Vis, Split-Dalmatia, Croatia

Blue sky, palm trees, lemon trees and the view of the sea - this is what guests of WearActive can enjoy on the Croatian island of Vis. The island is manageable and all of the neighbors are part of the families who built the village and who still live there for the most part.

The hosts Xania and Craig feel privileged to be part of a year-round community, and not just offer seasonal rentals. They discovered the house in 2006 after falling in love with the island of Vis and first of all they started to remodel the old stone building that is over 100 years old. The ground floor of the house used to be a traditional konoba, a wine cellar; one of the rooms that was converted was intended for grilling fish.

The aim of the renovation was to create a home for the hosts at the same time, as well as a stylish base for the active holidays on offer, in which the guests can relax and be part of the Vis community. The guests will find a home for a week - this alone differs the accommodation from a classic hotel. The WearActive offers various activities such as kayaking, bike tours, stand-up paddling without affecting the neighboring community. There are daily yoga sessions and the relaxing active holiday is rounded off with delicious, freshly prepared meals.

The four bedrooms are designed differently, with a combination of locally sourced driftwood and artwork by friends from the island: Inside made of Vis and pieces that the hosts: in have picked up on their travels around the world. The main room has a cozy beach feeling with little peculiarities, which was created by upcycling furniture and adding eclectic things that were found on the island. The main living area is light and airy, with lots of windows and access to the balcony. The bedrooms are small, cozy spaces that are easy to keep cool in the heat of summer. In summer, the hosts spend as much time as possible outdoors with the holidaymakers in order to make the most of the Croatian summer climate - there are plenty of outdoor and shaded seating available.

Rooms + Rates

per night
Double roomfrom155 €


ArchitectureThe facade of the old stone house was combined with traditional features, based on the houses of the neighbors: inside. The new building, on the other hand, stands for clear lines and was implemented in cooperation with a local construction company. The hosts learned from islanders friends how the traditional restoration of stone houses works. The interior of the main floor is deliberately different from traditional houses in the area: an open space to take advantage of natural light and to have it in the room for as long as possible. Some furniture and accessories were also specially made, such as lamps made from wood that comes from the beach or from a local vineyard. All of the windows were made on site and the bespoke dining table was commissioned from a local carpenter.

FoodTrusted organic suppliers from the locality deliver seasonal fruit and vegetables, the own garden donates fresh herbs. Only vegetarian and vegan meals are served on site. The organic house wine is from a winemaker on the island. Canned fruit and olive oil come from a supplier who supplies the island. The hosts try to offer the guests a vegan version of the local specialties of the island of Vis and combine them with a Mediterranean style of cuisine. A fresh cake is baked every afternoon, which is then served with afternoon tea.

The employees come from and live on the island. There is the possibility of doing internships at WearActive - these should also serve to give more attention to responsible, sustainable tourism and the outdoor activities offered on site. The hosts: in support several local charities (e.g. Geo Park Vis, an NGO that is committed to preserving the traditions, infrastructure and the environment of the island). They are also actively involved in marine research on the island, which conducts extensive dolphin research around the island of Vis.

EnvironmentThe water in the guest rooms is heated by solar energy, using a drainage system to collect rainwater from the entire roof area of the property. There is a well system that supports the water system. Disposable plastic is not used at all and we always try to recycle and compost. A friend's permaculture project helps here. Cleaning is done exclusively with natural products from a local Croatian company that also makes soaps, which guests can fi nd in the baths. The hosts actively help with beach cleaning initiatives and are involved in community projects that promote sustainability and responsible tourism on the island of Vis. They also promote local products that are made by their direct neighbors. They fund a local charity for stray cats and dogs on the island due to the lack of veterinary facilities on the island.

Well-BeingA morning begins (before breakfast) with a yoga session by the sea. It is important for the hosts to offer plenty of activities, which is why there are daily guided kayaking, paddleboarding and / or bike tours. In the afternoons there is the opportunity to learn to slackline. In addition, snorkeling equipment is available for guests, the kayaks and bicycles are available around the clock for their own tours and exploration of the island. The beautiful beaches of the island can be reached in just ten minutes on foot.


  • Typical Croatian stone house on the south side of the island of Vis, in the heart of the old town of Rukavac
  • Not a classic hotel, but a guest with friends
  • Holidays with a healthy balance of relaxation and activities on the water and on land
  • Discover the beauty of the island of Vis by kayaking, cycling, yoga and hiking
  • Great freshly cooked plant based food
  • Variety of guided activities: kayaking, paddleboarding and bike tours
  • Various possibilities for excursions in the area: beaches (5 minutes), the "Green Cave" on the island of Ravnik, Stiniva Bay, old town of Vis, and much more

Island retreat4 roomsHalf boardno childrenWi-Fino disabled accessno Poolno pets


  • Retreat with four rooms: 1 twin room, 1 family room, 2 double rooms each with their own bathroom
  • Full board with breakfast, cake and three-course vegetarian / vegan dinner
  • Guest fridge, tea and coffee
  • Kayaks and bicycles can be rented on site
  • Daily yoga by the sea
  • The hosts: in have a calm dog
  • The retreats in WearActive can only be booked on a weekly basis
  • Included in the price: Transfer from the ferry terminal, 7 nights, 5 days of activities, breakfast (7 days), lunch / picnic on 4 days, dinner with wine on 3 days, transfers to and from restaurants on the other 4 evenings, use of kayak, Bike, paddle board on the day off, afternoon cake on all 5 days of activity


Wear Active runs kayaking, cycling and yoga holidays for all ages on Vis, a military naval base which until 1989 had been off limits to tourists.

Mary Novakovich,, June 2021
Visit Website

Rooms + Rates

per night
Double roomfrom155 €

Location + Directions

By car

It takes about 2.5 hours by ferry from Split to Vis. From there you can reach WearActive in just under a quarter of an hour. The exact address can be found on the website.

With public transport

There are regular ferries from Split to Vis. The ferry port of Vis is less than 10 kilometers from the property. Collection is possible on request.