Price: from £835pp
2017 Croatia dates: 7-13 October (4 places left)| 14-20 October (6 places left)
2018 Croatia dates: 5-11 May (10 places left) | 12-18 May (11 places left) | 19 – 25 May (10 places left)
overviewIt 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Traditional home-cooked lunches
- Safety boats
- Swim guides
- SwimQuest dry bag and swim cap
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
- Single room supplements / villa upgrades
ABOUT PALMIZANA MENEGHELLOOur 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 OPTIONSThe 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.
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.
GREEN BUNGALOW: £845PP SHARING / £220 SINGLE SUPPLEMENTA 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.
blue BUNGALOW: £835PP SHARING / £210 SINGLE SUPPLEMENTOne bedroom (king-size bed) and a living room with two extra beds. There is a small terrace and a garden. Very romantic!
ROMINA'S BUNGALOWS: £835PP SHARING / £210 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT for romina one, £280 single supplement for romina two
Romina OneA 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 TwoA 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.
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 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.
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 COACHINGTechnique 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.
SaturdayWe 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.
SundaySwim AM: Coastal swim, Paklinski Octi Island (1.5km) | Swim PM: A swim out to, and around Otocic Island (1.5km) 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. This will be a continuing theme throughout the week with regular filming to help you improve your stroke technique.
MondaySwim AM: Exploring Otok Borovak and Planikovak (2-3km) | Swim PM: St Klement coastline swim (2-3km) 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.
TuesdaySwim AM: Dobri Otok Swim PM: Island walk (optional) and a secret bay swim Today 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.
WednesdaySwim AM: “Island Trio” Otočić Travna, Otočić Mali Vodajak and Otočić Vodajak (4km) 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.
ThursdaySwim AM: Swim to Hvar (3-4km) | Swim PM: Hvar town and gentle bay swims The 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.
FridaySwim AM: Sunrise swim 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 NOTENature 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 MENEGHELLOTravel to Palmizana is relatively simple. Fly to Split, get a ferry or Catamaran from Split harbour to Hvar and then a 10 minute taxi boat from Hvar across to Palmizana. There are luxury transfers straight from Split airport should you prefer.
Recommended airport – SplitFlying to Split is a two-hour flight from the UK. Airlines such as easyjet and British Airways 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.
Once in CroatiaOnce in Croatia, ferries can be taken from Split, Rijeka (Fiume) Zadar or Dubrovnik to the island of Hvar. Here you can organize a speed boat to bring you across to the Paklinski Islands or use one of the many tourist boats. If you prefer, we offer a private pick up from Hvar to Palmizana and vice versa using the hotel speed boat (15 euro/way/adult).
From Split port, to reach Hvar Island you can choose between:
- Catamaran (1 hour)
- Ferry (1.5 hours)
For up to date information on ferries and catamarans from Split harbour please visit:www.jadrolinija.hr | www.krilo.hr | www.pelegrini-hvar.hr Please note, for the 13-19 May week, ferries depart from Split to Hvar at 2.30pm and 4.30pm on Saturday May 13th, and from Hvar to Split at 6.35am and 7.35am on Friday May 19th. Please book in advance at www.jadrolinija.hr. For taxi service from Split airport to Split harbour please call Tihi on +358 21 742 200, or pick up a taxi at the airport.
From Split airport directly to Palmižana by private speedboat:There is a small port 500 meters from the airport, where it is possible to be picked up by an exclusive taxi boat service which brings you directly to Palmižana. The cost for this service is approximately €400. Please contact them directly: Taxiboat Colnago: +385 (0) 98 9595 094
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
- 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