I'm currently writing this after making a big White Company 'Winter' candle order, which is probably the biggest contrast to sitting by a pool and getting a tan right? Man I'm so ready for full on festiveness.
But before I get too ahead of myself, I've still got one or two posts left on my trip to Hvar, and what's a trip away without a sneak around the hotel itself...
Amfora is a ten minute walk from the main port, curving along the coastline with some beautiful views and buzzing crickets to accompany you morning and night. I don't think I've walked as much to and from and around a hotel as I have Amfora - what ever floor or wing of the hotel you stay in, you will be working those thighs let me tell you!
Part of the Suncani chain on the island, Amfora is more traditional in the sense there's a pool (with slide), big buffet and a few activities going on; one sister hotel we visited had more of a spa feel, which was nice to get us out and walking as it's more central to the town, a slice of calm in a (literal) sea of noise, and another bonus of this is that you can visit any of the hotels/amenities under the company umbrella and use your key card as payment, so everything is made easier at departure and saves you carrying so much money.
But, yes there's a big pool (which is freezing cold) with white and blue striped towels which I really loved and a great balance of upbeat party vibes and chilled relaxing in the sunshine - great for reading a book or 5. Breakfast is a vast buffet of anything you could ever want, including at least 5 different dairy free milks (amazing!) but apparently porridge isn't a thing so we had several confused looks when we asked 'can you microwave this please?' - not even a holiday can get between me and my porridge.
When we first arrived, we were set-up in a standard sea view twin room, which I have to say was lovely and modern (and a shorter walk, seriously, my legs) but the staff upgraded us to a larger two-bedroom suite that was better because I ended up scrolling on my phone until late and faffing around in the morning which probably would have annoyed Scarlett, but hey, all worked out ;)
The suite is good if you need space; a little dark and more basic decor but as you only sleep and chill there it was more than enough! One tip, if you're a granny or need peace, is that the sea-view rooms on one side face towards an outdoor nightclub by the hotel (by day it's a lovely setting for photoshoots, hello mint-blue shutters!) which is where our first room was, but the suites are more tucked away and noise-free, which means you can go to sleep at 9pm if you want to and never hear a thing - result.
My one qualm with the room? The air-con. Oh lord, I've never wanted to be more clammy in my life! I tried everything to turn the air-con off, but alas it was either blowing ice cold air out all night long or whirring loudly when you closed the vents so I went for the former - got a nice week-long cold and chill out of it too, thanks regurgitated air.
Amfora is a great all-rounder, and if I came back to Hvar I'd either AirBnb or stay here, purely because it has a great atmosphere, comfy beds (a must) and it's so nice to walk easily into the main town and experience so much whilst not being too far from 'home'. It's not overly family orientated, nor too posh that you feel bad wearing your slippers every where because flip flops are evil, just the perfect balance of being able to plop yourself by the pool and enjoy a cold dip between books, being able to walk off and feel safe, and have access to all the facilities of the sister locations too - maybe sort the air-con situ though and we'll be 'cool' ;)
Have you stayed in Hvar before? What's your perfect hotel?
Lots of Love,
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