When it comes to self-catering accommodation, Corfu mixes modernity with tradition – from elegant blue and white villas and charming stone cottages to luxurious, high-spec apartments. Below, we’ve compiled the best places to call your own on this Greek island – book today with Culture Trip.
Found in the cute, family-friendly coastal settlement of Barbati, 19km (12mi) north of Corfu town, Akti Barbati has some of the best sea views found anywhere on the island. That’s because these one- and two-bedroom, light-filled apartments are just a minute’s walk from the long, sweeping stretch of talc-white sand of Barbati Beach. And, in the unlikely event you get bored of the sea, there’s a generous pool, enfolded within a lush, landscaped garden. Inside, the apartments are simple, soothingly decorated with pastel colours and come with a private balcony.
Hidden deep within an immense, silvery olive grove in the seaside village of Acharavi, Sirios Villas is the perfect place to de-stress and reconnect with nature. Whether you choose to idly thumb through a good book while swaying in a hammock in the garden, or simply watch the sunset from the balcony, you’ll love this chic, stylish villa. There are three separate apartments here, accommodating up to 14 in total, each pre-stocked with free tea bags and instant coffee. Hypo-allergenic bedding is also available upon request.
This chic, four-person apartment is so close to the water that, from certain angles (like reclining on the sofa while looking out the balcony doors), it appears to be floating on it. The classic Corfiot architecture and chic, white decor give this holiday house an authentic, home-away-from-home feel. It’s intimate, yet airy, with a generous double bedroom, a double sofa bed in the lounge and a fully equipped kitchen. The excellent Roussos seafood restaurant is just a seven-minute walk away, and Corfu International airport is just over an hour’s drive.
If you’re looking for the royal treatment, you won’t find a more prestigious property than this – nestled right in the heart of the forest beside Achilleion Palace. One of the most famous royal mansions in Europe, Achilleion served as Elisabeth of Austria’s private sanctuary, following the loss of her only son. Accommodating up to four, these luxurious apartments and studios feature fully-equipped kitchens and private balconies, while the outdoor pool comes with its own pool bar, so you can indulge as much as you deserve.
On the eastern side of Corfu, Villa Chrysoula offers a relaxing escape from the demands of modern life. The villa is traditionally furnished, with a warm colour scheme and a homey feel. The highlight is the spacious pool that overlooks the Aegean Sea. Such a tranquil setting makes it easy to unwind. The hosts are extremely friendly and accommodating, full of recommendations about where to go on Corfu and how to make the best of the island.
For a relaxing getaway, head to Villa Alexandros, a luxurious spot with its own rooftop pool and panoramic views across the Ionian Sea. The villa is unique in Corfu, in that it has no immediate neighbours. For guests, this means real relaxation and tranquillity. Visitors will enjoy interiors inspired by classic Greek island design, while ample outdoor space makes for the ideal al fresco dining experience.
India Doyle contributed additional reporting to this article.