Split Airport (SPU) opens up new terminal

After steady growth for years, the airport in Split (SPU) finally opened up their long awaited new terminal. During the peak season, the congestion at SPU has been frustrating to say the least. It wasn’t uncommon to see passengers having to stand up and wait for their departures due to the lack of available seats. Now that’s finally over.

The new terminal increase the total space from the previous 14.000 square meters it will have 50.000 square meters, which should significantly ease the congestion when waiting for your next flight.

There are apparently also plans to overhaul the runway and add more taxi lanes to further reduce congestion on the tarmac.

The new extension is also adding a new lounge, giving the previous Star Alliance-lounge a much-needed upgrade.

The perfect place for your company team summit in Croatia

Company summit

Having distributed teams across the globe is becoming increasingly popular. 10-15 years ago, the concept of a team working together from remote corners of the world was unthinkable for most companies. Today, software companies like Automattic (the company behind WordPress), Gitlab, and even Stripe have adopted remote working as their new default.

While working remotely is a fantastic way of tapping into talents around the world, it is needed to periodically meet your team members in person. This is usually called team summits, team retreats or kick-off. Many companies prefer to rent out a big house where they can have their team stay under one roof and both work, eat and hang out together under one roof.

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A haven for digital nomads and remote workers

The concept of a digital nomad is a relatively new thing. With the raise of the digital economy and remote work, many people (often young) realized that they are no longer chained to their office to do their work. Regardless if you were doing administrative work, or writing code, as long as you have your computer and a reliable internet connection, you can do your work. Hence it doesn’t matter if that is on a beach in Thailand, or from the couch in your living room. This is what the concept of being a digital nomad stems from. You’ve unchained yourself from the office, so why not take full advantage of it and work from around the world.

Over the years, we’ve had a lot of these people staying at Villa Lava. Croatia, known for its absolutely beautiful nature and scenery, makes for an ideal destination. The problem however that many people who have visited Croatia have found is that many, if not most, accommodations fail to cater to the modern workforce.┬á

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Go on an organic wine tasting at Mas Vin

A collection of Mas Vin current selection.

Due to its ideal climate and furtile soil, Croatia produces a lot of wine. As a fun tidbit for the wine nerds, it is also the origin of the Zinfandel grape, which is popular in California grape. The original grape in Croatia is called Crljenak Kaštelanski.

Becase of these ideal conditions, there are a lot of domestic wine producers in Croatia. One producer that stands out however is Mas Vin, known for it’s award winning organic wines. They incidentally also do produce a great Crljenak.

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Building Villa Lava

The backyard of Villa Lava during construction

The big vision with Villa Lava was to create a beautiful vacation destination where guests from around the world could relax, without having to sacrifice their way of life. We recognized that there was a gap in the expectations of modern travelers and much of what Croatia had to offer in terms of accommodation.

The modern traveler expects certain things, such as to be able to jump on a video call without issues, or to be able to check their Instagram by the pool, or even stream their favorite Netflix show to the TV. This of course is in addition to the basics, such as air condition. In short, they expect all the luxuries and comforts they have at home (and more), but with a chance in scenery. This is the traveler that we built Villa Lava for.

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