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Villa Giardino Hotel
Brac, Dalmatia, Croatia|villagiardinobol.com|
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Once a sleepy fishing village, Bol is famed for Zlatni Rat, Croatia’s most photographed beach. It’s also known for adventure sports – windsurfing, scuba diving and mountain biking.
The nicest place to sleep is Villa Giardino, entered through a stone courtyard with giant bean bags, and set in a garden with palms, lemon trees and roses.
Following a make-over in 2019, it has retained its homely atmosphere – the marble-floored lounge is still decorated with potted plants and paintings – but the 15 rooms have been upgraded. Top choice is the vast two-bedroom presidential suite, with a lounge and sea-view terrace.
The hotel is located in the old part of Bol, which is made up of old stone cottages built into a gentle seaward slope.
The street is quiet and peaceful, and just a 5-minute walk to the seafront and fishing harbour, where you’ll find lots of small cafes, pizzerias and seafood eateries.
A lovely tree-lined promenade leads to Zlatni Rat Beach (25-minte walk), which has good water sports facilities. Behind the beach rises Vidova Gora mountain – a signed footpath leads to the top.
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