Parga Beach Hotel is in an unbeatable location (hard to appreciate from maps or Google Earth) on the best stretch of Valtos Beach. It is essentially a beautiful, peaceful complex of small bungalow style buildings spread around an ancient olive grove which fronts directly (no road or even walkway in between) onto a superb sandy beach. The ancient olive trees have been retained with the bungalows built around them (literally in some cases) and the open space has been beautifully landscaped and planted with flowers, orange and lemon trees with very pleasant grassed areas leading from the terraces of many bungalows.
The bungalows house a combination of standard rooms, deluxe rooms and suites. We booked a deluxe room direct through the hotel's website but, on arrival, found we had been upgraded to a 2 room deluxe suite ! There was a huge very comfortable kingsize bed in one room and two singles (which could also be a sofa) in the other for the kids. The suite was very spacious, tastefully decorated and furnished to a high standard with excellent sound-proofing and air-conditioning and a large wardrobe which housed a useful fridge and safe. Our suite had its own terrace with table and chairs (lovely place for an evening drink) which led onto a grassed area large enough to play games on. The rooms were spotless and kept that way by daily cleaning and towel change. There were also nice touches such as a bowl of fruit in the room and lovely complimentary toiletries and slippers.
The hotel has two modern pools with high quality wooden sunloungers with cushions and giant umbrellas. One is L shaped and set between bungalows. The other is in a fantastic spot right on the edge of the beach with only a low glass screen separating it from the sand. A great place to relax with a book and alternate between dips in the pool and sea !
The beach itself is largely covered by sun loungers and umbrellas and was busy - especially at weekends. Hardly surprising as it is a great beach with lovely sand (good enough for sand sculptures), very clean and safe sea and a breathtaking backdrop of olive covered mountainsides. The swimming off the beach was lovely and the water amazingly clean. We really enjoyed the very safe snorkling just off the shore where an amazing array of multi-coloured fish could be seen - tip scrape the surface of a rock a few times and the fish will arrive in number !
The hotel restaurant and bar are also situated along the breach front which makes for a lovely spot to enjoy a drink or evening meal. We ate in the restaurant a couple of evenings and found the seafood and children's menus to be excellent and very good value. Breakfast was served in the beach front restaurant. Plentiful and tasty buffet style with something for everyone - cereals, breads, jams, fresh fruit, cooked (eggs, bacon, sausages), hams, cheeses, greek yoghurt and honey, pastries, teas, coffee, juices ...
There is a fine selection of restaurants along the stepped road leading up to the castle (about a 15 minute walk from the hotel). We loved Stefanos which was very friendly and served fish they had caught that day with their own boat.
The staff were very helpful and friendly without being intrusive. We booked direct through the hotel's website and found this cheaper than buying a package. It also gave the advantage of getting excellent service in advance. For example the hotel booked us a taxi from the airport and arranged beach towels for us so we did not need to pack any.
There was a good mix of nationalities staying in the hotel - many with children which made for a nice family atmosphere and playmates for our children. Even though the hotel was near full it was very quiet and peaceful and made for a thoroughly relaxing holiday.
Overall, a lovely high standard hotel in a superb location and great for a relaxing, stress free family holiday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Parga Beach Hotel is the biggest hotel complex in Parga. Composed of 80 bungalows and built within a lush green environment, directly on Parga's main beach, Valtos. The complex is built on ground floor level so is easily accessible for the disabled and offers free parking for guests. ... more less
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