I checked myself into D-Resort in Sibenik, Croatia on my road trip of this beautiful Adriatic country. The teardrop shaped resort organically grows out of a tongue of land, into the bay of the 10th Century Croatian town of Sibenik. The location means that all rooms have stunning views over the bay towards the old town or natural headland. The 69 keyed boutique hotel is owned and operated by the Turkish based Dogus Group.
Architecture by Hikola Bajic and interiors by Marlco Murtic (Croatian firms), are integrated as a seamless design using fluid natural curves offset with angular, raked structural forms. The concrete cast in timber plank formwork with layered differing sized aggregate, creates an impression similar to rammed earth. As though the main building and health centre are sculpted from the headland. I found the boardwalk that wraps from the pavement onto the roof, as a great running track with inspiring views, prior to my workout in the well equipped gym.
The interiors continue the organic theme with contemporary, pebble-shaped soft furnishings, sinuous sculptures, rough-sawn timber finishes and coarsely woven chunky rugs. The artwork has loosely sketched style similar to Di Chorizo or Jean Genet doodles, adding to the casual, lux vibe. The timber plank cast concrete whitewashed wall and beach shack style screen dividing the bathroom from bedroom, have a decidedly coastal feel, with Italian styled designer furnishings. I love the fully glazed wall, lined in billowing white drapes, leading to the deep balconies. The bathrooms are a simplistic single space uncluttered with useless fittings (bidets). The lighting is discrete, calming and inventive. One of those stays you just don’t want to end.
All picks except the aerial are by the author