Just back yesterday from a superb, relaxing week at these very nice family run set of apartments.
Excellent two floor apartment on first floor with two beds upstairs and one down. Bags of space and cleaned regularly but don't expect overwhelming comfort as these are just good basic "Greek style" accomodation. But what you lose in sumptuous comfort is more than made up for in hospitality and charm from the owners as Spiros and his family made our stay very enjoyable (and everyone elses we knew), with a good bar, excellent snack bar and even a supermarket on site, so the dreaded lugging back of multiple bottles of water is in this place very simple and hassle free.
Great views of mountains and countryside make it very special.
It's a nice flat 20 minute stroll to wonderful Alikanas beach, a picturesque horseshoe bay linked with Alikes which shelves gently for ages so is brill for kids and sitting in sea warmer than some baths I've had.
Restaurants in resort are all good and competition keeps standards high - particularly liked Memories, Levante and The Olive Tree but every place we tried was enjoyable. The Family Grill House on our last afternoon for Pitta Gyros at the tastiest 1.70 Euros each was also worthy of note.
I would disregard all but the favourable reviews here - the poor ones must be from people that don't know how to live unless they are moaning for the sake of it as the Elpida is simply very nice and friendly indeed.
The only thing that was remotely annoying about the trip was the 9 hour delay on departure from Gatwick caused by Olympic Holiday's carrier Strategic Airlines quite simply not having enough planes to fulfil all their commitments. I will not be booking Olympic again all the while they use this joke of a carrier - the Manchester flight had their turn and got re-scheduled on the way home by 9 hours. Save yourself some potential problems and book via Thomas Cook or independently using EasyJet.
Thank god the place was so nice that the stress quickly dripped away.
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- Also Known As:
- Elpida Hotel Zakynthos/Alykanas