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LUXURY MADE EASY AT DAPHNILA BAY DASSIA

July 23, 2018 3 Comments

Waterfront lifestyle, five-star luxury, fine dining experiences and space for sharing time together, relaxing and making memories. This is the review of our June beach vacation at Grecotel Lux Me Daphnila Bay Dassia, a unique resort on a spectacular location at the green island of Corfu.

 

LUX Me Daphnila Bay Dassia Corfu 

Garden of the Gods

The magical island of Corfu is the most Northern island in the Ionian Sea. It is among the most beautiful and popular islands of Greece. Due to its strong historical connection with Europe, Corfu was among the first Greek islands to open to tourism. Located on the northwestern side of the country, Corfu island has a cosmopolitan feeling combined with a special traditional character. The island has a rich history and was once a favoured retreat for golden-era jet-setters and royalty such as Queen Victoria and Empress Sissy. The Palaces of Achilleon and Mon Repos are one of the must-see places on this green gem. The interesting mix of British, French, Byzantine, Italian and Greek cultures make this island an place for people looking for amazing gastronomy, history, architecture, and culture. The international airport of Corfu and its seaports (from Greece and Italy) make it an easy to reach holiday destination for families. My family and I travelled by plane from Athens city. This trip took us 45 minutes. 

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Lux Me Daphnila Bay Dassia

The resort of our Corfu vacation is located on the most exclusive peninsula of the island; the most gorgeous Kommeno peninsula covered by silver colored pine -and olive groves. The breathtaking natural setting of the peninsula in the Dassia Bay with its turquoise bays and romantic corners is the ideal location for 3 Grecotel resorts. These are the relaxed and unpretentious seaside resort of Grecotel Lux Me Daphnila Bay Dassia, Luxury Resort the macaroon-colored Grecotel Eva Palace, Luxury Hotel and the exclusive accommodation of the Grecotel Corfu Imperial, Exclusive Resort. The resorts are connected by luxury shuttle bus service and boat. The resort is located at 2,5 km from the center of Dassia and 13 km from the picturesque Corfu town. The international airport is 14 km away. 

Lux Me Daphnila Bay Dassia combines a hotel with bungalows, all hidden away in a lush hill and sea-side setting. Its natural beach and its accommodation are great for families. There are several types of family suitable bungalows and villas, all located in lush gardens covered by bougainvillea and pines. I loved the ones right on the beach as well as the higher located ones because of their beautiful views.

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We stayed at the Paradiso Family Bungalow Sea Side; a spacious bungalow of 50m2 with a large balcony. It was located against the hill and offered a view over the Dasia Bay, the mountains, and the Ionian Sea.* I took the photo below from the bungalow’s balcony.

Paradiso Family Bungalow 

Our gracious ‘home away from home’ featured two sleeping areas and Mediterranean style decoration in cool Corfiot colors with local stone floors. The main bedroom had a king size bed and the lounge area featured two beautiful vintage sofa beds ideal for my two children. The sleeping areas were divided with a sliding door (Japanese screen style). The en-suite marble bathroom had a bath, shower, and separate WC. The bathroom featured organic Grecotel Farm body care products, robes, slippers and lots of other extras. There was much storage/cupboard space and colonial style wooden furniture, a large bar with the minibar and outside sitting area. The welcome drinks, canapes, complimentary wines, fruits, and flowers made us feel at home immediately. The photo below is not my own but is the exact room we stayed at.

Photo credits: Grecotels©

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Luxury Made Easy

Lux Me Daphnila Bay Dassia offers the unique concept of Luxury Made Easy, or simply: LUX ME. It means that this 4* family hotel offers the same exclusive service and hospitality to its guests as can be found in the other two 5*hotels on the peninsula. Fine dining experiences, a Thalasso Therapy Spa, a 24h Whatsapp concierge, a brand new wine cellar with sommelier and wine tasting services, a Chocolatier & Patisserie, premium brands drinks, exclusive beach and pool services, kids welcome gift and other Grecotel luxuries. Dining around means that guests can experience culinary journeys in all the a la carte restaurants in all the hotels. Guests with a 4* budget or families that want to feel free with their children can thus spend time together and indulge in luxury. What is unique at Daphnila Bay Dassia are the many sports facilities including a 7 court tennis club.

Wine cellar ©Grecotel

Patisserie & Chocolaterie ©Grecotel

Waterfront lifestyle

The natural beach at the resort is great for families with kids. The sticky sand makes excellent sand castles. The sea is shallow and clean. The large grass areas are very suitable for babies. There is also a changing area for the babies and plenty of shade everywhere under the palm – and olive trees. The beach of Lux Me Daphnila Bay Dassia is Blue Flag qualified. This label guarantees clean sea, lifeguards, watersport, bathrooms, and showers. There are many loungers on the beach and there is enough space for everyone. My kids loved running over the beach in the afternoon. We much enjoyed the beach restaurant for fish and cold drinks during lunch. But for a la carte Greek tastes in a typical taverna setting, I recommend you to eat at the Tavernaki beach restaurant. Don’t miss a traditional Greek coffee ritual there. Kids will love the Gelateria & Creperie on the beach. I was mostly sunbathing while sipping on a cocktail. La Dolce Vita, thank you beach service!

Too tired to walk back to your bungalow after a long day at the beach? A luxury leather-seated shuttle bus will take you back to the lobby, pool or else you want to go.

Pools ©Grecotel

Pools

The resort boasts a large outdoor freshwater pool overlooking the sea surrounded by sun loungers and a children’s pool. Indoors is also a heated Thalasso pool with seawater but only for the Thalasso programme users. I loved watching the panoramic views of the pool. A pool service brings you fresh fruits, water and other refreshments, no need to get up. Too lazy to go for lunch? I ordered burgers and salads for my kids at the pool and they were great. Although my kids can swim, the little one needs supervision. The lifeguard at the pool was very capable. Not only was she on guard all day, she also helped my little one to improve her swimming techniques.

 

 

Family & Kids

So much to do for families and kids in Daphnila Bay Dassia. The list of activities seems endless. There are live music acts and DJ shows, dancing, movies, morning gym classes, aerobics, beach games for kids and families, musical nights with traditional Greek dancing and lots of sports. Tennis, 5×5 mini soccer, basketball, archery, table tennis, watersports, a fitness club and lots more. We much enjoyed the Greek dancing and songs. I also loved the aqua gym in the morning although I believe that my daughters were slightly embarrassed by me doing funny exercises in the pool!

We felt very well taken care off. My daughter had a swollen foot one morning, one call to the reception and a friendly English speaking doctor was ordered to our bungalow. He took care of her foot (it was nothing serious) and half an hour later she went happily off playing. 

 

Quality Family Time

The resort offers enough space for sharing activities and time together while also enjoying private time. I loved the spacious lobby, lounges, and decks. The luxurious lobby with glass and white marbles was our favorite hang out in the evening. Not coincidentally, also near the Patisserie! The lobby offers reading corners, TV’s, billiards and games.

Lobby. Photo credits: Grecotel©

Heaven for Kids

The mini club is located on a quiet corner of the hotel underneath large trees. It hosts a swimming pool (kids can go only under supervision), outdoor playground and indoor spaces for games, crafts, movies, and play. There is a soft play area for the little ones, a spacious room where the planets come alive and lots of creativity, arts and crafts. My children loved making bookmarkers, monsters of recyclables and the treasure hunt. The multilingual staff was sweet and caring. My girls loved it and could not wait to go and meet their new friends in the morning. It gave me time to myself. At the end of the day, they were brought back to me, all happy and satisfied showing me their new creations. The children also ate lunch together with the animation team. For the older children there were games at the beach too and finally, the whole family could join in the family disco at night. 

Travel light

No need to carry anything on your holiday to Daphnila Bay Dassia; Grecobaby takes care of everything that you need when traveling with babies & tots. Cots, high chairs; trainer steps; potties; buggies; changing mats; training seats; bottle warmers; baby bathtubs; bouncy chairs; listening devices(some items incur a nominal charge). Requests for GrecoBaby equipment should be made directly to the hotel prior to arrival. Some equipment is limited in availability.

I am very impressed with the Grecotel kids programme:

GrecoKids (3-6 yrs)

GrecoKids is all about having fun in combination with the Greek culture, its history, and its natural environment. Six days a week, GrecoKids can enjoy arts & crafts, water activities, team games, theme events, environmental days, treasure hunts & gardening fun – all at Grecoland.

GrecoJuniors (7-12 yrs)

From the new Discovery Adventures to parties & discos, there is something to occupy them from morning to night. Grecoland organizes sports, team games, water activities, creative crafts and whilst playing they are learning about their planet.

GrecoTeens (13 + yrs)

From morning to night, there is plenty to keep teens occupied. From beach volleyball, watersports, tournaments, hip hop dancing, Greek dancing, internet surfing, parties, and dances. (Mid. June – mid. September

Grecotel also offers summer camps (depends on the resort). There is an Arsenal Soccer Academy, a program with adventure activities (with the wonderful name Discovery Adventures), Make-up Courses, Be a Model Courses, English lessons, Dance lessons, Photography classes & excursions and even a DJ Course. (all at Olympia Oasis but not the Make-up and Photography) The summer camp program is not included in the all-inclusive price of the resort.

(Source: www.grecotel.com)

Elixir Thalasso Spa

I had some time to myself to enjoy the hammam, jacuzzi, and sauna at the Elixir Thalasso spa. Do you see my happy face!?

©familyexperiencesblog.comKids are not allowed at the spa (16+) The sauna and hammam are free of charge. The spa is located next to the pool and offers beautiful views over the gardens, pine trees, and sea. The spa menu includes natural therapies based on Greek herbs and flowers. (Treatments are not included)

Restaurants & Bars

There are no less than 17 excellent restaurants and bars at the resort serving buffet meals, a la Carte fine dining, snacks and drinks. There is a 24/7 restaurant for 24 hours lounge and dine with coffee, pastries and light bites. But also pool bars, terraces and lounges, beach bars, a Patisserie & Chocolaterie, a creperie/gelateria and more. (A review of our fine dining experiences can be found here) 

Antica Cucina offers Mediterranean cuisine in buffet setting for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and is inspired by the rustic kitchens of English country manors.

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Antica Cucina. Photo credits: Grecotel©

The rich choice of the breakfast buffet was overwhelming.

Cretan roots

A Cretan corner reflects the heritage of the Grecotel chain with mouthwatering culinary highlights from Greece’s largest island.

During the evening buffet at Antica Cucina, guests are offered to taste exceptional wines with the consultancy of the hotel sommelier. Altough we did not have dinner here, I took a sneak peak and must say that the evening set up is as impressive as breakfast. Large tables full of hot and cold Mediterranean dishes and open kitchen with cooks preparing so many different Greek highlights. 

Petit Gastronomie

Our favorite corner of Antica Cucina was the kid’s tasty corner dining area. Farm to table veggies and fruits and baby food sur mesure.

Breakfast and lunch in buffet style were also offered at the Mandolato beachside bar. A lovely laid-back place with large wooden family tables right on the beach. No need to dress up here. The buffet had a rich choice of fresh fish, salads, meats, veggies, cheese and bread with each day different meals. Pasta, burgers and freshly baked pizza were available each day. Not to mention the sweets and the dessert corner. 

I loved having lunch here. I often choose the fish or the healthy Cretan specialties. I also liked the grilled aubergine with pesto. My favourite lunch food were mussels, together with a cold glass of wine while my kids were happily playing on the grass nearby.

Snacks

Gelateria for crepes and ice cream on the beach.

The Patisserie & Chocolaterie looked like a jewelry store. My children could not get enough!

Fine Dining Experiences

We ate in 4 a la carte fine dining restaurants during our stay at Daphnila Bay Dasssia. The first one is the romantic Italian Giardini di Olivo. Beautifully located on the beach under the stars. Kids loved exploring the beach while we adults were drinking an aperitive.  

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Gardini Di Olivo ©Grecotels

We had lunch and dinner at the newly opened Greek tavern on the beach called Tavernaki. Here you will learn everything you need to know about Greek products, dishes and how to make them. A demonstration of Greek salad making, a coffee ritual and more is what you will see.

Tavernaki

For fine dining, we tried Il Gattopardo beautifully located on the lobby terras overlooking the classy pool and the endless sea. We were offered the Menu Degustation and made a culinary travel through Greece, Italy and France complimented by wines consulted by the sommelier. A stylish dinner under the stars. 

In the Corfu Imperial Asian a la Carte restaurant Kumquat, we had spring rolls, sake maki, chicken curry and oriental style noodles. 

Kumquat

Aristos

Perhaps one of the best experiences of our holiday. At Aristos we indulged a tasting menu of gastronomy concepts with local flavors complimented by impeccable service and dreamy ambiance. Haute cuisine with top quality service and true Greek hospitality!

Find a complete review of our fine dining experiences in this blog post.

Happy Birthday!

Time for a celebration? It’s possible at Daphnila Bay Dassia. We celebrated my daughters 9th birthday with a custom-made cake, champagne, flowers, and gifts on the beach and under the stars at the Giardini di Olivo. Thank you Grecotel for an unforgettable birthday party!

Danilia Village

As said at the beginning of the blog post, there is lots to see and do in Corfu. For families with children, it is great to visit the Danilia Village, an open-air museum that has been used for the James Bond movie ‘For your eyes only’ and is also the setting for the successful British TV series  ‘The Durrells’.  More about this special place, its history and its educational opportunities in my post Danilia Village in Corfu.

Danilia Village. Photo credits: Grecotel©

Our review

We had a relaxing beach vacation that started with a limo pick up and welcome drinks and ended at the phenomenal Aristos fine dining restaurant. We recharged our bodies and mind at the beach and spa, had sea food lunches, enjoyed wonderfull sunsets and panorammic views.Families do not always want, or cannot always afford to stay in a 5* resort. LUX.ME Daphnila Bay Dassia offers a top luxury stay in a family friendly setting: fine dining, impeccable service and Greek hospitality. Both parents and kids can relax and enjoy in this dreamy hotel.

Kids Loved…

The pool, crafts in the miniclub and unlimited chocolate from the Chocolaterie 

Parents Loved…

The spa and al fresco fine dining

Must try….

Wine tasting with the sommelier and a trip in Dassia Bay on the hotels’ luxury boat Photo credits: Grecotel©

Thanks to all the staff and personnel of Grecotel Lux Me Daphnila Bay who made us feel so special, welcome and at home. Thank you Grecotel for inviting us to your beautiful resort in Corfu!

LUX Me DAPHNILA BAY DASSIA

P.O. Box 11 in Tzavros, GR 49100, Dassia, Corfu Island, Greece

WEBSITE: www.daphnilabay.com

E-MAIL: reservations.db@grecotel.com

CALL : +30 26610 90320

If your family likes waterfun and waterparks, than also check out my review of the Grecotel Grecotel Olympia Riviera resort in the Peloponnese. The beach resort hosts a brand new Olympia Aqua Park, the largest in a resort in Greece. During our holiday at the Grecotel Olympia Riviera my family also enjoyed a Spa & Wellness experience at the Elixir Thallaso Spa Center.

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About Grecotel:

The Greek Grecotel resorts originate from the island of Crete over 43 years ago. Now, Grecotel operates over 32 hotels in 12 destinations around the islands and the mainland of Greece (seven on Crete, two on Kos, one on Rhodes, one on Mykonos, and others spread across the mainland including Athens and the Peloponnese).  Grecotel is part of the N. Daskalantonakis Group of Companies, which includes among others city and resort affiliated hotels, the Agreco traditional farm and line of products from Crete and the Danilia traditional village and museum in Corfu. The company has been awarded more than 2000 international awards by guests and prestigious international tourism organizations.

Grecotel Hotels and Resorts are mostly proud of its people: reliable, kind and welcoming, they have been our loyal companions during our 40-year journey in Greece’s most exciting luxury travel story.

Source: www.grecotel.com

*Check the website of Lux me Daphnila Bay Dassia to see what type of accommodation suits your family best. 

**Our bungalow was completely renovated. Others are partial. Check this at your reservation. 

Photo credits for the featured photo above this post: © Grecotel Hotels and Resorts. 

Disclaimer: I was a guest at Lux Me Daphnila Bay Dassia with my family. As always, the opinions and thoughts expressed are my own

Celeste Tat

Welcome to my blog! I am Celeste Tat, Family Travel Blogger and local expert for family activities, events and holidays in Athens and Greece.

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