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Inside Amanda Holden’s decadent Grecian solo break at Domes Miramare

Amanda Holden escaped the rat-race and the ongoing pandemic for a solo trip to Corfu, Greece this summer.

When travel restrictions eased up, the Britain’s Got Talent judge, 50, was sure to escape for some alone time at the end of August, where she was sure to spend time ‘with me and absolutely no-one else for the first time in years and years’.

She jetted off to the lavish Domes Miramare adults-only retreat on the Greek isle, leaving her husband and daughters at home, to enjoy the resort favoured in the past by the likes of Aristotle Onassis and Jackie O. 

Downtime: When travel restrictions eased up, the Britain's Got Talent judge, 50, was sure to escape for some alone time at the end of August, where she was sure to spend time 'with me and absolutely no-one else for the first time in years and years'

Sun-soaked escape: Amanda Holden escaped the rat-race and the ongoing pandemic for a solo trip to Corfu, Greece this summer

Tranquility: She jetted off to the lavish Domes Miramare adults-only retreat on the Greek isle

Tranquility: She jetted off to the lavish Domes Miramare adults-only retreat on the Greek isle

Fans of the hotel still call it the ‘Onassis hotel in Corfu’, thanks to its past guests, with Aristotle’s villa located on the site in 1962.

The hotel is a historic structure, acquired by the luxury Domes group, and transferred into the 21st century, injecting a pearl-tinted modernity to its eloquent, established charm.

Amanda explained at the time of her trip that she was switching off to ‘do nothing’, and that she was even feeling apprehensive about it. 

‘I’m a mummy, a daughter and a wife first and foremost… the next few days I get to spend on my own… just to be me!’ she told her Instagram followers. ‘I mean… I am always me… but I haven’t had time with me and absolutely no-one else for years and years.

Oppulant: The resort was favoured in the past by the likes of Aristotle Onassis and Jackie O [pictured in 1971]. Fans of the hotel still call it the 'Onassis hotel in Corfu', thanks to its past guests, with Aristotle's villa located on the site in 1962

Alone time: Amanda explained at the time of her trip that she was switching off to 'do nothing'

Oppulant: The resort was favoured in the past by the likes of Aristotle Onassis and Jackie O. Fans of the hotel still call it the ‘Onassis hotel in Corfu’, thanks to its past guests, with Aristotle’s villa located on the site in 1962

Charming: The main hotel is set on a lengthy beach, lined with sunbeds and dotted with the odd majestic palm tree

Charming: The main hotel is set on a lengthy beach, lined with sunbeds and dotted with the odd majestic palm tree

Stunning: The quiet resort is situated on the lower-eastern coast of the island, not too close to the tourist spots

Stunning: The quiet resort is situated on the lower-eastern coast of the island, not too close to the tourist spots

‘I am scared but looking forward to… doing nothing… to wake up and only think of… well… nobody but maybe me… to read… to swim… to count my freckles…

‘I also know I’m lucky it’s only temporary… and after this last year I am looking forward to just having a think… before resuming normal service.’ 

The quiet resort is the perfect space to do just that: situated on the lower-eastern coast of the island, not too close to the tourist spots, Domes Miramare is tucked away behind a wall, like an oversized home in the Hollywood Hills.

Guests can either stay in one of the emerald rooms, which range from around €252 per night upwards, and offer the likes of king beds, marbled bathrooms with walk-in showers, a patio and a view of the garden, pool or seafront.

Exclusive: Domes Miramare is tucked away behind a wall, like an oversized home in the Hollywood Hills

Exclusive: Domes Miramare is tucked away behind a wall, like an oversized home in the Hollywood Hills

Comfort: The resort boasts a variety of different rooms and suites

Comfort: The resort boasts a variety of different rooms and suites

Going up a notch, there’s the Haute Living selection – a series of rooms or suites with private pools, veering closer to the €400-€650 price bracket.

The resort also offers grand pavilions, starting at €1030 per night, for more guests, featuring outdoor Jacuzzis and outdoor showers. 

Amanda was granted access to the private lounge area of the resort – an extra-exclusive space, tucked away from the rest of the hotel, with a stunning deck for a few select guests.

The lounge features a smaller crystalline pool and waiter-service, ready with chilled sparkling rose or a delicious cooling cocktail.

Relax: The Blu Bar is the most sophisticated bar on site, laid-back yet distinctly aristocratic, with a pianist tinkling on the ivories to set the mood

Relax: The Blu Bar is the most sophisticated bar on site, laid-back yet distinctly aristocratic, with a pianist tinkling on the ivories to set the mood

Going up a notch: There's the Haute Living selection - a series of rooms or suites with private pools

Going up a notch: There’s the Haute Living selection – a series of rooms or suites with private pools

The deck – with its seperate areas to sunbathe and relax – overlooks a mini-pier that stretches out into the blue waters of the Ionian Sea.

Also on site at the lounge is a Soma Spa, offering the likes of 90-minute deep tissue massages for around £130, or a 45-minute pro-collagen facial for £98.

The lounge comes as part of the Haute Living package – described by the resort as a premium hotel-within-a-hotel concept.

Promising ‘a realm of unsurpassed accommodation for the sophisticated global traveller right in Greece’s most aristocratic destination,’ this concept is available only to Domes resort guests.

The main hotel, however, is nothing to be sniffed at, with its setting on the lengthy beach, lined with sunbeds and dotted with the odd majestic palm tree. 

Waterfront: The deck - with its seperate areas to sunbathe and relax - overlooks a mini-pier that stretches out into the blue waters of the Ionian Sea

Gastronomical: Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the Makris Restaurant, which offers an exquisite menu of Mediterranean, Greek and Corfiot cuisine by chef Petros Dimas

Waterfront: The deck – with its seperate areas to sunbathe and relax – overlooks a mini-pier that stretches out into the blue waters of the Ionian Sea [L]. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the Makris Restaurant, which offers an exquisite menu of Mediterranean, Greek and Corfiot cuisine by chef Petros Dimas [R]

Fine dining: All local, organic and fresh, the menu offers up the likes of tomato-baked cod, goat casserole and stunning rabbit ragu, finished off with a glorious selection of wine and decadent summery desserts

Fine dining: All local, organic and fresh, the menu offers up the likes of tomato-baked cod, goat casserole and stunning rabbit ragu, finished off with a glorious selection of wine and decadent summery desserts

The beach offers mini jetties and rockeries that snake out into the surf, where guests can enjoy the sunset. A stone’s throw from the stunning swimming pool and its bar – offering drinks and snack – the main body of the hotel is a perfectly contained haven, walled off from the outside world.

The Verde Pool Bar is the ideal spot for a late-morning coffee, a lunchtime snack, an afternoon aperitif or a pre-dinner cocktail. 

There’s also the Raw Bar, with its beautiful sea vistas, sushi, champagne, and a DJ into the evening. The Blu Bar is the most sophisticated bar on site, laid-back yet distinctly aristocratic, with a pianist tinkling on the ivories to set the mood.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the Makris Restaurant, which offers an exquisite menu of Mediterranean, Greek and Corfiot cuisine by chef Petros Dimas.

All local, organic and fresh, the menu offers up the likes of tomato-baked cod, goat casserole and stunning rabbit ragu, finished off with a glorious selection of wine and decadent summery desserts.

Idyllic: The beach offers mini jetties and rockeries that snake out into the surf, where guests can enjoy the sunset. A stone's throw from the stunning swimming pool and its bar - offering drinks and snack - the main body of the hotel is a perfectly contained haven, walled off from the outside world

Idyllic: The beach offers mini jetties and rockeries that snake out into the surf, where guests can enjoy the sunset. A stone’s throw from the stunning swimming pool and its bar – offering drinks and snack – the main body of the hotel is a perfectly contained haven, walled off from the outside world

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