Into the blue
The famously fabulous Ionian islands, dandling at the bottom of the Adriatic, are perfect for a dream seaside holiday of beaches, tavernas and knockout views. Dreams Corfu on classic Corfu and AluaSoul on swanky Zakynthos – both refurbished for the 2022 season and the first of their brands in Greece – are sublime ways to enjoy them
AluaSoul has spectacular views
Views don’t get much better than those at Dreams Corfu. Perched above croissant-shaped Govino Bay, on the island’s east coast, you overlook not only the sheltered bay itself, but the Ionian Sea beyond it – as well as the island life around you. If you want to get right into the view, the hotel is a five-minute walk along the coast from the pretty fishing village of Gouvia – you’ll know it from the idyllic, whitewashed Ipapantis church, which sits on a small promontory in the bay. Does that sound too much like hard work? Just take in the views from the pool – the picture-perfect church is directly across from the hotel.
They picked a blinder for the first AluaSoul property in Greece. It overlooks the water, close to a Blue Flag beach on the peaceful east coast of Zakynthos, so you’re staring into the blue of the Ionian Sea at every turn. To feel the water between your toes, it’s a quick scramble down to the beach. Or you can take in the views from the infinity pool, which seems to melt into the sea. Had enough blue? Take a walk along the resort’s meandering pathways, fringed by beautiful bougainvillea plants – it’s pure Greece at every angle.
Dreams Corfu is a family favourite
Kids, or no kids
When you need some real downtime, AluaSoul Zakynthos is the place to go. The resort is adults only (the minimum age is 16), meaning it’s a quieter experience, with everything, from food options to activities, centred on one thing: you. Fancy an evening game of tennis? No worries – the court is well lit. Feel like clocking up some exercise but loath to stray far from the pool? Not a problem – the daily activities roster includes aqua-gym, water polo and water aerobics. There’s also beachside yoga if you fancy some sun salutations in their natural habitat. All that means you can concentrate on becoming water babies – without any real ones to disturb you.
There’s something for every member of the family at Dreams Corfu. For the kids, that means entertainment – the Explorers’ Club is for younger guests (from ages four to 12), while the Core Zone puts on activities for teenagers – including plenty of video games and board games if all they want to do is veg out. Activities for the whole family include paddleboarding and biking around the island, while on site there’s a designated family-friendly pool where you can spend some quality time together back at base.
Spread out in a superior suite
What could be better than a waterfront hotel? A waterfront hotel that extends into the water. Dreams Corfu has a private pier cantilevered over the Ionian Sea – your departure point for a wide variety of watersports or boat trips around the island to see Corfu’s coastline and its famous Venetian-inspired architecture. Back at base, there are no fewer than three pools on property (one of which is reserved for Preferred Club guests) as well as a spa, with top-notch treatments by Natura Bissé and two outdoor treatment rooms if you feel like a massage alfresco.
What’s the one thing that can send your beach holiday into a deeper level of relaxation? A great spa. And you’re in luck at AluaSoul Zakynthos – the hotel has a new spa led by experts who can help you switch right off from the outside world. You’ll find a full range of treatments, from muscle-melting massages to skin-sparkling facials. Don’t want to waste your holiday time? As well as the indoor treatment rooms, there are also two outdoor spa decks where your massages come with a soundtrack of waves against the shore.
Not your average all-inclusive
What could be more luxurious than a stay in an adults-only hotel? The extra touches you’ll find at AluaSoul Zakynthos. For starters, you’ve the whole gamut of food offerings – from buffets and poolside snacks to à la carte dinners at Mare Nubium, the flagship restaurant, which uses locally sourced ingredients to bring you the flavours of the Ionian Sea straight to the table. Of course there’s the spa, with its full range of treatments and an outdoor deck to enjoy them on. For a touch more luxury, book a My Favorite Club room to get access to specially reserved areas around the property.
The clue’s in the name at Dreams Corfu – its ‘Unlimited Luxury’ policy means that absolutely everything is included in your dreamy stay. All-inclusive means something a little different here – even the gourmet restaurants, top-shelf drinks and all the activities on offer are part of the package. What’s more, book a Preferred Club room, and things get even more exclusive: a dedicated lounge, a private adults-only pool, and the best locations when it comes to rooms, suites and bungalows. Mind you, you don’t have to book that tier to feel the luxury – the entire hotel has been refurbished for the 2022 season.
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