Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort
A large Seventies seaside hotel, set in landscaped garden with pools, cascades and palms, in Hvar Town. Popular with couples, families and groups, it has 324 rooms, a buffet restaurant, a swanky beachfront, a rooftop gym and a kids' club. It also arranges one-day activities and multi-day packages.
- Jane Foster, Destination expert
In a sheltered bay, a lovely 15-minute walk along the coast from Hvar Town on the island of Hvar. Hvar Town, known for its elegant Venetian-era stone buildings and lovely harbour filled with wooden fishing boats and yachts, is served by fast catamaran from Split (journey time 1hr) and Dubrovnik (3 hr 10min) – staff from the hotel will collect you and your luggage on the quayside.
Style & character
A big modern resort hotel, renovated in 2007. Built into a hillside, it has six floors (connected by lots of lifts and corridors, which can be confusing), and overlooks a garden with a cascading lagoon pool and exotic planting – palms, eucalyptus, bougainvillea and lemon trees. Communal areas are spacious and open-plan, and rooms are light and airy, with lots of glazing and contemporary décor.
Service & facilities
Staff are friendly and professional, and a helpful concierge arranges half-day local activities, including sailing, cycling and wine tasting.
The front garden has impressive free-form fresh-water pools, with islands, cascades and slides (great for children), rimmed by sunbeds and baldachini (four-posters), plus a beach volley court. In the bay below, Bonj les Bains is a pebble beach overlooked by concrete bathing platforms and wooden decks, with sun beds (surcharge), baldachini and private cabanas, and massage. There's a vast top-floor gym with wide sea-views, and though there's no spa, you have the Sensori Spa at the nearby sister hotel Adriana.
The Kids' Club (4-14 years) is a cheerful colourful room with games and art materials, run by experienced personnel.
- Room service
- Fitness centre
- Kids' club
There are 324 rooms and suites, with a range of room types, varying in size (generally smallish), orientation and comfort. Contemporary décor sees cream, beige, chocolate brown and muted emerald tones, with beige carpets and king-size or twin beds. Superiors are the same size as Standards, but come with the added joy of a balcony and a better view. Slick bathrooms, with shower or tub, have Anyah eco spa toiletries. Summer 2018 saw the addition of six spacious top-floor Penthouse suites, sleeping up to five.
Food & drink
The vast and rather soulless Windows on Hvar restaurant does a generous international breakfast (fresh fruit, bacon and eggs, pancakes and croissants), and rich dinner buffets (including vegetarian options) with impressive fifth-floor views, but no terrace for open-air dining. The fourth-floor Lobby Bar serves all-day drinks and snacks, while by the pool, Cascades does daytime light meals, and operates a swim-to cocktail bar.
On a white stone terrace above the beach, the Bonj Mediterranean Steak & Seafood Lounge does summery Mediterranean fare, such as pasta with Adriatic shrimps and Istrian truffles, or tuna steak with rocket salad, along with quality wines and cocktails. Nearby, the informal Splash beach bar and restaurant serves drinks, burgers, pizzas and salads, in the shade of pine trees, overlooking the sea.
Value for money
Double rooms from €120 (£108) in low season; and from €350 (£314) in high. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.
Access for guests with disabilities?
There are 16 adapted rooms.
Superior rooms in the north-wing are best if you want to add an extra bed. Families of four might choose interconnected rooms, a Deluxe two-bedroom suite, or a Penthouse suite. There's a kids' club, and children will love the pools and cascades.