08 Thursday Aug 2013
Adriana Hotel, Adriana Hvar Hotel, adventure, boating, Bol, Bonj Les Bains, Brac Island, Carpe Diem Bar, Carpe Diem Beach, Carpe Diem Island, Crotia, Dalmatian Coast, eco swimwear, Europe, Filip's Marina, Happy Endingz Eco Swimwear, Hvar, Split, Trogir, Vanessa Rivers, Villa Papilio, water sports Croatia, Yacht
The Dalmatian Coast is the historical, and extremely beautiful region of Croatia, on the eastern Coast of the Adriatic Sea. Before last week I knew nothing about Croatia, except that I was going there for a friend’s 30th birthday and it would take two hours to fly there from London. But when my boyfriend and I arrived in Split last Thursday evening we both instantly knew we had just landed in a gorgeous part of the world…
The Split airport is tiny and clean, and as we step outside we’re greeted by the bright blue waters of the Adriatic Ocean in the distance and a friendly cab driver who welcomes us with a smile and fairly good English. We show him the address of the house our friend has rented for the week and he says he knows the street so we take off on the small paved road that winds up along the coast. It’s warm out, in the 80′s, so we leave the windows down to feel the breeze and after 10 minutes of driving and 10 minutes of getting lost we arrive at what is by far the most glorious house on the hillside. Our driver smiles and says “this is the best house around,” and as we step inside we begin to understand why.
Villa Papilio, (Butterfly Villa) is an impressive estate with glorious views of the ocean and surrounding towns, 5 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms (seriously who needs 9 bathrooms?! LOL), a huge infinity pool in front, and an indoor pool. When we arrive the owner of the property Yelka, a very sweet lady who reminds me of my Italian Grandma, is outside preparing us a glorious Croatian feast. We meet the other guests and all 14 of us sit down to dinner on the terrace, enjoying fresh fish, vegetables picked from Yelka’s garden, wine and a breathtaking sunset over the Dalmatian Coast. Later that night we head out to the nearby town of Trogir to take in some of the culture and music. We have some drinks and crepes for desert (yum!), and then call it an early night. Tomorrow we are taking a yacht to the island of Hvar and I am so excited I can barely sleep. Anytime I get to wear a bikini and be on the water I am beyond happy, especially when exploring an amazing new destination!
Now I could go on and on and write out every detail of this enchanting weekend but this is a blog, not a novel, which means I need to get to the point very soon. So here it is. Croatia rocks! It is one of the most beautiful “party places” I have ever been to because it still feels unspoiled and untouched. The water is glorious blue, the towns are clean, the architecture is simple and beautiful, the people are friendly and it is very cheap compared to places like St Tropez. If I had to describe it in one sentence I’d say St Tropez meets Mykonos right before these destinations became so touristy. And Hvar is a must see island if you like to party.
We stay at the luxurious Adriana Hvar Hotel friday night, dance the night away at Carpe Diem Bar, then take a boat to Carpe Diem Island to continue the birthday extravaganza till dawn (happy birthday to our friend Nader!), then stumble back to the ferries that take us back to the main island of Hvar. Side note ladies do not wear heels, sandals only! The next day we nurse our hang overs with lunch at Bonj Les Bains beach club, then board our yacht to head back to Villa Papilio, but not without stopping at Brac island along the way to explore the Golden Cape Beach of Bol.
Arriving at this funny shaped beach that stretches 500 meters into the sea, is like finding yourself at a water sport heaven with literally every type of water sport imaginable happening before your eyes. I see kiteboarding, parasailing, windsurfing, kayaking and crazy water activities I have never seen before like these little floating “slide boats” with parents peddling the boats with their feet as their children laugh and slide into the warm waters of the Adriatic Sea. I stand on the top deck of our yacht and say a prayer thanking God for letting me experience this wondrous place, before my boyfriend and I jump into the ocean and swim to shore to find gelato. When we reach the shore I instantly wish we brought sandals because the pebble beach hurts our feet but besides that I could not possibly want anything more. I found a little slice of heaven in Croatia and I know I’ll be back again someday.