The 5 Star MarBella Corfu – Modern and Luxurious
October 5, 2017
Corfu has been a popular holiday destination with Brits for a while and it’s not hard to see why; long summers of hot, sunny days, a stunning coastline and an island big enough to explore and get lost in.
The MarBella Corfu is a sprawling five-star resort on the east side of the island, a rapid twenty-minute drive from the airport. Far from the crowds of Kavos, the hotel sits on a peaceful stretch of coastline, secluded from the busy areas of the island so that it almost feels like its own little village.
Arriving at the hotel is impressive; the expansive lobby area gives way to a stunning courtyard and outdoor bar with impressive views of the sea. Checking in, we were greeted with glasses of champagne before being whisked off to our room in the Delphine quarter of the hotel. The rooms are modern and luxurious, complete with a balcony looking out to the beach.
Staying in the MarBella Corfu is extremely comfortable, so much so, that you may not want to leave! And why would you? With four restaurants on the premises, two swimming pools, three bars, a stretch of beach, a shop, a spa and a fitness studio on site, there is no reason to. But if you should want to explore the island, there is a car rental desk in the hotel lobby where you can rent a car with relatively little notice. This is a great way to explore the island and the riches it has to offer.
We spent plenty of time lingering on the hotel grounds and the best part of a day by the pool, enjoying the surroundings from a comfortable sunbed between dips in the cool water. With palm trees in the background and views of the ocean in the distance, it was an idyllic spot.
But to start the day right, you must begin with breakfast in the main Terrazza restaurant. A buffet spread so big, it may take you three rounds to explore it all. Fresh fruits with thick Greek yoghurt and honey, which you can top with their extensive range of nuts, seeds and dried fruit . Your classic full English spread for the Brits missing their home comforts, a smoked salmon and champagne station which felt like an indulgent morning treat and a range of cakes, muffins, biscuits and local treats, should that be your thing. They’ll also make you the coffee of your choice and there is a fresh juice selection too. It’s a great start to the day at MarBella and may even see you through to dinner, perhaps with a sneaky poolside ice-cream in between.
If you’re looking to keep up your fitness regime on holiday, then you’ve come to the right place. With a timetable of fitness classes, you can choose from HIIT workouts, spin classes or yoga sessions and they have classes morning, lunch and early evening. I took a yoga class in their spacious fitness studio, which was a great workout and stretch before dinner at one of the hotel’s lovely restaurants.
We enjoyed a cocktail on the terrace before dining the the Terrazza restaurant, enjoying their international buffet. Again the choice was vast; there were local dishes and other European options, ranging from the traditional Greek spinach pie to a seafood spaghetti and slices of roast beef. There were plenty of fresh salads including the popular Greek salad with generous chunks of feta and lots of olives. The dessert spread was impressive – I enjoyed a delicious baklava, which was crispy and generously doused in syrup. There was cheesecake, macaroons, fruit salads and a large variety of cream cakes.
One of the highlights of the hotel is the beach and the boardwalk. With sun loungers and deck chairs looking out to the sea, you can enjoy the stunning view with a refreshing drink or ice-cream.
A stay at the MarBella Corfu is a relaxing, luxurious experience, and if you plan to visit the island of Corfu, this should be your hotel of choice. This self-contained little village, has everything you need to enjoy some time in the sun and a bit of Greek culture, whilst indulging in life’s little luxuries.
A stay at the MarBella Corfu starts at €130 per double room per night.
Written by Luxuria Lifestyle UK’s Mel Hales