Thursday, 30 September 2010

Celebrate St. Stephen’s Day in Hvar

Night time at the Town Square

September and October are the months of splattering rain and chill winds – so why not get away to an island filled with sunshine bliss? We promise you wouldn’t need an umbrella!

October is actually a fantastic month to visit Hvar. On October 2nd, this harbor town celebrates its patron saint and protector St. Stephen; hence, St. Stephen’s Day. On this day, you can go visit the places that are dedicated to him such as the Town Square and the St. Stephen Cathedral.

The Town Square is said to be one of the most beautiful and largest squares in Croatia. Measuring at 4500 square meters, it is filled with local eateries, shops, and cafés. The town has developed around this square and it is definitely where all the festivities will happen. Don’t forget to take a camera!

You can also visit a grand architecture dedicated to St. Stephen. Said to be the most impressive building in Hvar, the Cathedral of St. Stephen is located on the eastern side of the Town Square. It was built from the 13th -18th century on the site of an early 6th century Christian Church and considered a gem of late Renaissance Dalmatian architecture with impressive interiors and richly decorated facades.

Does October in Hvar sound appealing now? Then take this opportunity to see how you can stay at our Suncani Hotels as we offer special rates for the fall season. For example, from September 20th until October 8th, Amfora superior rooms are available from only 125€!

For more information on all of the Suncani Hotels’ special offers, please click here.

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Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Conference Rooms, Banquet Halls, Meeting & Board Rooms For All Your Event Needs

When planning a meeting, incentive event, conference or exhibition, you need to look for a fresh destination that will “wow” your clients, partners, employees and customers. At the same time, you need an affordable venue that can handle all the details of your event and make it a success. Here’s why Suncani Hvar Hotels are the perfect choice!

Although tourism to Croatia is rapidly increasing every year, there’s a good chance that the majority of your clients, guests or colleagues still have not been here! Croatia is easily accessible from international gateways and is just short flight away from dozens of major European cities.

The island of Hvar, in particular, has a stunning and luxurious coastline and a unique fusion of Central European and Mediterranean culture. Over the past few years, Hvar has become the ultimate playground for the rich and famous, attracting celebrities such as Steven Spielberg, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Spacey and Eva Longoria who recently celebrated her wedding anniversary with husband, Tony Parker, in Hvar.

Not only is Hvar beautiful, it’s different and truly a place that will resonate in the memories of you and your attendees long after the event is over. Amfora, our grand beach resort, has everything you need to make your conference or meeting a success, including:

• Grand ballroom: over 370 m2 of flexible space with movable walls (divisible into 3 rooms with daylight)
• Terrace ballroom: over 320 m2 of flexible space with movable walls (divisible into 2 rooms with daylight)
• Complete on-site A/V services
• Separate entrance for the conference centre
• Close proximity to guest rooms and leisure areas
• 10 meeting rooms (groups of 10 to 40 delegates)
• 2 outdoor function spaces (groups up to 550 delegates)

After the work is done, your group can stroll down Amfora’s private beach and experience the best food Croatia has to offer at Bonj 'les bains' (a 1930s style architectural gem) or at Maestral, our yacht deck restaurant. Without a doubt Suncani Hvar Hotels hosts the most exclusive restaurants on the island, providing vibrant ambiences and savory dishes, with local ingredients and spectacular views.

Want to get away from the distractions of other tourist hotspots? Take advantage of having your own private venue by renting out Riva – our chic, luxury boutique hotel. Eight suites, 46 guest rooms, Roots restaurant and BB Club are all yours alone for the duration of your event!

No matter if you choose to stay at Amfora, Riva or Adriana – our Experience Hvar program offers an incredibly diverse range of professionally guided excursions and activities, including ones designed especially for groups! We also offer a number of special deals for large groups, meetings and conferences. Take a look here.

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Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Extend Your Summer on the Sunniest Island in the Mediterranean

Autumn may officially arrive this week but not here in Hvar. The change in seasons traditionally marks the transition from summer into winter but on the sunniest island in the Mediterranean, when you arrive; expect to fall in love with this bright and sunny emerald in the Adriatic Sea where the water is crystal clear. With 2715 hours of sunshine each year, tourists from all over the world visit Hvar not only during the summer but also throughout the year.

Why not extend your summer with us on the island of Hvar? Whether you wish to relax and unwind by the pool, indulge in a massage or participate in guided excursions, activities and programs, look no further than Suncani Hvar Hotels. No matter if you’re travelling individually, with your partner, or with your family – we’ve got activities for you! Here are some highlights!

Our Sea in the Sky

Enclosed by a unique canopy system enabling it to both open air and indoor, taking a dip in Adriana’s heated seawater pool is like swimming in a sea in the sky. Surrounded by a spacious deck with captivating views of Hvar’s city, hills, and bay, guests can take a break and enjoy an invigorating swim, read a book, or just relax in the sun.

Escape Into Relaxation

Located within the Adriana hotel, Sensori Spa is the first full-service international spa in the Croatian islands as well as a member of the Leading Spas of the World.

Sensori Spa will introduce you to the concept of holistic wellness, offering services and experiences that will help you live healthier and feel more renewed in addition to making you look your best. Indulge your senses in unique spa experiences that you can see, hear, touch, taste smell and feel.

Sensori Spa offers both indoor and outdoor facilities, a full array of wet and dry treatment rooms, a VIP spa suite, nail salon, lounges, movement studio, whirlpool, signature steamrooom and rooftop seawater pool!

Journey Through Time

Explore the most culturally rich spots in town with our Hvar Town Special and discover the historical legacy of the island. The town citadel, medieval walls, monasteries and palaces await you! You can also take a tour of Stari Grad. With beautiful Greek antiquity, the town is filled with white stone houses and an atmosphere that often turns visitors into residents!

Sightseeing tours are also available for Vrboska (known as “Little Venice” of Hvar island) Jelsa (one of the largest towns on the island) and Pitve (a quaint village). Read more information about these tours here. Private tours of the island are also possible by request.

Are you a history buff? Hvar holds a special place in the history of Croatia, being one of the centers of Croatian literature during the Renaissance. Prominent writers in Hvar included Petar Hektorović and Hanibal Lucić. Today, in Stari Grad, tourists can Tvrdalj Castle, the fortress/summer villa that was home to Petar Hektorović and architectonically designed by him as well. Another famous Hvar resident was Ivan Vučetić, a police official, who perfected dactyloscopy, the identification method by fingertips.

Check out the full list of all our Hvar Experience activities and ideas here and enjoy all the perks that come along with being a guest of Suncani Hvar Hotels!

Experience an unforgettable end of summer island holiday. Treat yourself, or a loved one, to one of our special offers where superior rooms are available from 99€. There is something for everyone!

Friday, 3 September 2010

Restaurants in Hvar

The Croatian island of Hvar has carved out a modest niche with its traditional cuisine, and tiny 'restaurants' – little more than a few tables in somebody's house – offering simple but delicious fare.

"Pomalo" (meaning slowly, or little by little) is the word exchanged between locals as they go about their daily routines in Hvar. "Pomalo", they say to each other as their paths cross on the way to the fields and vineyards. "Pomalo" when they meet in the shade of the palm trees to watch the ships in the harbor and gossip over a morning coffee. "Pomalo" as they discuss the night catch at the fishmongers, or pass on the way home from the market with fresh food for lunch swinging in plastic bags. Perhaps it's this frequently repeated advice, as much taken as given, that is responsible for the relaxed, timeless atmosphere that dominates Hvar – that is central to its cuisine.

Hvar is probably best known for two main things, its weather and its food. Traditional cooking and the island's laid-back feel, combined with an understanding and appreciation of fresh produce and fish, makes Hvar cuisine so delightful. The people of this Croatian island are far from lazy, but they do follow their own rhythm – a lifestyle dictated by the seasons, weather, and the simple fact of being surrounded by a vast blue sea – and the food is equally straightforward and authentic.

In Hvar Town itself, restaurants are plentiful, especially by the piazza, flanked by bars and eateries, serving the ubiquitous pasta and pizza, but also local Dalmatian delicacies such as octopus salad, black risotto, boiled langoustines, brodetto fish stew and lobster pasta, usually sided by aubergine and pepper. Above in the winding narrow alleyways of the tiny old town, the Menego Tavern serves its own wine and specialties like ‘drunk figs.’

Without a doubt Suncani Hvar Hotels hosts the most exclusive restaurants on the island, providing vibrant ambiences and savory dishes, with local ingredients and spectacular views. The Val Marina restaurant at the Hotel Adriana boasts mouth-watering dishes such as the octopus tempura, lobster carpaccio and truffle pasta as well as offering the chef’s selection of the daily catch.

Day or night, an idyllic romantic setting at a Suncani Hvar Hotel is just steps away. The signature eatery of the Amfora Grand Beach Resort is the Maestral Yacht Deck Restaurant, named after the region's pleasant, westerly breeze. The Maestral offers the finest aspects of a traditional Dalmatian konoba and sets them to unsurpassed bayside ambiance. Here you'll savor Dalmatia's grilled specialties and fine wines in a romantic atmosphere accentuated by teak wood and candlelight.

The unsurpassed ambiance provided by Bonj 'les bains' turn-of-the-century architecture and marvel at the wide-open view of Amfora Bay from its Steak and sea-food restaurant makes it Hvar’s premiere spot for fine dining and lounging. Bonj’s irresistible charm, delicious food and romantic atmosphere is simply a winning combination that will make you love it at very first sight.

Far from the traditions of Croatia and the island of Hvar, within the Riva Yacht Harbour Hotel, lays the European renowned Japanese restaurant, Sora. The philosophy of food at Sora is to offer a contemporary, sophisticated twist on the traditional Japanese style of eating. The concept behind Sora cuisine is to deliver an authentic flavor of the east while respecting the traditions of the past.

We would love to hear from you about your dining experiences on the island of Hvar. Please send us your recommendations for restaurants and favorite dishes through our Facebook page; you can also follow us on Twitter.