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At-a-Glance Guide

5*, Relais & Chateaux, open 1 Apr - 31 Oct
9 bedrooms, across 5 apartments
bar, restaurant, dining terrace
courtyard, private sailing yacht



In the late 1600s, on the Croatian island of Korčula, the Lešić family - one of whom became a bishop - acquired six adjoining buildings in the centre of the town also called Korčula. Their plan was to transform the buildings into a single, large palace, reflecting their aristocratic status. They added three more floors to the small, one- and two-storey structures as the family’s size and social significance grew. The palace grew ever grander with the addition of a forecourt and new entrance, as well as stairs to the main floor, which consisted of a single large room with a balustraded balcony. A further row of medieval cottages which faced the palace across a street were acquired at a later date and used, at first, as outhouses; later, these were made taller and linked to the main building by two narrow bridges over the street. Those cottages, even now, retain much of their original form; however embellishment of the palace continued into the 19th Century.
For some years, the street on which the palace stood bore the family’s name - until it passed, through the female line, to the Dimitri family. Over time, the buildings were neglected; then part of the palace was let out as a school, and the rest to tenants. Eventually, it fell empty. Although its core stone structure remained sound, the timber roofing spars, floor and ceiling beams, windows and doors deteriorated badly. Some of the old cottages were rendered roofless, and the space inside used as a garden, which damaged the retaining walls and foundations.
In 2000, the Lešić-Dimitri Palace was rescued when a new owner bought the entire complex. Five years of meticulous restoration followed, and this unique and historically important structure was saved – to take on a new role, as a luxury hotel.


The Lešić Dimitri Palace is now one of the most exclusive retreats in Dalmatia. In order to keep the original features and layout of the palace intact, accommodation has not been created as hotel rooms, but as five, fully serviced, one- to three-bedroomed individual apartments, each of which occupies a full floor each of the palace. Individually designed and decorated, each residence subtly reflects one of the regions along the Silk Road travelled by the 13th-Century explorer, Marco Polo, a local resident who reputedly lived next to the palace, and their names – Venice, China, India, Arabia, Ceylon and Korčula - echo this theme.


If you like to be totally immersed in a destination, this hotel in Korčula’s picturesque Old Town will more than please you, as will its unique blend of beautifully preserved medieval history and contemporary luxury. And, with just five apartments, you’re guaranteed an intimate experience and highly personalised service. From the terrace, where you can enjoy al fresco drinks or dining, there are stunning views of nearby islands which you can visit on the vintage sailing boat Vipera – perhaps to swim at a secluded beach, or to enjoy a private dinner a deux. Other activities on offer range from fishing, diving, sailing or wind-surfing to wine-tastings, hiking to historic and cultural tours, a lunch with local artists, or and evenings in Dubrovnik with dinner plus an opera, concert or theatre - and many can be bespoke.
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Each residence has its own spacious living area, where you can relax and unwind in privacy.

The LD Terrace stretches along the Old Town walls right above the glittering Adriatic, and is an inviting venue for al fresco drinks and dining. The terrace and its interior space open from 8am until midnight every day, and offer a creative menu - based where possible, on seasonal, fresh, local and organic produce – from breakfast through to dinner. At breakfast, there is a large spread of hot and cold dishes (both healthy and indulgent), freshly squeezed fruit juices, smoothies, crepes and more. At dinner time, the menu includes special dishes inspired by the regions along the Silk Road travelled by Marco Polo.
The wine list features the country’s leading producers and finest wines, with a particular emphasis on South Dalmatia, the island of Korčula, and the Pelješac Peninsula – which many consider to be the best wine regions of the country. Many of the traditional locally grown grapes are unique to Croatia. Examples are the red wine grape Plavac Mali, a close cousin to Zinfandel, which produces powerful full-bodied wines, and the Pošip grape, which produces delicious, well-balanced whites. An exceptional selection of local dessert wines, liqueurs and spirits with which to finish your meal is also offered. Private tastings can be arranged with Drazen, the Palace’s wine aficionado, and a tasting menu to combine with this, tailored to your preferences, can be created especially for you by the chefs.

The five spacious, air-conditioned apartments - or residences as they are called - which accommodate guests at this unique hotel have been beautifully restored, and feature bespoke hand-crafted furniture and modern technology. Most have a private terrace or balcony looking out over the Adriatic Sea, medieval gardens, Cathedral of St Mark or the hotel’s tranquil courtyard; and the décor of each shows the influence of a one of the regions through which Marco Polo travelled on the Silk Road.
As well as a fully-stocked mini-bar, each residence has its own fitted kitchen (a provisioning service is offered) plus a dining and living-room area. All have plasma screens, with satellite and pay TV, and iPod docks, and there is high-speed wireless internet connection throughout the Palace.

Ceylon measures 45 sq m. It has one bedroom, and sleeps a maximum of 2 guests. It is not in the main palace building, but on the ground floor of one of the medieval cottages opposite, and is entered from the street. Intricate detailing and textiles give hints of south Asia; and the wonderful use of light and its vaulted ceilings enhance this smallest residence.
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Arabia is a one-bed, open-plan apartment in the attic, measuring 103 sq m, which sleeps up to 2 guests. It has breathtaking, 360-degree views of the Pelješac Channel, Korčula archipelago and Mount Ilija, as well as the rooftops of the town.
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India, on the ground floor, sleeps up to 4 guests. It has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, and measures 115 sq m. Gentle influences from South Asia are apparent in this residence's rich fabrics, marble and stone. Separate living and dining rooms are perfect for either quiet relaxation or entertaining larger groups. Each bedroom features an oversized bathtub. A private courtyard provides a haven from the heat of the island, and secluded relaxation within the heart of the town.
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China is on the third floor. It measures 113 sq m and sleeps up to 4 guests. It has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a private terrace with sea views. Subtle Chinese design influences include Mao art mixed with antiques. One bathroom is vast, with an enormous, centrally placed bathtub.
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Venice is on the second floor. It has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, measures 120 sq m and can sleep up to 6 guests. For a long time, Korčula was under the influence of Venice and this residence takes you back to that city at the time of its grandeur. The piano nobile with its high, red-stained ceilings is as impressive as it would have been three centuries ago, and a private balcony encased in ornately carved wood extends the spacious living area. All three bedrooms have king-size beds (which can be split to create twins), plasma TV and en-suite bathing facilities.
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EXTRA BED RATE: €35 per bed, per day.

The entire palace can be hired exclusively for private parties up to 18 people. The rate for exclusive use includes accommodation with full breakfast, welcome drinks for the party upon arrival and a tour of the historic city of Korčula, use of the palace's sailing boat (with skipper), use of the palace's motor yacht (with skipper but not including fuel).
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All prices are inclusive of all taxes. Full pre-payment is required to guarantee a booking.

CANCELLATION POLICY: For bookings in peak season (1 July – 15 September) cancellations must be received, in writing, one month prior to your stay to avoid the following penalties: between two and four weeks prior to your stay: 50% of the booking with a minimum penalty of one night room charge; within two weeks: 100% of the booking. For bookings during the rest of the year, cancellations are accepted up to two weeks prior to arrival to avoid a penalty of 50% of the booking or a minimum penalty of one night room charge.

The original medieval cottages linked to the hotel have been converted into a spa treatment area.
The LD Spa’s team of therapists from Thailand offer an inspiring treatment list with influences from the Silk Road, Thailand, and the Mediterranean. They range from a relaxing Adriatic massage - using a flowerball made from lavender, camomile, rose, rosemary and mint, with virgin olive oil - to relax mind and body, release stress and improve skin tone, to the LD signature Thai Massage which promotes energy and stimulates the nervous system, supporting the development of the body, mind and spirit. Treatments are available in the privacy of your residence or in the spa treatment rooms of the palace. Treatments can be booked in advance of your arrival, using the Book Now button below.

SPA & WINE FOR 2 - €246
This romantic evening for a couple begins with a 90-minute spa treatment for both of you, followed by a bottle of wine and three-course dinner served in your residence.

The hotel offers a number of tours, activities and bespoke excursions to enhance your stay. These include private tours of the island of Korčula with expert guides, with or without lunch included; and city tours of ancient Korčula.

Discover the essence of Korčula (in Latin: Corcyra Nigra) on a range of guided tours.

with guide and taxi €549

with in- house guide and driver, and lunch €412

with in house guide and driver, and lunch €480
additional passenger €34

additional passenger €8

The hotel’s private sailing yacht, Vipera is available for excursions with a touch of luxury, and offers a wonderful way to enjoy the exhilaration of a brisk wind, sunshine and the sparkling sea - swimming, sunbathing or simply relaxing on board. The hourly rate of €75 (minimum 2-hour booking required), and daily hire at €450 (multiple days only), include hire of the boat, skipper, fuel, all soft drinks and beer. Other a. Alcoholic beverages are charged on a consumption basis. You can stop for lunch at one of the seaside restaurants or enjoy a breakfast, lunch or dinner on board – all at additional cost.
Sailing excursions to the south bays of Korčula at Defora, pr to the Skoji Islands can be arranged. Both require a 2-hour booking of Vipera at €75 per hour.

This sunset sailing of 2 to 3 hours' duration on board the sailing boat Vipera makes amemorable holiday experience. Price includes skipper, fuel, oysters or a crostini selection and a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine. Further alcoholic beverages are charged on consumption basis.

The Peljesac channel is a very popular windsurfing destination, and has hosted the European Windsurfing Championships and other international events through the years. The shape and location of the channel, flanked by the mountains of the Peljesac peninsula on one side and the island of Korčula on the other, creates a funnelling effect for the winds, and great windsurfing conditions.The north-westerly mistral is the prevailing summer wind, whilst the bora and sirocco are the prevailing winds at other times of the year.
Good quality kit, for beginners through to advanced windsurfers, is available to hire. Private and group instruction can also be arranged.
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Flying time to Split or Dubrovnik Airport from London or Paris is 2.5 hours; from Vienna or Frankfurt, 1.5 hours, from Rome, 1 hour, from Stockholm, 3 hours. Transfer time from Split by car is 4 hours; by speedboat, 3 hours. Transfer time from Dubrovnik by car is 2.5 hours by car or by speedboat.
Private transfers from Split or Dubrovnik airport by private vehicle (price dependent on make and model), including a 15-minute boat transfer from mainland to island, can be arranged; as can private transfers from Split or Dubrovnik by speedboat, motor yacht or luxury yacht.

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