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Reviewed August 18, 2010

Last year was wonderful and we spent this year counting down to our next visit, with the bonus of knowing how lovely Porta del Mar is. We were welcomed back as friends, but nothing is too much trouble- our children are completely safe and therefore able to have a little bit of independence and we would often find them chatting away to the owners and their family, never being made to feel that they were in the way. I walked around the complex before we left, trying to soak everything in before the return to reality, and saw Dimitri playing cards with one family of guests and small children, being taught a new game-!-, Elena making fresh tomato sauce for the pizza evening from their own vegetable patch, Pavlina busy at the bar, Tasos buliding up the fire for the pizza oven and Costas- well, we have to excuse him this year as he was away on National Service! This is a place where you can see new guests visibly unwind when they arrive and there is a very lovely mix of friendliness and efficiency: a perfect recipe for a holiday. Oh, and that reminds me- please can Pavlina send me her recipe for Greek courgette pie- although, it probably won't taste the same when it's not eaten under lanterns on a warm Zante evening....

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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tasirigas, Owner at Porta del Mar Beach Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2010

Hi Judith 97 and thanks a lot for your nice words!
Pavlina finally found the recipe for her Greek courgette pie and here it is:

PAULINA’S DELICIOUS COURGETTE PIE!!

Quantities for 4-6 large portions (non-stick baking dish diameter 28cm)
Ingredients:
• 2 mugs of courgettes which have been grated into a colander and squeezed& drained to release the moisture
• 1 mug of feta cheese
• 1 mug of yellow cheese
• ¼ mug of olive oil
• 1 big onion-grated
• 3 eggs
• Fresh mint, parsley, dill: little of it-chopped
• Salt, pepper
Process:
1. Mix all the above together in a bowl
2. Add 2 mugs of rice flour
3. Mix altogether with your hands (believe me it has better results!)
4. Grease a non-stick baking dish
5. Sprinkle base with very fine dried bread crumbs
6. Put mixture in dish
7. Flatten with hand-as the oil bubbles up, sprinkle with more crumbs
8. Bake in medium oven for half-3/4 hour until golden.

Hope you will enjoy it very much! Next July I hope you will make one for the bbq here!
Love,
Tasos

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Reviewed August 17, 2010

I suppose I am writing this review in response to the one from Alpha 36 who clearly did not stay at the same place that we did. I have read Tasos' reply and can only think how hurt Pavlina and himself must have felt upon reading it. This was our third trip to Zakynthos, previously we had stayed in the south of the island in a stone villa in Gerakas. We thought that we had found our bit of heaven there, but our stay at Port del Mar showed us another side of the Island. The stone villas are set in beautiful surroundings,that reflect the amount of time and thought that has gone into them. There are so many beautiful places to sit and relax with a glass of wine or later in the evening with an Amaretto. The villas provide exactly what you need for a stay like this - unless you really want to be cooking a full meal at night!!!!! Nooooo!!! I too had a problem with the beds being hard, but we mentioned this to Tasos one morning and by our return that afternoon the mattress had been changed (So what's the problem???) The barbecue evening was lovely and gave us the chance to sit and talk to prople from all over Europe, which we probably wouldn't have done had we stayed in a basic 'apartment'.
We travelled as a couple and hired a car for the fortnight that we were there as we have done before. On our return, after a long day, Porto del Mar was like an oasis of calm. Perhaps if you think PDM is not for you then you might be happier with the many varied delights of nightlife and of course superior accommodation in say.....Laganas!

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 15, 2010

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 9, 2010

Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 7, 2010

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled with friends
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