Booked the Garden Village apartments based on the reviews we have read - everyone absolutely raves & even as we arrived, leaving guests said "you will have a fantastic time" - in fact most other guests had stayed there before.
Don't get me wrong, it has a nice greek feel and the quality of accommodation (compared to greek) is very good albeit its quiet (unless you are staying in apartments next to the bar). We had a 2bed apartment and it was nice - bathroom all new and great. Kitchen in need of modernisation and the cooking facilities are a bit dangerous - the cooker rings are at eye level!
Rooms are typical greek and nice and big with doors opening onto the terrace - only problem if you want a siesta is that its next to the bar (music from 9am until gone midnight) and also the noise from any kids in the pool is loud as its right outside your window!
Rooms were cleaned daily but that involved emptying the bins / making the bed. Once the bedroom floor we used was mopped but the twin room (which we used as a dressing room) was never swept etc. Kitchen floor mopped once too - bedding & towels changed once.
Its right what many say about the sunbeds - had the weather been better and everyone wanted to sunbathe, there would have been a problem. As it was, we didn't have a problem as the weather wasn't great all of the time. In height of the season, it will be!
BBQ was nice but not really worth the 18 Euros really - you have 3 courses but only meat (ie piece of chicken) is BBQ'd and you dont' get to continue going up helping yourself - each table takes it in turn to go to the food menu - don't get me wrong, loads there but if you think its a BBQ, ie most food done on there and loads of meat, then its not. You get a glass of wine each & there is a chance to try the Zorba the Greek dance which is funny.
Carol is very helpful to all guests and does not stop running around after them! Anything you want she will get/advise you on etc. She told us some lovely places to visit when we hired a car and it was lovely to get out into the Mountains/villages to see real Greece.
We drove to the Shipwreck view point which was spectacular - spoilt if you go by boat I believe as its far too commercialised now and loads of boats go there.
Kalamaki was busier than we thought but not like Laganas which was very "English", ie McDonalds/BurgerKing/Subway. Great if you are 18yrs old.
We had some nice meals in Kalamaki but the best place (& was always full) was Heavens Kitchen.
- Also Known As:
- Garden Village Apartments Hotel Kalamaki
- Garden Village Apartments Zakynthos/Kalamaki