Corfu Chandris Hotel - Nice but extremely Quiet Resort
As a couple in our (now latish 40's) but still very active and travel regularly we have over the last three years undertaken Cruise and stay holdays in summer. 1st week on Thomson Emerald brilliant and 2nd week in the Corfu Cahndris (listed in Platinum brochure) and 4 star. Arrived at hotel 11:30 on 27th June 2008 but rooms not available till 2pm. (signs now up on desk re this).
1st Impressions:- Lovely entrance and air conditioned throughout.
External Area:- As a veteran of over 30 foreign holidays I have rarely been as impressed with the curtilage of a hotel as I was with the Corfu Chandris. (It sits almost adjacent to the Dassia Chandris -Sister hotel and shares the beach area).
The first (upper pool) is as big as you would expect with any good 4* hotel but then as you go to the rear and see the expansive grounds you are wowed by the brand new massive free form pool. It is absolutely fantastic.
There are always plenty of beds and if no umbrellas are left (No great rush) then there are plenty of trees used for shade. (There are literally acres of grounds around the pools). Contrary to brochures there is no charge for pool beds but on the beach 3 Euro for hotel guests and 5 for others.
The pools do not open till 10:30 and close at 6pm with life guards always on duty.
There are activities on the beach and water sports all day right at the hotel.
RESTAURANT:- Food is a personal choice, however my impression was that it was of a good al round standard and the staff worked very hard keeping the place turning over at busy times. (I ate out the last three nights but due to no complaint of the restaurant).
ROOMS:- My initial feelings on going to room 6 was that I was in a dungeon corridor. Down 2 sets of stairs from check in that the lift didn't reach (for carrying cases).. There is a buggy service if you want to wait. On this level you open your room doors to a patio, grass and hedges. Advantage of this you only have a few dozen steps to the free form pool and can even keep sunbeds right at your patio door.
Disadvantages:- (If you don't like lizards or beetles) you would prefer an upper floor. These creatures are harmless.
Rooms are fine 3 English speaking TV channels (If you spend lots of time in your room) hair dryer - good shower - free safe.
ENTERTAINMENT:- Benidorm it isn't, we didn't spend any time at night in the hotel but local comments were not overly complementary.
UTILITIES:- TV Rooms, Internet access, conference rooms all available but the highlight is the magnificent free GYM, it is of a very high standard and is well supervised and equipped.
LOCALITY:- Watch the road!!! I will be surprised if there is not a serious accident over the summer. If you spend all your time in the resort of Dassia you cross the 'speedway' and find a dozen or so pubs and really there is no more than that!! They are all more or less quite places.
MUST VISIT CURRY- SHAKES PUB
Earlier I stated that I spent the last three nights eating out and here's why. ( I promise that if you follow this advice it will vastly improve your holiday and impression of the resort) -
Great SHAKES is a place you will almost miss. Walk out the front of the hotel, survive the road crossing and turn right, about 90 metres you will see a union jack sign and chalk board advertising good curries. I consider my self a connesuer of Indian food and decided to try it and was blown away (No pun intended) The Vindaloo was magnificent but the Chicken Ceylon was out of this world. The pub is run by a very pleasant and humble Scottish family Ken and Sarah who are so nice and they try to put something different on each night (without being tasteless). On my last night (Thursday) there was a Kareoke, of which I'm not a fan but............... what a laugh, you have to see this husband and wife team to believe it. Ken (the owner obviously pays for this team to come in and sing with their Kareoke list and music system as well as introduce patrons to participate. They were from the Midlands/North England somewhere but looked decidely eastern European and were RUBBISH at singing but genuinly thought they were talented. This cracked me up and gave me 2 hours of magnificent entertainment. It was as if a middle aged couple from Ukraine (Vladimir and Olga) had deffected in an old Lada motor car and had come across an old kareoke music system lying on the road and seen this as a business opportunity and got a job in corfu making money from uttering howling noises. If you go to Dassia Please please please go and see them, you will wet yourself!!!.
But if you love curries also please go, the chef is trained in Indian cooking and has even e-mailed me the recipies used.
AIRPORT:- Pleasently surprised, transfers and airport standard and efficiency very good for a small Greek Island.
TIP:- If you re looking for a very quiet resortthen this is for you, personally it was too quiet for me.
Greigster. West Lothian
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Corfu Chandris
- Corfu Chandris Dassia
- Chandris Corfu Hotel
- Corfu Chandris Hotel Dassia