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Sunshine Corfu Hotel & Spa 3.5

Nissaki, Corfu, Greece

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Pros

  • Impressive hillside setting with stunning sea views
  • Two swimming pools, one lively and one quiet
  • Choice of three restaurants, all overlooking the sea
  • All rooms have balconies or terraces, most with sea views
  • Rooms have air-conditioning, safes, and mini-fridges
  • Private white-pebble beach with water sports (fee)
  • All-inclusive plan covering all food and most drinks
  • Attractive spa with sauna, whirlpool tub, and steam room
  • Live entertainment and kids' club with outdoor play area
  • Treadmills, tennis court, and sand volleyball

Cons

  • Fee for Wi-Fi, with poor coverage
  • Most entertainment in French
  • Decor mostly dated throughout
  • Tons of steps may be difficult for some
  • Spa entry not included in plan

Bottom Line

The Sunshine Corfu Hotel & Spa is an upper-middle-range property built into a steep hillside with spectacular views over the Ionian Sea. However, interiors are in clear need of a makeover, and this is particularly evident in its 313 rooms, suites, and bungalows, most of which at least have great views. There are two pools -- one lively and one calm -- and the private pebble beach is undeniably picturesque. There are three restaurants available, all of which fall under the all-inclusive plan. Despite elevators, the layout requires guests to navigate lots of steps; the nearby Nissaki Beach Hotel is easier on the legs, though its sea views aren't on par with those at the Sunshine.

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Scene

All-inclusive hotel built into steep hillside overlooking white-pebble beach

A sentry hut and a pair of lion statues flank the gate that leads down to the Sunshine Corfu Hotel's main entrance -- the first of many steep paths that guests must navigate to get around the resort. The extensive complex is built into the hillside and cascades through a forest of olive and pine trees to a white-pebble beach and a lovely turquoise sea. The reception and restaurant sit at the top of the eight-story building, while pools and other facilities are on lower levels, connected by lots of stairs and three elevators (which can be slow and get busy). Interiors are generally bright and well-maintained, though much of this resort has a tired, dated feel and is in need of modernization. Most guests are couples and families from France -- hence some of the signs and entertainment are in French. It is not recommended for those with mobility challenges.

Location

Spectacular seafront setting on the east coast, 45 minutes from Corfu City

The hotel is set into a sloping hillside along the coast near the small Corfu resort village of Nisaki -- on the east coast of the island. The setting is spectacular, with superb views over the Ionian Sea and Albanian coastline beyond. A couple of small tavernas, an ATM, and a general store are located just outside the resort, though the walk up is a little steep. There's also a bus stop that connects to various towns and villages along the coast, though car hire or cab is generally recommended. Local coves, such as Kaminaki and Agni,and the resort of Nissaki are a five- to 10-minute drive away. The bustling Corfu City, known for its UNESCO-designated Old Town and historic buildings, is about a 45-minute drive away, while Corfu International Airport -- also known as Ioannis Kapodistrias Airport -- is a bit farther. 

Rooms

Rooms, suites, and bungalows with gorgeous sea views but outdated decor

The resort has 313 rooms, suites, and one- and two-level bungalows, spread between the main building and two-story blocks in the style of a small village. Decor is a mix of tile floors, traditionally styled redwood furniture, and sea-themed artwork. While rooms are generally clean, they're dated and in need of a makeover. Standard amenities could also use updating, such as the tube-style TVs (with one English-language news channel), aging mini-fridges (with free bottled water on arrival), and safes. 

All units extend to furnished balconies or terraces, most with lovely sea views (though a few advertised as sea-view are only partial or obscured by trees). Bathrooms are functional, outfitted with shower/tub combos, wall-mounted hairdryers, and generic toiletries; many past guests report cleanliness issues. Suites have slightly more contemporary furnishings, plus gold accents and flat-screen TVs.

Features

Two swimming pools and a private pebble beach

There are two main swimming pools at the Sunshine; one is lively with daytime animation and a kids' section, and the other is quieter for more peaceful relaxing. Both have sun terraces with plentiful lounge chairs and lovely views. Guests also have exclusive access to a lovely pebble beach where water sports are available (for a fee). A kids' club with outdoor play area is also on hand, though some guests reports that much of the activities are only in French. Evening entertainment also largely caters to the French clientele. 

A spa offers various massage and body treatments, plus a whirlpool tub, a sauna, and a steam room; all are available for a fee, though typically a free 15-minute massage voucher is offered. There's no full gym, but a handful of treadmills and free weights are on-site, as well as a sea-view tennis court and beach volleyball court. Wi-Fi costs extra and is reportedly unreliable. 

The spacious main restaurant has wall-to-wall windows overlooking the sea and serves a varied buffet breakfast of hot and cold items, plus freshly made pancakes. Lunch and themed dinner buffets are also served here. There are also an Italian eatery with a pizza oven and outdoor sea-view terrace, and a Greek-style taverna overlooking the pool. Food gets mixed reviews, but most agree it's more than decent. 

All-Inclusive

All meals including daily snacks and weekly a la carte option covered

The all-inclusive plan covers all buffet meals in the main restaurant, plus a meal once a week in an a la carte restaurant (reservations required). Locally produced alcoholic beverages including draft beer, spirits, wine, and cocktails are included by the glass (mostly small plastic), as well as soft drinks. Select bottles of Greek wine and branded spirits are available for an extra fee. Snacks including ice cream and cookies are provided for free at specific times. Spa facilities and treatments and motorized water sports are not included in the plan.

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Address

Corfu, Ionian Islands, Nissaki 490 83, Greece

Also Known As

  • Sunshine Vacation Club Corfu

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