“Small boutique hotel centering on a leafy garden with a pool overlooking the sea, on the island of Brac (45 minutes by ferry from Split)”
Bracka Perla's rooms are each named after a Mediterranean plant and decorated in a vibrant shade that reflects its name. All have wooden floors, kingsize beds and terraces overlooking the hotel’s walled garden. Bathrooms come in neutral shades, with a shower and complimentary toiletries - some also have bathtubs.
Of the ground-floor Superior Suites, Mandarin is decorated in orange, Pomegranate in red (for lovers), Grapevine in purple, and Olive in green. Living rooms have plasma TVs and pull-out sofabeds, except for Mandarin which has 2 armchairs instead (making it more appropriate for couples). Each has a fully equipped kitchenette, a dining table and 4 chairs. The bedroom has a big comfy bed, a spacious wardrobe (with a safe) and a desk. Wooden furnishings run throughout, and clean lines abound. Walls in both the living room and bedroom are peppered with motifs and mosaic tiles, painted by local artist Sreæko Žitnik.
Out front, the large, private stone terrace overlooks the pretty pool area. To make the most of this, both the living room and bedroom have green-shuttered double doors leading out to a stone table, wooden chairs and a big white parasol.
We stayed in one of the Standard Suites on the first floor. Rosemary is decorated in green, and Lavender (our room) in purple. They are double-height spaces with the living area (including a kitchenette and sofabed) on the lower level, and open-sided wooden stairs leading up to a mezzanine bedroom.
The Superior Rooms are on either the ground or first floor. Fig is decorated in musty light green, Lemon in yellow, Cypress in dark green, Agave in turquoise, and Palm in emerald green. Terraces are still spacious, but inside there’s no separate living area or kitchenette. Unless, that is, you opt for Lemon or Agave, which for some inexplicable reason are considerably bigger and better equipped, making them great value.
To help you get in the holiday spirit, you'll be offered a traditional Dalmatian welcome drink of prosek, travarica (grappa), or orahovica on arrival. We say go with it - this place is all about relaxation and getting away from the daily grind.
Breakfast is served in a lovely covered garden accessed via the reception area. Guests help themselves to a buffet spread of fresh fruit, yoghurts, cereal, platters of cheeses and cold meats, hard-boiled eggs and fresh bread rolls. Light lunches are also available, but generally guests dine elsewhere.
All of the suites and 2 of the Superior Rooms have kitchenettes equipped with a microwave, a fridge, a cooker (oven and hot plates), a kettle and a sink, plus a full set of crockery, cutlery, pots and pans. Visitors on short stays (2-3 days) probably wouldn’t cook much (though the fridge is always useful for cold drinks, yoghurts etc.), but those staying for a week would enjoy using the kitchen and eating outside on the terrace. Bracka Perla can arrange for your kitchen to be stocked on arrival for an extra charge.
Although Supetar is small (pop 3,500), it’s the largest town on the island and offers decent shopping facilities. There are several small supermarkets (Kerum, Konzum and Studenac) where you can buy standard provisions (the nearest one is conveniently just 500m away) and a couple of local bakeries for fresh bread.
For lunch or dinner nearby, try Vinotoka (Jobova 6) which is hidden away up a narrow cobbled alley a couple of blocks behind Supetar’s riva (seafront promenade). Run by a fisherman and his family, it’s said to serve the freshest seafood on the island. If you’re willing to go a little further afield, book a taxi at reception and head to Ranjak (5km). Nestled in a family farm and olive grove, it provided us with the most delicious meal of our trip. Specialties include stuffed courgette flowers and barbecued lamb - try the potato wedges and the amazing herb cordials.
Bracka Perla has a very chilled-out and calm atmosphere which will best suit well-behaved children. Suites have kitchenettes and sofabeds, and baby cots are available upon request.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking