4.5
Very Good 2043 Reviews
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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
aerial photography Town Nature Coast Sea swimming pool marina shore

Overview

A five-star spa hotel in Podstrana, on Croatia's beautiful Dalmatian coast, with breakfast and thoughtful perks

The Lowdown

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

Le Méridien Lav, Split
Split, Hrvatska Croatia

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 2043 Reviews
Top notch!
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great hotel, very clean, professional staff and most of all, amazing spa and breakfast. The spa is near the hotel, best from best, and breakfast is in the hotel with a full open bar and personalized service. Will be back, full recommendation.

Nice and well equipped hotel
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice hotel with great selection of food, well prepared and served. Very nice personal, great event providers. Since our business event had over 200 persons, they put great effort in organisaton. The best part of the dinner was that all guests get served in few minutes, for each slide. We were more than satisfied.

Don't Let The Lobby Fool You
Reviewed 2 months ago

We walked into the lobby of the hotel and while not overly impressed, it is nice, clean, and has a good view. The staff was friendly and we were given an upgrade to our room.

The room itself is another matter. This hotel definitely needs to refurbish. The room was dated, old, dingy and our room smelled like a sewer. We had to keep the bathroom door shut at all times. We mentioned it to the hotel staff and they seemed perplexed about the odor, but didn't really do anything to try to resolve it.

The location is decent. The drive to Old Town Split is about 10 - 15 minutes. The hotel is out of the busy part of the city, which is nice. They have both an indoor and outdoor pool. The beach is rocky (no sand), but they have nice chairs to sit on and the bay is smooth so easy swimming with no waves.

If the hotel was remodeled and new, and the sewer smell was gone, I'd recommend staying here.

Hospitality at its best
Reviewed 2 months ago

From the moment of my arrival, I felt quite at home. Located in Podstrana, it costed me about 225 HRK ($35) to get an Uber from the airport to the hotel. Ideally located with large waterfront access, Le Meridien sets itself up very nicely as a great place of relaxation.

Attached to Le Meridien is a substantial spa named Recupera. Equipped with a large indoor pool, hot tub, multiple saunas, a solid gym, and salon; it truly is the place to recuperate. They offer massages, haircuts (Sonya did an excellent job with mine), and guided fitness classes. As a guy who does primarily weight lifting, the gym more than sufficed.

The staff in the hotel was always cordial. Marko at the bar always ensured I was taken care of. Stepe at breakfast was quite professional and hospitable.

Bottom line, I cannot wait for my return to Split. It is without question that Le Meridien Lav is where I would stay again.

Excited but left dissapointed
Reviewed 3 months ago

After driving up from Dubrovnik, we were excited about our stay in Split. The location of the resort of fantastic if you don't mind being a little ways from the city center. The views of the marina (and the super expensive yachts) was fantastic. The rooms are large and spacious. Being this was our honeymoon, we did have some champagne waiting for us in our room and that was a great start.

Overall:The resort does its job. There's things to do including an indoor pool, restaurants, and bars. If you want to go to the touristy areas, you can hop of the shuttle for a nominal cost. It runs about every half hour. We took the shuttle into town but then ubered back since we didn't know when we would be returning.

Arranging Tours: I would recommend not even using the onsite tour group. It was extremely overpriced and they weren't flexible when it came to arranging tours. We ended up finding a fun group in town and it was about half the cost.
- We did a speed boat island tour which included a swim and stop at some of the islands off the coast of Split-- 100% worth it.
- We also took the ferry one day over to Brac (the big island you see from the hotel). It was about $10 USD roundtrip per person and took an hour to reach the island and return. Brac was nice but very limited on activities -- we would suggest some of the other big islands.

Our Room: The room was spacious and included a HUGE walk in closet. The restroom was also huge!

The Bed: HORRIBLE. This is one of the main reasons I would suggest staying somewhere else. We read reviews about the beds before but thought.. "How bad could it really be?" Guess what? It was that bad. If you like sleeping on a piece of wood, then you'd enjoy it. Otherwise, it will be the worst sleep you've ever had. For a resort of this magnitude and brand name, there's no excuse for a bed to be this bad. We spoke with the front desk after the first night and they offered a mattress topper to be put on by the housekeeping team. After that, the best was pretty good. If you are going to stay here, ask for the mattress topper before even going to your room.

Breakfast: The breakfast buffet was large and had virtually every option you could want.

Pros:
Location was decent
Overall the hotel staff was great (vendors.. not so much.)
Room size was huge.
Room view was fantastic.

Cons:
The bed.
Having to pay to take a shuttle to town.