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To help sprinkle a little sunshine into the ongoing winter lockdown, we thought we would share some reviews of beautiful places visited in happier times. With the vaccine roll-out seemingly going well, you might be able to travel again sooner than you think, but in the meantime we have memories… and photographs!
Today’s Saturday Escape is from our good friend and colleague at InsideFlyer Germany, Steffen.
Location & Check In Domes Miramare Corfu
The Domes Miramare Corfu is located on the east coast of the island in Moraitika, about 30 minutes by taxi from the airport. While the prices were around 500 euros per night as usual in the summer season, I was able to book the resort for 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points per night. Since the fifth night is free, I only paid 28,000 Bonvoy points per night.
From the airport I recommend a taxi or a pre-arranged transfer to the hotel, this is 50 euros each way. You can walk to various restaurants in Moraitika within 15 minutes if you don’t want to eat in the hotel.
We arrived at the hotel in the early afternoon and were warmly welcomed by two concierges. The first impression of the hotel was overwhelming: the lobby is definitely the nicest I have seen so far. As is well known, pictures say more than 1,000 words.
Within a very short time we were checked in by the friendly staff and received an initial overview of the resort. A nice surprise was waiting for us as regards the room: Instead of the standard room booked, there was an upgrade to the pavilion area of the Domes Miramare, more precisely to a waterfront pavilion retreat, thanks to my Platinum status with Marriott.
Waterfront Pavillion Retreat Domes Miramare Corfu
Who needs a pool when it takes just a few steps from the bedroom to the warm and crystal clear Mediterranean? This is exactly what best describes the Waterfront Pavillion Retreat at Domes Miramare. In general, the room consists of a fairly large room with a bed, armchair and a table on which a welcome amenity with local sparkling wine was already waiting. The room is kept in light colours which forms a pleasing contrast to the blue-green backdrop by the window front.
The bathroom is a good size and has a bathtub as well as a large rain shower. The only point of criticism of the bathroom is the virtually non-existent shelf space for cosmetics etc.
We spent most of our time in our private outdoor area of the Waterfront Pavillion Retreat. This was furnished with two chairs and two sun loungers and is absolutely perfect. Every day we spent several hours here sunbathing, reading and of course swimming in the warm Mediterranean Sea.
Beach & Pool Domes Miramare Corfu
Even if you don’t have a private outdoor area as a pavilion guest, the Domes Miramare Corfu offers its guests a spacious beach and pool area. The beach stretches the full length of the main area of the resort. With numerous comfortable loungers, there is no shortage of space. A call button for the pool bar is available on all loungers, so that one can conveniently order a drink or snack from the lounger. The pool is also very nicely laid out, but unfortunately the number of loungers there is a bit limited.
Haute Living Domes Miramare Corfu
As a guest of the pavilion area in Domes Miramare Corfu you have access to the so-called Haute Living Room. This is located in the pavilion area of the resort and offers soft drinks, alcoholic beverages and small snacks all day. Furthermore, the Haute Living Room has its own pool and outdoor area with sun loungers, so that you can relax with a glass of champagne or wine and a good book and listen to the sound of the sea for a few hours.
For the majority of our stay, however, the regular Haute Living Room was closed due to a VIP group, so a replacement lounge had been created in the main building, in the other RAW bar. During our stay we liked to use Haute Living and enjoy a glass of Aegean Spritz, Rosé Sparkling or a delicious iced coffee.
Breakfast Domes Miramare Corfu
Breakfast at Domes Miramare is served daily from 07:30 to 11:00 in the Makris restaurant. The selection at the buffet and cooked-to-order dishes was very good and also offered many local dishes. Every morning we enjoyed breakfast, iced coffee, and possibly a glass of sparkling wine with a view of the Mediterranean Sea. However, the wasps can be a little irritating.
Dinner at the Makris Domes Miramare Corfu restaurant
During our stay at Domes Miramare, we had dinner in the Makris restaurant practically every day. The selection of food and drinks was good, and especially on the first evening the quality of the food was excellent. We enjoyed prawns, risotto with fish, and tagliatelle with fresh seafood – all of which were superbly prepared. The service was extremely attentive and courteous – this is exactly how it should be in a Luxury Collection Resort.
Unfortunately, the level of the food and the quality of the service decreased in the following days, the first evening was by far the best!
The Miramaretta Experience Domes Miramare Corfu
If you are planning a trip to the old town of Corfu City, there is exactly one way you should do it: For only 50 euros per person you can book a return trip on board the Miramaretta, the private speedboat of the Dome Miramare. Not only is the Miramaretta luxuriously equipped, during the 30-minute drive to Corfu City there are of course drinks of all kinds. The only downer is that the transfer times are a little inconvenient. The Miramaretta leaves the resort at 10:00, 13:00, 17:00 and 20:00. We take the transfer at 17:00 to explore Corfu City in the golden evening light, but unfortunately there was no return to the resort later in the evening.