Quality five-star representing the pinnacle of luxury in Korčula, located in a beautifully renovated 18th-century bishop’s palace and five medieval cottages, in the heart of the Old Town. Suites are named after stages on the Silk Road travelled by alleged Korčula native Marco Polo: Venice comes with a Venetian red ceiling and theatrically large chairs that look like something from Alice in Wonderland; Arabia is hung with flowing fabrics to give it the feel of a nomad’s tent in the middle of the desert. A recurring theme throughout the hotel is provided by the cushion-piled divans and geometric-patterned wooden screens evocative of interiors from the Middle East to the Far East. All the suites have sleek modern kitchens, espresso machines, free WiFi and flat-screen TVs, although sensitive restoration has left much of the building’s original stonework and wooden beaming untouched. As well as being home to the swish LD restaurant, the Lešić-Dimitri also features a spa with a team of Thai therapists. This is pure honeymoon material – without the crowds of Dubrovnik. A member of the prestigious Relais and Chateaux association.
Vela Luka’s old harbourside hotel has been more or less totally rebuilt to provide a home for this new, beautifully-designed four star, with cool, contemporary furniture setting the tone in both public areas and the rooms themselves. Rooms feature hardwood floors, flat-screen TVs and view-through bathrooms enclosed in glass windows. With a good ground-floor restaurant and a kidney-shaped pool at the back, the hotel offers quality relaxation all round. The top-floor gym and Wellness centre overlooking the harbour are a major feature.
Boasting impressive views of the ancient town, Hotel Liburna has recently been refurbed by the hotel group HTP Korčula. It features a new swanky interior, a wellness centre, an outdoor pool and two tennis courts, as well as an onsite restaurant with a decent selection of Croatian and international cuisine.
A short walk along the coastal path from the Old Town, the Korsal offers a chic, intimate, four-star alternative to the more packagey hotels that lie further out in the same direction. Thought and creativity has gone into the citrus-fruit colour combinations of the room interiors, which come with wood floors and contemporary furnishings. Breakfast on the terrace comes with invigourating views of Pelješac peninsula across the channel.