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Maslina Resort hotel review: An idyllic wellness retreat hidden on Croatia’s island of Hvar

Maslina Resort hotel review: An idyllic wellness retreat hidden on Croatia’s island of Hvar

In a nutshell: An idyllic retreat nestled in Hvar’s pine forests.

The neighbourhood

Whether you’re arriving from the town of Hvar or taking a ferry over from Split (a journey of approximately 50 minutes), you’ll immediately notice the sense of calm upon arrival at Maslina. The resort, which sits along the coast and is surrounded by trees, has been created as a wellness retreat where visitors can escape their daily routines to relax and recharge while enjoying access to its Pharomatiq Spa and isolated waters. For those who fancy venturing out to try one of the local restaurants, the town of Stari Grad is a 10-minute drive away.

The look

(Nikola Radovani)

Designed by Croatian architect Tomislav Alujevic, who leads Split-based studio Aalto, the resort exudes minimalist luxury. The exterior is covered in panels of bamboo, which helps the venue blend into the woodland, while the interior is bright, airy and decorated in earthy tones. Upon arrival, guests will be greeted by a 14-tonne check-in desk made of stone from the neighbouring island, Brač.

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The vibe

(Maslina Resort, Croatia)

Tucked away on the island’s Maslinica bay, visitors can look forward to a tranquil getaway that suits solo visitors, couples and families. The resort has an instantly homely charm, which is only further enhanced by its resident cat, Garfield. Spend your days relaxing at the sandy beach, dipping in and out of the island’s calm waters, which remain warm enough to swim in until late September. Or borrow one of the handcrafted, stylish wooden bicycles to explore the winding lanes surrounding the resort. Meanwhile, history buffs should visit the island’s Tvrdalj palace, which was the summer home of Renaissance poet Petar Hektorović.

Bed and bath

The Panoramic Suite at Maslina Resort, Croatia

(Kate Sevo)

The resort’s main hotel boasts 50 rooms, and has been designed so that each looks out to a spectacular sea view. For larger bookings or family vacations, there are also three villas, two of which sleep up to eight adults, and one which sleeps 10. The natural landscape of the island is at the forefront of the hotel’s interior design; the rooms have an airy feel, furniture is made from local wood, and the bathrooms boast stone sinks and baths.

Food and drink

(Stari Grad)

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