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Rizolia Villas
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Lithakia
West Mids
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“Rizolia 2011 and 2012”
Reviewed June 4, 2012

We like most people do utilise tripadviser as an honest source of information. having visited Rizolia Villas in May 2011 and again in May 2012 we found both occiasions enabled us to relax and recharge.
Louise was our travel rep for both visits and we can honestly say that providing support when needed and giving space can be a fine balancing act and this delightful lady has it nailed... the warm welcome on our arrival at Zante airport aswell as the detailed travel instructions and map enabled us to drive the hire car to Rizolia Villas. Our second visit was just like returning home (we wish) both times we stayed in the villas furthest away from the car park i.e. down the pathed slope.
the first visit was in the middle villa (no-5) and the second time was next door on the right - this villa has the biggest garden area and only one villa next door (no-5) both villas have gorgeous olive groves and natural scenery to admire which are straight in front of you with no buildings to obscure the view. The villas are spacious bright and being detatched offer privacy, the communal gardens and each villa garden is very well maintained by the staff on site, and really do offer a peaceful and attractive retreat. dipping into the pool to cool off is heaven.
A hire car really is needed to gain access to some of the surrounding area to the villas. Kolimenos is a small but lovely village and the cafe opposite the church serves delcious home made cakes and wine (orange pie -yum yum)
Agios Sostis is quite near to the villas and has a good mix of restaurants, bars and mini market. Zante town is lively, cosmopolitan and with lots of lovely shops to browse, the old Castle ruins which is a short drive out of Zante town is well worth visiting and the views are stunning.
Keri, Kambi and Tsivili are all easy drives to do and makes the most of the hire car and seeing the island really is worth the effort.
so would we return ...... OH YES

Room Tip: Villa's 5 or 6, although they are all have the same layout these two offer the most privacy
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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rotherham
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Reviewed October 18, 2011

This holiday arranged by Simply Travel was brilliant. Louise our rep in Zante was amazing nothing too much trouble, although we didnot have any problems. I am disabled and Louise was brilliant at arranging things at the airport for me. Although I am not in a wheelchair I do have mobility problems. I hope you are reading this Louise, as I can't thank you enough for the trouble you took to make every spect of our holiday brilliant, I also loved the chats we had.
Back to the villas, they are lovely, the pool is brilliant, perhaps could do with a little TLC in the kitchen on the worktops etc, but otherwise excellent. They were a little way out for me because of the hills, but for any one without mobility problems they were great. We did get a car in the package so were able to get about ok. Nikos looked after the pool amazingly no problems at all. The villa was exactly the same as the brochure. Sue and Paul

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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York, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 25, 2011

Just back from a week in Rizolia Villas. Everything there is so well maintained and lovely! As soon as we arrived we were made to feel welcome. Nikos and his wife who run the villas live on site and were always around doing bits and bobs - good to know if you need help with anything. Also the little office has times up of when your rep will visit you for a welcome chat.

Louise was a great rep, I can't thank her enough for the way she looked after us on our holiday (she even dropped us off at Lidl (good range/ VERY cheap, good wines) and Zakynthos town when we couldn't find the bus times!) It's nice to find someone who really loves their job and can advise you on what to do and where to go. We saw Louise at the airport (TINY) for our return flight too and were really sad to say goodbye.

Being 3 ladies on our own and without a car we thought we would have trouble getting places, and although this was true to an extent - we couldn't get up to Shipwreck bay etc without a car - we found some lovely places within walking distance: If you walk for 5 minutes up the road you can get to a little shop where you can get things you will need everyday like water and bread. 5 minutes past that is a crossing where there are 2 snack bars and a GREAT place called Dennis Taverna.. Now you HAVE to go here and Dennis himself will even pick you up and take you home if you ask! We spent 3 nights there and Dennis came to sit with us and told us lots of cool stories.. He also picked us grapes from his vine in the taverna and let us try his own wine! For a daytime walk, you can get to Agios Sostis in about 20 mins and the path is quite shaded and mostly downhill. Here we found a big row of tavernas/snack bars (including Aperitto, which is lovely) and lots of beautiful sights. We also took a submarine trip out to Marathonisi (turtle nesting beach) and saw turtles and swam from the boat! a taxi back from Agios Sostis Port was only €9 which is worth it after a good day out.

We had some good days by the pool too and were provided lovely blue Simply Travel towels for our sunloungers. The villas all seem to have been planned for the sun position and have great little areas out of the sun where you can sit if you get a bit too hot. It was also nice to have trees between villas so you feel like you have a bit of privacy, but at the same time you can see the other people around and about so you don't feel totally alone, which I thought was nice.The villa was cleaned, bins emptied etc and towels changed every few days.

I should also say, the beds were quite comfy and all the bedrooms had airconditioning by remote control so you don't have to be hot and sweaty when you're getting ready to go out! And when there was a thunderstorm one night all the windows had a great view! (not that you will look forward to that) Plus you can wash your hair over the bath.

Ooh also when we arrived there was a welcome pack with water/wine/basic food etc which we didn't expect and got us through the first night so we could relax by the pool for a bit without worrying about going shopping.

Finally.. There's also a lovely little cat that lives there and if you call him he'll come and say hello! :)

Coming back to England was just that bit more depressing after staying in such a lovely villa for a week. Thank you Rizolia Villas!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Chester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 25, 2011

We stayed for 2 weeks in September in perfect weather apart from a one-day thunderstorm which provided free entertainment. The villa and pool were clean and well maintained. The location was quiet and private. The rep Louise was extremely friendly and helpful, as were Nicos and his wife. No need to travel futher than Agios Sostis for restaurants - all were equally good and reasonably priced - particularly El Greco, Vardiola, Dennis (for kontosouvli), Bougainvilia, and Scloubou.
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Refil your water bottles at the natural spring tap above the village.
Get your barbecue meat at the very modern looking butchers on the Zante road (L.H.S.).
For what we paid, the holiday was an absolute bargain - excellent value for money. We would definitely book again if we could.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 3, 2011

We have just returned from two glorious weeks spent at Rizolia Villas. I have never booked a villa before, but couldn't resist trying Rizolia after reading the reviews. I am so pleased that we decided to go there. If you are considering going, stop considering and just go, you will not regret it. I totally agree with all other reviewers about the villas, pool, the couple who look after them and Louise (the holiday Rep). I can't praise anything highly enough. Everything is kept so clean and well maintained. On our arrival, we got changed and went straight in to the pool. During our swim, the power went off. I called Louise and she sorted it immediately. Louise is definitely living up to her reputation for being very friendly and helpful. She takes the utmost care to ensure that you have all the information you need and will provide as much assistance as you want.

We had Villa 6 which is one of 3 that overlook the olive grove at the bottom of the hill. The conifers that have been planted between villas now range between approx. 8 to 10 feet tall (maybe higher) and have bushed out considerably to make the pool surrounds reasonably private.

Look out for the swallows during the day and bats during the evening. The swallows fly around the pool area and frequently dive down to take a drink or a bath in the pool - so lovely to watch, as well as the little lizards that laze around the villas.

The Villa package was complete with a car and we were given a free upgrade to an larger model which was more than adequate for the two of us. Watch out for the local drivers though, they drive mainly towards the middle of the narrow roads and I did have one occasion when a car overtook me, whilst another car was overtaking that car at the same time! Luckily on the main road into Zakynthos which is quite wide. It was refreshing to have fuel in the car on collection, just about 3/4 tank and we just had to return it with the same amount. There are loads of fuel stations all over the island and particularly on the way to and from the airport.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Swansea, Wales
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Reviewed October 14, 2010

We have recently returned after a week at the Rizolia Villas, and all i can say is I wish we had stayed for a fortnight. The Villas are as you see in the brochure or on the internet. The villas and pools were both spotless (we had villas 5 & 6) and the couple that look after them live on site, so if you have any problems they are at hand (and they are lovely). The Thomson rep Louise is fantastic and so helpful.
All the bedrooms have air con, which we didn't really need at this time of year, but surely would have been grateful of it during the summer months. There is a safety deposit box in the bottom of the twin bedroom wardrobe. We had our 7 year old daughter who we couldn't get out of the pool.
The setting of these Villas is great if you are looking for a quiet retreat, at one point we were worried that our daughter was making too much noise at it's so peaceful. You are set off the beaten track so I would advise you hire a car and use it to explore this beautiful island. You can walk to Dennis Taverna and to the nearest little village, but due to the "road safety" we decided to drive most evenings to eat and found some lovely friendly taverna's, we did spend a lot of our time in Argassi.
Be warned if traveling at this time of year as a lot of the shops, attractions, hotels and tavernas were shutting down for the end of season and Lagana was beginning to resemble a ghost town and looked rather run down (due to so many places closing).
I suppose we are slightly biased as we do love Zante, but you really can't go wrong with these villas as long as you are prepared to drive.
The nearest little supermarket was very dirty and if you do go there watch the "sell by dates", there is a lovely little supermarket a little further out on the main road. Saying that try & stick to local produce as the "brand names" can be stupidly expensive.
Eating out was averaging around £80-£100 for five of us. We asked Louise for places to eat and she recommended La Bruschetta (follow the road to Keri you can't miss it) which has the most amazing view and food (you must try the homemade ice cream). A must is the Greek night on a Sunday in Stanis in Kalamaki, it was fantastic and so much fun - more personal that other Greek nights we've been on (be advised that during busy months you need to pre-book a table), we were up dancing most of the night!
All in all we had a lovely holiday and are seriously considering booking these villas again.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
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uk
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Reviewed August 6, 2010

Just returned from 2 weeks at Rizolia villas. The setting of the villas is perfect for a quiet peaceful holiday with none of the stresses of a hotel environment. The pool is ample and having the sunbeds available whenever you decide to wake up is bliss!! The cicadas sound very loud when you arrive but you become used to it as the days go on- yu can't hear them inside the villa. Even sound relaxing when yous sitting outside in the evening!!
We stayed in villa number 2 but there is really no particular difference from villa to villa. The conifer trees have now grown between each villa and despite hearing families next door, privacy is maintained. The villas are spotlessly clean and towels and bedding changed every 2 days. The staff are non intrusive and carried out their work when we were either out or sitting in the garden. A barbeque was provided but we ate out most nights. A portable DVD came in useful as local TV is not good so take one if you can.The location was fine but you need to be prepared to drive to restaraunts and bars because the walk to the nearest bars is along unlit roads and were really busy. Walking with young children would be hazardous along these country roads, with some drivers travelling quite fast. Zante town is a 10 minute drive and parking in the port is probably the best option because the town is quite congested. Not brilliant for shopping and there are no markets on the island. Only 2 young modern clothes shops that are reasonably priced others are quiet expensive. Plenty of jewellery shops but prices are quite steep compared to home- some beautiful hand made jewellery around but you need to shop around as prices vary.
A trip to the shipwreck is worth the effort , take towels and your bathers though because the trip includes time to swim and sunbathe on secluded beaches along the way. The boat trip is quite choppy so if you get seasick I would give it a miss!!
Dennis' bar a ten minute walk provides a nice meal but can get monotonous. The Bouganvilla hotel is 5 minute drive towards Agios Sostis that provided an evening of Greek singing and dancing. We arrived around 7pm and realised we were luckt to get seats as the bar filled up very quickly. The food was OK but took 4 attempts to pay the bill as the staff are in no rush for you to leave !! Food is generally good and will cost around 60-80 Euros for a family of 4. Lidl is situated on the way to the airport for stocking up however, it seems that this is where most people shop and there was not always water or milk available. This may have been due to the petrol strike that prevented people from getting around. Local shops are quite pricey charging 5 euros for a bottle of squash!
There was a petrol strike from our 3rd day on the island and locals stocked up immediately leaving no petrol available for almost a week! We were very grateful to our rep Louise who religiously scouted available petrol stations for any petrol and phoned to let us know. The lesson to be learned here is to fill up when you arrive because you do need the car when staying at the villas if not only to restock on your basic food. The car rental company will only provide 1/4 tank when you pick up your rental car and were no help when we were stuck for fuel.
All in all we had a really good holiday that recharged our batteries and provided quality time with our teenage children.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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Property: Rizolia Villas
Address: Lithakia | Ag. Sostis, Lithakia 290 92, Greece
Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Zakynthos > Lithakia
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Bar / Lounge Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Lithakia
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Rizolia Villas 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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