Stay at an award-winning luxury resort along Croatia's Dalmatian Coast for half the usual price. Named the best hotel in Croatia two years running at the World Travel Awards (2008-2009), Le Meridien Lav, Split, has bed-and-breakfast accommodation in the highest category sea view room available for an impressive $97 (74 €) per night.
This half-off offer is available from November through March, including holidays such as New Year's Eve. Stays in October are $31 (€ 24) more.
Guests are guaranteed a sea view room and can choose from a range of available room categories on booking. Categories range from Classic Seaview to Deluxe Seaview. Book quickly for the best chance of getting a higher room type.
Le Meridien Lav is a 5-star hotel located five miles south of Split, above a private beach the length of eight football fields. The hotel overlooks the city, the sapphire-blue Adriatic Sea and surrounding islands. Celebrity guests such as Ivana Trump, Nicky Hilton, the fashion designer Roberto Cavalli and Deep Purple have all stayed at this luxury property. This hotel is part of Starwood Hotels and Resorts, so travelers can gain SPG points with their stay.
Less crowded and expensive than Dubrovnik, Split is an underrated star on Croatia's coast. The focal point of the city is Diocletian's Palace, an ancient Roman ruin with narrow alleyways and cobbled squares where you will find excellent seafood restaurants and Croatian gelato that rivals the best found in Italy.
Not available on: Oct. 3-4
Getting there: Several airlines fly into Split (SPU). The airport is approximately 15 miles from the resort. The hotel is a 5-hour drive from Zagreb and about two hours from Sarajevo.