There are just over 1.200 official islands in Croatia, each different from the other, and some are extra special in many ways, one of which is Korčula island. Halfway between Split and Dubrovnik, this picture-perfect island is the 6th in size in Croatia. It is often described as “little Dubrovnik “and the crown jewel of the Adriatic and the Emerald Isle. Korčula is a true example of the natural beauty of Dalmatia.
This seemingly small island oozes with culture and is characterized by a diverse landscape and a rich history.
The island of history
The island has been under the rule of so many different powers, making its unique architectural and urban design recognized until this day.
The Illyrians, Greeks, Venetians, the Austrians, and even Brits, amongst a flurry of other civilizations, all left their mark on the island. For example, the Greeks bought grapes and their knowledge for producing delicious wines.
The Venetians left the most noticeable mark due to the skilled artisans who carved architectural triumphs in Korčula Old Town.
On Korčula island, you can find the birth house of Marco Polo, the legendary explorer. The Polo – Depolo family that lived here in the 13th century left their mark on the island and a traditional stone house in which Marco Polo was born stands today.
And the Old Town of Korčula is the island’s crown, so it can’t be missed when visiting! With its atmospheric ancient streets and buildings, and picturesque surrounding countryside soaked in history, cultural and natural heritage, it is a place widely regarded as one of the prettiest towns in the Adriatic.
Right there, in the heart of the medieval town of Korcula, overlooking the sparkling Adriatic sea, stands a place deserving of such a setting.
The Lešić Dimitri Palace
Inspired by the travels of Marco Polo and with the island’s historical significance in mind, the Palace was lovingly restored and now offers Croatia’s most exclusive coastal accommodation.
The first 5-star venue on the island
It’s magnificently restored and converted with exclusive accommodation, a restaurant, and a spa. An authentic experience comes to life from the morning you wake up there. You’ll wake up in one of the residences which’s interior design concept was inspired by Marco Polo and his travels along the Silk Road. Each of the rooms is named after a place he visited.
Inspired by the Silk Road
The Ceylon one is under the vaulted ceilings of an original medieval cottage. Arabia is unique because it provides unparalleled 360-degree views of nearby natural and cultural heritage.
India has a private courtyard that makes you feel the ancient spirit of Korčula town.
China delights with a beautiful terrace and impressive sea view.
Venice brings daydreaming to life on a unique balcony encased in ornately carved wood on the Palace’s “piano mobile.”
They were all designed by an Asian-Croatian team of architects and interior designers and inspired by Korčula’s famous resident, Marco Polo, and his travels along the Silk Road. The renovated apartments feature designs inspired by different cultures along Marco Polo’s Silk Road travels. The highly personalized ambiance is characterized by exquisite detailing and handcrafted furniture.
After a great sleep in your gorgeous room, you can have breakfast in an equally enchanting location; served on the terrace by the sea with the view of the fishermen coming back to the dock, bringing your fresh lunch. You’ll have the opportunity to discuss what the chef bought at the market that morning and which of the best local wines and olive oils you want to try.
LD restaurant with The Michelin Star
All of it will happen in its Michelin star restaurant that stands with a refined elegance that represents the rich history and culture of its destination. The LD restaurant transforms traditional cuisine into modern food creations and makes an ordinary moment into a special celebration. Head Chef Marko Gajski and LD sommeliers work in partnership and create an authentic Korčulan dining experience.
After the best fine dining experience, you can get on the island, spend the afternoon relaxing at the Spa, take the Palace’s sailing boat out for a spin, or lose yourself in the magical streets of the old town.
Whether you choose wine tasting of indigenous white grapes or visit some of the finest vineyards and best Croatian wineries, Korčula island will not disappoint you!