We left Zante yesterday after a week at the Savvas Hotel from the 7th August 2014-14th August 2014.
The first day we arrived to Greece we had an 18-30's rep for Thomas Cook at the airport, to show us to our transfer which would take us to the hotel. We had read the reviews that were on this site and i can honestly say, the reviews are nothing to what it is actually like. We had read that you walked up a dirt path with goats everywhere where in fact, we got dropped to the petrol station by the transfer where another rep met us and took us to the bar (also their reception).
We had walked up a concrete road and there was one goat in a field on the right. There was other goats in the field past this goat, but this goat was ill and needed to be separated from the others due to it not eating. The goat was secure and couldn't leave the field and most of the time was lieing down. I do not understand how people would have had a problem with this as there wasn't a dirt track at all and the goats were secure away from the concrete road.
When we got to the bar we waited for another rep to take us to our rooms. He took us to our room where he then informed us of the 18-30's package for the parties that week. We paid €160 for the UV Party, Full Moon Party and another party. We realised after this that we spent a lot more money on these that we needed too. If the rep offers these to you don't buy them because as soon as you walk down the strip people approach you with a cheaper price. The reps make commission off the package deals.
We also paid €40 for the White Party off the strip where other people paid around €60 for them. I can honestly say that it was the biggest mistake that we made attending the White Party. The White Party was packed with people in the boiling heat and it was too uncomfortable to enjoy. The DJ we had never heard of before was terrible. The drinks were €5 each and you needed to go buy a ticket then go to the bar which was ridiculous in the heat. We had left the party after an hour. There must have been around 1000 people there and with the price range of €40-€60 a ticket air conditioning wouldn't have gone a miss.
The rooms were very basic. We had 3 beds, a bathroom, kitchen with very little self catering appliances, and a balcony. The maid came every other day to give us clean sheets and towels. There was 2 toilet rolls at the beginning of the week and we didn't receive any more we had to go and buy our own. There was 9 of us all together and they didn't give us 3 rooms next to each other we were scattered around the hotel. One of the rooms had a broken bed which didn't get fixed until the third day. We had informed the rep of this on the first day and a small boy and his father finally arrived on the Sunday. The bathroom was very basic. It had a sink, mirror, a toilet, anything but a shower. The "shower" was a shower head which didn't stand on the wall you had to hold it and wash yourself. You had a small square on the floor to stand on and it didn't have a curtain so water got everywhere and the floor got so wet it because a hazard.
The hotel had 3 swimming pools. We preferred the pools by the bar rather than the swimming pool at the back of the hotel. The pool at the back of the hotel was more of a relaxing pool. It had a swim up bar, sun loungers and music. All 3 of the pools had WiFi but the WiFi was only available at certain points of the pools (the bars). The main pools at the front of the hotel had a bar, a jacuzzi (which was out of order) and a slide. The slide had a massive dent in the side of it and wasn't on for most of the week. The pool was cleaned every day. The area around the pool was also cleaned everyday, they usually cleaned the pool around 8 am because the pool and the bar opened at 9 am. The bar closed at 3 am which meant that during the night the area was disgusting and it was covered with balloons and cups etc. but it got cleaned up the next morning and it was as good as new again.
The strip was around a 10-15 minute walk until you got to the good places on the strip. The strip is a really good night out and if you go to the UV Party etc. they usually have before and after parties. When the strip is busy there are gypsy's around usually really young. There was a young girl around 6 years old with glow sticks who would steal peoples money. The gypsy's would approach you and hug you but at the time steal your wallet or from your bum bag etc. It is a really scary thought and when you tell them to go away they push you and tell you to F Off. One of the gypsy's had a one year old approx. in her arm on her own with glow sticks stealing peoples money.
There are many rumours about the Savvas Bug, this put me and my friends completely off the idea of eating and drinking at the bar at the hotel. The rep said that it was the Zante bug not just the Savvas bug. We obviously didn't believe him because he works for the hotel and wanted to get us to eat and drink there. Most nights we went out and got our food and if we were hungover we just had chips or something from to bar to be safe. Not one of us received the Zante bug which is great. Must of us lost our voices from the laughing gas that was sold at the hotel etc.
Overall, our holiday was fantastic. I'm glad our holiday went so well as it was our first girls holiday. We met some incredible people, other guests at the hotel, the reps, people in the bars on the strip etc. it was amazing. But i wouldn't go to Zante again, i feel like if we did it again it would be a disappointment.
I hope this helps everybody and i've tried to give you as much details as i can and i have been 100% honest.
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