By respecting the terrain, the construction of Villa Nai 3.3 has resulted in a building of unusual geometry, which combines the historic and respected olive oil extraction process with elegant and luxurious hotel accommodation. The walls are made from excavated stone and by using these materials, the carbon dioxide emissions are significantly reduced. Passionate and respectful of the environment and landscape, Villa Nai 3.3 has an A+ energy rating.
Somewhat unexpectedly, snowfall lends itself to the unusual name of the property. Dugi Otok receives on average 3.3 days of snowfall annually which happens to be the perfect amount of snowfall required to nurture a bountiful olive harvest and to produce the global-award-winning olive oil named after the hotel – Nai 3.3.
Villa Nai 3.3 was created by Bašić, who gained worldwide notoriety for his innovative Sea Organ in the city of Zadar. Drawing inspiration from the world’s most magnificent yachts, Bašić constructed the unique property to fit seamlessly into the outstanding natural beauty of Croatia’s Kornati National Park.
There are five deluxe rooms starting at 40sqm with 30sqm terraces and three spacious deluxe suites measuring 60sqm also with 30sqm terraces – all of these resemble the bows and sundecks of yachts and enable guests to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the Zadar archipelago and take in the sweeping vistas of the Adriatic Sea. Just as every boat has its own sail, every room has its distinctive style.
Villa Nai 3.3's rooms and suites are built from stone coming from the surrounding 40,000sqm, five-hundred-year-old organic olive organic groves and contain chic, designer furniture that soothes guests with calming natural colours. The excellent location offers guests the opportunity to sail the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic Sea and discover the perfectly interlocked islets of the Kornati Islands.
The island of Dugi Otok with its deep bay Telašćica is located in the immediate vicinity, northwest of the Kornati Archipelago and forms, together with the Kornati Islands, a unique and cultural entity. Established in 1980, the Kornati Islands archipelago comprises 140 islands and islets covering 114sq miles with 89 of the islands forming part of the Kornati National Park – the natural beauty is outstanding.
A wild destination with eagle owls, 353 different types of algae and over 850 various species of animals, the Kornati National Park is also protected and as well as the wildlife, the marine life is simply stunning and is perfect for diving and snorkelling.
Villa Nai 3.3 is situated among 500-year-old olives groves and has produced organically certified, globally award-winning Dalmatian olive oil with every stage of the production conducted by hand – from picking to oil extraction.
This level of perfectionism is evident in the hotel’s incredible menus, created using only the best locally sourced and organic ingredients from the island farms and orchards. The fruit and vegetables used in these tantalising dishes have been grown under the warm Mediterranean sun in organically clean soil. All the meat comes from local family farms while the seafood comes directly from the Adriatic.
The alluring scents and flavours of the fresh, organic ingredients, lovingly grown in the gardens and simply cooked and prepared over the rustic fire at Villa Nai’s Grotta 11000 restaurant will tempt tastebuds and transport guests to a gourmet world of simple pleasures connected with the surrounding nature.
The 3.3 Restaurant offers a refined dining style and elegant ambience, with breath-taking views of the olive grove and sea beyond. Every dish has been meticulously paired with delicious wines from Croatia and beyond, together with the award-winning Nai 3.3 olive oil to enhance the flavours of the local produce.
Reconnecting with nature also means reinvigorating mind and soul. Villa Nai 3.3’s phenomenal wellness facilities draw upon Croatia’s natural healing environment to nourish the body and put the mind at ease. Indulgent spa products contain the hotel’s bespoke award-winning olive oil, itself an abundant source of Vitamin E and antioxidants which organically nourishes the skin.
The Spa itself features innovative new experiences including cold plasma treatment, as well as globally renowned traditional treatments such as a Finnish sauna and Balinese and Thai body massages. The combination of new Croatian and classic, globally-inspired treatments creates an extensive menu of unique therapies.
Two swimming pools allow guests to immerse themselves in nature. The 23m infinity pool, creates the feeling of being part of the land and sea at the same time. Take in the spectacular views of the surrounding islands as the gentle breeze wafts the sweet fragrance of Mediterranean herbs.
A small and intimate grotto houses the indoor pool, where guests can float in the Adriatic seawater and the quiet intimacy of this pool will have a meditative and soothing effect on the soul and improve overall well-being.
Hidden from sight, the natural design of Villa Nai 3.3 nestles seamlessly into the landscape and effortlessly combines the raw beauty of the destination with luxury, comfort, and privacy, bringing a new hospitality and design dimension to northern Dalmatia.
Flight time from London to Zadar Airport is approximately two hours and 30 minutes. From Zadar, transfer is by catamaran and takes approximately 45 minutes.
Prices start from €721 per night for a Grove View Deluxe Room, based on two adults sharing, excluding breakfast.villanai.com