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21 of the best hotels in Corfu

21 of the best hotels in Corfu

Corfu has long been a convenient holiday destination. With dozens of direct flights a day from the UK, getting there is easy and it takes a lot less time than to other parts of Greece too. The hard part is choosing where to stay. The good news is there is a hotel in Corfu for everyone and for every type of holiday, whether it’s a romantic weekend break or an activity-focused trip with friends. All flights land in Corfu’s main airport near the Old Town, and wherever you go next, it’s worth spending a couple of days exploring this vibrant, buzzing mix of Venetian, Byzantine and Corfiot cultures.

For a relaxed resort, the south and east coasts offer the most choice, from high-end luxury to cheaper all-in packages, but are also the most developed. The least spoiled landscapes and bays are in the northeast, but there are very few hotels there, and fewer options for families. The north and northwest coasts offer the best of both worlds: striking scenery but with well-run resorts, while the west coast is best for romantic sunsets and watersports.

Main photo: Akrotiri Beach Resort Hotel in Paleokastritsa

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Acanthus Blue Hotel

1. Acanthus Blue Hotel, Corfu Old Town 

This is one of the best boutique hotels in Greece — a charming, detached 18th-century townhouse that’s a 15-minute walk round the bay from the Old Town. Rooms are cosy and stylish, featuring Venetian glass lamps and green-shuttered windows; they are also impeccably clean and comfortable, some providing views through the trees of a nearby park to the sea beyond. The charm continues in the bar and coffee station with its exposed stonework and the delightful courtyard, where a breakfast of cakes and sweet buns is served by friendly staff.  

Spa N
Pool N
Price ££

2. Bella Venezia Hotel, Corfu Old Town

This peach-coloured townhouse in a leafy side-street is the perfect base from which to explore Corfu Old Town while avoiding the noise of the centre. The public rooms are like a cosy Pall Mall club, with a cocktail bar, piano, art deco lamps and gramophone, while bedrooms are light and bright, with views over the garden or park opposite. A highlight is the hearty buffet breakfast, which in warmer months is served on the terrace. Ask for a garden-facing room and remember to take advantage of the pillow menu. 

Spa N
Pool N
Price £

Akrotiri Beach Resort Hotel is one of the best hotels in Corfu for sunset views
Akrotiri Beach Resort Hotel

3. Akrotiri Beach Resort Hotel, Paleokastritsa

Perched in an extraordinary position on a steep promontory right on the Ionian Sea, the Akrotiri is the sister hotel to the Bella Venezia in Corfu Town, and provides the same level of comfort and warm hospitality. Located in picturesque Paleokastritsa on the island’s west coast, the hotel takes advantage of its amazing location with every room enjoying a balcony with stirring south-facing views — sunsets here are sublime. Kick back by the large infinity pool or venture down to the white sandy beach for a week of sun, sand and total relaxation. 

Spa N
Pool Y
Price £

Ikos Dassia is a great family-friendly  hotel in Corfu
Ikos Dassia

4. Ikos Dassia, Dassia Bay 

One of the Ikos chain’s five resorts across Greece and Spain, this family-friendly hotel sits in a 25-acre plot in Dassia Bay a 20-minute drive north of Corfu Old Town. With its own 600m exclusive beach, there is direct access to the Ionian Sea and paddle-boarding or canoeing, while the hotel also offers everything from tennis, football and cycling to yoga and Greek dancing. The resort comes alive at night, with an excellent programme of evening entertainment, from jazz, musicals and kids’ shows to a chilled movie night. 

Spa Y
Pool Y
Price £££

5. Angsana, Benitses

This luxurious ultra-contemporary resort from the Asian hotel group Banyan Tree is one of the most exciting destinations on Corfu. As the group’s first opening in Europe, Angsana is a major badge of honour for the island. Perched on a hilltop overlooking Benitses Bay and complemented by the largest infinity pool on Corfu, Angsana’s 159 rooms and suites enjoy staggering sea views. The Asian influence can be felt throughout but with decided Corfiot touches, providing a thrilling fusion of east and west. If you’ve got the cash, splash out on one of 37 villas with private swimming pools. 

Spa Y
Pool Y
Price ££

Atlantica Grand Mediterraneo Resort is one of the best adults-only hotels in Corfu
Atlantica Grand Mediterraneo Resort

6. Atlantica Grand Mediterraneo Resort, Ermones

For a dramatic sunset, few places can beat the terraces of this large and well-run resort that cascades down a wooded hillside on Corfu’s rugged west coast. Set among 110 acres of eucalyptus and pine trees, all suites and villas enjoy staggering views over the sea and that constantly changing sky. The shaded terraced gardens by the private pools of the villas are a particularly attractive place to while away an afternoon, but as the entire property is adults-only, the main pool is a peaceful spot too. 

Spa Y
Pool Y
Price ££

7. MarBella Nido Suite Hotel and Villas, Ioannis Peristeron

If you are looking for a luxurious poolside break, with a guarantee that there will be no screaming children, this adults-only resort on the southeast coast will come up trumps. Built on a cliffside overlooking the Ionian Sea, it has been designed to resemble a traditional Corfiot village, with pink and yellow villas, but with a crisp modern feel inside. The thoughtful layout means every suite has a sea view and feels private. There is plenty to do, from cookery classes to yacht trips, while Corfu town is only a 30-minute drive away. 

Spa Y
Pool Y
Price £££

Hotel Corfu Palace is one of the best five-star hotels in Corfu
Hotel Corfu Palace

8. Hotel Corfu Palace, Kerkira

This is a “cake-and-eat-it” sort of place: a grand and well-equipped five-star hotel with sea views and pool but just a ten-minute walk from the narrow streets of Corfu Old Town. Built in the 1950s, the Hotel Corfu Palace retains an air of old-school glamour that welcomes you as your taxi sweeps up the private driveway. Inside there is marble everywhere, a choice of three bars and dining rooms, and a reassuring sense that this is a well-oiled machine. Don’t miss the Scheria restaurant with a romantic outdoor terrace. 

Spa Y
Pool Y
Price ££

9. Grecotel Corfu Imperial, Kerkira

Although part of the Grecotel chain, there is nothing mainstream about this luxury resort on the Kommeno peninsula on the northeast of the island. The clean modernist architecture is complemented by a crisp white decor throughout, the main splashes of colour being the vivid blues and turquoise of the private infinity pool and sea outside the floor-to-ceiling windows. Accommodation ranges from simple doubles to lavish villas, making this one of the most versatile luxury hotels on Corfu: it’s ideal for a romantic break but also very family-friendly.

Spa Y
Pool Y
Price £££

10. Domes Miramare, Moraitika

The fact it was built as a hideaway for the Onassis family tells you everything you need to know about the Domes Miramare, a fabulously luxurious resort for adults only, set among ancient olive trees on Corfu’s east coast. Live the Playboy dream by chartering the hotel’s own speedboat, the Miramaretta, for a day swimming and showing off. Back at the hotel, enjoy the private beach — a rarity on this stretch of coast south of Corfu Town — and make time to experience the five bars and restaurants.

Spa Y
Pool Y
Price £££

Rodostamo Hotel and Spa is one of the best five-star hotel's in Corfu
Rodostamo Hotel and Spa

11. Rodostamo Hotel and Spa, Kerkira

Ask anyone what the best thing is about this modern five-star hotel set in a lush 28-acre garden on the east coast and they will say the staff. From the chambermaids to the front desk, everyone has a spring in their step and a smile on their face. It all adds to the relaxed and friendly atmosphere of this adults-friendly hotel (children over 12 are welcome) about 15 minutes’ drive from Corfu Town. Decor is simple but fresh, with the private villas feeling especially spacious. As well as the staff, you’ll come home raving about its great views.

Spa Y
Pool Y
Price ££

12. Almyros Beach Resort and Spa, Acharavi

Standing on the long sandy beach of Paralia Almiros on Corfu’s northern tip, this spacious resort is ideal for family holidays. Little ones will love the dedicated water park featuring brightly coloured slides, which leaves the main pool free for adults. Its 180 rooms are spread over 12 buildings, each named after a Greek god or goddess, and feature generous bathrooms and thoughtful layouts. There’s plenty to do, from boules to waterskiing, windsurfing and diving. Oh, and they can also organise sunrise yoga or rent you a bike or a boat. 

Spa Y
Pool Y
Price £

Kontokali Bay Resort and Spa is a good choice for a family hotel o Corfu
Kontokali Bay Resort and Spa

13. Kontokali Bay Resort and Spa, Kontokali Bay

Fans of The Durrells will love this large resort north of Corfu Town for its proximity to the house used for filming. The hotel occupies an enviable east-facing position on the Kontokali peninsula in well-kept gardens with access to two sandy beaches. Opened in 1971, the resort underwent an overhaul in 2015 and is an excellent choice for families or couples, as the grounds are large enough to accommodate a kids’ club and several private villas. The food is particularly good and service is excellent, but rates vary depending on season.

Spa Y
Pool Y
Price ££

14. Bella Mare Hotel, Avlaki Bay 

The northeast corner of Corfu is the least developed and most beautiful, but there are almost no hotels — except for this enchanting four-star overlooking Avlaki Bay. With only 31 rooms and no restaurant, the Bella Mare brings a quieter sort of holiday than the big resorts, attracting a more independent traveller. Interiors are classic and timeless, while the gardens are lush and there’s a large pool. Avlaki Bay has some of the best sea swimming and there are two excellent tavernas on the beach.

Spa N
Pool Y
Price £££

15. Locandiera Guest House, Corfu Old Town

This tiny six-bedroom hotel tucked down a quiet, pedestrianised side street near the Spianada central square generates a loyal following for its generous accommodation and remarkable value. Each room is individually decorated and well appointed with quality linens and lighting, bringing the best out of this Venetian designed old building. Breakfast is included and a highlight but rooms also have a mini-kitchenette, so guests are encouraged to cater themselves if on a budget. A cheerful communal atmosphere is created in the public spaces with free wi-fi, a library and open-plan kitchen on the ground floor. 

Spa N
Pool N
Price £

Delfino Blu Wellness Boutique Hotel is one of the best wellness retreats in Corfu
Delfino Blu Wellness Boutique Hotel

16. Delfino Blu Wellness Boutique Hotel, Agios Stefanos

Overlooking the beach in the less populated northwest corner of Corfu is this quirky spa hotel, which attracts repeat customers for its impeccable service and jaw-dropping sunsets. Less flashy than some resorts, its charms present themselves in the tastefully decorated rooms and homely atmosphere. The focus is on wellness: you can sleep outdoors under the stars, and even consult the hotel’s resident astrologer. Diet and sustainability are also important, with an emphasis on local ingredients and Corfiot recipes, but above all the theme is relaxation and first-rate hospitality. 

Spa Y
Pool Y
Price £££

17. Restia Suites Exclusive Resort, Paralia Arachavi

The view from the terrace of this intimate couples-focused hotel is of the green rolling hills that rise up to Mount Pantokrator in the northeast of the island. And just across the road is the fabulous long sandy beach of Paralia Arachavi — though the pool is an ideal spot for a relaxing afternoon’s sunbathing, especially when the barman brings you a cocktail. Dining in the upstairs restaurant never disappoints, while rooms are generously proportioned and some have their own pools. 

Spa Y
Pool Y
Price ££

Mayor Pelekas Monastery is one of the best beach hotels in Corfu
Mayor Pelekas Monastery

18. Mayor Pelekas Monastery, Kerkira

Halfway down the west coast, dominating the perfect sandy beach of Kontogialos, is this big glitzy resort that looks like a series of pink typewriters dropped onto the hillside. Staff are faultlessly charming and want you to make the most of every day, whether that’s doing sunrise yoga on the beach, exploring the local hiking trails or enjoying the vibrant local nightlife. There is never a dull moment here, with daily activities including cooking classes, Pilates and even Greek lessons.

Spa Y
Pool Y
Price ££

19. Villa de Loulia, Peroulades 

Tucked away in the village of Peroulades in the northwest is this enchanting dark red stuccoed villa with green shutters and only nine rooms. It’s set in lush gardens with a beautiful pool and has been in the family since 1808 when bought as a private residence. In 2000 it was reimagined as a guest house and ever since it’s been delighting visitors with its peaceful atmosphere while being within reach of the lively village. Order a cocktail from the chic Shangri-La bar before a dinner of Corfiot dishes in the Flerium restaurant. 

Spa N
Pool Y
Price £

The Merchant’s House is the best mountain retreat hotel in Corfu and it's open all year round
The Merchant’s House

20. The Merchant’s House, Old Perithia

This charming boutique hotel halfway up Mount Pantokrator is an idyllic retreat surrounded by the sound of crickets. With only six suites, the atmosphere is cosy but what this former merchant’s bazaar lacks in facilities it makes up for with a warm welcome and attention to detail. Open all year, it’s the perfect base for exploring local nature trails and the sea is just a 15-minute drive. There are five tavernas nearby, and long winter stays are also welcome, so you can finally finish that novel.

Spa N
Pool N
Price £

21. The Olivar Suites, Messonghi

This chic, minimalistic five-star resort is on the southeast coast. Set within an olive grove abutting a 200m stretch of white beach, its 120 suites offer a haven of relaxation. Thoughtful touches for a stress-free break include the all-day bar and restaurant, meaning there are no deadlines for meals, while wellness activities include a spa, outdoor Pilates and yoga, and even massages in your suite. Bliss. 

Spa N
Pool Y
Price £

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