Little Green Bay
This boutique hotel in a secluded bay on Hvar is all about understated luxury. Chic contemporary design is at the forefront, with 15 rooms and a slick terraced bistro in raw natural materials – stone, wood, linen and polished concrete. There's a pebble beach, mini-spa and private speedboat.
- Jane Foster, Destination expert
In Lozna bay, a secluded turquoise north-facing inlet, backed by pine-wooded slopes, on the island of Hvar. It lies three miles (five-and-a-half kilometres) from Hvar Town, where you'll find the island's main cultural attractions, bars and restaurants – the hotel offers private speedboat transfers there and back. Hvar Town is served by catamaran from Split (journey time 65 mins).
Style & character
'Less is more' is the motto at this barefoot-chic boutique retreat, founded by a French brother and sister, with backgrounds in hospitality and design respectively. Nestled in an isolated pine-scented bay, immersed in emerald greens and turquoise blues, it's a place for total relaxation, dubbing itself a 'non-hotel'. Built on the site of an old farmhouse, the stone façades hide slick interiors of polished concrete painted in earthy tones, with big wickerwork lampshades and grainy linen textiles, and considerable attention to detail.
Service & facilities
Staff are highly trained – service is discreet, professional and personalised. The atmosphere is Zen without pretension. Backed by pine trees, the rock-and-pebble beach has sun-beds with black canvas mattresses, black parasols and jumbo beanbags (which float, so you can take them into the sea), plus several small stone piers jutting out into the bay. On the hillside above the bay, planted with pines, cacti and oleander, the mini-spa offers massage, face and body treatments (using Thalgo products) and an outdoor hot tub. There's a tiny boutique stocking Little Green Bay linen-ware (as used in the rooms and restaurant) and a hotel speed-boat for private excursions.
- Room service
There are 15 rooms and suites built around the bay – most but not all have sea-views, and each has a balcony or terrace. Expect raw concrete walls in earthy hues – duck egg green or milk chocolate brown – a big comfy bed with lovely 100 per cent linen bed clothes (Little Green Bay label), large wickerwork lampshades, built-in concrete desk with writing equipment, espresso coffee machine, wall-mounted television and Bose Bluetooth speaker.
Bathrooms likewise are of raw concrete, with stone washbasins, heaps of towels, two sets of bathrobes (one linen, one towelling) and About Rose Imperial (Belgian) toiletries. Suites come with a bamboo-covered sea-view terrace with rattan sun-beds, and an outdoor bath or shower.
Check out is at 12 noon, so you won't be hurried away.
Food & drink
The bistro extends over two levels, with a dining room and two terraces overlooking the bay, furnished with slick walnut-wood tables, chairs handmade by Artisan from Bosnia-Herzegovina, and lit by elegant hanging lamps.
At breakfast, the waitress brings each guest a glass of fresh orange juice and Japanese-style ceramic bowls of diced fresh fruit, homemade bread, butter, honey and jam. Eggs are made-to-order, as are coffee or tea.
For the rest of the day, the bistro serves contemporary French cuisine prepared from (mostly) local ingredients and fresh herbs, such as a summery Niçoise salad with oven-warm roast potatoes and fresh tuna, and black ravioli stuffed with lobster, plus quality Croatian, French and Italian wines. Waiter service is excellent.
Value for money
Double rooms from €390 (£347); and from €450 (£400) in peak season. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi. The hotel operates from May to late September.
Access for guests with disabilities?
Families are welcome, though the sophisticated tranquil atmosphere is best suited to couples. Some suites have space for two children.