CocoTravel; Maslina

If the thought of international travel resuming excites you as much as it excites #TeamCoco then like us, you’ll already be planning your next trip. [...]

If the thought of international travel resuming excites you as much as it excites #TeamCoco then like us, you’ll already be planning your next trip. The U.S, Spain, the Caribbean, the Costwolds, wherever is on your list, we’re about to add one more to it.

Opening in Stari Grad on the island of Hvar this summer is Maslina. This five-star, relais and chateaux brings a new concept to travel as a mindful yet luxury resort.

After a global pandemic it’s important we recharge and look after ourselves the correct way and with wellness at it’s core, Maslina would be the perfect place to do so. 

Located in Maslinica Bay, the resort is surrounded by olive groves and terraced vineyards, a lpine forest and overlooks the Adriatic Sea, Maslina is simply idyllic. The island of Hvar itself has six UNESCO World Heritage protections. It is also home to a variety of festivals; music, lavender, you name it. It also hosts Ultra Beach party, which brings international electronic music and festival lovers to Hvar Town every summer. So the island can be a party-paradise or perfectly peaceful, the choice is yours, yet a stay at Maslina is sure to be the latter.

With ‘Mindful Luxury’ at the heart of the resorts philosophy each detail and design reflects this. 

The architecture offers a sense of wellbeing by ensuring a connection to nature. Croatian architect Tomislav Alujevic created an ecological and contemporary resort using non-intrusive designs and organic materials allows the resort to blend seamlessly into its surroundings. 

The choices of interior designer Léonie Alma Mason and landscaper Thomas Seconde compliment the architecture; minimalist yet refined craftsmanship create an elegant and peaceful atmosphere taking the meaning of mindful luxury to new levels. 

The hotel is boutique sized with 50 rooms and three villas; all offering unparalleled views of the Adriatic sea or the wonderfully landscaped garden. Rooms range from Garden Suites to Pool Suites that all provide space to enjoy the Croatian Sun. The villas are on another level, the five-bedroom villa offers king-sized beds, a 55-metre square private infinity pool, fitness area, Finnish sauna, Jacuzzi, stone terraces with BBQ kitchen and an elegant dining and sitting room; ideal for social distancing really (even from those you travel with). 

Award-winning, two-Michelin Star chef, Patricia Yeo is the resorts Head Chef which alone may be enough of a reason to book a stay here.

The wellness philosophy also shines through on the menu; healthy Mediterranean food with vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes created for guests upon request. It also has an organic ‘zero-kilometre’ approach to dining, serving food produced in the area even down to the olive oil. 

If like #TeamCoco a spa treatment has been on your mind since lockdown to smooth away any tension mental and physical, then we’re sure you will book a visit to the Pharomatiq Spa. Specialising in restorative experiences with a ‘garden-to-skin’ menu that uses home-grown organic herbs and locally sourced essential oils. Thanks to this therapists are able to tailor blends to individual needs, providing a truly personalised treatment. 

If spa-treatments and sunbathing can get a little boring for you then Maslina Resort is perfect for sea-based fun. The crystal waters of the adriatic are ideal for snorkelling, paddle boarding, windsurfing and kitesurfing. Alternatively speedboat excursions are on offer so you can explore Croatia by sea! 

If exploring by foot is more your thing then there are an array of hiking trails in which you can trek the lavender fields and olive groves or by the Hvar Fortress which offers panoramic views of the town and sea. However you choose to spend your stay here, you’re sure to love Maslina. 

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Vanessa Gainford
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