GREECE . . .
with many, easy to get on with english speaking locals, and its generally sunny weather
CORFU . . .
the nearest Greek island with a fair number of UK departure airports. Green and varying landscape it's easy to get around with a wide variety of scenic or modern resort types. Its 'history' is limited, predominantly 18c onwards - but virtually nothing 'ancient'
GLYPHADA . . .
is a quiet and tiny purpose-built resort; like many west coast beaches at the foot of a ravine, but you are rewarded by wide sand and clear warm waters.
The LOUIS GRAND . . .
like others in the brand leaves virtually nothing to chance. Although we arrived after a 30 minute transfer at gone 9pm, the restaurant was still serving with plenty of hot and cold choice - had we been later there's a lounge with snacks and drinks - and you should soon feel rested with welcoming staff who work long hours and keep the place clean and sand free with excellent range of food and perfectly adequate drinks on hand from 7am to midnight
TIP: email direct with your reasonable requests in advance - we asked for two neighbouring rooms on a higher floor, which is what we got, thank you! If you're high enough, the rear facing rooms face steep trees, and there's no passing traffic.
Inside ranges from quiet corners to comfortable public lounges and courtyards,
In the main evening restaurant, FOOD is copious and the choice is far wider than most other hotels (and what you might get at home!) - you'll be offered a sea view on the open balcony, a closed area, or a floral courtyard with shaded tables. TIP: gents/familes DO NOT look as if you've come straight off the beach and smile at the staff and they'll fetch you drinks and clear your tables happily and promptly. Also, an Asian themed restaurant is available once per stay - choice is limited but it's really good. TIP: start early in the Asian and if you've not found the pudding of your choice then go into the main restaurant later on for a wider range of sweets.
The lifts reassuringly never failed, the stairs are a bit steep. The cool bedroom/bathrooms are very clean having had a recent refurb - sadly with the hardest matresses I've ever encountered! TIP: put the two spare blankets under the lowest sheet. The air-con and fridge is free as is the TV but the latter only views BBC world news in English.
Outside, the green areas are not huge, however, even at the height of August we always found room in the outside bars, in the shady and sunny gardens, or round the huge, but never crowded warm pool. The blue flag beach has free loungers/shades and just walk 70 yards or so to be by yourself, or 150 yards for great snorkling around shallow rock pools with an array of colourful fish. There is some boating or parascending, it's not cheap, but it's never noisy nor dangerously close.
The animation staff work hard throughout the day, but they're not in your face - there's a good quality activity club for toddlers 4 hour a day. Daytime music is not on all the time, and you won't find it hard to avoid; and the evening music or themed entertainment varies and 'professionals' are brought in as well, three nights a week
Inland, if you've not been to Corfu you might like a car as there is so much to see. TIP: Ask for a packed lunch by 6pm the night before.
Without a car you can repeatedly use the free hotel bus into/from Corfu town, which ran to time dropping at an easy to find, shady location just off centre (ALSO It'll drop you at Aqualand on the way, but I don't think it offers a return pick up - but the local public buses do come to Glyphada). TIP: Cabs can be spendy, probably 30euro in the evening - agree a price before you commit.
Returning home via the airport appears to have improved over the years with shaded queing by day; but even in the early hours it can still be busy where it seems to cope with snacks and enough seating.
To sum up, our party of 5 (from 6 to 60yrs) were highly pleased with all inclusive at The GRAND which resembles the Louis Family Resort (ex GOLF) on the east coast with its larger grounds but with no beach to speak of; it too is quietish and reliable but closer to the main town. Either should provide you a highly satisfying rest. I would return to either without hesitation.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Louis Grand
- Louis Grand Pelekas
- Lti Louis Grand Hotel Corfu/Glyfada