8 secret islands of Croatia
Location: Glamour magnet within paddleboarding distance of Hvar
Off the radar rating: 3/5
From British aristocracy to Hollywood royalty, hip island getaway Hvar has been luring A-listers for more than a century. But Sveti Klement, a five minute boat ride away, also known to sailors as Palmižana, hums along in a lower key. Venetian professor and local landowner Eugen Meneghello safeguarded the island in 1906 by planting a botanical garden, transforming it into an eco paradise that still flourishes today.
With a scattering of private coves, Sveti Klement is laced with aloe- and agave-trimmed hiking paths and is peacefully car-free. Meneghello’s great-granddaughter Tarin offers her favourite island secret: “Even if you can’t stay on the island, moor up and eat at my brother’s seafood restaurant, Toto’s.”
Epicurean visitors should also pop into the gourmet beach bar Laganini, where award-winning chef Hrvoje Zirojević dishes up swordfish carpaccio with orange and sun-dried tomatoes and roasted octopus to the likes of Bono.