Unique island retreat a taxi-boat journey from Hvar town, dunked amid the exotic botanical garden of cacti, palms and Central American succulents planted by Eugen Meneghello in the years before World War I. Still run by the Meneghello family, it’s a complex designed for relaxation, with 13 bungalows stuffed with examples of the family’s art collection, art shows on the verandah, and a stellar restaurant. Palmižana beach, just below the Meneghello’s place, can be busy with day-trippers during the day, but in the evenings and early mornings you have the whole of this uniquely calming island to yourself. You can also go diving, sailing or take an art workshop, all in one day. Stays of seven days are preferred in high season. Note also the newly opened Villa Meneghello in Hvar town.