Enjoy the delights of Croatia from a luxury rental apartment or villa, right in the historic centre of Hvar Town.

Croatia, Hvar

The island of Hvar is generally acknowledged as being one of the most attractive islands of the Adriatic. Our luxury villa and apartments in Hvar are conveniently situated right in the historic centre of Hvar town, just 20 metres from the waterfront (riva), and the promenade, where yachts and boats from all over the world dock in the summer. The fascinating history of Hvar dates back to when the island was colonised by the Greeks in 384 BC, when they built a large settlement, where present-day Stari Grad is located, and another smaller one, where Hvar Town is today. At the start of the 3rd century BC, the Romans took control of Hvar, followed by Ostrogoths, Neretvans and Byzantines over the next several centuries. In 1420, Venice took control and used Hvar as a stopping point for ships sailing between Venice and the rest of the Mediterranean.  The island has also since been under Austrian, French and Italian rule, before finally becoming part of Yugoslavia in 1922, and subsequently Croatia, when it declared its independence in 1991. The rich history and culture of the town is visible at every step; highlights include the Fortica fortress, the cathedral of Hvar, the Franciscan monastery, and one of the Europe’s oldest public theatres, established in 1612. The town also offers an extensive range of restaurants and tavernas, and cafés and bars and night clubs.

Hvar catamaran

How to Get There

Jadrolinija operate a year-round daily catamaran service from Split to Hvar Town ( journey time is just over one hour). During the peak summer months (June to September, and especially in July/August) they operate additional services.  They also offer a car ferry service from Split to Stari Grad  Hvar (journey time 1 hour 40 minutes).  This is an all year round service, with a greater frequency of these ferries during summer (June to September inclusive).

Where to Stay

Apartment Riva 1

This is one of two beautiful one bedroom apartments for rent, in a Baroque house, built in 1612, in the historic part of Hvar town. The building is situated 50 metres from the sea, and has a view of the famous Riva, Hvar’s main promenade. It is also accessed from one of the most beautiful and charming stone streets in Hvar.

Apartment Riva in Hvar

Apartment Riva in Hvar

Hvar Apartments

These are two bedroom apartments, with the added advantage of private terraces, also right at the heart of the town.

Hvar apartments

Villa Hvar

This exceptional 5-bedroom accommodation incorporates a medieval Gothic house, which forms an integral part of the garden, and a Baroque house.  The ground floor of the Baroque house has a heated pool (6 x 4m) that can be transformed from an indoor to an outdoor pool by pulling back the moveable walls and opening the roof. There is an outdoor dining table seating 10 people, as well as garden furniture, and deckchairs by the pool…. all within an easy walk of the historic sights of Hvar town and its stunning waterfront.

Hvar villas

Where to Eat

Giaxa
Petra Hektorovica 3, Hvar Town

For traditional Croatian food, with a modern twist, we recommend Giaxa, There is an emphasis seafood –  enjoy grilled octopus or scampi salad, or a mixed seafood plate for starters. Main courses include fresh fish of the day, or a take on the traditional Dalmatian Brodeto (fish stew) with fish, scampi, octopus, and mussels in tomato and white wine sauce, and polenta.  Try and get a table in the charming courtyard if possible!

Giaxa restaurant in Hvar

Sailing

One of the very best experiences you can have during your stay on Hvar is sailing. There are endless secret natural bays with clear turquoise sea just waiting to be discovered. The owner of the apartments and villa can arrange a boat and skipper, and also recommend special restaurants accessible by boat, where only fish caught minutes ago is served on your plate!

Boat in Hvar

Hvar bay

Recommended Wining and Dining in Ibiza

Villa San Agustin

There are no end of amazing choices for dining out in Ibiza … on beaches, in the countryside, in villages and in Ibiza town … it was almost impossible to know where to start!  So we have spoken to some of our regular Ibizaphiles, and come up with this list of recommended restaurants, ranging from the quaint and charming L’Olivo in Ibiza town, to the ultra-luxurious and exotic Balinese-inspired Bambuddha on the coast near Santa Eulalia.

Rent one of our luxury holiday villas in Ibiza, and enjoy trying these tried and tested restaurants as well!

La Oliva

Situated at the heart of Dalt Vila, the old town of Ibiza, this authentic restaurant has a charming setting with wooden chairs and tables set up on the ancient cobblestone street.  As well as the delicious food, this is also the perfect place for enjoying the street entertainment from various musicians, artists and magicians.  Open nightly from 6.30pm, the extensive menu offers modern, fresh Mediterranean cuisine with Asian touches.

Plaça de la Vila, 9, 07800 Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain
+34 971 30 06 80

Restaurant La Oliva

Es Boldado

Set in an unrivalled location, Es Boldado enjoys views of the magnificent Es Vedra rock, an island off the coast of Cala d’Hort, and is especially stunning at sunset. It is particularly good for seafood, but also offers an excellent selection of meat and chicken from the grill.  And most of all, you can enjoy, arguably, the best paella on the island!

Camí de Cala d’Hort, s/n, 07830 Sant Josep de sa Talaia

+34 626 49 45 37

Restaurant Es Boldado

Can Domingo

Nestled in an ancient finca in the hills of San Jose, far away from the disco crowds, Can Domingo is one of Ibiza’s best kept secret restaurants. In a magical garden setting amidst olive and fruit trees, and flowering plants, much of the food is produced from the Can Domingo’s organic garden.  The menu offers the best of Italian cuisine (the owners are Italian), including a delicious tasting menu, if it’s all just too tempting to decide!

Carretera Ibiza-San Josè, Km 9,8, 07830 Sant Josep de sa Talaia

+34 971 80 01 84

Restaurant Can Domingo

Beachouse

Another popular restaurant for its Italian inspired dishes is Beachouse, which is situated on the beach at Playa den Bossa.  Here you can be served delicious cocktails while relaxing on your sunbed, and excellent pasta, salads and fresh seafood, at attractive wooden tables on the terrace.  Open to 1 a.m., there are DJs, music and dancing in the evenings.

Carretera de Platja d’en Bossa, 2, 07817 Sant Jordi de ses Salines

+34 971 39 68 58

Restaurant Beachhouse

KM5

This beautiful restaurant takes its name from the fact that it is around 5kms out of Ibiza Town on the road to San José.  Set behind the modest façade of a 400 year old finca, with wooden doorway entrance, guests will find themselves in a magical ‘hidden’ garden with winding pathways lead to various  exotic open-air bars, with the main lounge in a spectacular Bedouin tent, complete with chandeliers and comfortable sofas. Enjoy delicious cocktails, and Mediterranean cuisine, in very special and memorable surroundings.

Ctra. Ibizasan Antonio-Ibiza, 5, 07830 Sant Josep de sa Talaia

+34 971 39 63 49

Restaurant KM5

Amante

In an amazing location, situated on a dramatic cliff overlooking Sol d’en Serra bay, Amante transforms from a relaxed beach club during the day, to a sophisticated restaurant by night.  At sunset, the spectacular cliff faces are illuminated with coloured lighting, creating a magical dining experience with tables on different levels enabling guests to enjoy the spectacular sea views, and hear the waves crashing on the shore below. The restaurant is renowned for its selection of contemporary Spanish and Italian dishes, as well as fresh fish and choice cuts of meat.

Calle de afuera de Callalonga, s/n, 07849 Santa Eulària des Riu

+34 971 19 61 76

Beach Club Amante

Atzaro

Originally an old finca, Atzaro has been transformed into a luxury Hotel-Spa, and one of the nicest places to dine out on Ibiza.  Its impressive layout makes the most of open spaces, with chill-out areas, fountains and palm trees.  It is a great place to experience, even just for a cocktail or after dinner drink. After sunset,  its La Verandah Night Restaurant becomes a magical garden with fairly lights and candles, and offers wonderful Mediterranean-Asian cuisine. This very special restaurant is only open during July and August and is definitely a ‘not to be missed’ experience.

Carretera Sant Joan, km 15, 07800 Santa Eularia des Riu, Eivissa

+34 971 33 88 38

Restaurant Atzaro

Bambuddha

As its name implies, Bambuddha is a Balinese inspired restaurant and worth a visit, even just to experience its magnificent atmosphere. With its bamboo, stone statues and other oriental features,  guests can choose to dine in the main bamboo covered dining area, or in their own private group function space, or just at a romantic table for two.  For cuisine, expect Asian inspired dishes, including sushi, pad Thai, crispy duck and exotic curries, as well as Mediterranean dishes.

Carretera de San Juan, Km. 8.5, 07840 Santa Eulalia del Río

+34 971 19 75 10

Restaurant Bambuddha

AND SOME RECOMMENDED VILLAS:

Villa Porroig

This beautiful 5 bedroom villa is located in Porroig, only 500m away from the beach at Cala Jondal. With its large spacious lawned grounds, it has wonderful countryside views, and being entirely fenced, it is very child-friendly.

Villa Porroig Cala Moli

This modern  stylish and modern villa is set near the popular beaches of Cala Compta, Cala Tarida, Cala Moli and Cala Vadella, in the west of the island, with lovely views across to the sea. It is set on several different levels all of which have wonderful terraces making the most of the views to the sea and sunsets.

Villa Cala Moli

After Fashion Week, London’s Celebration of Fashion continues …!

Enjoy the great range of fashion related exhibitions taking place in London from now through to January, from the comfort of one of our conveniently located rental apartments!

Liberty in Fashion at the Fashion and Textile Museum

Liberty has been at the cutting edge of design and the decorative arts since 1875, and this exhibition coincides with its 140th birthday. While exploring the history of the Liberty brand, this exhibition also studies its contribution to British fashion, from Orientalism and Aesthetic dress in the 19th century, through to Art Nouveau and Art Déco in the early 20th century, and also the revival of these styles since the 1950’s. There are talks and workshops over the course of the four month exhibition, and over 150 garments are displayed covering collaborations with Jean Muir, Cacharel, Yves Saint Laurent and Vivienne Westwood.

83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF, 9 October 2015 – 28 February 2016. Open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11am–6pm, Thursdays until 8pm, Sundays, 11am–5pm.
Liberty in fashion

Louis Vuitton Series 3 at 180 The Strand

Close to Somerset House on The Strand, this homage to Louis Vuitton’s autumn/winter collection and, more specifically the creative process of its new artistic director, Nicolas Ghesquière, is well worth a visit.  Covering three floors of a vast space at 180 The Strand, it presents the creativity of the designing process as a running stream of consciousness, from first inspiration through the final catwalk show.  It is both an impressive and fascinating experience, even if a little crowded in places with instagrammers taking selfies … and it is completely free of charge, including a leaving gift of a transfer of an LV emblem to remind you of your visit.

180 The Strand, London WC2R 1EA, Until 18th October 2015.
Louis Vuitton at The Strand
The Victoria and Albert Museum also offers a couple of current fashion related exhibtions over the autumn, and through until January

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain

This exhibition looks at the history of footwear from around the globe, presenting around 200 pairs of shoes, ranging from a sandal decorated in pure gold leaf originating from ancient Egypt, to the most elaborate designs by contemporary shoe designers. On the ground floor, the themes are ‘Transformation,’ discovering how the concept of empowerment has been tied in with footwear, ‘Status,’ showing how impractical shoes represent privileged and leisurely lifestyles, and ‘Seduction,’ which investigates shoes as objects of fetishism. On the upper level, the processes of designing and creating a shoe are explored. You will also discover shoes worn by various celebrities, including Marilyn Monroe and Sarah Jessica Parker, and even shoes worn by Queen Victoria.

Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL. Until 31st January 2016.
Exhibition - history of footwear

The Fabric of India

This autumn, the V&A is also exploring the rich culture of South Asia, both past and present with an India Festival, which marks the 25th anniversary of the opening of the museum’s Nehru Gallery.  One of the highlights of the Festival is a study of handmade textiles from India, from the 3rd to the 21st century.  Showcasing a combination of the best of the V&A’s world-renowned collection, together with masterpieces from international partners and leading designers, the exhibition will feature over 200 objects, many on display for the first time.

Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL. Until 10th January 2016.
The Fabric of India

Mademoiselle Privé at the Saatchi Gallery

For the six weeks from 13th October until 1st November, the Saatchi Gallery is devoting three floors to a journey through the origins of Chanel’s creations, capturing the charismatic personality and irreverent spirit of Mademoiselle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld, including the  history of Chanel’s inspirations, as well as Karl Lagerfeld’s subsequent take on Chanel’s codes, symbols and icons. The exhibition will be open seven days a week and, entry is free.

Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Rd, London SW3 4RY. 13th October – 1st November 2015.
Mademoiselle Privea at Saatchi gallery

Vivienne Westwood: Cut from the Past at Danson House

Last, but not least, and if you don’t mind travelling a little further afield, there is a fascinating Vivienne Westwood exhibition at the beautiful Georgian villa, Danson House in Bexleyheath.  The exhibition brings together for the first time a number of her ground-breaking designs, and explores the collections that proved to be her turning point both critically and commercially.

Against an 18th Century backdrop, you can view pieces that reference the works of Rococo painters, Watteau and Boucher, plus items for her iconic punk-fest ‘Seditionaries’ collection, created with former husband Malcolm McLaren.

Danson House, 41 Danson Rd, Bexleyheath, Greater London DA6 8HJ.  Open 12pm – 5pm, closed Saturdays.  By rail, from Victoria, Charing Cross, London Bridge or Waterloo.15 minute walk from Bexleyheath station.Until Saturday October 31 2015.
Vivienne Westwood
RECOMMENDED APARTMENTS, ALL CENTRALLY LOCATED AND STILL WITH AUTUMN & CHRISTMAS AVAILABILITY

Drayton Gardens, SW10 sleeps 4

This impressive apartment is located on the second floor of a grand building situated between South Kensington and Chelsea, close to many of the famous city attractions, including the Natural History museum, the V&A museum, Albert Hall, Hyde Park and the Saatchi Gallery.

Drayton Gardens apartment

Shepherds Market, W1, sleeps 2 – 8

This collection of modern luxurious apartments are located in the quaint and historic Shepherds Market, just off Park Lane, with easy access to Hyde Park and the stores and theatres of the West End. There is also a lovely selection of cafes and restaurants in the surrounding streets.

Shepherds Market apartments

Pont Street Mews, SW1, sleeps 4.

This lovely house to rent in Knightsbridge is in a small attractive, quiet, private mews off Walton Street, with a wide range of shops and restaurants at your doorstep.
Pont Street Mews house