Adults-only resort MarBella Nido Suite Hotel and Villas in Greece
BACKGROUND Opened in May 2018, adults-only MarBella Nido Suite Hotel and Villas is a sister property to the larger MarBella Corfu Hotel next door, which opened in 2009 and is more family orientated.
WHERE IS IT? In the south-east of Corfu in Agios Ioannis Peristeron. The hotel is a 20-minute drive from the airport.
W H AT ’ S ITLIKE? The property is made up of 70 suites in Corfiot colours of ochre and terracotta, which climb up a wooded hillside in the manner of a traditional Greek village. Nido means nest in Italian, and the idea is that your suite is your “nest”.
The reception, an impressive lofty space with towering windows, is in the same building as the lobby and orangery. Décor blends Italian, Corfiot and British design in a nod to the island’s history. Staff there were friendly and helpful.
To get to rooms, you can walk – if you’re feeling energetic – or take one of the many golf carts that traverse the complex. The grounds are filled with indigenous plants – in their infancy on my visit as the hotel had just opened, but no doubt soon to thrive.
ROOMS Accommodation ranges from Junior Suites (30 sqm interior, 12 sqm terrace) up to the Luxury Villa (50 sqm interior, 70 sqm terrace). Each has a small pool or a whirlpool bath and sea views, and its own entrance.
My Grand Terrace Deluxe Suite (interior 50 sqm, terrace 40 sqm) was at the summit of the complex. There was a large cupboard unit to the right of the entrance with a minibar and kettle, and a table and chairs to the left with a Nespresso machine. Beyond that was a seating area with TV, armchair and sofa, surrounded on both sides by French windows. To the left was the sleeping area, which also had a TV and French windows.
Raised on a step above the bed, a freestanding bath offered further views of the sea. There was a walk-in shower on one side of the bath and toilet on the other, each had a door. Bathrobes and slippers are provided in all rooms.
A palette of dusky neutrals and blush shades lent a relaxed ambience with visual interest from decorative floor tiles. Room schemes blend contemporary and traditional design, with sumptuous fabrics from brands including Designers Guild and Manuel Canovas. My bed was clad in white sheets with cushions and fluffy pillows, though I found the mattress quite hard.
Outside the room was a large L-shaped terrace, with two sunloungers, a whirlpool tub, and a table and chairs under a shelter. The views from here were mesmerising, as was the sense of serenity; little else was audible but birdsong and the occasional beeping of a reversing golf cart.
My room was serviced twice a day with a turndown service in the evening.
FOODANDDRINK The hotel has two main restaurants. San Giovanni is where an excellent buffet breakfast and dinner are served. There is also covered and uncovered outdoor seating. The second restaurant is romantic, alfresco Appagio, with a menu of Greek and Italian dishes.
Poolside bar and restaurant Aquavite serves tasty lighter bites. At sundown, I was pleased to be introduced to the Corfiot spin on an Aperol spritz here. Meanwhile, in the lobby you’ll find the cosy Heritage bar, with velvet seating and bronze and marble tables.
Guest also have access to the many bars and restaurants at the neighbouring hotel.
LEISURE The USP of the hotel is that a stay here is for relaxing. And the hours are easily passed doing just this beside the infinity pool, on either of the hotels’ serviced beaches or in the small spa with sauna, steam room and massage treatments.
Guests can also use the many facilities of MarBella Corfu, with its water sports and fitness classes, including morning yoga on a terrace beside the sea.
VERDICT The owner’s vision for the hotel – to pay homage to Corfiot culture and offer a relaxing experience – has been achieved. MarBella Nido is stylish yet comfortable with every space designed to take advantage of the exquisite sea views. A perfect place to escape from it all. Becky Ambury