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Island roots.

Since it was formed, Obonjan Island has gradually morphed into the unique hideaway it is today. Follow the story below to learn a little about its past and our plans for the future...

Earlier forms of the name (Obognam and Oboglian) are shown on maps dating to 1469 and 1498.

In the grand scheme of things, Obonjan Island and the Adriatic Sea that surrounds it both formed relatively recently. Some 18,000 years ago, in fact. At the time of the last glacial maximum, sea levels were 120m lower than they are today and the Adriatic Sea was half its current size. Approximately 7,000 years later, the global meltwaters of glaciers flooded the valley and seawaters closed in around Obonjan. The island took shape, emerging from the waters, 1.5km long and 530m wide. Earlier forms of the name (Obognam and Oboglian) are shown on maps dating to 1469 and 1498. Today, it's one of 1,200 small Adriatic islands lying off the west coast of Croatia, located 9.8 km south-west of the city of Šibenik and about 7.3 km south-southeast of the town of Vodice. Only 69 of these Croatian islands are inhabited, and Obonjan is not, technically speaking, one of them.

During the first half of the 20th century, families from the neighbouring island of Prvić farmed on Obonjan. They maintained terraced dry stone walled vineyards and orchards of olives and figs; a farming system in coastal Croatia dating back more than 2,000 years. However, degraded soils and lack of a sheltered port meant that the land was abandoned after the Second World War, soon becoming overgrown with local vegetation. In late 1954, the Šibenik Forestry Department took control, initiating a systematic afforestation programme on the island with Aleppo pine (Pinus halepensis) seedlings, which grew into rich, fragrant areas of forest.

In the 1970s, the scout movement of Croatia landed for a few years, and it swiftly gained the nickname Isle Of Youth.

In the 1970s, the scout movement of Croatia landed for a few years, and it swiftly gained the nickname Isle Of Youth. They constructed a salt-water swimming pool, an amphitheatre and various sports facilities. Their project also involved new terracing and the building of three small harbours, enabling ships to dock. The island then played host to a tremendous, one-off party at the turn of the millennium. They definitely had the right idea!

We didn't hear about Obonjan until 2012, when we began to hear rumours of a forgotten, magical place. We knew we had to investigate. Having set sail from Šibenik for the first time, a beautiful pine and olive tree-covered outcrop soon revealed itself. Our guide turned to us and slowly said Oh-bon-yan. The islands caretaker, Mirko and his dog Jimmy greeted us, and we walked together past the bay and along a path that led up the hill. As if from nowhere, the stone-built amphitheatre appeared, overlooking the sea. We were hooked.

We built on the foundations laid by the scout movement when drawing up our first designs in 2015. Having overhauled the existing buildings, event spaces, restaurants, pathways, swimming pool, and utilities, we installed our island accommodation and first opened during the summer of 2016. For the next 44 years of our lease, we're planning to work together with the City of Šibenik to bring Obonjan to you. We acknowledge the island's outstanding natural landscapes and intend to safeguard them in the years to come. By partnering with Dvokut, a Croatian company of environmental experts, we have funded a full marine and terrestrial biodiversity study. We're learning from its findings and plan to work with Eden Lab to install a well-informed environmental management plan. We also intend to create full carbon audits and carbon management procedures that will inform future initiatives.

Despite our good intentions, island living brings particular challenges, and we have to manage our scarce resources carefully.

In the long term, we intend to host pioneering research on the island, focusing on the need for environmentally sensitive tourism development. Various Not-For-Profit organisations are already helping us. The Carbon Free Group are assisting with the development of a Renewable Energy Strategy, which will embed itself into the island over the forthcoming years. WasteAid UK is enabling us to refine our Waste Management Strategy, and we'll be making improvements regarding recycling this year. Šibenik municipality and local NGOs will link us with organic food and beverage producers and various environmentally-aware businesses in the region, with a long-term view to promoting Obonjan and the Šibenik region as a world-leading destination for sustainable tourism.

We're pushing for a considered approach to the project, and want to establish relationships that will help to bring benefits to the local economy and stimulate employment. In time, we plan to develop collaborative new businesses and education and training opportunities. This concept will evolve year on year so that Obonjan always remains at the forefront of modern, sustainable tourism.

Despite our good intentions, island living brings particular challenges, and we have to manage our scarce resources carefully. With this in mind, we encourage our staff and guests to consider how their actions affect the environment and the health of the island. We're also hoping to work with our suppliers to reduce consumption, particularly when it would otherwise be wasteful or polluting. In a similar vein, we've already worked with Slovenian partners to source eco-friendly accommodation that minimises permanent disruption to the island. With the assistance of expert consultants in the field of sustainable tourism, we are also looking to install a bespoke, organic waste treatment plant, and, with the intention of regenerating and improving the quality of the islands soil, will compost all the organic matter from food and other waste.

The island is a magical spot with a unique history. It will outlast us all, but we're looking forward to being a part of its future.

Booking options are completely flexible, so you can stay the night or settle in for a longer stay. There's never more than 500 guests on the island, meaning theres always plenty of quiet corners for escape and exploration. Set sail for Obonjan. Settle into island life.

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