Adults-only re­sort Mar­Bella Nido Suite Ho­tel and Vil­las in Greece

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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

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