Perched proudly on a hill overlooking the Ionian Sea, the 5* Marbella Corfu hotel has been completely refurbished.
I have never seen such a variety of rooms in one hotel! The 385 rooms include Deluxe Rooms, Deluxe Suites, Deluxe Family Suites, and more.
corfu-2013-181-It’s a great idea having the family area separate from the main hotel, with 2 bedrooms inter-connecting, and small, safe fenced gardens. There’s also a Creche and Kids’ Club.
(Yes, we all love children, but not in the next room!)
Once we strolled past, and they were all playing football. But they didn’t know that at one goal was a professional English ex-footballer, and a professional Portuguese player at the other!
There’s a choice of restaurants. The pool bar offers good food in the daytime, and drinks all day.
Next door to it is the more traditional restaurant.
Warning. The portions are enormous!
I loved the main buffet. There was something for everyone.
Breakfast on the terrace, gazing at the sea and the mountains of the mainland was a wonderful experience. You could have a cooked British breakfast, or a cold Continental one. And in the evening, it was difficult to decide what to have as there was so much, and it changed every day!
After dinner, we moved across to the main bar area, where there was very good entertainment.
corfu-2013-110-The Marbella Corfu has its own speedboat. We went out in it one day, with Telemachos Gouzis the General Manager, and Fran da Silva, the Sales and Marketing Executive.
They were both pleased to escape for the day!
First, we drove along the coast towards Corfu Town, and stopped at the distinctive little Mouse Island.
Boo-boo the dog enthusiastically greeted us and led us up the steps to the top, where there’s a small chapel and a souvenir shop, looked after by Giannis, who lives on his own. He’s quite shy, and he thinks the world of Boo-boo.
We carried on to Corfu Town and looked at the old fortifications. Then we cut across to Vidos Island.
Telemachos expertly handled the boat, and would sometimes slightly turn it at an angle so that we all got sprayed at the back! He thought it was very funny.
We sat drinking thick Greek coffee with a glass of water, and watching a school of dolphins swimming past.
I walked to the Serbian WW1 Memorial.
30,000 Serb soldiers died on Vidos. They travelled there in 1916 from Albania. But their poor living conditions and bad hygiene killed them.
corfu-2013-136-Many Serbs visit Corfu. A boatful of them arrived as we were leaving, led by a very excited priest.
We travelled across to Messonghi, sprayed again by a grinning Telemachos.
I must admit that I absolutely loved stepping off our private boat and walking along the jetty, being watched by an audience on the shore!
Of course, we all had our sunglasses on so we looked good. But our dignity was spoilt a bit as we had to tread carefully over the missing and rotting boards.
We were expected at the Bacchus Taverna on the seafront.
Seated under a canopy, we sipped local wine as dish after dish appeared from the kitchen and covered the table; bread, salads, boiled potatoes, tender baby squid, mussels, home-made taramasalata, huge prawns, red mullet, and much more.
Simple, fresh food in a wonderful setting. You just can’t beat it!
The next morning there was a spectacular storm. But it soon cleared, and the sun came out again.
That’s what makes Corfu so green.
Marbella, which means Mar Bella, Beautiful Sea, is a short drive from Corfu’s airport, along the coast.
A warning; it’s up a very steep hill, or up steps through the hotel grounds. But there are always taxis available.
It’s a gorgeous place to stay. And you never know who you might bump into.
We met the Fabulous Baker Boys with their families. And there was a TV presenter, and at least two footballers – plus Moi of course!

Useful Information:
Classic Collection Holidays (0800 294 9318; www.classic-collection.co.uk) offers 7 nights at Marbella Beach Hotel, Corfu from £1123/£1315 per person. Price based on 2 adults sharing a superior room on a half board/all-inclusive basis, and includes return flights from London Gatwick (other UK departure airports available) to Corfu and private transfers. Departs 22 July

About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd www.andrewsuk.com No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.