“A romantic, family-owned hotel with a gourmet restaurant and well-regarded winery, set in peaceful gardens on the picturesque island of Pag”
It’s set amid vineyards, olive groves, pine trees and fragrant gardens, just a stone’s throw from the seaside resort of Novalja. What guests love most about Boškinac is the serenity; just being there is profoundly relaxing. This, plus its discreet staff and gourmet dining, make it an ideal retreat for a romantic break.
- Far from the bustle of the coast, yet the dining terrace offers sea views
- Gourmet restaurant serving beautifully presented, exciting food, along with Boškinac's excellent wines
- Helpful and professional staff, who will go out of their way to ensure you have a once-in-a-lifetime experience
- There's a pretty, leafy patio, plus an inviting plunge pool
- The spacious, airy rooms all have a sitting area, and the suites have a Jacuzzi tub
- Room décor is rather bland and business-like, and we've had reports it's a looks a little dated
- The nearest town and beaches lie 4km away in Novalja; you'll probably need to hire a car for your stay
- Novalja itself is a rather characterless modern resort, though the island’s capital, Pag Town, is well worth a look for its Renaissance architecture
- The hotel (and island) get very busy in July-August; book early - or, better, come in the shoulder season
Best time to go
Our top tips
- Boutique Hotel
- Restaurant + bar (open daily)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Outdoor Pool
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Bicycles Available
- Wine tastings
- Horse riding
Hotel Boškinac has 8 rooms and 3 suites, all named after local plants. All are comfy and well equipped, with lots of space and their own sitting area, but we found the design a little old-fashioned and business-like.
Standard rooms are spacious and airy, with wooden floors, comfy beds, ample wardrobe space, plasma-TV and subtle lighting. Ensuite bathrooms are large, modern and tiled, with a combined bathtub and shower, Pascal Morabito toiletries, big white fluffy towels, bathrobes, slippers and a hairdryer. Luxury rooms are basically the same, just slightly bigger and with better views, plus a sofabed.
If you can afford it, opt for one of the suites, which are on the top floor, under the roof, making them homely spaces with sloping ceilings. Each has a living room (with sofabed), a bedroom, and 2 bathrooms (one with a Jacuzzi tub, the other with a shower). The best suite also has a spacious private terrace where guests can dine upon request.
- Air conditioning
- Central heating
- Cots Available
- Extra beds
- Safe box
- Satellite TV
Breakfast is served in the Boškinac Restaurant, with a generous buffet including fresh fruit, yoghurts, Dalmatian pršut (similar to Italian prosciutto), oven-warm croissants and fresh strudel filled with either apple or cheese. Most guests choose to eat on the covered stone terrace, at tile-top wrought iron tables, overlooking the Boškinac vineyards.
Come evening, tables are candlelit for dinner, with mellow background music and professional multi-lingual waiters creating a discreet, romantic atmosphere. The chef works with fresh local ingredients - notably seafood, lamb and sheep’s cheese - and takes a modern approach to produce delicious innovative cuisine. The best way to sample several dishes it to opt for one of the degustacija (degustation) menus, featuring small portions of either 3, 5 or 7 of the chef’s signature dishes. Expect delicacies such as carpaccio od brancin (wafer thin slices of raw sea bass), Jakovska kapica (scallops and shrimps in béchamel, gratineed with local sheep’s cheese) or grdobina (monkfish) served in a creamy tomato sauce.
Wines come from the Boškinac vineyards and include the white Gegic (produced from an indigenous grape), and a prize-winning red Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot.
In addition to the restaurant, there's a rustic ground-floor konoba (wine cellar) where guests take part in an organised wine-tasting session. The standard offer includes 5 different Boškinac wines, along with platters of prosciutto, Paški sir (Pag cheese) and salata od hobotnice (octopus salad).
- Organic produce
- Private dining available
- Room service
- Vegetarian menu
- Explore Pag, a barren yet beautiful island of rugged inlets and mountains, connected to the mainland by a bridge. Main attractions are Novalja Town Museum and the adjoining 1st-century Roman Aqueduct; Lun olive groves, a botanical reserve of 80,000 olive trees, some said to be 1,000 years old; and Pag Town, a miniature Renaissance settlement with a fine 15th-century church
- Relax on one of Novalja’s 3 Blue Flag beaches: Zrce, a wide pebbled party beach lined with bars; Straško, a long pebbled beach backed by pinewoods; and Trincel, a small sandy beach near Stara Novalja
- Go scuba diving with Blue Bay Diving (based in Stara Novalja), who offer instruction and diving trips for all levels, with nearby sites including several wrecks, a cave and abundant underwater life
- Take a boat trip to the scattered islets of Kornati National Park, or to the larger islands of Rab and Lošinj
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Boat trips
- Cooking classes
- Historical sites
- Horse riding
- Scuba diving courses
- Shopping / markets
- Wine tasting
Children are welcome and the hotel can provide baby cots and extra beds.
Babies (0-1 years)
Family friendly accommodation:
Luxury rooms can sleep a child on their single sofabed; suites can too, plus they have double the space and 2 bathrooms.
Kids Activities on site:
Children's play area
Hotel Boškinac lies 4km from the seaside resort of Novalja on the island of Pag (connected to the mainland by a bridge). It's 80km northwest of Zadar in North Dalmatia
Zadar is the closest airport, but this is only served by a few flights from the UK so it might be easier to fly into Rijeka (120km + short ferry) or Split (200km by road). Click on the links below for a list of airlines serving these airports. Alternatively, Zadar is served by daily seaplane flights from Split and Dubrovnik with European Coastal Airlines.
From the Airport
From Zadar, take the airport bus into town then take a bus to Novalja, or drive the whole way. See below for car hire info.
Jadrolinija operate ferries (daily in high season) to Zadar from Ancona in Italy.
We'd recommend hiring a car for ease of getting here, and so you can reach some of the more isolated spots on Pag, not served by public transport - see our car rental recommendations.
Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.
More on getting to Croatia
- Zadar 80.0 km ZAD
- Rijeka 120.0 km RJK
- Beach 0.1 km
- Shops 2.0 km
- Restaurant 2.0 km