Villa Kivy / Sumartin
Villa Kivy is a spectacular waterfront property ingeniously designed directly on the water's edge. Newly constructed on three levels the villa is an outstanding example of modern Dalmatian architecture. The house is luxurious and elegant and has been created using the best of everything, from the striking crystal chandeliers, to the finest stone sinks, beautiful fabrics and contemporary furnishings. Carefully thought out by an interior designer, every attention to detail and comfort has been considered. Built as a family home, a reflection of modern family attitudes, it has large and incredibly light and airy rooms opening on to extensive terraces, partly shaded, comfortably furnished and very well equipped for outdoor living. Created using the finest white Brac stone as seen on the American White house, villa Ivy is one of the few villas given a 5 star categorisation by the Croatian tourist board. Staffed with a house maid and manager who also acts as a concierge, this is a property in which guests can truly relax and be looked after from the moment they arrive.
Individually and stylishly decorated with uncluttered elegance, all the bedrooms open out onto terraces with fabulous views over the bay of Sumartin and the Biokovo mountain range. Cushions, blinds and bedspreads are rich and textured, with silks and materials sourced from around the world. All the air-conditioned bedrooms have Egyptian cotton linens with opulent bathrooms and plenty of fluffy towels to pamper oneself with after a day in the sea or around the pool. The stylish kitchen has uninterrupted views over the bay and holds all the gadgets needed to make cooking and hosting a pleasure. The living room combines contemporary furniture, artwork and sculpture mixed with antique and vintage pieces from France and India.
Moving to the outside area of the property you will find the stone infinity pool with stunning views over its horizon edge to the turquoise bay and mountains beyond. The pool has four infinity edges and an endless swimming jet. Surrounding the swimming pool there are plenty of sun loungers for you to enjoy a lazy day in the sun. Being a waterfront property, the villa is perfect for fishing fans who can relax and enjoy fishing from the jetty. The dining terrace has fabulous views of the mountain range in the evening making it the ideal spot to dine on the days catch.
The villa is ideally located for exploring the beaches and islands of the Dalmatian Coast. There are a few small beaches within the bay itself with many more in nearby coves. However no matter where you go you may be sure you will find perfectly transparent, clean unpolluted sea.
The Villa has a mooring for visiting boats and larger vessels can be anchored in the bay or in Sumartin harbour. A boat and skipper can be hired on a daily basis allowing guests to be transported to other islands and to experience a full range of water sports.
Entrance Level – The two master suits can be found off the main entrance hall. Both benefit
from full height glass windows giving access to the stunning sea and mountain views. Blackout
curtains open to let sunbeams flood the room with warm light. Opposite the bed, the TV screen
is linked to the central satellite. Both bedrooms have large private balconies with their own seating area allowing guests to take breakfast or just to escape to their own private domain. The bathrooms are a sublime exercise in understated opulence.
Middle Level – The living room and kitchen open on to an outside terrace area. Folding glass
doors allow the floor to become open plan, creating an alfresco living environment. There is the
option of dining inside or outside. A glass wine cella, media room and office can be found on this level.
Ground Floor – Two further en suit bedrooms with patio doors leading out on to the main terrace giving panoramic sea views. A self contained spa with a sauna, steam room and gym can also be found on this level.
Satellite tv in all bedrooms
Hair dryers in all bedrooms
Safe, Washing machines, tumble dryer
selection of books etc
Ipod docks in every room
system connected to indoor and outdoor speakers
3d TV with Internet access and DVD Library
Pool with endless swim jet
Outdoor shower next to the sea,
Daily maid service
Services On request
Transfers by minibus or boat
Skippered boat with water sports equipment
Catering on request
A full catering service can be offered for guests wishing to experience Croatian specialities from our excellent chef.
All prices are subject to change and will be confirmed at time of the booking.
Split is the second largest city in Croatia and is the largest city on the Adriatic coast. Coupled with its strong history - it emerged from a settlement around a palace built by Roman emperor Diocletian, and the city was also important within Yugoslavia - this lively city sure is worth a visit, however brief.
Closest to Split is tiny Solta Island, The largest coves are at Stomorska, Rogac and Necujam on the northeastern coast but it can get windy. Nevertheless, Necujam has the largest (gravel) beach and it is well-maintained with beach showers and other conveniences. For swimming, you can also head to the Maslinica cove on the western coast which is protected by various offshore islets. Stomorska is the largest and most developed village. Here is where you'll find most of the island's cafes, restaurants and businesses as well as the island's. Only 19km long and five km wide, there's not a huge amount to do though, except explore one of the little villages or relax on one of the rocky beaches.
Brac Island (pronounced "Bratch") is the longest and most elevated island in central Dalmatia, 48km long and 14 km wide. Supetar is the main port of entry on Brac Island as well as its administrative centre. Although many people only give Supetar a passing glance on the way to the much more touristed Bol, it merits more. Fertile surrounding countryside with vineyards, olive groves and orchards, pine woods all along the coast, lovely bays with sandy beaches (particularly the bay of Vlacica) make Supetar an excellent base to explore the island. The harbour is an attractive place for a stroll and is backed by a small group of medieval streets. The most outstanding attraction is the 18th century Church of the Annunciation which is worth checking out for its 18th-century altar paintings and monumental staircase. On the western edge of town is a beach and watersports centre.
Zlatni Rat beach near Bol on Brac Island stretches like a finger into the Adriatic. As you can see here, this very exposed beach can catch the wind making it a favourite with windsurfers who flock here as soon as there's the faintest hint of mild weather. The beauty of this unique phenomenon is that the cape affords a wide range of swimming and sunbathing opportunities from shallow and shady to sunny and deep, depending on the time of day and the wind.
Activities in Croatia
Walking/Hiking: Croatia is perfectly suited for walkers, and there are numerous interesting walks to be had across the country. The most picturesque ones tend to be those in the National Parks, such as Plitvice Lakes, Krka and Paklenica National Parks and on the islands of Brijuni and Mljet. Those who are interested in something a bit more strenuous - hiking - may like to head to Mount Biokovo (above Makarska) and the Velebit mountains (northern Dalmatia).
Cycling: British company 2 Wheel Treks organise cycling holidays in Istria, Southern Dalmatia and the Makarska Riviera, on which you stay aboard a motor boat. After a morning spent cycling, you can decide whether to cycle again in the afternoon, or spend it cruising aboard the boat. Sounds delightful!Skedaddle are another company that offer cycling holidays in Istria.
Tennis: Who can forget Goran Ivanisevic's classic triumph at Wimbledon in 2001? If you'd like to emulate at least a bit of his success, why not head to a tennis camp in Croatia? Unfortunately, you won't be able to have lessons from Goran himself, but there are good coaches and schools located at various places along the coast. One such place is Tennis Camp Umag, which is home to an ATP tennis event each summer. Many do not organise full package tours, so you must arrange your own travel arrangements.
Skiing: Over the years, we've received several enquiries from visitors about skiing in Croatia - no doubt prompted by the fantastic achievements of Croatian skiing stars Janica Kostelic and her brother Ivica. (Janica won 3 gold and 1 silver at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games at Salt Lake City, and a further 1 gold and 1 silver at the 2006 Games in Turin; Ivica won a silver medal at the 2006 Games, and two silver medals in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver - that's a lot of medals from the Kostelic family!) Unfortunately, we have to disappoint as Croatian skiing facilities cannot compare with those in nearby Slovenia, Austria and Italy. (Even Croatian skiers train in Austria!), head to Bjelolasica, where the Croatian Olympic centre is located. Another popular skiing location is just north of Zagreb at Mount Sljeme.
Diving: Diving is a very popular activity, as the sea is calm and beautifully clear. There are also quite a few ancient artefacts - both Greek and Roman - in the Adriatic sea. Diving courses are available, but if you're an experienced diver and don't need any courses, you'll still need to obtain a diving permit. There are also some restrictions on where you can and cannot dive. See Pro Diving Croatia for extensive information.
Cricket: Sure, not a sport that you'd immediately associate with Croatia - but it is one that is slowly growing in popularity in the country. Or, to be more precise, on the island of Vis! As of May 2008, cricket tours are due to start of 5/7/9-days duration that include at least a couple of games against Croatian opposition. (Including, of course, Vis CC.) See www.viscricket.com for further details.
Kiteboarding: Kiteboarding - a popular sport around the world - can be enjoyed in Bol on the island Brac. Kiteboarding is a surface water sport that uses the wind to pull a rider through the water on a small surfboard or a kiteboard (similar to a wakeboard). Generally, kiteboarding refers to a style of riding known as freestyle or wake-style, whereas kitesurfing is more "wave-riding" oriented.
The villa is ideally located for exploring the beaches and islands of the Dalmatian Coast. There are a few small beaches within the bay itself with many more in nearby coves.