“Bohemian retreat nestled in lush botanical gardens on a tiny island in the Adriatic Sea (10 minutes by boat from Hvar)”
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.
- Two excellent restaurants surrounded by fragrant plants, crystal-clear water and almost constant sunshine
- A haven of flora and fauna - 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
- Just a 5-minute water taxi from Hvar Town's cultural monuments and hip eateries
- The laid-back and friendly vibe: we were taken, by jeep, to our villa and then ordered to relax and not to worry about checking in
- Hvar Town, and to a lesser extent this end of Sveti Klement Island, heave with tourists during summer - expect plenty of daytrippers, music and yachts
- Logistics: water taxis and only 1 cash machine on the island
- This is a rustic, bohemian retreat - those seeking luxury may be happier elsewhere
- The abundant wildlife can sometimes include mosquitoes at night and wasps at breakfast
- Kitchenettes are little more than a fridge and kettle - fine for snacks and drinks but not enough for meals
Best rooms for families
Parents should know...
- Baby cots
- Baby baths
Some equipment may need to be requested in advance
Babysitting can be arranged if requested in advance
The 2 restaurants (on-site and nearby) serve up kid-friendly food - pancakes, steak, fish, barbecues, pizza, ice cream, kebabs - and can provide half-sized portions.
- Quiet beach just steps away
- Gardens to play in (but watch out for steps)
- Sailboats, kayaks and motorboats for hire
- Watersports: kayaking, diving, snorkelling, windsurfing
- 2 children's playgrounds
- Boutique Hotel
- Restaurant and bar (open daily)
- All ages welcome
- Closed: 24 Feb 2018 - 30 Mar 2018
- Spa Treatments
- Creche / Kids Club
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Daily Maid Service
- Towels & Bedlinen
Palmizana offers various individually designed stone bungalows and villas, with interiors that are either whitewashed or painted in vibrant colours. Some have exposed stonework and cool tile floors; all are furnished in a Mediterranean style and accented with Croatian art. There are also 3 Double Rooms and a Suite in Villa Giorgia , an old Italian villa - each it has its own small terrace and private entrance.
The bungalows (sleeps 2-4) are mostly 2-room buildings with 1 bedroom and a living room with a sofabed (making an additional bedroom). Our favourite, the Green Bungalow, is a studio space with steps leading up to a mezzanine level with a small porthole window. We stayed in the Violet Bungalow, which felt very private. Some rooms have air-conditioning, but all have a fan and a small fridge. There’s also the Romina building, which comprises 2 separate suites, but bear in mind that the soundproofing is not great between them.
The villas (sleeps 4-6) all have basic kitchenettes for coffee and snacks: fridges, kettles and basic crockery. The 2-bedroom White Villa quickly established itself as one of our favourites: lying directly on the beach with a private path leading down to the shore, it has an enormous terrace overlooking the bay.
The most luxurious is probably Villa Palmizana, which has an octagonal living room and an outdoor terrace decorated with colourful mosaics inspired by Austrian architect Hundertwasser. We also liked the slightly more modern Turquoise Villa: it’s glass doors that open onto a stone terrace overlooking the ocean. Each building is set amid the pinewoods and exotic planting, and has a secluded terrace for sitting out and dining.
- Air conditioning
- Cots Available
- Extra beds
- Internet access
Dagmar Meneghello personally oversees the 2 restaurants in the resort: Menghello's and Toto's. Both have huge terraces overlooking the ocean and serve a variety of seafood, grilled meat and fresh vegetables from the island’s garden. Much of it is cooked over an outdoor open-fire oven; Dagmar also likes to be in charge of grilling fish, scampi and meats on the enormous outdoor grill.
Breakfast is served on Menghello's's romantic terrace. Expect fresh fruit, croissants, bread and jams, plus eggs and pancakes cooked to order. Lunch, which tends to be peaceful, is served at both restaurants. We choseToto’s as it lies directly on the beach on the south side of the island (just outside the resort), and serves simple tasty seafood snacks - squid and scampi kebabs, small fried fish - plus pizza.
In the evening, both restaurants start buzzing as visitors with yachts (who keep their boats at the nearby ACI marina, or anchor in the bay) begin arriving for dinner. This time Menghello's is the main attraction. Its deep fuchsia walls are hung with playful modern art, and fresh colour is added by enormous terracotta pots of blue and pink hydrangeas. We enjoyed a dinner of tomato and basil bruschetta, prosciutto, cheese and figs to start. Mains were seafood Berza (local seafood stew) and a grilled seafood platter.
Guests staying for a full week will be glad to hear that there are a couple of other restaurants and beach bars on this tiny island. Many people make also take a 5-minute water taxi over to Hvar Town, where our favourite spots were Fig Cafe and Black Pepper.
- Children's meals
- Restaurants nearby
- The Palmizana beaches are lovely, but be sure to check out alternative bathing venues on the other Pakleni islets. For those who want an all-over tan, Jerolim or Stipanska are devoted to nudism
- Dalmatia is a sailor’s paradise. Charter a sailing boat or a motorboat for a day exploring the coast and islands - skippers are available for those with no sailing experience. The islands are surrounded by numerous coves that act as safe harbours for boats
- Watersports available here include kayaking, windsurfing, swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving. The water is ideal with excellent visibility, a stunning variety of fish, coral reefs and shipwrecks. Palmizana can arrange diving trips
- Hvar Town (10 minutes by water taxi) includes a 16th-century cathedral overlooking a magnificent piazza (the largest in Dalmatia), an arsenal, a 17th-century municipal theatre (the oldest public theatre in Europe), 2 monasteries and a hilltop castle
- Be sure to stroll around the gardens, taking in the sheer variety of flora
- Dagmar is a keen patron of the arts, and hosts exhibitions of up-and-coming Croatian painters and sculptors. On Sunday mornings, Palmizana restaurant hosts classical music recitals (July-August only)
- There is a small gallery displaying locally found amphorae and stocking deliciously scented Aromatica natural cosmetics
- Upon request, in mid-season (May and October), Palmizana can arrange 1-week learning packages such as Dalmatian cooking, jewellery workshops, and yoga and meditation
- Attend a Hvar Summer Festival open-air performance - we recommend the classical music concerts in the cloisters of the Franciscan monastery
- When in season, pheasant hunting can be arranged
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Art classes
- Boat trips
- Cooking classes
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
- Plantlife / flora
- Scuba diving
- Shopping / markets
- Traditional cultures