Corfu is one of the top beach destinations in Europe, but which are its dreamiest luxury hotels by the beach? Here are the top 10 for uninterrupted sea views and direct beach access.
There aren’t actually too many hotels right on the beach in Corfu – planning laws prevent building too close to the sea. So if you’re dreaming of walking straight out of your room to the sands then your options are quite limited (although there are a few on the list below).
Some beach hotels in Corfu were constructed before planning laws were put in place. And some of the hotels on this list are built right above a beach – with nothing obstructing the view – or have access to their own private beach.
Overall these 10 hotels strike a balance between beach access, uninterrupted sea views, and the best service and facilities you’ll find on Corfu.
MAYOR LA GROTTA VERDE GRAND RESORT
Mayor is a small local chain of luxury hotels with 5 locations around Corfu. The La Grotta Verde Grand, an adults-only all-inclusive hotel in Agios Gordios, is our favourite. Decor is fresh, white and modern, and the rates are very reasonable considering the facilities and location.
Location: The Verde Grand resort has a stunning beachside location in Agios Gordios, one of Corfu’s prettiest spots. The hotel is built into the lush green hills, which face west for perfect sunsets. Corfu Town and the airport are just 12km away. The resort of Agios Gordios – and its golden sandy beach – is a short walk away.
Facilities include: Outdoor pool with sea views and sun terrace, heated indoor pool, spa with sauna and jacuzzi, shops, hair salon, entertainment programme, parking, room service, laundry, 5 restaurants, 6 bars (including a rooftop bar).
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MARBELLA CORFU NIDO SUITES
MarBella Corfu is one of the hottest recent hotel openings on the island. Housed in a completely renovated old Club 18-30 resort, Marbella is a mega-resort with every facility you can think of. The main resort, however, doesn’t have beach access – only a sea-front sun deck.
But if a private beach is what you seek, check in instead to its upmarket sister – the adults-only MarBella Nido Suites & Villas, a boutique hotel with private beach and sumptuous decor. Buildings are reminiscent of a Corfuit village with their tones of ochre and wine and set amongst greenery.
Location: The MarBella complex is situated in Agios Ioannis Peristeron, a low-key resort with a Blue Flag beach on the south-east coast. Corfu Town is 15km away.
Facilities: Private beach, spa with sauna, laundry, gym, infinity pool with sea views, poolside restaurant. Nido Suites guests can also use the facilities at the main MarBella site next-door.
Perfect for families, active travellers and the easily bored – Kontokali Bay Resort & Spa boasts two sections of wide sandy beach with space for plenty of loungers and day beds as well as a full programme of activities on both land and sea.
Location: The resort is situated in the Gouvia area, just 6km from Corfu Town – a quiet area with a number of upmarket hotels and villas. Kontokali Bay is set amongst lush greenery in a quiet stretch of coast. It’s a short taxi ride to into Gouvia town.
Facilities: Children’s Village, infinity pool, heated indoor pool, children’s pool, watersports, activity centre, tennis court, landscaped gardens.
CORFU IMPERIAL GRECOTEL
Grecotel is the largest luxury hotel chain in Greece, and the Grecotel Corfu Imperial – its flagship offering on the island – doesn’t disappoint. This 5-star hotel has its own private promenade with entertainment and seafront restaurants, so there’s plenty of choice for the evenings. Grecotel also owns Danilia, a key filming location for TV series The Durrells, and you can arrange a tour through the hotel.
Location: The Corfu Imperial is located in Kommeno Bay, an exclusive area between Gouvia and Dassia, on its own peninsula. The hotel is surrounded by Italianate gardens and fragrant pines and has several private beaches.
Facilities: 15 restaurants, spa and gym, yacht moorings, kid’s club, activities programme and evening entertainment, watersports, pontoon cruises. Villas with private freshwater pools are available too.
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LUX ME DAPHNILA BAY
The Lux Me brand is a new concept from Grecotel combining superb beachfront locations with a relaxed and modern all-inclusive luxury vibe – and you can find it just north of Kontokali at the Lux Me Daphnilia Bay.
Location: Just north around the coast towards Dassia from the Grecotel Corfu Imperial (in fact you can catch a sea transfer between the two resorts to take advantage of facilities). The lovely beach is backed by trees and lawns.
Facilities: Whatsapp concierge, ThalassoSpa, sandy beach, freshwater outdoor pool, heated indoor pool, fitness room, entertainment, sea transfer to the Corfu Imperial for dining and activities, tennis courts, sports, watersports. Bungalows are available.
HOTEL BELLA MARE
If you’re not looking for large-scale resort then the low-key luxe of Hotel Bella Mare will suit you down to the ground. With just 31 rooms it won’t feel too busy, even in the peak summer months.
For 2019 the lovely Hotel Bella Mare is exclusively available to guests of Simpson Travel.
Location: not far from the lively resort town of Kassiopi in north Corfu, overlooking the gorgeous Avlaki Bay. The tranquil location is the main appeal here, along with the discrete and stylish vibe and easy access to the pretty pebbly beach.
Facilities: Kids club, watersports, sailing tuition. Suites and villas are also available for more privacy.
Some of Corfu’s most exclusive suites can be found at the iconic Domes Miramare on Corfu’s east coast, which was a legendary location in the Swinging Sixties. The hotel is adults-only and scores highly for accessibility.
Location: situated in Moraitika along a long strip of sandy private beach with crystal clear waters. Pools, gardens and accommodation are all at sea level – meaning it’s mere footsteps from some rooms to the sea – and set amongst olives and palms.
Facilities: restaurant, head butler, yacht moorings, outdoor pool, spa treatments, outdoor fitness classes. Waterfront suites with private pools available.
The Ikos Dassia is another new luxury opening on Corfu – a large all-inclusive resort right on a glorious sandy Blue Flag beach, against a stunning backdrop of green mountains.
Location: Dassia is a smart resort on the east coast of Corfu, home to a number of upscale hotels. A section of its long sandy beach is reserved for exclusive use by hotel guests. It’s just a 10-minute drive to Corfu Town, and Dassia’s wide beaches are family-friendly with watersports and facilities.
Facilities: 2 outdoor pools, open-air cinema, fitness room, sauna, 2 hot tubs, 7 restaurants, 3 tennis courts, kids club, childcare, entertainment, watersports. Suites with private plunge pools are available.
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MAYOR CAPO DI CORFU
If family-friendly facilities are your priority but you don’t want to sacrifice beach access and a relaxed, mature feel then consider the Mayor Capo di Corfu. The decor is fresh neutrals and elegant but the kids’ activities are on point and the wide sandy Blue Flag beach. The pool is right on the seafront and resort accommodation is at sea-level.
If you’re looking for a UK package including flights, this Mayor hotel can also be booked through TUI.
Location: the Capo di Corfu is situated in Agios Petros, between Lefkimmi and Kavos. Don’t let that put you off though – it occupies its own private stretch of beach and is just 2km from Lefkimmi, a traditional Corfiot town.
Facilities: restaurants, outdoor pool, kids pool with water slides, activities programme, entertainment, sports, watersports, fitness centre, tennis courts, spa.
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