With its turquoise coast and charming stone Old Town, it's easy to see why Korčula is sometimes called "Little Dubrovnik." But this woodsy Adriatic isle has plenty of charm of its own. Take it all in from a seaside resort, soak in the sun in a boutique beach retreat, or spend your nights in the town's first established hotel.

Hotel Korsal

Photo courtesy of Hotel Korsal

The family-friendly Hotel Korsal sits in the pedestrian-only Old Town, perfect for walking around and enjoying the stores and eateries. You'll find the rooms in the sweet spot between price and quality, and all offer a priceless sea view. Where the hotel truly shines, though, is its level of service. The friendly, helpful staff see that guests' every need is met, starting from their pickup at the ferry and continuing all the way through checkout.

The beach is also practically next door for a day of sunning. Enjoy an on-site massage or wine tasting in the cellar, then finish it off with a meal at the hotel's terrace restaurant.

Aminess Korčula Heritage Hotel

Photo courtesy of Korčula Heritage Hotel

Korčula Heritage Hotel sits right on the Korčula promenade, within easy distance of both the port and Old Town. It makes sense that they got first dibs on their location since they were the town's first hotel back when they were built in 1912. The charming atmosphere recalls the days when guests like Jackie Kennedy and Sofia Loren roamed its halls, with chandeliers and vintage decor in every room.

There are two small pebble beaches near the hotel and the waterfront walk or bike rental shops to head through the island's vineyards to neighboring towns. Take in the belle epoque atmosphere at the hotel restaurant Brasserie or the G&T Club Lounge Bar. End your day with sunset on the exceptional terrace, enjoying the sedate surroundings.

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Aminess Liburna Hotel

Poolside terrace at Aminess Liburna (photo courtesy of Aminess Liberna Hotel)

For families who want easy beach and pool access, Aminess Liburna is the way to go. It's just a third of a mile (.5 km) away from the Old Town, so you can still walk to dinner but it offers a more seaside resort feel. It sits on its own small peninsula, which gives the round terraces a view out to the lights of the Old Town.

Adventurous guests can rent a sailboat or surfboard, try a tennis or sailing class, or kayak. If you prefer your adventures land-based, there are also routes for hiking and cycling around the property. Or, if the spa is more your speed, opt for an herbal, chocolate, or vanilla massage.

Tara's Lodge

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The motto at Tara's Lodge is "eat, sleep, beach, repeat." The 17 rooms at this lux boutique property all have a terrace or balcony, so you can feel the sea breeze from any angle. Fresh white fixtures and a natural wood pool deck help you feel immersed in the Adriatic environment, or lie on the beach on a plush lounger and listen to the waves.

The Old Town is just a brief drive away, and the hotel is an easy base for navigating the rest of the island. If you prefer to fill your days with activities, hotel staff can lead you to wine tastings, boat trips, hikes, and hidden beaches. But if you just can't tear yourself away from the sea, there's also an on-site beach bar and bistro.