Here i go again.
The Sydney weather starts to cool, and i immediately look to the northern hemisphere for some summer inspiration.
And add to my ever expanding list of Croatian hotels that i would love to stay at.
In the last 10 years the travel scene in Croatia has grown from strength to strength. And being a native i often don’t get to sample the delights of new hotels as often as i would like to, but i always try to at least stay one night in a new location.
Being absent for a few years means my list is growing. And fast.
A few of my latest daydreams
The price tag is a bit hefty, but the location makes me want to hand over my credit card and deal with it later.
Little Green Bay
French Vogue recently reviewed this hotel and it is simply perfection. Hvar as a party island can sometimes feel too cheesy and touristy – this place ensures privacy and luxury all in one.
Our travels have never taken us to this side of Croatia. Yet. But i am determined to visit this beautiful spot referred to as the French Riviera of Croatia as it is visually very different given its Ottoman Empire influence.
The current list of reasons is rather be in Croatia right now are:
1. A new music festival pops up weekly. How did I not make one last year when living in the UK? My bad.
2. Impending heat wave – enough said.
3. This – a fancy new hotel
This feels like a bit of a let down given the amount of Australian and English tourists traveling to Croatia at the moment.
C’mon guys, lets invest some serious coin into a beautiful country. I’ll find us a house.
I love me a travel list.
I love me a travel list even more when it includes islands, coastal properties and Croatia.
My week of summer holidays in Croatia was sans hotel due to the family focused nature of our trip, however i still managed to slip in a little hotel dreaming in.
Searching for the best pizza on a day trip to the island of Hvar, a recommendation to try Villa Dinka, which is just next to the hotel was too good to ignore. The Amfora Hotel takes up an alarming large stretch of land and private beach, and is all inclusive and exclusive – pools, restaurants, beach club, bars, yoga classes, spas – you name it, this place has got it. The pool even has a waterslide ( cue jealousy. Yes, I am 5 years old).
As far as a luxury Croatian holiday experience goes, the Amfora certainly does not disappoint. It is big and glitzy, and delivers all you need in a massive resort. Hvar has become quite the luxury hotspot, attracting a myriad of international celebrities, most chilling on their super yachts Jay Z & Bey style. But i guess those without their own yachts have to stay somewhere, and the Amfora is not the worst you can do!
But i digress. For us, it was all about the Pizza. Villa Dinka is perched high up on the mountain overlooking the Amfora and out to the sparkling blue ocean. The Prsut pizza is my standard test pizza, and Villa Dinka delivers a tasty meal at incredibly cheap prices. The pizzas were around the 40 kuna mark (AU $10, GBP 4.50), and it was a struggle to finish it. As it was a particularly hot day, and we moved into a pizza coma fairly quickly after eating, a planned post lunch cocktail at the Amfora never materialised. I guess i will just have to come back to visit again.
Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort,
Hvar Island, Croatia
You may have noticed that i am guilty of heavily promoting my motherland Croatia, however it is for good reason. The food, people, beaches – well, they just can’t be beat.
Here is a recent feature in Conde Nast Traveller:
I heart Mr and Mrs Smith.
A great boutique hotel website, they have a unique collection of hotels across the world and i was so happy to see a few more Croatian hotels make the cut.
Thinking about a possible Croatian trip in August, this hotel makes me think about a flight into Dubrovnik just to check it out
Given i have family in Korcula, it is unlikely i would stay in Korcula town, but now i have a boutique hotel to recommend to friends