The Good Family Hotel Guide: Louis Corcyra Beach Hotel, Gouvia, Corfu
Saturday 02 October 1999
Large but friendly, set in a great location among shady gardens, right on the beach.
Family rooms are available in the main building, studios and apartments have kitchenettes. All rooms are air-conditioned; cots and high chairs are free.
A delight for inquisitive toddlers and it's completely safe from the road. The sand shelves gently into calm shallow water (off Corfu's west coast the sea is much rougher). The hotel has its own watersports centre and there's lots of shade nearby.
A free children's club offers two to four hours' entertainment six days a week, and two hours in the evenings three times a week, supervised by trained British staff. Children are divided into three- to five-year-olds, six- to nine- and 10- to 12-year-olds. There's a paddling pool, and tennis and squash courts.
Better than average breakfast and dinner buffets. There are early suppers for young children while a host of cheap and cheerful tavernas in Gouvia let kids run around the dance floor and fill up on chips.
Out and about
Gouvia is laid-back, and Corfu doesn't offer many sightseeing treats apart from eccentric Corfu Town. Best trips are had by hiring a caique en famille for the day, and chugging off round the bay for picnics.
A week's half-board costs from £335 per adult; a child under 12 sharing a room starts at £79, from Thomson Holidays (0990 502555).
Louis Corcyra Beach Hotel, Gouvia, Corfu, Greece (tel: 00 30 661 90 196; fax: 00 30 661 91 591).
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