After too many years of long haul and disappointing all inclusive holidays in overpriced hotels, this was bliss.
Very clean, very basic but comfortable 2 bedroom apartment, All the 2 bedroom apartments are at the rear of the complex. This is definitely where you want to be. Away from the loud late evening entertainment, albeit this is not every night.
The apartment was not fancy - two hotel bedroom style rooms and a small communal cooking area with just enough room for a table. But for the price paid - very decent value. Eqach room had its own spacious balcony.
Air con was essential and extremely effective - £30 per room per week. Room safe was a standard fee too.
If you prefer to snack without cooking, the snack bar on site is fairly priced and speedy service.
Plenty of minimarkets within 5 minutes of the hotel too. And very cheap souvlaki cafes - strongly recommend Oasis and Stonebridge for lunch.
What sells this destination is the no-frills, relaxed nature of the location. For once i was able to avoid long trousers for the entire week and stay casual. No pressure, no rigid AI regime. And it couldnt be in a better location - a narrow but lovely beach, shallow bathing, lots of sand. All in all, very family friendly (though as someone said, there were a few mooching pooches around which is something the region needs to control.)
Alykanas itself was charming - fine food, reasonable prices, lots of restaurant choice and very nice people. Coming here felt like a return to simpler happier holiday memories. It just felt....civilised.
Perhaps the most charming aspect of the tourist exerience was the local ban on taxis. At the rank you will instead find a host of ponies and traps who operate for a flat fee of 10 Euros, which is often subsidised by any restaurants you visist by this means. A treat? Maybe, but all i saw for the week was a slew of big grinning faces as people and their children passed by waving, heading out for a drink or a meal. I loved this aspect of the town.
To be fair, most places were reachable on foot, but in the heat...maybe not a great idea. Nearby Alykes is livelier and has a wider beach, no more than a 10 minutes on foot from Alykanas, but arriving by in Alykes by cart was fun .
Many others previously said, if you are prepared to blank out trivial annoyances you cannot fail to love this place. (Not thrilled by night flights and having to pay for an 8th night due to pickup times, but hey ho...they only charged 35 Euros for this)
I agree wholeheartedly with all the positive statements. Didn't eat at a single bad restaurant - Cosy Corner is a little more adventurous than others and was tasty. The Indian/Chinese was fine....better at indian than chinese. Dionisus was excellent as was the Lemon Tree......actually, we couldnt go wrong. Typical evening meal price for two, for most main courses with drinks was from 25 to 35 Euros.
- Also Known As:
- Alykanas Beach Apart Hotel Alykanas
- Alykanas Beach Apart-Hotel Zakynthos