Bluesun Hotel Borak
11 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Good food, friendly service, reasonable rooms
"The reviewer who pointed out that the hotel out of season is almost entirely populated by elderly Germans is absolutely right - but in many ways you should take this to be a good sign!
The food is good; plentiful choice both at breakfast and dinner. And whilst it is annoying to be told where to sit (and even at what time) there's nothing that says you have to slavishly follow these instructions - we didn't and the staff took it in good humour.
The hotel is looking a little tired - particularly compared to its refurbished neighbour the Elaphusa - but since you can make use of the Elaphusa's facilities (including a fabulous spa room and reasonably priced treatments) there's no reason not to stay at the Borak which is presumably cheaper.
The rooms are nothing to write home about but are clean and comfortable.
We only stayed a couple of nights but found the staff helpful and friendly. Unfortunately the evening entertainment is pretty dire but knocking back a few of the cocktails helps, or just escape - Zlatni Rat is right on the doorstep and is the real reason for coming here."
- Travel date: Mon 29th of October 2007
We had a great time but it's not for everyone
"We booked this hotel after reading all of the reviews on this site. They were quite right in many respects. The hotel is brilliantly situated for Zlati Rat beach, it is tranquil etc. there are a few things to bear in mind however.
1. When we were there, outside school hols, the large majority of the other guests were Germans pensioners. We brought the age average down by decades. Absolutely nothing wrong with that, we liked it in fact, but if you aren't prepared it could be a surprise.
2. The food is fresh and tasty and the choice at breakfast superb. However, the dining room is a little stark, very crowded at breakfast and you have to eat at a certain time and at a certain table for dinner, (two sittings - and the door is locked until the precise time of opening).
3. The entertainers try hard and are lovely people but the West End it aint! And the bands they employ play music from 'clubs' in around 1970 when you were with your mum and dad!
4. The rooms are perfectly adequate and there is a safety deposit box.
5. We missed an indoor pool and the facilities in the associated hotels appeared to be good but to use them it cost quite a lot of money - so we decided not to.
On the upside, however, the staff are superb, really first class. We got a welcome drink and when we asked we got a room with a balcony and a better view at no additional cost 'as a treat because it was our first visit'. Nothing was too much trouble at all.
On balance as long as you book in the full knowledge of the above, you will have a fantastic time."
- Travel date: Sat 29th of September 2007
"We stayed for two weeks at the hotel , It was of the best hotels i have stayed in.The staff were great and nothing was ever a problem ,they even got me super glue for my broken sun glasses . The hotel is situated right next to the beach and the plaza bar which is equally good . For a young couple we found the entertainment in the evenings (keyboard players and singers ) as old fashioned but the town bol only ten mins walk is good with relaxing cocktails bars and good restaurants . the breakfast is excellent with a big choice of cooked and cold food .The room was a good size and had a good power shower and a really good air conditioning unit, good as it was still 34degrees at nine thirty at night. . great relaxing holiday!"
- Travel date: Sat 28th of July 2007
Good But Not Great
"We stayed at the Riu Borak in June 2007. The hotel was good but is not great. Although it is a nice place to stay if you are coming to Bol, it does not compare in quality to the other Riu Hotels in the Caribbean.
1) Although the rooms are clean and the beds are comfortable, nothing is elegant about them. The rooms were also too small for my taste. Not all rooms have balconies so please request one beforehand.
2) The "Half Board" deal does not include drinks at dinner. We were not told that we would have to pay for the drinks (even just plain water) at dinner. Note that having tap water or bringing bottled water from outside is not an option at the dinner. However, we complained to the Hotel Manager and he gave us free bottled water every dinner, so we were satisfied.
1) The best part of the Riu Borak was the food- the food was absolutely amazing!
2) The pool was quite nice and elegant
3) The Hotel is very close to the beach (Zlatni Rat), and the beach is absolutely amazing! I would recommend going to Bol just for this!"
- Travel date: Mon 23rd of July 2007
Brilliant Hotel in lovely resort
"We stayed in the Riu Borak last summer and had our best holiday yet. The hotel is in a great location and the staff are all really nice and work really hard (agree with couple from Isle of Man, Doni, Kristian & Mate work really hard all day and night).
The hotel has an "Animation" group of people who provide "entertainment" - they are only entertaining to the Germans. That is the only let down - don't hang around for the leaving party on your last night - it was a bloke on the keyboard all night when we were there.
The bars and restaurants in Bol are really nice and friendly though, we watched Italy beat Germany in the World Cup in a restaurant full of Italians - great entertainment. Borak staff even had all matches on a large projector screen in the hotel.
The hotel food was excellent, as was the wine. There is also a beach cafe in front of the hotel.
Can't fault the place other than the animation team.
We even met some really nice friends who we have kept in touch with."
- Travel date: Thu 29th of March 2007
Great holiday - read for full details
"THE HOTEL - The hotel was spotlessly clean. The main clientele were Croat, German & English, and the staff all spoke the 3 languages fluently. Our bedroom had a private balcony, as most do. For "sea-view" you should really expect partial glimspes through the trees, but personally I think this is a small price to pay for keeping the island unspoilt, and the hotel complexes hidden behind trees. Our bed was advertised as double, but was enormous! It was actually 2 twins pushed together but with 1 set of bedding, it was wonderful! No danger of seeing your partner again til morning. The mini-bar was very reasonably priced and well stocked, the air-conditioning was a huge relief from the glorious hot weather outside (we went 23-30th Sept 06). The bathroom was small but functional. The bath however was tiny, about 2/3 the size of a UK one, and your knees are up to your chin. I don't know if this was just our room, but worth checking out if you enjoy a long soak. This wasn't really an issue for us, as the power shower was great and easy to control temperature. Room service was very unobtrusive and faultless.
The hotel food was superb. Breakfast included a huge variety of breads, toast, grilled traditional hot breakfast, cereals, fruit, yoghurts, cold meats, cheeses, pancakes. Hot and cold drinks were on tap and free, and included English brands like Nescafe. You could sit wherever you wanted. Dinner was also buffet style. There was a choice of 2 sittings, and you had to stick to the same one each week, and also had the same table each day. They were only in 2s or 4s though, so no danger of being stuck with the same 8 people all week and not getting on! The food choice was enormous - at least 2 fish, 3 meat, 1 vegetarian, 2 pasta per day, always different. Also 2 or 3 potato choices, and 6 veg, again different each day, except for the chips which were there every day, presumably for the Brits! There was also a lovely, vast salad selection, 2 different soups, loads of bread and rolls, and at least 10 different desserts including cakes, mousses, fruit, jellies, ice cream. I would struggle to get bored with this food if I stayed a month! Service was very prompt and polite - you pay for evening meal drinks but they are very reasonable.
Hotel evening entertainment was mainly aimed at the oldies, live crooners, quizzes, and dancing. You couldn't hear it from the bedrooms and it was unobtrusive if you didn't want to join in. Daytime activites were posted on a notice board and included a small range of sports activites, plus Croatian lessons. There was no-one pushing you to try anything, it was very relaxed. I also had a massage but this was extra - Â£16 for an hour or Â£12 for half an hour.
THE AREA - Bol itself is small, beautiful and a perfect get-away. The hotel is situated ideally, half-way between the town centre in one direction, and the famous Zlatni Rat beach the other. Regular fun-trains run between the 2. I wouldn't recommend it as a base for exploring the rest of Croatia - many people took very long boat/coach excursions to Dubrovnik and other mainland resorts, but this seems a waste of an island break. We would rather visit these places in future holidays. We only took boat trips to the neighbouring island of Hvar, well recommended.
There are numerous private coves for bathing, as well as the famous beach, and swimming in the sea is wonderful - it is clear and free from jellyfish or other nasties! Don't be put off by the lack of sand - the pebbles are actually much better - you don't traipse sand around in your clothing and towels all week, and the hotel rooms don't resemble mini-beaches themselves. Buy some jelly shoes from the town, and get in the sea!"
- Travel date: Sat 30th of September 2006
Riu Borak - great hotel
"We stayed at the Hotel Riu Borak (in Bol) in July this year. We'd been recommended Bol for its relative tranquility and we weren't let down as the beautiful setting remained unspoilt. On the whole, we found our experience at the hotel was excellent. The staff were friendly and attentive on the whole, and no problem was seen as too small. Rooms and facilities were clean and excellently maintained, and the air con in each room reliable.
We were lucky and booked a room overlooking the sea, other rooms weren't quite so well appointed, however. The hotel communal areas were subtle with evening entertainment of questionable quality (if you like covers of Val Doonigan then you'll be quids-in) but we explored around at some of the great atmospheric bars along the seafront leading to Bol town.
The food was fantastic - buffet-style with everything fresh and constantly replenished. Eating times were quite strict but this helped give a bit of structure to the day. After a week the food becomes a little samey but really there can be no complaints. The restaurant was excellently managed with attentive, friendly waiting staff.
The hotel has all its attributes nicely balanced. It is comfortable without being over -the-top and isn't geared towards those people who just sit by the pool, day-in, day-out without moving.
- Travel date: Mon 7th of August 2006
"What a great hotel. i just got back from Bol after a fortnight there in July and I agree with the other reviewers who think the hotel is great. Again the hotel was spotlessly clean. The staff couldn't be more helpful, especially the bar and restaurant staff who provided a thoughtful and good humoured service. The food is of a high standard and the menu is very varied, with a great selection of foods for breakfast and dinner, but the restaurant atmosphere in the evening could be worked on. Strong lighting meant it looked more like a canteen than a hotel restaurant !! To defend The Animation Team they tried very hard to put on a good show each night but with limited props and facilities it's difficult. The bands that performed were standard hotel fare, but entertaining none the less.
The nearby facilities are very good. Windsurfing, Kitesurfing, Scuba Diving and Mountain Bike hire are located in front of the hotel and along the promenade. Zlatini Rat Beach is a 10 min walk away from the hotel with sunbeds and parasols for hire (30 Kuna each) and a number of eating options for Lunch closeby.
The Town of Bol is very pretty and only a 10-15 minute stroll from the hotel along a marble promenade which stretches from Bol to Zlatini Rat Beach. In Bol there are a large number of bars and restaurants to try if you get bored of the hotel food. I recommend a Pizza Place called Topolino on the main strip with great acoustic music most nights and Moby Dick with its views across the Harbour (get a table on the roof). There is even a Open Air Cinema showing the latest blockbusters in English with Subtitles. A special mention to the Bolero Cocktail Lounge next to the hotel on the way to Zlatini Rat Beach. Great place to chill out after dinner, drink delicious cocktails and listen to some good music. They also do scrumptious milkshakes.
Recommended Trips from Bol include visiting Hvar and Palminiza and the Jelsa trip on Fridays, both with the Excursion Ship Frane in the Harbour. We also had an amazing trip to Dubrovnik in one day. Left at 7.30am and we had about 4.5 hours in Dubrovnik which included a guided tour of the Old City and then back by 8pm.
Again if you're looking for a fast paced holiday, Bol isn't the place. If your looking for a relaxing holiday in beautiful surroundings then you've hit the jackpot. Good for Couples and Families.
Only negative on the hotel is the unilateral European Policy of reserving sunbeds with towels. If you went to the pool after breakfast, say 9am, most of the good spots are taken by beach towels with the owners appearing at 10.30am to take their spots in the sun. So as the saying goes "When in Rome, do as the Romans" or create some anarchy by throwing them all in the pool :o)"
- Travel date: Tue 25th of July 2006
"Me and my boyfriend stayed at this hotel four nights in June 2006.
The hotel is four stars and have nice rooms with balcony and seaview (this you have to pay extra for). The rooms where clean and spacious, with minibar and air con.
The staff at the hotel appeared professional, but not very helpful and at times kind of arrogant. The exception is the waiters in the restaurant, they where very serviceminded and nice.
You get a big breakfast - and dinnerbuffet included in the price. The food is fine, but if you are stayoung long is gets kind of boring. The hotel also offers introductioncourses in diving and windsurfing, this is also included in the price.
There is a nice pool area. and you can also walk to the famous beach Zlatni rat (Golden cape) in 5-10 minutes. You can also walk to the center of Bol in about 10-15 minutes, where you can find some okey seaside restaurants if you get tired of the dinner buffet.
Overall we had a very comfortable and pleasant time at this hotel!"
- Travel date: Thu 6th of July 2006
rui borak, best place to stay
"Just got back from Bol after a fortnight there. The hotels standard are top class. It is spotlessly clean, the staff are amazing (especially Doni & Christian the bar staff who work like trojans) and very helpful. Food is of a high standard with a varied menu for the full fortnight. The only thing that lets it down is its lazy & pretty useless animation team. But its only a short walk into the nearest town with lots of restaurants/bars etc. The transfer time can be a bit onerous but the boat trip is lovely, we were followed by dolphins at 7.00 in the morning. Would definately go back there again. Dont go if you are looking for a fast paced holiday, it doesnt happen there. Lovely relaxing holiday & great fun too."
- Travel date: Wed 21st of June 2006
Best hotel i have ever stayed in,staff v...
"Best hotel i have ever stayed in,staff very obliging, rooms comfortable and kept very clean, towels and sheets changed regularly, choice of food excellent. My only criticism is that the pool was cold even when the weather was good"
- Travel date: Tue 30th of September 2008