Croatia

Obonjan

Rates from (ex tax)$98.80

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR100.01), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Sound crowd

Setting

Pines and pebbly beaches

Obonjan is the island that has it all: glamping tents, forest lodges, a bunch of awesome co-curators and a 10-week programme of music, arts and events – plus a holiday's worth of delicious dining options. Last year's line-up drew on the talents of Gilles Peterson and World Wide FM, the Numinous, the Hoxton, Wanderlust, Hunger, Secret Yoga Club and Electric Elephant and more. Obonjan is a baby festival, but in its inaugural year, bewitching performances in a starlit amphitheatre by Anderson .Paak, the Hot 8 Brass Band, DJ Shadow and more hinted at sparkly times ahead...

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

213 tents and lodges.

Check–Out

10.30am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $98.80 (€89), excluding tax at 13 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.00 per person per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR100.01), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually exclude breakfast but include Obonjan’s amazing activities: daily yoga, meditation and wellness, fitness and sports, music, comedy, theatre, talks, workshops and the ilk. (One-on-one treatments are an extra cost.) WiFi is free (but patchy).

Also

Obonjan's summer season lasts 10 weeks – drop in and out or drop anchor for the whole course (if you choose the latter, we’ll be jealous).

Hotel closed

The island retreat closes annually from early September to mid-June.

At the hotel

Rocky beaches, Zen Den wellness centre, juice bar, Corner Shop, Pavilion with cinema screen, free WiFi (reliable in communal areas, less so elsewhere). In rooms: the Bell Tents and Forest Lodges come with air-conditioning, super comfy beds and fresh linens and towels. Each lodge has an ensuite toilet and shower facility, lighting, air-conditioning, USB and power sockets (European two-pin), hair dryer, safe deposit box, refrigerator and a terrace for kicking back in the shade.

Our favourite rooms

We’d happily live in one of the Forest Lodges forever, thanks to their private terrace with pine and sea views, bandbox-neat bathroom (with a sink, toilet and shower), handy fridge and host of helpful extras: a full-length mirror, hairdryer, bedside table, USB charging point and air-conditioning, for example.

Poolside

There’s a tempting saltwater pool by the Kitchen.

Spa

The Zen Den has three calming treatment rooms, where therapists dish out deep-tissue, holistic and Raynor massages, as well as practicing reiki, reflexology, sacred bodywork, facial reflexology, sound therapy and more. The line-up changes throughout the season.

Packing tips

Come armed with yoga threads, ear plugs, trainers and a mini library. The mega-cute (but spenny) Corner Shop can run out of essentials such as sun lotion fairly quickly, so it’s a good idea to bring your own. Trick out your lodge or tent with some brightly coloured bunting or a flag – it might make it more recognisable when you're stumbling home in the early hours.

Also

Obonjan is still working on its disabled access – the biggest hurdle is the boat trip from the mainland. Let staff know if you have specific requirements; they’ll do their very best to accommodate you.

Children

The kiddos will have to stay at home for this holiday – Obonjan Island is for adults only.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Bok offers the best sea views, which are particularly come-hither at sunset (no doubt sunrise is equally lovely too, but we didn’t quite achieve that). Take your Indian street food to one of the sofas at the Pavilion and watch a movie.

Dress Code

Cosmic coastal cool: astrological motifs, loose layers, leather sandals, wooden jewellery, mermaid/merman plaits, crystals and a sprinkling of glitter.

Hotel restaurant

Enjoy shared plates starring regional ingredients under the shade of the pines at Bok; in addition to brunch, lunch and dinner, the restaurant dishes up a generous side of sea views. On the other side of the island, the poolside Kitchen serves an impressive range of meat, fish, salads, fresh pasta and sweet treats, plus daily specials that champion the natural bounty on Obonjan’s doorstep. The Curry Bowl serves delicious Indian street food; the Pavilion Pizza does what it says on the tin; there’s also the Croatian Grill, new for 2017, which rustles up traditional Croatian meat and fish. Heavy night or gruelling yoga session? Treat yourself to something healthy and reviving at the Green Bar, which specialises in fresh juices, salads, raw bars, gluten-free and vegan options.

Hotel bar

Sip a pine sour at Bok; drink in the views (and the cocktails) at the Sunset Bar; enjoy a bottle of wine or an ice-cold Croatian beer at the relaxed Kitchen Bar, by the pool.

Last orders

Dine at Bok, the Kitchen and the Croatian Grill until 11pm; the Curry Bowl sates hungers until midnight; Pavilion Pizza dishes up slices until 1am. The health-conscious Green Bar closes at 5pm.

Room service

If you’re looking for room service, you’ve come to the wrong place. Grab snacks from the various food outlets after dark, or stock up on provisions from the Corner Shop during the day.

Location

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Address
Obonjan
Obonjan Island
Šibenik
22000
Šibenik
Croatia

Planes

Fly into Split, 50 kilometres away (airlines including British Airways, Croatia Airlines, Norwegian Air and EasyJet fly direct from the UK; Alitalia, KLM and Finnair connect from elsewhere in Europe). Zadar is your second option, 90 kilometres from the island. You’ll need to get to Šibenik (around an hour’s drive from Split) to pick up the boat transfer.

Automobiles

Šibenik is the nearest port to Obonjan. Scheduled boats and taxi boats depart from the port to Obonjan daily. Taxis are pretty cheap, so it’s probably better not to bother with a hire car.

Other

Bring your chopper if you want to arrive in style.

Worth getting out of bed for

Stroll to pebbly South Beach and while away a few hours sunning yourselves on giant cushions. There are a variety of local islands and the beautiful National Parks of Krka and Kornati to explore nearby (ask staff about the boat schedule; trips are a small extra cost). Obonjan’s programme of wellness-focused events includes daily yoga and meditation sessions, sound healing, NLP and coaching, alongside a variety of workshops and talks to restore body and mind. The line-up has been curated with help from a band of trusted collaborators, including Gilles Peterson and World Wide FM, the Numinous, the Hoxton, Wanderlust, Hunger, Secret Yoga Club and Electric Elephant.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this music-loving hotel in Croatia and unpacked their yoga threads, books and rave wear, a full account of their island break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Obonjan in Croatia…

Nature gave Obonjan island its dreamy good looks and perfect-escape setting; Obonjan's owners added a generous dash of coolness to the mix. Every summer, the island hosts an eclectic 10-week celebration of music, wellness, food, drink, film, art, romance, friendship – you name it. Its interests are as varied as its attendees: whippersnapper ravers, fashion bloggers, DJs, photographers, elderly earth mothers, fitness fanatics, off-duty models, musos, moon-worshippers, masseuses, astrologers, artists and more. They’re all united by a sense of adventure, a love of good music and a desire to unwind (although that excellent WiFi could see them tapping away on their MacBooks by the waves, watermelon tipple close by). Another flame for these moths is Obonjan’s merry band of co-curators – including Gilles Peterson, Wanderlust and Secret Yoga Club – who lend the island extra pizzazz. Stay a week, stay all summer – you’ll leave feeling better than you did on arrival.

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