It was our wedding anniversary and a very cheap deal came up on our email. So we went for it.
This is an all inclusive hotel situated right in the north of the island on a nature reserve, next to a lagoon, which does mean there might be a problem with mosquitoes although we received no unexpected loss of blood to them whilst there.
Accommodation is in attractive 2 storey villa type apartments with an outside walkway so not echoey, all painted in different pastel colours, well spaced apart and in lovely extensive grassy areas. All named after Bond movie characters. Looks more like a housing complex than a hotel, very pleasing.
First night we arrived in the wee small hours, pulled back our curtains to see the sea view our travel agent had promised and all we could see were trees. Trekked up to reception and advised to speak to management in the morning. Apparently rooms are graded and we were bronze. The room was fine, decent sized double bed, good bathroom with good deep bath, powerful shower. Kettle and fridge and hanging and drawer space. The next morning our request for a sea view was granted. We were upgraded to a 2 room apartment on the first floor overlooking the pool in the James Bond block and most importantly a wonderful sea view. Very quiet as well. What a fantastic way to celebrate our anniversary and top marks to the hotel for reacting so positively. Facilities were almost the same as the previous room, except obviously roomier, double bedroom, kitchen/dining area with 3 single convertible bed settees, table and chairs and kitchen sink, larger fridge, larger kettle, larger balcony. Tip..no bath plugs provided so take your own. Presumably it's to save water. The shower is good, powerful, only drawback is that you have to choose whether to hold it in one hand or bend double to use it as the holder is positioned really low down. The shower curtain only just fitted inside the bath so careless positioning of the shower meant paddling out of the bathroom. We soon learned.
Meals were quite varied in choice, the chef obviously takes pride in what leaves the kitchen, for the very first time ever I actually chose the scrambled eggs. Most breakfast buffets serve it up looking like hard, dry yellow stuff, not so at Blue Beach. So good I tried it several times, along with the delicious Greek yogurt and honey. Lovely variety of fresh bread and usual other breakfast items. Lunch & dinner was equally interesting with several choices of meat and fish and vegetables that actually looked inviting, not boiled to death as some hotels do. Bar snacks available at the pool area lunchtime and early afternoon along with ice cream. No problems getting a table or having to queue for food although if you choose 9am and 8pm you might have to as these seemed to be popular times.
There is an a la carte restaurant adjacent to main dining room. The whole week we were there only a handful of guests used it. We learned right at the end we could have had one free meal in there, but quite frankly it lacks any ambience so we didn't feel we'd missed out. Staff throughout the hotel were friendly and helpful.
The inclusive drinks were also good, we worked our way through the cocktails, and tried the local kumquat liqueur with lemonade. Wine and soft drinks also fine.
There are two pools, one quiet one with no children or music, and a larger one with a kiddies pool and bar area overlooking the sea. We never had any problem getting a sun lounger and no-one reserved them early which was refreshing. Pool towels available for a small deposit.
Wifi expensive, 3 euros an hour or 35 a week and only available in reception area. Local beach cafe had free wifi with a drink
Cleaning regime was amazing, rafters swept, pool loungers scrubbed, path lights,flower pots cleaned. Public areas swept and washed down every day. Never seen such industry.
The beach is a very short walk away, sea looked fine, quite shallow but quite a lot of seaweed. the beach the other way was smaller and not particularly inviting but there are a few good looking restaurants. There is a small supermarket next door to the hotel and another a bit further down the hill. Shuttle buses to local villages either side and into Corfu town for a reasonable fee. We went on a day trip to Albania, tiring but interesting with a fantastic Albanian guide called Loretta. Can recommend it if you like historical sites and want to learn about the country.
The only small criticism I have is that there is absolutely no information written down in your room about all the facilities etc which would have been really useful rather than keep asking at reception or finding out from other guests.
The hotel has recently been taken over and I hope they keep up this excellent standard. No hesitation in recommending it and I would be delighted to return. In fact I've given it my highest rating ever on TA for a hotel.
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- Also Known As:
- Mareblue Beach Hotel Agios Spyridonas
- Hotel Escape Blue Bay