There were ten of us who travelled from all over the world for a weeks family reunion trip in Zakynthos.
The hotel was great overall - a few things that could have improved our stay, but the hotel is clean and the staff are incredibly friendly.
The hotel is in a great location. A few minutes walk from the beach and a short walk to the main 'strip' of restaurants, bars and shops. The pool is clean with plenty of sunloungers and the bar area is lovely, especially when lit up at night.
The rooms were basic but clean, with small balconies with a table and two chairs. The bathrooms were a little on the small side, and the shower is only a cubicle, with no shower holder which made it a little bit awkward! The breakfast isn't brilliant - a small selection of cereals, cheese, ham, yoghurt and some hot pastries and toast. Not the place to go for a cooked breakfast and the lack of fruit was a bit disappointing. It could also be a bit noisy at times due to the close proximity to the airport!
The air conditioning, fridge and room safe are not included in the room rate, but are relatively cheap (3 euros per day for the fridge and I think 3 or 4 per day for the safe and air con).
We had booked a trip to the water park with the Jet2 rep Jojo, who was very friendly and helpful. Unfortunately it was cancelled due to bad weather but there was no problems with getting our money back. Others in the group went on a boat trip which they said was pleasant.
The bar menu is much better, and the food that we ate for lunch was always of good quality. They do fantastic cocktails there too!!
Just down the road is the Kalamaki beach bar and pool where we spent a lot of time as it was so close to the sea - they also do great food. The beach and sea are lovely. There is a spot just into the sea where there is clay on the sea bed - the locals will put the clay on their skin and sit in the sun until it dries, before washing it off in the sea. Very good for the skin! The sea seems a bit rocky if you go out just in front of the main stretch of sunloungers, however if you head out to the left of the loungers, there aren't any stones and you can walk out for quite some distance.
Kalamaki itself is a lovely town with plenty of shops, bars and restaurants. The youngsters of the group ventured into Laganas strip on a couple of nights - very lively even out of season and some great bars and clubs.
Had some fantastic meals in both Kalamaki and Laganas - can recommend Buon Amici, The Olive Tree, Paulos, Diaz, Peri Heaven (Greece's answer to Nando's) and Acropolis - a little off the beaten track but well worth the journey!!
All in all, we had a lovely week and for the money we paid we were very pleased.
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