A hidden gem of luxury Scottish hospitality in the hills of Hvar island. More homely accommodation in Croatia is impossible to find.
If you are looking for luxury accommodation in Croatia away from the crowds, The Quaich Experience in the quaint inland village of Vrbanj on the island of Hvar could be just what you are seeking. From perusing theirimpressive website and enjoying your complimentary welcoming drink, to sampling your poolside cocktails and outstanding menu, there is the feeling that The Quaich Experience does homely luxury with understated efficiency.
Run by Mick and Chris Connor, who bought a complex of ruins in 2005, the Quaich has become their family home and main business, where they live in the lovingly restored and tastefully furnished main stone house while renting three charming stone cottages around a private courtyard, with adjacent pool and sun lounging area. They opened in 2009 and have been full for both seasons, so book early to avoid disappointment.
What makes the Quaich unique is the attention to detail and the willingness of your hosts to provide whatever you require to make your holiday a memorable one. As they are full-time residents, Mick and Chris know all the locals, and have a ready list of recommendations for quality restaurants (including their favourite Me and Mrs Jones in Jelsa), secluded beaches, car hire and things to do for children.
Luxury accommodation as standard
From the free WIFI access to the complimentary hammocks by the pool, the free extras make this accommodation exceptional value for money. Whether it be the Egyptian cotton sheets, free iPod, TV, DVD player and hairdryer in every cottage, the attention to detail allows you to relax and enjoy the hospitality. On their site, Mick and Chris state that Our aim is to provide you with a luxury retreat without the fuss. Nothing is too much trouble for us and we will try to fulfil any reasonable requests you may have. Remember, we want this to be the best holiday you have ever had.
Breakfast is taken in the private courtyard and there is an impressive array of home-cooked food, with a distinctly Scottish flavour, including the impressive Balmoral Chicken, complete with real haggis flown in from Scotland. Both are excellent chefs and the Quaich menu provides an excellent alternative after a few days of Dalmatian fare. The option to interact with fellow guests is there, with weekly food nights for current residents on offer, with the 120 kuna goulash night (including a half litre of wine and dessert) particularly popular.
For a new business, the Quaich Experience has already hosted numerous honeymoons, as newlyweds have been drawn to the understated luxury in quiet stone surroundings. Many take advantage of the Romantic Package, which includes some lovely extras such as champagne and chocolates on arrival, a breakfast served in your cottage, and an intimate poolside candlelit dinner. Because Vrbanj is not on the main tourist trail, guests can truly get away and relax, while still being very close to the action - Jelsa, Starigrad and the beach are all very close, with Mick more than happy to help out with transfers.
So if you are looking to treat yourself next summer, look into the Quaich Experience, or browse here to find more options for discovering hidden Croatia.