Palmizana Hotel Hvar
About the pine-scented islet of Sveti Klement (St Clement), a part of the Pakleni archipelago, served by routine taxi-boat (travel time 15 minutes) in the volcano at Hvar Town.
Style & personality
Immersed in art and nature, Palmižana creates an isolated and intimate hideaway. The proprietor Dagmar Meneghello, is an art collector and her great flavor and flair to mixing the rustic and traditional with the unique and innovative is what’s made it so unique.
Service & amenities
The staff are welcoming and provide highly personalised service. The botanical garden, where the complex is constructed, was set from the Meneghello family back in 1906. Developing a back-to-nature setting, it’s thickly planted with pines, palms, orange trees, cacti, and fragrant herbs like rosemary, lavender, mint and lavender. The Škorpion art gallery, about the Palmižana cafe patio, exhibits bold colourful paintings and sculpture by modern unsigned artists. From here, steps lead down to a pebble beach, with sun beds and parasols.
The seven bungalows and seven baths are painted around a color and decorated in this color. Interior walls have been painted so in vibrant and deep tones, and wrapped with exceptional modern art. Each unit includes a double bedroom (some have two), a living room with sofa-bed (but no TV), fundamental self-catering amenities, plus a secluded patio for eating outside – a few have outdoor kitchens also.
Food & beverage
A la carte breakfast is served in Palmižana restaurant, on a covered terrace with fuchsia walls hung with contemporary artwork, and adorned with driftwood sculptures and potted plants. Later in the afternoon, the menu includes traditional Dalmatian dishes with a modern twist. Former guests include American actor John Malkovich. Down from the ocean, Toto’s includes a leafy terrace adorned with miniature colored mosaic tiles, and also serves tasty dishes prepared from local seasonal ingredients, with an emphasis on fish. Both restaurants are very popular with yachters, who set down anchor in the bay, and then jump ashore to float.
Value for cash
Bungalows from $120 (#85) in low season; increasing to $180 (#125) at large. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.
Accessibility for guests with disabilities?
Not suggested for people with impaired mobility.
Palmižana is ideal for children — there is no visitors, so that they could run wild in character, and the little beach gives on a sheltered bay with shallow water. Extra beds and cots are available on request, and fundamental self-catering facilities mean you can prepare snacks.
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