We spent one week in Sea View Village and we had great time being Maria's guests. Firstly we came and were shown to a room, we asked can we get something more private (this one was right beside the pool) - no problem. We saw another room, said can we get more private - no problem. We liked the third room we saw and thats were we stayed. It was kind of below the other buildings and at the edge of the property and it turned out that we had the whole building for ourselves :) This also shows that Maria cares for her guests a lot, something that doesnt happen too often.
The room itself was quite nice and spacious, with a kitchenette. Everything was clean.
Outside of the room everything is also clean. Pool is great, although a bit small for swimming, ended up swimming in circles. Pool bar/restaurant serves nice drinks and nice food too. If you want you can stay in the hotel and you will eat well. Breakfast restaurant is nice too and you can sit on the terrace. We loved the greek yoghurt and honey (yes, you do not need anything else) for breakfast. It would be nice if there were more options for breakfast though.
The whole place is quiet and peaceful, so you can rest well from your every day life.
But we are not the "sit in the hotel" types, so we also ate in:
- Windmill taverna. We went there couple of times after trying it once. It is on the main road to the left from the hotel and you can just walk there from the hotel. We tried the pork off the spit (from the grill) and it was heaven. They also have the best greek taramasalata on the whole island! Plus other things. BTW Beware of the place behind Windmill taverna, it is weird to say the least.
- Peppermint in Argassi. This is more posh then other restaurants on the island. And the food is different too. And it is not so touristy as other places. It kind of feels like sitting in the garden, loved it.
- Aeras Restaurant. We stopped there on our climb back from Porto Vromi. It was empty, but we risked and God it was magnificent. It is run by a family. We had amazing grilled fish. Owner was chatting to us and he even invited us to the kitchen to see how they cook our food! So imagine eating tasty grilled fish on a table that is on the edge of a mountain, overlooking islands, bays and see. Its almost hard to focus on the food!
- Zorbas in Argasi. This is more like a bar than a restaurant, The food was quite nice and the portions were big, Not as good as Peppermint or Papillion, but still worth a visit.
- Papillion in Argasi. Very nice restaurant. We tried the moussaka and it was heaven. My wife tired the stuffed grape(?) leaves and she was happy too. Great service and atmosphere.
The island has so much to offer, so we highly recommend renting some vehicle (quad, mike, scooter, car) and travelling. We went to:
- Keri Bay. Lovely little place where everyone can rent a speed boat for about 40-60 euro/day. We did that and we had great time. We visited the Marathonisi island and then went around Agios Sostis. There was one scary moment when we parked the boat on Marathonisis beach and then the winds changed. Our boat got pushed onto the beach and it was quite hard to push it back onto the sea, fighitng against the waves.
- Laganas. This is the disco place, the beach is overcrowded, loud music is played from the beach bars. We spent 20 minutes there and never came back. But at the end of Laganas there is the Agios sostis, little island, where you can get to by a long bridge, quite picturesque place. You have to pay to get to the island, but you get a drink included in the price.
- Shipwreck Beach. We went there from a small bay called Porto Vromi, which is on the left from Maries, but you can also get there from Porto Nicholaos (aka Agios Nikolaos). This is a must see on Zakynthos. Amazing place. You can read about it in all guides. We came back to Porto Vromi and as we were climbing back to the main road we saw the Aeras Restaurant and we stopped there for a meal.
- Blue Caves. You can get there from Porto Nicholaos. you can also get to the shipwreck beach from there, but we decided to do it from Porto Vromi (so we have an excuse to go there). There are plenty of boats to rent. Go with the smallest possible, because then you will see more caves then the others. We hired a very old man, who only knew couple of words in English, but he took us to the smallest caves, where other boats couldnt go. he also stopped few times, so we could jump into water with our masks and snorkels and swim into the caves which he couldnt go into. That was quite an adventure.
- Dafni beach. It is really hard to get there as the road is full of potholes and it is quite steep, but it is a nice beach with a small reef, which for me was a lot of fun, because I love snorkeling. The sand is not as nice as in other places and there is a lot of stones, but it is less touristy than other beaches and there are nice restaurants. The first one on the beach specialises in fresh fish. You can choose from many kinds of fresh fish and the lady owner explains the differences in taste. Very nice experience. right by the sea and close to the hotel.
- Porto Zorro beach. This one is also close to the hotel and is quite posh. It is very clean and has white sand.
- Zakynthos and Bochali Castle. Zakynthos has a nice promenade. There is a beautiful church at the beginning of it. Once you get to the end of it there is Solomos Square with some restaurants. There are loads more restaurants left from the square. Parallel to the promenade is the main shopping street, closed for traffic. Bochali is a small village overlooking Zakynthos. There is an old fortress with an amazing views of the island and a few restaurants below it.
Overall we spent great week on the island, never seen as blue water as it was in the Blue Caves, ate loads of Greek salads, moussakas, grilled fish, tzatziki, drank great wine.
The prices are quite low, so even more reasons to be happy! :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- These Zakynthos Apartments are backed by the pine clad hills of Vassilikos and within walking distance from a safe sandy beach. Sea View Village is the ideal vacation retreat well removed from the bustle of modern life. Family owned and managed, Sea View Village Zakynthos Apartments were built by local craftsmen with quality ecological materials, respect to tradition and great attention to detail. Laze by the pool, stroll around the magnificent gardens or lay back and enjoy the finest of facilities. At Sea View Village we extend you a warm welcome while our friendly staff ensure you an enjoyable stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sea View Village Zakynthos/Xirokastello