PAKLENI ISLANDS, CROATIA

Price: from £835pp (from £875 for 2018)
2017 Croatia dates:
 7-13 October (1 place left)| 14-20 October (3 places left)
2018 Croatia dates:  5-11 May (10 places left) | 12-18 May  (11 places left) | 19 – 25 May (10 places left) | 6-12 October (12 places left) | 13-19 October (12 places left)
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Beautiful Croatia SwimmingIt has taken us a while to find the perfect SwimQuest spot in Croatia, but it has finally happened! SwimQuest and the Meneghello family are proud and excited to welcome you to an exclusive hideaway on the island of St Klement, also known as ‘Palmizana’ or ‘the island of rosemary’.This island-hopping swimming holiday is an ideal way to explore Croatia at it’s finest. This gorgeous chain of 21 wooded isles boasts sapphire seas, deserted beaches and lagoons, and is set against a stunning botanical backdrop, and easily accessible from Split.

Essential information

  • Price: from £835pp
  • Relaxing island-to-island and coastal swims
  • Dates: May and October
  • Minimum swimming requirement 1km
  • Average daily swimming = 4km / day
  • Approx sea temperature range: 20-23 ̊C
  • Non-swimming partners and families welcome.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • Accommodation based on a twin / double share bungalow (see ‘accommodation tab for room choices)
  • Swimming, assisted by safety boats where required and always escorted by swim guide/s
  • Breakfasts
  • Traditional home-cooked lunches
  • Safety boats
  • Swim guides
  • SwimQuest dry bag and swim cap
  • VAT

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?

  • Travel to and from Palmizana (guests are advised to fly into Split airport, we can instruct on onward travel arrangements and can help organise boat transport across to the island. The transfer is easy.)
  • Wetsuits and fins (if required)
  • Evening meals
  • Alcohol
  • Single room supplements / villa upgrades

ABOUT PALMIZANA MENEGHELLO

PALMIZANA SWIMQUEST CROATIAOur base for the week is the Palmizana Meneghello, a unique bohemian retreat nestled away on St Klement Island amongst pines, plans, exotic shrubs and aromatic herbs. Take your pick from colourful bungalows and villas, all built with local stone, decorated thoughtfully in deep vibrant colours, with local sculptures and contemporary artwork. We truly believe St Klement is the ideal base from which you can unwind and explore this incredible archipelego. Spend days swimming and relaxing, and evenings sipping gin and tonics in one of Parmizana’s exclusive waterfront bars. The Meneghello family have a rich history. In 1906, Professor Eugenio Meneghello bought 300 hectares of Croatian wilderness. Three generations on, the Meneghello’s piooneer eco-tourism in Croatia. Dagmar Meneghello, along with her daughters, have turned the island into a unique hideaway, bringing art and nature together in an extraordinary way. This resort has recently received fantastic press coverage both in The Telegraph and The Huffington Post.

YOUR ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

The base price for this tour is £835, based on sharing a twin or double bungalow. When booking, please have a look at the accommodation options here and advise us if you have a bungalow preference (or a favourite colour!) We will do our best to accommodate your preferences. If you wish to upgrade, either to a villa or should you wish to reserve a bungalow of your own, the supplements are also listed below.

Violet Bungalow: £835pp sharing / £210 single supplement

One bedroom (king-size bed) plus a living room area with a bed for a third person. This bungalow has its own entrance, a terrace and air conditioning. The accommodation is perfect for families with a child, or a couple looking for a nice space to spend a week. SwimQuest Croatia Accommodation

yellow BUNGALOW: £835PP SHARING / £210 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

A small open space stone bungalow with a king-size bed and a single bed. The large terrace with a view sits in the shade of pine trees. Yellow bungalow SwimQuest Croatia

GREEN BUNGALOW: £845PP SHARING / £220 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

A spacious split-level bungalow, with one bedroom upstairs (king-size bed) and a living room with an additional single bed situated on the ground floor. The green bungalow also has a beautiful terrace nestled in the trees. Green Bungalow SwimQuest Croatia

blue BUNGALOW: £835PP SHARING / £210 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

One bedroom (king-size bed) and a living room with two extra beds. There is a small terrace and a garden. Very romantic! Blue bungalow SwimQuest Croatia swimming holiday

ROMINA'S BUNGALOWS: £835PP SHARING / £210 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT for romina one, £280 single supplement for romina two

Romina One
A four person stone bungalow, with two bedrooms (one double, one twin). Both rooms have access to the bathroom. There is also a terrace with a beautiful view of southern Palmizana bay.
Romina Two
A three person stone bungalow, with two bedrooms (one double, one single). Both rooms have access to the bathroom. There is also a terrace with a beautiful view of southern Palmizana bay. Romina Bungalow SwimQuest Croatia swimming holiday

villa jacomina: £1295PP SHARING (4 people necessary) / £1000pp supplement for sole occupancy for a couple / £1800 supplement for sole occupancy as single traveller

This villa is the old summer house of the Meneghello family. It has been the heart of the Palmižana resort since 1820. The whole first floor was renovated for our guests. The house is centrally situated, has thick walls, exotic surroundings and an appealing interior with a mix of antiques and modern artwork. The villa can accommodate up to 6 people, and is great for big families. There are two double bedrooms, two bathrooms, two additional single beds, and one large living room area, plus terrace areas.
Villa Jacomina SwimQuest Croatia swimming holiday

VILLA georgia: £1295PP SHARING (6+ PEOPLE NECESSARY) or £1000PP SUPPLEMENT FOR SOLE OCCUPANCY FOR A COUPLE / £1800 SUPPLEMENT FOR SOLE OCCUPANCY AS SINGLE TRAVELLER

Villa Georgia is perfect for a group of between 8-10 people. Situated in the middle of Palmizana's tropical garden, you have your own private paradise. There are three individual double rooms in one area of the villa, all with king-sized beds and en-suites. All rooms have their own private terrace (please note only two of the three bedrooms has air conditioning). There is also an additional double room with it’s own entrance, and two single beds in its living room area.
Villa Giorgia SwimQuest Croatia Swimming Holiday
Please state your accommodation preferences on your booking form. We will do our very best to make sure you stay in your favourite bungalow, and will give you alternative options if your first choice is not available.
Your itinerary for the week is entirely based on the weather and your ability. On this page you will find some of the swims which you may complete during your week on in Croatia. Most days involve a morning and an afternoon swim, returning to our accommodation for a home-cooked lunch in between. If you are keen to participate in some but not all of a swim, that’s fine, let the guides know and you can hop back on the boat and just relax ...

TECHNIQUE COACHING

Cassie Patten teaching swimmingTechnique coaching is an important part of the week and is provided by your swim guides on every trip. You will be filmed at the start of the week from below and above the water, and the guides will work with you to analyse your stroke so that they can help you to improve as the week progresses.  You can of course take the footage home with you.

Saturday

Beautiful Croatia SwimmingWe will meet late afternoon for the safety briefing. Topics covered include: swim preparation, swim routes, feeding, prevailing weather, and safety procedures prior to the acclimatisation swim. Once completed, we will swim in the shallow bay by the hotel. This allows the guides to assess your stroke and assign you to a group with swimmers of a similar pace. Once completed, we will then relax and have dinner during which we will discuss the week ahead. If for any reason guests are unavoidably delayed, the briefing may be deferred to Sunday morning.

Sunday

Swim AM: Coastal swim, Paklinski Octi Island (1.5km) | Swim PM: A swim out to, and around Otocic Island (1.5km) Paklenski Islands Swimuest Swimming Holidays The day is designed to be easy, giving you time to settle in after your travels. Depending on the timing of the safety briefing, after breakfast will either be the briefing itself or the first swim. It will be a gentle coastal swim starting from the Meneghello’s private beach, following the coastline round to the south west, and back again into the bay. This is a good opportunity to acclimatise to swimming in your group. After a home-cooked lunch we will film your stroke above and below the water. We will then continue with a swim out to a nearby otočić (Croatian for small islet) and back. Later in the day the swim guides will play back the swim films, offering both advice and encouragement on your swim stroke.

Monday

Swim AM: Exploring Otok Borovak and Planikovak (2-3km) | Swim PM: St Klement coastline swim (2-3km) Croatia Paklenski Islands SwimQuest After breakfast, we will board the boat and make our way to the island of Otok Borovak where we will look to swim around the island, and cross over to Otok Planikovak. After lunch, we will set off from the Menghello beach again, and explore slightly further along the coastline of St Klement.

Tuesday

Swim AM: Dobri Otok Swim PM: Island walk (optional) and a secret bay swim Croatia Island Walk SwimQuest Swimming Holidays CroatiaToday we head out to Dobri Otok to explore the stunning marine life and soak up some sun on a relaxing swim around this little island. After lunch we offer the opportunity to walk to a secluded bay on St Klement (or take the boat, it’s up to you) for a gentle dip and some stroke technique work to cool off.

Wednesday

Swim AM: “Island Trio” Otočić Travna, Otočić Mali Vodajak and Otočić Vodajak (4km) Underwater in Croatia SwimQuest Swimming Holidays Today there will be one main swim, offering you the opportunity to swim around a trio of islands off the South West coast of St Klement. After lunch we will make our way back to the hotel for a free afternoon where you can enjoy the relaxed pace of the island, or use the opportunity to ask the guides for some one-to-one stroke analysis and advice.

Thursday

Swim AM: Swim to Hvar (3-4km) | Swim PM: Hvar town and gentle bay swims Hvar SwimQuest CroatiaThe last full day of swimming. Weather and boat traffic dependent, we will look at following in the Meneghello family footsteps and swimming across to Hvar Island for lunch, with time in the afternoon for a look around the town before returning to Pakleni for a gentle bay swim.

Friday

Swim AM: Sunrise swim Sunrise swimming SwimQuest Holidays As this is the last day, there will be a short pre-breakfast bay swim by the hotel as you will need to pack and prepare for your transport back to the airport.

IMPORTANT NOTE

Nature and the weather can be unpredictable - your flexibility is important. All swim activities are planned with safety at their heart. Open-water swimming is always governed by tides and the weather. As a result planned swims may need to be changed, depending on the prevailing weather conditions at the time. All efforts will be made to keep to the itinerary, but it is likely to change at short notice.

GETTING TO PALMIZANA MENEGHELLO

FLY TO SPLIT

Flying to Split is a 2.5 hour flight from the UK. Airlines such as Easyjet and Croatian Airlines provide regular flights from a variety of UK airports. For the best flight information and prices, please refer to www.skyscanner.co.uk or www.kayak.co.uk.

FLIGHT TIMINGS

You can either arrive into Split on the Saturday morning (landing anytime before midday will allow enough time to reach the last ferry from Split habour to Hvar, departing at 4.30pm) or, many guests choose to spend a night in Split or Hvar on the Friday. Return ferries from Hvar to Split run on Fridays very early (6.35am and 7.30am) so it is possible to get a morning flight on the Friday if you wish, we would recommend 11am at the earliest.

GETTING FROM SPLIT AIRPORT TO PALMIZANA RESORT

The easiest way to get to Palmizana Meneghello resort is OPTION A, to fly into Split, and then take a private speedboat from the airport harbour direct to the island. The cost of the private transfer is €350 one way, so this is a good option if you can share with the rest of your group. The other option (OPTION B) is to take a ferry to Hvar from Split harbour. Both options are detailed below.

OPTION A: PRIVATE TRANSFER

Water Express Tours offer a speed transfer direct from the airport to Palmizana Meneghello. The cost for a transfer is €350 one way, and the private boat can take up to 8 people. An Express tours representative will meet you at the airport and drive you to the airport marina, where you will take a speedboat direct to the island. Your SwimQuest guides will meet you at the resort. SwimQuest Head Office will introduce you to your group a few weeks before the trip starts so you can organise this option should you wish. Contact name: Drago Ivanisevic at Water Express Tours Contact email: info@waterexpresstours.com Contact number: +385 99 7554955

OPTION B – FERRY TO HVAR & TAXIBOAT TO PALMIZANA

Once at the airport, you need to take a taxi or bus to Split Harbour, get a ferry to Hvar and then its a short hop across to Palmizana on a speedboat. Timings, prices and details are below.
Travel by: Booking? Timings: Price:
Airport taxi or bus There are many buses and taxis outside the airport which go direct to Split Harbour. Bus: leave approx 45 mins – 1 hour Taxi: leave approx. 45 mins Bus: approx €5 Taxi approx. €35-40
Ferry It is advisable to book your ferry ticket in advance. Visit www.jadrolinija.hr to book tickets. Saturday Split – Hvar departures at 2pm and 4.30pm, Friday Hvar – Split departures at 6.35am and 7.35am this trip takes approx.1 hour. Approx €15 each way
Boat transfer from Hvar to Palmizana Meneghello resort Please let us know when you plan to arrive and we will come and collect your from Hvar harbour. When you are ready! €20pp each way
 
   

WHAT SHOULD I PACK?

  • At least 2 x swimming costumes
  • Wetsuit (optional)
  • Swim fins (optional) – can be useful for additional speed and for technique drills
  • 2 x pairs of swim goggles – one clear and one tinted if possible
  • Towel(s)
  • Small daypack/rucksack to use for your personal equipment/clothing during the day (although you will receive a SwimQuest 10L dry bag)
  • Sandals/aqua shoes/flipflops – for getting wet
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Insect repellent
  • Fleece or warm jumper for evenings
  • Sun hat, sun cream and glasses
  • A waterproof watch (optional)
  • A memory stick should you wish to take your video analysis home with you immediately
  • Travel insurance details
Would you like to print out our trip information and have a read at your leisure, or pack the notes ready for your trip? Click here to download a printable pdf version of these notes. Don’t forget, if you have any further questions don’t hesitate to contact us.

READY TO BOOK?

SwimQuest financial protectionWe're excited about meeting you in Croatia. To book your swimming holiday, simply fill in the booking form below. Once you have submitted the form, Charlotte (our bookings co-ordinator) will be in touch to request payment and to help you with any additional requirements. A deposit of 30% is required to secure your place, and the final payment is due 8 weeks prior to departure. Payments can be made by debit / credit card, by cheque, or by bank transfer. SwimQuest is a proud member of the Travel Trust Association, the only travel network in the UK to guarantee 100% financial protection to the consumer, ensuring total consumer confidence.   In booking with us, you accept our terms and conditions, which can be found here. If at any point you have any questions, feel free to contact us: Charlotte Benton | +44 7743 233803 | charlotte@swimquest.uk.com Alice Todd | +44 7825 301443 | alice@swimquest.uk.com

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Please ensure you have adequate travel insurance before your tour, including cover for all the activities you are participating in. If you are in doubt that an activity is covered, you will need to contact your travel insurance provider for advice on cover. Fogg Travel Insurance are authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and are used to covering escorted open water swimming trips. To book travel insurance through Fogg, please click here.