Alykanas Beach Apart-Hotel
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... north but on very narrow roads, so fortunately after 32 kms we arrived at the port and were immediately assailed with multiple offers of trips to the famous Blue Caves (our 1st goal). We eventually selected Captain Christos' glass bottom boat and were off to see the cave-pocked local cliffs. The crystal clear intensely turquoise waters, frequently white cliffs and various cave shapes make this a ...
... Ray went to the Art Auction, i went to the pool , got a bit sunburnt too, must be more careful white my pale winter skin!!
we have slept the clock around again, still getting over the first few busy days....
i'll update in a few hours........
After a long ride through Greece we arrived to port Kilini where we took a ferry-boat to port Zante on Zakynthos. From Zante it took us approximately 20min to Laganas, where we were staying. We want straight to the beach to swim. The sea is amazing. It is so clean, there is no garbage in water considering how many people is there. The beach is very long, there are many restaurants and bars. There is not so much place to put your towels and umbrellas, but ...
As we had a few hours before boarding required we took time to look at a bit more of Venice this morning, also I had arranged with our hotel manager to take a private water taxi to cruise terminal and this avoid another 2-3 hr public transport episode. Cost was $90 Euros for about 1/2hr trip but saved 1 1/2 hrs as well as bag lugging. Could have arranged something similar the night before ...
With the railway workers strike continuing we had an uncomfortable but free train trip back to Paris. Caught taxi to St Pierre de Corps station and arrived Paris Montparnasse station about 1 hour later. Flight to Venice was not until about 6 pm so had time to further explore Paris so stored our luggage at station and walked to Luxembourg Palace, museum Orssey and the St Germaine area. Then taxied to mont mart ? Cathedral ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Alykanas Beach Apart-Hotel
We have just returned from 2 weeks here and everything was marvellous. The accommodation was very clean & comfortable and the staff very friendly. We loved the proximity of the beach to the hotel. This was out first visit but will definitely not be the last.
Absoloutly brilliant for families
just came back from here on 17th july, had a fantastic time. The staff were brilliant with the kids. Reception were very helpful, Rooms kept very clean with daily changing of bedding and towels. Plenty of other families with children to keep our kids happy. The only negative point is when we went to get lunch in the bar on Sunday before our flight home, we could not get served as a lot of the local greek people go there and the place was to busy. This also happened to another couple the week before. Could probably do with a couple more kitchen staff. Also we found that on the second week of our holiday people were reserving sunbeds from 7.30am with their towels and often not coming out to the pool till after lunch. Other than that the place was excellent with all areas kept spotless clean.
WOW..... The best holiday we`ve ever had.
The ABV is the best resort on the Island, it has 3 large outdoor pools and 1 indoors which are all kept to a very high standard. The apartments/studios have the best facilities for self catering with cooker,microwave,kettle and all pots & pans you could need. The bathroom has a bath and shower with a curtain!!! The accommodation is cleaned every day and cleaned very well, the cleaners are happy and go out of there way to talk to you. All the staff are friendly and will adapt things to meet your needs if you ask. Where ever you go there will be others that have to moan, but to be honest with you there is nothing that can be moaned about here. The entertainment is very limited but town is only a 5min walk and its nice to have a look around. GO AND BOOK YOU WILL ENJOY THIS COMPLEX I GUARENTEE. We went in 2002 as a party of 5 this year we returned as a party of 17 and next year we are looking at a party of 29 !!! Look forward to seeing your reviews . All the best.
Great Staff, too many kids
This is a high standard property for Greece with lovely rooms and well kept grounds. The room we were given face out to the sea but the only problem was it was directly above a childrens playground. Not good when parents let there childresn scream and kick balls against the wall at 2am, while they are getting tanked up in the bar. We complained and the noise did go down a bit. The view was spectacular though.
We chose to go in May to avoid children....but the place was full of them. Why were they not at school?? They took over the pool, covered in blow up boats and parents happy to let them scream all day. We chose to lie onthe small beach at the front of the hotel, as the parents were more respectable there and didnt let there kids run wild.
Now for the good parts, the staff are excellent and happy all the time, good food in bar, little expensive. The resort itself is rustic with great restaurants and if you go along to the neighbouring resort of Alikes you will find a few excellent restaurants too. Its more suited to couples in Alikes wheres Alykanas attracts more familes. People very friendly and weather great. Finally, dont go to these apartments if you want peace and quiet because the kids and parents (who drink and shout at the top of there voices in the hotel bar at 2am) have no respect for holiday makers without kids and thought they owned the hotel. The bar is open till 2am and plays loud music till 2am!! Otherwise, a very high standard propery which would benefit from becoming a Thomson Gold Property...ADULTS ONLY!!!
Lovely - for Greece
This hotel was very nice compared with other Greek hotels I've stayed in - we even had a shower curtain! The staff were friendly, everything was clean and the rooms were fine, although simply furnished.
However, be aware that the hotel is popular with families, so it isn't especially peaceful... cue lots of rowdiness, general drunken behaviour in the daytime and loud touristy complaints. We mistakenly thought that by going out of the main season we could escape them, but it was not the case.
We therefore hired a car and stayed away from the resort during the daytime, which meant we benefited from the pleasant accommodation, but could escape the 'John Bull' types. And during the evening we could actually use the swimming pool for swimming! In the day time, children used it for jumping in/inflateables/etc rather than using the dedicated children's pool.
Perhaps we should have booked a quieter place to stay, but then we'd have had to compromise on the quality of accommodation.
We went with Kosmar and were looking for a peaceful, quiet resort and hotel - after speaking with some of the guests with families it appears that they were looking for a more traditional lively holiday, so they weren't especially pleased either!
I would stay here again, but I'd go in September so that hopefully all children would be back at school.
Alykanas Beach - May 2005 review
Have just been to Alykans for a week's holiday in May 2005. Apartments were very spacious, clean with good facilities. The pool area was clean and well kept and was a good size with a separate water sports pool. The snack bar was reasonably priced with a good menu and very nice snacks. On-site mini-market is reasonably priced, although super-markets are only several hundred yards away as well. Definately a resort for younger children rather than teenagers. The beach area is a bit disappointing and needs a good tidy-up although a better beach area is only a few hundred yards away (with limited Watersports), although Tsivili Beach had more watersports
Overall Alykanas has some good restaurants / bars (very reasonably priced in May) although it was fairly quiet in May. The trips to Blue Caves (via Speedboat) and the 'Trainiki' tour are well worth a visit. Roads / Directions are a bit of a nightmare and taxis are reasonably priced (ie 15 euro one way to Zakynthos Town or Tsivili Beach. Local are very friendly and not over-pushy (ie restaurnats / bars / flyers etc)
We have just returned from two weeks here, and although we enjoyed our holiday, we will probably not go back. This is because there was just not enough for older kids to do in the evenings. We had bad weather for the first few days, but the kids were still happy enough at the indoor pool. The apartments themselves are very good, spacious and clean, although I would agree that towels need to be changed more than twice a week. The mini market was open, but stock was running down as it was the end of the season. The snack bar is really good value, huge helpings of decent food at reasonable prices. The beach is lovely and the view from the beachside pool is beautiful. We ate at the Greedy Greek and Apollo restaurants most often, and found them best. If you go to Alykanas next year, I can recommend the Greek Night at the Letsos Bar, run by the lovely Eleni. tremendous fun. Had it not been for the two evenings we spent there, it would have been a fairly dull fortnight. Back to Crete for us next time, although Zante itself is a lovely island.
Having just returned from a great holiday on Zante, the only problem was the airport itself, being so small, but typically Greek! We stayed at the Alykanas Beach Village which was excellent. The room was spotless, beds made every day,floors mopped, it could not have been nicer. There is a well stocked supermarket which is open till late every night. The whole complex was clean,and the superb swimming pools and beach location were to be envied. Excellent! So good in fact,we have just booked for next year again. I have never been twice to the same place,and have travelled to lot's of Greek islands,but this was the best holiday by far! Try it!
Great Place for families
We have returned back from a 2 week holiday in Zante staying at the Alykanas Beach Village. The apartments are great. very spacious for a family of 4 - two bedrooms, a dining kitchen and a bathroom. The apartments were also very clean, although the towels could have been changed more often (twice a week) The pool was very big & clean - great for kids - Pool bar serving snacks was very good value for money. The beach was just down 5 or 6 steps from the front pool in the complex. The Beach is clean and the sea is so clear and warm infact the best sea I have ever been in.
We ate out most nights in the Dionisos and the Greedy Greek (probably the best 2 resturants in the resort) We went with our two children aged 13 & 9 - there was noting for them to do at night as the resort is very small and not really geared for the older children. I loved the complex that we stayed in as it was the best in the resort but I would not go again due to the children not having anything to do in the evenings. So I will be back to Bulgaria next year (Absolutely brill for kids but thats another story.
Good location but I wouldn't call it 4 star
After reading so many glowing reviews here I have decided that I must be a very fussy person!
Although the location of the hotel couldn't be better - right on the beach, a couple of minutes walk to bars and restaurants - the hotel itself was a little disappointing. Don't get me wrong, the pools were lovely, especially the one next to the beach, what a fantastic view but it's the little things that really got my goat.
For instance, if you are taking children who want to play in the pool all day please, please buy them a pair of swim shoes! We were lucky and already had a pair with us for playing on the shingly beach but as we didn't put them on in the pool by the end of day 2 the skin on her toes had worn away and was sore.
The problem is that the grouting is so deep that the edges of the tiles stick out and scrape your feet. We saw one girl with no swim shoes whos toes were bleeding. Ouch!
There's a notice on the wall saying that towels used to reserve sunbeds will be removed. This didn't happen. What a shame.
The maids were friendly but just seemed to mop, empty the bin, take all the top covers off your bed, dump them in the nearest chair, then leave! We had to remake the beds every day. Not what I want to be doing on holiday.
According to our brochure it's an AAAA graded hotel. We've been to places with the same rating before and come back to rooms beautifully clean, tidied, surfaces wiped, etc. Not so here. The bedding was changed twice in the two weeks we were there. The towels were changed perhaps three times. I should've guessed from the fact that the brochure skipped this info that it wouldn't be happening often. I'll know better next time.
To moan on a bit more about the brochure description, there is no mini-market. The signs are there, the shop itself is there, but it's shut. We hopefully peered through the window but no, there's no stock in there, just empty shelves and dust.
There are good things about the hotel! These are the location, the pools and the snack bar.