For our first post-lockdown holiday abroad we headed to Corfu. With promises of beautiful beaches and delicious food, we were sold. For our week-long break we checked into the Mayor La Grotta Verde Grand Resort in Corfu after reserving on booking.com. The five-star stay was amazing and the perfect beach break. Here’s everything you need to know about the resort, from the best way to get there through to what the rooms are really like…
Mayor La Grotta Verde Grand Resort’s location
The hotel is situated in the Agios Gordios region of Corfu. I can’t imagine there are any bad places to stay on the island as it’s seriously beautiful but I knew I wanted to be by a sandy beach which is why we chose there. The hotel is on the cliffside right above a beach so perfect if you’re after a relaxing holiday destination.
The hotel is on the west side of the island, around 25 minutes from Corfu International Airport and we found a whole load of taxis conveniently located outside of the arrivals terminal. Expect to pay around 30 euros.
There’s also a bus stop a five-minute walk from the hotel which will take you into Corfu Town, but you’ll then need to get another bus or make a 20-minute walk to the airport. The local bus is cheap and reliable and I’d recommend doing that to get into town rather than paying for pricey taxis. Insider tip: You buy your ticket at the shop next to the stop before you get on board!
Mayor La Grotta Verde Grand Resort’s rooms
As I mentioned, the hotel is a five star but I must say the room wasn’t quite five-star standard. If I had to classify it, I’d say four star. But it was clean, tidy and we had a lovely pool/sea view from our balcony but the bathroom for example, could do with an update as the decor looked a little tired. For us, having a super luxe room isn’t that important as we’ll usually be out and about – and luckily the rest of the hotel was of five-star quality.
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Mayor La Grotta Verde Grand Resort’s facilities
Oh, the pools! They have two gorgeous swimming pools which are the perfect place to soak up the sun. Although it was busy when we traveled in May at the start of the season, we always managed to find a spot. Expect cool and refreshing pool temps – the perfect antidote to the scorching Greek sunshine.
If you’re not a pool person and prefer the beach then you’re in luck. You’ll need to walk down a very steep path to reach the sandy bay, so here’s my disclaimer if you’re less able or have little ones of buggy age you may struggle here. But the trek is totally worth it in my opinion.
The sand is golden, the sea is beautifully turquoise and it has a really secluded vibe as it tends to only be the hotel residents along the strip that use it.
Mayor La Grotta Verde Grand Resort’s food
We booked a half-board rate at the hotel, but there is the option of all-inclusive. I do kind of wish we booked all-inclusive now, but the motivation to do so would be purely for the drinks as there are loads of restaurant options along the beach which serve REALLY nice food and you don’t want to miss out on them. In fact, check out my Instagram highlight to see restaurant recommendations in the nearby area. You won’t be disappointed!
So we actually only ate dinner at the hotel once, on the first night we arrived. It was a buffet-style set up which isn’t really my thing, but my partner did enjoy it. The food itself was nice and tasty. Breakfast is fabulous with a huge selection of things on offer. The breakfast restaurant does get very busy, but the staff are well-used to it and get you seated quickly.
If you’re jetting off to Greece soon, have a wonderful trip. I hope you found this helpful. Please drop any other questions below!