Kevin Spacey reserved Bonj for private use, Keira loved lounging by Amfora’s Cascade pools
As of mid June, the town of Hvar known as a traditional summer gathering destination for celebrities enriched its portfolio of celebrities with more famous names.
Amfora Hotel, a property managed by Sunčani Hvar Hotels, was visited by Keira Knightley (Pirates of the Carribean) and Sam Worthington (main actor in Hollywood blockbuster Avatar). Keira was accompanied by her husband James Righton and was happily supporting her spouse as his band performed on For Festival. During their stay at Amfora they were relaxed and spent the most of their day lounging at the Cascades pool, unlike many other celebrities who search for exclusive restaurants and enogastronomic delights, they were satisfied with sandwiches and cocktails at the pool. Announcements for arrivals of celebrities in Hvar are received on a daily basis and the person in charge of ensuring them a flawless experience; since they make their first step on the island; is Ana Štambuk, Sunčani Hvar Head concierge.
Following the visits of Keira and actor Sam Worthington, NBA players leaded by Blake Griffin landed on Hvar and sojourned at the luxurious Adriana Spa Hotel. They were especially delighted by the “Butchery & Wine” steakhouse, the only one of its kind in Hvar, offering Kobe beef for 900 Kuna and a vast choice of steaks from the best markets in the world. The restaurant offers daily fresh ingredients and all menu items are mostly delivered right on the guests table from local farms, which is greatly appreciated by the guests who in return do not ask for the price of exclusive wine and food selection – mentions Mrs. Štambuk.
Hvar beaches were as well not bypassed by Ellen DeGeneres (famous TV presenter) and her spouse Portia DeRossi. Manchester United football player Juan Mata pampered himself with an overnight stay at Riva Hotel, after opening the night with some cocktails at BB Club he proceeded at a famous Hvar night club where famous handball player Nikola Karabatic had a party of his own. After his participation on the WorldCup in Brasil, footballer Edin Džeko decided to relax at Amfora Hotel and was very welcoming to guests who approached him for a quick chat or an autograph.
-My special memory goes to Kevin Spacey (American actor and director), who stayed at the glamorous Riva Marina Suite. It is a custom for all VIP guests to visit at least for one day the luxurious 1927’s pontoons of Bonj “les bains” for which you will pay 3000 Kuna, bottle of champagne included. Mister Spacey decided to rent Bonj as an exclusive private use venue for him and his entourage. From rivers of bubbly champagne to private cabanas for his personal massage, we were at his disposal all day round – said Kristina Ćurin, Riva Hotel F&B director.
Worth mentioning is also the case of a guest staying with his friends at Adriana who happened to become a sudden American lottery winner and decided to prolong their stay on Hvar for another week.
– They were spending so much on Dom Perignon, which was delivered to our property in a hurry, and basically the Room Service profit only from his room was equal to its daily revenue. At midnight we managed to deliver him the complete collection of “Red Hot Chilli Peppers” hits in a record time of just half an hour – says the Adriana Hotel “Top Bar” manager.
Dj Steve Aoki requested to jump from the cliff two hours before his appearance on Ultra Festival but a special pleasure for the staff of this outstanding hotel company was to host and respond to the needs of Marissa Mayer, Head of Yahoo or the beautiful Jacqueline M. Wood, Canadian actress, DJ, singer and TV host.
Always at your service
Our exclusive VIP treatment features a personal BlackBerry with a memorized number of our concierge services which is available at his disposal for 24 hours. In a profession where the word “no” is absolutely forbidden we have to ask the question about its greatest challenge?
It is about meeting deadlines, planning and realizing guest wishes in the shortest period possible. Our profession comprises an understanding for each guest demand and the ability to extend it to the extra mile. For example, I had a case where I needed to provide special medicines for a gentleman who has forgotten his on a cruise ship. By counting on the support of my key contacts I was successful to deliver to the guest his medication on time. To sum up, I am eager to receive all kinds of guest wishes and demands because it is a sort of a competition I am holding against myself to use my experience and skills at their best – concluded Ana Štambuk.
The original article appeared in Slobodna Dalmacija on 30.07.2014