Hotels in Vis, Croatia

by Joanne Thomas

Vis, the farthest Dalmatian Island from mainland Croatia, appeals to tourists with its warm, turquoise, Adriatic waters, secluded bays, ancient Greek and Venetian heritage and seafaring culture. A range of lodging options are available in Vis, including hotels, bed and breakfasts and private villas. The handful of hotels on the island are mostly located in the picturesque medieval cities of Vis and Komiza.

Hotel Bisevo

Hotel Bisevo is next to the beach and within walking distance of the center of Komiza, a small town on Vis. The hotel grounds include Mediterranean gardens and offer expansive views over the sea. The 126 guest rooms and five spacious apartments feature bright contemporary decor and furnished balconies with sea views. They also include satellite televisions and refrigerators. The hotel's restaurant serves local wines and seafood specialties such as black squid risotto and Komiza-style fish stew; it offer seating both indoors and outside on a shaded terrace adorned with a stone fountain and paper lanterns. There also is a sleek aperitif bar on site. Recreation include mini-golf and beach volleyball.

Hotel Issa

The 128-room Hotel Issa overlooks the bay of Vis and is surrounded by palms and fragrant citrus trees. All rooms offer private balconies and most face the Adriatic Sea. Dining and entertainment options include a restaurant that serves buffet breakfasts and dinners, a cocktail bar with a terrace offering panoramic views over the bay and live entertainment, a television lounge and an aperitif bar. The property has a mini-golf course, a children's playground and an Internet station. For a fee, the hotel can arrange massages, diving courses and rentals of bikes, scooters and cars.

Hotel Tamaris

Hotel Tamaris is a century-old stone building in the heart of the town of Vis. It is an intimate boutique hotel with only 25 guest rooms and the charm of traditional Mediterranean architecture. Most rooms face the sea, offering panoramic bay views from their cast-iron balconies. From the on-site Cafe Tamaris, you can hear the traditional Croatian a capella singing called "klapa" in the nearby square of Klapavica. Guests also can dine at Admiral, the hotel's a la carte restaurant that presents buffet breakfasts and dinners. Facilities include a travel agency that offers activities on Vis and boat trips to neighboring islands. Guests can rent bicycles and vehicles though the hotel.

Hotel San Giorgio

Hotel San Giorgio is a historic stone house with gardens of palms and citrus groves in the oldest part of Vis island. It has been remodeled to provide contemporary amenities like air conditioning, wireless Internet and satellite televisions, while retaining its old Mediterranean charm. The decor of the four guest rooms and six junior suites is modern and elegant with a soothing natural color palette, elegant furnishings and island-inspired artwork. The deluxe guest room features a private terrace and hot tub; the suites offer balconies overlooking the garden and old town. In addition to its rooms and suites, Hotel San Giorgio also offers off-site accommodation in a private lighthouse on a tiny, rocky islet accessible only by motorboat. The hotel's restaurant, Boccadoro, presents artistically plated gourmet fare inspired by the age-old cuisine of the island and using its freshest produce and seafood. Hotel guests are invited to themed evenings at the Vinoteka Dojmi, which offers house-made wines paired with local cheeses and preserves.

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