Rolling olive groves as far as the eye can see, ancient ruins, miles of remote beaches and a simply gorgeous, UNESCO-listed, pedestrian-only old town. You’d be forgiven for thinking we’re waxing lyrically about an idyllic slice of Italy. But somewhat surprisingly, this is Corfu, queen of the Ionian, enjoying her time in the sun once again, thanks in part to hit TV series The Durrells and the recent influx of luxury hotels far enough away from the maddening crowds…

Ikos Dassia

Twenty minutes north of the airport and 10 from Corfu Town (close enough for a spot of nightlife, but far enough away for some peace) Ikos Dassia – a favourite haunt of The Durrells' cast and a huge hit with families – definitely started things off with a bang when it brought its own brand of all-inclusive – the 'Infinite Lifestyle' model – to the island. 

As well as impeccable style; à la carte, Michelin-starred-chef-curated menus; an innovative dine-out programme; pool and beach service; complimentary mini-bars, kid's clubs, a slew of activities, 300 Sommelier-selected wines, branded spirits, 24-hour room service and more, it's undoubtedly the most luxurious all-inclusive hotel Corfu has ever seen. 

7 nights from £895 per person

Domes Miramare

On the southeast side of the island meanwhile, in the almost impossibly peaceful village of Moraitika, Domes Miramare (the Luxury Collection's first foray in Corfu) is a romantic, adults-only retreat. Décor is super-stylish, the 400-metre-long beach is one of just a handful of private beaches here and Domes' exceptional 'Haute Living' Club Level-style concept is your ticket to a premium, exclusive world of pampering when you book any one of the Pavilion or Villa categories of accommodation. 

With its mix of pools and gardens interspersed with ancient olive trees, a panoply of hand-picked custom-curated activities (including a yacht shuttle to Corfu Town complete with on-board champagne service) and creative Greek cuisine, it's the perfect couples' escape. 

7 nights from £850 per person

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