Booked the Alykanas Village largely as a result of the good reviews on tripadvisor and the abundance of pools on the Thomson website pictures. Very glad we did, we loved Alykanas and will definitely return.
We travelled with a 4-year old and 1-year old and have just returned from a fantastic weeks stay at the hotel.
The rooms are fine, we hardly spent any time in them at all but when we did we had everything we needed. The pools are a major feature of this hotel and our kids loved them. It isn;t what you would call a quiet hotel but that was fine for us.
The location is superb, directly overlooking the beach. The brochures describe the beach as a thin sliver of sand, but walk literally 2 minutes and there is a decent expanse in a very picturesque spot overlooking a small shipwreck. We spent a great deal of our holiday in this spot on the beach, including going back at sunset to watch the sun go down against a glorious backdrop.
The brochures describe Alykanas as a very small resort. This is true, but there is more than enough in the way of restaurants/tavernas, shops and bars if you are with a family. We found a couple of really good restaurants which we would recommend to anybody, namely the Mantalena and the Paradosiako. The Paradosiako in particular was first rate and sits on the main road between Alykanas and Alykes.
The kids reps looked great, although our kids preferred to stay with mum and dad, and the daily visit of Thomson the Dog was eagerly anticipated by all!
Things to do:
- Get a horse drawn carriage (taxi) with the kids to Alykes, ours loved it
- Head down to the beach near the shipwreck
- Visit the Mill Bar adjacent to the beach, very nice atmosphere during the day and the cold beers are a welcome relief from the heat
- Visit the restaurants mentioned above
- Take the trianiaki trip - a small train journey from the resort at 12.5 euros each per adult. Great fun, 2.5 hours of sightseeing and wine
- Zante airport is hopeless and on our return trip there was no food available whatsoever except for chocolate in the duty free shop. This was compounded by the Thomson flight having zero food available (except for chocolate). Hence some very wired kids aboard our flight! Take your own provisions for the return journey.
- The reps welcome meeting wasn't great - why don't they tell us what we actually want to know such as best supermarkets etc rather than try to flog overpriced excursions? By the way the excursions are all available at 50% of the price in the resort itself
- The food at the hotel itself is very pricey!
- Make sure you pre-book and pay for your cot for the room. We were assured by Portland that we had but on arrival were stung for extra money
- Also Known As:
- Alykanas Village Hotel Zakynthos