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Last updated: 28 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: John Malathronas

There’s always a hotel which is far from the madding August crowds if you look hard enough, and, in super-saturated Corfu, Labranda Sandy Beach Resort in the southwest of the island fulfils these conditions.

Close both to Issos beach and the Korission lagoon, this is a resort whose USP lies within its gourmet network of six restaurants – the gelateria is as good as any in Italy – and four bars.

The kids’ programs are particularly extensive and appealing, but there are music and culture shows for adults in the evenings with higher standards than the entertainment offered elsewhere.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: Onsite
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

Korission Lagoon

Korission Lagoon

Corfu, Greek Islands, Greece[3.1 miles]

A protected natural monument and twitcher’s paradise, comprising 126 bird species nesting among salt cedars, reed beds and tamarisk groves. It lies by the small village of Agios Matthaios near Corfu’s two best beaches, Chalikouna and Issos.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Achilleion Palace

Achilleion Palace

Corfu, Greek Islands, Greece[14.8 miles]

Built in 1890 by the Empress Elisabeth of Austria and subsequently bought by Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm II, this is a Victorian folly dedicated to Achilles with classically inspired statues, murals, colonnades and gardens but, admittedly, breathtaking views.

Best for ages: 18+ | £7

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Corfu, Greek Islands, Greece[18.8 miles]

The Kanoni peninsula is one of the most photographed tourist spots in Greece. Climb up Analipsis hill to reach the small square, from where you can enjoy the view to a the wooded island of Pontikonissi, and the 17th-century Vlachairna monastery in the middle of the bay, connected to the mainland by a narrow causeway.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Mon Repos Estate

Mon Repos Estate

Corfu, Greek Islands, Greece[19.5 miles]

A neoclassical mansion, originally built by the British High Commissioner, later summer residence of the former Greek Royal Family and birthplace of Prince Philip, it now houses the Museum of Palaiopolis. Palaiopolis was the ancient Corfiot capital whose ruins– including the Agora and the Temple of Apollo (c. 500 BC) – are within the Mon Repos estate.

Best for ages: 18+ | £3

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