Maslina Resort is Croatia’s first mindful luxury property. So it is rightfully pleased with the news that Stari Grad, who shares its sustainable and environmentally-friendly philosophy, has been named one of the three top Croatian destinations in the category of ‘Best Sustainable Tourism Destinations – Innovative and Smart Destinations’.
Sustainability and protecting the environment are two crucial things in today’s world, and it’s something the hospitality sector needs to embrace. Over recent years, Croatia’s focus on these two important aspects has been well-publicised, and it is now being widely lauded for its efforts.
One area of the country known for its dedication to protecting the environment and promoting sustainability is the city of Stari Grad, and the Maslina Resort shares the same philosophy.
Maslina Resort, a Relais & Chateaux property, has perfectly balanced using the natural healing properties of the Hvar environment with promoting environmental sustainability. Surrounded by olive groves and a pine forest, nature is interwoven throughout the 50 rooms & suites and three villas at Maslina Resort, and celebrating it is a priority for the mindful luxury property.
With a history dating back to the pre-historic era, Stari Grad is a quiet town on Hvar Island, untouched by mass tourism. With six UNESCO World Heritage protections, the six-kilometre Stari Grad Plain being one of the best-preserved systems of Greek field architecture, and the nearby Grapčeva Cave having the largest number of prehistoric drawings in Europe dating back to 4000 BC, being named one of the Best Sustainable Tourism Destinations in Croatia is vital in ensuring Stari Grad’s preservation for future generations.
The UNESCO-protected Stari Grad presented innovative approaches to promoting cultural wealth and how to use “green technology”, particularly in the hospitality industry, to provide an unforgettable experience for every guest.
The luxurious resort has made several innovative steps to promote sustainability. To eliminate food miles and to reduce the hotel’s carbon footprint, the Michelin-Recommended restaurant sources its fish and meat from Hvar Island, mainland Croatia, and the glistening waters of the surrounding Adriatic Sea.
Further strengthening the zero-kilometre approach to dining, fruit, vegetables, olive oil, herbs, and spices are grown in the 7,000 square metre Organic Garden which doubles as a chic and rustic sanctuary for guests to explore.
The commitment to supporting local suppliers and producers whilst being eco-conscious also extends to the selection of award-winning wines available at Maslina Resort. Not only does sourcing wine from Croatian vineyards reduce the resort’s carbon footprint, but Croatian wine is also renowned for being one of the best in the world. Croatia has over 130 grape varieties producing up to 700 wines annually from almost 20,000 registered winemakers.
Time and time again, Croatia is celebrated at wine awards, with 254 Croatian winemakers winning a medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2021, including three wineries winning a platinum medal and eight winning a gold. The Wine & Culture Club at Maslina Resort is where guests can enjoy tasting delectable wines whilst learning more about the rich history of the local winemaking region from the resort’s experienced sommelier.
Maslina Resort’s Pharomatiq Spa uses the innovative garden-to-skin wellness concept, which draws upon the natural healing environment of Hvar, inspired by the relaxed Mediterranean lifestyle. Europe’s sunniest island, Hvar, is renowned for its lavender fields, which are celebrated at the annual Lavender Festival.
The soothing lavender fields, fragrant herb bushes, and rugged olive groves are a rich source of locally grown herbs and essential oils used in the extensive list of restorative and rejuvenating treatments and therapies available at the Pharomatiq Spa.
About Maslina Resort
The Maslina Resort sits on the Croatian Island of Hvar, close to Stari Grad, one of the eastern Adriatic’s oldest towns. The resort boasts an enviable position in Maslinica Bay, surrounded by olive groves and terraced vineyards extending across two hectares of pine forests.
It is a mindful luxury resort with three villas, fifty rooms, and suites. Sustainability, wellness, cultural heritage, family, culinary art and authenticity are at its core.
How to get there
Many airlines, including British Airways, Easy Jet, Jet 2, and Whizz Air fly from many regional and London airports direct to Split. The flight time is approximately two hours and 30 minutes. From Split Airport, the transfer by speed boat takes 60 minutes. Dubrovnik and Brač airports are also nearby. Private car and speedboat transfers are available from any of these locations.
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