Riva Hotel is a 5-star luxury boutique hotel on the unspoilt island of Hvar, Croatia. It is a superbly chic hangout with first class service and amenities – the perfect mix of old school luxury and forward-thinking design flair. Set in a century-old villa, it has been pulled firmly up to date with a sleek, minimalist interior and pop-style design touches. It is Croatia’s first member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and one of only three in the country today.
We love its location right on Hvar harbor, fringed by the central Venetian piazza, gin-clear Adriatic seas, and backed by forested hills. The historic town has some fabulous up-and-coming night spots hidden within it, and the Riva’s own BB Club is one of the chicest, perfect for a sundowner watching the views over the Paklinski Islands, or hotting up to DJ tunes at the spacious terrace bar.
We thought Andy Warhol’s roots were distinctly Slovakian, but the great man’s influence seems to have popped up here too, just off the sunny shores of the Dalmatian coast. Riva’s rooms are funky, modern and packed with personality, with streaks of bright color criss-crossing the space like a 60s London patchwork. All are pervaded by an old-school cinematic feel set off by the oversized prints hanging behind the wonderfully comfortable beds. We love it.
Why we like it
The Riva really is a great concept hotel. Its setting is unrivalled and, after laying down its roots, it could happily have secured its position as the best hotel on Hvar without much subsequent thought. Banish the thought. The attention to detail evident throughout the Riva is impressive indeed and the quality of the design is carried over into the mood at the BB club and the hotel’s Japanese restaurant Roots invites Sora.