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Porta del Mar Beach Hotel
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Ammoudi
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“The friendliest place in Zakynthos”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2011

After our 3rd visit to Porta Del Mar, we have returned home relaxed yet refreshed.
We revisited as we knew we would find a warm welcome, an easy-going atmosphere & simple but quality accomodation.
It is perfect for those who shy away from large hotels; with 8 villas you can be as social as you which, joining others for the BBQ or at the bar, or you can keep to yourself.
Yes the beach is small, but it's a quiet place, & as the sea is shallow it's great for the kids. Ours (6 & 7) were happy pottering around the garden & beach, & loved to go out on the canoe or snorkelling, though it may be too low key for "high-maintainence" kids who need structure & non-stop activities.
The owners Tasos, Pavlina, Costas & Elena are very friendly, making a stay here like home-from-home.
However, the best thing here has to be the views; I wish I could be sat looking over the sea to Kefalonia with a drink in one hand & my book in another right now - bliss!

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2011

Very welcoming hosts, comfortable accommodation. Secluded private beach just 20 minutes from airport. The most perfect holiday we have ever had. Thank you Kostas so very much

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2011

I would like to thank Tasos, Pavlina, Kostas and all for such a great stay at their place. We were here at Easter which is a magical time and although they had friends staying, we were made to feel part of the festivities. It was a real shame we couldn't stay for the special spit-roast lamb but we were offered ouzo and grappa as well as bread, cakes and snacks on our last day.

Tasos and Pavlina have built a little gold mine here and I hope they continue to be successful. The houses are well furnished and very comfortable, the gardens and the little areas overlooking the sea are great places to have a beer and relax.

The beach was not bad, but the sea (even in April) was lovely to swim in and so clean and clear, you do not miss not having a pool at all.

We really loved the island and I would recommend going down to Gerakas beach, as well as the blue caves and going to the viewpoint for the shipwreck beach.
Do not, under any circumstances go to Laganas...we didn't even stop the car.

Finally, we went to the Karras Grill (about 100yds away) most nights and found it very friendly and the food really good. My kids couldn't get enough of the Souvlaki with pitta (€1.80!!).

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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2011

Count yourself lucky to be one of those that have found Porta Del Mar. We loved it and the set up is perfect. There is unlikely to be a better way to spend time in Zakynthos than tucked away off the beaten track in a location run by a thoroughly nice family who care deeply about what they offer. We are going back.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2010

Hello,

Meant to write a review sooner on this wonderful place!

Stayed there for a week as my friends were getting married. We arrived at about 5am and were greated by Tassos with cups of tea and coffee. Tassos was a total joy and made the effort to get to know everyone in the party. He showed us all to our villas, which had that wonderful greek feel and were very clean and comfotable.

The villas are kept to a high standard, the gardens beautifully maintained and its own private beach - what more could you want. It was perfect! (use of sun loungers, cannoe and boat available on the beach too)

Nothing is a bother for Tassos, his lovely wife and beautiful daughter (Pavlina and Elina) one of the loveliest families you can meet. they were very approachable and always willing to help. They made lovely food and kept a well stocked bar - What more could you want?? : )

The wedding itself was utterly perfect. The grounds were decorated beautifully and everything was organised by Tassos and Pavlina from the photographer to the amazing BBQ food and cake! We were all stuffed with the gorgeous food, it was amazing. His son (Kostas) and daughter (Elina) helped serve the bar at night and joined in with some authentic greek dancing!! We all had such a great night and holiday.

I would definately love to go back and maybe one day for my own wedding! I cant say enough positive comments on this beautiful place or for the family!

Lyndsay xx

  • Stayed September 2010
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2010

My new wife and I arranged to have our wedding at 'Porta Del Mar' following a recommendation from a colleague of mine and a bit of research. What we got was a piece of paradise to hold the perfect wedding. On arrival, Tasos met us at 5am and provided coffee and tea and a very warm welcome. The grounds were breath taking and the atmosphere was extremely laid back. We had a great weeklong build up to our wedding and Tasos, Pavlina and their family made us feel so welcome and at ease. They catered to 30+ guests and gave us a day (and party) to remember.

The traditional stone villas are stunning, the grounds were maintained beautifully and Pavlina decorated our villa and the grounds on the day of our wedding. We truly felt spoiled and the personal attention to detail made us feel really special. We could really not speak highly enough of this resort or it’s owners and we would not hesitate to recommend Porta Del Mar to anyone, be it for a week of complete R&R or for an occasion such as a wedding.

Personally, My wife and I, would like to thanks Tasos, Pavlina, Elina, Kostas and their employees for all the effort they made to ensure everything was organised whilst we simply enjoyed our holiday. Nothing was a bother and we can not wait to come back. My new in-laws have already arranged to return early next year.

Thank you again for everything!!

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Ludlow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2010

I can't really add anything that others haven't already enthused about, but I felt that I really should give Tasos and Pavlina a positive review. Everything was perfect, just perfect.

The only thing that let us down was our hire car, and when I mentioned to Tasos that I needed to contact the hire comapnay and sort it out he insisted on helping and made it all so much easier. We actually ended up with a free upgrade (and my Greek certainly wasn't going to achieve that unaided!)

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with family
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Property: Porta del Mar Beach Hotel
Address: | Psarou Beach, Ammoudi 291 00, Greece
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Region: Greece > Ionian Islands > Zakynthos > Ammoudi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Ammoudi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Porta del mar is a small family-run resort of 8 stone villas for summer holidays with direct access to a sandy beach. Amazing sea views obtained from the gardens and inside the villas! The villas are self-catering and accommodate from 2-6 persons (one or two bedroom villas). They all form a horse shoe design, facing towards the sea and are traditionally and nicely decorated. They have spacious living rooms, large bedrooms with queen-size beds or twin single beds, all with solid, wooden ceilings and air-condition. Fully equipped kitchens include cooker, big fridge/freezer, wooden table that seats 4-6 and a full range of utensils. Their verandas are spacious and offer panoramic sea views. The villas are situated directly on our sandy, quiet beach and are surrounded by well kept and relaxing gardens. The beach is safe for children and the waters are clear, crystal and rather shallow. Everything you need is within short walking distance from the villa (groceries, bakery, taverns). ... more   less 
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