Lesic Dimitri Palace

Korcula, Croatia

Six medieval stone buildings in Korcula’s glorious old town,
stunningly converted to slick 21st-century residences (each sleeps

In South Dalmatia, the fertile green island of Korcula is known for
its emerald coastline and prolific vineyards. It’s also
blessed with one of Croatia’s loveliest medieval towns, built
on a tiny peninsular protected by Venetian fortifications. It was
here, that Michael Unsworth and his Croatian-born wife Maša
bought the 18th-century Bishop’s Palace and 5 adjoining
tumbledown stone cottages to create a small luxury hotel.

It was a labour of love – 8 years in the making – but worth every
penny of the huge investment. Croatian Zora Salopek-Baletic was
employed specifically to preserve the beautiful medieval stonework.
Alongside her, Thai architect Attayut Piravinich oversaw the
interior design, opting for daring quirks. The end result is a
fabulously stylish and playful ‘apart-hotel’ with 5
residences, which range from 1 to 3 bedrooms each. Each
is named after, and inspired by, a region from Marco Polo’s
historic journey along the Silk Routes. Some say Polo originated
from Korcula, which was under the Republic of Venice at that time;
whether that’s true or not, there’s no doubt that this palace is a
fitting tribute to his wonderfully exotic life.


Reviewed by Jane Foster


  • Unbeatable location at the heart of Korcula’s
    pedestrianised old town (a ‘mini Dubrovnik’)
  • Ultra-chic interior design – rare in Croatia – with some
    stunning bespoke pieces of art and furniture
  • Spoiling food and an exception wine list are on offer in the
    LD Restaurant, as are views across the Peljesac
    channel and the Korčula archipelago
  • The residences are truly palatial: all but one are over
    100sq.m. and unlike most apartments, there’s a concierge service on


  • Very expensive by Croatian standards, especially as you’ll want
    to stay at least 3 nights to make it worth it – but it’s a true
  • There’s no pool – but you can jump in a taxi-boat to pebbly
  • Korcula’s tiny Old Town gets incredibly busy in high
  • If you’re driving, you have to park outside the Old Town, then
    carry your luggage about 100m to the residences (hotel staff will
    help if necessary)