Having just come back from our second year at the Exotica, I feel that it only right to sing its praises. The management here have got the running of this hotel spot on.
We were given a huge welcome by Sue, and it felt as if I were visiting a friend's home. The room although basic, was spotless and did what it said on the tin. Make sure you purchase the air-conditioning (you will need it, esp in the summer months). I love the fact that there are shutters outside the patio doors which act as black out blinds as well as keeping the heat out in the daytime.
Efe, on reception is a wonderful lady. I chatted with her a few times and she made me laugh with her dry humour - hope you're keeping up the daily swims at the beach Efe! Looking forward to seeing you again soon.
The pool at the Exotica is one of the best I have ever swam in. We hate going on holiday where it takes half hour to brave the freezing cold water to get in. The temperature was perfect and the pool is split by a bridge overhead which means that you'll always find a nice spot to lay and chill on a lilo without getting splashed by volleyballs.
The food at the bar is reasonable and perfectly fine, we ate their most lunchtimes. Burger with chips only 4 euro, kids meals from 2.50 euro - very good value. We found that the drinks weren't a rip off either - a bit higher than the shops but certainly not double like some hotels inflate their prices by.
A must is cocktail happy hour - 2.50 for any cocktail but be careful their potent. No holding back in the measures unlike some of the bars offering cocktails for the same price.
Go on a Day Retreat with Sue - this was a wonderful experience. Personal transfer to a wonderful hotel and a true relaxing day awaits. Reiki treatment on a decked balcony whilst listening to the waves below was truly amazing. A fantastic boat trip which was skippered by the fantastic Denis was again so personal unlike the ferries that were to be seen, there were only 6 people on our boat and Dennis was able to take us right into the caves. The trip also allowed us to swim at Turtle beach and we even got a close up of a turtle at the end of the journey. Lunch awaiting me after my boat trip and was lovely. Then a couple of hours of relaxation before being driven back to reality. :-(. I would have easily spent a week. The cost is 80 euro and it is worth every penny. The personal service you will receive is amazing. I slept for about 12 hours straight through that night (something I haven't down since the birth of my daughter!)
A Trip to Vana's Cafe/Grill
This lady is amazing. She will welcome you with open arms and you truly feel like you're visiting her at her home. Her food is proper homemade - just like Momma used to make :-). Although her menu is limited - the daily specials never disappoint. On offer is Pasta with mussels, beef stifado (the most tender beef I've ever eaten), and a variety of meats all with Vana's homemade sauces. If you have go - have one of the meze's to share as a starter and ask for some of Vana's secret suace - divine. The Greek salad is simple gorgeous as the tomatoes are grown in her garden. She grows as much of her own produce as possible and you can really taste the difference. If any of you guys that have kids visit her - get your kids to draw a picture and Vana will put it on her wall. She makes the kids think their work are masterpieces! Ny daughter proudly showed off her work to all the other customers! Please say Hi from Kate to her and say I'm thinking of her.
Another nice restaurant was Buon Amici (a firm favourite of ours). All the food is cooked to order using the finest and freshest ingedients. You will not be disappointed if you visit here. Nikos and his wife Liza are amazing hosts and their staff are a credit to them. We'll definitely be back next time.
- Also Known As:
- Exotica Hotel Kalamaki
- Exotica Hotel Zakynthos/Kalamaki