Spent 6 nights staying here as part of a longer trip to Croatia, and while we didn't have any major issues with any aspects of Palmizana, it just wasn't remarkable enough to warrant the fairly hefty bill.
Our accommodation was individual and comfortable, although more rustic than plush - with local art on the walls and quirky features. We stayed in Villa 'Red', which was spacious - with a decent sized living area, small bathroom, mezzanine bedroom and large shady terrace. It's not self-catering, so no kitchen facilities apart from sink and kettle. It was cleaned thoroughly every day - usually by the time we had returned from breakfast.
The villas are all nestled amongst trees on the estate, and very well placed so that most are not overlooked - and without feeling too 'resort-y', which we liked. The restaurants are all close by, but again nicely tucked away within the trees. We were quite surprised (possibly by not reading up properly beforehand) by the fact that the island of S. Klement actually has a sizeable Marina and a good 7 or 8 independent restaurants - which offered good choice - although didn't help to keep prices low!
Service was great - Romina and her staff are always present, very friendly and helpful and very laid back. Whether breakfast, dinner or ad-hoc enquiries, there was always someone on hand to help. We rented a little motor boat for the day, and paid about £60 for the day - which seemed quite expensive.
We ate twice in the Palmizana restaurant - food was fresh, local, home cooked & very tasty - but quite pricey (although no more so than anywhere else on this island). Our meal at the sister restaurant 'Toto's' was equally good food but service was laughably slow - luckily we weren't too concerned and were recompensed with some extra wine. Breakfast at the Palmizana restaurant was always good with a decent selection of bread, jams, yoghurts, fruit & eggs every morning.
The private beach isn't great, but there are others you can wander to within a couple of kms. It's all pebble/ rock, which we were expecting, good tips on here to take shoes you can wear into the sea to avoid the sea urchins & spiky rocks. It definitely feels like an island that is best explored by boat, as you're a little limited on foot - a couple of paths taking you to the village of Vlaka where there are 2 restaurants, and another leading down to another bay, but otherwise fairly limited for a week's stay. It's definitely missing a swimming pool!
As we were staying slightly out of high season, we were caught out a couple of times trying to catch the taxi boat over to Hvar Island because it didn't turn up as advertised. The private taxi boats take a minimum of 4 people so we often had to wait until another 2 people turned up to make up the numbers - not greatly flexible, and pretty expensive at about £10 each for a return ticket, which mounts up when you're popping back and forwards a couple of times in the week.
Hvar Island is definitely where the action is, and in hindsight we would probably have stayed here instead and used as base for exploring - we ended up spending a fair amount just getting off the island. Unless you literally want to do nothing in fairly average surroundings, there's not enough to do here for a week - and it's not as pretty as some of the places we found in Croatia (of which there are lots!). We stayed at 5-star hotels in Split and Dubrovnik and paid roughly the same as we did here - we were looking for something different, and although it had some good bits, it just didn't feel like good value for money.
- Also Known As:
- Palmizana Hotel Hvar