Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Hideout Festival | Croatia

Some of you may have noticed that I haven't been blogging as much recently and that's because I've been away for 10 days in Croatia. Croatia wasn't a country that was top of my list to visit, it just never really crossed my mind until my boyfriend and I came across Hideout Festival, which is a house and drum & bass music festival in Pag. We are both big fans of this kind of music, and after watching the videos and seeing pictures from Hideout 2014 we knew we wanted to be there in 2015! 

We originally tried to get a group together to go, but it is can be difficult to organise and the tickets sell out so quickly, so we decided to just go ahead and buy them before they sold out. As we were going as a couple we wanted to make this a relaxing holiday and not just a partying holiday so we got the best of both. It took a lot of planning deciding where to stay and what to do and I'm so happy to say it was such an amazing holiday, I have been so excited to share it with everyone on my blog.

We chose to fly from London to Zagreb, the capital of Croatia as it had the best flight deal. We stayed for one night in the Esplanade Hotel which was absolutely gorgeous. We spent the afternoon and evening there exploring the centre of Zagreb which was such a lovely city, the building are absolutely gorgeous. I really recommend a visit there if you are going to Croatia.

The next morning we enjoyed this yummy breakfast and got ready for a long coach ride to Pag. It's not the easiest place to get to, you can't fly directly to Pag so you have to travel quite far to get there, but it was definitely worth it. 

Most people going to the festival usually book apartments or camp, but as we wanted to make this a relaxing holiday as well we decided to book the Luna Island Hotel. We arrived at the hotel in the evening and straight away I fell in love with this view!

Obviously the first thing I did was get my hands on a cocktail....

We spent the first couple of days relaxing by the pool, enjoying the gorgeous weather and trying to get as much of a tan as I could before the festival started!

I found the most amazing swimming spot just outside the hotel and when for a swim here almost every day, swimming in the sea is one of my favourite things.

As for the festival itself, it was absolutely amazing! It is held on Zcre beach and there were four clubs on the beach front. Everyday there was a pool party at each club from 2pm until 8pm with a great line up of DJ’s. Then in the evenings the clubs are open until 6am where the partying continues with DJ’s playing all night.

The pool parties were definitely my favourite - it was so much fun dancing to amazing music and enjoying the gorgeous weather.

I tried to get creative with some pink hair chalk which I loved the effect of even though it didn’t last long!  

One of the highlights for me was MK's pool party. Anyone that likes house music I'm sure will be a fan of MK, it was such an amazing set and probably my favourite day of the festival.

Another highlight was watching Duke Dumont perform his set on stage with him. By an amazing coincidence, Duke Dumont and his manager were staying in the same hotel as us, so we got chatting and this is how we ended up on stage with him in front of a 4,000 people audience - it was the most incredible experience!

After the festival ended, we had another day before our flight home to get some final sunbathing done and enjoy some relaxing at the hotel.

I had the most amazing time at Hideout Festival, I really recommend it to anyone who enjoys this kind of music. As for Croatia itself, it's a beautiful country and I hope to go back again and explore some other parts.

Here's to next year!
Have you been to Croatia? Would you be interested in Hideout Festival?

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