We stayed at Periyali at the end of May / beginning of June for 2 weeks last year. As other reviewers have commented, the service from Simpsons was very good.
I think the set-up of Periyali gives you the best of both worlds, you have the privacy of your own self catering accommodation and swimming pool, but equally you can go up to the cafe and communal swimming pool for socialising with the other guests. With only 11 villas on site, nothing ever feels too crowded or busy and the children all soon make friends with each other.
Our son was 2 and a half last year and went to the children's club for half days. While he wasn't too keen on his first couple of days, he soon looked forward to going. They have a good programme for children with a mixture of indoor and outdoor play, ride-ons, sand-pits, trains, cars, kitchens, books, messy play, anything a child could ask for! They also offer an evening session, where the children watch a video (Dumbo springs to mind from last year!) and the parents can go out for dinner.
There is a beautiful beach, a few tavernas and a mini supermarket just 10 minutes walk. There are lots of other beaches and tavernas within a short drive. One point to note is that the local mini-marts / supermarkets are quite expensive, you are better off going to a bigger supermarket further afield to stock up.
I would agree with the comment that the villas could do with some updating and I believe that that is on the horizon for 2012. Having said that the villas and gardens are very well set-up for children, with eg plastic cutlery, plates, cups etc. Additionally, there is a patio area immediately outside the villa which is fenced and lockable, so that children cannot just run into the swimming pool, and the whole private garden itself is fenced and lockable.
We are going back this year for 2 weeks in September, the only difference being that there are now 4 of us (our sons will be 3.5 years and 10 months)! We looked around for other similar places, but anywhere else so well set-up for families seem to be on a much bigger scale which is not really our thing - we feel that Periyali really is unique.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Periyali villas in Zakynthos provide the chance for families to have all their individual needs met. The villas are spread out over three acres of mature gardens and trees: a location unparalleled for families, combining service and first class childcare, with local culture reflected in both the design and spirit of these attractive properties. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Periyali Villas Hotel Zakynthos