History of Villa Apolon

Story of Hvar or Pharos, as it was known then

The story of Hvar begins in the famous Antique times, more precisely in the 4th century BC, when the island was colonized by Greeks from the island of Pharos.

Creator of the villa

Don Šime Ljubić, one of the most prominent citizens of Hvar Island, Croatian archaeologist, historian and writer, through the construction of his mausoleum and villa has united two of his greatest passions - history and Hvar. It is then no wonder that Don Šime named his villa Apolon, a famous Greek god born on Pharos, who became its protector.


How it became a boutique hotel

In order to bring this iconic villa back to life and to make it a contemporary heritage hotel, it underwent a redesign to make it a modern, fully-equipped villa. For this reason, the main guiding principle behind the renovation of the villa and mausoleum was to continue in Don Šime Ljubić’ steps and use modern contemporary design in a Mediterranean spirit and climate to preserve Hvar Antique heritage and Don Šime’s symbolism.


Located in the ancient town of Faros

This Ancient town of priceless historical heritage will undoubtedly leave every visitor breathless. A walk through the colourful Mediterranean streets to the Dominican monastery, over to Tvrdalj – native home of the famous poet Petar Hektorović and parish church of St. Stephen is actually a walk through time and a long and fruitful history of the city. In addition to the historical monuments and relic, Stari Grad will also delight you with its cultural events during the entire summer season. Surrounded by thick pine forest with fertile vineyards and olive groves, refreshing summer breeze and many more, Stari Grad will surely provide an unforgettable vacation.

Contact info

+385 91 1778 320


Šetalište Don Šime Ljubića 7, Stari Grad, Hvar Island, Croatia

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