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
We had a 2 bedroom apartment facing the sea with balconies from both rooms as well as the living room. Bathrooms were huge with bathtubs and well furnished. There was also an indoor heated pool which was great for colder weather.
The italian restaurant at the hotel served pretty decent pasta too!
We have a conference there. The hotel is amazing as well as position. Outside of the Split, a great beach around, an excellent possibility for runners ( you can run along the beach more than 4 km ). I get a south room and the balcony view was amazing. Marina in front of you, an island on the sea. The room was great and spacious too, a real 5*. But,...
Swimming pool area and sauna it looks great but needs some refurbishment. Also after you, exit the sauna there are no bidons with free water, and I don't even want to talk about free fruits which are normal in such places.
We have a full board there but the food is significantly below the level. Industrialised pension food with extremely expensive drinks, a glass of house wine is more than 10€.
Unfortunately not the best stay for us. Visited in August 2018. We had a dirty, tired and uncomfortable room on the 7th floor. Went to speak to reception, they could not do anything to help as the hotel was too busy. Far from 5* accommodation. No hospitalities in the room. Paid full price for child and they had to sleep on an old camp bed, not the best value for £1500 b&b each per week. Best restaurant is the fish restaurant in the harbour, ate here 3 times - fresh food and outstanding service. Split and Hvar well worth a visit and easy to get to. Good coastal views.
We came for a weekend brake after few years. The service is better all the time, they have recently renovated the spa that is much better than before. 6 different saunas, pool, treatments.
We like it off season as for seaside walks, spa,...
There are great restaurants in the hotel, then a very good seafood restaurant in the hotel marina.
It’s not in the city center, but if you want to relax I recommend it.
Stayed for three nights towards the end of the tourist season in October as a family (2x adults, 1x child) and we had a Presidential Suite on the very top floor (9th?). The rooms were huge, separate room for my daughter to give her space, separate dining / living room and then a large master bedroom. Add to that a wrap around balcony with stunning views across the harbour and the bay it was very pleasant place to stay whilst we were there.
The reception staff and waiting staff were very friendly (unlike in Dubrovnik) and helpful. The bar area, whilst busy on an evening was relaxing and served good drinks - there was generally only one bar staff on though and he seemed to be rushing around.
Unfortunately as it was towards the end of the tourist season there were limited dining options, with only the buffet (no thanks) or the Italian restaurant downstairs open - this was an excellent place to eat with great food and friendly staff again.
As other reviews have said, and as some of my experiences with Le Meridien hotel's in other locations, the property is looking a bit tired in places and in need of some love and attention. The carpets were worn in our suite, the bed was pretty hard and not hugely comfortable, the bathroom shower leaked everywhere, paint work needed touching up, etc. but I don't think this should detract from what is a nice hotel in a good location.