Le Méridien Lav, Podstrana, Croatia $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
Le Méridien, which opened in 2006, packs several restaurants, cafés, and barsas well as a seaside infinity pool, spa, private beaches (with 24-hour lifeguards), casino, and marinain and around a group of nondescript high-rise buildings right on the Adriatic. Located a 20-minute ride from Split (past the suburbs and across a barren stretch of coast), the hotel is obviously geared toward the all-in-one, no-need-to-leave resort crowd. Don't worry; there is a free shuttle to and from town, for when you crave architecture and history. Most of the 381 spacious rooms have direct sea views and are decorated in classic (if a bit bland) beige and navy blue with discreet touches of wood paneling and rich fabrics. Thankfully, the service, long a downside of staying in the area, functions at the international standard, including 24-hour room service and a knowledgeable concierge.