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“*** EXCELLENT,, CANNOT FAULT ! *** :-)” 5 of 5 stars
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Amarylis
| Zante, Tsilivi 29100, Greece   |  
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Ranked #22 of 49 Hotels in Tsilivi
Leeds, United Kingdom
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“*** EXCELLENT,, CANNOT FAULT ! *** :-)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

I have been to Zante twice and haven't stayed in Tsilivi before but can easily say its the nicest resort on the island! stayed at the Amarylis last week in August, Location you cannot fault its bang in center and an easy walk to where ever you want to go! not too noisy as well considering how close to restaurants/bars it is ! :) the hotel is spotless didn't see any dirt grime or unpleasantness at all! always kept clean and tidy! staff on the reception aren't great at English but enough to get by ! the rooms are HUGE! very nice and airy balcony a decent size too, bathroom quite small but usually are in Greece, fridge hob and sandwich maker in rooms too! air con is extra it was £45 for a week which we didn't buy so cant comment really. rooms cleaned nearly every day id say and towels and linen maybe every 2-3days, safe in room was 20Euros i think, i got this and used for a week, worth it and easy to use, the pool & bar area are also spotless and as other reviwes say cleaned every day and night! Anna and her two sons are soo nice and make you feel so welcome! Which is very nice and gives you a nice & friendly holiday! cannot credit enough ! try it for yourself you wont be disapointed !! :)

Some places in Tsilivi to try in my opinion,, Popayes, Gyroland, Plant Pub, Sambuca Bar, Paradise Bar, Ark Bar, :)

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

What can I say.. fantastic week in Tsilivi - made even better by the staff at Amarylis.

I can echo all the comments below about Anna and the two lads who run the Pool Bar. Really friendly, would do anything for you and would cook anything! Even our rep told us if they don't have it in they will go and get it in - and we were proved right! Food here is spot on.

The resort itself is fantastic with so much going on. You can have as lively or as quiet a stay in Tsilivi as you wish and even though Amarylis is central, it is set back off the road and you don't hear a thing! There is a supermarket right accross the road too which is handy and the walk to the beach is short.

There are clubs open til the early hours .. 6am some of them.

Molly Malones Irish Bar and Club was fantastic - entertainment was spot on, live singers, Irish bands, Fire Shows - staff take drinks orders from your table to so no need to even get up and go to the bar. Staff even remember your orders and would talk to you in the streets or in the supermarkets etc - we even got offered a lift up to the club one night since it was raining.

Breeze Bar was also a favourite - Dennis and Tassos and the rest of the staff were class. Always up for a laugh. If you do go here, tell them Matt from Darlington said they have to show you their dance to "Call Me Maybe".

If you book with Thomas Cook, thier party night is also worth going to but get there early if you want a seat!

Drinks prices in Tsilivi averaged at 2-3 euros depending where you went for a pint of Mythos. Guiness and others expect to pay up to 5.50 euros.

We ate out at various places - our faves were Popeyes for lunch and on an evening Romios could not be faulted at all.. neither could Obelix (Say hi to Nikos!). Athena who the studios link with was average but maybe that was the meal we ordered on the night... couldn't fault the staff.

Also had an evening meal in Zante Town.

Taxi to the town was 11 euros each way. Not bad if there is a group of you as a bus is about 1.60 euros each one way and not very reliable! They work on "Greek Maybe Time" - if they come, they come!

We did trips to the Shipwrek and the Turtles through our rep but if we went back we would go with one of the local travel - Nefis. The Thomas Cook boat didn't have a glass bottom like the other tours did.. but make sure you take your swim gear on board as the swim stops in the crystal clear waters are worth it !

Restaurant owners are NOT pushy to get you through the door. They invite you to look at their menu and then let you on your way. If you are not interested, or have other plans just say so :) Once you have been in once, they didn't bother us again as they know tourists like to try different places but always remembered our names and would take time to talk and ask about our day.

These studios were clean, tidy and we had our towels changed 3-4 times in the one week. We flew home at 6.40 am so kept our room on for 25 euros - this meant we had it until we flew home and not 12 noon the previous day so well worth it. We did have to change rooms due to other bookings but that was not a problem!

Some people have mentioned the language barrier and the pool not being cleaned.. when we arrived during the night we were greeted by someone whose English was not the best but she was not the usual receptionist.. she had clearly either stayed up waiting for us or had woken up just to greet us. However we understood what she meant and vice versa. All other staff on reception were fab and any issues I would suggest asking Anna or the lads from the Pool bar to translate - or ask your rep who has a good working relationship with the hotel. The Pool was cleaned daily

Met some fantastic people in Tsilivi - all of whom I will be keeping in contact with.

Room Tip: We liked the room we had - ground floor. When we kept our room on we were moved to the 3rd floor up...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

the hotel is amazing .the owner is very friendly and the staff very good .Every day we had hot water and the room was cleaned.the location of the hotel is very good and close to the shops.In pool bar the guys was excellent and anna was super.amarylis hotel has wifi when you ask in reception and roof garden when there are sunbeds.the food and the service was amazing and all the guys excellent .SEE YOU NEXT YEAR GUYS IN AMARYLIS

Room Tip: the apartments are fantastic no 15 has great pool view
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

Me and my family have just returned from this hotel 31.8.12 and it was fantastic. After reading previous reviews we was a bit apprehensive as it was our first visit to zante and the Amarylis but we didn't find a fault with the place,all be it the shower you needed to be of a short size not good for partner who is 6.5 ft tall but it was only a minor issue he managed very well but not the first time in Greece he has encountered this problem.
The pool bar and pool is well looked after by Anna,nico,Josef and Louis who were all very welcoming especially to my 2 boys. Nico did a fantastic job of the pool, cleaning it before he opened it of a morning and then again when it was closed on a evening everybody working tirelessly every day to keep everything clean and tidy. Anna was the cook and the food was fantastic my boys especially loved the pancakes and if by any chance they had run out of anything that was needed for these Josef went to the shop to get what was needed. Impromptu treats from Josef and Anna for both the adults and kids alike.
Shops and restaurants very close range majestic straight across the road very nice indeed and nearly everywhere we ate there was free ice cream for the kids and shots for the adults which was a nice touch.
The two brothers was completely manic but they made you feel very welcome even getting ppl up to dance I somehow managed to avoid this ( phew). Utpoia was also very nice the 2 girls who take your orders and money was very friendly and quite often they stopped and chatted also gave a bit of advice on certain things like which water park to visit etc.
All in all we had a great time and will definatly be returning in the future to see Anna and the gang they are a great team,as well as the hotel staff who went out the way to make sure everything was just right the owner always saying hello whenever he saw us.
The room we had overlooked the pool 2 bedroom apartment and as a bonus we had 2 balconies which was great as it meant the kids had their own so we had a little more space but it wasn't that much of a problem as didn't spend too much time on it.

Room Tip: Room 16 overlooks pool directly and a tiny bit of noise on a evening especially when football on lat...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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England, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

excellent hotel with very nice studios and apartments. 5 star reception and 5 star pool bar. very good location 20 m from restaurants and shops. excellent service
and very clean rooms . Now amarylis has roof garden and you can drink your drinking with fantastic pool view. the owner nikos was very friendly and cool.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cradley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

This is the second time we have stayed at the Amaryllis in Tsilivi, the first being many years ago. We had an absolutely fantastic holiday and much of that was down to the quality of the accomodation on offer at the Amaryllis given the relatively low price we paid.

The rooms are some of the largest and airiest I have stayed in in Greece and all come with TV, air conditioning and safe (extra charge but worth it), and a sizeable balcony. Granted the kitchen area is a bit small but we only ever used it to make the odd sandwich and was pleasantly surprised to find a breville toastie maker so managed to do one of those as well!!!

The staff at the hotel are friendly, contrary to what some poeple have posted previously. They always said hello and particularly made a fuss of our daughter Hannah.

The pool bar is run by Anna, Joseph and Louis and the 3 of them were absolutely fantastic. So warm and welcoming and couldn't do enough for you. Joseph and Louis were a great laugh as well. Thanks muchly to Louis as well for getting my beloved West Bromwich Albion match on the big screen in the pool bar, even better that we won 3-0 as well!!! The food at the pool bar is very good and the breakfasts are excellent value. Anna even made us some fresh Dolmades on our last full day that were absolutely delicious.

The Amaryllis is very central in Tsilivi but despite this there are no noise disturbances and we had very peaceful nights sleep. Also as has been mentioned the cleaners are first class, every day of our fortnight they worked hard both cleaning the rooms and the communal areas. They really did do an excellent job and our apartment was always spotlessly clean.

When we do go back to Tsilivi we will definitely be staying in the Amaryllis. The only downside I can think of is the lack of a shower curtain but we soon got used to this and with the bathroom being pretty big for a greek apartment it wasn't really an issue.

Excellent holiday.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Stockton on Tees
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

Returned from the Amarylis in early August having attended a beautiful wedding at which my daughters were bridesmaids, combined it with two weeks holiday; fabulous. We had a two bedroom studio on the second floor, the balcony was quite small but we only used it for hanging out washing so it wasnt an issue. Cleanliness was excellent, cleaners in, if not every day to change sheets and towels and mop the floor, certainly every other. Even did our washing up!! Not that we used the kitchen much, we ate out every evening at a variety of restaurants (loads of choice and only one bad meal) and during the day we had breakfast and lunch at Annas Pool Bar. My whole family, and 6 friends who also stayed at the Amarlyis would probably agree that it was Anna and her family which made our holiday extremely memorable and great fun. The family seem to have the responsibility of the bar and the pool, Anna is the chef (always excellent), Nikos looks after the pool (which is spotless and cleaned every evening) and their boys (Josef and Louis) look after the bar. The boys have a very mischievous streak which is great fun, especially for the children. The whole family are extremely friendly and cant do enough for you. We were very sad when it was time to leave and would definitely go back.

Room Tip: I have only rated sleep quality as Average because the pillow are very hard and my husband and I got...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: | Zante, Tsilivi 29100, Greece
Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Zakynthos > Tsilivi
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Number of rooms: 38
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