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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
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Villa -
7 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 11
Podstrana, Split-Dalmatia County, Dalmatia

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Fran R
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
“Fantastic property and fantastic host”
Reviewed July 5, 2014 for a stay in May 2014

I went on holiday to Villa Maria with a group of 9 friends, to celebrate a 30th birthday. Villa Maria was a perfect location for us. Spacious and well amended, not too far from Split - easy to get there and back either via bus or by taxi. Silvio went above and beyond to make us feel welcome, even driving some of the group to the supermarket, and to the airport! He was very knowledgeable about the area and gave us some really useful tips about what to see and do. Including the best chicken sandwiches in the area! (definitely try them). I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Silvio and his property to anyone heading to Croatia on holiday.

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Travelling group: Large Group
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Sari L
Kangasala, Finland
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“Memorable holiday by the Adriatic Sea”
Reviewed June 26, 2014 for a stay in June 2014

In mid June we stayed one week in Villa Maria, which is located on a hill in Podstrana village. The distance from the villa to Split is about 9 km.

Our group consisted of 11 people including adults and children (6-14 years). The feedback from all of us regarding the villa and it's hosts was extremely positive.

The villa is located an a peaceful and secure area about 15 minutes walk to the nearest beach and grocery shops. There is a cosy bakery just 5 minutes walk from the villa. The green and well-kept garden and pool area are spacious. They have wonderful views during the day and night to the sea, towards Split and mountains. Of course the views are even better from the balconies of the villa. The interiors inside the villa are also very nice and clean.

Last but not least the hosts made our stay very special and memorable. Silvio and all the other family members took so good care of us during our holiday week. We haven't experienced such a hospitality before. They eg. organized the transportation from/to the airport, arranged a trip to the wonderful national park Krka and took us for grocery shopping. They also told good tips and advices to us whenever needed.

I definetely recommend this house especially to the families with children and groups who appreciate relaxing and home like atmosphere during the vacation.

On behalf of our whole group I want to thank you so much for everything – hvala :) We absolutely hope to return back to Villa Maria someday in the future.

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Liked best: The pool, the views, the house, the hosts
Liked least: Walks back to the villa during the hot days
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Katman87
Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina
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“Beautiful apartments and WONDERFUL host”
Reviewed June 16, 2014 for a stay in May 2014

Myself and 15 girls stayed at Villa Maria and rented out all three apartments at the end of May 2014 for our friends Hen Do. We had the most amazing stay and most of this was down to the owner Silvio and his hospitality. Nothing was too much bother for him - he organised taxis for the group when we wanted to go into Split, organised transfers to and from the airport, gave us a tour of the local area, took us down to the supermarket and went out of his way to make us feel welcome (even helping us with our bbq)! The apartments were fantastic, very clean, spacious and well equipped for large groups. The pool and garden area was well maintained and is cleaned on a daily basis by Silvio for the guests to enjoy. Silvio and his family have done an excellent job in making Villa Maria a wonderful place to stay, the friendly approach coupled with the beautiful views and fantastic apartment makes this the perfect place to be located when visiting Split. Strongly recommended – we will be back!

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Liked best: Silvio
Travelling group: Friends
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Alexis S
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“We want to go back!”
Reviewed June 12, 2014 for a stay in June 2014

It's is the first time I have ever felt like I really should write a review, because our stay surpassed all expectations. The owner silvio organised all airport transfers for us, took us to the shops and even cooked us a barbecue on the last night.
There were five of us staying here and we had a fantastic time, lazing by the pool, wandering to the beach and occasionally making the journey into split. We were slightly lucky in that we did not really share the pool with anyone but even if we had, the facilities are spacious and well maintained.
I would highly recommend this accommodation to anyone looking for a relaxed place to stay with some of the most welcoming hosts we have ever encountered!

Travelling group: Friends
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Marten76
Helsinki, Finland
1 review
“Great appartment and excellent owner”
Reviewed June 3, 2014 for a stay in April 2014

We spent a few days semi-off season in Split and stayed at Silvio´s villa for two nights. The owner made perfect arrangements with airport pick up and sight seeing. The villa is a bit up the hill which gives a perfect view over Podstrana (but can be demanding, walking back home). The surrounding is excellent for hiking/biking. But it would be wise to rent a car. Next time, I will bring the family here, and stay at the same place. The apartment we rented (the biggest of them) was nice, modern and clean.The owner and his family were so helpful and friendly and made sure everything was alright. And it was.

Travelling group: Friends
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Tanlav81
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Perfect Villa for our Amazing Weekend!”
Reviewed May 5, 2014 for a stay in April 2014

We were a group of 12 adults travelling from the UK and Sweden as a Hen party. For many of us it was our first time in Croatia so looking for somewhere to accommodate a large group was a huge task. Silvio's villa was one of the first I came across and I was sold! Not only by the amazing pictures, location and description but also by such amazing reviews.....and it did not disappoint!
From my first email to Silvio, to booking and confirming details it was so easy! Which made it even more of a pleasure to deal with as booking for such a large group can be stressful enough, but Silvio assured me there would be nothing to worry about and he was right!
When we got there part of our group had already arrived the day before and had contacted me to comment on how amazing the villa is. Silvio very warmly greeted us and we were blown away by the amazing view from the villa, a lovely surpise! As we rented out all 3 floors of the apartment I can say each floor is as amazing as the first with everything needed to self cater. Silvio was kind enough to take us to the local supermarket so we could get in supplies. He also arranged our transfer from and to the airport!
After settling us in we felt very much at home knowing that if we had any questions or needed anything Silvio was just a phone call away.
Split is so beautiful and everyone we encountered so friendly. We all agreed we would return and Villa Maria will be our accommodation! I can not recommend it enough, I think a Summer visit is on the cards!

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JustAnoth...
Nantes, France
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“When being a "Guest" is meaningful”
Reviewed October 28, 2013 for a stay in October 2013
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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.
Recommended for:
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