We have stayed at the Alamis for the last 5 years and have had a great time every year.
Rooms.... They are basic with a small hob, fridge and kettle and just enough knifes and forks for the amount of people staying in the room. Bins are emptied every day and towels are changed every 2 to 3 days. Beds are changed every 2 to 3 days. The apartments are made up of 3 blocks with the ones at the front of the hotel being the newest.
The small studio apartments at the back are older and smaller and not as nicely decorated. The showers are at waist height and you have to hold the shower head to wash hair and the top of your body, but this is pretty standard in Greece.
If you book with Olympic try to get a 2 bed or 1 bed apartment with an inland view (these are all the ones at the front) you have the choice to pick your room and there is usually little price difference between these and the studio's. 2 bed apartments are very nice with 2 balconies and spacious rooms. Air-con is 60 euros for 2 weeks and a safe is 20 euros a week.
Staff... The staff are very helpful, although their English is not brilliant so they can sometimes come across as a bit unfriendly - I can assure you this is not the case and they are happy to provide anything you need and help with phone calls etc. If you need an iron, extra pillows etc just ask and one will be sent to your room right away.
Food and Bars... There is a small bar at the pool which serves drinks and food all day. There is a covered area with a pool table and TV just in case you really need to catch up with the football/Eastenders. Food is ok, usual stuff, breakfast 4 euros, toasted sandwiches 2 euro's, chips 1.80 euros. Mythos is 2.50 euros a bottle and 50 cents for water. Ice cream for the kids and some cocktails for the big kids. The bar is pretty quite at night, but once a week they have a Greek night with BBQ and dancing.
Location.... perfect! The Alamis is situated at the Planos end of Tsilivi and if you come out of the apartments and turn right its a 5 min walk to the beach, turn left and its a 2 min walk to bars, shops and restaurants. A further 10 mins walk along the street will take you to the centre of Tsilivi, although its quicker to walk along the beach half way and turn up right to more shops and bars.
Eating out... After sampling the majority of restaurants and bars, here's our thoughts on the best ones.
Jolly Roger, next door to Alamis is a family friendly bar run by a great guy called Kosta, he will make you feel like a regular after 5 mins. He also serves the cheapest beer in Tsilivi 2 euros for a big bottle of Mythos and has happy hour all night on cocktails with BOGOF for 5.50 euros.
The Two Brothers is great for a good cheesy night out, singing loudly and dancing in the street, suits all ages.
Molly Malones is a good bar for the youg at heart and at midnight they shut the doors and you can dance until dawn. All music is turned down at midnight at every bar, so this is the place to go if you want to carry on into the early hours.
Th Ark bar is good for a late drink and a nice atmosphere, they also have a creperie attached, so if you get those 'after beer munchies' they can do sweet and savory and both are very nice.
Georgios is a great place to eat (opposite the Ark bar) one of the best and the meals are very large... I have never yet managed to eat a starter and a whole meal, but well worth a visit.
Dyonisis is a very good, cheap place to eat, come out of the Alamis turn right the first right the restaurant is round the back. It get very busy if you go early, but stroll along about 8.30 to 9 and you should get a table. He has specials of the day and these are usually around 6 to 7 euros.
Popeyes is lovely, great friendly staff and good food at reasonable rates. The Menir is very nice too just turn right from the Alamis and walk towards beach and the restaurant is on the right.. nice sea views.
The Alexander Beach Party, Friday nights.... very good for up to date music and dancing to dawn. Mixed age group but most suited to 20 plus or like us oldies that just cant quite give up our youth yet!
Last place I love... The Boomerang Bar on the beach, turn right out of the Alamis and its on the sea front. Great food with lovely views and although not traditional Greek food, they do the best Pizzas I have ever had. The staff are very friendly and nothing is too much trouble.
Things to do.... A must is the Levante Speedboat trip to the Blue caves and Shipwreck beach. www.zantelevante.com It can be hard to find Spiros the captain, but ask the guys at the Boomerang and they will call him and book you on the trip, or book online before you go. The cost is £40 euros each, but well worth the extra money. Captain Spiros is lovely, he lets all the kids and women drive the boat and his handling of the speedboat is second to none.
Around the island trip will cost 20 euros but be prepared!!! This trip is 9 hours long and the boats are often packed to capacity. After you have looked at rocks for 5 hours it becomes a little boring.
Tsilivi water park....this only opened last year but is a very nice place for kids and adults 14 euros per adult and 8 for kids and food is included in the ticket price. Great play area for the little ones and a lovely pool with Jacuzzi for us big ones.
Horse riding... for a nice trek around the olive groves and views over Tsilivi, hire a horse for an hour, they cater for all abilities... but the saddles are hard, you need some junk in your trunk :-)
The beach is safe for kids and has water sports including jet skis and banana rides. 6 euros 2 sun beds and umbrella and cafes and bars along the front.
All in all Tsilivi is a lovely place and a typical European destination, usual gift shops, bars and restaurants but something for every one. If you want traditional Greece, try Kefaloni but if you want some good food, fun nights and lazy days at the beach or pool Tsilivi is the place to be.
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- Only 5km distance from the town of Zakynthos, in the region of Planos village and very near to the beautiful beach of Tsilivi, you will find Alamis apartments. Alamis apartments consist of three separate buildings, designed in an almost classical style and surrounded by lovely gardens scattered with palm trees, creating a quiet and ideal place for your vacations. ... more less
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