Villa Donna Paola, Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik - walking distance to Old Town


Built in 1929 by the famous Captain Carić and his Italian wife Donna Paola, for whom the villa is named, this property creates a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. The villa is surrounded with its own beautiful traditional Dubrovnik garden and offers ample outdoor space from which to enjoy the perfect views, as well as a sizeable private swimming pool (12 x 3 meters). The newly refurbished inside spaces offer a luxurious lifestyle with a beautiful open concept kitchen, dining and living areas, which opens directly onto the terrace and pool area.

The present owner, a well known architect, has recently renovated and  refurbished the villa to the highest of standards, with an airy mix of staple contemporary pieces and original antique furnishings belonging to the villa. Important works of famous Croatian artists, both modern and classic, adorn the walls all throughout the property, making it truly exceptional. The tasteful combination of “old meets new”, with design pieces by Mies Van der Rohe, Alvar Aalto, Ron Arad, century old tapestries,  original handwritten cooking recipes of Donna Paola herself, as well as an Art Deco fireplace and lamps will make even the most discerning guests feel the magic that surrounds them.

The villa spreads across two floors. On the ground floor is a mirrored entrance hall leading to a large living room with an open concept and modern fully equipped kitchen and dining area. Three large French doors open onto the terrace facing the pool and overlooking the Old City walls. The ground floor also has a double bedroom and a bathroom, as well as a separate guest toilet.


The villa’s original stone staircase, by the entrance hall, leads to the first floor which is comprised of a large, modern and airy master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom. The master bedroom has two beautiful south facing windows that overlook the garden and swimming pool area of the villa, the Adriatic Sea and the Old City. The first floor has an additional two double bedrooms, both elegantly decorated with modern and antique furnishings as well as art, overlooking the inner courtyard of the villa as well as the garden and Old City. These additional two bedrooms share their own large marble bathroom. 

All four bedrooms as well as the living room have UHD Smart TV’s. The guests can enjoy quiet and elegant outdoor living and alfresco dining on two of the terraces, both shaded from the sun, one with a retractable awning. On the third terrace the guests can enjoy sunbathing on sun beds, surrounded by wild orange trees, thick laurel shrubs, rosemary and myrtle, while taking cooling plunges in the extraordinary swimming pool, all with breathtaking views of Dubrovnik’s Old City.


Property layout:


Ground floor:
•    Mirrored entrance hall with stone staircase
•    Large living room with 3 French doors opening to south terrace.
•    Dining area
•    Open plan kitchen
•    Storage
•    Guest WC
•    Double bedroom
•    Adjacent bathroom
First floor:
•    First floor hall
•    Large south facing master bedroom with en-suite bathroom
•    East facing double bedroom
•    South-West facing double bedroom
•    Large marble bathroom
•    Large shaded west terrace with dining and lounge area
•    South facing terrace with poolside sitting area and retractable tent
•    Unique custom designed 12 by 3 meter swimming pool
•    South facing sundeck, with separate city view sitting area
•    Magnificent Mediterranean garden

•    Private swimming pool
•    Fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, microwave, toaster, coffee machine, electric kettle, Fridge/Freezer/Ice maker
•    Washing machine
•    AC in all rooms
•    Safe
•    UHD Smart TVs in all rooms
•    Free Wi-Fi
•    Iron and ironing board
•    Hairdryer
•    Daily upkeep service



Villa Donna Paola sleeps 8 


Beds in all the rooms are king size double beds (180 x 200 cm) which can be converted into twin beds, however due to room configuration and furnishing this is possible only in the south-west facing bedroom. Please e-mail us prior to your arrival regarding the bed arrangements and your preferences, weather you prefer single bed sheets or double sheets, if you might need extra blankets, pillows...etc.

The attic of the Villa, with its own separate access which  maintains total privacy from the main house, is also available for rent upon request (2 additional pers).

When not rented to the guests of the Villa, the attic might occasionally be occupied by the Villa’s owner.

The inner fireplace is not to be used during summer due to fire and safety reasons.

Private parking may be available upon request, reservation is needed in advance.


*In response to the recent spread of COVID-19 we have implemented new procedures for cleaning and disinfection. Safety of our guests, their families and our staff is important to us. In order to prevent the spread of disease our staff is measuring body temperature on a daily basis even if they feel well , we also encourage our guests to do the same. 

All surfaces with which the guest came into contact with (nightstand, table, chair, coffee table, any and all furniture, amenities, telephone, remote control, door handles  etc.), are cleaned with a suitable detergent and disinfectant with at least 70% alcohol. Special attention is given to the cleaning of all bathroom surfaces before new guests arrive. 

In order to avoid any unnecessary contact, bed linen and towel will be changed only on arrival/departure, for longer stays, sufficient towels and linen will be left in the property. 

House rules

Check in after: 17:00
Checkout until: 10:00

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Zach ...

Saturday, May 4, 2024
The villa was stunning. Great location near old town. Loved the private pool and patio, also had amazing views of the wall and water. The linens and towels/robes are all branded to the villa name, very nice touch. The host was very communicative and check-in was easy. I would definitely recommend!

Elyssa ...

Friday, August 20, 2021
Great location just 5 mins walk outside of walls of Old Town. Nice pool and great view. Clean house. Helpful rental company. A lot of stairs so not good for families with strollers are anyone who might have difficulty walking up and down from Old Town. But this would be true for most places in central Dubrovnik as its on the side of a steep hill. Check in involves going to the main office and then a driver takes you to the house and shows you around the property. We waited 40 minutes after a late international arrival so this was not ideal with a tired child, but it would also be impossible to find the place initially on your own. You can pay for them to transport you to and from airport or ferries which was helpful for us.

Laura ...

Monday, July 19, 2021
Our stay was excellent! The house was exactly as described and the outdoor area was large and a great place to hang out. The management team for the property was very responsive and helpful. Highly recommend this home! One thing of note is that you have to walk up quite a few stairs to get to the house, which seems common in Dubrovnik, but may be difficult for some.
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