You have checked into your hotel, had a wander around Hvar’s impressive waterfront and main square (the largest in all Dalmatia at 4,700m2) and you are wondering what to do next.
Of course, the guidebooks and websites are full of suggestions and there are plenty of brochures at the tourist board, but there is nothing like the hottest tips from someone really in the know about the latest trends, hidden restaurants and tours only a few get to hear about.
Welcome to the Suncani Hvar Concierge.
As one would expect from the island’s leading hotel, group, Suncani Hvar has a strong concierge service available in all its hotels, which is at your disposal to add that little extra to your stay on Croatia’s premier island, and it is those little magical suggestions and arrangements which can truly make the difference between a great holiday and a truly exceptional one. Let’s look at a few examples of where the concierge service, which has been painstakingly built on a wealth of local experience and personal contacts, can add the sparkle to your next Hvar holiday.
Wine tours are increasingly popular on Hvar, one of Croatia’s most exciting regions with the island’s indigenous grape varieties and varying terroirs, and the most common wine tours go off in groups to visit a couple of wineries. But if you are looking for something extra special, your concierge can arrange some rather funky wine tours, the memories of which will last longer than the holiday. Why not check out the Waves and Wine Tour, a speedboat trip along the fabled south side of Hvar, where the steep slopes are perfect locations for the highly prized Plavac Mali grape. Take in the Zlatan Otok wine tasting experience, as well as a very intimate tasting in a cave right on the water, a tasting experience only available via this tour. Feeling a little seasick and looking for options by land? How about a personal wine tasting with the only Master of Wine to produce wine in Croatia – grapes from Hvar, hands from London – with all wines made using Hvar’s indigenous grapes. Looking to try the older vintages not generally on offer to the public, tasting in the company of the winemaker himself, or how about a paired food and wine dinner prepared by another winemaker in his own restaurant – a private dinner and the chance to get to know the timeless Dalmatian hospitality experience up close and personal. Hvar’s wine story is extraordinary and dates back some 2,400 years. But it takes the right person sometimes to unlock its very best secrets.
Fine dining is, of course, one of the main features of a luxury holiday, and the concierge service has plenty to offer in this regard. Bookings in the hotel restaurants and main eateries in town are standard, but if you are looking for something a little extra with some spice and romance, look no further than the concierge. A dinner for two at the Hvar Bohemian Sunset Dinner, perhaps, dinner with wines in the splendour and isolation of an olive grove with 1,000 trees and possibly the best sunset on the whole island. Or a hidden restaurant with the freshest fish in an idyllic bay, either on Hvar itself or on the magical Pakleni islands. Looking to learn a little more about Dalmatian cuisine than just sampling the Hvar menu? Why not let your friendly concierge arrange a cooking class in a traditional Dalmatian village restaurant? Go and pick the ingredients for your lunch and learn how to prepare some Dalmatian specialities with the restaurant chef.
As one would expect on such a tourist island, there are plenty of tours available. And then there are the tours which can be arranged which offer something a little extra. A walking tour of Hvar Town, for example, is a standard activity, but what if it could be done in the private company of Hvar’s leading historian, with access to places not on general view? The range of tours available to visitors to Hvar is extraordinary – the range of tours which can be arranged by the concierge is more extraordinary still.
Looking to get active during your stay? From hiking to cycling, sailing to sea kayaking, fly-boarding to rock climbing, sky diving to scuba diving, there are many options to explore the island with a little more adrenaline than simply lying on the beach (although this is highly recommended!). Looking for the most comprehensive range of options? Look no further.
And who are you going to call to arrange that yacht charter or speedboat transfer to the airport for that early morning flight home? Many guests stay in hotels and never think to use the concierge service while staying, which is a pity, as a little friendly advice and local knowledge can make things so much more interesting and enjoyable, as well as saving time. Learn more about the Suncani Hvar concierge service here.