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Island of Hvar, Croatia


Setting up a nature lodge on the island of Hvar, Croatia

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We are blessed with a home surrounded by nature, clear blue water & beaches! Help us set up a place where we can share our little paradise with you!

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Island of Hvar, Croatia

How it all started

Back in the 80's, our parents bought this fantastic piece of land with the purpose of building a Bed & Breakfast with 7 appartments facing the Adriatic Sea and enjoy a great Croatian lifestyle with their kids by the sea.  Unfortunately our mother got hit by cancer right after they start building.  She passed away in december '86 leaving our dad with 2 small kids. We were 9 & 10 yrs old.

My dad fell into a black hole and left the house as it was... Ever since that awful period, we kept on coming back to our holiday house but lived in what was actually the basement and a room.  My father never finished the project.

When my sister and I got older, we invited friends to come over.  They all adored the place with all this beauty around and wanted to come back.   In 2010, I also started hosting people through couchsurfing.  Soon I had a whole bunch of people & friends who kept coming back every year and stayed in tents.  Travellers who came by stopped as well, asking if they could rent a room/tent on this exquisit spot!

Everyone was telling us to finish the place and to share all this beauty not only with friends but with like-minded travellers out there.  The only main problem is: we live in the middle of nature, far from town.  No electricity, no city water (only rainwater), rocky roads, ...  Who want to spend their holiday in such a place?  That's what we thought.  And besides, we both have a life back home and didn't have the funds to finish this huge project.

But many people convinced us that the remoteness was exactly the thing that was great about our place!  Well... in the end, ok... we got convinced!

The Idea

We finally decided to go for it!  Our plan?  Well, to finish the fantastic project our parents once had.  But we will start small and go from there: we will provide some tents, a common lounge with small kitchen, terrace, hammocks, sunbeds,... where travellers can indulge themselves with tranquility in this little piece of paradise!  Surrounded by nature & exquisit sea views, we want to offer travellers a place to relax, away from the touristic hustle!

What we will do with the funds

PHASE 1 (Summer 2015)

Build some sanitary block - Install a kitchen - Refresh the basement as the common lounge area with kitchen, tables, chairs - Refresh the terrace with hammocks, chairs & tables - Provide 10 tents on the property - Provide sunbeds on the edge of the property right on top of the beach facing the Adriatic - Install power generator to provide electricity - Provide wooden tables & chairs in the garden - Provide a free shuttle service to town

What we will do with the collected budget:

  • Fridge: 1000€
  • Kitchen: 750€
  • Sanitary block: 600€
  • Paint: 500€
  • 8 tables: 500€
  • 10 tents: 500€
  • 20 chairs: 400€
  • Power Generator: 250€
  • 4 sunbeds: 200€
  • 10 inflatable matrasses 200€
  • 2 Hammocks: 100€

TOTAL: 5000€

 

PHASE 2 (Summer 2016)

Finish the living room + kitchen on top of the exterior stairs (see pictures)

Required budget: 2000€ with the help of volunteers !

 

PHASE 3 (Summer 2017 - 2019)

Build the extra apartments (see pictures)

 

What you can expect

The good thing about this place is it will be very different from hostels & campings by its uniqueness and beauty.  People will reconnect with nature, stay on a stone's handthrow from the sea and at extremely cheap prices, especially in high season.  And more importantly... you may be arriving as a stranger, but you will definitely leave as a friend!

Get involved / Voluntary work

We can use every kind of support, guys... Let's do this!  And please, be welcome anytime to enjoy a real piece of paradise!  We'll be happy to show you the hidden gems of beautiful Hvar!

And if you wanna help build/refresh the place next June, we'll be happy to provide you with accomodation & food in exchange of your skills !!

Conclusion

We want to dedicate this project to our beloved mother by honoring her roots & wishes and to our father, who will be touched to see his kids finish what was once their dream.

By helping us now with your funds, you will gain a lot more than people will in the future by booking the property.  So help us built this project right now and we will reward your kindness consequently !!

Credits

Extra video: https://vimeo.com/110879778 (Roadtrip to Hvar)

My worldtrip: http://www.backpackingaroundtheglobe.wordpress.com

Couchsurfing: http://www.couchsurfing.org/people/traveller76

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Our hidden gem (Seen from the sky)

Our hidden gem (Seen from the sky)

View from your tent

View from your tent

Main beach

Main beach

Little private beach

Little private beach

Main beach

Main beach

Main beach

Main beach

The village

The village

Our lovely neighbor Beba

Our lovely neighbor Beba

Free windsurfing lessons

Free windsurfing lessons

How it should be when finished

How it should be when finished

The project

The project

You will arrive as stranger, but leave as a friend!

You will arrive as stranger, but leave as a friend!

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Well, thats me with my little sister! Dying to share the beauty of our second home... amazing Croatia!

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