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Porta del Mar Beach Hotel
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Ammoudi
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Flekkefjord, Norway
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“Again, again and again - we can't stop”
Reviewed 16 January 2014 via mobile

The only place - of everything we have been visiting until now - bringing complete relaxation and peace in our hearts. The location is splendid and directly build on a sandy beach with cristall clear, warm Ionian water. Leave everything at your house and feel the freedom in a friendly and safe environment. Lovely build hotel and gardens - no disturbing swimming pool or noisy bar area. Just a cosy meeting point in the middle of the garden with relaxing music and Greek specialities. No restaurant but fresh cooked food every day if you wish. All this is enough to choose PDM but in addition you get the Rigas family. They became close friends and opened our hearts for Greek culture through the last years many visits.
May be it's best to describe the family in this way:
Mild, honest, really carying about you, highly service minded and unbelievable charming. They created this little paradise with a great sense of aesthetics.

Stayed July 2013
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

We spent 8 days in the beautiful island of Zakynthos (Zante) and we were lucky to stay at Porta del Mar Villas resort. No doubt the stay in a beautiful and unique, warm and aesthetic villa in combination with this great, beautiful and warm Greek family - Tasos, Pavlina, Costas and Helena, and the amazing chef George, accompanied with Tapa the dog, "Big eyes" the cat and the other cat, all together made our vacation so special..... The location of the villas is distant enough from the noisy touristic sites, but close enough to reach all nice island sites within a short drive. It is wonderful to stay in a place that materialized from someone's dream and love for people. Tasos & Pavlina... you did it, and we thank you very much for that... Be ready, we Orit & Hillel from Israel plan to return!!!!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hull England.
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Reviewed 3 October 2013

Well were do I begin.!
Firstly by thanking the owners Taso, pavlina,kostas Elena. and of course not forgetting the wonderful Mr George the chef, and the lovely Anna for making my first visit perfect, perfect,perfect. The villa I stayed in had the most amazing views with two separate balconies, one facing the beautiful well kept gardens ,the other the wonderful sea I really felt I had my own little piece of paradise and all kept wonderfully clean. I was a single lady traveller , but never felt on my own, but equally I had my privacy when needed, no one was intrusive everyone respectful to others .The family are wonderful they are constantly looking at ways to improve on there quest for perfection for there quests.how they can do this I am not sure, because in my opinion. its already perfect. (Kostas take note) Now I will talk about the food. George is wonderful,he would prepare any greek dish you desired,i felt like I had my own private chef ,ha the prawns were the best I have ever tasted, oh and the cheese cake was to die for!!!!.thankyou George you are a true gentleman who was so loved and respected by all. Kosta was the best ( manager) ever seeking perfection with everything he did, what a wonderful young man It was a pleasure to have met you.So I hope this review is helpful for those who are looking for a holiday destination that is a true piece of Greece, with a wonderful location, good food , excellent accommodation, but most importantly the wonderful family, then this is the place for you , you will not be disappointed. I could carry on for ever praising portal-del-mar but there is to much.you need to experience it for yourselves.Once again everyone thank you for making my holiday very special you have left me with wonderful memories. I will return. June.x

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 29 September 2013 via mobile

Great location, very friendly owners, nice food... Just perfect place close by from everywhere in Europe. The see is just next door and in porta you find everything you need to spend a perfect vacation. Thank you Tasos and your family!

  • Stayed September 2013
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 September 2013

Generally not one to return to a holiday destination twice, Porta Del Mar changed all that. My family and I returned there this year in August,with 22 family and friends in tow, to finally tie the knot after 19 years.We had the most fabulous two weeks and a magical wedding day that was perfect in every way. Entirely stress free preparation both prior to arrival and during the eight day run up to the wedding.I just wish that I could relive the experience!
The family Rigas,Tasos,Pavlina,Kostas and Eleni are accomodating in every way and they are true professionals in every sense of the word and considered friends too. The venue has been tastefully developed since our first visit and there are lots of nooks and crannies to lose oneself, although peaceful and secluded there is still plenty to keep even the young and active occupied and we were still discovering new tavernas even on our last evening.The review would not be complete without a mention for George the cook, who has helped to expand the gastric delights on offer in traditional fayre-something in which he takes great pride! Porta Del Mar we salute you.

Room Tip: All the accomodation is spacious comfortable and offer sunny balconies and sea views
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 August 2013

Thank You for an amazing holiday experience. We felt very much at home the moment be arrived. We had what felt like a private beach, that was always clean and beautiful. The accomodation was more than adaquate for our needs. I loved the not being in a populated area. It was very special. We will definitely be visiting Porta del Mar in the future.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Aberystwyth
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

We had a fabulous fortnight at Porta del Mar, blissfully relaxing and soaking up the beautiful surroundings.
The individual apartments surround a well tended garden, both crafted with love and attention to detail, and the family are excellent hosts, ensuring a stress free holiday to suit your needs. As well as your personal balcony, you can choose from any number of carefully designed areas to sit alone or meet and chat with other guests, lounge on one of the many sunbeds, or you can descend the steps to the lovely clean beach.
If you can rouse yourself from the tranquility, the family will help you book a car or a boat trip to the stunning blue caves and shipwreak. Despite its small size Zakynthos is a diverse island with much to explore, and well worth a visit.
In the evenings you have the choice of a number of local tavernas within walking distance or the daily special at Porta del Mar among the beautiful flowers and herbs which are used in the delicious food served from the small, but well stocked, bar. The Greek nights in particular are well worth staying in for as not only is the food delicious but the atmosphere is warm and inviting.
We were looking for a quiet place to unwind and celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary, we found the perfect place.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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tasirigas, Owner at Porta del Mar Beach Hotel, responded to this review, 6 August 2013
Dear Kerry,
It was just before sunrise when you arrived to our place after a night's flight. After the tea we had we all enjoyed the sunrise from our beach front patio (your picture says it all!).
Zakynthos is really an ideal island to spend your summer holiday, taking the most of its golden beaches, the olive groves , the unique landscapes.....Hope you saw a lot of this with your rental car driving on the "wrong" side of the road!
We did enjoyed the evenings with you, especially the Pizza evening with the large participation, let alone George's prawns!
Hope to welcome you here again, thank you so much!
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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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