Korcula, Croatia

Lesic Dimitri Palace

Rates per night from$410.69

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Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR359.09), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.


Deluxe Dalmatia


Adriatic archipelago

Settle in at Lesic Dimitri Palace hotel, a stately 18th-century bishop’s residence revived as intimate and luxurious residences tucked away in the mediaeval town of Korcula. Dine on just-caught seafood and sip up-and-coming local wines at the hotel's restuarant, a thoughtful mix of modern and traditional decor. Or, if the sea calls, sail out in the hotel’s handsome boat to explore the archipelago just off the Dalmatian coast.

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A 60-minute Thai massage in the spa for each guest


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Need to know




Noon. Check-in time is flexible.


Double rooms from $410.69 (€359), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.00 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates include breakfast.


Tours around the island, led by the hotel's knowledgable (and English-speaking) driver, can be arranged on request.

Hotel closed

The hotel is closed between 31 October and 1 April inclusive.

At the hotel

Spa with three treatment rooms; iPads and laptops to borrow; DVD library; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: full kitchen with oven, hob, microwave, dishwasher, sink, washing machine, kettle and espresso coffee machine; living room, dining area, flatscreen TV, DVD player, radio, iPod dock, minibar.

Our favourite rooms

The entire hotel feels like a secluded secret hideaway, and its spacious Arabia residence is the most intimate of its apartments: the predominantly white decor is as lovely as the 360-degree views of the blue Peljesac Channel and the neighbouring islands. The bells of the historic church nearby are rung every quarter of an hour, and can be heard quite clearly in the India and China residences.


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.

Packing tips

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.


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.


Welcome, but the hotel isn’t ideal for toddlers and young children: it’s best suited to babies or teens. Kids under three can sleep in baby cots in their parents’ rooms free; extra beds for those aged 3 or over are available for €30 a night.

Food and Drink

Photos Lesic Dimitri Palace food and drink

Top Table

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.

Dress Code

You’re living the village life in Korcula, so leave your finery at home.

Hotel restaurant

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).

Hotel bar

There’s no bar: sip local wines in the restaurant.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 8am onwards – order whenever you like.

Room service

Room service is available 8am to midnight. Order anything from the restaurant’s menu, including children’s dishes.


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Lesic Dimitri Palace
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Touch down at Dubrovnik Airport – sometimes called Cilipi Airport – which is two hour’s drive (including a 20-minute ferry ride) from Lesic Dimitri Palace (www.airport-dubrovnik.hr). In addition to regular domestic flights, the airport has direct flights aplenty to other European destinations, such as London (Gatwick and Stansted), Birmingham, East Midlands, Paris, Belfast, Berlin, Dublin, Moscow, Barcelona and Milan. There’s also a catamaran service from Split to Korcula that takes two and a half hours.


From Korcula’s port (after you arrive via ferry), follow signs to the Old Town. Make sure to call ahead: park your car just outside the city walls, three minutes’ walk from the hotel, and staff will come to greet you.


Arrive in style: travel from Split, Hvar or Dubrovnik by motorboat (the hotel can arrange transfers, starting at €1,000). There’s also a helipad available on request.

Worth getting out of bed for

When you’re ready to unfurl your beach towel, you’ll be spoilt for choice: walk down to one of the several sandy beaches around the mediaeval town of Korcula: some of the best are in nearby Lumbarda, including Vela Przina, Bilin Zal and Tatinja. Or, take a short boat ride (the hotel can arrange them) to one of the islands nearby: they’re fantastic spots for a secluded swim. Book yourself in to one of the three treatment rooms at the hotel’s LD Spa (one is for couples’ treatments). If the hotel sommelier’s passion for local wines has inspired you, a trip to some of the island’s vineyards is in order: general manager Toni (a former opera singer) leads excursions personally. The entire island is covered with hiking routes, but those around the village of Zrnovo are particularly picturesque. Trek from the village to Banja Bay… then jump into the sea before you head back up the hill (www.zrnovo.com). Marco Polo is rumoured to have been born in Korcula: visit his alleged birthplace, the Marco Polo House (next door to Lesic Dimitri Palace) for some spectacular views across the red roofs of the town.

Local restaurants

Tuck in to home-made fare at Konoba Mate in the village of Pupnat, just inland from Korcula: the owners grow their own veggies, cure their own meats and make their own sauces (www.konobamate.hr; +385 (0)20 717109). In Korcula itself, on Ulica Marka Andrijica, Marinero is seafood restaurant ideal for casual dinners. The fish is caught by the sons of the family every morning (+385 (0)20 711170). Ask for a table on the terrace and enjoy the sea views while you eat your lobster at More, an island hotspot for romantic dinners and lazy lunches (+386 (0)98 427843). Pull up a bench above the pebbles for a sea view while you dine at Konoba Bacva in Pupnat; the family-run restaurant serves grilled delights ideal for lunch and is very relaxed and child friendly (+385 (0)97 101877). For entertainment while you eat, head to Konoba Adio Mare in Korcula, where Chef Cvijo cooks – and jokes – right in front of diners. Get there early, before the queue builds up (+385 (0)20 711253). Just off Korcula’s western pier, within the walls of the Renaissance Kanavelic Palace, Restaurant Kanavelic is a romantic spot for dining on fresh seafood (+385 (0)20 711800).


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Alison Horsfall

Anonymous review

By Alison Horsfall, Deputy Editor

Decadently uncoiling at the Lesic Dimitri Palace with Mr Smith and tween Missy Smith in tow, my usually commendable keeping-it-real parenting efforts fly straight out of our mediaeval window. As ‘brat police’ to my impressionable daughter, I don’t tire of teaching her that spoilt is never a good look, or that celebrities, who live in five-star hotels and dial down for dinner, are absolutely not real people with real lives.

Yet here I am, parking my yawnsworthy life lessons and instead encouraging some precocious princess action. ‘We’re in the palace now,’ I surrender. ‘Let’s max on this pampering malarkey.’

Grab the hotel iPad and relax in your robe – this is our suggestion when Missy Smith has an idle moment to fill. Peckish? Ring for room service. ‘And get those delicious olives!’ I demand. Her sweet attempts at helpfulness are also halted. ‘Stop! No need to make your bed. It gets sorted, remember?’ Missy Smith’s a fast learner and it doesn’t take long for her to get into the flow of the lazy luxe way of life at the Lesic Dimitri. She soon adopts a more appropriate air of entitlement.

End of October, and we’re seconds from the end of the season; ferries from the mainland have stopped depositing throngs of tourists onto Korcula and most shops and restaurants in the City’s myriad of narrow, twisty streets have shut. But with an agenda that reads: romantic recuperation (Mr Smith’s sporting a broken leg) plus mother/daughter pamper time, it matters little that Korcula’s rocking a super-sleepy vibe. On arrival we’re plonked by boat at the small port and we take in the terracotta-topped houses all jostling for a view of the archipelago beyond. It sure is pretty.

‘Welcome! I’m from the Palace,’ booms a brusque Aldo. With one manly swoop, and little else in terms of convo, our luggage is gathered and we’re following within the mediaeval walls of The Old Town to the former 18th-century bishop’s palace.

We’re greeted by concierge Toni, with his big personality and even bigger knowledge of his turf. He explains it took over five years to painstakingly reconstruct the Lesic Dimitri Palace, carefully maintaining original features and historic authenticity. Lovely. By contrast, it takes a quick five minutes to shake off our London weariness and lap up this architecturally beautiful bolt-hole. Its five ultra elegant residences, all differing in size and individually inspired by the Silk Road travels of Marco Polo, the Venetian explorer and former Korcula resident to boot.

‘Wow, awesome, it’s all made of stone,’ clocks Missy Smith, as we step straight from the street into the spacious living area of the India residence. The decor is indeed a discrete nod to India, with a pared-down palette, drapes of sheer fabric and a smattering of handsome white furniture with ornate detailing. After a nosy at two generous bedrooms, sleek kitchen, marbled bathrooms and the just-for-us courtyard, illuminated with desperately romantic hanging lamps, we find she’s right. Home for now is one hefty hulk of ancient stonework and it’s cool, calming and not unlike a cave. Once our feet are safely ensconced in trusty embossed slippers, minimising inevitable toe-stubbage, I’m left thinking about the aristocrats of bygone centuries. How the hell did they manage around here without the luxury of padded, waffle-weave footwear?

Missy Smith is an instant fan of the in-room whirlpool baths, ‘I’ll unpack my goggles!’ she squeals, and has a hydro happy hour cavorting in bubbles. With a wink, I promise Mr Smith we’ll take a dip in ours later. Broken leg and all.

When hunger hits we take a few short strides across the path to the LD restaurant. The menu’s small but committed to the use of delicious, locally sourced produce and Missy Smith is happy to mix and match dishes from the choice. We feast like kings on scallops, cured meat, regional cheeses and perfectly pink lamb. All washed down with incredibly good wine suggested by an incredibly passionate sommelier.

Despite the overzealous, 1,000-decibel bell of nearby St Marks Cathedral, (or is it actually in our room?) we have a royal 10-hour kip in beds that are crisp-linened and wide. Come morning, breakfast is homemade granola, smoothies and eggs on the hotel’s sea-view terrace. The occasional sailboat tootles past and it’s all rather sedate. I want to squeeze the scene into a jam jar and put the lid on really tight, preserving the moment forever. A delighted Missy Smith declares her hot chocolate to be the perfect temperature. In a world that serves children annoyingly hot hot chocolate, it’s a tiny detail that doesn’t go unnoticed.

Discovering that the LD’s spa will indulge her too is an even headier highlight for Missy Smith. Together we slope in to the dark, den-like duo treatment room. She’s having a mini Thai massage and it’s a totally new experience for her. ‘Erm, are you ok?’ I ask nervously, hearing Missy Smith’s soft skin being adeptly oiled and slapped to the soundtrack of plinky-plonky spa music. ‘Shhhhh mum’ she practically spits at me, ‘I’m relaxing.’

I know we’ve truly arrived at princess status when, as she reclines on a chaise longue post massage, wriggling her recently hot-towelled toes and sipping on green tea, she informs me with authority, ‘That was amaaaazing. I’m getting into this spa thing. We should go, like, all the time.’

So my daughter’s first foray into the sacred space of a hotel spa is a dreamy success and the blissful Lesic Dimitri Palace can take full credit. Am I awakening a luxury-loving diva beast here, I wonder… How long until she insists we all return?

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