Adriana Hvar Spa Hotel

Hvar, Dalmatian Coast, Croatia Book from Book from £119 per night

Luxe design hotel on the waterfront in Hvar Town, with a waterside restaurant, cocktail bar, swish spa and a rooftop pool

A 16th-century cathedral presides over a large paved piazza; wooden fishing boats and sun-kissed yachts sway gently to the ebb and flow of the tide in a Venetian-built harbour. Adriana occupies pride of place on Hvar's waterfront, and Croatian views don't come much better than this.

Inside, it's light and airy, modern and fun. The lobby, restaurant and cocktail bar house striking pendant Olympic-ring lights, clusters of arty monochrome prints, and a team of smart, smiley staff. The spectacular Sensori spa boasts a covered pool at rooftop level, and all manner of treatments; plus stunning views over Hvar Town to the horizon, of course. 62 bedrooms and suites come with floor-to-ceiling windows and narrow sliding shutters to maximise the views. With its sleek design, upmarket facilities and romantic waterfront location, the thoroughly sophisticated Adriana appeals to those who appreciate the finer things in life, and have the money to pay for them.
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Highs

  • You can't beat the prime location right on the waterfront of Croatia's most glamorous island
  • Chic, funky interior design by London-based architects Jestico + Whiles
  • The top-notch spa offers everything from aromatherapy to yoga, plus a heated seawater indoor/outdoor pool
  • The ground-floor restaurant serves exceptional Mediterranean food, and the stunning rooftop bar is THE place to see and be seen
  • The adventurous can book fishing trips, kayaking, wine tasting, even jeep safaris

Lows

  • As you'd expect with this location and service level, it's not cheap
  • Restaurant service can be a little slow at busy times
  • Superior rooms are compact, with shower only (no baths)
  • Hvar is the jewel of the Dalmatian Riviera: expect lots of visitors, yachties and late partying in summer

Best time to go

For ultimate relaxation, book into the Adriana during May/June or September/October, when the days are sunny and the sea warm, but the island is less crowded. In high season (July and August), Hvar Town is hot and chaotic, but with the big plus of a buzzing nightlife and a wide choice of cultural events.

Our top tips

Come between June and September and you'll overlap with the open-air Summer Festival, a 100-day extravaganza of music, jazz, theatre, art and folklore with near-daily performances of one kind or another; we loved the classical music concerts in the cloisters of the Franciscan Monastery.

Great for...

Beach
City Style
Eco
Foodie
Spa
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 62 rooms
  • Restaurant and bar (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pools
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
Room:

Rooms

The 4-storey Adriana has 50 Superior Rooms, 9 Spa Suites and 3 Penthouse Suites. Superiors are quite compact at 20 sq.m., the suites more than spacious at double that. Expect wooden floors and minimalist furnishing with clean lines. Some have black and white stencils of reclining nudes, others Mondrianesque prints on the walls.

Each room has either a city or harbour view, except for the Penthouse Suites which have both. The futuristic ensuite bathrooms are partitioned from the rooms with green-tinted smoked glass, and supplied with premium toiletries. Showers are large and powerful, though you may get some leakage. Most rooms have showers only, except for the luxurious Spa Suites which have spacious bathrooms with showers and whirlpool baths.

They're not laden with gadgets, but facilities include quiet A/C, fast WiFi, smart TV, bedside reading lights, hairdryers, and cotton bathrobes and slippers.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Extra beds
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

A breakfast buffet of continental and traditional dishes, including plenty of local produce, is served in the main restaurant, Val Marina. In summer, outdoor tables are arranged on a raised waterfront terrace; inside, the dining room has beige wicker-back chairs, crisp white table linens and floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over the pretty harbour.

Lunch and dinner are also served here - a wide array of Mediterranean cuisine, including homemade pasta with freshly prepared sauces, local meats (perhaps tagliata - sliced rare beef with rocket and parmesan), plus fish of course. We loved the local specialty, Hvarska gregada (fish stewed in red wine, potatoes, onions and olive oil); chef's catch of the day also comes recommended. It's reasonably priced given the quality and the location, and there's a slightly cheaper buffet, too. The kitchen uses predominantly fresh, local and organic ingredients, and it shows: salads are crisp and tasty, the fish as shiny-eyed as you could wish.

Up on the roof, the lounge-bar is arranged on a series of multi-level garden terraces, furnished with low-level coffee tables and funky wicker sofas. The views over Hvar Town and the nearby Pakleni islands are stunning. The atmosphere is chic but casual, with cocktails, champagne, Croatian wines and light snacks.

If you prefer to eat out, there's no shortage of restaurants and streetside cafés within walking distance.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Organic produce
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Explore Hvar Town, Croatia's most ancient continuously inhabited settlement. Its large paved piazza, overlooked by a 16th-century cathedral and elegant bell tower, resounds to the gentle humming of open-air cafés, while the Venetian-era harbour is lined with wooden fishing boats and swanky yachts. You can also visit the 17th-century municipal theatre (housed in the old arsenal), 2 monasteries and a hilltop castle (open in summer only)

  • Hvar is not overly blessed with sandy beaches, but it does have some of the clearest, bluest waters in the Med. The best-equipped bathing area within walking distance is the Beach Club Hvar (owned by the hotel group, handily), which has sun beds and private cabanas against a pretty 1930s colonnade. Taxi-boats will take you further round the coast to Robinsons or Pokonji Dol beaches, or book a boat to the nearby Pakleni islands for a back-to-nature, clothing-optional experience on your own secluded pebble cove

  • If you enjoy watersports, you'll be in your element: waterskiing, windsurfing and wakeboarding are all available nearby. You can also go sea-kayaking to the Pakleni islands, or take a fishing trip with a local fisherman - if you get lucky, the hotel will cook your catch for dinner

  • Hvar is also great for scuba diving, with excellent visibility, coral reefs and a good variety of fish, plus ancient shipwrecks and amphorae to explore

  • Book on one of the hotel's imaginatively named 'guest experience tours', which include visits to local villages, artisan farmers and vineyards, with the chance to sample their produce. Or go it alone - Jelsa and Sveti Nedjelja vineyards offer some of Croatia’s best wines

  • Explore the island's interior on foot or mountain bike (start early in summer, and take lots of water), or go free climbing with an instructor on limestone crags above the sea. If that sounds too strenuous, book an all-day jeep safari

  • Play tennis at the local tennis centre, 3km from the hotel

  • Charter a sailing boat with skipper for a half day or full day exploring Dalmatia's marvellous coastline

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Nightlife
  • Private guided tours
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping / markets
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Well being
  • Windsurfing
  • Wine tasting
  • Yoga

Kids

The Adriana is aimed primarily at couples in search of a restful escape, so there are no special facilities for kids. However, baby cots and sofabeds can be provided in the suites upon request, and some interconnecting rooms are available.

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available, Extra Beds Available

Baby equipment:

Baby cots are available on request.

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kid Friendly:

Location

Adriana is on the waterfront in Hvar Town, near the ferry quay, on the island of Hvar, Dalmatia.

By Air:
Split has the best ferry connections, or you can try Dubrovnik.

By Ferry from Split or Dubrovnik
From Split airport, take a taxi to the port, then a ferry (1.5-2 hrs) or catamaran (50 mins) to Hvar; or the hotel can arrange a speedboat if you prefer.
From Dubrovnik there is a catamaran to Hvar port (4 hrs) via Mljet and Korcula - see Krilo.

By Car:
We don't advise bringing a car, as the old town is pedestrianised and parking on the edge of town is a major problem in high season. Also the boats to Hvar Town don't accommodate vehicles. The hotel can arrange tours of the island, or you could hop on a local bus to Stari Grad or Jelsa.

Detailed directions will be sent when you book through i-escape.

Airports:

  • Split 72.0 km SPU
  • Dubrovnik 200.0 km DBV

Other:

  • Beach 1.0 km
  • Shops 0.2 km
  • Restaurant 0.1 km

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