Le Méridien Lav, Split
What We Love
- A five-star spa hotel in Podstrana on the beautiful Dalmatian coast, with thoughtful perksA speciality of the hotel is its éclairs, with an inventive and mouth-watering range of classic and locally inspired flavours (figs and apricot, rosemary, yoghurt...)
- The amazing spa, with its sense of space and light, infinity pool, and mind-boggling choice of treatments
- The chance to go have fun on the water (jet skiing, parasailing and banana rides, to name but a few options)
What To Know
- Set on a 2,600-foot private beach with panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea and Split
- The champagne bar overlooking the marina is a hotspot among guests
- There's a range of activities from scuba diving to tennis on one of the four courts
- The spa also has a Finnish sauna and Roman baths
- There's a small fee to use the hotel shuttle into Split, but it's cheaper than taking a taxi
Set on its own private 800-metre beachfront with fabulous panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea, the city of Split, and surrounding islands, Le Méridien Lav, Split is an impeccably stylish five-star hotel, with white, glossy interiors and spacious sea-view bedrooms. Don’t just take our word for it – this spot was also voted TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice 2014 Winner in the Luxury category.
Its landscaped terraces, complete with an infinity-style swimming pool look onto the hotel’s 60-berth private harbour and beach, where you can take advantage of a range of water sports and even try some scuba diving. If you fancy a spot of tennis, there are four courts on site, as well as an impressive spa where you can soak in the Jacuzzi, Finnish sauna and Roman baths. When it comes to dining, take your pick from a wide array of chic gourmet seafood and Mediterranean restaurants, and sip chilled fizz in the Champagne Bar.
How to Get There
This was our third Secret Escapes holiday and again we were happily satisfied. The staff were very good, friendly and happy to wait on us by the pool or beach or in one of the 3 restaurants available to use.
Breakfast was a buffet in the Spalatum restaurant and very well catered for, from a cooked breakfast to fresh fruit or croissants (cooked ham was better than the bacon) but for dinner, head to the 2 restaurants in the marina as the buffet here wasn’t very good or for the price.
The 2 restaurants open in the marina were the Conlemani (great for Italian food - margarita pizza or Orecchiette pasta, shredded lamb, thyme tomato sauce recommended) and Restaurant Leonis (it may expensive, but try the Red Scorpion fish, delicious!). Unfortunately due to it being before the main season the other bars/restaurants weren’t open to experience. The casino/nightclub was also closed, looked to have been going through a refurbishment but that was ok, we weren’t interested in those.
The spa/wellness facilities were good, on one day we tried an 80 minute massage and both enjoyed these. I also got to use the gym and classes, and being early in the season, had 2 x functional training classes all to myself (big bonus!) as well as trying the trx/kettlebell and yoga class.
The shuttle bus to Split supplied by the hotel was efficient, on time, plush and only took 20 minutes. The driver was courteous and friendly.
Only gripe we had was the bed mattress being slightly too hard making it quite uncomfortable by the end of the week.
Couple of tips:
if using a sunbed, the plastic ones on the beach are more comfortable than the metal ones near the pool.
Also, although the beach isn’t large, it is small pebbles which can be quite hard/uncomfortable walking on, so some beach/surf shoes would be handy or at the least flip flops.
We had a lovely week at this hotel....staff were amazing especially Gabriel at the pool/spa.
The Italian Restaurant was incredibly friendly with great food
It was a shame that the other restaurants were not open in May when we were there but we found lots of others nearby and used uber to get there...
Spa/treatments were first class and we would not hesitate to return to this hotel!
This was supposed to be a short relaxing five star five day break, sitting by the pool and just chilling, and on the initial research it looked to be to place to stay. I looked at what fellow travellers had to say, and it confirmed my thoughts so we booked.
Sadly with the inclement weather our plans have had to change!
The hotel is a good way out side Split old town, it’s 11km and takes between 20 -30 minutes and on first impressions it is a very large complex including a casino and a night club, fortunately neither were open during our stay The hotel is finished to a good standard with acres of beige marble floors and walls, and I am sure it must have been very impressive when it was first built I would imagine some 20 years ago.
We had booked a standard deluxe room with a view over the marina which is exactly what it was, sadly looking a little tired and well used, the balcony has two well used chairs and a table to match! However the view is very pleasant with a look over the marina. The carpets are sadly stained and tired and the walls show marks and damage.
The Le Meridien Hotel claims to be a five star? And whilst the hotel may have the amenities to qualify this standard, it certainly lacks that special feeling or experience, whilst some are the staff are attentive to the guests and there requirements, a larger percentage won’t even engage with a smile!
I do think the hotel complex is mainly a corporate business centre and that sadly is how it feels, from the service at breakfast through the day when relaxing by the pool or dining in one of the many partnering restaurants you don’t feel like a valued customer, just another guest.
On one day we sat by the pool for over four hours and not once asked if we needed a drink or food, I had to go and ask one of the bar attendants for some drinks, then wait for them to be delivered. On another day a group of 40 business people were marched right through the centre of pool complex to the disbelief of many of the sunbathing guests?, then to have the same guests brought back on the same route following some type of booze cruise some hours later!
Don’t get me wrong, the hotel has all the amenities, gym, tennis courts, private man-made beach and a pleasant pool area, with both indoor pool and outdoor infinity pool, it’s a nice location but needs to decide if it a holiday or a business destination?
I have stayed at many hotels than can do both and you still feel like a five star guest.
Staying at le Méridien right now excellent hotel what you would expect of a five star breakfast is fabulous some things not up and running yet not into full season but that suits us fine we came for a rest and chill out all the staff are fantastic can’t do enough for you will highly recommend this hotel to family and friends great location my favourite bar in the day is the pool bar we’re the main man name is Tino excellent at his job friendly and very polite a credit to the hotel we are a very well travelled couple and expect nothing but the best which this stood up to the test stayed in some of the best 5 star hotel all over the world also done 40 cruises hope if you come you will enjoy like we are cheers👍
Excellent hotel and service. Breakfast and spa area really good. Had a superior sea view room which gave fantastic views of Split and the Islands. Not all eating options open - still low season. Beds on the very firm side, might be uncomfortable for some (like us). Will return. Shuttle Service to Split from hotel just started 35 kuna each way per person, book via reception, but regular bus service from the road outside the hotel takes you down to the centre for 12 kuna. Tea and coffee facilities in the room. Daily housekeeping top notch. All staff very friendly and helpful. Our stay coincided with an awards conference event - so one evening was very noisy...but interesting to watch the entertainment from our balcony! Pool area and private beach never too full also indoor spa pool really useful on a cloudy day.