In the living room, a tall blue cabinet had a minibar stocked with snacks and drinks. Wi-Fi was free but spotty. The reception was staffed until 10 p.m.; when I called at 10:30 to alert them to the hallway lights erratically going on and off, the call got routed to someone in Austria. The hotel’s private pine-shaded beach was a 10-minute bike or golf cart ride away (both complimentary); it had parasols,loungechairs, showers and a small bar.
The rates included breakfast and dinner, served at the seafront restaurant with interiors featuring citrus-inspired fabrics, stones and Bisazza mosaics, and a few tables on the edge of the sea. Breakfast was all made to order; freshly baked croissants hold you over until food arrives. The four-course dinner showcased Mediterranean classics with a contemporary twist (I chose an almond-crusted John Dory). Vegetables come from the hotel’s organic farm on a plateau above Sutivan, herbs are harvested from the garden, and the seafood picked from the fishermen’s morning catch. The lounge bar had a colorfulinteriorwith sea-themed paintings, and served a great white wine spritzer with lemons and herbs from the hotel’s garden.
The Bottom Line
An island standout etched into the fabric of a Dalmatian fishing village, this ancient compound blends heritage with luxury but with a slight bend towardkitsch.
Hotel Lemongarden, Perića Kala 1, Sutivan, Croatia. lemongardenhotel.com.