| ZAKYNTHOS ALEXANDRA BEACH HOTEL & BUNGALOWS 3*** REVIEWS|
The Louis Zante Beach Hotel is situated on the enchanting Laganas Bay, known as the nesting area of the Kareta-Kareta turtle. This luxury Zakynthos hotel is surrounded by beautiful and extensive gardens, which cover a total area of 230 hectares of forest|
Returned from this hotel on 24th June after a very pleasant stay in spite of the heat wave! Temp hit 42 (108) degrees on the 23rd at 5pm!!! The room was very pleasant, on the ground floor with a nice little balcony and view over the gardens and if I twisted round a little and peered through the trees, I could see the sea as well. There was a small refrigerator in the room, which was a nice surprise, but the television only showed BBC World (not very exciting) and 1 film channel with subtitles. There were also a couple of channels in German.
The room was cleaned every day with fresh towels and the aircon was adequate. The bathroom was typical for a Greek hotel with the shower temp control only functioning if no-one else in the building was using water! The overall decor was a little tired but you don't spend much time in the room anyway.
The public areas were again kept spotless with a good reception area and lounge. The restaurant was in a separate building down by the pool and did get rather hot during the evenings but there were excellent views over the bay. The food was plentiful and basic Greek with little English and German touches thrown in, served via a buffet. Breakfast gave you plenty of choices from toast & coffee through to a full-blown English although it would have been nice to have mushrooms every day! The evening meal gave you soup or salad for starters and at least 4 main course choices and 3 or 4 dessert options including fruit. I do agree with a previous reviewer that some of it tended to be a little too salty.
The staff were extremely helpful and charming.
Tsilivi was a very nice resort catering to all tastes with the Alexandra end being a little more upmarket than the other end of the resort, which did have a McDonalds. It takes around 30 minutes to walk from one end to the other with a huge selection of bars and restaurants. Not a great deal of shopping except for general beach and tourist stuff.
The walk along the beach is also very pleasant with a boardwalk most of the way. The beach is fine sand, gently sloping, and a usually calm sea - a small breeze can pick up in the afternoon - so ideal for young children or just pottering about up to your knees in the sea!
I would certainly recommend this hotel with the only cautionary note being about the location of some of the rooms. There were a couple in the main building that were semi basement so you only got to look at a wall and if you are anxious about security, you might feel a little insecure in a ground floor bungalow room. I don't know why the call them bungalows when they have 2 floors.....!
We had a great relaxing holiday with plenty of interesting trips available if you feel so inclined which give the option of getting away from the Brit feel of the resort. These days, if you want a real Greek holiday, you have to go to small islands served only by ferry. But Tsilivi has done well to maintain a certain amount of greekness and I hope they don't overdevelop the place.