Just returned from our second stay at the Alykanas Village hotel - and have to say I can't wait to go back again !
When we visited last year we were given a room with a view of a field and a cow - despite nearly all the rooms in the hotel having a pool and/or sea view. We asked to be moved but were told there were no alternatives available. Eager not to have the same view this year, we emailed and telephoned the hotel before our arrival requesting a pool/sea view. When we arrived we were over the moon to have been allocated a two-bedroom apartment with both a pool and sea view - fantastic. However, after two days I received a call from reception stating that we had been allocated this room by mistake and we would have to pack up and move. Needless to say we were not very happy at all. We spoke with the Thompson reps and eventually the issue was resolved. We were moved to a studio still with a pool view. This was the only disappointment during our holiday.
All rooms have had a fab makeover with more than enough self-catering equipment. The new water park is a fabulous addition but, as others have said, would benefit from some shade and more places to sit - but that doesn't bother the kids - they love it !
The pools are all great and the Entertainments team work so hard with a variety of games/activites during the day - including pool party at 4pm when they get in the pool and let all the kids splash them. They have a few hours off before they then provide the evening entertainment in the Venue bar, ending with the club dances - always a big hit. Tickly Tash and Iced Gem were amazing - always jolly and happy - my son, Ben, was so upset when we had to say goodbye to them.
Another favourite for us was the reps vs guests event every Saturday and Guinness World Records day - where you can attempt to break certain records - still waiting for confirmation that my other half has broken the record for shortest time for putting 20 coins into a piggy bank blindfolded !!!
The great thing about this hotel is that you can have great family time with the kids around the pool, or if you prefer, you can sit by the pool overlooking the sea which is a lot quieter.
The on-site cafe/restaurant provides lovely food/snacks and the staff are friendly and helpful. You must try their Greek style chicken - yum !
There are a lot of dogs wandering around and, although they are strays, they don't look like it. Fell in love with one of them and wish I could have brought him home ! They don't bother you if you leave them alone - actually saw some people let them into their rooms - you can't do that and then expect the dog not to want to do that every day.
The resort itself is small and friendly with great restaurants. My absolute favourite is the Neraida - just along the beach from the hotel where you can watch the sun set whilst listening to the live bazouki music - paradise ! Also like the Lemon Tree and Vrisaki.
If you are planning any excursions/trips then I definitely recommend specialoffers.gr - competitively priced (much cheaper than Thompson) and the guide, Sue, is very friendly and knowledgable. We went to see the Loggerhead Turtles this year - saw three which was truly amazing. Last year we went to see the shipwreck with the same company, which was another great day out.
All in all this is a truly great destination for a family holiday - the weather was fabulous and never had a problem getting a sunbed as we just got up early and got one. Highly recommended and I simply cannot wait to go back - I hope it will be sooner rather than later ! One request - please, please Thompson do not make this an all-inclusive resort - it works very well the way it is.
- Also Known As:
- Alykanas Village Hotel Zakynthos