Over in the Ionian islands, Corfu's main lodgings tend more toward the resort-style. These expansive properties offer private beaches, infinity pools, and options for private villas; they even have their own seaside promenades and piazzas to sweep you away.

Mayor Mon Repos Palace

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The Mayor Mon Repos Palace describes itself as "Corfu's top adults-only art hotel," situated in the city center. Its spot amid the pedestrian streets means everything is reachable by foot. Take in views of the Ionian Sea and Garitsas Bay, or head out to the beach less than 100 feet (30 m) away.

Eighteenth-century antiques from the Achillion Palace dot the hotel interior, combining classical and contemporary. Most rooms have a view of the sea or fort. Lounge on a sunbed poolside or down at the beach, book a massage or walking tour, enjoy live music, and meals at the Passaggio Bistrot or cafe bar.

Corfu Palace

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Travelers who want to combine a resort-style stay with a location in town should opt for the Corfu Palace. The impressive building is a town landmark with a location close to the Old Town and overlooking the Old Fortress and Garitsa Bay.

The 106 rooms are decorated in the Belle Epoque style, combining Corfiot style with a Swiss touch, and all have balconies or terraces overlooking the water. When you're feeling peckish, there are four different bar and restaurant options to choose from at varying formality levels, or get personal with your beverage at a wine or beer tasting. Relax in the garden pool or with a facial or body treatment at Medi Prinou Wellness Center. Feeling lucky? Try your hand at the ground-floor casino.

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Grecotel Eva Palace

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For a more budget-friendly stay on the water, head to the Grecotel Eva Palace. The resort offers 225 elegant rooms, including some villas with private pools. No need to worry if your room doesn't include its own, though—there's also a pool complex that covers more than 5,500 square feet (1,676 m).

Three on-site restaurants serve international cuisine, including one specifically devoted to steak and sushi. There are also both beach and pool bars. Send the smaller members of the family to the Grecoland kids' club while grown-ups pay a visit to the rooftop spa.

Grecotel Corfu Imperial

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The Grecotel Corfu Imperial, a sister property of the Eva Palace, offers a more upscale beach resort stay. It sits amid Italian-style gardens on a private peninsula that includes multiple sandy beaches and coves. Parties of any size are sure to find a room that suits, with a total of 300 guest rooms available.

Similar to the Eva Palace, there's a Grecoland kids' club for the young ones and a two-story Elixir Spa for adults who need their alone time. Splash around in one of the four pools or fully serviced beaches or try out fitness classes, watersports, and a slew of other activities. The hotel has created its own seafront promenade, with restaurants ranging from fine French dining to fusion gastronomy to Mediterranean bistros alongside wine, gelato, and even an antique shop. Take a stroll along the sea and stop for live music in the piazza after sunset.

Angsana Corfu Resort

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The deluxe Angsana Corfu Resort is perfect for honeymooners and other couples in search of a romantic Mediterranean retreat, describing itself as "a luxurious spa and beach resort offering the warmth and charms of its unique blend of Greek and Asian hospitality." Choose between 157 rooms and 37 villas with private pools in a lush hilltop location.

Just over 7 miles (12 km) from Corfu town, the Angsana is positioned for easy driving access to both the town as well as historic attractions and beaches. But that's assuming you'll ever want to leave the property, which you don't have to. Four signature restaurants and seven bars across a wide range of cuisines will keep you satiated, and the Rangers' Club will keep kids entertained. Meanwhile, the award-winning Angsana Spa combines Asian and Mediterranean techniques for maximum relaxation and the infinity pool looks out over the sea to the horizon.