So how well do you know your Greece? And I am not talking about the film!
From the beginning of the Bronze Age, Greece's amazing story continues through the Trojan Wars and the first Olympic Games. Homer, Pythagoras, Socrates and Plato are all names synonymous with a country steeped in history, myth and legend, whose stories will wow you at every turn. Brief history lesson over, how about an unforgettable luxury family holiday experience?
Just a three-hour direct flight from the UK and less than thirty minutes from the airport, the MarBella Corfu is located on Corfu’s beautiful south-east coast. This is a hotel that has consistently received rave reviews from my clients over many years.
Boasting a gorgeous beachside setting, this luxury 5* resort commands panoramic views over the sparkling Ionian Sea. With its lush picturesque gardens and welcoming pools, the MarBella Corfu is a fantastic choice for your family holiday.
There really is something for everyone here regardless of age. Land-based activities range from trekking, a running club and high intensity workouts to the relaxation and spirituality of Tai-Chi and yoga. The fully equipped fitness centre offers many services, including a gym induction, lifestyle consultation and a virtual trainer.
Enjoy quality time at the luxury spa, where an array of massage and pampering treatments await, along with a sauna and steam room for rejuvenation and deserved relaxation.
A water sports centre provides plenty of opportunities for water babies with sea kayaking, paddle boarding and snorkelling all on hand, in addition to two pools and a private beach.
The children will be delighted with what’s on offer too, with fantastic water slides and a splash park set in their own safe environment.
When it comes to where you lay your head, there are an assortment of rooms from which to choose.
All guest rooms come with a private furnished balcony or terrace with either a garden or sea view. The family rooms are designed to give the space and facilities needed, including a fridge for added convenience.
The MarBella Corfu has exquisite junior and full suites, some with private pools and all decorated with a contemporary feel.
The hotel dining experience extends to six on-site restaurants and the ‘Dining Discovery’!
This is a wonderful offsite event including a 20-minute cruise onboard a traditional Greek fishing Caïque (pronounced Kaiki) boat, taking you to sample an authentic meal of regional food and wine at a beautiful local taverna.
Back at the resort, the food choice is exceptional with a mouth-watering selection of menus, leading you across Greece, the Mediterranean and far beyond.
Absolutely choose a relaxing al fresco meal by the pool but I would highly recommend finding the time to dine on the beach at least once on your trip - this is truly a wonderful experience.
Enjoy from Italian and Greek buffets or opt for an American diner serving kid’s specialities.
The hotel’s signature restaurant La Bussola, located on the beach deck, offers a more refined meal and is a truly wonderful seafood restaurant with fabulous views across the Ionian Sea.
The children’s facilities here are immense, including a creche club supervised by professionally qualified staff. They will entertain little ones from four months to three years by organising age appropriate activities for indoor and outdoor play. This service is payable locally and I can book this in advance after discussing your requirements.
The hotel also offers bottle warmers, sterilisers and buggies, if required.
Children between the ages of four and twelve have their own space too. The Meli kids club provides the opportunity to make new friends as well as participate in shows, short excursions and activities as diverse as team challenges and smoothie-making to arts, crafts and ice cream trips.
And how about the hotel’s ROBOTICS LABS facility that enables children from seven upwards to build robots using Lego through guided programming.
Then there are the 12 to 18-year olds... the teens! Open from 1 July to 1 September (based on reservations and capacity at booking), the Teens Club by world-wide kids, offers an abundance of activities that won’t be ‘boring’!
Cooking lessons, football, video games if they really won’t be pulled away from their screens and a host of challenging outdoor adventure activities especially designed by the UK’s renowned Exploration Society making the best use of the natural surroundings.
As we all know, Happy kids = Happy holidays.
Evening activities are catered for both adults and children alike with live shows and music, including traditional Greek dancing.
Allow the MarBella Corfu to extend their wonderful hospitality on your next family holiday and enjoy the relaxing vibes at this stunning resort.