By Ivana Vrselja July 19, 2019 Blog

Once upon time in a land far, far away. Wait, are we in fairy tale? We sure are.

Like in every other story, the Gariful’s one has its hard, not-so-shining start. Firstable, at very beggining you wouldn’t recognize restaurant itself you all know and love. Looking at past, in 2001 Ivan took ‘so-called’ restaurant from his father and decided to renovate it and changed from meat eatery to fish-dedicated high quality restaurant. Few years later he succeded in his intention.
Nowadays, Gariful, situated on the waterfront of the city of Hvar, is known for premium quality fish and lobsters which guests can see in aquarium-pools built into the floor. The daily catch is presented every day on a bed of ice, decorated by the freshest vegetables. Should also be mentioned that restaurant has a rich wine list, one of the most extensive in the Adriatic and it also excels in an outstanding selection of Champagnes. 
Cosy interior looking into the aquarium through reinforced glass floor; the spacious terrace with views of the fabled Pakleni Islands; extremely nice and professional staff and very good food accompanied to cosy atmosphere.  We have a complete product, don’t we?

One of the most encouraging tourism trends in recent years on the island has been the rise of the wine bar in luxury Hvar tourism. That’s why Ivan created Vintage. Vintage Wine bar is known as ‘Dalmatia’s first truly five-star wine bar experience, with the finest wine list on the Adriatic.’ Beside great wine list you can surprise your gustatories with Dalmatian cuisine made of selection of cheese and Dalmatian prsciutto.  The interior completely made of wood and music followed should also be mentioned to give you complete impression.

In July 2016 new project, diametrally opposite from all Gariful’s property mentioned so far, has come and made our imagination go wild and put our mind set to the chill mood. Don’t have to emphasize we are talking about the night club Seven, a place where everything is different. In its specific way it puts together memorable nights outs accompanied with accurately chosen playlist inspired by wishes of our dear customers, heavenly decorated cocktails firstly made to be consumed by eyes, talented dancers playing with fire like a pro and charismatic bartenders, non-rarely called dragons, with their exquisite fire show. Also Seven offers you an isolated area for special VIP guests which, in specific looks, offers you fun and relaxing at the same time. In Seven’s menu you can see various shisha flavors which is something not often seen in Hvar. VIP area can also be privatized whether you are celebrity who wants discretion or just someone who wants area for some important life moment. Worldwidely known people, such as football player Ander Herrera, made us honour to host them. If you are more party kind of person, you can rule on our huge dancefloor making yourself fresh with tasty mojito or whatever your imagination requires to when you come to some of our three bars. You can also hear sounds of saxophone or violine as well as be part of some theme night often present. Seven also offers you food ’cause we can’t let you go hungry anywhere! Seven’s breakfast from 8 a.m. will make your mum’s kitchen to second place! We offer you waffles, pancakes, smoothies, eggs all together with freshly made juice or some other liquid you want to. Everything on the beautiful terrace first line to the sea.  If a little Italy sits inside you, from noon we offer special pizzas made at Italian way by side of best skilled pizza master. You haven’t visited us yet? We are sure you will.

When you are doing great work in leading both restaurant and club, you have to try to in managing accomodation. This year, in only six months of hardworking, came up Villa Gariful and has become first island’s smart house. This beauty is located in old part of Hvar town which made a construction to be even more demanding.  At same time imitating and being in contrast with building next to it, this four-floored beauty takes every breath away. This smartie do whatever you say; on demand TV, air condition or cooker is on – just like that!  There are big windows from every side of the house what makes it one of the kind and gives a look to all part of this Sunny Island.  Every part acts like an apparment itself; there is a gym on the last floor. Who would say no to sweathing with a sunset to die for? Life is too short, you should let yourself to live it as a royal.

Sugar comes to an end and there is no such thing as sweet as animals!  First let us take an intro to its story. Gariful’s farm situated about a mile from city of Hvar, was firstly made to cultivate ecologically approved vegetable and to be a place for familly relaxing. Day by day it started growing in its space and has soon become home for about seventy animal species. Crocodile, eagle, different domestic animals and a tiger as new inhabitant made this place a place to be. From time to time Griful’s farm visit some charity association ’cause of Ivan’s sensibility to children and their needs. All animals are situated in houses that closely imitates the one in a free space and have several people who take care of them.  Beside animals, the background of farm will take your state of mind to relaxing level which is something totally not conected to Hvar. #gariful