FIrst of all, I was a little concerned how far Makarska was from Split. Our flight arrived late and the 1hr20min drive took longer as a result of thunderstorm.
Wow was it worth it! We loved the village of Makarska - no cruise ship passengers! Lots of locals, felt very authentic and not touristy. Beaches, walking the harbour, all the restaurants and vendors lined up along the promenade. Loads of restaurants. We took a ferry one day to Brac - I will leave separate review for that.
Makarska - 5 star! It was hard to return to hustle/bustle of crowded Split after our amazing week in Makarska.
And for the villa? What a perfect place for a family gathering. We thoroughly enjoyed the infinity pool, views, all the space to spread out, outdoor shower was to die for!, and well equipped kitchens, etc. Our host Marco was quick to reply if we needed anything (chair cushions? No problem! A guided escort for the first time up the hill? Absolutely!)