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The Palmizana Meneghello on St Klement in Croatia

Bohemian retreat nestled in lush botanical gardens on a tiny island in the Adriatic Sea only 10 minutes by boat from Hvar

palmizanaI came upon the quote below about the Palmizana Meneghello whilst reading Forbes.com in 2013, bookmarked it and never thought about it again, until I started to research hotels in Croatia.

 

 

“In the famously gorgeous Croatian archipelago, the wonderfully picturesque island of St Klement is known informally as ‘Palmizana’ for its family-run hotel, Palmizana Meneghello. Run by the same Croatian-Italian clan since it opened as a single villa in 1909, the hillside property overlooks an idyllic cove and has expanded into seventeen rooms tucked into charming bungalows and cottages, scattered throughout a lush, century-old botanical garden roamed by imported peacocks. Rooms are filled with local art collected by the current matriarch, Dagmar Meneghello, whose daughter Romina manages the property, and this pair of friendly eccentrics lend the place lots of character and soul. Staffed with cool, young locals from the mainland, the casual al fresco restaurant welcomes hotel patrons as well as guests from the yachts and sailboats that moor just offshore and serves fresh fish, excellent pastas and plates of fresh anchovies drizzled in olive oil with crusty bread.” 

I then came upon the following quote .

Conde Nast Traveller (UK), September 2012
“Escape the crowded beaches of Hvar at Palmizana, a tiny resort villas on Sveti Klement, just 10 minutes away by boat.”

It seemed logical to do some more research which is how this article came about

Why you should consider the Palmizana Meneghello

This place is an incredible find – it’s got 2 excellent restaurants and is surrounded by fragrant plants, crystal-clear water and almost constant sunshine
It’s a haven of flora and fauna, and offers a splendid sense of isolation from urban life – the island is car-free, there’s limited WiFi, and no in-rooms TVs or phones
palmizana villaThe carefully designed buildings blend harmoniously with the environment and most have terraces overlooking the ocean. Interiors have been painted deep, vibrant colours and are decorated with unusual driftwood sculptures and contemporary artwork.
If you do want to get back to civilisation, you’re not far from Hvar Town’s cultural monuments and hip eateries
The laid-back and friendly vibe: to be taken, by jeep, to your villa and then ordered to relax and not to worry about checking in.
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The result is a discreet yet spiritual escape from the modern world. Popular with flora loving palmizana viewfamilies and hippies at heart, it’s a great place to while away the days eating fresh seafood, swimming in the bay, exploring by kayak and diving nearby shipwrecks.

 

 

Guest Comments are very revealing if you are seriously considering a holiday at Palmizana

In my opinion they say far more than anything else in this article to help you decide if this is for you.

The island is striking – it took a couple of days for this to sink in with me…all you see is clear blue sea, white rocks and greenery, broken up with the coming and going of small boats and luxury yachts.

As others have noted, the accommodation is not the most luxurious but the most important thing was the location – thirty seconds to the little pebbly beach. This took all the usual stress out of either having to load / unload a car or long treks back for missing sun-cream / goggles / book etc. and the kids could come and go as they pleased. Bliss. The White Villa also had two roof-top terraces if you wanted to escape the heat. Other reviewers have spoken about the noise from the celebrity party yachts but we were there in peak season and nothing disturbed us…although Mrs Webb did spot some paparazzi one day…

The Palmizana set-up was great – the kids loved being able to wander about on their own and the only cars on the island belong to the resort but being old Defenders you can hear them easily and they go mighty slowly. The staff were excellent – Eva in particular and her colleague (who looked like a young Joey from Friends) – all the advice / arrangements were spot on and they went out of their way to help us with choosing food to suit everyone, half-portions etc.

We went for a walk to Vlaka (the other tiny village on the island) on a cloudier day. This was on the only road on the island which turned out to be a narrow and rocky goat path (without goats) – really interesting, took about forty minutes and we had a great lunch in the fish restaurant there – again, all really friendly and to save the kids’ legs, they swiftly arranged a water taxi back to the marina.

Other highlights – the posh beach bar at the far edge of the bay for drinks and some lovely truffle-rich pasta. Much more expensive than the other restaurants but you can sit on day-beds / tree house / hammocks – all of which made me deeply uncomforable being a middle-aged Englishman but cheered everyone else up…. Day trip to Hvar – beautiful town, good mix of eateries, holiday gifts and could stock up on some essentials in the supermarket. The tortoises, including lots of babies, are in two enclosures below the main terrace. Even saw a peacock on our last day…

Essentials / tips: do take some beach shoes to avoid heel-punctures from sea urchins. Masks and even buckets for kids to use to hunt and store shells. Mosquito spray and bite cream useful – not that many but seemed hungry. We stocked up on some essentials at the supermarket whilst waiting for the hydrofoil in Split harbour – wide selection and good value. Good phone signal on the island and the wi-fi works on the Palmizana main terrace.

Prices: Palmizana arranged a taxi (about 40mins) from Split airport to the port and the driver had pre-bought the hydrofoil tickets for us – this came to 625Kn all-in. (Divide Kn by 9 for sterling prices). I bought my Kn from the Post Office before going – there is a cash-point on the island and they take credit cards – will all be going Euro next year anyway…which I am sure has macro-economic benefits but it was interesting to handle different currency illustrated with rather angry looking 19th century be-whiskered men.

Water taxi from St Klement / Palmizana worked out at 400kn return but think this was quite a good deal – they always ask for a minimum of five people. Large and lovely Croatian beer is £2-2.50. Pizza on the island between 60-90kn and would feed three. Pasta dishes, salads etc all tasty. In other restauraunts, we averaged about a tenner a head with drinks. Fish dishes were most expensive but very fresh and cooked beautifully. As a rare gesture of largesse on my part, we got the private speedboat back to Split airport – this took about an hour speeding across the Adriatic and a two minute taxi cab to the actual airport. The clincher for this was that the return journey on a Saturday would have been a lot cheaper but a very early start and then hanging around in Split for a few hours in the heat before another cab ride etc. Cost 350 euros but a great way to end the holiday. Be aware that Split airport is tiny – couple of duty free shops and you can grab a drink and a sandwich but not an airport to hang-around in or rely on for any last minute gifts…

 

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