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Palmizana

Sveti Klement island, near Hvar, Croatia

Bohemian retreat nestled in lush botanical gardens on a tiny island in the Adriatic Sea (10 minutes by boat from Hvar)

This is art and nature in perfect harmony, an Arcadian idyll on a Dalmatian island. Professor Eugenio Meneghello bought a 300-hectare wilderness in 1906, complete with 2 pebble beaches, and planted it with pines, palms, exotic shrubs and aromatic herbs like rosemary and lavender. One century and 3 generations later, his family are the pioneers of eco-tourism in Croatia. His granddaughter-in-law Dagmar and her 3 children still tend their forefather’s ‘Garden of Eden’, but have turned it into an exclusive hideaway with a cluster of villas and bungalows and 2 restaurants, all built of local stone.

Interiors have been painted deep, vibrant colours and are decorated with unusual driftwood sculptures and contemporary artwork. The result is a discreet yet spiritual escape from the modern world. Popular with flora loving families and hippies at heart, it’s a great place to while away the days eating fresh seafood, swimming in the bay, exploring by kayak and diving nearby shipwrecks.

Guest Ratings

Room:
72%
Food:
89%
Service:
97%
Value:
89%
Overall:
87%

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Highs

  • This place is an incredible find - it’s got 2 excellent restaurants and is surrounded by fragrant plants, crystal-clear water and almost constant sunshine
  • It’s a haven of flora and fauna, and offers a splendid sense of isolation from urban life - the island is car-free, there's limited WiFi, and no in-rooms TVs or phones
  • The carefully designed buildings blend harmoniously with the environment and most have terraces overlooking the ocean
  • If you do want to get back to civilisation, you’re not far from Hvar Town's cultural monuments and hip eateries
  • The laid-back and friendly vibe: when we revisited in 2012 we were taken, by jeep, to our villa and then ordered to relax and not to worry about checking in

Lows

  • Logisitics: water taxis,a 1-week minimum stay (high season) and only 1 cash machine on the island
  • Hvar Town is expensive and heaving with tourists in summer, so Palmizana’s secluded bay can get mobbed by day-trippers and passing yachts (but you can hire boats and head to quieter bays)
  • This is a bohemian retreat: rooms are rustic and the atmosphere is relaxed, so those seeking luxury may be happier elsewhere
  • The abundant wildlife includes mosquitoes at night and wasps at breakfast
  • In high season, beach bars across the bay sometimes play loud music into the evening

Charming bungalows and cottages, scattered throughout a lush, century-old botanical garden roamed by imported peacocks...        

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Save to favouritesPrintMailPalmizanaThis is art and nature in perfect harmony, an Arcadian idyll on a Dalmatian island. Professor Eugenio Meneghello bought a 300-hectare wilderness in 1906, complete with 2 pebble beaches, and planted it with pines, palms, exotic shrubs and aromatic herbs like rosemary and lavender. One century and 3 generations later, his family are the pioneers of eco-tourism in Croatia. His granddaughter-in-law Dagmar and her 3 children still tend their forefatherís ĎGarden of Edení, but have turned it into an exclusive hideaway with a cluster of [r:CR002:villas and bungalows] and 2 restaurants, all built of local stone. Interiors have been painted deep, vibrant colours and are decorated with unusual driftwood sculptures and contemporary artwork. The result is a discreet yet spiritual escape from the modern world. Popular with flora loving [i!#kids!families] and hippies at heart, itís a great place to while away the days eating fresh seafood, swimming in the bay, exploring by kayak and diving nearby shipwrecks.

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