This summer we went away as a family of three to beautiful Greece. After much searching for the ‘perfect’ family holiday we settled on the the resort Aeolos Beach in Corfu. 10 days, all inclusive. When travelling with children I cannot recommend booking all inclusive enough! I makes life so much easier when they decide they want a drink, take 2 sips and then leave it in the sun! ❤
So, the resort was only 20 minutes from the airport and they supplied their own mini bus to take you from the reception to your rooms. The resort was set out across a few bungalow style apartment blocks which at first I wasn’t keen on. More for the fact it wasn’t what I was used to but in reality it made the whole resort feel calm and less crowded. They also provide a free 15 minute massage which you need to book within your first 2 days (we didn’t see this small print as we checked in at 11:30pm and reading leaflets wasn’t at the top of our agenda – so we missed out on this little luxury!)
The resort itself is very well maintained ensuring clean rooms, perfect gardens and staff who work tirelessly to keep guests happy. As there wasn’t much around the area of the resort it was nice that there were large grounds to wander throughout the day. They have a pretty private beach, large pool and children’s pool in different areas which meant nowhere was particularly busy and noisy (we went mid August so this is always a fear). Having said that, if you wanted a sunbed by the pool you would need to be up early to reserve one. Sunrises are a welcome advantage to the early rise.
We spent one day visiting Corfu town. An old town but bustling with traditional culture and shops. The resort was a 30 minute ride on a bus costing 1.70 euros for me and Adam. I would recommend avoiding the weekends as the locals flock there in their masses. It does give the town a very nice feel but with a child it was slightly overwhelming. Also, it is spread out over quite a large distance so take a map and plan ahead.
We also booked a boat day trip through our holiday rep at the hotel. It cost 40 euros each for me and Adam (Evelyn was free – the Greeks are so family orientated, Evelyn was spoilt daily!) We boarded a coach at around 8:45am and headed 30 minutes south to the port. At 10am we set sail to view some spectacular caves and crystal clear waters. Tip: when we boarded the boat there were already passengers on meaning there was a lack of seating on the top deck or in the shade. Also, when you return to the boat later in the day most people have left their belonging on their seats as a way to secure them for the journey home. Don’t be afraid to ask to move or sit in vacant seats. The boat anchored and we all had a swim in the waters which was lovely. At 2pm the boat docked at an island called Paxos – the most beautiful little island town where we had lunch and a mooch around more beautiful shop. We arrived back at the hotel around 6:30pm. A long day but worth it.
The resort itself was very inventive with its entertainment. Thursday nights they take the entertainment down onto the beach. An amazing band singing a range of lively songs, a bar on the sand meaning the drinks were flowing and games including limbo (which I’m delighted to say I won). Wednesday afternoons saw the entertainment staff hold a Colour Party – see picture. A brilliant idea that had people talking all afternoon. On Friday nights they have a Greek Night. With an additional 23 euro per adult cost it was well worth it. An whole evening of Greek dancing, singing, plate smashing and a gorgeous BBQ on the beach.
Over the 10 days we definitely felt that we had enough to do and see as we didn’t Explore much more of the island than stated.
We had a really wonderful holiday and I definitely think we will return to Aeolos resort in the future. Evelyn was entertained, I felt she was safe in the mini club, the resort was clean and the food was nice.
I have attached a little video of our holiday. Memories to treasure.
Hope this has been helpful if you are thinking of a trip to Corfu in the future!