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At a glance

  • You'll love

    Independent apartments

    Laid-back restaurant

    Small spa

  • Kids will love

    Nearby beach

    Kids' menu

    Boat trips

  • Don’t expect


    Much kit for kids

    A bar


Make yourself at home at Lesic Dimitri Palace, an ornate jewel of a hotel in a grand 18th-century bishop’s house. The hotel – it’s really more a collection of serviced independent residences with a restaurant and spa – is within the historic city walls of Korcula, a mediaeval town on the tip of a small island in the Adriatic: hide out in one of the hotel’s apartments (they each have full kitchens and their own private entrances) or take the hotel’s handsome sailing boat out and explore the archipelago just off the Dalmatian coast.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Lesic Dimitri Palace with us:

A Thai massage at the hotel's spa


‘Although the hotel doesn’t provide any toys or games to keep young children entertained, it does provide an exceptionally warm welcome and five self-contained apartments – each with its own kitchen. ’

Smith & Family


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Need To Know




12 noon. Check-in time is flexible.


Double rooms from £519.48 (€595), including tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates include buffet breakfast. Children of all ages are welcome, but the hotel isn’t ideal for toddlers and very young kids: it’s best suited to babies, school-age kids or teens. Under-3s can sleep in baby cots in their parents’ rooms free; extra beds for older children are available for €30 a night.

Hotel closed

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

At the hotel

Spa with three treatment rooms; restaurant; iPads and laptops to borrow; DVD library; free WiFi throughout.

In your room

Each apartment has a full kitchen with oven, hob, microwave, dishwasher, sink, washing machine, kettle and espresso machine; living room, dining area, flatscreen TV, DVD player, radio, iPod dock, minibar, free WiFi, highchairs on request. Free milk is provided and other provisions can be stocked.

Our favourite rooms

The Venice Residence – originally the bishop’s palace – is the best for large families: it’s a three-bedroom suite that can accommodate two cots in addition to its three beds. The heart of this apartment is the large dining table, so you can serve up home-cooked meals from the fully equipped kitchen in style. As with most of the hotel, this apartment is great for babies or older children, but not ideal for young kids – there are a lot of white surfaces. 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, making them less suitable for sensitive sleepers.


Book an Adriatic Massage at the hotel’s small but lovely LD Spa (massages can also be arranged in your room). The treatment uses Lesic Dimitri’s own blend of organic herbs, roots, flowers and fruits grown along the Silk Road, from Dalmatia to Asia.


Don't forget 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.

Book ahead

Babysitting can sometimes be arranged, depending on availability, so put in your request as far in advance as possible.

Food and drink

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The hotel’s restaurant, LD Terrace, is in the oldest part of the building and incorporates the 900-year-old olive press. 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.

Family fare

Children are welcome in the restaurant any time and highchairs are available (but bring your own bib and, if you need it, child-size cutlery). The children’s menu includes simple pasta and rice dishes, and the chef welcomes special requests.

Hotel Bar

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

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 8am and the restaurant is open until midnight. During the night, you’ve got your own fully stocked kitchen at your disposal.

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    Tables on the terrace are best for a romantic, sea-view meal. If you’re up early, watch the sun rise over a neighbouring island as you breakfast upstairs in the restaurant.

  • Room service

    Room service is available 8am to midnight (breakfast can be delivered to your room for no extra charge). Order anything from the restaurant’s menu, including children’s dishes.


    Packed lunches can be provided for island excursions.


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Parent approved

‘Although the hotel doesn’t provide any toys or games to keep young children entertained, it does provide an exceptionally warm welcome and five self-contained apartments – each with its own kitchen. ’

Smith & Family


Request a babysitter in advance: the hotel will do their best to arrange one.


Bring your own monitor if you plan on dining in the restaurant while your little Smith is dozing in your residence.

What's there already?

For babies

• Full-size cots • Baby bedlinen • Highchairs

For toddlers

• Full-size cots • Baby bedlinen • Highchairs

For older children

• iPad • Board games • DVD library


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Things to do

The fully equipped kitchens at the self-contained residences at Lesic Dimitri Palace mean you can cook up a storm whenever you feel like it. Head to the spa for an authentic Thai massage, or explore Korcula’s mediaeval Old Town.

Hotel activities

There aren’t any public spaces at the hotel itself, but the residences are spacious enough that you won’t get cabin fever: borrow a board game or children’s DVD from reception if you fancy staying in. The views across the red rooftops of the town – or out over the sea to neighbouring islands – can inspire the imaginations of even the youngest guests. There’s also a public children’s playground a short walk from the hotel,

Local Guide

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Smith tip

Cape Kamenjak is a nature reserve on the island of Kamenjak, a short boat ride from Korcula, and its 30km coastline is full of beaches and coves, ripe for exploring. The southern end side of the cape has strong currents so isn’t ideal for weaker swimmers.

Don't miss…

Take a short boat ride to one of the small neighbouring islands: they’re fantastic spots for a more secluded swim. The largest of the nearby Skolji islands is Badija, where the forest is ringed with pebbled beaches.

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 island of Korcula: some of the best are in Lumbarda, including Vela Przina, Bilin Zal and Tatinja. Or, explore the island or explore the island on a buggy safari or a mountain bike tour organised by Korcula Adventures (

The entire island is covered with hiking routes, but those around the village of Zrnovo are particularly picturesque. You can take the trails at your own pace – they’re suitable for all abilities (and ages). Trek from the village to Banja Bay… then jump into the sea before you head back up the hill.

The small fishing village of Prigradica on the northwest of the island is surrounded by olive groves and vineyards, but the main attraction is the blue water of the harbour. The bay is protected by a breakwater, ensuring only the gentlest of waves hit the sands.

Tours of the historic heart of Korcula can be arranged by Lesic Dimitri Palace’s concierge. It’s a great place to get in touch with Croatian culture: the traditional sword dance moreska is performed all over the island, but during July and August can be seen on Mondays and Thursdays at the southern gate of Korcula’s Old Town.

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Lesic Dimitri Palace
Don Pavla Poše 1-6, Korcula, 20260
Hotel setting

Antique Adriatic town

Getting There

The mostly mediaeval town of Korcula is at the tip of its eponymous island, overlooking the clear Adriatic waters below, and Lesic Dimitri Palace is in a pedestrian zone in the heart of the historic Old Town.


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 ( 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.

Parent travel tip

Staff will be happy to help with your luggage – or a pushchair – on the short walk from the historic city wall to your new island home.


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Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Lesic Dimitri Palace – has been selected and approved by parents.

From the minute you see the suitcase-trolley-toting porter awaiting you at the old city wall, you know you’re in for a luxurious sort of adventure. You’re led on a short stroll along the sea path and through the narrow cobbled streets… and then you arrive at Lesic Dimitri Palace itself. The hotel, made up of a palatial bishop’s residence and five mediaeval cottages, has been thoroughly modernised within, but the exterior doesn’t look out of place among the traditional whitewashed homes with iconic red-tiled roofs.

The five self-contained apartments (which range from a studio to a three-bedroom suite, each with its own full kitchen) are individually designed to mentally whisk away guests to the far-flung places after which they’re named, from Ceylon to Arabia. But outside, Korcula is a dream destination in itself: the clear waters of the Adriatic are a short walk from the front door and just a glance away through the windows of most of the hotel’s residences. Conveniently, Lesic Dimitri Palace has a handsome sailing boat standing by to take you island hopping.

Smith & Family

As soon as I’ve sussed out the spa whereabouts in a lush hotel, I’m quick to holler ‘back soon!’ and with a swish of my robe, disappear for some solo spoil time. ‘Whhhhy can’t I come!’ my little lady moans in a left-out huff. But here at the Lesic Dimitri Palace spa it was a different story. Hooray! she yelled as they invited her in for a pampering too! We saw her first spa experience as a rite of passage and side-by-side got drunk on indulgent treatments. The Palace’s historical heart wasn’t wasted on Billie either – she relished staying somewhere that could effortlessly combine WiFi and whirlpool baths with wonky old walls.

For parents who eye-roll child activities or baulk at an action-packed break, a Croatian getaway to the Lesic Dimitri can’t fail to get a thumbs-up. In our India suite, there was no squeezing an extra bed in with parents, the second bedroom is large enough to feel like a mini apartment in its own right. It’s not the kind of joint to offer a kid’s club or have tons of activities laid on for the little ones, but children are warmly welcomed and the Lesic Dimitri encourages you to act as if you're at home. With an ultra laid-back approach and a service style that’s unfussy but personal, a stay at the Lesic Dimitri Palace simply meant easy-going family time in a truly magical setting. Who can sniff at that?

Anonymously reviewed by Ali Horsfall, tween talker

The Guestbook  Smith member reviews

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith & Family hotel, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what real-life family guests had to say about Lesic Dimitri Palace in the Guestbook below.


Stayed on

We loved

The gorgeous decor, fantastic staff, the hotel's boat the Vipera, Thai massages at the spa, the restaurant, and the charming town. Our stay marked the Lesic Dimitri Palace as one of our favorite hotels in the world. Run, dont walk to this hotel.

Don’t expect

A typical hotel layout. Rooms are each their own apartments.

Rating: 10/10 stars