I have just returned from what has been the most relaxing, friendly and fun holiday I have ever had. This was all due to us choosing the Rainbow Apartments based on the reviews from fellow travellers, so thank you!!
So I thought I'd try and help others too and add my contribution.....
When trying to book for the Rainbow at the end of August, I found that Thomas Cook was the exclusive travel agent and had no places available. So I emailed the Rainbow direct through their website, and luckily enough, received an email from Athena saying that they had rooms available. I did not hesitate and paid a deposit straight away.
The reception on arrival at the Rainbow lived up to all expectations, with Athena introducing herself and showing us personally to our apartment. Because we booked direct, we didn’t have to pay extra for the safe or air con (I don’t know if this happens every time though).
Our room was clean and had everything you needed, kettle, hob, tv, shower etc, with a balcony overlooking the pool. Talking of the pool, it was a good size, very clean and had more than enough sun beds for everyone. Later in the day Athena introduced us to her husband, Nikos, who was just as helpful and friendly.
The Rainbow also has its own taverna, which I can highly recommend. The moussaka is a must!!
Other restaurants I would recommend are Michaelos, for their unbelievable Lamb Kleftiko and Petrinos for their stuffed mushroom starter. Both are located about 200 yards from the Rainbow, but in opposite directions. Another restaurant I'd recommend would be Select, which is on the main strip. The food was very good and the service, especially from the camp but married waiter, was outstanding. Do not eat at Mermaids!! Although it is "World famous" (according to its display) the service was terrible and the food was just as bad.
The main strip with its mass of restaurants and bars is a 5 minute stroll away, with the beach a further 5 minute walk. The beach is sandy and has sunbeds and umbrellas for which you have to pay a daily fee for. There are no watersports, apart from a few pedalos.
If you want to book a trip, please visit Chris, who is located on the right side of the road, halfway between the main strip and the beach. He was very honest, advising us which trips to go on or to not bother with. He also gave us a discount when we paid by cash.
The weather was brilliant, with temperatures up into the mid 30's. We only had one bad day, with storms and torrential rain. But we were told that this was the first rain in 4 months!!
Anyway, back to the Rainbow. I cannot recommend it highly enough, with Athena and Nikos doing their utmost to make your holiday as relaxing and fun as possible. They would do almost anything for you. Athena is a jack of all trades, working on the reception, in the kitchen, at the bar and even doing the cleaning. Nikos is the tv expert, making sure that all of the tvs, at least half a dozen, have something interesting showing. If you are a football fan, you will be in heaven, with nearly all premiership, european and international games being shown.
I also have to mention Roger and Julie, who tend the bar, keep the place tidy and keep the guests talking during the day. And finally Ashley, the karaoke queen!! She will do her best to get you up to sing on the twice weekly karaoke nights.
The friendliness of the hosts seems to extend to the guests, with everyone talking to each other around the pool during the day and around the bar at night.
Sorry for such a long winded review, but there was a lot to mention.
So to summarize, GO TO THE RAINBOW!!! You will not be disappointed.
Finally, I want to say a very big THANK YOU to Athena, Nikos, Roger, Julie and Ashley for making our holiday such fun!!
Roger, if you ever want to swap jobs, just let me know!!
- Also Known As:
- Rainbow Apartments Kalamaki
- Rainbow Apartments Hotel Kalamaki
- Rainbow Apartments Zakynthos/Kalamaki