As this is listed with Thomson as a 2twentys hotel, and as we are early 50's, and having checked the hotel's website, we emailed the hotel to enquire as to how busy the hotel was and the average age of the guests at this time of the year. We received a lovely, positive email back from 'Caroline', and on that basis we booked to travel a week later (on 20th September). What can we say? Everything was perfect; from the arrival check-in speech, to the room, the pool (where we spent most of our time), and of course, the staff; friendly, helpful, always ready to chat (they referred to us as the 'pretty couple', which made us feel fantastic even though we were arguably the oldest couple in the hotel). The music around the pool during the day was great, a real mix of tunes and played at a comfortable volume. As it was virtually the last week of the season, some of the clubs near the hotel had already closed for the winter which meant that the immediate area was pretty quiet, especially by comparison to 'the strip' which was very lively with mainly young revellers enjoying the cheap shots (1 euro) and nightlife, none of which caused us any problem, in fact it was a great source of entertainment to us, especially watching several hundred toga-clad young people in a nearby bar having a great time, dancing on the bar and being entertained by fire-eaters! We probably wouldn't recommend the resort in high-season to people of a similar age to us, especially if you are expecting a quiet, relaxing stroll of an evening, but if you're prepared to accept the resort for what it is, you will have a great time. There is an abundance of restaurants along the strip and, of course, on the beach, all reasonably priced and we couldn't fault the food quality in any of them - we're essentially vegetarian although we do eat fish and we still had plenty of choice. Our favourite probably has to be 'X-Paradiso' though, mainly due to the waiter, he was simply great and made the experience even more enjoyable, and the food was great quality and reasonably priced too. Although 'Scirocco' on the strip was also fantastic and worth a visit (we went twice!). As a bonus, we got engaged whilst in Laganas, so all-in-all, a real dream holiday from start to finish! Would we go back? Yes, but at the same time of the year for the reasons mentioned above.
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- Ionis Art Hotel Zakynthos/Laganas