We saw the Al Mare on holiday last year and booked it as soon as we got home. We are so glad we did! It is family owned and the family and their staff are amazing - so friendly, attentive and 100% approachable. It is right on the beach - we had the downstairs suite and it was literally 1 minute from our room to the beach. As it's a new hotel, the bathrooms are excellent as are all the furnishings and facilities. It was also the first holiday we've had where the hot water didn't run out! The food at the beach bar is delicious - they only serve food until 5 or 6pm but I would definitely consider eating there in the evening if food was served. We had a seafood spaghetti and it was out of this world - juicy, sweet tomatoes, perfectly flavoured and seasoned, a generous helping of mixed seafood... delicious. The sunbeds are free, which is a bonus. If you go and reserve a couple when you go down for breakfast (which is served at the very civilised time of 9-11am) there's no problem with getting some, although it gets very busy a bit later. Breakfast is very good too - a good mix of continental and hot food. As others have said, the pool isn't finished, but with the sea that close you don't need a pool!
It was our 5th holiday in Tsilivi and this is definitely the best place we've stayed. The location is great for the restaurants and shops - I recommend Menir restaurant just up the road and, a little further along from that, the Jolly Roger Bar. I guarantee you will have fun in there - it's very family-friendly. Kostas at the Jolly Roger also does amazing breakfasts, if you oversleep and miss it at the hotel! Another restaurant to make a point of visiting is Popeye's, which is on the main strip. It's a nice, appetite-building 10 min walk away, or a ride in a horse and carriage for 10 euros if you're feeling lazy! For boat trips, you can't beat the Levante speedboat trips with Captain Spiros. Apart from the fact that Spiros is great fun and extremely capable, the boat goes right inside the caves and can drop you at the shipwreck or on Turtle Island for a short wade to the beach, unlike larger boats which can't get close enough. I can't recommend these trips enough - you will find the girls taking the bookings by the harbour, or there's also an English guy who may approach you on the beach. Say yes! It's not as cheap as some but it's well worth the money.
Back to the Al Mare: comfortable beds, extremely clean, quiet, charming, great food, breathtaking view - what more could anyone want?
We're definitely planning to go back there next year!
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