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“If ageing art teachers could design holiday resorts...”
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Palmizana
Ranked #27 of 164 Speciality Lodging in Hvar
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“If ageing art teachers could design holiday resorts...”
Reviewed 18 December 2010

It's not going to be to everyone's taste, but we loved it. From the minute we arrived we felt that we were 'away from it all', whatever that means. Yes, the island of Sveti Klement has some slightly tacky tourist touches (the Novak beach bar pumping out sophisticated beach bar music all day and all evening can be a little wearing, and the Bacchus restaurant looked rubbish), but the resort of Palmizana itself - the main reason people should stay here - isn't quite like anything else.
There only seems to be one car, and the pace of life on the island is perfect for people looking to relax. Take a walk to 'the other end of the island' and see for yourself - a couple of amazing restaurants, a lovely village and some amazing scenery.
Palmizana apartments are very tastefully decorated, comfortable and homely, the staff are an interesting, intelligent and helpful bunch. There are no fake smiles and 'have a nice days' going on, just the plain business of making sure people make the most of the island.
Do yourself a favour and stay for a couple of nights if you're in the area. Bring some mosquito repellant, ignore the wasps, don't tread on the sea urchins, wear trousers if you're going to walk across the island, and don't bother visiting if you want a sanitized, concrete beach holiday.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 June 2010

We stayed two hours and left! The best part of our holiday!!! It's just a big overpriced tourist trap!!! Will never go or recommend it to anyone!! Trust the bad reviews, spend your money elsewhere! Croatia is an amazing place, but this is not one of them!

  • Stayed September 2010
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Reviewed 24 May 2010

I was very surprised to see the poor reviews on this island and restaurants. My 2nd thought was "Great, maybe there will be less people and I can get that table right on the water!" The main beach is small and busy. I would suggest taking the 15 minute walk to next cove over if you want less kids/people. The beach is small so venture out to the other sun spots on the island.

Truth is, I would make this trip just for the lunch at "that Garden Restaurant I am not going to name cause I want to make sure I get THAT table". I am planning on going back again this summer and looking forward to my 2 hour lazy wine filled lunch. The food was so good and fresh from the homemade pasta with Scampi to the grilled fish platter. Cheese and Prsut with figs for dessert.

Maybe the poor reviews are from people that are accustom to staying at Marriott and Hyatt Hotels...and in this case, good news for those of us who are looking for real Croatian Seafood that is not meant to serve the conference center.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 January 2010

This was one of the most amazing resorts I have ever stayed in because of the location, the value, and most of all the personality and warmth of the staff.
My Fiancee and I had not seen each other in months as he is a pilot and was working abroad. As this was the first time we were going to see each other we wanted to splurge on a romantic get-away. Tarin and Romina went above and beyond to make this a special vacation for us and even upgraded us to a beautiful room surrounded by forest.
The food at the restaurant was some of the best I had in Croatia with fresh seafood (the mussels were AMAZING). The breakfasts, although they may seem slightly expensive were great value for price. You MUST order breakfast there, you will not regret it! Unlimited lattes, cheese and pate, fresh fruit, fresh baked breads and eggs made to order anyway you like, with whatever you want. It was absolutely incredible.

As for the staff, they were extremely friendly, genuine and always willing to help in anyway. they could. The wait staff were great entertainment and they type of people we would have loved to have a few drinks with. We were absolutely made to feel as if we were part of the family. I even cried when I had to say goodbye!

Finally the beaches were by far THE BEST in Croatia. For everyone else that reviewed and complained about the beach.....well they were obviously just lazy. The beach infront was small and busy, but Romana told us about another private beach only a 5 min walk away. We went there and were BLOWN AWAY! It was a gorgeous SANDY beach with crystal clear blue water and not a person in site! It was by far the best beach we saw in Croatia (and one of the best we have seen anywhere for that matter).

I would highly reccomend this place to anyone, especially for a romantic getaway. My fiancee and I know that we will be back again in the future.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 October 2009

I have only just taken my responsibility as a contributor to Trip advisor seriously enough to register, so I can not share my experiences.

We booked this place for a week two years ago, and we still refer to it as disaster island.

The concept sounds great, but my memories are of miserable times on the rocks (rather than beach), of being chased by swarms of wasps everywhere from sun up to sun down, of actually quite good food. Of boiling heat in our room (not one with airconditioning) of the gardens being just scubby undergrowth and cactuses, of everything just being quite expensive "because it is on the island".

The staff were happy and friendly, but just seemed to take it all in their stride, and not actually care that much about what the guests were experiencing.

Much of the advice they gave us didn't actually work out .... "don't worry, you can catch a ferry"... "our boat will be there to pick you up".... " yes you can rent a sailing boat, when you are here" ....

Sadly a huge disapointment - even if it has taken me two years to get around to saying it.

  • Stayed September 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 September 2009

Spent 6 nights staying here as part of a longer trip to Croatia, and while we didn't have any major issues with any aspects of Palmizana, it just wasn't remarkable enough to warrant the fairly hefty bill.

Our accommodation was individual and comfortable, although more rustic than plush - with local art on the walls and quirky features. We stayed in Villa 'Red', which was spacious - with a decent sized living area, small bathroom, mezzanine bedroom and large shady terrace. It's not self-catering, so no kitchen facilities apart from sink and kettle. It was cleaned thoroughly every day - usually by the time we had returned from breakfast.

The villas are all nestled amongst trees on the estate, and very well placed so that most are not overlooked - and without feeling too 'resort-y', which we liked. The restaurants are all close by, but again nicely tucked away within the trees. We were quite surprised (possibly by not reading up properly beforehand) by the fact that the island of S. Klement actually has a sizeable Marina and a good 7 or 8 independent restaurants - which offered good choice - although didn't help to keep prices low!

Service was great - Romina and her staff are always present, very friendly and helpful and very laid back. Whether breakfast, dinner or ad-hoc enquiries, there was always someone on hand to help. We rented a little motor boat for the day, and paid about £60 for the day - which seemed quite expensive.

We ate twice in the Palmizana restaurant - food was fresh, local, home cooked & very tasty - but quite pricey (although no more so than anywhere else on this island). Our meal at the sister restaurant 'Toto's' was equally good food but service was laughably slow - luckily we weren't too concerned and were recompensed with some extra wine. Breakfast at the Palmizana restaurant was always good with a decent selection of bread, jams, yoghurts, fruit & eggs every morning.

The private beach isn't great, but there are others you can wander to within a couple of kms. It's all pebble/ rock, which we were expecting, good tips on here to take shoes you can wear into the sea to avoid the sea urchins & spiky rocks. It definitely feels like an island that is best explored by boat, as you're a little limited on foot - a couple of paths taking you to the village of Vlaka where there are 2 restaurants, and another leading down to another bay, but otherwise fairly limited for a week's stay. It's definitely missing a swimming pool!

As we were staying slightly out of high season, we were caught out a couple of times trying to catch the taxi boat over to Hvar Island because it didn't turn up as advertised. The private taxi boats take a minimum of 4 people so we often had to wait until another 2 people turned up to make up the numbers - not greatly flexible, and pretty expensive at about £10 each for a return ticket, which mounts up when you're popping back and forwards a couple of times in the week.

Hvar Island is definitely where the action is, and in hindsight we would probably have stayed here instead and used as base for exploring - we ended up spending a fair amount just getting off the island. Unless you literally want to do nothing in fairly average surroundings, there's not enough to do here for a week - and it's not as pretty as some of the places we found in Croatia (of which there are lots!). We stayed at 5-star hotels in Split and Dubrovnik and paid roughly the same as we did here - we were looking for something different, and although it had some good bits, it just didn't feel like good value for money.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 August 2009

We stayed at Palmižana on the Island of St Klement for 10 days in July 2009. We were 3 couples and 1 single ranging from 25 to 66 years old. We all thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it to anyone wanting a truly unique getaway!

First of all, the island is part of the Paklina archipelago and has no cars so it's very peaceful and you are completely surrounded by nature. The harbour is a 5 min walk from the resort and has a shop and a cool cocktail bar which we often frequented for late night drinks. You can get a water taxi to the Island of Hvar which takes just 10 minutes and being the most bustling and touristy island, you have the best of both worlds.

The accommodation is quirky and unique. We stayed in the Yellow, Green and Violet bungalows which were tastefully decorated in their said colours. Our accommodation was comfortable and clean but do not expect luxury - the amenities are basic and simple which suited us fine. Hot water can run out quickly so we got used to having quick showers but this wasn't a problem for us. The paths leading to the villas could do with more lighting and some fixing but again, when you are in such beautiful surroundings, little things like that didn't get to us.

Breakfast is served at Dagmar's - a beautiful art inspired building overlooking the marina. They offer a good selection of cereals, fruit, yoghurts and cooked eggs and ham done how you like. We had amazing dinners at Dagmar's and Toto's. The seafood and fresh fish was delicious and service was always good. Dagmar's do a delicious fish stew on the fire which my family couldn't have enough of. There is also meat and vegetarian options if you don't fancy seafood. We had drinks before dinner on our patio - we took our own and they provided ice and glasses with no problem and we would move onto dinner around 9pm.

The main beach of the resort is nothing special - it's small and busy so we didn't spend any time there but this wasn't a problem to us as we explored the island by foot and by boat and stumbled across beautiful excluded bays and beaches. They are all pebbled beaches so don't expect sand (anywhere on the Dalmatian coast for that matter). I advise you wear booties at all times to avoid the sea urchins. There is the small problem of litter thanks for the boats using the ocean as a litter bin but the beaches are cleaned up after every season apparently. We had super weather with clear skies and baking sunshine every day. It didn't rain once and the evenings were a pleasant temperature.

One day, we did a 1.5 hour hike to the fishing village of Vlaka. The paths aren't proper paths as such but are colour marked. It was very hot so we armed ourselves with water and wore suitable clothing and walking shoes. The island is full of aloe and rosemary so the scent is wonderful. We came across a magnificent crystal clear bay where we stopped for a swim to cool down. We then headed into the village and were amazed at the quaint houses and serenity of this sleepy little place. We visited the church and stopped for lunch at restaurant in the middle of nowhere called "Pansion". It is owned by a family who grow their own fruit and vegetables, run their own winery and the man of the house is a fisherman who catches the seafood daily. We shared the likes of octopus salad, seafood dip and cheeses with homemade bread and sampled their home made wine. No exaggeration, this was the best meal we had on the entire holiday - and the cheapest funny enough! The daughter who runs the restaurant spoke good English and was delightful to talk to. We didn't fancy walking back in the mid afternoon heat so she organised us a water taxi back to the resort. This definitely worth a visit!

We did two private boat tours while staying on the island. First one was to the Island of Brac where the town of Bol and the longest beach in Croatia were great to visit. The other was to Vis with stops at the Green Cave and the world famous Blue Cave on the Island of Biševo - all worth seeing. Just take sea sickness tablets if you suffer like me :)

Palmižana has been run by the Meneghello family for over 100 years so their passion and enthusiasm is definitely a warming attribute. All the staff were friendly, helpful and attentive. The one daughter, Tarin deals with the bookings and PR and was excellent in answering my e-mails efficiently. The other daughter, Romina runs the show and sorted out every request within minutes. Eva, the secretary was very good in organising our day excursions and answering all our questions. The waiters, Igor and Eva were fantastic and loads of fun and Mario was helpful too. The rooms are cleaned while you are at breakfast and fresh beach towels were provided when we asked.

After Palmižana, we went to Dubrovnik for a few days and we all just kept on saying - "We want to go back to Palmižana!". At first you may think it's a bit rough around the edges but once you get into the island way of life and take everything in, you won't regret this unforgettable and truly relaxing place!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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Property: Palmizana
Address: Meneghello Estate, Hvar, Hvar Island 21450, Croatia
Region: Croatia > Dalmatia > Split-Dalmatia County > Hvar Island > Hvar
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Ranked #27 of 164 Speciality Lodging in Hvar
Number of rooms: 12
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