Vasilikos village (at St. Nicholas Beach) is ideally located on the south-eastern tip of Zakynthos and "Vasilikos Beach Hotel" is a gem situated in this ideal location.
The low-lying hotel is tastefully built around it's own private courtyard at the centre of which is a pristine, sparkling, swimming pool surrounded with reclining sun lounger chairs and umbrellas. Set back to one side of the pool is a very pleasant terrace shaded by plentiful trees with an open-air bar where you can enjoy drinks and snacks in a range of comfortable and relaxing chairs.
One arm of the "L shaped" hotel faces towards the sea (which is around 100m away over their pleasant garden) and without doubt these are the 'prime' rooms to have. The other sides of the hotel are either "garden facing" or "pool facing" but are also very pleasant too.
Our room and all public areas of the hotel were always kept neat, clean and tidy by a tireless crew of jolly staff who always had big smiles and a cheery greeting for us. The reception staff, most notably Hilary (the English lady owner) and Alexisis (her charming Italian lady number 2) were always on-hand to answer all questions about the hotel, the island and it's excursions (surely they must be fed-up with all their visitors asking the same things??? But they never showed it!).
Our room was always impeccably cleaned each day and fresh towels and sheets appeared at frequent intervals. The room, sea-facing on the third floor, had a wonderfully airy north-facing balcony from which we could see both the sun rises and sun sets on either side. It was of a good size with a high ceiling and well equipped with a good bathroom (with a shower - lots of hot water) and a good sized refrigerator (no extra charge). Air-conditioning is available at an extra charge (c. €8.50 per day) but we chose to buy a floor standing fan locally (€20) as I prefer the breeze rather than a cold a/c. To be honest, the hotel may also offer fans - but we didn't ask. Wi-Fi internet is available throughout the hotel with the first 30 mins complementary, thereafter a charge of €10 for 5 hours.
To either side of the hotel are a number beaches starting from around 100m from the hotel. The beaches offer a complete range of activities from full-on water sports with jet skis etc. to quiet relaxing sun-loungers on both sand and grass. As each beach faces a slightly different way the sea conditions can vary from one to another but generally range from calm to a gentle swell with light waves. It is worth visiting each one to see which is best for you!
In the small village immediately surrounding the hotel are 5 'family restaurants' each with a slightly different menu at very reasonable prices. Portions were always generous and we often found ourselves sharing plates. Some beach bars will also serve snacks. The hotel also has a limited, but adequate, menu of snacks for lunch time and the evening. They offer A "Greek Night" on Mondays which looked good fun.
Breakfast was always generous and tasty. Plenty of fresh fruit, yoghurt, boiled eggs, cereals and breads. Fetta cheese and sliced tomatoes also often appeared. Plentiful coffee and tea continually on tap. Cereals with honey and yoghurt were my favourite!
Vasilikos village is a pleasantly quiet location for the hotel. If you want noisy night life, with all that brings, it is further up the coast. Within the village you can hire scooters, bikes and cars with which you can explore the rest of the island. We spent 11 nights at the Vasilikos Beach Hotel and found that it was great to have a car for 5 days so that we could enjoy all that was on offer on the island (I will post separately a list of suggestions).
Without doubt, I reccomend Vasilikos Beach Hotel and a big thanks to Hilary, Alexsis and their team for a delightful stay!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Small & friendly Hotel nestled between the famous St.Nicholas beach with it's Water-sports & Diving Center and the long stretch of beach which starts from the hotel garden. Each area of this beach is defined by its beach bar & provides a different experience along the way.The Hotel is comprised of 52 standard rooms & 2 Suites housed in 3 buildings.The Accommodation is simply furnished.In each room facilities include.. air-conditioning,fridge,TV & telephone,safety deposit box,shower-room & furnished balcony or terrace. WiFi access in all areas of the Hotel. Relaxing gardens with pine trees & palms with a beautiful cool poolside bar serving a variety of dishes & exotic cocktails as well as refreshing drinks & ice-creams. Ample Parking for hotel guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vasilikos Beach Hotel Zakynthos