Photo by Jasenko Rasol
Lešić Dimitri Palace
The Relais & Châteaux property, a former 18th-century bishop’s palace in Korčula’s Old Town, has been meticulously restored into an all-apartment luxury hotel. Each of the five suites is decorated along a different theme based on the Silk Road and the explorer Marco Polo, who is rumored to have been born on the island. The two-bedroom China Suite is filled with low Asian-style furniture and red pillows, with a scene-stealer of a terrace offering views across the town and coastline. The one-bedroom Arabia Suite is all white with intricately carved wooden screens. The hotel's LD Spa specializes in Thai and Ayurvedic massage and treatments, while the restaurant serves fresh Korčula seafood, produce, and seasonal ingredients on a long terrace above the Old Town wall. The restaurant also produces three different olive oils from the groves around Korčula, and works with local producers and partners to serve wines from indigenous grapes such as grk and pošip.
By Sunshine Flint, AFAR Contributor
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Overnight in a Beachside Croatian Palace
Marco Polo is reputed to have embarked on his Silk Road travels from Korčula, a small island off the Dalmatian coast. Residents will boast that the explorer was born here—in the building next to the 18th-century bishop’s residence that now houses the Lešić-Dimitri Palace. The hotel was designed for the traveler who wants to live like a pampered local. Five suites, named after stops on Marco Polo’s journey, share a common design element: moucharabieh, intricately carved screens. The concierge can direct guests to deserted beaches or arrange excursions on the hotel’s sailboat. Catch the moreška, a sword dance native to the island.
By Jen Murphy, AFAR Contributor
Ul. Don. Pavla 1, 20260, Korčula, Croatia
+385 20 715 560