A dazzling, domed, white-stone palace commanding thrilling sea views, Villa Sheherezade is one of the most exclusive addresses on the Croatian Adriatic.

Featuring its own pier, beach and an intriguing history, this is genuinely the ultimate Mediterranean luxury retreat. Poised on a peaceful clifftop, overlooking the impossibly clear Adriatic at the southeast end of the Dalmatian coast, Villa Sheherezade directly faces both the picture-perfect paradise island of Lokrum and Dubrovnik’s famous fortress walls, which are easy to walk to.

In fact, sun-blessed cinematic views greet you everywhere; the villa is surrounded by 4,000sq m of original white-stone terraces – two of them on the roof. Very popular among our guests, a third has been transformed into a large, secluded outdoor pool with a platform whirlpool next to it.

The story goes that Villa Sheherezade was built in the 1920s by a Lithuanian entrepreneur fleeing Russia’s October Revolution for his mistress, who he called Sheherezade. No expense was spared in filled the love nest with bespoke furniture and rare objects from all over the world.

True or not, the history of this palace by the sea is inextricably bound with romance – Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton once stayed here while shooting a movie in Dubrovnik. Should you have any special requests during your stay, a dedicated concierge team will be at your service 24-hours a day.

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Accommodation

Spread over 4200sq m and three finery-festooned floors, Villa Sheherezade reveals a world of reassuring luxury – high, sweeping ceilings; hidden alcoves; plush fabrics; wonderful art; and everywhere Moorish architectural detail that delights the eye.

Follow the wood-panelled hallway into the heart of the villa – a graceful living room where a turquoise panorama of the Adriatic Sea commands to be admired from the upholstered sofas and armchairs. For more formal occasions, pass on into the film set-like Grand Salon, which opens onto a huge, beautiful balustrade ¬– perfect for entertaining night and day. Upstairs await five palatial en-suite bedrooms, each blessed with uninterrupted views of the sea or peaceful gardens through arched windows framed by hand-sculpted stone columns.

The master bedroom, Room 1001 – named after the ancient book of Arabic folk tales, One Thousand and One Nights, which features a Persian king and his wife, Sheherezade – leads to a majestic marble bathroom with Jacuzzi and out onto a balustrade balcony with an exclusive private view of the Dalmatian coast.

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