Croatian Islands – Some Amazing Places to Stay
by Saron Lease of Croatia Gems, 23th October 2018,
An insider’s guide to the best villas for Croatian Island holidays, including the luxury villas on Islands Brac, Hvar , Korcula and Lastovo.
Brac Island is a fantastic choice for a villa holiday in Croatia. Take a flight to Split & ferry hop in about an hour to Brac Island to explore unspoilt Croatian beaches, some of the best Croatian food and wine & charming sea edge villages full of ambiance. There are no shortage of activities on Brac Island, from boat trips to windsurfing, agrotourism in the island’s rural interior and some great places to eat or just exploring…
Where to stay
Villa Corrine which now has 6 bedrooms and the most beautiful garden full of fresh produce , if you have a budding chef in your party this could tick all the boxes . On the beach itself there is a restaurant/ beach bar and a snack bar with another restaurant just outside the village – nearby Supetar is a 5 minute drive or 25 minute walk along the beach with a supermarket/craft shops and a good selection of restaurants, and its easy with 14 ferries a day to hop on one as a foot passenger and have a day/night out in Split old town – last ferry back just before midnight.
Villa Godistar a 5 bedroom all en-suite gets great reviews and was featured in the Mail on Sunday Travel section – Mail on Sunday Travel section . Our local rep is the villa owner and he has an excursions company so you have really great hosts here! You have a beach bar and restaurant a short wander away and lots to explore as I said above. It’s in Sumartin Bay and it’s really lovely. Obviously locations do vary a lot in Croatia but this one is nice in terms of the villa and in terms of the area around the villa – you sort of feel like you are in your own part of the island. You can hop to Makarska very easily which is another great place to visit and nice day trip (ferry from Sumartin itself) and Bol Town is nearby which is well worth a visit. BracIsland is absolutely beautiful I have to say, lots of great places to see. Have a look at these Brac Island Locations.
Villa Sinatra in Sumartin Bay – a really lovely place and the beaches are great. This villa has 3 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms, pool & is very close to the sea, has great views and within easy walking distance of all your day to day needs. Sumartin has a nice buzz about it and is has everything you need and there’s lots to explore in the vicinity – some great places to visit by boat too. Bol Town is nearby – about 30 mins in a taxi, with lots of bars and nightlife which is well worth a visit. There is also Mount Vidova Gora to climb with smashing views or plenty of other activities.
Villa Tallula would be a very nice villa – 50 metres to the first beach and 100 metres into the little sea edge town of Sumartin Bay on Brac Island (50 minutes ferry from Split Port) with restaurants and more beaches. It’s made up of two apartments ( separate entrances ) – and three bedrooms can be made up as twins. It has another house next door with three extra apartments for larger groups ( ground floor so you are not overlooked and they do not have use of the pool ). With the extra apartments it sleeps 16+10 (26 in total).
Villa Delice is in a gorgeous area called Sutivan – delightful old town with pretty beaches in the surrounding area. The villa is 150 metres to the town centre so you are very close to everything – the nearest restaurant is 100 metres wander so not far to wander back after a few glasses of the local vino! The town has a few local shops, and about a dozen café/restaurants so you are well served there. It’s a really pretty place, very pretty with beach etc and you wouldn’t need a car.
Villa Marina is right on the seafront in lovely Milna Bay – recently completed in 2017 to a very high standard, this stunning, luxurious 5 bedroom villa gives you terraces and balconies on which to relax with a glass of local wine as the yachts pass into the marina, or perhaps just spend your days lazing beside the 42m2 of pools with a swim jet, separate whirlpool and children’s pool.
Villa Belle Victoria is n Sumartin Bay which is very pretty with great beaches, right in the harbour too so an easy walk to the shop and restaurants. the villa consists of a three bedroom apartment on the ground floor and two one bedroom studios upstairs there is a nice pool area too – the pool can be heated for an additional charge paid locally.
Hvar Island – The Island of Hvar is home to the beautiful & cosmopolitan, yet traditional Hvar Town with its classy harbour. Dotted along the coast from Hvar Town you will find pretty little villages with that “off the beaten track” feel, but only a short drive to Hvar Town itself! The island’s Stari Grad Plain is a Unesco World Heritage Site, where the cultivation pattern of olive trees as laid out by early Greek colonists has been perfectly preserved for some two and a half thousand years. Or try the other side of the island and the ambience of Jelsa or Vrboska – Hvar Island – Hvar Town, Jelsa, Vrboska…
Where to stay
We have four villas that would suit on Hvar Island on the edge of Hvar Town – Villa Mahla, Villa Carlissa – With 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, and pool each, the other two are Villa Dara & Villa Lana are the other two with 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms and slightly higher spec. The town centre is just a 15 minute easy walk . Hula Hula is approx 5 mins away but if that’s too busy keep walking and there is a lovely little beach bar called Momato which does snacks and drinks at reasonable prices and has hammocks and beach beds to enjoy the sunset from there.
Villa Sea Rose is just a 15 minute drive from busy Hvar town and is part of a private national park area – the park is accessed through a private electric gateway and there are only 6 establishments within the park, so a real oasis away from the hustle & bustle – no one can enter this area without an invitation!
Villa Esmeralda Pamper yourselves in this stunning and elegant villa is located in the Burag area of Hvar town , the area which forms the historic core and the very centre of the town, yet only 50 meters from the sea and the main town promenade.
Korcula Island is a hidden gem! Easy to get to from Dubrovnik or Split, just hop on a ferry and marvel at the beautiful scenery. Well known by those who have discovered it, Korcula is a beautiful island of fabulous beaches and coves, great wines and pretty sea side villages and stunning old towns. The old Town of Korcula is known as a mini Dubrovnik and has it’s own little islands! The Peljesac Peninsula is nearby and easy to get to too…Korcula Island – Lumbarda, Rasicse, Cara, Vela Luka…
Where to stay
Villa Poppy If you are looking for a spectacular villa with direct sea access, luxury design and peaceful surroundings, look no further than Villa Poppy – newly completed, the property is on three levels, located just 5 km from Korcula town. One of the main highlights of the property is the floor to ceiling windows which provide unsurpassed views over the bay and the Peljesac peninsula. The whole property is luxurious and elegantly designed and has been equipped using the best of everything, from crystal chandeliers to gorgeous fabrics and contemporary furnishings.
Villa Zavalia is a gorgeous one and would be lots more if it was on the mainland. It’s very spacious and has a very nice interior. Outside is also fantastic with stunning views and high spec pool, with lots of terrace space. It is on Korcula Island, on the sea and very private (gated ), with a really pretty, calm turquoise bay on one side and a little fishing village on the other. There’s a restaurant very close by which can also cater at the villa for you if you want and lots to do on the island if you feel like it. The villa is also in the wine region so there is unlimited access to fantastic local wine – one of the best vineyards is just up the road and is happy to host wine tasting nights – this is a real gem. It also has a terrific house keeper who organises a range of Concierge Services & Transfers.
Just in the next bay a short drive from Korcula Town ( 4.5 km) is a brand new three bedroom villa with pool Villa Vanilla this little bungalow practically on the beach is going to a big favourite with our customers – with three double bedrooms – all en-suite -Private pool and dining space outside – property is fenced and has two parking spaces – there is also free mooring for a small boat – beach is just 50m away and there is a bus stop into Korcula town should you wish to leave the car just 400m away. Small shop and restaurant in the village 500m
Villa Milfora is a stunning 6 bedroom 6 bathroom villa up towards Vela Luka, where the car ferries come in from Split – Right on the edge of the sea ( 10m ), with a pool , terraces, BBQ/dining area and a sauna it’s in a really good location facing the Lastovo channel, beloved of divers and snorkelers as the water there is crystal clear. Just down the road is a nice restaurant with more in the village of Prizba just 1.5km away – here you can also hire mountain bikes and kayaks – the new bike trails on the islands meander through old olive groves and vineyards making the most of the beautiful vista – If you fancy a go at windsurfing head to Korcula Town and go across to the Peljesac Peninsula on the ferry – the channel between the two points picks up the wind in the afternoon and channels it through making it the perfect spot – large windsurfing and kite surfing school based at Viganj Bay. Another nice day out is a trip across to Mljet Island which is very beautiful and mostly national park land.
Lastovo has been designated protected area, with its 44 small islands, 46 churches and chapels, 46 vineyards and surrounding sandbanks, is a heaven for lovers of nature, sailing, good food, wine and angling. The area is one of the most preserved marine areas in the Adriatic.
Where to stay
Villa Secret Bay The villa has been fully equipped to comfortably accommodate 10 people, including a modern kitchen, utility room and the benefit of secure parking with direct access to the property. The Lastovo bay is known as one of the most beautiful in Croatia and is popular with yachts , it can’t be seen from the open sea and is a natural harbour protecting the yachts from any wind and rough seas – there is a really nice restaurant in the bay with a floating pontoon for up to 26 berths – booking ahead is advisable as it’s a popular spot.
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