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Luxury seafront villa, stunning sea & harbour views, on unspoilt island of Vis

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Experience a beautiful, four-storey 200 year old Venetian villa

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.

More Details

About Us

Anna Bilston
Urchin d.o.o.
Obala Kralja Kresimira 20
21480 Vis
VAT Reg No

Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French, German
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 September, 2018

About Anna

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

Why Anna chose Vis

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.

What makes this villa unique

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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa around the Vis around the Municipality of Vis

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • village
  • waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , With beautiful fittings and Japan-type sinks
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Second-floor bathroom has a washing machine and tumble drier
  • 2 Bathrooms Second floor bathroom - toilet , shower enclosure , With beautiful fittings and Japan-type sinks First floor bathroom - toilet , shower enclosure , With beautiful fittings and Japan-type sinks The second-floor bathroom has a washing machine and tumble drier.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Second floor bedroom-quality mattress and goose down pillows
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Extra Lg. Double Bed , First floor bedroom - Zip and link so can be 2 singles
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Sofa bed/Futon , Sitting room-2 x quality double sofa bed (5 inch mattresses)
  • All bedrooms have plenty of room and are properly equipped with spacious wardrobes (loads of hangers!), 2 bedside tables and lamps, chest of drawers, chair, and of course have lovely views from the large windows. The first floor bedroom also has its own terrace looking over the harbour and bay which is furnished with a table and chairs and sunbeds. The bedrooms are suitable for couples - using the king-size beds in each room, or, they can suit couples with children, as in the first floor bedroom the king-size bed will separate into two singles (it's a top quality zip and link king-size).
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
There is a large lower terrace with a table and chairs, and two sunbeds, accessed from Bedroom 2 on the first floor. There is also the top terrace, on the third floor, which has space for six people to have drinks, breakfast, dinner etc plus relaxing. There are six pretty cane chairs and dining table on this upper terrace, and we usually arrange two of the sun loungers up there. there are four sun loungers altogether, and you can choose to use them on either of the terraces. The sitting room is also on the third floor, where the best views are to be had. The kitchen and dining area are on the ground floor and there is plenty of space for six people to dine.


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Luxury seafront villa, stunning sea & harbour views, on unspoilt island of Vis
average rating of 4.909091 based on 11 reviews

A fantastic house, with unbeatable views of the Vis harbor

  • 5 of 5

The house was immaculate, well stocked and convenient to beaches, town, great restaurants and the local grocery store, fruit market and wine merchant.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Stuart. We’re so glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you back soon!
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Amazing house on the harbour

  • 5 of 5

The location of Villa Riva is excellent, probably unrivaled in Kut/Vis. The interior is very stylish and also well designed, with all amenities. Each floor is in itself surprisingly small, and the house has lots of stairs. But this also adds a certain charm, and a sense of privacy to each floor. All three bedrooms are on separate floors and have en suite bathrooms, and one has its own terrace with sunbeds. The top floor has a kitchen/living room and another terrace with amazing views across the entire harbour. 10 meters from the door is a dip in the sea and five meters away is the closest of many konobas/taverns, so it is possible to keep your entire holiday experience extremely local if you like. Boat traffic and party atmosphere in the harbour varied somewhat throughout the day and week, and at Villa Riva you feel rather in the middle of it all as an observer. This made for some good people- and boatwatching. We also had water taxi and boat trips arranged for us by the house manager's family, and made good use of the owner's excellent recommendations for trips and restaurants. Our favourites were probably Pojoda in Kut, Lola in Vis and Jastozera in Komiza. For bars, we recommend Fruterija and Lambik in particular. Both children, teenagers and adults loved our stay at Villa Riva, and we will always remeber where we were when Croatia played the World Cup Final ;-)

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Tore! What a lovely review with so much information for future guests. Much appreciated. World Cup time is certainly exciting. We were sad we weren't there for it! I am glad you enjoyed it! Thanks again and we hope to welcome you back soon.
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Wonderful Vis island Villa!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A truly unique find!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review. We are so glad you enjoyed Villa Riva so much! We'll look forward to welcoming you back soon!
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Charming waterfront Villa on the island of Vis

  • 5 of 5

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!!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Nov-2015
  • Date of Stay: October 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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A great house in a lovely setting

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Nearest Ferry
40 Kilometres
Nearest Train
40 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
40 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
10 Metres
Car: not necessary


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £88.76
Refundable Damage Deposit £266.29

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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