Spotlight on: Corfu
Spotlight on: Corfu
Spotlight on: Corfu
Spotlight on: Corfu

Spotlight on: Corfu

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It would be a big mistake to dismiss the Greek island of Corfu in your search for Mediterranean bliss. The truth is that most of this sun-baked, idyllic island remains utterly unspoilt and tranquil, despite the march of tourism. Outside the busy resorts, large swathes of Corfu are a hidden paradise of rocky coves, ancient olive groves and sweeping views out to sea.

 

The second largest of the Greek Islands, Corfu has more than 200km of coastline and a mountainous interior, carpeted with olive trees and dotted with quaint, sleepy villages. The finest section of coast lies between Kassiopi and Pirgi in the north of Corfu, and this is where you’ll find the best of the island’s luxury villas.

 

For breath-taking views and five star indulgence, you’ll find it hard to beat the fabulous Kassiopia Estate which consists of Atolikos House the adjoining Cassiopeia House. Far from prying neighbours and furnished with a private jetty and dedicated housekeeper, you can relax in the lap of luxury. There’s room for up to 20 guests, and a private chef is included when you hire both houses. 

 

Some of the most lavish villas in the Greek Islands can be found around the charming village of Agios Stefanos on the North East coast of Corfu. Take Villa Salina, for example: a drop-dead neo-classical villa, sleeping up to 14 people and just two minutes from Agios Stefanos. A private mooring in the cove and fabulous sea views come as standard.

 

Further down the east coast from the rugged Kassiopi headland is the stunning Villa Fedora. Up to 18 guests can spread themselves out between the main house, the 2 bed guest house and studio apartment, and Villa Fedora has a team of nine staff, including chef and housekeeper, to look after you.

 

Here you are surrounded by olive trees and your own private estate, yet only ten minutes from Corfu Town. Perhaps surprisingly, this is a lovely old port which has been designated a UNESCO world heritage site. All in all, Corfu is one of the most beautiful of the Greek islands where you can kick back in splendid isolation, explore little coves by boat, or take the kids to the Aqualand water park. Just don’t go telling everyone how wonderful it is, so that these hidden charms can go on forever.

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