Lesic Dimitri Palace
Set in the medieval island town of Korcula, the refined Lesic Dimitri Palace hotel holds court in a renovated, former 18th-century bishop’s residence. With a friendly staff and amenities at your fingertips (including ipads and laptops, free WiFi in every room, a full-service spa, top-notch restaurant with 900-year-old olive press, and decked-out suites with oversized flatscreens, iPod docks, comprehensive kitchens, and minibars), guests feel like they have the run of the estate. Rather than traditional rooms, the palace houses five residences, each occupying a private floor with a private entrance. Each of the residences is styled after a different region along the Silk Road: there is the India Residence that blends rustic details, such as exposed wooden beams and stone walls, with opulent details like a lantern-lit courtyard; the moody and romantic Venice Residence that offers a balcony encased in baroque shutters, red-lacquered ceilings, and filigree-stenciled walls; the sleek, white Arabia Residence with 360-degree views of the Peljesac Channel and surrounding islands; the China Residence with an eat-in, lounge deck, ocean views and teak furniture; and the intimate Ceylon Residence with a barrel-ceiling, charming sunken entrance with stone steps, and marble bathroom.