a lovely temperature and we enjoyed the fact that it was so calm and easy/safe to swim for the kids. My husband and I got into the habit of early morning swims which we really enjoyed as we could dodge the crowds and it was very beautiful and peaceful.
Trogir was easy to access and a great contrast the the style of Okrug Gornji. In fact, the whole set up was exactly as Denise described and was exactly what I asked for, so she did a great job!
It has definitely wetted our appetites for a return visit. Next time we may mix it up a bit, travel around and see what else there is. Maybe take in some quieter areas etc.
Not being in the Euro was a definate bonus as it made eating out, doing things etc affordable.
Many thanks for a great holiday,
Sorry for the delay in getting this to you – I have been overseas.
Our holiday was fantastic – the house was great, beautiful view, and the owner was lovely. Beautiful town. The only thing was that we didn’t realise our units would be not near the pool, and that we had to walk down on the road, and then up the stairs again, but that was ok.
Thanks again, Emilly
The Retreat, Hvar
We had a wonderful week at “The Retreat” in Zarace Bay, Hvar.
The apartment was perfect for our needs and had everything we wanted. The sea views from the patio were lovely and the owners in the flat below we friendly and helpful – we even got some punnets of fresh figs from them and a bottle of wine which went down very well!
Thank you (particularly Denise) for all your help in finding a great place to stay – we had a very relaxing family holiday.
Max Griffin 2012
Villa kolocep and Sea Shell Villa
We’ve had a fantastic fortnight in Croatia thank you. The locations of the two villas was superb – we’d never have discovered such ‘gems’ without your help. Kolocep island was a delight. We particularly liked a boat trip to the blue cave. The hotel’s buffet was the best place to eat in terms of value for money. Robert was helpful and friendly – especially his advice when Ben stood on a sea urchin.
Sea Shell villa was super – we really appreciated the air conditioning. Had a problem with the shower upstairs. The shower head kept falling off the bracket. After about the sixth time, it cracked – so this will need fixing. We punctured the lilo and bought a replacement.
Loved the swimming here. Such clear water. Found Robert at the Pension Gradina really helpful and friendly. Had some fantastic meals at the restaurant. Hired his boat and kayaks to explore the island too. Found a boat more useful than a car here.
Many thanks for a fabulous holiday.
Thank you for getting in touch with us. I do apologise for the delay in replying, but I thought I better consult the 4 people in our party before I replied.
I would like to say that it was our first trip to Croatia, having heard a lot about the place from family and friends. It did not disappoint. The coastline, towns and interior were unspoilt and the people were keen to speak English and were very welcoming. We spent most of our days at the villa and ventured out to a different place most evenings.
The villa was very high spec and the pool area especially was inviting. It was situated in a quiet village location outside of Buje and had plenty of amenities, both inside and out. The 2 teenagers we took we very appreciative of the free Wifi and loved the jacuzzi area. We rang, as requested, an hour before we arrived in Croatia and were met at the border by some friends of the owner, who led us to the villa, which was very helpful. They offered us refreshments on arrival and showed us round the villa. The owner then rang from her yacht just to make sure we were OK!! After that we were left very much to our own devices, but used the information pack (including local restaurant names) left by the owner to help us. We also had a maid who came for 2 hours every 2nd day.
Our only real criticisms, which are minor, is that although additional services were advertised, when we rang to request a massage we did not get an answer and were told on our departure that we should have requested them in advance and that because of communication difficulties her replies to us ie texts did not get through.
Other than that we had a very enjoyable time and have considered returning to Croatia in the near future. There are lots of other areas to see. I would highly recommend your company and found Denise very pleasant and helpful when I spoke to her.
Best Wishes, Carol Saving 2012
Thanks for your email. We had a wonderful time in Croatia – the villa was lovely and the lady who looked after it kept it very clean and neat. She checked to ensure we had all we needed daily but was not obtrusive.
Thanks for having such a lovely villa on offer. We hope to be able to enjoy another vacation in Croatia in the coming years and will certainly contact you again in future about accommodation.
Thanks for asking. All went very smoothly thank you. The villa was as described and very comfortable. The host was friendly and helpful and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. 2012
We loved the villa and Cavtat was beautiful. The owners’ daughter was there with various friends the whole time we were there (the owners themselves were only there for a couple of days) but we hardly noticed her – her and her friends were incredibly considerate, and left us to have the pool pretty much to ourselves the whole time.
The transfer to the property was fine – I called Bozo from the airport and there was a bus waiting for us;
We’d be very interested to know whether you have anything for next summer for a similar price, again sleeping 9 (4 adults and 5 children whose ages then will range from 3 up to 11). It doesn’t have to be two apartments, but would need to be big enough to house all of us comfortably, and ideally would have a private pool. We loved Cavtat but would definitely like to see more of Croatia, so if you could let us know if you have anything suitable for a similar price in other areas too, that would be great.
Many thanks for a superb holiday.
Villa Belle Victoria
Yes we had a very relaxing time staying at Sumartin on Brac.
We found the villa exceeded our impressions via your website – the photos on there do not do it justice at all. Also the fact that there is a pool – which is a luxury & a rarity in Croatia should have more emphasis made of it. There was everything in the apartments that we needed and more, the apartment is appointed to a very high standard, even the sun loungers were quality and not plastic which made sun bathing comfortable.
Sergan the owner was very attentive and keen to make sure we enjoyed ourselves, he phoned when we went by ferry to the mainland & the winds picked up to get the next ferry back ASAP before they stopped running!
Sumartin its self is very pretty and small, initially the realisation that there were only 3 restaurants and one cafe was a bit of a shock, however, it meant that no it was easy to decide where to eat each night and we didn’t have to walk far. If you want to do anything you need to do it yourself, but it is a good base to work from as you can get the ferry back to the mainland from the harbour & boat trips will pick you up too.
So a lovely holiday – would we stay there again, No, only because we never go back to the same place twice!
Hope that helps
Villa Juliana VIP
We had a great time – the flat was gorgeous – great views from the balcony!! The pictures on the website didn’t do it justice! The weather was great and the owner was really helpful when we were looking to rent scooters / car. Definitely a location we would go back to!
Had a great time and enjoyed the house and loved cavtat !! all the arrangements went smoothly many thanks jill 2012
Thanks for your email. We had a fabulous time and really enjoyed it. The cottage was just as described, although we would say that the bottom apartment is definitely better than the top one for location. The bay was lovely and the local restaurant was very friendly and did delicious local food.
One thing that would make a massive difference to the trip, especially on the arrival day is if you could have someone in Split that could purchase the ferry tickets for you, so you could take the earlier ferry and not have all the hassles of getting the bus/cab to the port, then buying your ticket, then finding the left luggage place and then trekking around Split old town for a few hours. We would have both much preferred getting to Hvar, then we could relax there – even if the apartment wouldn’t have been ready on our arrival if there were people leaving that day. Also for purchasing ferry tickets on the way home – if the rep could buy these instead of us having to make a specific trip into town. This would be my biggest recommendation for future holidays and would have made a huge difference to the beginning of our holiday as it made our door to door travelling time over 12 hours, which for Europe is crazy.
Also would say that hiring a scooter for a few days is fine – a car isn’t essential. For going to Hvar town it would probably be very difficult and incur more expense to park looking at all the full car parks. Also arrival pick up/ departure collection from the accommodation would be nice as it’s not far, but very expensive to hire cabs, and quite stressful as they’re not always reliable!
Yes we loved it. Shame it wasnt easier to make contact to arrange return transfer – best if we had arranged this on arrival?
Loved the pool and appartment.
Sarah Woolf and family 2012
I’ll give everything a rating out of 10 if that helps?
Resort – Mlini – 7/10 (very pretty resort but a lot of steps and not very pushchair friendly!)
Villa Mlini (Vera) – 9/10
Additional Services – 8/10 (transfers, food on arrival & Chef for 1 night)
Dubrovnik – 9/10 (beautiful city & again the only negative was the number of steps which was difficult with the pushchair)
Vera & her husband – 10/10
Advice from Croatia Gems staff prior to holiday – 9/10 (in particular Denise was very helpful)
In terms of the Villa we absolutely loved the size of it, there was plenty bathrooms/bedrooms & the whole Villa was very clean. It would have been nice to have either air con or fans in all of the bedrooms. The kitchen had everything we needed (loved the big fridge with ice!). The Living room was great & the view of Mlini and the Adriatic were superb. The games room was a great idea & we particular enjoyed playing on the Playstation 3! We didn’t use the 3D TV but would of if films were provided. The Pool area was great and we enjoyed using the outdoor table & BBQ. The additional services were good – the meal prepared by the chef was excellent & we particularly enjoyed the truffle sauce with the pasta. The transfers to/from the airport were well organised, perhaps a little overpriced (we noticed taxis from the airport were cheaper than what we paid). We also got some food on arrival which provided us with the basics for when we first arrived.
Vera & her husband were fantastic. They were so helpful and friendly and everything was no effort to them. One day Vera’s husband picked me up in his car, took me to the supermarket, waiting 1 hour in the car while I got some BBQ food, helped me pack the bags and then drove me back! He then came back later that day to help with the BBQ and brought his special tabasco sauce for us and 4 bars of chocolate for the children! I gave him a few beers in return but he wouldn’t accept any money…what a guy!
We took a boat ride to Lopud 1 day as well which was very nice and the children enjoyed the sandy beach and swimming in the very clear and clean Adriatic Sea.
I would definitely recommend Croatia Gems to friends/family so thanks for everything.
We had a wonderful holiday in Croatia.
Thank you for your help in finding accommodation.
D McCarthy 2012
“Just a quick note to say what a fabulous villa we stayed in, we will definitely be returning. 10 out of 10 !!” Shelly D 2011
“We had a lovely holiday thank you. It was our first visit to the area and we really enjoyed the coastline, Mlini itself and especially Dubrovnik. All the organisation, including the taxi service to and from the airport, went smoothly. The villa was lovely – very well appointed and comfortable… We’d be more than happy to recommend it – and Croatia Gems – to family and friends.” Caroline M 2011
“Thankyou for a lovely stay in this comfortable house. We loved the quality kitchen appliances, stunning views and all the stone. We will keep this memory with us when we return to Australia. Warm Regards” Liam H
“Thank you very much for a wonderfully relaxing week. We have spent a lot of time enjoying the pool and the views from the sitting room of the bay. Evenings spent savouring the sea food on offer in the pleasant, small restaurants of Mlini have been a highlight of our holiday. Thanks again!” The Husselbee Family. 2011
“With regard to the service I received from yourselves, it couldn’t have been bettered. I received excellent customer service and all queries were answered promptly and efficiently. I dealt with Andy in pretty much most of the correspondence and he was always more than helpful and made the whole experience stress free, which is what is required to the build-up to a holiday. Gold star. The villa itself was beautiful and was a true reflection of the pictures from your website. The scenery was breathtaking. In fact, the whole of Croatia is just beautiful. By far the most beautiful place I’ve visited and would highly recommend. I’ve never swam in such a warm and crystal clear sea. I wish I was still there in fact. Despite what I’ve read regarding the prices, I found it to be pleasantly cheap paying around £2 for a pint of Croatia’s finest Ojuzskovo(?) beer. A lovely beer may I add…The owners of the villa were lovely and helpful and visited us on a daily basis to check everything was ok, which was a nice touch. If we had any issues or wanted any information, they were more than helpful on every occasion. The people we met were nice and friendly, with a large percentage of them being English speaking, hich always makes life easier. If you do visit Croatia, I highly recommend a visit to Cavtat, which is amazingly stunning. All in all, it was an amazing holiday made much easier by your wonderful service”. Kim G 2011
“We really enjoyed our holiday in Croatia. This was our first visit to the country and we will definitely return there some time in the future. We have travelled extensively, and can say that Dubrovnik and the surrounding areas are probably the most beautiful places we have ever been. Villa Kate also met most of our expectations, but a couple of points are worth noting:
As the Villa is on a steep hillside, the views are spectacular, but a car is essential for anyone staying there…. the couple who owned the Villa were very friendly, and could not do enough to welcome us. All in all, a very enjoyable holiday” Peter K 2011
“We had a great holiday in Croatia. We organized a taxi driver ourselves at the airport, and whenever we needed a taxi he would send one of his colleagues with a minibus to take the 10 of us into Dubrovnik or wherever we needed to go….
Thanks again for a great week.” Ann C 2011
l just wanted to thank you for all your assistance in the lead up to our holiday. All 9 of us ladies had a fab time and Villa Kate was just perfect and just what we were looking for. We really couldn’t of found anywhere more perfect – the hill climbing up and down to the village was a little hairy but was good for our legs. Danijel our taxi driver who picked us up from the airport was outstanding, he helped us with booking some amazing restaurants and was 100% reliable, so please pass this on. As we were all so impressed and it just added to our enjoyment as we didn’t need to worry about transport or recommendations. Lastly, can you let me know what availability you have on Villa Kate for the whole of Jun and Jul 2012? We are all agreed we would like to come back. Thanks” Sue B, June 2011
“We had a fantastic holiday thank you! From the start, Denise was very helpful and understanding of our situation and so I was very pleased with the customer service I received from yourselves. I loved Croatia and Summer Villa was beautiful….. it was everything I had hoped for our holiday and more. The villa, being 16th century was of stunning character and had been renovated beautifully…. I loved the whole inside of the house and it suited all our needs (all 10 of us perfectly), I loved the walled courtyard garden with the lovely flowers and BBQ and spent most evenings sat outside here enjoying the local wine! The pool was perfect and we spent many hours in there – I also liked that we could shut the gate out to the pool so our toddlers couldn’t just wander out there without an adult present. It was such a beautiful peaceful place to spend time, I didn’t want to leave! Nikolina was amazing… she was the perfect host and I really liked her. She welcomed us with food, wine and liqueur that she had made. She took us to show us all the local facilities and places to go. She went over and beyond what she had to, to make us feel welcome and to help us in any way we needed. She told us about places to visit, she arranged for our hire car to be changed when we had problems with it, she even made a birthday cake for my son’s 3rd birthday! Then gave us all a lovely glass gift showing a picture of the villa when we left.I would recommend Croatia, Croatia Gems and Summer Villa to anybody and hope I have the opportunity to return there one day! So thank you very much for making our holiday extra special to us. Kind regards”, Emma 2011
“I am glad to report that we had a wonderful week in Croatia. The weather was fantastic (which of course helped) but the best part of our trip was undoubtedly Summer Villa and particularly our hosts who went the extra mile to make our stay so relaxing. Despite having four children under four, we had opted not to hire a car (from an expense point of view)…Our hosts also drove us to the big hyper market to do a large shop and looked after us so well, showing us all the walks to the beach etc, cooking us a meal on our last night and making sure we were ok. They also offered us use of the car for a fee if we needed it. Location wise, we soon discovered the bus stops at the bottom of the hill and we were in Dubrovnik in about 10 mins. The villa is on a hill and has stunning views down to the sea. It is beautiful inside the villa and you can comfortably spend the time at the villa enjoying the views, pool and gardens…The nearest beach is not Mlini, which is a little walk away along the promenade, but are in fact beaches near some war torn hotels which were once some of the best in Croatia. To get to Mlini by foot you can either walk a little way along the main road and then turn off the village before and join the esplanade, or you walk passed the war torn hotels to the beach and join the esplanade a little earlier (which some people may find a little off putting but which we found fascinating). Transport wise, probably it is best to have a car or use of a car, but in fact the main road with buses to and from Dubrovnik is very close and you could get water taxis from Mlini to Dubrovnik and other places along the coast. This was such a wonderful way to travel with children and to be honest this really made our holiday. That and the delightful people who clearly love children. I am so glad we booked this Villa and we will definitely be going back to Croatia very soon. It was a superb holiday and a wonderful location…Thank you again for your help and your recommendations…” Helen C 2011
“We had a fantastic holiday.
Service – Croatia Gems
– Incredibly helpful and efficient
– gave us all the info we needed to make the holiday go smoothly
– would definitely use again if we travel to Croatia
General holiday / Croatia
– Cavtat – a beautiful, stunning part of the Croatian coastline with every amenity. Great bars, restaurants and wonderful little coves for swimming
– It definitely met and exceeded our expectations
– a fantastic alternative to other resorts in the Med” 2011
“- Wonderful house with huge grounds and every possible home comfort.
– Plenty of space for ten adults.
– We felt thoroughly relaxed and spoilt to be staying in such a beautiful place.
Overall we had the most incredible holiday – one that the whole family will never forget. The more “negative” observations are more constructive criticism. All the best – and I hope to be in touch in the future” R Mills
“In response to your email, we had a wonderful time on the Island of Brac. The Villa was very spacious, homely and well equipped. And Kristina & Vedran were very friendly & helpful, especially Kristina who showed us where to eat & shop, introduced us to a very good local restaurant. The location was beautiful & perfect for us as a family as we could walk everywhere. We could not fault your company, and would certainly consider returning to Croatia. Many thanks” Hugh & Lisa, Alice & Johnny2011
“1. Service was excellent and all transfers etc were very smooth.
2. Villa was lovely – clean, spacious and Robert the owner was friendly and helpful. His Dalmatian fish dinner on the last night was excellent. It was a steep 10 minute walk to/from the beach and village but very pleasant. Had everything you needed – washing machine, two bathrooms, lovely garden complete with 5 wild tortoises which the kids loved.
3. Island was lovely – relaxing and quiet which was what we wanted but may be too quiet for some. Only limited restaurants and facilities. Shop only had very basics – not a lot of fresh produce so if you are self catering really needed to shop in Dubrovnik. Robert had left some supplies – wine, beer, toast, water, pasta, fresh pesto etc though which was very much appreciated and replaced at the end of our stay.
4. Beach was clean and very safe for the children – sandy and shallow for a quite a long way out.
5. Ferry connections good to Dubrovnik and other islands.
6. Generally very good first family holiday to Croatia – easy flight, quick transfers and reasonably priced.” Catherine C. 2011
Hi Mario – thank you for your email – the villa was superb with its privacy, swimming pool and gardens – absolutely ideal for our family holiday. The villa was well equipped with everything to make our stay comfortable and fabulous. Cavtat is a most attractive holiday venue and we enjoyed our stay tremendously. We could have done with a bit more information on how to get to the Villa but generally all was first rate. A holiday to remember for ever. Kind regards H and D Clark and family.
“We spent another excellent, trouble free holiday in Dubrovnik. The villa was again very good as was your local representative. The pre travel arrangements were again superb and we thank Denise and Saron for this. We certainly hope to travel with Croatia Gems again” The Rubery Family 2011
Palm Tree Villa
“My apologies for the delay in replying! I’ve spoken to most people in the group, and the overall view was definitely that we had a great time! The villa is in a fantastic location, and is very well equipped, whilst Trogir and the various trips available offer plenty of choice of activities. It was a very good holiday overall.” Regards, T Parsons 2011
Palm Tree Villa
“We found the villa on the internet with a little help from Denise, I had explained what we needed and the make up of our very strange group. (who have been holidaying together for 15 years or so!). Croatian Gems were excellent at responding to our numerous calls and emails for clarification and things to do. The villa was fabulous, even in May we had excellent weather and were able to take advantage of the whole area, Matko was always on had to look after our needs and we had a brilliant time on the days boat, swimming off the boat and eating fresh fish. The ferry and buses suited us fine with only the occasional need for a taxi or boat lift! Swimming straight from the villa was amazing, just knowing you could run back in for a cold drink or warm towel if cooler. The sunsets were amazing too! Trogir and Split are both wonderful places to visit, in fact we’d love to be there again now! Is the villa available in mid September or will the weather have changed do you think by then? We have elderly folk who would love it too! All the best” Natalie F
“The trip was wonderful. Bozidar was fabulous and extremely helpful. I broke my foot and he drove me to the hospital and navigated the medical system for me. I’m not sure what I would have done without him. Please let his boss know what a great job he did. Thanks for all your help.” Allison 2011
“We had a great time in Croatia. We liked Mlini and the villa we stayed in was extremely comfortable and probably above our expectations in most respects. As we were a party of 4 (two couples) the villa was pretty spacious for us. We did some boat tours and also some car excursions further afield but overall you didn’t need a car for this villa location. Dubrovnik was perfect at the time we went, busy but not overrun I guess it gets a little overcrowded in July/August. The other thing we liked was staying a few miles outside Dubrovnik which for us was perfect as we away from all the tourist hubbub but close enough to take the bus or boat in when we wanted…. the beach is 3 mins across the street so we liked the location a lot!” R and S Currie 2011
Mlini Bay Apartments
“We have just got back from our holiday in croatia and… As soon as we got there it quickly became apparent what an organised company you run and would like to thank you for making things so simple, what a gem Anita is, she gave us a great welcome and made sure that everything was ok throughout the week, nothing was a problem for either her or her family, so thank you very much and hope to contact you again next year….” Linda P 2011
“What a stunning, memorable week we have had at Villa Mlini! Dubrovnik is supposed to be the “gem of the Adriatic”, however, whoever coined that phrase had clearly never visited either Mlini or, particularly, Villa Mlini! Everything about the past week – the views, the scenery, the wildlife, the food, swimming twice a day in the sea, Croatian culture and the residents of Mlini – could not have been better. Thankyou for letting us share this corner of paradise with you!” Andrew P 2011
“Just a quick note to say a massive thank you for all you help arranging our holiday. We had an amazing time, the villa was beautiful and every thing ran like clock work. Cavtat was stunning so thanks for recommending it.I have promised to take the boyfriend back next year so you will be hearing from me again. And will of course be recommending you guys to friends.” Thanks again. Jackie 2010
“We have just returned from a wonderful holiday at Villa Floranneve and would like to thank you again for all your help. The villa was magnificent, without doubt the best rented villa we have been to. Cavtat is a delightful village and, although we didn’t venture far, the surrounding area was beautiful.
We received excellent service from the villa concierge who looked after the house and grounds so well with lots of helpful advice on trips, restaurants etc. All in all we had a super time and will certainly be in touch in future years. Thank you again.” Owen and Margaret 2010
Pam Tree Villa
“I just wanted to let you know what a fabulous time we had in Croatia, the villa was amazing and Matko and his partner were the perfect hosts and were extremely welcoming and helpful, from taking us food shopping and helping us translate and pack to sorting out a minibus driver for our party of 11 all weekend. Trogir was a beautiful part of the world and I will definitely be visiting Croatia again. Thanks again for all your help in organizing our trip I will definitely recommend your company to anyone visiting Croatia.” Kate 2010
“Thanks so much for all your help with our trip. We had a great time and it was a beautiful apartment, I hope we left it clean enough! We will definitely be in touch in the future.” Gabriel C 2010
“I just wanted to thank you for all your help with our holiday booking – the apartment was truly fantastic – and Cavtat was just beautiful – so stunning. We had a lovely week and shall definitely be recommending the place and your service to friends of ours. Thanks very much once again.” Helen 2010
“I just wanted to let you know that we had a lovely time in Croatia at Villa Splendid. All of the information you sent to us was very helpful, we were met as planned despite a 5 hr delay with flights and everything worked perfectly.The villa was beautiful and the family were lovely, very hospitable and looked after us very well, so thank you for the recommendation. “Kate R 2010
“Our holiday was amazing – the villa, the area. We will keep very special memories of Cavtat and Villa Floranneve…The villa itself and the surrounding garden were absolutely gorgeous – (your representative) was extremely helpful, answered all our questions and solved any problems.Very easy to book would definitely use you again”. E Grimson
“Just wanted to let you know that we had a fabulous time in Croatia and Villa Sophia and Zaton were a perfect location for our group. Your representative Bozo was most helpful, and we felt that we received excellent service.” Thanks! Jim 2010
“We have just come back from an amazing holiday in Zaton Veliki – what a fabulous place, we were enchanted. Please don’t tell any one else about it as we would like it to stay just as it is!!!!! The accommodation was outstanding and met all of our requirements. We were looked after very well by the owner and his host who kept the place immaculately tidy and clean. Every need was catered for in this luxurious and relaxing apartment. Thank you for your advice before booking and throughout the booking and payment process. We have had the most relaxing holiday ever. Could you please pass on our thanks to everyone at Croatia Gems and the owner himself. Thank you.” Jane, Marc, Bryony and Megan Owen 2010
“Just thought I would let you know that we had a fantastic holiday on Kolocep and would definitely return. Villa was great and all arrangements were perfect. We all agreed that we were glad we were on the Island so all in all worked out better than we could have hoped for. Thank you! We did the River rafting trip which was a real experience. The guide and team at the camp were excellent and really professional. (A bit of advice that if planning to go to Montenegro need euros. Luckily our guide very kindly lent us some!). Thanks again” Alison 2010
“Thank you for all the help you gave us in organising our recent holiday to Cavtat. We were pleased with the car hire, Nino was very flexible and efficient. The transfer to Sarajevo went very smoothly, a much better option than the coach or train that we had planned! The driver was excellent, helpful and knowledgeable. We were of course very pleased with the apartment, the location and Anira was the perfect hostess, informative and attentive without being obtrusive. So all in all we had a very good holiday and would certainly recommend Croatia Gems. Well done and thank you!” Joan and Michael W 2010
“The villa was absolutely fabulous and the landlord very charming and hospitable so all in all a very good holiday…We would happily return to Croatia, and would do so using your company. We will also recommend you to any friends going there. Thanks very much for all of your help and your efforts to make it an excellent holiday.” Mark 2010
Villa Splendid & Villa Korcula
“We had a fantastic holiday! The location of the villa was perfect – near Trogir but away from the hustle and bustle. It was nice that many of the other holidaymakers on Ciovo were Croatians. We explored most of the beaches on Ciovo and the snorkelling was fabulous. The apartment was also spot on – with enough space for all well provided with most of the necessary day to day equipment. Robert, the owner, was extremely helpful as were his family who were staying in the other apartments. The people we met were all very friendly and we thoroughly enjoyed seeing Croatia for the first time! We did a day trip on the ferries to Hvar – our son had visited there two years ago and wanted to go back – although it was a very long way to go it was worthwhile to see how beautiful it is. We also went on a Fish Picnic booked through your rep….All in all everyone agreed that it was a brilliant two weeks. Thank you for all your help. We are thinking of going to Hvar for a week at the end of May. If you have anything please could you let me know.” Irene 2010
“Thanks for all your help and hard work for our Croatian holiday. We had a great time. Fabulous bay that 7 year old Isabella could safely row round alone! lots of BBQs, lots of sunshine and exploring and reading and relaxing and fun. Just what we needed. Your rep was very helpful and the car hire people too. Hope your season has gone well and thanks again.” Priscilla B 2010
“We have just returned from our holiday and I just had to email you to let you know what a fantastic time we had in Bosanka, at the Villa Bosanka. We absolutely loved the apartment, the villa, and the owner, Mirjana, who could not do enough for us! She was on holiday, too, so was around a lot, and even started cooking us delicious delicacies, totally beyond the call of duty! She cried when we were leaving yesterday, as she had become fond of us and didn’t want us to go – and neither did we!
For the first week we were the only guests, so had the place to ourselves, which was an added bonus. The views, the climate, Dubrovnik town – it was all perfect, and we were even more pleased with our choice after we had driven around some of the resorts we saw in various mass-holiday brochures we had looked at before discovering Croatia Gems, so we felt extremely smug with our choice! We cannot recommend the villa highly enough, and hope that you will persuade future clients to go there! Looking forward to working with you again in the future, and thanks once again for your efficient and friendly help.” Sheila 2010
“A holiday in Croatia is such a relaxing experience due to its’ lovely weather, unbelievable scenery and extremely friendly people – not to forget the crystal clear sea water. Do not hesitate to take a contact with the local people as they are extremely helpful and like to tell you stories about the area and surroundings. Very good booking service and very helpful staff.” Marjo 2010
Lapad Bay Apts
“Just wanted to drop you a note to say another big thank you for your wonderful hospitality. We had a fantastic week. Location is great, people are great and Dubrovnik & Croatia certainly lived up to the big billing that I had been giving it beforehand. I have already been
lauding the praises to all and sundry as a fabulous destination.We know that we will definitely be visiting again some time in the future.” Ken & Clare 2010
Palm Tree Villa & Villa Bonaca
“Just to let you know that we are all home after a great holiday and to thank you for sorting us all out. We would certainly recommend Croatia Gems to anyone. The car hire was excellent. We were particularly impressed with the villas and also with Brac. Angela was most attentive and couldn’t have been more helpful. I would love a copy of your next brochure 2011 as we would love to do Hvar and Korcula.” Anne S 2010
Palm Tree Villa
“We returned last night after a fab holiday. thank you. What a lovely chap Matko is. His staff were all very helpful also. I spoke to Matko about us coming with our family next year, but needed to look at dates. Could you let me know, for the house and apartment for next June? Many thanks” Philippa C 2010
“It’s now more than 2 weeks since we returned home from our week in Croatia and I wanted to E mail and say how much we enjoyed our stay there. It was just what we needed and we really enjoyed the apartment and the wonderful view and tranquillity. We’d certainly like to travel with Croatia Gems again and could you send us a brochure please but will probably look for somewhere else next time for a different place to explore. However, thank you so much for pointing us in the direction of the apartment – one of the most relaxing weeks we’ve had in years.” David B 2010
Villa Kate & Ciovo Apt
“I have been meaning to say for ages how much we enjoyed our time in Croatia – thanks for you careful recommendations which were spot on (I particularly loved Ciovo.) If ever we go back we’ll come to you first! Thanks again” Carolyn 2010
“Just a quick note to say that we had a great time at Villa Imara. Great location, although we hadn’t expected all those steps, and the accommodation was perfect. Thanks for helping arrange things at such short notice, a great holiday!” Paul 2010
“Just a quick note to say how much we enjoyed our holiday in Trogir. The apartment was lovely, the cleanest we’ve ever had and the location, just fantastic – we even enjoyed walking up and down the hills! I think the weather broke when we left so we were very lucky. A lovely holiday area, we have already recommended to several family and friends. Many thanks to your team please, the service all first class. Back to reality now!!” Sheila B 2010
Villa Arbanija and Bijoux Apts
“ECSTATIC!!! – we would recommend you to all our friends and family – info pack was incredible the accommodation perfect” Hanson (2007)
“I just had to write to you…on behalf of my whole family to tell you (what I know you already know) what an absolutely fabulous place both Croatia and specifically the Farmhouse are! We had an absolutely marvelous time and I could not recommend the country or the house highly enough…It is truly beautiful and there is no way possible that your photographs or descriptions could do justice to this place (that is not a criticism). The house is perfectly appointed, views are tremendous, totally totally peaceful, I can not think of one thing that could be added to improve it… The arrangements to be meet at the airport by your agent, worked perfectly, all was brilliant very very many thanks! Once again thank you to all for leading us to such a fabulous holiday.” D Adcock (2007)
“WE HAD A FANTASTIC HOLIDAY we would definitely use you again and would recommend you to others Croatia is beautiful and un-spoilt – hopefully it will stay that way… It was extremely helpful having a local contact – he helped us communicate with the cottage owner, gave advice on the island’s ‘fauna’… gave directions when we were struggling and even met us and guided us in to Dubrovnik. Also, gave us short cut directions to the airport on the day we were leaving.” J Driscoll (2007)
“Wish I could say “it’s good to be back (in the UK)” – but I can’t! We had such a good holiday in Molunat – everything was just great. We loved the little village, so un-spoilt and we enjoyed the company of … the people who worked at the Villa and restaurant. It was great fun. We had about 4 meals or so at the restaurant and had the most fantastic prawns!! The weather was perfect throughout – maybe a trifle hot but we’re not complaining about that considering the problems over here during the last week. We went to Montenegro one day – and … we couldn’t wait to get back to Molunat!! We visited Korcula and Mljet and, of course, Dubrovnik which was just fabulous. Thank you for arranging the apartment for us – we will never forget our holiday in Croatia and the lovely people we met during our 10 days.” D Hermer (2007)
“PERFECT … Contacts were nice and helpful and we have already recommended you to everyone we know.” A Brooks (2007) “So wonderful! The home was beautiful – the pool was magnificent, views were unbeatable (the view from our window is my screen saver at work!)…(Booking was) very easy & accommodating – I received very clear information about booking & payment procedures, what to expect on arrival & details about surrounding areas. I had some additional questions about transportation that I had asked & they were responded to promptly.” L Flavell (2007)
“You were by far the friendliest and most helpful of the companies that I contacted & seemed to know the country well.” Thomas (2007)
“The transfers were both effortless and well worth it, the weather was glorious & our expectations were exceeded in terms of what is offered as a holiday destination – the apartment was modern and extremely well situated – quiet enough for the evening but convenient for daytime – very well placed due mostly to the lack of effort it took to get there…. The furnishings were tasteful and ample for a couple of people. The systems for booking were detailed yet easy to understand and very straight forward, all queries were answered quickly & courteously. The local contact was accommodating, helpful and attentive we have recommended you to all our friends.” Robson (2007)
Sea Shell Villa
“I am writing to you following a wonderful week…. The villa was delightful and the village a real “gem” – quite unspoiled, with a lovely family atmosphere and was a real hit with our family…I always think it is important in this day and age when people are so ready to complain, that you also recognize where things have been particularly good, hence the reason I thought I would drop you this note to say just that!” S Morton (2007)
“Our holiday was amazing – the villa, the area. We will keep very special memories of Cavtat and Villa Floranneve…The villa itself and the surrounding garden were absolutely gorgeous – (your representative) was extremely helpful, answered all our questions and solved any problems. Very easy to book would definitely use you again”. E Grimson (2007)
“Holiday was fantastic will definitely be going to Croatia again – the apartment was great…location of apartment was brilliant, good selection made. Booking was easy, communication was good, overall am very pleased with service we got and would definitely recommend you to our friends and use you again.” A Kayani (2007)
“PERFECT … Contacts were nice and helpful and we have already recommended you to everyone we know.” A Brooks 2007
“I cannot thank you enough for the holiday you arranged in mlini, it was exactly what we wanted, despite the apartment being a little dated, the place, the people and the travel arrangements were perfect. We are looking to go away in september if the pennies will stretch and wondered if you did any other destinations on a par with this one or had a brochure you could send me..Thanks once again, I will look forward to hearing from you “ Clare Sykes 2007
“Wonderful holiday – great house lovely hosts the pool was excellent for our 7 kids and the grown ups enjoyed the sea. Easy to book and good personal service” Bruno (2007)
“My partner and I had a fab time; the apartment was located in a fantastic position just outside the city walls (Dubrovnik Old Town) within walking distance to the beach, local restaurants and shops. Before booking this apartment we were a little worried that being outside the city would be a problem but upon arrival we were pleasantly surprised at how close it was (2 mins) and in fact it worked better being outside the city as we managed to get away from the crowds. “ K Willard (2007)