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Pool Area
Sundeck
Garden view on town Split
Recreation zone
Garden area
Pool area
First floor apartmenMaria" (1st floor) Lounge
Resident unit 'Maria' (1st floor) Terrace
Resident unit 'Maria' (1st floor) Kitchen
Resident unit 'Maria' (1st floor) Bathroom
Resident unit 'Maria' (1st floor) Master Bedroom
Resident unit 'Maria' (1st floor) Secondary Bedroom
Penthouse unit 'Lucia' (Top floor) Terrace
Penthouse unit 'Lucia' (Top floor) Lounge
Penthouse unit 'Lucia' (Top floor) Kitchen
Penthouse unit 'Lucia' (Top floor) Master Bedroom
Penthouse unit 'Lucia' (Top floor) Secondary Bedroom
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Villa -
7 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 11
Podstrana, Split-Dalmatia County, Dalmatia

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JustAnoth...
Nantes, France
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“When being a "Guest" is meaningful”
Reviewed 28 October 2013 for a stay in October 2013
1
person found this review helpful

We were 4 of us: 2 adults, 1 teenager and 1 younger child. As we travelled off season, all the apartments were free and we agreed to get the one named "Villa Maria".

First the booking experience:
We wrote to 3 different home owners the day before departure. It was a very very late booking indeed. Out of the 3, 2 answered and Silvio was by far the fastest to react. Not only he was fast but the email contained all the needed info to make a decision on the spot. Within 1h, all was sorted. More importantly, all was sorted with peace of mind that it will go fine.
While packing before departure, we had a few more questions for Silvio. Again, each email was answered promptly and fully. Great start.

We travelled there by car with a target to arrive late in the day as we had to drive all day. When I informed Silvio of our plan, it was not a problem, he would be there for us. We missed Silvio's email with the direction to go to his house. I thought the GPS would be fine but it was not. Around the area, the GPS sent us not far but not where we needed to go. I gave a call to Silvio and the answer was quite simple: I'll be there within a minute. And indeed he was. We followed him to his place.

From there the important information is probably the following:
* The apartment is large and can accommodate 6 or 7 people if needed. There is a very large living room and a big terrace with a great view on Split and the sea. It is all very well equipped. There is probably more stuff in the Kitchen available than in our own at home. I can't think of anything missing. The home was spotless and contains enough furniture to store everything you could bring on holidays.
* You can come here without anything but your own clothes. Towels are provided in huge (and I mean huge) quantities; hand soap, toilet paper, sponge, dishwasher powder, salt, pepper, etc. are available. You just come in and enjoy the next minute. On top of that, the home is ready with a bottle of wine, a bottle of soda, a bottle of water and fruits all waiting for you to be eaten.
* The location of the home is very good for visiting the area. The Center of Split is 15mn away and painless to reach (at least at this time of the year). I would recommend a car but if you are ready to walk down and up the hill, I have seen a bus station in the main street.

Maybe a word about the general feeling as a guest. If only every home owner and hotel had Silvio's sense of welcome, life on holidays would be much nicer. Silvio is not the kind of person to do things well for your well being, he is doing things amazingly well! His sense of hospitality is astonishing. Anything you need, he will help. From taking you around to make sure you don't waste time looking for shops, food, car parks, etc. to calling the ferry to make sure you can go or probably whatever you can need to get smooth holidays in Split. And cherry on the cake: all that while remaining absolutely discrete.

Conclusion? If this place is free and you want to visit Split, just go for it! This is a far far better deal than any hotel around.

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Liked best: The sense of hospitality.
Liked least: Nothing worth mentionning.
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Kerstin16...
Külsheim-Uissigheim
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“The best stay ever”
Reviewed 7 October 2013 for a stay in August 2013
1
person found this review helpful

We have travelled to many parts of the world, but this place was the best. Very, very kind hosts with an exemplary attention never seen before. In one sentence: We had 17 marvellous days in this luxurious apartment and surroundings, being attended excellentla by Silvio and his family. Thanks a lot!

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Liked best: It was all excellent.
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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msnuzsurf...
Ireland
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50 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Stunning views of the Adriatic and warm Croatian hospitality”
Reviewed 1 October 2013 for a stay in September 2013

We spent a week in beautiful Podstrana/Split. Had decided not to stay in a hotel but instead an apartment as it would be more like home. Silviro replied promptly and was very friendly. Unfortunately none of the apartments were available for the week so we took Villa Lucia for 3 nights and stayed elsewhere for the remaining 4 nights. Silvio picked us up at the airport right on time. He spoke enthusiastically about his country and Podstrana/Spilt. We emerged from Split on the stretch of road overlooking the Adriatic-absolutely beautiful! We then ascended the steep hill to the villas. Silvio has a beautiful home and family. He showed us around the grounds- the swimming pool, the relaxation area and the recreation area. We then went up to our penthouse-a bright, airy and spacious apartment. But what sets this apart is the stunning view from the large falconry where we had our meals and sipped wine in the evenings. We had unparalleled views of the islands, the bay with Split across the water, and the surrounding mountains. It was a15min walk to beautiful pebbled beaches and supermarkets. It was a tough walk up the steep hill back but we passed gardens full of grape vines heavy with fruit, fig and olive trees and swaying palms. Split is only 30mins by bus that runs every 30min. It is a lovely city with stunning architecture. Lots of restaurants and bars. Silvio was always on hand to give advice or suggestions and was kind enough to help us move to our next apartment. He provided very reasonable transport to the airport when we were leaving at 4.30 in the morning in a terrible thunderstorm. Silvio, thanks for a lovely stay in your beautiful home and your lively country! We hope to return there soon!

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Liked best: The balconey and the views from it
Liked least: The attic ceiling in the bathroom - very low
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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zolakt
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Beautiful”
Reviewed 24 September 2013 for a stay in September 2013

We stayed in the second apartment for 8 nights and enjoyed every minute. Silvio and his family are so welcoming and even cooked for us one night, a meal we all agreed was our favourite of the whole trip. The apartment is extremely clean and has every cooking utensil and appliance needed including a blender. The view is spectacular which makes the hill walk worthwhile. We made hood use out of the pool, ping pong and basketball and even thr tv on one day when we had some rain.
Silvio even drove us to split as we were staying in the centre for our last night and helped find our new host. He also knows the area inside out.
I would recommend villa maria to anyone who wamts an easy, restful and luxury self catering holiday. Its a home away from home with the bonus of sunshine and no work.

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bienensch...
1 review
“A wonderful location where you feel immediately at home”
Reviewed 22 September 2013 for a stay in August 2013

Besides the excellent equiped rooms, the nice pool and garden and a fantastic view from the balcony, we had been very warmly welcomed by Silvio and his family. We got a lot of tips where to go to find the best bay for swimming and snorcling and places to visit.
We enjoyed very much to be almost part of the family, especially the evenings chatting with Maria.
All in all it is a fantastic vacation location that we can only highly recommend.

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Liked best: The view and the family!
Liked least: A coffee machine would have been appreciated
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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