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Our story begins in the late 1960’s when Vassilis Dracopoulos senior visits the fishing village of Benitses and falls in love with the beautiful island of Corfu. It’s a tale of vision, challenges and unconditional hospitality which is still unfolding over five decades later.


Vassilis buys a property with a tiny house on it at Agios Ioannis Peristeron to accommodate and entertain his family and friends. However he soon realises that he needs more space to realise his ambition of offering something more special and builds a complex of 62 rooms with a swimming pool. The wonderful view of the calm sea and crystal clear waters give rise to the name “MarBella” meaning Beautiful Sea in Italian – marking the start of a long and loving journey for the Dracopoulos family.


In 1970, 300 rooms are added, together with a tunnel offering easy and direct access to the beach. Now considered one of Corfu’s most significant landmarks, the hotel’s worldwide reputation for outstanding service and facilities continues to grow. Its success results in a proposal from the rapidly expanding Club Med which takes over the hotel for the next 20 years. This is followed by a period under the management of Sol Melia as Melia MarBella.


As the new century dawns, MarBella returns to the safe hands, ownership and passion of the third generation of the Dracopoulos family. Following serious investment, by 2013 MarBella Corfu has reclaimed its rightful place as one of the top 5-star hotels in Greece and one of its most successful ones.


Realising a growing demand for a sophisticated adult-only market, MarBella Nido, opens its doors in 2018. In 2019 MarBella celebrates its 50th year having welcomed over one million guests by which time the Collection is truly taking shape.


In 2021 with a focus on ultra-modern hospitality and adventure, MarBella Elix in the Parga region of the Greek mainland is being added to the portfolio. Over 50 glorious years, the Dracopoulos family’s dedication to provide all-comers to Corfu, with a truly luxurious level of hospitality has prevailed. The MarBella Collection is today seen as a true trendsetter in Greek tourism. Its three distinct properties meet the desires and demands of guests no matter their age or needs. Guests to the Marbella Collection continue to return for unforgettable holidays, time and again as they journey through every phase of their life.