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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.

hotels

Adriana Hotel

The Adriana marina hotel and spa is housed in a vintage building but couldn’t be more contemporary. The interior is design-heavy with a generous helping of luxury mixed in. Its 40 stylish rooms are tastefully decorated and the hotel’s allure includes a 15,000 square foot spa and a heated rooftop seawater pool. With an unobstructed view of the harbour and an enviable location, the Adriana is hard to beat.

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 View Map ... Fabrika bb, Hvar, Croatia
Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort

Amfora’s room are so architecturally slick that you may have difficulty finding the toilet, posing as a minimalist white box. But it is hard to disguise the attraction of resort-like Amfora. Its location is picturesque, tucked away in tranquil bay only a short walk from the historic town. By day, you need not leave especially when bathing at the adjacent luxury deck, Bonj “Les Bains”, digesting a designer burger or ordering another refreshing mojito at your private king size sunlounge. You also have the option of Amfora’s pool – a romantic lagoon and volcanic hot springs with infinity pool views, where the temperature soars when the DJ takes to the decks.

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Riva

As one of the new luxury style hotels in Hvar, Riva has been a spectacular success. Its minimalist rooms are sexy in design with quirky black and white posters of movie stars and glass-frosted rainshowers. Riva’s location, fronting onto the harbour, is perfect for watching all the harbour-side action.

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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.