If you would love to spend your holiday in the center of a romantic town, if you are truly dedicated to every little detail, if you like amazing designer interiors, roof top terraces and charming, vivid connection between your living room and Mediterranean old street spirit – then Gaia is THE place to be!
Villa Gaia has found its place in a very relaxed and casual town of Stari Grad, only 15 minutes drive from the very bustling and glossy city of Hvar.
Gaia has 160m2 in total, or 40m2 on each floor + small rooftop terrace.
More detailed as follows:
Walk from the old town stone street into an open plan lounge/kitchen on the ground floor with its dark walls and sumptuous decor. It has 2 lovely large black leather chesterfield sofas, a large flat screen TV with basic cable and loads of DVDs and is set up to work with laptops if you have any special films that you have with you. Gaia also has an excellent sound system with 100's of CDs, vinyl and a vast music library from one of owner’s Macs. Villa also has a selection of board games and a comprehensive library of books for you to read whilst you are there, but please, please don't take them with you, let them stay for other guests.
The brand new Bosch Kitchen has everything you will need, induction hob, top of the range oven and microwave, coffee machine, quality cooking utensils, etc etc just in case you do want to rustle up a meal, however with such a huge selection of excellent restaurants close by to choose from, serving the best quality local food, why would you need to? The large wooden table seats 10 and is the perfect place to gather around making plans over breakfast.
Up the stairs over 3 floors villa Gaia have 5 bedrooms all en-suite, where the best lightning has been used such as Tom Dixon, Rothschild & Bickers, Vita and a few of villa owner’s own designs. Vintage and antique furniture as well as bespoke has added to the feel of the home and an eclectic selection of art is scattered around the whole villa.
All sleeping rooms (2 on the first floor, 2 on the second floor and master bedroom on the third floor) have matrimonial beds, but two rooms can be made into twins. Also, all sleeping rooms have shutters to keep out the heat and electric fans are provided in the four lower bedrooms with air conditioning in the top master bedroom.
The master bedroom is 40m2 with a king-size Relyon pocket sprung divan bed with quality, premium linen, Fogarty duck and goose down duvet and 6 fluffy pillows. There is a white leather sofa with a foot stool so you can watch your favorite films on our projector with your feet up. There is also a chaise positioned under one of the 5 windows to lie back and enjoy a good book, perhaps after the beach and before dinning out under the stars. A large antique wardrobe and matching dressing table provide plenty of space for all your clothes and a selection of coffee table books and art make the room feel like home away from home.
From the bedroom you enter a luxury Italian bathroom, with amazing tiles, slipper bath, large shower, high level toilet and original 200 year old stone basin... Quality towels and products gives this a real spa experience.
Leading up from the master bedroom is a little piece of paradise. A steep white staircase (or precisely 10 wooden stairs) takes you onto a small terrace with a sofa and chairs where you have the most stunning view of the red rooftops of this historic old town, with its winding streets and beautiful harbour. The sunsets are magnificent with the dark green trees surrounding this perfect community.
THE OTHER FOUR EN-SUITE BEDROOMS
LINA has a super king size divan (180cm x 200cm) that can also be made into a twin with a high quality pocket sprung mattress. There is a large wardrobe with a drawer, and bedside drawers with antique lamps, so this is the room for you if you have a large suitcase full of clothes.
The bathroom has amazing Fornasetti tiles in the shower featuring the famous face of Piero Fornasetti's muse, Italian Soprano Lina Cavalieri, hence the name of the room. The bathroom furniture is designed by Duravit and consists of a basin, toilet, and shower.
ADRIA has a queen size antique cast iron bed and has a pocket 150cm x 200cm quality (specially made for the bed) memory foam mattress. There is hanging space for your clothes as well as a dresser and bed side cabinets with bedside lamps. This room is designed on a French boudoir theme with calming French grey and floral curtains.
The bathroom is an en-suite Duravit shower room with everything that you will need in clean white tiles.
SILVIJA has a super king size divan (180cm x 200cm) that can also be made into a twin with a high quality pocket sprung mattress. There is a small bespoke built-in wardrobe, shelving and bedside cabinets with forest inspired bedside lamps. This room has been designed around the original 1959 retro wallpaper, Woods by Michael Clark for Cole & Son and shines with the 3 windows letting in the sun. It is like being lost in a forest. The name of the room, Silvija, means woman of the woods, but is also the name of a friendly Silvija who owns the fantastic restaurant Jurin Podrum next door!
The bathroom has lovely white London tube style tiles with a Duravit designed basin, toilet and shower and an antique wash stand.
MARIE has a queen size (150cm x 200cm) antique wooden bed with a canopy and has a quality pocket sprung mattress. The bed gives you a feeling of stately home, all be it in a smaller setting and in Croatia, of course. There is an antique wardrobe, shelving and an ottoman to put your clothes in and bed side cabinets with bedside lamps. This room is named after the owner’s mother Marie, as she is the reason the owners found their new home in Stari Grad town.
The bathroom has lovely white London tube style tiles with a Duravit designed basin, toilet and shower and amazing Italian floor tiles.
Quality bathroom products and a good hairdryer are provided in each bathroom.
All bedding in villa Gaia is of the best quality linen, Fogarty goose down duvets and lovely big feather pillows - but if you do have an allergy, there are hollow fibre duvets and pillows as well; just let us know in advance and the owners can sort this out for you. In the middle of summer it might be a bit hot for the duvets, so the villa has pure cotton top sheets if you prefer. Villa Gaia has also lovely soft hand and bath towels as well as beach towels, to help you with your packing.
Also, villa has a travel cot and a high chair if needed and the Silvija room has a designer day bed so is suitable for a child.
BEFORE THE WONDERFUL HOLIDAYS ...
The owners of this hidden and stunning stone house have owned bars, restaurants and a hotel in the last 21 years together, in the UK, Ibiza and now Hvar – so they have both been in the hospitality business for a very long time. They love meeting new guests and they will help you in any way they can to make your stay with them a truly wonderful experience.
Although villa Gaia is not out in the countryside with a pool, it offers something different and very much designer led. Being in the centre of such an historic and vibrant town means you don't have to drive to restaurants, but instead just step out of your home and there they are!
The local beach is only a 15 min walk or a 5 min cycle - and you can rent bikes with us, of course. You are also very well placed to discover the rest of the island with your own car or we can help you hire one to go exploring. One of the best things to do is to hire a small boat to go to a secluded cove where you can find hidden restaurants tucked away in the pine trees, so one word - heaven. There are so many things to do in and around Stari Grad that staying in the town will give you a magician adventure with culture, beaches, food and fine wines all on your doorstep. And if you have kids - Stari Grad is an excellent choice as with no cars in the centre they are safe to run around and explore!
Villa Gaia is definitely a perfect place for a perfect holiday and one of our favorites, a true hidden gem in Villas Hvar Collection. In love and beyond!