It’s hard to think of anywhere in the Split region, if not most of Dalmatia, that can beat Martinis Marchi for its combination of tradition, style, elegance and comfort. Alternatives on Šolta are mostly limited to resort style apartments on Nečujam and Villa Šolta in Rogač.
A short walk uphill from Rogač bay and ferry port, Villa Šolta is a good choice for reasonably priced but comfortable accommodation. Facilities include internet connection and large bathrooms complete with underfloor heating. Enterprising owner Ivo Bežić deserves to succeed and also owns Konoba Šolta, on the same grounds, and Konoba Saskinja in Maslinica, both with a similar authentic Dalmatian menu.
In a marina in Maslinica, on the Island of Šolta, lies Martinis Marchi, an early 18th-century baroque castle which has been restored in tune with its original concept. Inside you'll find antique furniture and fashionable but understated finishings; 21st-century luxuries such as a heated swimming pool in the courtyard, pool room, sauna and hammam, satellite TV, underfloor heating, air-conditioning and a heliport – this is very much a destination hotel for the Split area. Each of the six suites is unique in size, shape and furnishings. The largest occupies the whole tower on five floors but you can stay in equal comfort, with varying space, in the other suites. The expansive restaurant of the same name (terrace, wood-beamed interior and wine cellar) serves up quality international and Dalmatian food at affordable prices and is the perfect place to catch a sunset over a delicious meal. For real sophistication, arrive at Martinis Marchi by boat – you can dock right next to the hotel.