In September this year, after two months of working in Mostar as a tour guide, I got to enjoy some time off! I was very fortunate to be a guest of a popular hotel in Neum, Bosnia and got to enjoy the beach,pool side & some mother/daughter time.
Location, Location, Location
The Adriatic Coast. Seen as the ultimate holiday destination, the Adriatic has enchanted sea-lovers for centuries with its clear sapphire waters, its rocky white pebble beaches, Mediterranean food and its Old Towns. But one thing about bad about being a popular holiday spot is that it is always packed with tourists. I’m sure most of you guys have been to Dubrovnik or Split, or at least have heard how busy the beaches in these towns can get. Even the smaller less known beaches of Dubrovnik are always crowded with locals. While my time in Hotel Sunce I got to enjoy the beach, the pool, the bar,and the town- WITHOUT the busy crowds.
Neum is the town on Bosnia and Herzegovina’s only stretch of coastline. Surrounded by 22 kilometers of coastline, and situated in between the two parts of Dalmatian Coast of Croatia, it is the ideal vacation spot not only for the Balkan people but also for tourists. As Neum is part of B&H, the currency is Bosnian Convertible Marks which makes it a very affordable vacation spot- with your dollar stretching further here than neighbouring Dubrovnik, Split or Makarska. In fact Neums geographical location being in the centre of the two Croatian boarders makes it a great spot to base yourself if planning to visit the neighbouring coastal Croatian towns or Mostar, B&H
If you have been to Dubrovnik you would have passed this gorgeous little coastal town. This is because you have to pass the boarders from Bosnia into Croatia (Metkovic boarder), into Neum (Bosnian boarder), then again into Croatia if going to Dubrovnik.
Hotel Sunce, a well known 3 star hotel open since 1984, and refurbished in 2005, is situated down at the beach, amongst well known hot spots, shops and eateries. The hotel has 400 beds with single, double and suites available as well as accommodating modern facilities. All of their rooms are well equipped with air conditioning, SAT-TV, hair dryer, telephone line and Wi-Fi internet access throughout.
Besides being right on the beach, the hotel offers an amazing pool, cocktail bar, several restaurants and cafes, gift shops, fashion boutiques, table tennis, bowling, beach volleyball and plently of parking space and a children’s corner. If you are hosting meetings or presentations, the hotel has four modern congress halls with capacity of 30 to 300 seats. The staff can organise business meetings such as conferences, seminars and congresses and provide any technical needed.
From Bosnia you can take the bus, but be sure to bring your passport, as you will cross into the Croatia boarder (Metkovic) before entering the Bosnian boarders again (after Klek). Neum is 8km from the border crossing.This bus will continue to Dubrovnik but be sure to ask when buying a ticket if the bus stops in Neum as not all of them do. The same goes if travelling from Dubrovnik, just pass the border. Check out BUS CROATIA for timetables.
There is no bus station in Neum, but there is bus stop on main road (Jadranska Magistrala) which heads to Dubrovnik. This is front of Hotel Jadran. Make sure the bus you get on gives you a ticket when you pay, as both you and the driver can get in trouble if stopped by a border guard. The bus arrives in Neum for a short 15-20 minute break, which you can then “hop on”. I would advise to arrive at least 15 minutes earlier.
As of 2015 these times are correct and listed on the BH Tourism & wikipedia sites (i recommend buying a few days prior from bus station to be sure):
By bus ( BE SURE TO TAKE YOUR PASSPORT WITH YOU!)
From Mostar (07:00AM, 10:10AM, 12:30AM) from Mostar to Neum. There are also at least three buses (04:00PM, 05:15PM, 06:10PM) from Neum to Mostar. Takes 2 hours.
From Sarajevo (07:15AM, 10:00AM) from Sarajevo to Neum. There are also at least one bus (06:10PM) from Neum to Sarajevo. Approx. 4 hours.
From Dubrovnik (08:00AM) from Dubrovnik to Neum. There is also at least one bus (02:30PM) from Neum to Dubrovnik. Approx. 1.3 hour
After laying down all my bags at the front desk, I was greeted by the lovely receptionist who checked us in, gave us our key, and a card for the buffet breakfast & dinner. The 24 hour reception area is quite big, with several people working the desk. There are lounge chairs & a coffee table close by if you need to wait for someone or just sit and relax.
On the opposite side of the lobby there is a bar and several lounge chairs. There are elevators on every floor, but during peak season expect these to be full especially in the morning when people go with large suitcases to check out. I did not mind taking the stairs, after all its good exercise.
Room, View & bathroom
Our room was a twin room with a sea view balcony – my ideal spot for blogging when it got too hot down at the pool. A balcony view looking to the ocean and the hotel pool, couldn’t have asked for a better view. The view balcony offered not only amazing views as the sun was setting on the Adriatic Sea, but also a magnificent light show when the storm quickly passed through the town. The rooms are cleaned every morning during breakfast time, fresh towels, bath matt and toiletries replaced.
Breakfast and dinner was self serve buffet. Breakfast was served from 7-9am with foods such as toast, eggs, fruit and coffee. Dinner was served from 7pm-9pm. I love seafood, and being in a coastal town I was spoiled with choices. I had the baby octopus, squid and some fish, served with some salad.
Outside the hotel guests can also enjoy a coffee and cake from the sweet shop and if you would prefer pizza for dinner, the Sunce pizzeria has a wide choice of pizza.The hotel also has a mini market with beach towels and bags to magnets and postcards.
Nothing better than a refreshing cocktail in the sun. The hotel has its town bar called Bar Sun, with very affordable cocktails, non alcoholic drinks and coffee. My favs: Sunce (non alcoholic), Sex on the beach and Blue Hawaii.
The pool is a new edition to the hotel and is in the shape of a semi circle with a infinity pool style at the front which has a great view of the beach. Be sure to rent out a chair and sun umbrella (5KM/€2.5 each), as its valid for the whole day (just leave your towel on it). It has water massager, a smaller pool to the side, and a mini waterfall on the other side. If you like water yoga, you can participate in their daily class.
The pool is where I spent most of my time. Even when it decided to rain on us, I continued blogging until the wind started taking away all the umbrellas. I got Vitamin D, a nice tan, some snooze time and some work done!
Having been used to sandy beaches, I had a hard time walking on the pebbles just like in Croatia, which is why I preferred being by the pool. But if you are used the the pebbles, or have the right shoes, the beach is the way to go. Nothing quiet like the Adriatic Sea, especially the only part belonging to Bosnia & Herzegovina. The beach is situated directly underneath the hotel and you can buy cold drinks and ice creams at the shops near by. You can also rent out chairs and umbrellas for the beach area, if you don’t want to be laying on rocks all day.
Nothing quite like a sunset over the water. My balcony offered amazing views to the sunsets every night. On the level underneath us, there is a balcony where you can order drinks and sit enjoy the sunset with your loved ones.
Neum is a small but quaint coastal town. It reminds me alot like Split- without the crowds, and the expensive Kuna. According to Wikipedia, Neums population in 2013 was 4,960. It was first mentioned in 533 (under the name Neunense), but in 1965 was developed as a seaside retreat. Although Neum is situated in B&H, 92% of the population is ethnically Croatian. During the day and at night, families, and couples walk the main street along the coast, which is aligned with cafes, resturants and shops.
Like my uncle says “when in Neum there is no need to go anywhere else but Sunce”. And its true. You have everything you need at your fingertips. The beach, the pool + bar, restaurants, cafes, mini markets an souvenir shops. The service of the hotel and its staff is up to high standards, and I will defiantly come back to Hotel Sunce. The only issue I would see being a problem for others, was the noise coming from the promenade, the music can be heard until the early hours. Not a problem for me, as I’m a heavy sleeper and the slow elevators, which again wasn’t a problem as I’m used to taking the stairs in my apartment.
Luxuriously made modern room, with its own balcony and a stunning view of the sea start from €38 half board per person. Wifi is also free of charge throughout the hotel, pool, beach and bar . http://www.hotel-sunce.com/
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**I was a guest of the hotel, but my option as always is my own.