My husband and I went to the Alykanas Beach Aparthotel for a week in September 2010 for our Wedding Anniversary. When we got there, we got a taxi to the hotel, which we had pre-booked, because I really don't care for coach rides!
We pulled up and went into the lobby, which was nice and bright and the lady on reception was lovely. Got us checked in and into our room within 5 minutes! We walked through the courtyard, which was lush and green with pretty paths and a fountain in the middle.
We were on the ground floor, had a little terrace and were steps away from the pool and bar.
The Room: Was very comfortable, twin beds (with cabinets) with a small kitchenette, sink, electric hob, toaster and kettle. (What more do you need!?!) There was a long couch and a dressing table with mirror, as well as a small dining table and chairs and a wardrobe, yet it was not at all cluttered! Glass double doors led to the terrace which was of a reasonable size with a table and chairs and a small clothes line! All in all, it was very clean and comfortable, a perfect base for a holiday!
The Pool area and Bar: Oh My Gosh!!! It was all so pretty and cute and absolutely gorgeous! It was all very clean and friendly. The staff were great, immediately made us feel comfortable as we wondered around. We got ourselves a coke and ice cream each and just looked around! To the front of the bar, overlooking the sea is the freeform pool, deep one end, shallow the other, gleaming and VERY inviting! There were tons of sun loungers around the pool, BUT, these do get busy! Towels on early was the order of the day, however, once you pick a lounger, you seem to be on that one all week! To the left of the bar was a really cute shaded area with really comfy sofas and a large flat screen. The bar also had a few flat screens around to watch. Past the shaded area, a little playground for the kids, not great but I'm sure it gave some kids some amusement!
One thing I will say about the pool and bar... If you want a nice quiet holiday, this really isn't for you. The music is as up to date (chart music) as they could get, most of which I had on my phone, so I was happy, with few variations, but they play it loud and I should imagine for some older travellers it may get annoying. The food served is nice and simple, and thoroughly enjoyable, especially the cooked breakfasts!
With any luck, by the time this season gets underway, the guy running the bar will have a new favourite song! I didn't like 'I wanna be a Billionaire' before I went, and now when I hear it, I scream and change radio stations! Best of Luck!!!
Down a few wooden steps and you're on the beach. Not alot of beach, but a beach. And the water is just fabulous. It was really strange, because the sand bank is huge! So you have to go out about 40/50 metres to get waist deep, which was a real novelty! Lots of space, and you could even see Kefalonia from the beach!
Around and about: It was typically touristy, with lots of restaurants, bars and nik nak shops, but pleasant to walk around and there was no chance of going hungry! Lots of variety, but if you fancy a little slice of home, just round the corner from the hotel is a nice little spot called Cosy Corner, run by Jules and Shortie! They are really friendly, have a nice selection of Greek and English dishes, and it is generally a lovely place to be! We went for a meal there on our Wedding Anniversary and were surprised to see she remembered our last visit and treated us to a bottle of champers on the house! Secluded and friendly, definately the place to go if you like to a see friendly face!!!
There is a supermarket up the road, which is a little overpriced (especially sun block!!!) but good for bits like bread and milk and the like. There is also an ATM and post box outside, very handy!
Now for the bad bits, of which there are very few!!!
First of all, if you are planning on driving in Zakynthos, make sure you are of brave character and have an inkling of what you are getting yourself into. There rule seems to be drive however you want, just make sure you make way for anythin g bigger than you are!!!
Next, staying at the Alykanas Beach, be aware, that staying in rooms near to the pool bar will mean limited sleep! The music is loud and constant and closing the doors and windows won't get you anywhere! If you are bothered by loud music, request one on the outside of the complex, not facing the garden/courtyard, and away from the pool area. I don't know if they'll comply, but it's worth a try of you appreciate peace and quiet!
IF you go to Shipwreck Cove on a trip (which is lovely) try to go early on a smaller trip, rather than a large one later on, as it gets VERY crowded! Also, if you are going to go on an island cruise, go for a small boat of you can! The larger boats are crowded (up to 500 people) and have very little by way of sanitary toilets and refreshments, which is a pain for a seven and a half hour trip! ALSO, when you get off the boat, make sure you wear something on your feet. It isn't obvious from pictures, but the first 2 metres of the beach is sand coloured stones, and I cut my foot when I stepped down. Watch your kids in the water, as it gets very deep, very quickly!
ALL IN ALL, it was a very pleasant holiday and we both thoroughly enjoyed it! We would happily return to the Alykanas Beach hotel, but we would check first to see if the barman had a new favourite song!
- Also Known As:
- Alykanas Beach Apart Hotel Alykanas
- Alykanas Beach Apart-Hotel Zakynthos