Posted by ludivine desbonnets
Posted by Gerard Gachet
This is a nice place to spend your holidays! The Marbella opened its doors in 1971 but was transformed many times since, which has allowed it to grow bit by bit. Nowadays, the restorations are undertaken during the annual off-season, from the end of October to early April. The clientele is mostly Belgian and French. The hotel is spacious enough to accommodate people looking for peace and quiet, as well as families, particularly thanks to the children's club.
The Marbella is in the village of Agios Ioannis Peristeron. The city of Corfu is 10 mi away, similarly the airport (9 mi), as the two are next to each other. Allow approximately twenty minutes for trips one way or the other. However, if you want to go to the city centre, beware of rush hour, when the streets are often jammed.
Water sports enthusiasts will be able to use the hotel beach. However, they are provided by an outsider club, therefore you will have to pay for them.
The access way to the Marbella is very steep but you won't be disappointed. Once at the top, you will see the small chapel of Saint Catherine next to the large archways opening to the hotel lobby. Everything was designed in shades of beige and white, blending in perfectly with the ceiling's exposed beams. Several lounge areas are accessible, opposite large patio doors leading to a small exterior basin. The place is nice but it can be noisy sometimes. The nearby Belvedere Bar has a beautiful view of the sea. Outside, you will have to walk across the beautifully kept gardens to get to the various communal areas of the hotel. The swimming pools are filled with sea water. The first one perfectly blends in with the setting thanks to its rounded shapes, whereas the second one opens out to the sea thanks to its overflow basin. They each have deckchairs and parasols. Two pools were built for children.
The hotel has 404 rooms in various categories: basic-standard, superior, suite and family. They are distributed in the six buildings of Mediterranean architecture. The basic-standard bedroom is rather spacious, but the practically nonexistent decoration means that it has no real character. The faded blue and salmon-pink shades are harmonious but remain rather monotonous. On the other hand, the facilities are good: television, air-conditioning, a balcony, a well-stocked mini-bar, a direct line for international calls and room service from 7am to 11pm. There is a hairdryer and some hospitality products in the bathroom.
Three restaurants are available at the Marbella. The main restaurant, la Terrazza, is a buffet but also serves food on request. The cuisine is international. Open for breakfast and dinner, it also organizes theme buffets. The tables are nicely spread over the room, but it can still become noisy. For lunch, you will have to go outside. La Cascade welcomes you for lunch by the swimming pool. The tables are laid out in a pleasant fashion under large sandy colour archways. It is also possible to have your lunch by the sea, at the Beach Grill.
To get to the beach, you must go through a small tunnel. This allows you to pass underneath the road, so you will not have to walk across it. The deckchairs are free, which is exceptional in Corfu! However, as all other beaches here, the Marbella's is a public place. However, as it is only possible to access the beach via the hotel, so there aren't many people from outside. The beach has deckchairs and parasols but it seems impossible to fit all the hotel's guests in this limited amount of space. There isn't really enough space for everybody. If you wish to swim, you must go down some ladders to the water. So this should be described as an access to the sea rather than an actual beach.