“Six medieval stone buildings in Korcula’s glorious old town, stunningly converted to slick 21st-century residences (each sleeps 2-7)”
There are 5 residences, each named after a region on Marco Polo's travels and done up in a suitably exotic style. Medieval stone lintels and wooden beamed ceilings are played off against slick modern furniture and the odd touch of kitsch-baroque. Daring features such as open-plan bedrooms with free-standing bathtubs add a unique edge. The result is stylish, eclectic, amusing, sensuous - and palatial in size.
Starting at the top, below a pitched roof dressed in white canvas, is Arabia (sleeps 2), a big open-plan residence where we were lucky enough to stay. The space was big and airy, with windows in 3 directions and a stylish living/dining area. We adored the large double bed and free-standing bathtub with its collection of lavish toiletries. Exploring the kitchen was a pleasure in itself, and the eye for detail was impeccable. We'd definitely recommend this one for couples after a honeymoon bolthole.
China (sleeps 4) is a soothing study in black, white and gold, plus it offers a big balcony with views across the sea to Pelješac peninsular. Second-floor Venice (sleeps 6) was our favourite of the larger residences. Its long white dining table with oversized chairs creates an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ atmosphere, while the small but ornately carved wooden balcony (the ‘birdcage’) is a lovely spot to perch with a glass of wine. On the ground floor are 2 residences (India and Ceylon) which we found a little dark, though with their stone floors, they would be lovely and cool in high summer.
One of the luxuries of staying here is that you can mix and match self-catering with dining out, depending on how the spirit takes you!
But for breakfast, you won't need to lift a finger: it's served on the LD Restaurant’s terrace, with outdoor tables lining the seafront promenade. We felt a little exposed to passers-by, so you might prefer to have it brought to your residence instead. It's a decent spread - fresh croissants and platters of cold meats and cheeses - and for a small supplement you can get cooked options: perhaps poached eggs with Dalmatian pršut, or cinnamon French.
Fresh seafood features heavily on the lunch and dinner menus: we loved the sound of sea bass tartare and monkfish rolled in pršut with aromatic sage. Food is created by local chef Toni Erceg, who trained in Norway; he uses seasonal produce that showcases local ingredients. The LD Wine Bar offers a vast selection of Croatian wines, and you can do tastings here too. If you’re after something a little more romantic, ask the hotel to arrange private dining on one of the surrounding islands!
All residences have self-catering facilities - slick kitchens with a fridge, cooker, dishwasher, espresso coffee machine, and a kettle (a range of teas and coffee is provided). Guests can shop for provisions at the nearby Konzum supermarket, and buy fresh fruit and vegetables at the open-air market just outside the Old Town walls. Alternatively, the concierge can arrange for a professional chef to cook for visitors in their residence.
Children are welcome, though there are no special facilities for kids. All residences are very spacious, so it's easy to fit a baby cot or rollaway bed in, and the kitchen units make things very easy for parents in terms of preparing child meals. Bear in mind there is no lift, so you'll be better off booking a lower-floor residence if you're bringing lots of child paraphernalia. Children aged 0-12 stay for free; there is a small charge for teenagers.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available