Villa Riva is a beautiful, four-storey 200 year old Venetian villa, set on a small square facing the lapping waters of the Adriatic. It accommodates 4-6 people, and offers stunning views of Vis and its harbour from all the bedrooms and terraces. At once luxurious and relaxed, it’s a perfect getaway for those who love the beauty and history of Europe, crave the relaxation of a seaside location, and want a comfortable, private retreat from which to enjoy it all.
Villa Riva sleeps 4-6 people with all the amenities you could possibly need for family and friends seeking a carefree, coastal European holiday.
It is an old house, in the beautiful Venetian-style architecture of Vis, which has been stylishly renovated to a high standard.
The top terrace offers breathtaking views over the picturesque bay of Vis with its monastery, islets, harbour-side yachts and the turquoise Adriatic sea. Once you have enjoyed an evening drink watching the sun set over the far side of the bay, you’ll never want to leave.
Off the terrace is a living area with kitchenette with all you need to keep drinks, and prepare snacks or light meals.
The two large bedrooms, one on each of the middle levels, have similar, stunning harbour views, and there is a second, vine shaded terrace off the lower bedroom. You can choose a king-size bed or twin beds in this room.
Also, if desired, in the top living room there are two, high quality sofa beds that could accommodate 1-2 more people. However, please be aware that this does take up the living space and is not very convenient.
There are two bathrooms, one next to each bedroom on the two middle levels, each with a toilet, shower, basin and bench space.
There is a washing machine and dryer in one of the bathrooms.
The entry level, has a fully equipped kitchen (full size fridge, stove, microwave, toaster, cookware, utensils, cutlery, crockery) and dining table if you can’t bear to leave our beautiful house and want to self cater more extensively.
There is WiFi throughout, free of charge.
We are two Australian families who love travel, good food, and relaxed times with family and friends. Vis is 30+ hours away from Australia but, for us, it is worth every minute of the trip. It’s an escape “far enough to the middle of nowhere to be worth getting to”, “the place where life takes over…”.
Our love affair with Vis and Villa Riva started when we first visited in 2006 as two couples. Nine years, eight visits, and four children later, we decided to buy our own slice of paradise, purchasing the very first villa we stayed in. We want to share the house, and this special island, with guests from all over the world. We hope you enjoy the experience as much as we do time after time.
Anna purchased this villa in 2014
The name Villa Riva refers to its unique and spectacular location on the Vis harbour front, the 'riva', using language that reflects both the Croatian and Italian heritage of the house.
There are three main villages on the island – Vis ‘Town’ and Kut are on either side of a fabulous C-shaped bay on the northeastern coast, while Komiza, a fishing village, is on the far west side of the island. The mountainous interior is scenic and well worth visiting.
The island of Vis is one of the few genuinely unspoilt islands in the Mediterranean with no high-rise hotels or resort ‘owned’ beaches, yet it has a sophisticated Dalmatian culture and excellent food. Conde Naste describes it as “as impregnable as a Bond villain’s lair and as beautiful as Capri before the tourists.” It is increasingly popular having been featured more recently in travel press, but tourism is very controlled, and Vis still retains it’s ‘hidden’ quality.
What a wonderful time we had at your amazing Villa – we had a great week! The Villa is really beautiful and everything is within easy reach.
Your local representatives, Marija and Nino were excellent as was their restaurant and the various other ‘’eating’’ recommendations on the island. well worth a visit to the Blue Cave and the incredible secluded beaches on Nino's boat.
We're always looking for unique places to vacation and Villa Riva in Vis certainly fits. The Villa provides all the comforts, conveniences and amenities and is in a beautiful location. The Villa sits at the waters edge and we spent hours on the top floor terrace enjoying the water and island views. The Villa itself is very clean and tastefully done.
Its location is within steps of cafes, restaurants, grocery store, bakeries and plenty of good restaurants. Marija welcomed us on our arrival and her knowledge of the island was very helpful.
What we appreciated most was the understanding and cooperation of the owners in re-scheduling our stay following a death in our family.
We had a much needed and relaxing vacation and look forward to returning to Villa Riva.
The pictures cannot possibly tell the story of what a beautifully appointed and ideally located apartment Villa Riva is. The two separate floor master bedrooms with baths are wonderful, one having a private terrace that looks out onto the water, a mere thirty steps from the front door. On the upper deck we spent time during a few windy days, reading books from the owners' library stocked by fellow travelers and gazing out to the sea from the balcony. This room has comfortable sofas that we used for lounging, but they provide sleeping space for two to four persons. The island is a step back in time with its old world architecture, friendly people and safe environment. We loved the restaurants (Virreca especially) where we whiled away hours, unhurried by the family staff, looking out on boats at sail and the water lapping against the wharf. There is a market, fresh produce and wonderful bakery just a two minute walk (if that) as well as a car/scooter/bicycle rental shop all of which we used with regularity. My wife and I while traveling like to become as local as we can, immersing ourselves in the flavor of the place and Vis and Villa Riva afford one the opportunity to do just that. Marina, the property manager welcomed us on our arrival, took care of any needs we had and arranged a for a taxi to take us from the ferry to the apartment coming and going, an easily walkable distance, but so nice to not have to hunt for the apartment and be warmly greeted upon our arrival. If you are considering a trip to Croatia, you really should do yourself a favor and spend some very relaxing days at Villa Riva. You won't be disappointed!!
The house is really comfortable and well equipped and we settled in really easily. This was helped by the friendly local manager and the comprehensive arrival information provided in advance by the owners.
We spent hours relaxing on the top terrace watching the boats come and go.
I loved being able to swim so close to the house – the steps to the right of the house into the sea make it so easy I’d more or less become part of the local community of regular late afternoon swimmers by the end of the week, but I’d have the sea to myself for my before breakfast swim.
The "house book" provided information about local restaurants, most of which we visited. We ate really well at all of them. Local wine could be bought almost next door and was really good value.
Our stay passed far too quickly - we were having such a good, relaxing time - that we are hoping to return next year.
This house is absolutely beautiful and was the perfect holiday stay for my family. The bedrooms are both spacious and very comfortable, offering lovely views across the bay. The best part of the house is the top balcony which has the most incredible views over the bay (we've never stayed anywhere with such amazing views before!) - the perfect spot for an evening drink. Vis itself is fantastic. There are plenty of restaurants, all an easy walk from the house and they serve delicious Croatian food (lots of fish and pasta!) We would love to return next year.
Absolutely great stay at the villa last summer, The Island is fantastic and the position of the property, you could not ask for better. We stayed with another couple and given the layout this was ideal as each of us had the same floor layouts with large double bedrooms and bathrooms on each floor. The terrace on the top floor makes for a great evening venue to sit around and have a great dinner and a few drinks while you look over the water. I can't recommend a stay here more, fantastic spot and great restaurants on you door step with the water only a few steps from the front door. All up a fantastic holiday.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Low season 2016 / 17
Nov 1 2016 - Mar 31 2017
1 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$107|
Discounts are available for last minute booking
We charge 15 Euros per extra person per night for over 4 people. This covers the cost of linen and extra cleaning