Though Domes of Corfu is thoughtfully designed with families in mind, there’s a high romance quotient, too, thanks to a minimalist design aesthetic and stone-hued interiors that defer to the sun-splashed greenery and glittering Ionian views. There’s something for everyone at this sophisticated seaside idyll: a sandy beach, a handful of swimming pools, three restaurants, one very grown-up cocktail bar, an Elemis spa and a buzzing piazza filled with food trucks and pop-up boutique stalls. Plus, there’s an action-packed kids club that offers a raft of sea- and sand-based adventures, so you’re free to just… flop.
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A free cocktail (one an adult) at the main pool bar; GoldSmiths get a room upgrade (subject to availability) and, for stays of seven nights or more, a three-course lunch at Psarotaverna.
11.30am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2.30pm.
Double rooms from $265.97 (€222), including tax at 13 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional government tax of €4.00 per room per night on check-out.
Rates are half-board and include daily buffet breakfast and daily buffet dinner in Agora restaurant (drinks are excluded). Full board rates are also available; book via the Smith24 team.
Book any of the suites or residences in the Haute Living Selection and you’ll get a dedicated concierge and 24/7 access to the Haute Living lounge with free wines, beers, spirits as well as all-day hot and cold snacks and salads. You’ll also get upgraded bath products, a pillow menu and an upgrade to Half Board Dine Around which includes daily buffet breakfast and a daily three-course dinner in any of the hotel’s restaurants.
The hotel will be open for the summer season from 1 June to 16 October, 2021.
The hotel closes for the winter season from around mid-October until late May; exact dates vary annually.
At the hotel
Sandy public beach, three swimming pools, spa, gym, on-site parking. In rooms: TV, free WiFi, minibar, tea, coffee and free bottled water.
Our favourite rooms
Seclusion-seeking couples should opt for the Sapphire Sublime One-Bedroom Suite which has a private balcony with sea views. For families, the Sapphire Sublime Family Suite has plenty of open-plan living space and can sleep two adults, two children and an infant comfortably.
There’s a trio of outdoor, unheated swimming pools – two are family-friendly and one’s for adults only.
The soothing Soma Spa brings the outdoors in with earthy tones and floor-to-ceiling windows. The treatments use Elemis products – there’s a range of detoxifying massages, hot stone treatments, manicures, pedicures, facials and prenatal pampering. The sparkling sea views from the gym are motivation enough to get moving, but if you need a bit more there’s also top-spec equipment, an array of fitness classes (Pilates, yoga,personal training) and an outdoor pavilion for alfresco activity. After all that exertion, treat yourself to a smoothie or fresh-pressed juice from the spa’s Freskada Fruit Bar.
The decor here is all soothing, neutral hues, so bring breezy linens and floaty cottons in understated shades of olive, navy, white and black for easygoing island elegance.
All public areas and a number of dedicated bedrooms are accessible for wheelchair users.
Little Smiths are exceedingly welcome and thoughtfully catered to at this family-focussed escape. There’s a children’s menu in each restaurant and a brilliant Domesland crèche and kids club.
There are dedicated family suites for families of all sizes, but a cot for an infant can be added to all rooms on request.
Domesland has lots of adventure in store for smalls – there’s a creche (for eight months and up), a kids club. The staff are expertly trained and multilingual and provide both outdoor and indoor activities like dress-up parties, theme nights, crafts, yoga and watersports.
The main swimming pool is family-friendly and there’s a dedicated children’s pool, too.
All the restaurants have highchairs, children’s menus, baby-changing facilities and can heat up milk or baby food on request.
Babysitting is available on request – you’ll just need to give a day’s notice.
No need to pack
The hotel has cots, cribs, baby bedlinen, changing-mats, bottle sterilising facilities, stair gates, high chairs, booster seats, crayons, books and games galore.
At Frourio, a seat at the chef’s table facing the bustling open kitchen.
You can come salty and swimwear-clad at Psarotaverna but we’d don relaxed linens or sundresses for the smart-casual feel of Agora and Frourio by night.
There are three to choose from. Agora is the largest – it takes its name from the open city spaces that hosted markets and gatherings in ancient Greece. And with sea views, a heart-of-the-hotel location and sumptuous buffet spreads, you’ll certainly be gathering here. The menu is ever-changing, with a Mediterranean emphasis as well as themed nights that feature different international cuisines.
For fine-dining, book ahead at Frourio – the airy indoor-outdoor restaurant has a huge olive tree right in the center and celebrates Corfu’s Venetian heritage with a menu that fuses Italian and Greek flavours. For balmy breezes by the beach, spend leisurely afternoons at Psarotaverna feasting on the freshest of locally-sourced seafood. There's also Spianada, a food market that aims to recreate the buzz of Corfu’s Old Town with food trucks and snack stands that serve up gourmet street food, mezze, treats and drinks.
After dinner, make your way to the grown-up and glamorous Ngaleri Lounge Bar for top-shelf spirits, craft cocktails and a nightly music program. Open-air beach bar Paralia is the place to sip sundowners as the last light fades over the Ionian sea.
At Agora, breakfast is from 7.30 to 11am, dinner is from 6.30pm to 10pm in Agora. Frourio is open from 7pm to 11pm.
There’s a full room service menu (featuring burgers, sandwiches, salads and sweet treats) available 24 hours.
Domes of Corfu is fronted by sandy beach on the western side of the island, 25 minutes from the Unesco-listed Old Town.
You can fly directly to Corfu International Airport from dozens of hubs across Europe; the hotel is a 25-minute drive away.
You’ll want a car if you plan to explore the island outside the resort; rent one at the airport and there’s free parking on site.
Worth getting out of bed for
Spend your days at Domes of Corfu lying horizontal on the sandy beach, swimming in the sea or splashing in one of the resort’s three swimming pools. When you need to beat a retreat from the Mediterranean sun, browse the boutique stalls and street food trucks at the Core, a piazza-like open-air space with the feeling of a bustling town square – there’s always something going on here, from hands-on workshops to live music. Or, work your way through the soothing, beautifying and restorative Elemis treatments at the Soma spa.
When it’s time to explore, wander the labyrinthine alleyways of Corfu’s Unesco-listed Old Town. The island was under Venetian rule for almost four hundred years, so you’ll see the Italian influences in the town’s fortresses, mansion houses and grand palace.
If you’re tempted to take home some ‘green gold’ from the island’s centuries-old olive groves, ask the hotel’s concierge to book a tour and tasting at The Governor, an idyllic olive farm run by three generations of the Dafnis family. And, if the sight of all that Mediterranean good health fills you with desire to become a Greek god or goddess in your own kitchen, sign up for a cooking class at Ambelonas Corfu – you’ll be plied with food, wine and tsipouro as you learn the principles, techniques and key ingredients of Corfiot cuisine.
To view the island’s wilder, more rugged side, ask the concierge for their recommended hiking or mountain bike routes that take in Corfu’s rugged coastline, sparkling sea views and wildflower-strewn hills. For extra adrenaline, horseback riding, diving and sailing can be arranged on request.
Right on Glyfada beach you’ll find Pazuzu, an all-day beach bar and restaurant where you can move seamlessly from cosy sunbed to cocktail hour – its casual menu includes club sandwiches, burgers, pizza, pasta and salads.
For a change of beach scenery, try Akron, a serene seafront restaurant and bar in the peaceful Agia Triada bay – the azure views are complemented by dishes such as seafood linguine, octopus fritters and quinoa salads as well as Greek wines and cocktails.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this family-friendly hotel in the Greek Islands and unpacked their kaftans and inflatable armbands, a full account of their relaxing beach break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Domes of Corfu…
It’s said that Odysseus was shipwrecked on Corfu, his last destination before he finally made it home to Ithaca. But once you’ve clapped eyes on this mythical, sun-drenched isle, you’ll wonder why he was in such a rush to leave. In fact, we’ll wager a return journey will be the last thing on your mind once you’ve checked into Domes of Corfu, a thoughtful resort with all the hallmarks of a halcyon family holiday: sea-gazing swimming pools, soothing bedrooms, a trio of dining destinations and the kind of brilliant kids club that means you never hear a peep of protest from little Smiths as they wave goodbye. What to do with all your free time? Well, you could work up a sweat in the top-spec gym or explore the charming streets of Corfu’s Old Town, but we’d recommend a languorous lunch at the hotel’s seaside taverna before taking a nap on the beach. Silly Odysseus, who wouldn’t want to be shipwrecked here?