We travelled as a family of three with our 3yr old daughter in June.
We were met at the airport by a very pleasant Simpsons Rep and a very efficient hire car pick up: Tip - Provide Simpsons Travel with all Licence details before departing for quick car pick up (everyone seems to get a Ford Focus 5dr)
On arriving at the Villas in Porto Roma we were very pleasantly surprised by the beautiful scenery and quiet location.
We were however somewhat disappointed with the Villa itself (Kaliope), as the general condition i felt was not as described in respect of the refurbishment when taken over from Simply Travel a few years earlier. It just appeared on the face of it to have had a lick of paint and a small dip pool added.
Whilst we were happy to pay 'over the odds' for good childcare we did feel the Villa was not worth the apportion cost.
The Kitchen & Bath/Shower rooms could do with updating.
The TV packed up Day 1, however, it was replaced Day 3.
The Villa was however clean and tidy when we arrived.
The Creche was fantastic, very well run by well trained and attentative young ladies.
Our daughter could not wait to go in every day, be it just for mornings, all day or in the evening creche. The activities, toys, books, dvds and general play things available were as good if not better than her Nursery at home in the UK. Best we have experienced abroad!
The three local Tavernas in walking distance provide and cater for families with play areas and a good choice of food. Fresh Fish is exhorbitant as the Med is so over fished.
Local Supermarkets within 10-15min drive will suffice for all your needs, unless you want to save some money driving to the Dia Supermarket in Zakynthos town which is a 1hr return trip.
Local beaches also are superb, namely;Gerakas (10min walk - Turtle protected & 8Euros for two sunbeds) Porto Zorro & Banana Beach which are drives.
It is no longer cheap to purchase food & goods in Greece and we actually found it cheaper to eat out in the evenings and make our own breakfast and lunch.
It is an interseting island to explore, however, driving times and distances are fairly substantial if going to the far North of the island. The beauty of Periyali's postion is that you have everything pretty much on your doorstep if you dont want to explore.
Some people we met at the Villas just stayed around their pool or beach and were quite happy.
The Communal pool is a good size with a small childrens pool aswell.
The Pool Snack Bar is good and and was used by most people when we were there.
BBQ on a Weds evening if the resort is near full and the Creche girls do a little show with the children 15Euros/adult and Under 4's free.
- 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