Villa Nai 3.3 sits peacefully in a 500-year-old olive grove on the Dalmatian island of Dugi Otok. This exclusive retreat was designed by avant-garde architect Nikola Bašić, who excavated rough-hewn stones before assembling them into a new structure in the terracotta hills, set against a backdrop of sloping olive trees that positively shimmer in the sunlight. The result is a triumph of design, low impact in its construction and balancing creative geometric shapes with the aged landscape of caves and undisturbed woodland.
With only eight rooms it feels like the warm sunshine and soothing sea views are yours alone to enjoy at Villa Nai 3.3. The closest point of civilisation is the docile port village of Zman, while a cluster of islets can be explored on sailing expeditions with descendants of the Adriatic’s first fishermen. A helipad adds to that far-flung feeling and sense of exploration.
Rooms and suites enjoy fabulous views, best absorbed while you sip an ice-cold glass of Croatian wine on your private terrace. These generous outdoor spaces are designed to resemble the main deck of a boat where you could laze away the hours from sunrise to the inky evenings underneath an unobstructed canopy of stars. Interiors maintain a serene effect with marble bathrooms, light-filled living areas and designer furniture of remarkable Italian standards.
Stone trails lead to the infinity pool and an oil mill producing award-winning, almost drinkable ‘liquid gold’ olive oil, deserving of an on-site tasting room. The two restaurants take their cues from traditional island recipes, serving fresh line-caught fish and firing up steaks on the charcoal grill combined with fresh produce sourced from local farms. Meanwhile, the hotel spa returns to design elements of a hillside grotto, however its Indonesian, Thai and Balinese therapies are very welcome foreign elements.
Couples & romantics
Lovers of nature and tranquillity
THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL
Admire views of the sea and forested islets from the infinity pool
Enjoy a nurturing treatment in the spa, where cutting-edge treatments are combined with luxurious products incorporating Villa Nai’s fine olive oils
Feast on succulent steak or freshly caught fish, prepared over an open fire at Grotta 11,000
Embark upon a culinary journey with 3.3 restaurant’s exquisite seven-course tasting menu
Sample some of Villa Nai's 200 wine labels in the Lobby Bar, which also offers fresh organic coffee and a selection of tempting cocktails.
THINGS TO DO NEARBY
Charter a yacht and sail through the enchanting Kornati islands
Venture to the Telašćica National Park, home to a shimmering lake, pre-Romanesque churches and some 25 pristine coves
Go snorkelling, diving or big game fishing in the surrounding waters
Spend an afternoon exploring the charming fishing village of Sali, and remain for dinner in one its lively local restaurants
Villa Nai 3.3 only accepts children over the age of 12
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