We relied heavily on tripadvisor reviews when booking our stay at Exensian so wanted to write our own review having returned.
It was great! The setting is quite remote and very picturesque, with a lovely view out to sea from all windows and the front terrace especially. We stayed in one of the executive double villas- the top left one. It isn't very clear when booking but each villa can be split with the top half having the pool and balcony/terrace and the bottom half just being a flat with a terrace and no pool, so if you are just two people (having booked a double rather than family villa) then chances are there will be people staying in the room beneath you. The entrances are completely separate and you would only know because you overlook the bottom half's terrace slightly when by pool/at front balcony. It didn't disturb us much but could do if people below were noisy/smoking. The villas are spaced far enough apart so you don't feel on top of each other, but the noise carries a bit- we were disturbed when a family were playing loudly in the pool in the villa below- nothing wrong with that of course, but for us it didn't feel quite so peaceful!
However, the pool and villa were gorgeous- furnished to a high standard, modern, comfortable, just as pictured and described. We expected to cook a few times, but made breakfast and lunch at the villa and ended up eating out every evening- we drove a few times to Keri beach (Keri Tavern) and to la bruschetta (which is a few minutes drive away, by where the road to Exensian hits the main road near Keri), both of which were great. We mostly went to a tavern called votsalo which was a few minutes walk, literally across the road- food was typically Greek and delicious.
Spiros was on hand nearly all the time and not have been more helpful- he really was amazing. We booked boat hire in Keri through him (recommend- exactly the same boat hire as companies in Keri selling and safe boat) and he also helped us out with jump starting our car when the battery died!
For couples or families these are lovely villas in a beautiful spot (a world away from laganas!) We would not hesitate to return.
One word of warning- the roads in Zante are pretty terrible and the little road to Exensian from the main road (about a 5 minute drive) is quite hairy- a coastal road with few places for two cars to pass, not nice to drive at night if you are a nervous driver!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We have always enjoyed offering our warm Greek hospitality and we have a big and long-standing experience in that. We developed areas where the modern decoration, the luxury, the comfort of modern rooms with the warmth of the traditional ones are combined!!! Having as duty your own comfort and aiming at your special enjoyment, we cared of all the villas to be characterized by high esthetics, roominess and absolute functionality. Our complex contains four elegant villas which are built by the local stone of Zante island, according to the traditional architecture of the island. All the villas have a magic view to the sea and built among fully green gardens!!! Every villa has a private swimming pool of great dimensions equipped with gear of opposite swimming and gazes into the shocking view to Marathonissi and ensure for you the absolute coverage of the private moments of relaxation during your vacations. The thick stone walls secure wonderful conditions of stay for you in the most natural way. Modern and functional pieces of furniture of excellent design, enhance the grandeur of the stone while the bathrooms being designed in a particular lovely way will enthral you. We cared of establishing a place for you, where the luxury and the modern decoration bow to serve your own comfort and distinctive enjoyment. All the rooms are characterized by convenience, roominess and absolute functionality. What captivates the glance and takes somebody's breath away is the unique view. The amphitheatrical location of the premises as well as the way in which the villas were built so that they do not obstruct each other , offer to all the premises an unhindered view to the boundless light blue of the crystal waters of Zante and of magic Marathonisi (Marathonisi island). Overrun with greens and with an incomparable view the Exensian Villas offer you exceptional moments of isolation and refreshment. Endless green not worrying of stopping even there where the hard saltiness of the sea water starts, trees looking as if they are hung from the sea. The fantastic beach of Marathias waits for you who look for calm, tranquility and beauty which do not let you to think about anything else. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Exensian Villas & Suites Greece/Marathias, Zakynthos