Travel review: MarBella Corfu Hotel
PUBLISHED: 16:04 04 December 2017 | UPDATED: 16:04 04 December 2017
Charlotte Skidmore seeks out peace and tranquillity at the marbellous MarBella Corfu hotel
The buzz word around this hotel is ‘marbellous’ and trust me when I tell you, you’ll be making some marvellous ‘marbellous’ memories if you pay it a visit.
You can’t fail to be impressed by the truly spectacular position that the Marbella Corfu occupies, on the edge of a cliff, overlooking the azure blue Mediterranean. It stands tall above its own private beach and I guarantee that if you visit, you will fall in love with the view, and what follows, during your holiday.
Our room had a superior sea view and a very obvious recent refit to bring it up to modern standards, with a flat screen television, modern décor and an open plan feel.
On a practical level, and a very important one, we rarely heard any of our neighbours moving around.
Rooms are set around the resort, with some enjoying their own private pools and others hot tubs on the balcony, but it seemed as though all had been overhauled to cater for the modern minded visitor.
Now here is where I was really impressed. We upgraded to the ultra all inclusive, which not only gave us access to branded drinks, all cocktails and some decent bottles of wine, but to three à la carte restaurants and a beach café.
You can decide to take breakfast in one of the à la carte restaurants and lunch in the American diner, Italian, or the beach café. The Greek restaurant opens in the evenings and on an ultra all inclusive basis you can take dinner in one of the à la carte restaurants three times in a week – a marked improvement on one occasion, which I’ve experienced in many an all inclusive hotel.
Among our favourites were the beach café for lunch, boasting a superb menu of salads, fish, toasted sandwiches, burgers, pizzas and wraps, all available to eat while gazing out to stunning views of the sea, in addition to the Italian restaurant, whose menu featured some lovely fish and pasta dishes, as well as a gorgeous veal number which I thoroughly enjoyed one evening.
The cocktail list is to die for at this hotel – with a special mention to the pool bar for the excellent margaritas!
The hotel has two pools suitable for adults, one of which is an infinity pool – one of our favourite spots.
It also had a separate children’s area near the diner, a clever design as it keeps families with younger children separate from adults requiring a more leisurely day as couples.
There are tennis courts for those feeling a little more energetic, but for us, our favourite activity (or non activity whichever way you look at it) was relaxing at the hotel’s beach on sunbeds right on the shore. With the waves lapping at the foot of your sunbed, a book in one hand and a cocktail in another, it truly is like paradise just a three hour plane journey away.
At the jetty you can hire pedaloes and canoes. Half an hour a day is included in the ultra all inclusive package and it’s great fun.
From the beach, ladders lead down directly into the sea if you fancy a swim with harmless fishes swarming inconspicuously around your feet.
And if you get in quick enough, you can take a complimentary sunset boat ride or one to Corfu Town from the hotel jetty. I highly recommend a trip to Corfu Town. It’s a beautiful, buzzing place with personality, culture and a touch of class that reminded me of Cannes.
I actually crossed one of the smaller things off my bucket list on this trip; an outdoor massage in the hotel’s gazebo. And it totally lived up to my expectations.
The hotel also has a modern, well equipped gym and small spa offering a comprehensive list of treatments from reflexology to massage and everything in between. A €50 credit for the spa is also included in the ultra all inclusive package.
I loved this hotel – can you tell? I honestly felt like I’d got away from reality for a week and landed in an island paradise. The staff are superb – they work day and night to ensure guests have a truly ‘marbellous’ experience.
Next spring the hotel opens an all-suite, adults only hotel and I’m hoping I’ll be able to see it and make more great memories.
We flew from Bristol Airport and we used the airport parking. This turned out to be extremely easy and convenient, especially for our early morning flight when we just wanted a straightforward solution.
MarBella Corfu offers a superior double room with sea view from £65 per person per night on a half board basis. Find out more on the website here.