We booked this holiday last minute so were a bit worried what it would be like but the place was amazing. We arrived late at night and were met by a lovely couple who loaded our cases into a minivan and then gave us a lift through the complex to our room because my 6yr old was asleep. They settled us into the room, and made sure we knew where everything was before they left, honestly they couldn't be friendlier. Our room was amazing, we had paid an extra £22 for sea view room and it was certainly more than wrth it, our apartment was on two levels and the view from the upstairs bedroom was simply amazing, couldn't believe how beautiful it was. Everything was clean and kept that way the whole holiday, all decor was from Ikea but had been done nicely and even had a billowing sail over the bed.
In the morning we had breakfast in the hotel, prices were a bit steep but the staff were absolutely wonderful. Angela who works in the bar is just soooo friendly, took the time to talk to us every time she saw us, made time to fuss my son and introduced us to her own daughter. It was lovely every day when we passed by she stopped and asked what we had been doing, and gave us advice for anything we were thinking of doing.
Pool is gorgeous and very clean, yes there are ants at the pool side, don't put your drink down or they come over but so long as you watch where you keep your drinks they don't come near you. Best bit of the hotel was the little cliff top restaurant at sundown, looks out over the sea and the canal d'amour which is a typical greek view. Walking out from the hotel there is a little path on the top of the cliff, (don't worry there are safety rails and it is flat) and there are plenty of lovely restaurants for breakfast or dinner that are looking over the beach. We would have gone back there again this year but I believe they have gone all inclusive now which is no good for my son who has allergies.
Downsides and please don't be put off, I am just being as honest and as picky as I can be, don't go to Maria's restaurant, it is VERY expensive and food is terrible, only bad meal we had there. The walk along the beach to sidari is nice but Sidari itself is a bit too busy if you like a quiet holiday, while canal d'amour has a few shops, restaurants, ice cream and cocktail bars when you go out to sidari it is typical brits abroad strip, bars, restaurant touts, tacky shops and LOTS of British people. Don't walk the roads to Sidari, the stream under the bridge stinks, I have a strong stomach (used to work as a nurse) but the small made me retch, there was a hotel right next to it and honestly I would not have stayed near that stench if you paid me. Beach is beautiful next to Zafiris (there are some wooden steps going down to it so not good if you have probs with steps but manageable for everyone else) once a week though in August there was a coach trip that descended on the beach, 3 coach loads of slovakian teens all launched noisily into the water with no care for the families that were on the beach while they were so drunk they had to be dragged out of the water when they passed out. They only stay for an hour though so if they are there when you are just go elsewhere for a bit and come back later.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Zafiris Hotel is located in one of the 5 "Must See" areas of Corfu.The hotel aims to provide great customer service in an informal atmosphere. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Zafiris Hotel Sidari, Corfu