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Less is more ... rather than overwhelming you with volumes of travel tips, here is a specific list of exclusive recommendations with Mr & Mrs Crystal's stamp of approval.

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Adriana Hotel Terrace Bar

The terrace bar at the Adriana is the perfect place to relax with a pre-dinner aperitif or an after-dinner mint cocktail. The view of the harbour from the slick terrace bar (aptly named The Top) is picturesque, and the A-listers of Hvar mingle at the black marble bar, perch themselves on the swanky chrome stools, and recline on the sofas to admire the view.

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 View Map ... Fabrika bb, 21450 Hvar, Croatia
Bonj “Les Bains”

The sleek Bonj "Les Bains" is a luxury beach club built on a 1930s bathing deck of stone cabanas and wooden jetties. Book a king size sunlounge and spend the day soaking up the Dalmation sun. If the heat gets too much, either descend the ladder into the refreshing ocean to cool off or have a soothing massage under a cool canopy. Take a break for a delicious light lunch at the café, and rehydrate with a thirst quenching fresh juice. Later in the afternoon the house tunes pump from the bar across the alcove and cocktails are served by sexy waitresses dressed all in white.

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 View Map ... Majerovica BB, Hvar, Split-Dalmatia, 21450, Croatia
Carpe Diem

In Latin “carpe diem” means to live day by day, realising the chance of the moment and enjoying every minute of it. In Hvar, Carpe Diem is a true vision - a café, cocktail bar and impromptu disco all combined in a beautiful Venetian petite-mansion. At sunset, the post-beach crowd and yachting fraternity lounge on Moroccan cushions in the intimate alcoves. At night, the DJ sets the scene for rock star partying and table dancing. This harbour-side mecca should not be missed.

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 View Map ... Obala Oslobodenja, Hvar, Croatia
Hula Hula

Hula Hula holds court as one of Hvar’s best beach bar destinations for daytime drinks and après-beach gatherings. Its rustic setting, cascading down the rocks and onto the ocean, attracts sun lovers during the day and trendsetters in the evening. It is undoubtedly the best bar on the island to watch the sun set. The only things you’ll need to take with you are your sunglasses and a cavalier attitude.

 View Map ... Majerovica, Hvar, Croatia

what we think

Once you have been to Hvar, you won’t want to tell anyone about it. Not because you didn’t love it, but because you will want it to be just as perfect next time you go back, and not spoiled by unyielding crowds. It is the sunniest of the Croatian islands – perfect for soaking up the rays on a private pontoon, where the only obstruction to the picture perfect view of the Adriatic may be the plush white organza curtains on your king size day-bed. For a change of scenery, take a ride on a small motor boat to one of the surrounding islands but make sure you’re back in time for the DJ session to accompany your cocktail while the sun sets. Spend the evenings wandering the charming tiny streets and pause only to pull up a cushion at one of the hole-in-the-wall bars. Hvar is cool without trying too hard. Great views, luxury hotels and a hip crowd makes Hvar worth discovering, before the rest of the hedonist world does.