Croatian architect Tomislav Alujevic creates contemporary eco resort in Hvar

by Megan Whitby | 10 Sep 2020
When developing the spa with the architects, we aimed to present a seamless transition between the indoors and the outdoors
– Melany Martinez Thomas

Maslina Resort has opened on the Croatian island of Hvar, inspired by local healing traditions and nature.

Croatian architect Tomislav Alujevic, interior designer Léonie Alma Mason and landscaper Thomas Seconde were responsible for the project, working with Melany Martinez Thomas, founder of consultancy, Spa and Wellness Collective on the spa.

Located near Stari Grad, the 53-key resort is surrounded by olive groves and terraced vineyards, stretching across two hectares of lush pine forest overlooking the Adriatic Sea.

Hvar has been a popular health retreat since the 19th century, well known for its green landscapes, clear waters and fresh sea air.

Inspired by the island’s reputation, Maslina offers a wide range of wellness opportunities, most notably its 854sq m Pharomatiq Spa with five indoor treatment rooms and two outdoor salas.

“Wellness doesn’t necessarily have to be just yoga and massage but also taking in the environment surrounding you,” said Martinez Thomas.

"When developing the spa with the architects, we aimed to present a seamless transition between the indoors and the outdoors.”

The ecological, contemporary resort uses non-intrusive structural design, combined with the use of organic and native materials, to blend into the natural surroundings.

The vision for Maslina Resort was to create a type of architecture that will "serve the pure pleasure of enjoying and sharing magical moments and a breath-taking landscape,” says Alujevic.

Paradox Hospitality is the managing company behind Maslina.

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Maslina Resort has opened on the Croatian island of Hvar, inspired by local healing traditions and nature. Croatian architect Tomislav Alujevic, interior designer Léonie Alma Mason and landscaper Thomas Seconde were responsible for the project, working with Melany Martinez Thomas, founder of consultancy, Spa and Wellness Collective on the spa. Located near Stari Grad, the 53-key resort is surrounded by olive groves and terraced vineyards, stretching across two hectares of
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The spa uses fresh produce from the resort's garden to create massage oil for treatments / Nikola Radovani
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