Stayed at the Caretta from the 9th June for 1 week with my huband and 3 children ages 5,2 and 1 years. Do not do the coach transfers you can get a taxi from the airport for 13 euros each way and only 10 minute drive..We had a nice welcome and were taken to our room by a member of the entertainments team. We were block D room 101 facing on to block B I think, and reception to our right. Really close to everything. The room was basic and clean on arrival you walked staright in with bathroom on left, sink and a few cupboards and microwave on right. The sofa bed was made up to be 2 x single beds for my boys and opposite was a wooden cot for my little girl, there were sliding doors on to a room with double bed in then door to a good sized balcony. Although the room was small I didn't expect it to be any different as we are a family of 5 in a 1 bedroom apartment and it was adequate for our needs.
The maids clean daily except for Tuesdays and sadly my towels were only changed twice during our stay depsite me actually putting them all in the bath one day only to return and find them all hung out on the balcony to dry, The bed sheets were also only changed twice,I could have gone to complain but did not want to eat in to valuable holiday time with my children.
The waterpark is fantastic for children really shallow lots of slides and easy to get a sunbed if you go early when it opens which is 10:30 and people queue from 10:00 - 10:15 to get best beds right by the pool sides. The wave pool was also good for the kids as had a gradual incline and my little ones liked sitting and playing with their buckets and spades. The waterpark shuts daily at 5pm.
The other pools are ok, best one is by the kids club, the main one was ok but quite busy and we found lots of children were allowed to go in to the shallow pools without nappies on which seemed a tad un hygenic to me.
The food was ok as you would expect from AI really, basic and edibile some nights better then others. Dont go to the restaurant at 7pm as it is very chaotic and a mad dash for high-chairs which are few and far between. Breakfast seemed to be more civilised at about 8am rather then 9:30am.
Evening entertainment consisted of the kids disco for 1 hour which my little one liked after that was normally bingo and then we saw a couple of singers, a karaoke night and a greek night and entertainment finshed at 11pm along with AI drinks after this you need to pay which was not too expensive realy.
There is a fun park attached to the hotel which you have to pay for with 5 giant bouncy castles which were 3 euros per child unlimited goes, 3d cinema 2 euros per child, go karts and lots of pay as you go rides, I think you can walk right down to the end, street entrance side and get a wristband for 10 Euros and then can go on everything.
The Thomas Cook kids club was great my little one could not get enough of it and we paid the extra for him to go to 2 parties 7 - 10pm and one 4-6pm 20 euros. This meant that we could eat out one night at the Pandesia which was lovely and they wee so friendly and good with the little ones, reasonablly priced 2 course meal with wine and beer was 41 Euros total.
There is a supermarket on site open until 00:30 which is handy and not too badly priced for inflatables for the pool approx 5 - 10 euros depending on what you choose, whole milk 2.60 euros which we got quite often as my little one has a bottle for bed.
All in all our kids loved the holiday, it is not what I would normally expect from a 4* hotel in terms of room and entertainment but the kids were happy so that is ulimately the most important thing for me. I would not rule out returning as I know now what to expect, my boys already want to go back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Caretta Beach is a modern hotel situated in Kalamaki on the south coast of the most beautiful island in the Ionian Sea, Zakynthos. The hotel is in a private, picturesque area by the main road of Kalamaki, only 4km from the capital city Zakynthos Town and 2km from the International airport of the island. The soft sandy beach is only a 5 minute walk away and is the home of the famous loggerhead turtles, Caretta-Caretta. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Caretta Beach Kalamaki
- Hotel Caretta Beach
- Caretta Beach Hotel Zakynthos/Kalamaki