We stayed at the GV for 2 weeks from 23rd June. GV is excellent. The rooms are great; kitchen is very well equipped with everything you need.
The rooms were cleaned daily to a very high standard. Carol, Justine and Shane are all very friendly and efficient. However, like some previous comments I read, I too felt that behind the friendliness there was a sense of something ‘going on’ like an elephant in the room. It didn’t effect my holiday and wasn’t a problem, but at times something didn't feel quite right.
During our stay at GV there were several couples who had been previously, which whilst this didn't effect us I can see how it might have deterred other couples or families from using the bar or pool, and finding it more difficult to feel part of the complex. Unfortunately some people do like to be heard more than others and you will always find this wherever you go, but in a smaller complex it’s more noticeable.. I guess.
GV is a real gem; the attention to detail is like something I have not experienced before and something you won’t experience from a large hotel, from the stone vases, flowers, mood lighting around the bar, the scene is set which creates a stylish and homely feel.
The reception area is well equipped; with information, books, sofas and chairs should you wish to escape for peace and quiet. This is where your safety deposit box is should you wish to hire. Plus a bookcase full of books..happy reading !
During our stay we ate at the following restaurants, Zepos, Hera, Heavens Kitchen which were all excellent. We drank at Oceanic chill out bar and the Cave bar; these too were great, and reasonably priced especially for cocktails.
We did try Michaelos after much recommendation; however we were not impressed, the setting, staff and starter were all good, however our main courses were disappointing, one meal red fish fillets mornay was cold and spaghetti in the oven was no more than spaghetti, with cheese on top, very dry. I think that perhaps we both didn’t choose well on the main course.
We didn’t take the opportunity to attend the Greek night or the steak and prawn night held at GV, mainly because we didn’t often return back to GV until after 7 most nights, we didn’t want to be restricted by times.. after many years of all inclusive we wanted to be free and come and go.
We hired a jeep for our two week stay, it was great to be free and have the chance to explore the island and discover the stunning beaches; we really enjoyed Banana Beach, Gerakas and Alykes.
We did the speedboat trip to smugglers cove and blue caves, this was excellent and well worth the money.
Carol was an excellent help to us with the car hire, boat trip and helping us plan our driving route to explore.
The only suggestions I would make is to have a full length mirror in the apartment. Perhaps GV could become adults only or no children under 10. ..just a suggestion !
We thoroughly enjoyed Kalamaki, all in all I would thoroughly recommend GV and would definitely return.
- Also Known As:
- Garden Village Apartments Hotel Kalamaki
- Garden Village Apartments Zakynthos/Kalamaki