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Hvar island
All Year: No
Area (ha):
Persons: 6
Category: Backpacker Hostel
Host ID: 35215
Country: Croatia

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Last Updated: March 7, 2018

Are you ready to go back to basics with no electricity, no running water, no smartphones, ... Just raw nature and beautiful people? Than you might find what you're looking for with us!

But before you decide, read the whole description to see if this "Robinson" adventure is something you really want to experience!


DESCRIPTION

This is a very popular self-sustainable “back to basics” eco hostel on the island of Hvar, categorized as “Robinson accommodation,” offering 10 spacious beach huts in the middle of nature, a stone's throw away from 2 beautiful, secluded beaches. Each beach hut comes with exquisite sea views, the ideal place to relax and recharge, a world away from the touristic hustle.

Enjoy a million stars in one of the many hammocks or lounges and let the gentle sound of the waves lull you to sleep.

The place is truly a hidden gem! Surrounded by nature and extraordinary sea views, we are blessed to be able to call this place home! Indulge yourself with tranquility in our little piece of paradise! Explore the pittoresk village nearby and meet its authentic inhabitants. Experience the real Croatia, unwind & reconnect with nature!


ACCOMMODATION

We offer 10 spacious beach huts (2,50m x 1,80m - inside), each with 2 very comfortable Tempur memory foam mattresses, linen, blankets, pillows, light, a storage shelf, mosquito net and endless sea views of the Adriatic and the numerous offshore islands of Korcula, Vis, Peljesac, Scedro, Bisevo, etc.

If the beach huts are fully booked (June 15th - Sep 15th), then your accommodation will be a 2-3 persons tent that comes with a double mattress, pillows and a light.

You can also relax in 5 different lounge areas, 5 hammocks and a double sunbed. All accompanied by sea views.


FACILITIES

Common area
A basic kitchen with 2 gas stoves / 2 ovens
2 small gas fridges with freezer compartment
Rainwater available with solar powered water pump
1 locker per wooden tent
1 storage food box per wooden tent
Terrace with long wooden table and 12 chairs

Sanitary
1 outdoor "bucket flush" toilet
1 outdoor rainwater shower
1 bathroom with toilet, shower and 2 sinks.

Various
NO WIFI! But you can use our hotspot / computer to check something small if urgent or necessary. You can also buy yourself a local simcard. I recommend BONBON. The simcard is free and you can get 3GB of data for 44kn. Don't forget to activate the package before using your credit!

LIMITED ELECTRICITY. From 09AM to 11AM electricity is provided by a power generator (Max 2kW - Enough for charging cell phones, laptops, etc.)

NO RUNNING WATER. Rainwater is provided with a electric waterpump (On solar energy)


WHAT TO TAKE

- Food & drinks (no shops, restaurants or bars around here for miles!)
- A good pair of hiking shoes (Rocky area)
- Slippers (Beach)
- Water sandals (Pebble beach)
- Anti-mosquito spray
- Sweater / Pull over / Jacket

Weather on Hvar:

January: 10-15C
February: 10-15C
March: 15-20C
April: 20-25C
May: 20-25C
June: 25-30C
July: 30-40C
August: 30-40C
September: 25-30C
October: 20-25C
November: 15-20C
December: 10-15C

The nights are chilly out of the summer season, so always take enough blankets, sweaters and/or pull over and jackets.


We are located in the very remote, small village of Gromin Dolac in the south of the island of Hvar. Our paradise is only accessible by a 4km dirt road that starts in Zavala. It's not recommendable to come with your own car or with a rental car without four wheel drive but of course it's possible. Just drive slowly and safely. There are no signs, keeping in tune with the hidden, our beach vibe. This keeps out curious daytrippers and guarantees comfort and privacy.

We also offer a free shuttle that can pick you up and drop you off in either Jelsa or Starigrad, every morning at 11.30am when picking up the guests at the ferry.

The access may be rather difficult, but therein lies the beauty of Cast Away. It is hard to find, but this is exactly what makes this place so unique and serene. Prepare yourself for a wonderful secluded location surrounded by nature, beautiful coves & beaches, walking & biking trails and an authentic Dalmatian lifestyle. Here is the ultimate place to escape the busy, chaotic tourist crowds, and to reinvigorate yourself in a natural environment, with gorgeous views and the sound of the waves, sea birds, and an orchestra of crickets at twilight.

Distances
(By car)

Zavala: 10 minutes - 4km
Jelsa: 25 minutes - 10km
Stari Grad: 35 minutes - 20km
Hvar town: 50 minutes - 35km
Sucuraj: 90 minutes - 72km


TRANSPORTATION

Car ferries sail many times per day from Split to Stari Grad & from Drvenik to Sucuraj. The car ferry is the cheapest option and you don’t need any reservation. Drvenik - Sucuraj is a lot cheaper but also a lot further and only recommandable if you come by car. You can find all the prices & timetables on Jadrolinija's website.

Another option to come to the island of Hvar is with the high speed connections by catamarans (only passengers) from Split, Brac, Korcula, Vis, Mljet & Dubrovnik. You can find all the prices & timetables on the websites of Jadrolinija & Krilo.

There are also seaplanes. As an example: Split - Jelsa (13 minutes, starting at 32€)
Prices & timetables on the website of European Coastal Airlines.


ABOUT ME

I jumped from a plane in New Zealand, swam with giant sea turtles in Galapagos, nomadized with Bedouin tribes in the Wadi Rum desert… This is my life!

Growing up in little old Belgium, I was never a big traveler. I didn’t take my first trip overseas until I was 23. But when my dad took me on a crazy roadtrip through Thailand, my whole world changed. I remember feeling being on a total different planet. From that moment on I was hooked on travel. All I wanted to do was explore, see more of the world and learn more about the people in it and so I left on a bunch of trips!

And that got to me… after working for the Belgian television and living in our Western society for 15 long years, I felt the need to break out and go back to the essence of being, back... to the essence of life!
So in 2013, I took a gap year and jumped into an amazing adventure around the world. That was the most amazing year of my life and changed me forever! I got lost in a jungle, wandered for hours in deserts, met all kinds of amazing people from all around the world and realized how beautiful people can be. I remember staying with a very well off fellow in an ocean view condo in Hawaii one day and with a poor and humble family and all their relatives in a tiny little home in a dusty community in Fiji the very next day. Such extreme experiences but all wonderful in their own way.
When I came home, I felt that I just couldn’t fit in society anymore, so I wondered… Could there be anything more perfect than to host travellers and share my passion for adventure in one of the most beautiful and secluded places on this planet? I guess it was karma that my parents bought their own little piece of paradise back in the 70’s. So it was clear… I quit my job and sold my house to finish our family’s lifelong dream and share this beautiful seaside paradise with likeminded travellers to reconnect with nature, enjoy simple things in life and rediscover the beauty of true human contact & new friendships.


WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR:


APRIL - MAY 2018:

1) Experienced carpenters to build a new beach bar.
2) Experienced plumbers & tilers to renovate the bathroom completely
3) Motivated and handy volunteers to help renovate the bathroom, build a beach bar,, paint the beach huts, etc.
Requirements:

- Minimum 25 yrs old spirit
- Motived, hard worker
- Assertive & independent
- Very social, good with people and a team player
- Adventurer's spirit


JUNE - JULY - AUG - SEP 2018: (FULL - BUT BACK-UP LIST AVAILABLE)

1) Multifunctional & professional volunteers with great social skills to help us with the daily management of the eco hostel meaning cleaning, organising, washing linen, tidying up the whole property, check-in/out guests, assist guests when needed, entertaining guests, etc. You will be part of the management and therefor this requires extreme professionalism ! A big plus is to have basic experience in the hospitality industry! Another big plus is basic experience in mechanics to be able to repair small things like the power generator if it stops working, the solar water pump system, the minivan, the washing machine, etc.

Volunteers need to be extremely motivated, hard wording, social, assertive, entrepreneur but also joyful, active, creative, etc. Your main task will be to take care of the guests and be there for them whenever they need you.

You will be part of the Cast Away managing staff, consisting of 2 to 6 staff members depending the season. The working hours are divided in shifts between 7.00am & 23.00pm

Requirements:

- Minimum 25yrs old spirit
- Minimum 1 month
- Experience in hospitality is a big plus
- Motived, hard worker
- Assertive, professional & independent
- Extremely social, good with people, joyful and a team player
- Adventurer's spirit
- Cheerful, entertaining, creative
- Handy(wo)man and experience in mechanics is a plus
- Multifunctional
- Flexible


2) Multifunctional & professional volunteers with cooking experience, bar experience and great social skills to run the beach bar. You will be in charge of the beach bar where you will sell drinks but also food. You need therefor be able to cook simple dishes, prepare smoothies with fresh fruits and use all facilities according the local regulations. Other tasks will be managing the stock, organize new orders, shopping, etc.

You will be part of the Cast Away beach bar staff, consisting of 2 to 3 staff members. The working hours are divided in shifts between 8.00am & 23.00pm

Requirements:

- Minimum 25yrs old spirit
- Minimum 1 month
- Experience in hospitality is a big plus
- Motived, hard worker
- Assertive, professional & independent
- Extremely social, good with people, joyful and a team player
- Adventurer's spirit
- Cheerful, entertaining, creative
- Handy(wo)man and experience in mechanics is a plus
- Multifunctional
- Flexible



OCTOBER 2018: (FULL - BUT BACK-UP LIST AVAILABLE)

1) Multifunctional & professional volunteers to help us with gardening, repairs, creative thinking and closing the property for the winter season but also volunteers with experience in painting to help us paint the cottages with a protective layer against humidity / rain.

Requirements:

- Minimum 25 yrs old spirit
- Motived, hard worker
- Assertive & independent
- Very social, good with people and a team player
- Adventurer's spirit


In return for you help, we can offer you free accomodation, free meals, free use of kayaks, mountain bikes, snorkeling gear, paddle boards and free transport around the island.

We offer you a unique location with amazing sea views, surrounded by trees, beaches in a peaceful atmosphere. You can relax in the hammocks and/or sunbeds enjoyin' the tranquility and the clear waters of the Adriatic.

You can relax on the terrace, cook some food in the kitchen at the common area. Electricity is provided a few hours a day. Sun heated showers & toilet facilities are available.

This place is truly & literally a hidden gem! It's rather difficult to access but it has a unique & wonderful location! Away from the touristic hustle in the middle of nature, bording the Adriatic Sea with many beautiful private beaches, islands & undescribable views.
I will organize day trips to the UNESCO town of Starigrad & Hvar, advice you some of the best spots on the island with small, hidden, unspoiled & uncrowded beaches, beautiful mountain walking trails, the finest local restaurants, local wine & fish festivals, wine tastings at one of the many local wineries, the sizzling nightlife in Hvar (Hula Hula, Carpe Diem, ...), the best cocktail bars, etc. Depending of what you like to do during your free time!

You will experience the real Dalmatia, enjoy the local culture in the nearby villages, exchange experiences with locals and discover Hvar from a total different perspective!

I'm in love with this island and can't wait to share the real beauty of it with you, guys!

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