The MarBella Collection, a group of three five-star luxury hotels situated in Greece, is delighted to unveil new and exclusive experiences for 2021. The brand’s third property, MarBella Elix, is opening its doors for the first time this April, in the Parga region of mainland Greece as the collection’s first hotel outside the island of Corfu. These experiences have been designed to provide an authentic flavour of each destination – all with guests’ health and safety in mind. New offerings, curated to immerse travellers in local culture and traditions, include a culinary series of renowned Greek chefs abroad, new fitness, water sports and kids’ clubs partnerships, ‘discovery dining’ adventures and daily ‘Kaiki’ sea cruises on a traditional Mediterranean rowboat.
Please see outlined below a few highlights from MarBella Collection’s new guest experiences for 2021…
Greek Chefs Abroad: A Culinary Series
MarBella Collection is delighted to be launching its inaugural ‘Greek Chefs Abroad Culinary Series’, a selection of pop-up gourmet events hosted by renowned Greek chefs who will be returning from abroad to work their magic in the hotel kitchens. The culinary series will take place across all three hotels with a stellar line up of Michelin-Starred chefs from across Europe who will be bringing their unique Greek flair to work with the hotel chefs and curate unique events centred around authentic Greek and Mediterranean food with an international twist. The series will take place from May through to September with experiences including intimate tasting dinners, book signings, cooking classes, olive oil tastings and wine pairing evenings.
Dining Discovery Adventures
Available at all hotels, MarBella Collection will be inviting guests on a ‘Local Dining Discovery’ adventure accessed via sea or road, transporting travellers to nearby Tavernas. Here fresh, locally sourced ingredients are brought together to create a traditional feast for the senses. Guests of MarBella Corfu and MarBella Nido can enjoy this foodie journey free of charge, through Marbella’s ‘Signature Suites’ benefits programme which offers carefully tailored holiday experiences for Suite guests.
Alternatively, those looking for something a little closer to home can relax at the brand new ‘Deck Bar & Grill’, MarBella Corfu’s brand-new bohemian style beach restaurant inspired by Mediterranean cuisine and offering a mouth-watering selection of grilled fish and meat.
Guests of MarBella Nido can also unwind with Greek sweet treats and a cup of traditional Greek coffee at the hotel’s new sitting corner, situated near the onsite chapel and resembling a typical Greek ‘Kafeneio’.
Romantic Culinary Events at MarBella Nido
The adults-only MarBella Nido is launching new Greek cooking lessons and wine tasting evenings this summer. An opportunity to master the art of the perfect Pastitsada, one of Corfu island’s signature pasta dishes, expert chefs will introduce guests to the art of traditional Corfiot and Greek cuisine. Perfect for wine lovers, the hotel has designed a complimentary weekly wine tasting programme from celebrated local vineyards. Expert sommeliers will be on hand to lead guests through a historic journey as they sample some of the finest wines in Greece. Couples looking for a bit of romance can also take advantage of the new honeymoon specials and reconnect through an in-suite candlelit dinner, a couple’s spa ritual or a private sunset cruise to Corfu Town.
Family Fun Programmes
Upon opening this spring, MarBella Elix will be partnering with one of the UK’s leading outdoor experience companies, Roarsome Adventures, to create the first ever ‘Roarsome Adventure Club’ in collaboration with a hotel. This will include a kid’s adventure club (‘The Roarsome Cubs’) and a teens adventure club (‘The Roarsome Teens’), both centred around the magic of Greek mythology and incorporating active outdoor adventures.
For the more artistic youngsters, MarBella Corfu will be offering ceramic and pottery classes inspired by the ancient Greeks, along with robotics and 3D printing workshops. Both MarBella Elix and MarBella Corfu will continue to partner with Worldwide Kids to offer childcare services along with creative and educational activities.
Wellness & Fitness Partners
New for 2021, MarBella Collection is launching the ‘Aqua Experience’ programme across all three properties, boasting an abundance of water sports activities suitable for all age groups – including educational sessions on the importance of marine life and conservation. Travellers can choose from a handpicked selection of recommended cruises or hire a private yacht and design their own private tour to nearby villages, islands, and beaches.
MarBella Corfu is also delighted to be partnering with ‘Wellco Fitness’ to offer guests bespoke outdoor and indoor fitness programmes – designed to kickstart a new regime whilst in Corfu and keep it up back at home. Whether you are into holistic classes, family fitness or exhilarating outdoor pursuits ‘Wellco Fitness’ has refined a fitness schedule to suit all. The hiking, running and outdoor activities on offer allow guests to stay active while enjoy the beautiful surroundings of each resort – and taking in the breath-taking coastlines of Greece.
Designed with Your Health & Safety in Mind
Last summer, MarBella Corfu was the first five-star property to reopen on the island of Corfu and safely welcomed 7,000 guests to the hotel with a total of zero cases for the entire season. As such, the brand is well-versed in operating throughout Covid-19 and is confidently reopening sister property MarBella Nido and the brand new MarBella Elix this year. All experiences have been curated with new and upgraded health and safety measures in place and MarBella collection is committed to going the extra mile to offer additional reassurance. To make it easier for guests to adhere to Covid regulations in their country or origin, MarBella Collection will provide on-site access to PCR or rapid testing upon request. The brand is also offering a completely contactless check-in journey through the MarBella Collection App to help guests breeze through check-in safely. The new version of the mobile app will allow guests to make real-time dining reservations as well as booking spa treatments and other experiences.
At MarBella Collection each property has been carefully considered, from the brand’s first property, MarBella Corfu, which opened 50 years ago, providing a seamless family-friendly offering to the adults-only MarBella Nido Suite Hotel & Villas which opened its doors in 2018. From April 2021, a brand new property will join the luxury portfolio, MarBella Elix. This hotel will mark a poignant step for the brand outside of Corfu in the Parga region on the Greek mainland, and is designed for those who love the outdoors with a spirit of adventure, families and adults alike. The property will offer an incredible variety of activities in the heart of unspoiled natural surroundings.
With a long-standing reputation for unsurpassable stays, impeccable service, and authentic experiences near the beach for all guests at any stage of their life, in what can only be described as some of the best five-star hotels in Greece, MarBella Collection is a constantly evolving group of hotels characterised by its dynamic professional team and its passion for the promotion of high-end Greek hospitality.
For more information on MarBella Collection, its hotels and new guest experiences please visit: www.marbella.gr.