Hvar is a Croatian island on the Adriatic Sea, known for its lavish summer resorts, cerulean coloured water and pearly white sand. Sitting amongst this picturesque backdrop is a new resort designed by Paris-based LA.M Studio. Hotel Maslina (meaning Olive) achieves luxury and serenity surrounded by the untamed and untouched nature of the island.
“It was essential to use natural materials, to create a peaceful, elegant ambience,” says LA.M Studio founder, Léonie Alma Mason.
Designed to be at one with the environment, materials such as wood and Brač island stone – used in the lobby and basins – are sustainably soured and chosen to mimic the interaction of natural materials in the sun.
For other parts of the resort, darker colours are utilised to reference the shadows cast by the forest of pine trees, with hues of green, grey and dark blue when the sun is at its peak. This is evident in the black terracotta walls and olive, black lava stone tables, contrasting with the brushed brass details. In the hotel bar, terracotta, bronze mirrors, glass lamps, and white curtains warm the interiors while adding an ethereal and fresh atmosphere.
Léonie explains that the interplay between a festive vibe and opulence is also evident in the spatial arrangement and inclusion of larger areas. “The luxury here resides in the larger spaces, the magnificent environment and the use of local and natural, noble materials,” she says.
Inspired by nature’s elements, three private villas boast ample living spaces, and 50 other rooms and suites also have a strong connection to the outdoors with wooden bathtubs, walk-in showers and framed vistas of the coastline.
Each detail has been intricately designed, and when paired with impeccable customer service for a relaxing and easy-going experience, Maslina achieves its five-star status as a travel destination that reconnects visitors with nature while lifting their spirits. Our bags are packed!