The list of Brač hotel options are slowly increasing, but at a quieter pace than neighbour Hvar. The exception is Postira, with major renovations of existing hotels and one shiny new four-star, Hotel Lipa. Supetar is also on the way up; the Villa Adriatica is an intriguing option, the Velaris group have been renovating their stock, and a four-star built from scratch, Amor, opened a while back. For the better hotels you need to commit and book early. In Bol, this is the antique-filled Villa Giardino and the modern, chic Bračka Perla. Elsewhere, you’d be hard pressed to find better anywhere in Dalmatia than the Hotel Palace Lešković.
In Bol, the wooded area on the way to Zlatni Rat is dominated by larger resort complexes. The most impressive is the newly renovated, four-star Elaphusa.
By far the loveliest option on Brač. It comes with all of the contemporary accoutrements, WiFi, heated bathroom floors and massage bathtubs. But the 13 rooms also come with history – the hotel is older than the town’s church next door. As its name implies, this four-star is a renovated palace. A registered cultural monument, it has been in the family since its construction in 1467. On the outside, the Renaissance feel has held pretty steady. Inside, thanks to dedicated owner, Ružica, each spacious room is unique, with antique furniture and beds. In No.6, Secessionist furniture sits atop woven oriental rugs. Adorning the walls of the 13 doubles and two suites are Ružica’s paintings. At street level, the restaurant is also four-star, with dishes like angler fish wrapped in bacon. Out back a leafy, walled garden is perfect for breakfast or relaxing after investigating beautiful little town-hugging Pučišća Bay.
Set right next to iconic Zlatni rat beach and up a long flight of steps – not for the faint-hearted – this hilltop hotel and spa complex comprises a solar- heated freshwater pool, gym, courts for tennis, volleyball and boccia bowls and access to a watersports centre with windsurfing and scuba diving. It’s family-friendly too, with a water slide and kids’ pool, plus three restaurants and a pizzeria.
Postira has moved upmarket of late, mainly thanks to the owners of the Hotel Lipa, the newest four-star in a stable that includes Hotels Pastura and Vrilo, Villa and Apartments Marija, and Resort Lovrečina. Opened in 2009, Lipa has 28 rooms and six junior suites in a purpose-built but tasteful modern building with an outdoor pool, jacuzzi and sauna. As if he wasn’t busy enough, the owner has his own farm which ensures home-produced vegetables, wine, olive oil and the like in the hotel restaurant and grill. Most rooms have a sea view. Around the bay is a new man-made beach, complete with statue.
This four-star element of Tourist Resort Velaris is set in Vela Luke Bay to the west of Supetar town centre. The whole resort was renovated in 2006 and Amor opened in 2007 after being reconstructed over the foundations of its predecessor, Hotel Lučića. Though modern, the exterior has a certain style and the interior is simple but elegant and provides all mod cons. The split-level apartments on the second floor provide some stunning views of Split and more luxury, with a balcony and jacuzzi.
Associated with Hotel Marmont in Split, Bračka Perla has similar ambitions in style. Describing itself as an Art Hotel it offers individually decorated suites (eight) and rooms (three), each one part of a Mediterranean floral theme, around a courtyard and garden terrace with an open-air pool, jacuzzi, sauna, gym and massage rooms. A communal room for occasional rainy days, a restaurant around an open fire and sea views complete the picture of luxury.
Recently renovated and upgraded to a four-star, this hotel, in the pines just off the walkway to Zlatni Rat, is the best of the Bluesun group. Its 300 rooms and six suites are standard but spacious, with wooden floors – half have sea views with terraces. The facility has swimming pools indoor and out, a rock-terraced sunbathing area, a whirlpool, a childrens’ swimming pool, a gym and numerous courts for sundry ball games. There’s a good spa centre, plus a restaurant with theme dinners. Throw in disco bar Ela and disco bowling, and guests need never leave the hotel grounds.