Bella Mare is a pretty hotel of studio apartments in a nice, unspoilt setting. The staff were friendly and welcoming. The pool is gorgeous, and steps away from the sea. Really relaxing and easy. Oh, and there is free wireless, if you want it.
The beach is long and sweeping, with good snorkelling, and windsurfs and sailing boats (from Jan, pronounced 'Yan'), and pedalos or kayaks to hire. While Bella Mare is normally sheltered from the wind, at the other end of the beach and furthur out in the bay there's enough wind for sailing and surfing. Like most of Corfu's beaches, this one is stony.
Bella Mare's buffet breakfasts were good and, for non-coffee drinkers, they even had proper tea (PG, rather than insipid Lipton)! There was fresh bread, honey and jams, cereals, watermelon and other fruit, delicious homemade Greek yoghurt, cheeses, Greek breakfast cake, and a different type of egg and bacon/sausage each day, and probably more that I've forgotten! There is a pretty outside terrace to eat at.
You could get nice snack lunches at Bella Mare from the poolside bar. Also both the Tavernas on the beach were really good - some of the best we tried in Corfu. Cavo Barbaro was relaxed, friendly and traditional, with fantastic Greek dishes, and Avlaki Taverna was slightly more geared to tourists but still quite traditional and had a more diverse selection of delicious dishes.
There are also very pretty headland walks from Avlaki towards Agios Stephanos via wild flowers and scrub and secluded bays only accessible by foot or by boat. We hired a car, and much of the coastline either side of Avlaki and the nearby mountains is unspoilt, with pretty villages to explore.
Our one niggle was that the beds are really hard. We put the duvet (it was far too hot for us to need it) between the matress and the sheet, and that helped quite a lot. We suggested they get new matresses or at least some matress toppers, so hopefully they'll do something like that and it'll be more comfortable when we return next year..! It is a gorgeous place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bella Mare Corfu Hotel is located on the beautiful island of Corfu, on the north-eastern coast, 1,5 km away from Kassiopi Village.It's a small family run hotel, set in a calm green scenery right on the magnificent beach at Avlaki. With friendly staff, extensive landscaped gardens and a huge pool, Bella Mare Hotel is an ideal location for thoroughly relaxed holiday. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bella Mare Hotel Corfu/Avlaki