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Sveti Klement, Dalmatia, Croatia|www.palmizana.com|
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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.
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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