Stayed at the Alykes Garden for two weeks mid August. Before we even arrived in the country Jimmy had been very helpful sorting out taxis for us. When we arrived at the airport the taxis were waiting and then Jimmy just stopped by on his way back from shopping to check all was OK. What treatment! You would never get that in a big Thompson Holiday resort. In fact all the staff were friendly and so helpful, making you feel as if nothing was too much trouble. Jimmy sorted out travel to the water park, Quad bike and boat hire and return taxis to the airport.
Our two bed apartment was very clean and a good size. Yes we had to pay extra for the air con and safe, but that is pretty standard. My only comment re the air con (as I told Jimmy) was that because it was positioned in the kitchen / hall, the only way you could really feel the effect at night was to sleep with the bedroom doors open. Fine for us as a family but may not suit if you are travelling with another couple! The room was cleaned every day and fresh bed linen and towel about every three days. Having read previous reviews I had packed my ear plugs in case of noisy dogs and chickens, but can honestly say I never heard them. We did have a room overlooking the pool so maybe that helped.
The town of Alykes was just lovely. Not too busy, but with plenty of bars and restaurants to last two weeks. In fact we never had a bad meal. The beach was lovely, (despite the nibbling fish) and very reasonable at 5 Euros for two sunbeds and an umbrella. And drinks service if you wanted it.
We hired a couple of self drive day launches and headed off up the coast to visit the blue caves. Personally I found them a little disappointing, but the other bays with caves and the little beach we stopped at for our picnic lunch (made for us by Chris) were fabulous. I would definitely recommend this rather than one of the big organised trips.
We also hired Quad bikes. Just for a day and if I went back I would have them for longer because they were so much fun, although I would suggest getting the slightly more powerful ones, as with two of us on it, sometimes I didn't think we would make it up the hills!!
As yo can probably tell, we really enjoyed our holiday and would definitely go back.
Thank you Jimmy, Soula and Chris for a fabulous time.
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- Family friendly self-catering studios and apartments, set in beautiful gardens just a 10 minute stroll to the sandy beach and resort centre. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alykes Garden Village Hotel Alykes
- Alykes Garden Village Zakynthos, Greece