Lisa Codianne Fowler
Banje Beach, Dubrovnik
Did you know? Croatia is made up of more than 1,200 islands, each one more beautiful than the next. Naturally, the area is an island hopper’s paradise and a beach lover’s dream. But what if you had to pick just one of its sun-swept shores?
A pebble beach with picture-postcard views of both Old Town, Dubrovnik, and the lush island of Lokrum, Banje is an excellent choice. One of the best known beaches in South Dalmatia, this jetsetter’s haven offers plenty to see and do.
From basic pleasures like a refreshing dip in the crystal clear sea, to the sophisticated nightlife at Banje Beach Restaurant, Lounge and Club, it’s no wonder this place is so popular. Guests arrive by land and sea – there’s even a private pier to anchor your dingy, boat or yacht.
During the day, the adventurous can enjoy paragliding, water tubing, jet skiing, banana boating, speed boating, and other exhilarating water sports. Sun worshipers will appreciate the lounge chairs and umbrellas, and may even want to kick it up a notch with a body massage - on a bamboo sun bed while sipping an ice cold cocktail from the beach bar.
The restaurant offers a beach menu, daily menu and dinner menu, featuring fresh seasonal foods from local producers and farmers. You’ll savor the bright fusion of Mediterranean and Dalmatian flavors. In addition to beachside staples such as burgers wraps and pizzas, you’ll find a large selection of fish and shellfish as well as meats, pastas, and salads.
At night, Banje Beach transforms into a terminally hip nightclub, the place to see and be seen. Rub elbows with the elite, dance the night away by torchlight to the DJ’s mix of hot international sounds.
The Club perfectly blends the need for relaxation during the day with the urge for a cosmopolitan party vibe at night. Over the years it has earned a reputation for attracting a crowd of hipsters, models, locals, and chic visitors such as Nick Nolte, Tara Reid, Monica Bellucci, Kevin Spacey, Ulf Ekberg and many others. Wouldn’t you like to be among them?
By Lisa Codianne Fowler; reprinted from touchdmc.com