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The Suncokret Center

Set in an authentic Dalmatian village in the heart of spectacular Hvar Island, Croatia.

Location

Suncokret is located in Dol Sveta Ana; a pristine, 12th Century hamlet located just 5-minutes away from the island's oldest settlement, Stari Grad, yet discreetly tucked away from holiday crowds.

 

Dol is an ancient settlement whose first inhabitants date back to prehistoric times. It is a place that evokes a deeper sense of connection to a simpler, more wholesome way of life and is the homeland of your co-host, Stipe, and his family.

 

Often compared to Provence and Tuscany, Dol is beautifully nestled into a lush and majestic green landscape, which is pronounced by lavender fields, olive groves, vineyards, and pinewood forest, and beautifully framed by the distant blue sea and sky.

 

A retreat at Suncokret in Dol Sveta Ana provides an ideal escape from ordinary life to a true organic oasis for the soul.

"My sojourn at Suncokret was the highlight of my trip in Croatia. Evening drove me to her little haven; right in the middle of Hvar in a village called Dol. The drive around the island through fields of lavender and olive trees felt like I was on the last few laps of my journey. The air was infused with the sweet smell of lavender and the salty presence of the sea. The sound of the waves was like a symphony to the soul. There were no emails, no telephones, no outside influence of any sort, the soul was cleansed and then nourished." - Karen, UK
 

Surroundings

The Suncokret retreat center is nestled into a secluded hilltop of Dol, Sveta Ana, which remains unpopulated most of the year. The village features two restaurants & a cafe. There are no ATM's, Banks, or Shops, but plenty of peace and quiet to help you disconnect from the stresses of modern-day life. 

 

Getting Around

 

Stari Grad is 2 km from the retreat and can be reached on foot. However, we offer conceptualized daily outings throughout your stay so you can just relax and enjoy your stay.

"You have a beautiful place. Absolute bliss! I wish I could send all my family and friends to experience it now!" 
-Lyndsay, UK

Facilities 

 

  • Outdoor yoga terrace

  • Indoor yoga shala

  • Two living rooms

  • Outdoor and indoor dining areas

  • An enclosed garden

  • Organic fruit & veggie garden

  • Two patios & a sundeck 

  • Kitchenettes w/tea-making corners

  • Libraries w/inspiring books, music, films, games & art supplies

  • Washing machines

  • Wi-Fi in designated areas

  • Free parking

  • Comforts of a home away from home

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"What Suncokret lacks in ocean views, it more than makes up for in its coastal-inspired, vintage-style interiors. Its seven bedrooms (a combination of singles, doubles and suites) split across the semi-detached stone villas, which have a homely, shabby-chic vibe. Whitewashed furniture, beachcombed finds, crisp white linens, and floaty sheers billow gently in the cooling breeze. The property’s topsy-turvy layout is all part of its charm – with plenty of cozy nooks to channel your Zen, whether it be the sun-drenched roof-top terrace with sinkable sofas, to a hammock slung between fruit trees."-Sarah Freeman, Yoga Life Magazine

Accommodation 

 

Enjoy your stay in one of three semi-attached stone cottages; each is representative of one of the three realms of existence: primal, human, and heavenly (learn more about each one here), while each of our seven rooms has been designed to represent one of the seven major chakras that govern the way we think, feel, and act.

 

No matter your choice of cottage or room, your stay in our retreat will enhance the holistic nature of your experience.

"It's a very warm and personal atmosphere, the rooms are very pretty, the fridge is filled with homegrown vegetables... There is always a helping hand when guests are not able to bring necessities with them... All this, and the fact that you are personally interested in the well-being of your guests, made it possible for us to relax on the very first day. Thank you for everything!" - Martina & Marcus, Germany
"What Suncokret lacks in ocean views, it more than makes up for in its coastal-inspired, vintage-style interiors. Its seven bedrooms (a combination of singles, doubles and suites) split across the semi-detached stone villas, which have a homely, shabby-chic vibe. Whitewashed furniture, beachcombed finds, crisp white linens, and floaty sheers billow gently in the cooling breeze. The property’s topsy-turvy layout is all part of its charm – with plenty of cozy nooks to channel your Zen, whether it be the sun-drenched roof-top terrace with sinkable sofas, to a hammock slung between fruit trees."-Sarah Freeman, Yoga Life Magazine

Meals

We offer two fresh, tasty & nutritious "Dalma-Veg" meals per day, inspired by international vegetarian dishes with a distinctive Dalmatian twist.

The meals are predominantly made up of fresh, organic, locally-produced island ingredients (often our own), and are prepared with love and care.

Our fusion cuisine is conceptualized to support the energetic work of the weekly Yoga Sadhana practice, and therefore is chakra-balancing, nurturing, and fulfilling.

 

Tap water, mineral water, herbal tea, and home-made organic cordials are provided with each meal while a morning coffee and a sampling of local wine can be ordered (in moderation) on request.

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I have had a fantastic week of relaxing and getting in touch with all that matters in life. Thank you for allowing me to share your home, your food and your beautiful lifestyle." - Sophy, UK

Lifestyle

 

Acts of kindness, being helpful, and service to the higher good create a rippling effect of positivity on everyone. 

 

This lifestyle approach is deeply ingrained in the Dalmatian way of life and is an integral part of any true holistic retreat experience.

 

Unlike at a hotel where you are served and treated as a king, our retreat etiquette is to serve and help one another as a family of friends, and to feed our hearts with warmth and appreciation while doing so. Together we co-create a sharing & caring vibe for our community.

 
"I very much appreciated the personal touch in the atmosphere & design of the space, as well as the very warm and open contact with the hosts throughout the days. Stipe's calm presence & wonderful garden & kitchen made me smile & kept me well fed throughout my stay. The pets are great to have around, I felt like I was welcomed into a family, which made the whole experience so much more intimate & personal. It's very rare to find a mix of rural and urban, personal development and common sense-groundedness, a very Croatian & international experience simultaneously." - Maja, Belgium

Wildlife

Our pets and the Hvar Island wildlife and natural environment are an integral part of the Suncokret experience.

 

We are surrounded by nature and have many pets, farm animals, and creatures of all shapes and sizes in and around the property.

 

Though our pets are not allowed in the guest bedrooms, they do wander freely around, and sometimes drop by during the outdoor IHL program sessions!

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"This was the trip of a lifetime for my mom and me. Everything about the retreat was well thought out, and a relaxing, nourishing experience. Thank you for the organization and care you put into every detail."
- Emily & Luanne, USA

Safety

We are committed to keeping you safe during the Covid-19 pandemic by following the safety guidelines issued by the local government. Therefore, we will ensure:

  • Outdoor gatherings when possible

  • Indoor areas are well ventilated

  • Regular cleaning & disinfection

  • Physical distancing rules apply

  • Hand sanitizer is available throughout the facility

  • Meals are served outdoors and with social distancing in mind

  • Small group sizes of up to 9 ensure maximal space for all

  • The avoidance of densely populated areas if/when necessary

 
"What a spectacular week. We felt immersed in Hvar Island culture. The yoga, meditation and treatments were renewing. Your hospitality from rooms, to meals, tours, and conversation were top drawer. One of the best weeks I've had!" -Kari, USA

Our Tribe​

Since 2004, we have been welcoming thousands of people of all ages and walks of life to Suncokret.

Our tribe comes from every corner of the globe. Some are solo travelers, while others come with a friend, a partner/spouse, family member(s), and sometimes a small group.

At Suncokretn you can expect a friendly, intimate environment, where you will have time for yourself as well as the opportunity to socialize with your co-hosts and a handful or two of like-minded retreaters, who may even become life-long friends!

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"Thank you so very, very much for an absolutely amazing week in paradise. You have, together, built something very special - simple, spiritual, and beautiful. It began to feel like my home. It wasn't as I expected, but grew to love it because it was not "the expected"."- Beverley, Canada
 

Awarded Trip Advisor's "Certificate of Excellence" & Consistently Rated Among Top 10 Hvar Island B&B's

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