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Our background

Lilly’s Cozy Cove rental apartments and ICookClasses cooking school was created by a duo composed of a chef/teacher imported from Chicago and a Doctor of Anthropology/teacher/gardener who grew up in Croatia and lived in the US for 2 decades, before returning back home. The first part of our life partnership we spent in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina, and are now realizing our next dream, in a cove of a small village of Tisno on the Croatian coast.

At the age of 16, Joe began cooking professionally, falling in love with edible art. Since living in Tisno he found passion in connecting cultures by cooking international comfort food and Croatian food with a twist. Laura’s passions lie in creating a sustainable lifestyle and guest stays by growing our own food, upcycling, decorating our apartments, hiking and teaching. Together we create memorable stays for our guests by offering delicious food, nature explorations, and opportunities to make new community connections.

We chose to settle down on the Dalmatian coast for the richness of its islands and inlets, its healthy cuisine based on fish and vegetables, and numerous pristine beach coves, walking, and biking routes. Tisno became our home because of its rejuvenating and relaxing small-town feeling, its amenities being within walking distance from our rental apartments, and plenty of nature trails near us.


We offer three short-term holiday rental apartments during summer and off-season affordable monthly rental to digital nomads/remote workers/entrepreneurs. 


"Lilly's Cozy Cove is a place where you can recharge your batteries and rejuvenate your spirit"

We believe in creating a care-free and comfortable home away from home for our guests. Lilly's Cozy Cove is a place where you can recharge your batteries and rejuvenate your spirit away from the hectic life and bustling cities. This principle is our guide in how we name and decorate our apartments and how we interact with our guests. We make ourselves available to fulfill whatever needs our guests might have, from suggesting local restaurants, natural and cultural places to explore, or sharing a cup of coffee or a meal in our garden.

We live in harmony with Nature, growing our own food, cooking it with love, feeding all living beings, and living sustainably and simply. 

Our place

At Lilly’s Cozy Cove apartment rental, we open our door and welcome all walks of life into one of our three comfortable and eclectically decorated apartments. Step into our garden, for all senses' enjoyment.

In the morning, wake up to the lively chirping of the birds. Start your day with a cup of freshly brewed coffee, sipped slowly while sitting outside, looking out to the sea or to our garden filled with birds' song.


If you prefer a more active vacation, during any time of the year join us for a biking or hiking tour to explore the nearby magic coves and other hidden treasures of Nature.


At night, after a full day of exploration and rejuvenation, come back home for a full taste buds treata custom-made dinner, prepared to order by chef Joe. After dinner, take a stroll downtown and get lost around the narrow, cobblestone streets of Tisno, walk up to one of the churches on the hill and enjoy the full panoramic view of the village at night. Close your day by crawling under the soft bed covers and let the lullaby of the Dalmatian crickets sing you to sleep.

After the easy-going morning coffee and breakfast, take a short walk to a pebble beach for a refreshing swim in the crystal clear water. Let your spirit be calmed by the smell of salty water mixed with pine tree sap and the sound of Dalmatian crickets. During off-season months, explore and enjoy numerous nature walks right outside of our door, or a short driving distance away. 

"At Lilly’s Cozy Cove rental apartments, we open our door to welcome all walks of life into one of our three comfortable and eclectically decorated apartments"