Channel your inner Mamma Mia: Travel to Corfu with Simpson Travel

The sought-after Northeast coast of Corfu, with its pretty coves, unspoilt hillsides and beautiful coastline is in the spotlight once more with ITV’s new prime time show ‘Mamma Mia! – I Have A Dream’ now showing on ITV1 on Sunday evenings. 

      Presented by Zoe Ball, the programme features a host of high-profile judges including Alan Carr, Jessie Ware, Amber Riley, and Samantha Barks as they search for the new leads for the west end musical Mamma Mia.  

      Eagle eyed viewers may spot some of the iconic sites of Northeast Corfu, such as Kouloura Harbour, Kalami Bay and the deserted village of Old Perithea. 

      Specialist tour operator Simpson Travel (www.simpsontravel.com; 020 8003 6557) has long been an expert in the region, and their exclusive Bella Mare Hotel was the accommodation choice of the presenters while they were filming the show. 

      Simpson Travel offer an unrivalled selection of properties in this part of Corfu, ranging from expansive family villas to a gorgeous boutique hotel, as well as beachside hideaways and luxurious hillside retreats. 

     Book an escape next summer for a taste of the magic of this beautiful corner of Corfu; explore the secret bays along the coastline by boat and follow the Corfu Trail around the island to secret hamlets unchanged for generations.

      I Have a Dream: Bella Mare Hotel:

In a perfect location with gardens that 

open directly onto Avlaki beach, Simpson Travel’s Bella Mare Hotel is a gorgeous boutique hotel in the much-loved Agios Stefanos northeast corner of Corfu.

      All bedrooms and suites have spacious, elegant interiors, sea views and their own kitchenette for added flexibility. There is a generous pool in the gardens, as well as a children’s pool, and facilities also include a pool bar and table tennis. Guests staying in the Exclusive Suites have access to an additional private pool.

      Nearby, kayaks and SUPs are available for hire on the beach adjacent to the hotel gardens and two beachside tavernas within walking distance offer mouth-watering Corfiot dishes.

     With the additional option of hiring a boat to explore the local bays and fishing villages of Agios Stephanos, Kalami and Agni, you have one of the most idyllic spots in northeast Corfu.

      Simpson Travel (simpsontravel.com; 020 8003 6557) offers a week at Bella Mare Hotel in May 2024 from £786 per person based on two sharing, including flights, accommodation (BB) and transfers.

       Slipping Through My Fingers: A Holiday for All the Family: On selected weeks during July and August, Bella Mare is also home to Simpson Travel’s complimentary ‘Beach Life’ children’s activity programme, featuring supervised activities designed to keep children aged 5-11 entertained. 

      It gives grown-ups a chance to kick back and unwind while the children make new

friends and enjoy pool games, treasure hunts, movie nights and more, under the expert supervision of the Simpson childcare team. 

      Simpson Travel (simpsontravel.com; 020 8003 6557) offers a week at Bella Mare Hotel in July 2024 from £1,150pp based on four sharing a suite, including flights, accommodation (BB) and transfers as well as access to the Bella Mare children’s club.   

      The Name of the Game: Villa Eva:

For those looking for the perfect combination of the privacy of a villa, combined with the convenience and facilities of the hotel at Bella Mare, Villa Eva ticks all the boxes.  

     Set up on a small headland, just a short stroll to the crystal-clear waters of beautiful Avlaki Bay, it has a lovely, shaded dining terrace overlooking its stunning infinity pool. Sleeping up to 6 people, it’s ideal for families – perhaps travelling with grandparents, who might just want to sit and soak up the glorious views over the bay below.

      Simpson Travel (www.simpsontravel.com 020 8003 6557) offers a week in May 2024 from £1,085 per person based on six sharing, including flights, 7 nights’ accommodation, car hire, a welcome pack, pre-departure and overseas concierge service (and access to the Bella Mare children’s club when travelling in July and August).

      For bookings, contact Simpson Travel (www.simpsontravel.com  020 8003 6557)