Corfu, a wonderful island in the Ionian Sea, was shaped by the mixture of cultures that consecutively dominated the area. Here the human element combines harmoniously with lush landscapes and amazing beaches. Many tourists are attracted by the beauty of this Greek island, leading to rapid growth of tourist infrastructure. Read on for some of the best hotels on the island of the Phaeacians.
Once the hotel of choice for Jackie O and Maria Callas, Domes Miramare still delivers luxury, but with amenities that surpass 21st-century traveller expectations. White-washed walls, marble finishes, mosaic-tiled ensuites with walk-in showers and outdoor patios come as standard; the VIP experience brings private swimming pools and jacuzzis that look over the Ionian Sea. Attentive service results in a bespoke itinerary of experiences, and this personalisation trickles down to the spa, where tailor-made treatments are delivered with prestigious products, such as Elemis and Codage Paris. For a memorable experience, board the Miramaretta for a coastline boat ride.
Consisting of four types of accommodation, Boukari caters to every holiday type. If you don’t want to be far from the beach, Villa Lucia has two-bedroom apartments by the coastline. Favour sunset-watching from the confines of your holiday home? The Villa Alexandra apartments have sea-view balconies. If you’re up for spontaneous adventures, stay at Hotel Penelope: the Vlachopoulos family, who run the hotel, have bikes for guests to ride along the shoreline. Finally, Villa Boukari Beach sits near the family restaurant, where a tasting of Mama Lucia’s lobster in special Corfu sauce shouldn’t be missed.
Situated in the enchanting Kommeno bay, you’ll struggle to find better views. Admire the rays reflecting off the Ionian Sea while swimming in the hotel pool, or while in the jacuzzi of the Panorama Bungalow suite. But nothing can quite beat the glistening sight of the night-lit bay, to be viewed while consuming the local, fresh fish of the day at RR-Rodostamo restaurant. Olive trees, fuschia-adorned white exteriors and a lookout onto the historic Ypapanti Chapel provide further social-feed fodder.
Those who want an authentic Corfiot countryside experience without having to compromise on modern luxuries needn’t look any further. Nestled in the hills above the Ionian Sea, in the northeast of the island, The Rou Estate was an abandoned hamlet until British architect Dominic Skinner and his Dutch wife Claire reestablished it into a village in the 21st century. Now, the traditional houses have been converted into splendid villas, where exposed stone walls, cobbled patios and traditional fireplaces are juxtaposed against standalone baths and, in some villas, infinity pools. The gardens and views over the Albanian mountains opposite the island further enforce the relaxing refuge vibe.
Bella Venezia is located in a renovated neoclassical building in a peaceful area in the heart of Corfu, just minutes from Spianáda square. The 31 air-conditioned rooms are spacious with classical furniture and free wifi. The hotel garden offers moments of relaxation, while also providing the setting for a delicious Greek breakfast made from fresh ingredients.
Cavalieri is a four-star hotel with 50 traditionally furnished rooms, with free internet, LCD cable television and air conditioning. It’s located in a charming 17th-century mansion in the old city of Corfu, with a terrace offering an amazing view of the city, the Old Fortress, the sea and the Albanian mountains. If you visit during the summer, enjoy a refreshing cocktail or drink on the roof garden.
Corfu Holiday Palace is a historic five-star hotel in Kanoni. It’s surrounded by pine trees and has views of the delightful islet Pontikonisi, one of the most famous sights in the area. The 256 rooms are beautifully furnished, with free internet access and air conditioning. During your stay, visit the health club, and either the beach, pool or cocktail bar (or perhaps all three).
Folies is a peaceful shelter minutes from the city centre; spend relaxing moments in the enormous garden where an abundance of plants and trees offer natural shade. The hotel has studios and apartments in four buildings inspired by traditional Corfiot architecture. The atmosphere is warm and hospitable, while you can also have a swim in the palm-tree wrapped pool.
This beautiful hotel is located in the heart of the old city, offering great views of Spianáda square and the historic pedestrianised street known as the Liston. The 33 rooms of Arcadion include hand-made furniture, free internet connection and cable television. A rich breakfast is provided, plus the opportunity to enjoy a drink in the lounge bar.
Corfu Mare sits 2.5km (1.5mi) from the city of Corfu – but with a slew of excellent amenities and a stylish design, you may never want to leave. The 51 rooms have more than a boutique-y vibe thanks to statement wallpaper, particularly in one of the Exclusive Rooms which has a Roy Lichtenstein Pop-art look. Outside your room, you’ll probably spend most of your time around the sea-view pool, quaffing cocktails from the pool bar or wandering the gardens where you’ll discover Venetian pillars and arches.
If you decide to spend your holiday in the tourist resort of Kavos, Konstantina is your accommodation of choice, just metres from some of the most beautiful beaches in Corfu. It’s a family hotel, housing visitors for more than 25 years in 20 functional rooms. It also has a freeform, freshwater pool with a rather handy bar, lit up at night so you don’t miss it.
This 18th-century mansion in the old city of Corfu has a peaceful garden and nine renovated rooms. The latter are furnished with wooden furniture and come with a marble bathroom, cable television and air conditioning. Start your day with the breakfast buffet before wandering the surrounding narrow streets and visiting the nearby sights.
Divani Corfu Palace is a modern four-star hotel in Kanoni, with a view of Pontikonisi and the crystal-clear waters that surround the islet. The hotel has 162 air-conditioned rooms, and also offers a fitness hall, a playground for the younger guests, a swimming pool with hydro-massage and a restaurant serving Greek and international cuisine.