Although the island is teeming with luxury resorts, Corfu remains untouched. At the end of the tourist season, the coast is regularly struck by lightning. Even at the height of summer, when the skies are calm and the sun is almost guaranteed, there’s a sense of old untamed olive trees – overgrown on the roads and cliffs Weathering is an important element of the landscape.
The effortless elegance of Domes Miramare, on the east side facing land, felt the impact above all else. A few years ago, the 113-room property, suites and villas was overhauled by influential designer Kristina Zanic, who introduced a white fabric and ribbon lacing system. It works to bring signature details into focus: the 500-year-old olive tree in the lounge, the hotel’s playful contemporary art collection or the sculptural marble front desk.
Why come here?
It was the historically important architect Charalambos Sfaellos who directed the construction of the building in the late 1960s for the Onassis family. Today, there’s still the air of the resort’s classic glamor that the name conjures up. The lobby is the place to go; terrace a place to be seen; and the bar is a place to relax with a cocktail while the live pianist plays the ivory. So while there’s no doubt some “design hotels” can be a little too serious, Domes Miramare comfortably strikes a balance between laid-back and comfortable hotel. Embracing the coastline and with its own olive groves, this property can be architecturally austere, but also a place of contented dialogue with its surroundings.
If it all sounds terribly mature, it is. Domes Miramare is an adults-only resort, so the poolside experience is a tranquil one: a peach for those who want to leave the kids behind; their own or other peoples’. It certainly worked for Maria Callas, Jackie O’, and various European princesses, who have swooped in to enjoy the property’s rare fresh air over the years.
Rooms and suites are airy and spacious in layout and size. Though intended for those who want an extra layer of privacy, HRH Complex, part of the Haute Living Selection, offers two one-bedroom overwater villas with private pools, lounges and wellness areas. It was built as an isolated complex for the Emir of Qatar with a jetty to divert water. The resort can easily organize a trip to Corfu Town by yacht.
There are a number of bars throughout the resort, some serving sushi or snacks, but Makris – Domes Miramare’s signature restaurant – is where the majority of the culinary action is located. Here the Greek and Venetian classics are either not heavily modified or given a neoclassical leaning. Whatever the case, everything is exquisitely done and there is a crack in the local wine begging to be discovered. Tap into the expertise of the highly qualified food and beverage team, who can narrate Greek wines and almost certainly recommend something never tried before.
When is the right time to visit?
In terms of when to visit, the weather is most reliable during the traditional May-October period, and the hotel closes completely during the sleepy winter months. That being said, if you’re happily weathering a few brief storms and taking in a flash show or two, there really isn’t a bad time.
How to set
Luxury travel Sovereign have a seven-night stay at Domes Miramare, Corfu from £875 per person including flights from Gatwick, private transfers and daily breakfast. Rates include Sovereign’s early booking discount of £300 per person. Free access to the airport lounge at Gatwick is also included. Based on two people traveling on April 24th.
Domes Miramare, a Luxury Collection Resort, Corfu, Miramare Beach, Moraitika, Greece; domeresorts.com
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