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Dating back to 1706 when a band of Venetian brothers were given permission from the government to build a castle in exchange for colonising the 12-mile-long island of Šolta, this fairytale-like boutique hotel is magical. There are just seven classically styled suites built around a pretty open-air central courtyard, all of which feature carefully selected antiques sourced from Europe and a decor scheme that remains true to the building’s original architecture. There’s also a heated outdoor pool lined with loungers, a large garden for relaxing with a book or relaxing with a glass of fine Croatian wine, and an excellent restaurant for Dalmatian cuisine and picturesque views of the marina..

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Rooms

Arranged around a pretty central courtyard, the hotel’s seven suites are individually designed and named after historical figures that shaped the castle’s history. All feature meticulously resorted antique furniture sourced from across Europe, wooden flooring, vaulted ceilings, soft lighting, and comfortable beds with Egyptian cotton linens. Modern amenities include a flatscreen TV with satellite channels, minibar, safe, air conditioning, Wi-Fi access, and a bathroom with a bathtub or walk-in shower. Every suite affords spectacular views of the pool or sea (some offer both).

Location

Overlooking the turquoise waters lined with small fishing boats and yachts at Maslinica’s scenic waterfront, you’ll be staying on the island of Šolta’s western edge. The town’s selection of seaside restaurants and cafes can easily be reached on foot. The nearby islands and beaches are a short water taxi ride away.

Food and Drink

With a reputation for being one of the best on the island, the Martinis Marchi Restaurant delights guests and locals alike with gourmet Dalmatian cuisine, fine local wines from the on-site wine cellar, and wonderful views of the waterfront. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available. Breakfast is served buffet style and includes a generous selection of fresh fruits, meats, eggs, hot and cold dishes, and tea and coffee.

Facilities and Activities

In addition to a heated outdoor pool, the hotel has a small wellness area with a hamman, sauna, and private room for massages and other treatments. The hotel offers several different tour options around the island. Alternatively, you can make use of their customised jeep for exploring on your own.

Our opinion

We love the fairytale vibe, attentive service, and soothing decor at this converted castle located in the charming fishing port of Maslinica on the beautiful Dalmatian island of Šolta.

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