Maslina Resort – Hvar, Croatia
Hotel Type: A chic luxury waterfront hideaway.
Location: On the west coast of the picturesque island of Hvar, just 10 minutes from the ferry port, and set in the beautiful Maslinica Bay. It’s two hours by ferry from Split, or an hour by speedboat.
Style: Mindful luxury. Contemporary French touches meets local Mediterranean nature.
Rooms: 53 airy rooms with private terraces and loggias, suites with pools & villas – all with dreamy sea views.
Favourite Room: Gemma’s favourite is The Panoramic Suite for the most sensational panoramic views across the bay.
Ideal For: Enjoying island life and exploring the archipelago.
Swimming: In addition to the private pools of the suites and villas, there are two heated pools. The infinity pool looks out onto the Adriatic Sea and the Sea View pool is the perfect place for families. There is also a beach with sea access.
Dining: All the cuisine here is Mediterranean-inspired with a contemporary twist, made from fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. Head to The Restaurant for à la carte dinner options, don’t miss a signature cocktail at The Bar and we recommend relaxing at the A-Bay Beach Bar on the beach for a casual lunch or for some evening tapas.
Children: You’ll find something for everyone in the family here
Activities: Take part in the hotels Yoga, Meditation or fitness classes. On the Adriatic coast go kayaking, diving, rafting, sailing, snorkeling, paddleboarding, windsurfing or kitesurfing. On land there are many hiking paths as plenty of cultural and historical sites to explore. Or why not go wine tasting. The concierge at the hotel is happy to craft experiences tailored to your wishes.
Spa: Wellbeing is at the core of the Maslina. The Pharomatiq Spa offers restorative experiences as well as traditional massage. There is a fitness room, beauty salon, Finnish Spa, aromatherapy steam bath, Turkish hammam and cold plunge pool.
Accessibility: All of the rooms here are technically wheelchair accessible, but there is one room that is designated and designed for those with reduced mobility, with specially designed bathroom and wider doors. The Spa is also wheelchair accessible. Only place those with reduced mobility can’t really get to is the Beach Bar A-bay.
Low season Price From: €360 per night in a Garden Room including breakfast.
High Season Price From: €600 per night in a Garden Room including breakfast.
Open From: March – November
Few hotels can boast their own bay, and when it comes to location, Maslina’s spot on the edge of the Adriatic, surrounded by lush pine forest, is truly spectacular. Hvar itself is as unspoilt as it comes, and the architecture of the hotel lets it blend into the landscape, nestling into the hillside down to the sea. The interiors are a visually stunning mix of local stone, iroko wood with terracotta and brushed brass, and a striking glass frontage making maximum benefit of the vista – all imbuing a sense of harmony and balance. Maslina is a remote luxe hideaway, with outstanding service and an informal atmosphere. You feel a million miles from anywhere, as you relax on the terraces and in the gardens, and what’s more, the service is first class.
From the handmade soaps, to the Cocomat mattresses, from the fresh juices in the minibar to the hanging chairs on the balconies and terraces, every minute detail has been thought about at Maslina. But what really sets the resort apart, is the exceptional views of the Adriatic and Maslinica Bay from each and every room and suite. The neutral palettes and décor are relaxing, and the bathrooms are large and contemporary. The Garden Rooms are spacious, with a king size bed and a loggia looking out over the beautiful gardens.In the larger Panoramic Rooms, you can lie in your bed and soak up the breathtaking Adriatic views, or watch the sunset from your private loggia. The Suites at Maslina are some of the most stylish we have seen, with their gardens and terraces, wooden bathtubs and walk in showers. They can all accommodate an extra bed for children up to the age of 12. The airy Garden Suites are so named for views over the gardens. The Pool Suites have a good-sized private plunge pool off of the loggia. The Bay Suites are all about taking in the sea views from your sunbeds, whereas the Panoramic Suites boast the most impressive views of them all. If you would like these incredible views and a private pool then the Pool Panoramic Suite is the one for you. The very spacious Two Bedroom Family Suites are exceptionally comfortable and come with two king size beds. For even more space, take the Three Bedroom Family Suite. They have their own private garden, a large loggia, two bathrooms and outside eating space. Nestled along the shore, there are a selection of private villas, all with heated infinity pools and gardens, professional kitchens and the option of private dining. The luxurious Villa Litica sleeps seven in four bedrooms (three king size beds and one single) and has a wonderful sea view terrace with outdoor shower. The slightly more secluded Villa Borovina sleeps up to eight in four bedrooms, and you peak through to the water from behind a row of pines. The largest of them all is Villa Uvala. This five bedroom retreat has Japanese inspired interiors and sits right on the shores of the bay in lush gardens. It has a large terrace and pool, with a gym and an office.
Delicious Mediterranean cuisine with contemporary influences is served in Maslina’s restaurant, with its cool interior and sunny terrace. All the produce is local and seasonal, with many of the ingredients fresh from the hotel’s garden. There is also a very extensive wine list with Croatian, new and old world wines. Down at the A Bay Beach Bar, you’ll find breakfast and trattoria style lunches, tapas later on, and there’s also a poolside menu service. In the evening, the outdoor lounge of the bar is the place to relax with something cold before dinner. For guests staying in the villas, there’s the option of private dining too.
There’s a children’s playroom, as well as a dedicated space with water elements, climbing wall and a kid’s club with a range of activities. Babysitting is also available. The boardroom doubles as a cinema for family movies.
This is a place to explore, both on and off shore. Hvar is home to no less than six UNESCO World Heritage sites, beginning with the ancient Greek island capital of Stari Grad. The Dalmatian coastline is rugged and beautiful, with crystal clear coves and bays and lapped by gentle waters. Swim, paddleboard, kayak, kitesurf, windsurf or sail – the water is perfect. Inland, there are plenty of trails meandering around the island, through olive groves, pine forests and lavender fields, and if you climb to the Hvar Fortress, you’ll be rewarded with far reaching views over the town and the sea. During the summer there are numerous festivals on the island, so you may come across one or two. The hotel’s sommelier runs regular wine tasting and winery tours for anyone interested in viticulture. Which of course, we are! The uber chic Pharomatique Spa uses treatments based on many of the plants found on Hvar, and this is where you will truly experience the resort’s philosophy of “mindful luxury”. The Spa specialises in restorative experiences, so book into a yoga or meditation session, or their signature Wellness Immersion Programme. And when you’ve done all this, there’s the sandy beach just a short walk away and the two hotel pools for simply doing nothing.