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Holiday with The Durrells

Posted in HOTELS + VILLAS By Maggie O' Sullivan

If you’re as enchanted by The Durrells as we are, you’ll recognise this pretty Corfu village. It has two squares, a church, a traditional Kafenion and a taverna. But all is not quite what it seems…Corfu Imperial, Grecotel Luxury Resort, CorfuDanilia, near Kontokall on the island’s east coast, isn’t real. It’s a replica of a 1930s village, built in the 70s as a tourist attraction. When the cameras stop rolling, the village is locked up and everyone goes home. Everyone, that is, except guests staying at the Corfu Imperial, Grecotel Exclusive Resort, above, a little further along the coast.Pool, Corfu Imperial, Grecotel Luxury Resort, CorfuIt just so happens that the owners of Grecotel Hotels & Resorts bought Danilia back in 2000 and rather than turning it into a hotel, opted to keep it as an attraction for its own guests, as well as an occasional film location. This summer Sovereign Luxury Travel is offering an exclusive complimentary tour of Danilia to customers who book before 30 April.Terrace, Corfu Imperial, Grecotel Exclusive Resort, CorfuNaturally, the chance to visit Danilia isn’t the only attraction: set on a private peninsula and surrounded by Italianate gardens and olive groves, the Corfu Imperial is a star in its own right. An attractive contemporary hotel imbued with old-style glamour, it’s also great for families, with a wide choice of waterfront dining options, the Grecoland Kids Club and excellent sporting facilities, from golf to riding. The Durrells would have loved it.Accommodation, Corfu Imperial, Grecotel Exclusive Resort, CorfuSovereign Luxury Travel has seven nights’ B&B at the five-star Corfu Imperial, Grecotel Exclusive Resort from £859 per person, including a complimentary Durrells Experience with guided tour, and return flights from London Gatwick.

BY MAGGIE O'SULLIVAN

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