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Last updated: 05 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: Jane Foster

The Pakleni archipelago is a gorgeous cluster of uninhabited pine-scented islets opposite Hvar. On Sveti Klement, one of the islands, Palmizana occupies an overgrown botanical garden, with palms, cacti, eucalyptus, mimosa, fig trees and lilies.

A back-to-nature retreat, it has six secluded bungalows and six villas (sleeping three to ten), all hung with bold colourful modern paintings – the owner is an art collector. There are two restaurants serving Creative Dalmatian cuisine, with an emphasis on seafood and local seasonal produce.

It sits above a bay with a pebble beach, where yachts drop anchor overnight, and lies a 20-minute speedboat ride from Hvar Town.

Surrounding area

Palmizana is on a car-free islet, traversed by footpaths leading through pinewoods and herb-scented Mediterranean scrub (a 30-minute walk from end to end).

Nobody lives here year-round, but there’s a large, well-equipped ACI yachting marina five minutes’ walk from Palmizana (open April to October) served by regular taxi-boats from Hvar Town (20-minute crossing).

The sea is crystal-clear, but the Palmizana beach is a narrow strip of pebble and gets extremely crowded in high season.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: Onsite
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: Not available
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

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