Theo / Soula apts are available through Thomson Holidays, probably in their 'simply greece' brochure. They have their own swimming pool and are about 15 mins walk to the bach and resort centre.
May is quite quiet in Kalamaki, but the nightlife in Laganas will just about be started and is just a 5 minute taxi ride away. May will be warm during the days and cool in the evenings, so bring a jumper or jacket if you like an evening stroll. Kalamaki has an excellent sandy beach and a very shallow sea, where you may spot the first caretta-caretta turtles in the evening. Kalamaki does have the best selection of restaurants on the island so don't be afraid to try a few different ones out!
Any late checking out will have to be sorted out in resort with the hotel at that time. If you can't keep your room, you may have to move to another and there may be a charge whatever. Most tour operators will provide a courtesy room for all guests to shower and change in, but it is shared and is not for sleeping / resting etc. One other thing, Krinas is at the top of a mild hill above Argassi, if you have mobility problems, this could be a factor.
I think this is in the Thomson 'superfamily' brochure and therefore has everything under the sun for young children, and a team of reps to back it all up.
Lived and worked in Zakynthos for 10 years. Admirals in Tsilivi is near the Caravel and Alexander hotels about 3 mins walk to the beach. Planos area is the north side of Tsilivi and is a little quieter most areas, but still within easy reach of all resort facilities. The aparthotel was new last year and had a few teething problems, which weren't helped by the service from JMC! It does however look great, and all the work should be finished for the summer. It is a sister hotel to the Admirals in Argassi which is an excellent place, so it should be great!
Zakfari will pick up from any resort on the island and does a full day tour from 9.00am to 5.30pm. It costs about £30 for the day and can be booked via your tour operator (Thomson, First Choice, Unijet, Cosmos, Direct Holidays, Olympic, Argo) or via one or two small travel agents.
Greek nights vary immensely from free in some hotels and restaurants to around £20 through some Tour Companies. Usually the format is the same whereever you go with traditional food and dancing. The more you pay, then the more professional the dancing, and the more food / wine (free) you get! Tour companies will usually take you out of resort to a mountain village for the night!
Tel - 5 mins to the beach and 15 mins to resort centre along the beach.
Tel - show me yours first (e-mail) and i'll mail you! I've worked on Zak for 10 years, so ask anything you like!
Vicky - what do you need to know? Most tour company brochures will give you a good description. If you need something more specific, then post it here!
Jane - Yes is nice?!
Tel - mail me on email@example.com
Philip - Victoria Hotel does keep some rooms for direct bookings, but this will work out very expensive for you. Your best bet is to book via a tour operator. Any travel agent will be able to help you do this.
Anita - St Nickolas beach mainly do try dives for beginner divers, so your daughter will find this very basic. Some of the dive schools will take qualified divers out on private trips, but your daughters friend will not be able to dive with her.
Anita - Sorry, forgot this bit. She will be able to hire all necessary equipment from any school, and should expect to pay about £20 - £25 per dive or less if she books a series of dives.
Sarah - You can only get to this beach by sea, so you will need to go on one of the many boat trips around the island. Alternatively you could hire a car to get to the viewpoint in the photo. It is about 1 hr from Laganas and then a 15 min walk. Or book on 'Zakfari' who are the only tour which will take you to the postcard view of the wreck.
Kaz - All resorts have a good selection of restaurants, and most of these will do a childrens menu. There are also fast food places (burgers, pizzas etc.) so they should have plenty to choose from.
Fernando - Kalamaki has one of the best beaches on the island, and is also where the loggerhead turtles come to lay their eggs at night. Kalamaki also has the best selection of restaurants on the island, so shop around. Nightlife is a little quiet here, but there are one or two lively bars in resort to keep you going, and laganas is just 5 mins in a taxi down the road. If you are coming in May, don't pre-book car hire. You will have no problem getting a car, and at a far better price!
Julie - 20th May is a little early in the season, but Laganas should be really getting going by then. All 18-30 type tour companies are in Laganas so the bars should be busy. Laganas is one of the liveliest resorts in all of greece and compares well to Faliraki and other big Greek resorts. (i.e. plenty of bars and clubs open most of the night).
Tel B - Hi, me again. Libra (Priceright) are at the budget end of the tour company market. However, quality of accommodation varies widely in all tour company brochures and the rep service depends very much on the quality of the individual doing the job. Expect a daily visit from your rep and all the usual stuff that goes with them (books / boards etc.)
Shaun - Bozikis is only 5-10 mins walk to the beach via the harbour, but about 30-40 mins to the Hotel Laganas, which is at the other end of the resort!
Jane - Quiet area about 15 mins walk to the beach and resort centre. Apartments are basic but clean and tidy and family run. Nearest swimming pool is less than 5 mins walk away.
Joanne - Don't worry! The main part of Argassi is all flat, and the Family Inn is also on the flat about 15 mins walk to the centre. Nice hotel, quiet location, with a restaurant next door if you dont want to walk at all!
Linzi - Anita drove to a place on the west coast called Porto Vromi and took a boat from there. Book at the boat. Marilyn - This excellent speedboat trip is about £20 per person i think. Try e-mailing Frances at www.tsilivi-travel.gr for info.
Kat - Vegetarianism is slowly catching on in Greece, but most restaurants will only do the same basic stuff. Try Melitzanes (Cooked Aubergines) which are gorgeous, and all the different types off dips.
Village Inn is set on the main road of Laganas, but about 20 mins walk from the centre, and 25 mins to the beach. Although it is on the road, it is in a quiet area with some shops, restaurants and bars close by. Availability in October should be good as the season is winding down then. For hotel facilities i would chack the tour company brochures.
Andi - Mon Repos is just 5 mins walk to the resort centre, but is in a nice quiet area. The closest bars / clubs are just 2/3 mins away and there is a good restaurant opposite called 'Akropolis'. Many good bars and clubs in the centre, the most popular being Rescues and Zeros and a good club near you called 'The Ocean Inn'.
J T - no a/c in rooms, but you can hire fans in resort. 15 mins walk to resort centre, but there are many bars / restaurants on the way. Beach is about 5 mins walk, but most guests stay at the great pool area.
Mark - Very good quality rooms by Greek standards. Apartments are set amongst pine trees and around a nice pool area, They are about 5 / 10 mins walk to the beach.
Jane - I'm fairly sure they are on the road to Katastari, past the Avra studios / pool but before the 'Oscar' bar and Theo/Soula Apts. That's going on the road leading away from the beach at the x-roads in the centre of resort.
Caroline - There are many bars in Tsilivi, with a wide range of styles. If you are single, you will not be alone!!
Graham - Kalamaki has many good restaurants all over the resort, and recommending one or two would be unfair to the others. I would seriously recommend trying out different ones as they are all good!!! There is Aircraft noise during the days, but it is not intrusive.
Sarah - Thanks, i'm glad you enjoyed it! Tim - Zakfari is available through First Choice, Unijet, Cosmos, Direct Holidays, Argo, Olympic, And hopefully Thomson, Manos, Priceright and Golden Sun aswell. We also sell through some small trravel agents, but not in Kalamaki as yet. If you have any problems finding us in resort you can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, beware of illegal imitations!!
Justin - there is a daily flight to Athens with Olympic Airways (offices in town and at the airport) which takes about 1/2 hour. There is a bus service up to 6 times a day which takes about 6 hours including ferry crossing.
Kaz & Gaz - Don't know about your apartments, but Agios Sostis is a quiet resort on a small beach. There are some pools in the hotels and plenty of restaurants to keep you going. A few bars, and no clubs.
Janet - Krinas apts are standard accommodation for Zakynthos, but you do have use of the pool at the hotel next door (Krinas Hotel). 2-3 mins walk to nearest bars / restaurants and 5-10 mins to centre and beach. Krinas is at the back of the resort and so is on a slight incline (slope) up from the resort, but nothing too serious.
Caroline - Alexander is a good hotel in a great location at the end of the beach in Tsilivi. It is about 5 mins walk to the bus stop to get a bus into town. Weather is warm during the day, but still cool in the evening at that time.
Vicki - There are no watersports on Laganas / Kalamaki beach due to the protection of the loggerhead turtles. Watersports are around the corner in Agios Sostis, or in the resorts of Alikes, Tsilivi, Argassi and at St.Nikolas beach in Vassilikos.
Justin - Anything from £15 - £25 depending on who you book with (ie off street or via rep). Make sure you get a guided tour of the site and museum whoever you book with.
Elle - Everyday, from all resorts, from £10 - £20 depending on how you book. Many different boats to choose from, which you can see moored in the evening in Zakynthos town harbour.
Michael - There is a launderette in resort about 15-20 mins walk away, but i dont know if there are any closer, or if the hotel has one. Contact your tour company who should be able to find out the info by contacting the resort office.
Hi - Sandy Maria Apts are on the outskirts of Tsilivi, but are just a 10 min walk to the centre and 5 mins to the beach. Tsilivi has bars to suit all tastes, but try Paradise, Escape, Joker, Traffic, and Reportage, all within 10 mins of your apt.
Details of this years booking information have not been finalised yet, but as soon as they do, it will be posted here. Should be all confirmed by the end of April! See you all in the summer!
Tarquin - Laganas i the liveliest resort on the island and can get very busy in high season in the centre, although there are quieter areas. Zakynthos does not have a Bowls area of any description. There are plenty of places you can book a cruise to the Shipwrect etc., and you may get discount for hte group if you ask for it (don't expect it to be offered). You should get at least one place free, maybe two. All boats are required to carry adequate life jackets for the number of passengers on board, but i would ask for some to be given to you on boarding if it is a big worry!!
Robert / Shazza - You are less than 3 mins walk to the centre of Laganas, with a large choice of bars and clubs. However you are both going in early May which is very low season, so don't expect it to be very lively!!!
Hotel is about 3 mins walk to the beach, and close to the Hotel Mediterranee if you know where that is!!! It is good quality for Zakynthos hotels, which means basic but comfortable, and nicely furnished.
Elaine - I suggest you contact the Windmill Apts directly at the website above, or try to book through Unijet or Aspro, in which case you should go to a UK travel agent. Very few hoteliers actually check this site out with regards to bookings etc..
Sandra - Lithakia Beach Apts are now only available through Sudtours a Dutch company. Arkadianos Apts are round the back of the 'Wild Rose' taverna, about 100 yds from the Lithakia Beach Apts, and much larger.
Ray - Glad you enjoyed the tour last year! Zakfari is back on Zakynthos this summer, why give up a good thing?!!! Corfu therefore will not be happening just yet, but is still in the future somewhere.