Make yourself at home at Lesic Dimitri Palace, an ornate jewel of a hotel in a grand 18th-century bishop’s house. The non-traditional hotel – it’s more a collection of serviced residences with a restaurant and spa – is within the historic city walls of Korcula, a mediaeval town on the tip of a small island in the Adriatic: hide out in one of the self-contained apartments, dine on the freshest of seafood or take the hotel’s handsome sailing boat out and explore the archipelago just off the Dalmatian coast. Whether you’d rather lie on a sandy island beach or check out some traditional sword dancing, Croatia’s crammed with delights to discover.
Island location with beach in reach
Independent apartments with full kitchens
Charming historic buildings
A 60-minute Thai massage in the spa for each guest
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This isn’t a traditional hotel: it’s a collection of self-contained, fully serviced apartments and an excellent restaurant and spa. There’s no lobby or other communal space; every residence has its own front door.Lie back and think of Croatia: book an Adriatic Massage at the hotel’s LD Spa. The treatment uses Lesic Dimitri’s own blend of organic herbs, roots, flowers and fruits grown along the Silk Road, from Dalmatia to Asia.
Your beach kit. Don your flip flops to wander down to Korcula’s beaches, and throw on a sunhat for the boat ride over to the nearby islands – the hotel has its own handsome sailing boat, the Vipera, to take you island hopping in style.
You’re living the village life in Korcula, so leave your finery at home.
Mr and Mrs Smith reviews
As soon as I’ve sussed out the spa whereabouts in a lush hotel, I’m quick to holler ‘back soon!’ and with a swish of my robe, disappear for some solo spoil time. ‘Whhhhy can’t I come!’ my little lady moans in a left-out huff. But here at the Lesic Dimitri Palace spa it was a different story. Hooray! she yelled as they invited her in for a pampering too! We saw her first spa experience as a rite of passage and side-by-side got drunk on indulgent treatments. The Palace’s historical heart wasn’t wasted on Billie either – she relished staying somewhere that could effortlessly combine WiFi and whirlpool baths with wonky old walls.
For parents who eye-roll child activities or baulk at an action-packed break, a Croatian getaway to the Lesic Dimitri can’t fail to get a thumbs-up. In our India suite, there was no squeezing an extra bed in with parents, the second bedroom is large enough to feel like a mini apartment in its own right. It’s not the kind of joint to offer a kid’s club or have tons of activities laid on for the little ones, but children are warmly welcomed and the Lesic Dimitri encourages you to act as if you're at home. With an ultra laid-back approach and a service style that’s unfussy but personal, a stay at the Lesic Dimitri Palace simply meant easy-going family time in a truly magical setting. Who can sniff at that?
Don Pavla Poše 1-6, Korcula, 20260
52.9 mi / 85.3 km from city centre
- Aerobics instruction
- Internet services
- Complimentary in-room coffee or tea
- Room service
- Onsite laundry
LD Terrace is in the oldest part of the building and incorporates the 900-year-old olive press and smoking room. It’s a well thought-out mix of styles: the exposed-stone steps lead up to sliding glass doors. The menu is based on flavourful Croatian cuisine and updated traditional recipes. Croatia’s becoming increasingly well known for its wines, and the hotel’s sommelier is an enthusiastic advocate of local Dalmatian varieties (try the Grk and Posip whites).
Tables on the terrace are best for a sea-view romantic meal. If you’re up early, watch the sun rise over a neighbouring island as you breakfast upstairs in the restaurant.
Breakfast is served from 8am onwards – order whenever you like.
Room service is available 8am to midnight. Order anything from the restaurant’s menu, including children’s dishes.
There’s no bar: sip local wines in the restaurant.