My boyfriend and I stayed here 03 May- 10 May. We were the first people of the season to check in. For this reason not all the facilities were available- no entertainment. However, this meant we were treated like gold for the very reason that there were so few of us in the hotel that week (only 25!). It was our first holiday together and neither of us have been abroad since we were kids.
The hotel itself was beautiful, really honestly gorgeous. The staff were really friendly, the rooms were cleaned daily. The bar staff (mainly a gent called Andy)- brilliant. Friends now even, big hugs before we left and a generous tip too. We stayed all inclusive and yes that does include alcohol much to my boyfriends approval! A warning though, they use half pint's so for my boyfriend (works in a pub drinks a fair amount) it can be hard to get drunk. They dont use house measures so for me little lightweight....3 sex on the beach cocktails (half pints) later and I'm no good to man nor beast, had to have a little lie down haha. Oh and ask for a "kiwi" Andy's special. YUMMY!
The restaraunt. Well, please keep in your minds that when it comes to eating in England I'm not so good at that either. Very fussy. I don't really eat lamb or anything spicy, cant have bread etc. It was all a buffet so I had a bit of choice...a bit. The breakfast was like a Greek take on a full english, plus fruits + cereals. We decided after one breakfast we'd go on search of a proper full english into the town (Popeye's is amazing btw....) Lunch was good, it was a hot buffet as well, lots of lamb and beef and potatoe type stuff. I tended to have the minced beef in red wine and then some like potatoe frittery things. They don't label the food so it's a bit "suck it and see" which I did mention in the feedback form. I'm not a fan of guessing which animal I'm about to eat in case it's rabbit or something, no nasty suprises though and my other half will eat anything so as long as it didnt make us ill it was okay (which it didnt, no food poisoning!). Dinner was much the same but with the offering of soup and dessert. I'm a dessert girl myself and they pleased me with all sorts of little Greek cakes and mouse gateaux. Have the vanilla ice cream too! Yummy.
The hotel placement is idyllic. Literally on the beach! The pool is huge with a secondary pool for watersports (which weren't available to us, they began a week later...). The hotel says it has 2 jaccuzzi's. No, no it doesn't. To me they are warm and bubbly. This was just 2 little smaller pools with a faint bubble- almost cold. Bit of a bummer really. The pool was cold in general, despite heat of 30 degrees. As many sun loungers as you like, free. Beautiful views, really gorgeous when the sunsets. Reception staff are helpful, checking you were okay.
*Don't drink the water, get it bottled. You can get bottles from the bar, but not past midnight...stock up!!
*You cannot flush toilet paper in Greece. Anywhere. For someone who refuses to use communal toilets like me it's a bit of drama. Luckily my mum warned me and I took a thing of nappy sacks so no awkward moments sharing the little bin next to the loo with my boyf, he even used them too. Phew!
*The only snacks we were offered were ham cheese toasties from the bar, do not scoff at this. They were some bloody good toasties! Even if bread makes me ill... I don't know whether or not thats because again we were too early in the season but meh.
*Nefis Travel (located by Popeyes and the second office by Molly Malones and the Two Brothers bar) are brilliant for the island tours, shipwreck tours, speedboat tours and turtle tours.
*Yes you can haggle in shops.
*We took 300 euros each and that was enough for an all inclusive 7 night stay to cover and trips and shopping. Love shopping.
*0044 is the dialling code for England, and you miss out the first zero of the number your calling so it's like 0044712312312312 for a mobile number....
*You can't read Greek, you will be lost in conversation. fact. Everyone speaks a bit of English though! No dramas there at all.
*Taxi drivers driving may intimidate you, wrong side of the road etc. There is not one single road there though where it is permitted to exceed 50mph
All in all, we came back loved up, relaxed and happy. The island really is gorgeous. Truly. the hotel looked after us and we felt safe. Worth the money, even if it was quiet we had beautiful weather no rain or cloud and it just meant no-one forgot us, which I liked. The season was kicking off as we left and the town was beginning to really open and the hotel had employed the entertainment team on the last night we had so a little bit sore that we missed it...But you can easily entertain yourself. All inclusive bar hellloooo! haha.
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- Tsilivi Beach Hotel offers 173 comfortable and functional rooms overlooking extraordinary Tsilivi beach, Zakynthos. The three Junior Suites, 130 Standard Deluxe Rooms and 40 Family Rooms fulfil every desire for a holiday that you and your family can dream of! Specialised staff and unique amenities (including a mini soccer pitch and basketball court), and games, shows plus many surprises complete the most entertaining of experiences. ... more less
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