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4 Star Stunning Properties - Family Friendly Quiet Apartments- near Trogir/Split - Christina - Penthouse Apartment - Top Floor with gorgeous sea view

Bedrooms 2
Space 968 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 6 nights



Christina - Penthouse Apartment - Top Floor with gorgeous sea view

Penthouse Mavarcica Number 8 is a top floor apartment with panoramic views of the Adriatic. The apartment is furnished to a high standard with all the luxuries of home. There is a pool at the premises and the beach is a short stroll from the apartment (3 minutes). There is a safe provided to ensure peace of mind of any valuable documents or belongings. The kitchen area is kitted out with all you might need to cook lunch and evening meals. All the local produce is amazingly fresh and it can be lovely having meals out on the balcony overlooking the sea view. Penthouse Mavarcica has one double and one twin room. You also have the benefit of having two full large bathrooms. There are blackout blinds in the bedrooms - the main bedroom also opens up onto the balcony which has amazing views of the Adriatic. The open place living area is very airy and spacious. The block at Mavarcica has a four star rating from the Croatian Tourist Board and we feel you'll thoroughly enjoy your stay.

About the property

Apartments Mavarcica Split

ARC is a small family run business that specialises in holiday lettings on the island of Ciovo which is accessed by bridge. Since 2004 we have managed a variety of 3 & 4 star properties, awarded by Croatian Tourist Board, on behalf of property owners. We carefully select the apartments that we promote as they must meet our high standards and they are only 15 minutes from Split airport.

Our self catering properties sleep up to 8 people. All of our properties have balconies with sea views, wifi, air-conditioning, washing machines, fully equipped kitchens, a selection of games, CD's and DVD's and we also have apartments that offer a pool. Towels and linen are changed on a weekly basis and we have a meet and greet team that will welcome you to your apartment. There are amenities close by for grocery shopping, eating out, bars and of course, secluded bays with calm, clear blue water.

We are proud of our successful business and enjoy helping our guests plan memorable holidays. There are plenty of things to do, for all age groups, and we'd be delighted to recommend a few. It is not essential to rent a car as everything can be accessed by foot however, depending on your needs or desires you may choose one.

Split is in a region known as Dalmatia and it's a great starting point if you're interested in exploring Croatia. There are a staggering 8 UNESCO protected sites within 2 hours of Ciovo. The 2400 year old town of Trogir is on your doorstep with taxi boats leaving the local harbour every 15 minutes. The landscape is mountainous with the Adriatic Sea in the forefront and the people are friendly and very helpful.

We have carefully considered your needs in our apartments and we're always delighted to get feedback and recommendations. The McDonnell family would like to thank you for your interest and we wish you a happy holiday.

We have top and second floor apartments and penthouses on the Island of Ciovo. South Facing. 15 minute drive from Split airport. 3 minutes walk to beach. The apartment has all mod cons, including CD player, Digital TV and DVD. Apartment has safe for your personal belongings. Large living/dining area with seating for 6 people, kitchen with microwave, full cooker, fridge freezer, dishwasher and washing machine. Fresh bed linen and towels supplied. The bedrooms feature blackout blinds so your room doesn't get too bright in the early morning. Two full bathrooms are featured at the penthouses and apartments at Mavarcica. The beach bar is 3 minutes away and caters hot food all day. The pool area looks onto the Adriatic. The UNESCO protected town of Trogir is just five minutes away by car. Trogir is a walled medieval town dating back 2,400 years.

Welcome Pack and Entertainment Area: The entertainment area consists of a DVD and CD player. We have Satellite TV at all the accommodations. A welcome pack is provided for guests to use to make you familiar with Ciovo/Trogir. The pack includes details on the area, sites to see and recommendations of many restaurants and bars in Trogir and Ciovo. Important telephone numbers are listed and the pack includes maps of the surrounding area. Also a wide selection of cd's are available to use throughout your stay. An extensive list of artists are included that we think you will enjoy. We also have a variety of games at each penthouse - poker chip and card set, chess board, draughts board and jenja. The CD collection includes a wide range of artists.

Tourist Attractions: Some of the tourist attractions include Krka National Park – 72 Km of the Krka river and lakes with its wonderful waterfalls. Approximately 45 minutes by car from the apartment heading towards Sibenik. And a must see. Trogir – Is a jewel of a walled town with a wide waterfront promenade that encloses a maze of medieval streets. Trogir is a mere 5 mins by car or water taxi. Places of interest include Cathedral of St Lovro and Church of St. John the Baptist. 15th century town hall opposite the cathedral with a gothic yard. Island Hopping – The Islands of Brac and Hvar are easily accessible from the apartment. Regular ferry’s connect from Split to the Islands. Why not have an overnight and enjoy the beaches and town centre.

Find us on Facebook: You can now find us on Facebook - to like our page search under 'Apartment Rentals Croatia' or 'Split Rentals'. You can find out more about Ciovo and the apartments. I aim to add as much information as I can over the next while. But with your help everyone will benefit from information you upload. Become a fan (by clicking on the 'become a fan' link in the right hand corner of the page) and you'll be kept updated. You can chat, get or give advice, upload your photos and generally talk about your experience. Don't forget to upload some of your favourite pictures of Croatia. The Owners Website link below will direct you to our website.

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Property Manager
Alison McDonnell
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, portuguese, russian, italian, dutch, swedish, greek, czech, danish, norwegian, polish, hungarian, arabic, finnish, turkish, mandarin, Can translate via Google Translate
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Calendar last updated:
August 22, 2017

About Alison McDonnell

I'm working and living in Dublin, Ireland, I work as a marketer and photographer - I love both and have studied for a masters in the two.

We fell in love with Croatia from the first moment we got there. I manage a number of blocks on the island and I really enjoy helping guests make plans. I'm always available for a call or you'll get me on email.

Alison McDonnell purchased this apartment in 2004

Why Alison McDonnell chose Ciovo

These properties are ideal for exploring the Split area of Croatia, minutes to a beautiful bay and all amenities are within a short walking distance. We've had almost 100 reviews written over the years with an average rating of 4.8 out of 5.

What makes this apartment unique

The views from the apartments are spectacular, waking up each morning to them is a delight. The 2400 year old medieval town of Trogir is on your doorstep and must be seen and explored.

A little tip.. You can find some secluded beaches to the back of the apartment block - they are breathtaking and quiet and picturesque.

Also you must check out Duga bay, just up the road.

Leonardos and Srdela are excellent restaurants - tell Luka in Leos and Roberto in Srdela that I sent you.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Dear Alison,

Better later than never! I didn't have the time to write to you, we were very busy after coming home from Croatia.

Thank you very much for the wonderful apartment in Trogir. Our holiday there was very beautiful; everybody enjoyed our stay there very much.

Most probably we will come again next year, there are so many places to visit and so many things to do. The sea was very good and the nature wonderful.

We wish you all the best and hope to talk to you soon.

Best regards,

Ioana Maria Munteanu
Aug 2011
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Okrug Gornji Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 3
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 968 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Downtown
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Resort
  • Rural
  • Town
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Safe
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • The bedrooms also feature lockers, lamps and wardrobes. The windows have blackout blinds. We have a cot available, please request this at time of booking.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • volcano
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Please use balcony as smoking area if necessary. Thanks. A personal CD collection will be available for guests to use while staying in the apartment. A welcome pack is provided in each apartment with details on the area, sites to see and recommendations of many restaurants and bars in Trogir and Ciovo. Important telephone numbers are listed and the pack includes maps of the surrounding area. Check in time is between 2pm and 8pm (agreed in advance until midnight, no check in after midnight)


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Christina - Penthouse Apartment - Top Floor with gorgeous sea view
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A Holiday from Heaven

  • 5 of 5

Our holiday was amazing! The penthouse apartment is exactly as described and was, in fact, even better than we dared hope for. The layout is relaxing and spacious but also very practical for a holidaying group or family. All mod cons are provided, you really need for nothing here. The apartment is cleaned and maintained to the highest standard and feels comfortable and luxurious - the finish is superb. Our beds were very comfortable and there is extra linen available.

Both bedrooms are nicely furnished with plenty of hanging and drawer space. There is a small safe in the double bedroom wardrobe which gave me peace of mind for passports etc.

The bathrooms are lovely, sparkling clean and the overall feeling is of high quality with marble tiling throughout.

We found the kitchen to be well equipped - there was everything I needed to cook family meals most nights.

The view from the balcony is breathtaking! I spent happy mornings watching the sun rise over the sea. The balcony is spacious and well furnished. The area in which the apartment block is situated is quiet and peaceful and it really is a very pleasant (short) walk down to the beach. The beach is a gem - quiet,clean and unspoilt, the water is crystal clear and calm. There is a beach bar offering friendly service and cheap drinks and snacks - but nothing else - what a joy to be free from beach vendors and tacky gift shops.

There is a supermarket, bakery (fantastic bread and cakes), fruit and veg stall and a choice of restaurants in the village so you needn't travel far unless you want to. Everythig seemed very reasonably priced to us.

The boat trip from main beach to the medieval town of Trogir was a highlight. Trogir is so beautiful, and again feels unspoilt and magical - the whole family enjoyed exploring there.

I could go on and on... there were no negatives to this trip and I feel like I need to return to this beautiful country and discover more. We felt very safe and welcome in Croatia.

Alison has been friendly and helpful throughout the whole planning and booking process, patient and understaning when my bank transferred too little money for the deposit(!) even organising extra accomodation for us when we needed to fly out a day earlier than planned. Thank you so much!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2009
  • Stayed: Aug 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted with this review! We try our best to accommodate any request and if something happens with your plans we work with you on a resolution :)
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View to a kill!

  • 4 of 5

The apartment is big and got everything you need. The kitchen is spacious and if tou like you can cook a decent meal and eat it while you enjoy the view on your balcon.there are two bathrooms and it's easy when you're with more persons. The property was very clean .the wifi didn't always work but the local team was doing everything about it to make it work ,you can always call this team for every problem you'll have in and ouround your apartment. W'll mostly went to leonardo's to have a nice and payable meal in the evening. However the discription says you'll don't need a car i would recommend that you rent a car! Not only to get to the most places but also to get your groceries.the property is almost on the highest point of the island and it's a pretty much clime to the village. We never went to the beach in okrog gornji but w'll went to slatine wich was easier to go by car,in okrug self there was hardly any possibility to park your car and it was to far to walk with these temperatures. The disadvantage of ciovo is that it's still has got a one way road over trogir wich means that there will go a incredible amount of people w'll leave the island every day to see the beaty of the rest of croatia and that is a huge problem wich couses a traffic jam for at least 1,5 hours to get of the island unless(maybe) you do it in the very early morning. In the future ,when the bridge is ready, it would be much easier to get of the island and then ciovo will get a big plus! Dor the restbitms already a beautiful island.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks to our guests for taking the time to write a lovely review. The wifi in the height of the season can go down and the weather can affect it - the joys of island living but the good news is it never stays off for long.. We always upgrade the wifi when needed too so that we have the best one available.. Most of the bars and restaurants have wifi also so usually there is somewhere that has a connection with a different provider.. A lot of our guests choose not to rent a car (about 50%) as they want to walk and take in the beautiful scenery on Ciovo. It is not essential to rent a car as everything can be accessed by foot however, depending on your needs or desires you may choose one. Currently there is a second bridge being built onto Ciovo - we've been waiting for this for 14 years! So we are delighted and we know any future guests will be too.. If any you have any questions on Ciovo and Croatia in general we are more than happy to help...
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Lovely apartment, stunning views - great location.

  • 5 of 5

Apartment very clean, well equipped and quiet. View from the balcony stunning. Plenty of space for a family of 4. Air conditioning a blessing as very hot during our visit. Kids loved the pool. The owner Alison very responsive and helpful prior to visit - provided lots of useful information.

Nearest beach about 5 minutes walk away with a great beach bar overlooking the small cove - good pizzas. Another good beach 5 minutes walk further round the cove with giant inflatable for the kids. Take sea shoes as all beaches pebbly / rocky.

About 15-20 minutes walk into the main town which has lots of restaurants and bars - most reasonably priced (Leonardos in particular good for eating). Bakery and supermarket about 15 minutes walk from the apartment.

Took the water taxi into Trogir early one evening rather than driving which was lovely (great meal in Top Balloon) . Also took the ferry to Split from Slatine for a day trip. Had a wonderful day at Krka National Park which is about 50 minutes drive away - take swimming stuff with you. Traffic on and off the island can be bad at times. Allow plenty of time for your car journeys.

The island is a great destination for a family holiday. Only comment would be the apartment is on the top floor and it is very hilly in the area so perhaps not ideal if you have any mobility issues.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks to Katie for the wonderful review - we'd love to see our guest back and every year we have returning customers. If you need any advice on your Croatian getaway get in touch - Alison
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Wonderful,ideal place to stay

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was spacious,well equipped,and clean.We enjoyed relaxing family meals on the terrace overlooking the spectacular view.The location was within easy access to the beach,restaurants and local supermarkets.We had a wonderful holiday,combining beach visits with sightseeing.Trgir,a beautiful historic town ,was a short boat trip from the main beach.Likewise the city of Split was easily accessed by boat or road.We would recommend this accomodation for abeautiful family holiday.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: A big heartfelt thanks to Michael for taking the time to write a lovely review. We are thrilled that our guest had a good time and always welcome returning guests - so don't be a stranger :) Ciovo and the area really makes for a memorable holiday - with 8 UNESCO protected sites nearby how could it not.. Oh and the sunshine helps...... Anyone reading this please feel free to send me a message if you have any query about a Croatian holiday - I'm always happy to help with your plans - Alison
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Quiet and very relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

It was only 20 minutes drive from the airport. We were delayed at the car hire at the airport, so we were slightly late when we met David waiting patiently at the apartment. We were shown up to the penthouse apartment which was clean and nicely furnished. The bedrooms were freshly made up and there were fresh clean towels in the bathrooms.

David explained the smaller details about how to open the patio doors, the water heater switch, rubbish arrangements, sky tv, air conditioning etc.

The apartment was very well equipped with all the essentials and more. The balcony had 2 sunbeds and a table and 4 chairs. There was also a sun brolly which was needed. The sun was on the balcony for breakfast and still there for supper. It was a room with a view!

Two bedrooms and two bathrooms was just like having en-suites as we were two couples.

The kitchen was well equipped with large fridge freezer for fresh food and we enjoyed making quite few meals at the apartment. We were a little disappointed that the restaurant downstairs wasn't open.

There was only 1 channel on the TV in English, so the cd and dvd collection available was a really nice idea. There was a lot of music to our taste so we were very happy listening to the cds in the evenings whilst playing games.

Mosquitoes were a problem, and as I have allergic reactions to biting and stinging insects and I was glad to have my Jungle Spray although we think that the plug in thingies at the apartment were mosquito zappers so we had them plugged in for extra protection.

There were so many beautiful things to see and lots of lovely places to visit in and around Trogir, we are so glad we hired a car that we could get out and about to see more of the area. The beach below and at Okrug Donji were beautiful and perfect for swimming on our return after our days out.

We especially liked the last day when we went on a 3 island boat trip which including all drinks on the boat from 9:30am!! A Croissant mid morning, a swim, dive jump what ever took your fancy off the boat into an amazing blue lagoon and then a meal at lunch time which included a "folk" singer who we could all join in singing to. It was a memorable day for only 180 kuna each (about £22 per person). We thoroughly enjoyed our whole two weeks stay at the apartment and would definitely recommend it to our friends and family and would love to return some day.

Thank you very much for allowing us to stay at your apartment Alison.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: A big heartfelt thanks to our guest for taking the time to write a lovely review. We are thrilled that our guest had a good time and always welcome returning guests - so don't be a stranger :) Ciovo and the area really makes for a memorable holiday - with 8 UNESCO protected sites nearby how could it not.. Oh and the sunshine helps...... The Croatian TV channels play movies every day. They are all in english. We also have a large DVD collection and some of the SAT channels are in English as well French, German, Italian and many other languages. Anyone reading this please feel free to send me a message if you have any query about a Croatian holiday - I'm always happy to help with your plans - Alison
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Our Best Holiday

  • 5 of 5

This beautifully spacious holiday apartment exceeded all expectations. We have two children aged 6-16 and there was plenty of space for all of us. Everything we needed was in the apartment from a washing machine to fans in the rooms, which we certainly needed in the evenings, sun loungers and everything you could wish for in a kitchen. The location was perfect with wonderful views across a small bay and beach which we found was great for an early evening dip. During the day you can jump into the sea from small jettys dotted along the coastline. Great for adventurous kids ! This was all a five minute walk away. We walked everywhere which wasn't a problem at all. The local beach resort was a fifteen minute slow walk but very enjoyable whatever time of day we did it. We would set off in the morning for a day out and walk to the main town. Here was a fab beach with inflatables for the children and dozens of classy bars restaurants and shops. You can hop on a small ferry here and take the 15 minute boat trip to beautiful Trogir town, full of history, restaurants, cafes, bars and shops. We did this on a few occasions in the evening and sampled Croatian music and dancing. We caught the bus to the city of Split. Worth a visit but very busy at the bus station with back packers. In all I would highly recommend this apartment, location and holiday destination. We had one of our best ever holidays here and I am sure we will return one day. On another note we found the whole area very cheap to eat out, drink and shop for food. Ice-creams for the kids worked out around 50p and a pint of beer was less than a pound. There is absolutely loads to do and see in this part of Croatia and not too far from the airport but far enough. We had never visited the country before. The landscape is breathtaking and the Croatian people very welcoming. Well done Alison for offering your lovely holiday home in such a perfect holiday location.

  • Submitted: May 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Villa Katarina
Nearest Ferry
300 Metres
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Nearest Train
50 Metres
No train, bus is closest at 50 metres
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Villa Katarina
Nearest Ski
200 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
300 Metres
Car: not necessary

The Island of Ciovo is attached by bridge to Trogir (Medieval Town over 2500 years old). Trogir is called a 'little Venice', a town-museum of the medieval heritage. Its history goes back to the Hellenic times when it was known as Tragurion. UNESCO recognized its values and included it in the registry of the world monument heritage. Mediterranean climate. Trogir is a jewel of a walled town with a wide waterfront promenade that encloses a maze of medieval streets. Summer Music festivals with classical and folk concerts in churches and open squares. Numerous market stalls for shopping. Places of interest include: Krka National Park - Wonderful waterfalls and lakes. Islands of Brac and Hvar both accessible from Ciovo. Shopping in Split. Visit the Diocletian's Palace in Split. Come in the high season of July and August and you’ll find Ciovo vibrant with life with holidaymakers from all over Europe. Enjoy the local beaches, sun and coffee shops; taste local cuisine and the great weather

Other Activities: Snorkeling, Diving - Croatia is divers delight, clear and calm waters


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