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