A tough Communist reprisal came over Yugoslavia, which did not allow anyone to own property or run a private business. Were it not for Eugen’s son, Juraj Toto Meneghello, who continued in the family tradition of hospitality, Palmižana would not have survived to become what it is today. He was as fearless and determined as his ancestors and, despite the grave dangers that he faced, he remained on his island to begin construction of a resort in 1945. His guests were among the first to break the iron hold that Tito held over the State, shifting the boundaries of the era towards the future. Toto’s charisma attracted visitors from all over Europe and over the years established the identity of what is still referred to today as Palmižana.


In 1967, a young Zagreb journalist, Dagmar Gebauer, came to visit the island of Hvar and in meeting the charismatic Toto she was irresistibly drawn to his dream.  They married and she became a part of Palmižana and the Meneghello family endeavor and its tradition of hospitality. A tradition built over a century of selfless hardship, turning the arid island stone into one of the finest and richest exotic gardens in the Adriatic.



In the ruins of the century-long tradition of country-house tourism and all its blessings, they continued to live together far from civilization, without links to the mainland, water mains or electricity supplies. Constantly under threat that the Communist regime would destroy them, Toto’s policies rested on his stifling individuality and private initiative in the name of a faceless uniformity. 
Their aim was to provide a refuge for those who wanted a break from civilization, a place in which they could find themselves once more, find a rest for body and soul. In achieving this, the Meneghello family, Toto, Dagmar and their children Eugen (Đenko), Romina and Tarin strove to enhance and enrich Palmižana providing it with a new dimension and appeal: that of the arts and culture.

Dagmar and Toto’s children have together taken upon themselves the responsibility to take care of the family estate and its untarnished landscape. Romina, who lives full-time on Palmižana, has made it her life’s mission to cultivate the family tradition of hospitality, passed down from her grandfather. With tender love and care she devotes her full attention to the island’s guests in a warm and individual manner, thus ensuring that all their needs are met. On the other hand, Tarin lives abroad, and has taken on the public relations role of the endeavor, ensuring that the Meneghello Palmižana tradition is promoted in all corners of the world. Đenko, a palm tree aficionado and member of The International Palm Society, lives on Palmižana all year round. He tirelessly worked with his mother, Dagmar, bringing seeds and plants to the island from all around the world. When more space was needed for his new ‘pets’, he created a breathtaking waterfront setting for his restaurant “Toto’s:” an outdoor haven with a stunning view of the Southern Palmižana Bay and the Stambedar island floating in the horizon.