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“Fabulous Location but overpriced Accommodation” 4 of 5 stars
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Zakynthos, Greece   |  
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Ranked #134 of 347 Specialty Lodging in Zakynthos
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“Fabulous Location but overpriced Accommodation”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2009

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.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2008

We had our two week hols at the Periyali Villas starting end of sept till early October. We booked one of the two level two bed villas for two adults and one two year old.
Overall we had a good time and what attracted us the most to the place was the concept of a creche on site which meant that we really had a break from parenting and was by far the best part of the holiday.
However we did have a few issues which would prevent us from rebooking next year so look away now if you are a Periyali villa fan!
We felt the villa itself, although nicely painted on the outside, was very run down inside - the kitchens and bathrooms need updating urgently, and although the furtniture looked ok and is practical for kids, it was all a bit too much of Ikea which cheapened the place. The other issue we had was with the beds - they were the hardest and most uncomfortable beds and to be honest meant we didnt really have great nights sleep. Both the towels for showering and the red ones they provide for the beach need replacing - all faded, thin and many had holes in I'm afraid.

The other issues we had, not to do with the villas themselves, is that if you decide to choose this type of holiday, be aware that grocery shopping in Greece is expensive and not the best quality so you do spend a lot of money on food, especially if you are there for two weeks. Also, Greek food in restaurants,although simple and nice doesnt really have a good enough range to keep you interested for long compared to French or Italian food.
Harsh comments, we know but we are pleased we went as it is a good place for young kids, we just feel as though for the price that is charged to rent the villas, the owners should be constantly updating things and perhaps make it a little more luxurious than practical.

  • Stayed September 2008
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2007

Periyali is now exclusively used by Simpson travel over the summer months. those of us who used Simply (not to be confused with Simpson) in the old days will be delighted to hear the standard of child care is as good as in the old days.

The villas are situated at the end of a peninsula near Gerakas beach. If you are into nightlife and clubbing then this is not for you. The whole area is delightful and whilst it doesnt have nightclubs etc there are several taverna's near which do ok food.
The taverna on the beach overlooking the bay does excellent fresh fish albeit not cheap.

The villas themselves had all been refurbished for this season and were in a very good state. Hopefully Simpson will encourage the owners to keep them in that state as some people who had been there previously had commented they were previously a little run down. They are very very simple. this is not 5 star luxury. the villas do have aircon but not in the upstairs bedroom. It was 45 degrees when we were there and we ended up sleeping on the sofas downstairs. I understand that there is a limit to the electricity supply and having air con units upstairs would mean that limit was exceeded. On the couple of "cooler" days it was fine with a fan and I have to admit the temps were extraordinary during our stay. The villas are clean nicely furnished and large enough for a family of 4. I have stayed in worse places costing 3 times as much.

The villas all have the usual fridge cooker etc all of which worked well. they all have a TV and DVD which is useful for over tired children!

One of the real pluses is that each villa has its own pool as well as the main pool. Although the villa pools are small they are great for quick dips. The private pools add something that most similar villa complexes dont have and are a real bonus. The real bonus however is the kids club. The facilites and staff are great and even my 4 year old who is not the best "joiner" didnt hesitate to go to the club every morning. One really good idea is that two evenings a week the kids club has an evening session so parents can go and have a civilised meal. Those evenings were real treats. I accept so much depends on the kids club staff but I am sure that Simpsons will take their usual amount of care year on year. the rep who I imagine will be there for a while is excellent.

On site there is a pool bar which serves the usual snacks. these could have been better and with only a minimal improvement could have been excellent.

A word of warning for people without young children. this is a affordable option for those of us with smallish children and all 12 villas were full of families with small kids. If you are allergic to children go somewhere else during shcool holiday times. If you are after a relaxing holiday i would still recommend the villas as they would be so peaceful during term time.

We have already booked (as have 2 other families who were there at the same time) for next year.

  • Liked — staff, kids club, private pools
  • Disliked — bar food little basic and limited
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Periyali Villas

Address: Zakynthos, Greece
Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Zakynthos
Bar / Lounge Beach Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #134 of 347 Specialty Lodging in Zakynthos
Number of rooms: 11
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 
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Periyali Villas Hotel Zakynthos

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