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Reviewed August 10, 2009

We stayed at Palmižana on the Island of St Klement for 10 days in July 2009. We were 3 couples and 1 single ranging from 25 to 66 years old. We all thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it to anyone wanting a truly unique getaway!

First of all, the island is part of the Paklina archipelago and has no cars so it's very peaceful and you are completely surrounded by nature. The harbour is a 5 min walk from the resort and has a shop and a cool cocktail bar which we often frequented for late night drinks. You can get a water taxi to the Island of Hvar which takes just 10 minutes and being the most bustling and touristy island, you have the best of both worlds.

The accommodation is quirky and unique. We stayed in the Yellow, Green and Violet bungalows which were tastefully decorated in their said colours. Our accommodation was comfortable and clean but do not expect luxury - the amenities are basic and simple which suited us fine. Hot water can run out quickly so we got used to having quick showers but this wasn't a problem for us. The paths leading to the villas could do with more lighting and some fixing but again, when you are in such beautiful surroundings, little things like that didn't get to us.

Breakfast is served at Dagmar's - a beautiful art inspired building overlooking the marina. They offer a good selection of cereals, fruit, yoghurts and cooked eggs and ham done how you like. We had amazing dinners at Dagmar's and Toto's. The seafood and fresh fish was delicious and service was always good. Dagmar's do a delicious fish stew on the fire which my family couldn't have enough of. There is also meat and vegetarian options if you don't fancy seafood. We had drinks before dinner on our patio - we took our own and they provided ice and glasses with no problem and we would move onto dinner around 9pm.

The main beach of the resort is nothing special - it's small and busy so we didn't spend any time there but this wasn't a problem to us as we explored the island by foot and by boat and stumbled across beautiful excluded bays and beaches. They are all pebbled beaches so don't expect sand (anywhere on the Dalmatian coast for that matter). I advise you wear booties at all times to avoid the sea urchins. There is the small problem of litter thanks for the boats using the ocean as a litter bin but the beaches are cleaned up after every season apparently. We had super weather with clear skies and baking sunshine every day. It didn't rain once and the evenings were a pleasant temperature.

One day, we did a 1.5 hour hike to the fishing village of Vlaka. The paths aren't proper paths as such but are colour marked. It was very hot so we armed ourselves with water and wore suitable clothing and walking shoes. The island is full of aloe and rosemary so the scent is wonderful. We came across a magnificent crystal clear bay where we stopped for a swim to cool down. We then headed into the village and were amazed at the quaint houses and serenity of this sleepy little place. We visited the church and stopped for lunch at restaurant in the middle of nowhere called "Pansion". It is owned by a family who grow their own fruit and vegetables, run their own winery and the man of the house is a fisherman who catches the seafood daily. We shared the likes of octopus salad, seafood dip and cheeses with homemade bread and sampled their home made wine. No exaggeration, this was the best meal we had on the entire holiday - and the cheapest funny enough! The daughter who runs the restaurant spoke good English and was delightful to talk to. We didn't fancy walking back in the mid afternoon heat so she organised us a water taxi back to the resort. This definitely worth a visit!

We did two private boat tours while staying on the island. First one was to the Island of Brac where the town of Bol and the longest beach in Croatia were great to visit. The other was to Vis with stops at the Green Cave and the world famous Blue Cave on the Island of Biševo - all worth seeing. Just take sea sickness tablets if you suffer like me :)

Palmižana has been run by the Meneghello family for over 100 years so their passion and enthusiasm is definitely a warming attribute. All the staff were friendly, helpful and attentive. The one daughter, Tarin deals with the bookings and PR and was excellent in answering my e-mails efficiently. The other daughter, Romina runs the show and sorted out every request within minutes. Eva, the secretary was very good in organising our day excursions and answering all our questions. The waiters, Igor and Eva were fantastic and loads of fun and Mario was helpful too. The rooms are cleaned while you are at breakfast and fresh beach towels were provided when we asked.

After Palmižana, we went to Dubrovnik for a few days and we all just kept on saying - "We want to go back to Palmižana!". At first you may think it's a bit rough around the edges but once you get into the island way of life and take everything in, you won't regret this unforgettable and truly relaxing place!

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with family
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1  Thank islandstyle08
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Reviewed July 27, 2009

just got back from this hell hole on the first boat out!

only stayed 2 hours. i would solemnly advise that NO ONE go to this island.
its smelly, old and run down,
staff are rude. the beach is the size of a peanut and covered in rubbish and people.
the crickets gave me a headache after 2minutes and the accomadation looked like a health hazard.. i would have rather stayed in a mud hut in the sahara,
thankfully back in hvar, never to return!! hvar is amazing! palmizana is a big pile of steamy poop and a waste of money that you will never see again.
if u think this review is a joke.. go see for yourself...actually dont!!

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank lucyloo7Hvar
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Reviewed May 22, 2009

My husband booked a week in Palmizana as the second stop of our spectacular three week honeymoon. He figured it would make for a relaxing and somewhat restful break between Paris and Istanbul. He figured right. We had done a lot of research prior to arriving in Palmizana so we would know what to expect during our visit - expectations that were definitely exceeded. We stayed in Villa Orange and couldn't have been more pleased with the beautiful, comfortable accomodations that were made complete by an amazing terrace with a view of Palmizana Bay. Aside from a couple of day drips to Hvar (which I would highly recommend), we stayed on island. We enjoyed one incredible fresh meal after another. Romina, the owner, was always present and available to assist in any way she could. We rented a boat one day and found several private coves to swim and relax. Most of our time was spent at the beach sunning and swimming, eating and drinking fabulous Croatian wine. A kilo of fresh grilled shrimp for lunch became our daily ritual while sitting on the terrace at Toto's taking in the view of the Adriatic. I only hope that one day we can return to Palmizana -- one week wasn't enough!

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank ESRinSD
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Reviewed May 15, 2009

When we booked this trip we had an idea of a quirky and friendly hotel and we were not disappointed.

The hotel itself is located in one of the main bays of St Clements. The island is mainly covered with forest with a rocky coastline with very little entertainment except yourself and your book or scrabble board.

But surely this is the reason to go? The charming Romina whose family have owned and run this guesthouse for generations explained how electricity only arrived at the island 5 years ago. There is no road to speak of just a track taking you through the interior to take you through the various bays. There is also no real beach but an area with loungers on the front of the Palmiziana Bay.

If you are looking for a large sandy beach, then this is not for you. But equally you will easily find a comfortable and secluded spot in any of the bays with pretty much no one else around.

The restaurants on the bays served mainly seafood. However the standard was excellent with fresh fish brought to your table to select and extremely friendly staff who were always willing to help and recommend, especially when they realised you were staying longer than the passing ships who dock in the harbour.

This is probably not the place for people looking to party, and I wonder if it is the best place for younger children but if you are looking for seclusion and you do not mind the various methods of transport required to get to this destination then i would thoroughly recommend. Hvar is a boat ride away if you do get cabin fever.

Do not expect the fancies of modern hotels, there are no egyptian cotton sheets. plasma tvs nor giant walk in showers. Maybe that will come in the future but when it does also except the price to go up a hundred or so euro a night.

The destination itself is unique and beautiful, the accomodation similarly unique and well worth visiting.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank eermeenow
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Reviewed May 15, 2009

Palmizana is a beautiful resort on a perfect island. It has a wonderful get-away-from-it all feeling. The 20 minute boat trip from Hvar (a fantastic venetian style place in itself) is like a trip away from the cares of the everyday world to a magic place. It's what we Irish call a 'thin place' — where earth and the heavens touch—you expect to bump into a god or goddess somewhere around.

I stayed with a group of colleagues for a training week. We slept in different villas, each decorated to a different colour theme. The silence at night has to be experienced to be believed. Probably due to the fact that there is no traffic on the island (apart from a couple of stripped down landrover service vehicles).

The resort is an artist's paradise - perfect for writing, photography, painting or just quiet reading. It is surrounded by luxurious semi tropical vegetation and, of course, the warm inviting Adriatic. The sea was crystal clear, with plenty of isolated coves—ideal for private bathing and enjoying the delights of the outdoors.

I found it the perfect place for quiet meditation, but I'm sure it is also fine for partying, if that's what you like. There were some interesting people around so it's a good place to meet, drink, talk and share ideas.

We ate outside, on tables beautifully laid out with clean linen for every meal (including real linen napkins—my test of a classy restaurant). The food was locally sourced and excellently prepared. Service was friendly and quick. There was no problem cooking some special vegetarian dishes for me—nothing seemed too much trouble for the staff.

I loved Palmizana and rate it as one of the best places I have ever stayed. I want to go back again and again. It's a perfect place for lovers and anyone creative or spiritual.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled on business
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1  Thank tdjs
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