I’ve discovered one of the most beautiful islands in
Europe the world.
We woke up super early in Dubrovnik, ready to arrive at the port for our 4 hour catamaran trip up to a tiny Croatian island called Hvar. Renowned for its beauty and party vibe throughout the summer months, it was a highlight of the itinerary for both of us.
Having managed to sleep for a fair portion of the boat trip and chatting away to a lovely British couple that we’d met, our boat soon docked at this incredible harbour…
Decorated with glamorous people, the most insane yachts (some complete with helipads), and sparkling turquoise waters, we hadn’t quite anticipated what was ahead for us.
Admiring the beautiful colours of the water, we dragged our suitcases along the cobblestones to a harbourside cafe and sipped smoothies and munched toasties whilst being positioned in the perfect place for people-watching.
Time to find our hotel – and I warn you now to think ahead on this one! We’re always keen not to be beaten, so took the most direct way to our hotel instead of getting a taxi. This meant dragging our heavy suitcases across plenty of Croatian cobblestones, and pulling them up flights of staircases that would never have been designed for this, in mid-thirty degree Celsius. But hey – girl power.
At the top of the stairs, there was a reasonable hill to contend with, but we finally found our little haven for the next few nights – Pharos Bayhill Hotel. We dumped our stuff and set out to make the most of the sun.
Tiptoeing through an assortment of bay and olive trees, we stumbled across the incredible Bonj Les Bains Beach Club, a beautiful club with cabanas, restaurant, and massage tables located right next to the sea. We made a pact to come back there the next day for a slice of paradise…
But first – to check out our own hotel.
Having been fully refurbished last year, we were excited to see what the hotel was all about. Hvar has limited accommodation, and foolishly we left booking this until last minute only to find most of it was pretty packed. Although more expensive than we’d have liked, the hotel promised new facilities and a buffet breakfast included, and with a 10% off code thanks to Expedia, we decided to roll with it.
It was nice – very clean and basic, but everything we could possibly need. Don’t expect luxury with your breakfast. It was nice and there was a good choice, but I think I’ve been spoilt elsewhere. As it closes at 10:30am, and the main demographic is young 20 somethings who want to party, you’ll find a huge rush at 10am with many items starting to disappear.
The pool was great! Friendly staff, some club tunes, and a reasonably priced cocktail and food menu. Pretty much all we needed. Even weirder was spotting someone we knew from our hometown!
Feeling pretty tired from our super early start, we headed off to bed early after a few cocktails so that we’d be up bright and early. And where better to start the day than down by the sea!?
We reconsidered the beach club, instead feeling very content just lounging by the rocks with the occasional dip in the sea when the sun got too hot.
We spent much of the day like this, hopping between the sea and the comfort of the sunbeds next to our hotel pool for cocktails and pizza.
Having only caught the end of the sunset the night before, let me introduce you to THE place on the island to go come 5pm – Hula Hula Beach Bar. Famous for its chilled house music, huge jugs of cocktail with extra long straws, and a VIP crowd pouring in from yachts to start champagne showers and see the sun disappear, it’s the go-to bar on the island.
It really is so much fun, and you’ll make a tonne of friends.
We even got invited for dinner with some Brazilians who were holidaying on the island!
Head down to the harbour and make sure you give the lobster spaghetti a try.
Hvar is home to two main nightclubs – one is called Pink Champagne and located near the Old Town of the island. The other – more famous – club is called Carpe Diem. The unique thing about this club is you catch a boat from outside the Carpe Diem bar at the harbour and across to a tiny island (one of the Pakleni islands) to get to the club, which is open from 2am – 6am.
Be prepared for a long night ahead, but it was an incredible experience. Being somewhere so secluded with everyone just ready to party was something very special. You’re also surrounded by lights and trees, it felt like being at The Glade stage at Glastonbury!
When you’re ready to swap the dancefloor for your bed, grab a slice of pizza from near the entrance and wait for the next boat back to Hvar. You’re treated to a glimpse of sunrise if you time it right.
Watching night turn into day at Hvar harbour at dawn is also very cool.
…and so, to bed!