This was our first visit to Greece, and Kalamaki in particular.
Caretta Beach Resort is in the centre of Kalamaki and has a waterpark attached, which was one of the main attractions for us booking this holiday, with a seven year old and baby in tow.
The room (one bedroom apartment) was clean and comfortable, with a large balcony, fridge and microwave oven, although we had booked all inclusive. The rooms are well appointed and have plenty of space, with wardrobes and drawers, along with plenty of space for luggage, and our baby's buggy.
One small moan would be a lack of hotel supplied towels when using the pools and waterpark.
However, the many many positives far outweigh any moans.
The waterpark is small, but ideal for young families. We felt absolutely safe letting our 7 year old loose in the waterpark, as from most sunbed places, you could see where he was. Also the lifeguards were very attentive, and would ensure that safety was always maintained.
There are 5 pools separately in the hotel that you can use.
The entertainment programme is good, with varied themes every evening, always involving the children.
The hotel is relatively small, and therefore you get a great friendly atmosphere. The staff are always happy and willing to help, and will often go out of their way to accomodate.
We are vegetarians, and noticed within our first couple of meals that there wasn't much vegetarian choice. No problem! I spoke to the restaurant manager and chef, who asked me to me a list of the kind of meals that we would eat. After giving him our fairly lengthy list, he asked me to leave it with him. From that very evening, the chef would keep an eye out for us (and some other vegetarian families) and provide us with a specially made main dish. There were plenty of vegetarian side options to go with these mains.
Also, Thomas Cook, in their wisdom, ensured that we would have to check out of the hotel at 10.30 on Sunday morning and then catch our flight back home at 8.25am the next morning! I emailed the hotel beforehand and they arranged for us to stay an extra night for just €40.00 more. I write this review on our last night here.
The hotel has free wifi in the reception area, but not in the rooms. If you want internet access, then I would suggest you bring an unlocked dongle and pop into the Vodafone store in Zante town (it's in the main square). We picked up a sim card with 15 days, 2gb internet access for €15.00. Just remember to take your passport with you.
The question I always ask is would I go back, and in this case, the answer is an unreserved "yes".
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Caretta Beach is a modern hotel situated in Kalamaki on the south coast of the most beautiful island in the Ionian Sea, Zakynthos. The hotel is in a private, picturesque area by the main road of Kalamaki, only 4km from the capital city Zakynthos Town and 2km from the International airport of the island. The soft sandy beach is only a 5 minute walk away and is the home of the famous loggerhead turtles, Caretta-Caretta. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Caretta Beach Kalamaki
- Hotel Caretta Beach