Hi guys, I know…long time no post but I have to admit that since we returned from our trip, life has kind of got in the way what with one thing and another. Still, here it is, sharing some pics, products and info, on our week at an amazing hotel in Corfu.
I hate having to be without my skincare bits and pieces, so packing is always a case of whittling it down at the last minute, prior to zipping up the suitcase. I take a few full-sized products, especially my Aveda and Ultrasun, but many were in mini forms. Of course there were a couple of products I didn’t use, as not having been away for a couple of years, I over-thought it a little. So next time, I know exactly what I want to pack..yup, we’re off again in September!
I found I used my DHC Cleansing oil every night, along with Bodhi & Birch’s Super 25 Botanical serum (coming up in an oil post), as my night treatment. Aveda’s treatment mask went on my hair every evening, along with aftersun/body lotions.
For makeup, I don’t take palettes or an array of different brushes, and as I am a ‘less is more’ kinda gal anyway, it allows me to pack pretty light. I don’t tend to wear anything in the day, apart from SPF and a little bronzer. Getting ready for an evening, I used Perricone No Foundation Foundation, along with bronzer, a little highlighter, plus a wash of eyeshadow. A Bobbi Brown shimmer brick is a must-have for hols and I use Rose as a blush, plus to add a little all over brightness, and sometimes for eyeshadow. Glossier Boybrow sorted my brows, then mascara and a lipstick or gloss to finish off my look.
Brushes consist of my Bobbi Brown All Over Face, a blush brush, double ended brow brush, plus a shadow and a tiny liner brush. For fragrance, I forgot to get one of those travel atomisers, but as I had several tester phials, they were super handy, so I managed to use them use up during my stay.
As Ultrasun SPF products are all full size, it takes up a lot of space. Although, we wouldn’t be without our anti-pigmentation face, body 50 & 30, and aftersun. I love the 30 SPF lip protecter, I also apply around my eyes, if I’m feeling a little dehydrated poolside, later in the day. For more info on their products I use, there’s a few posts here.
When it comes to hair, Aveda’s summer range is basically all I need, and the After Sun Hair Masque is just the best post sunbathing and swimming! Check out these fab products with an older ‘in-depth’ post here.
This was our first trip to Corfu and we flew from a more local airport, so it was pretty much all new but a bit more relaxed than our usual trips to Zante…some airports are just a nightmare right?! We stayed at the amazing Marbella Corfu Hotel, which is situated on the South East of the island (as you look at the map). It is mahoosive!
With 5 restaurants 2 family/adult pools, one an infinity saltpool, and on a lower level, a kids play area and pools, it also has villas and rooms with their own mini pools, plus an amount of palm trees fit for a beach in Barbados! The private beach was pretty, complete with its own taverna, but we tended to stay poolside most of the time due to the weather. Our room was awesome along with an outstanding view out across the ocean, and the staff couldn’t do enough for you. I had a bit of a struggle with my rocker boot (see last post), as in the heat it made my foot swell. Sunbathing made it a little uncomfortable, so most of the time I was
walking hobbling around without it, being super careful. Apart from the evenings and on the day we travelled home, when I used it for protection.
The temperature was around 27-28* whilst we were there, but our first few days consisted of mainly cloud, with a couple of days where it rained on and off, plus a clapping storm right above the hotel one evening. The heavens opened, so after leaving the American Diner, we were guided by a member of staff along a tunnel to get into a dry part of the hotel, and the lift back to our room (3 levels up). Just after making it in the door, a thunderbolt hit over head which was so loud, it almost made me wet myself! Lol.
The Greeks told us they had not had any rain in spring, so they were having a couple of weeks of it then. So just after we left, you guys had the start of the heatwave, and I’m sure you might of seen from the weather reports, that Greece and its islands had masses of cloud and rain over it. Yup..just our luck!
Although the weather was a bit hit and miss, it didn’t stop us enjoying our time there. The food was delicious, (so hubby was in his element), the hotel, scenery and staff simply amazing. Just being away from housework/daily grind is always nice, and I swam a lot, generally chilled out, along with enjoying the odd evening cocktail (plus no migraines bar one small one was a blessing)!
If you ever get the chance to stay at the Marbella Hotel Corfu, I would highly recommend it. There were guests from all round the world, and I do believe it is a choice for the odd celeb who book their villas (although I bet they arrive via private jet, not package holiday airline)! I can quite see why the hotel has won awards.
Above – Panoramic on the sun trap.
Below – that view was awesome!
On our last day we had a few hours poolside, before a shower and packing. Then we shot a few images whilst waiting for our taxi, like the above, a cute little Greek chapel on the hotel grounds. I was a bit sad to leave as it really was such a beautiful place. Although…having a snuggle with my dog, sleeping in my own bed and having a proper cuppa, are three things I always long for at the end of a holiday!
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