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Zoe Seaside Resort

EO9, Gialova 240 01 Greece
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It is our pleasure to welcome you in Zoe Seaside Resort, which is located on the vibrant and elegant beach of Gialova with its crystal clear waters. Pull up to our Hotel for the first time and you’ll be greeted by the spirited energy of Navarino Bay and the ancient island of Sfakteria. With a total of 42 rooms and suites, our seaside destination combines simplicity with a luxury touch. At Zoe Seaside Resort, you can do everything or nothing at all. We give you the room you need to relax, unwind and recharge in whatever way you would like. Whatever is the reason for your visit, whether it’s pleasure, a special occasion or a little bit of both, we are certain you will come back again and again, because Zoe Seaside Resort has the magic, everybody is looking for… Zoe Seaside Resort is situated on a beautiful beach along the northern shores of the Navarino Bay. Its location right at the sea line makes it the top destination in Gialova, being also at a short walking distance from various cafe’s, tavernas and other shops of the village. Zoe Resort takes its name after Zoe, meaning “life” in Greek. Zoe was also the name of the mother of Mr. Stavros Giannoutsos, who founded the Hotel Zoe back in the 1970’s, the first hotel in Gialova. As the orthodox tradition requires, Zoe’s name passed onto Stavros’ and Voulas’ daughter, who welcomes you today along with her brother Theodore in Zoe Resort. The family management of the Resort ensures that all the guests will be taken care of warmly and friendly during their whole stay, as if they were part of our family.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Secured parking
Pool / beach towels
Adult pool
Outdoor pool
Fence around pool
Breakfast available
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Complimentary instant cofffee
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Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
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Mosquito net
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Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
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Air conditioning
Private balcony
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Walk-in shower
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English, German, Greek
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Rachel B-T wrote a review 6 Jul
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This was our first stay at Zoe Resort and we will definitely be returning. Greek friends of ours recommended the hotel to us and we enjoyed every minute of our stay. The hotel is located on the beach overlooking the bay. It has beautiful grounds housing olive, orange and lemon trees, as well as many vegetable plants and flowers. The resort has a great pool too. The restaurant - Natura Restaurant - was by far our favourite restaurant in Gialova. The food is fresh and delicious, the atmosphere is beautiful, the staff are incredibly friendly. We had a family apartment which was perfect for our family (parents and two teenagers). Comfy beds, two rooms, a kitchenette and a huge balcony. We spent the mornings at the beach on sun loungers with pretty umbrellas and swimming in the sea. Afternoons were by the pool. We walked on the beach all the way to the end which was a great walk (maybe 6km there and back?), very pretty! Gialova has a seaside parade of restaurants and shops that we visited each day. We found everything we needed there so did not need to drive anywhere. We did take a trip to Voidokilia Beach which is 10 minutes drive away and considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. We are looking forward to coming back to Zoe Resort - hopefully soon!
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
DovertheWhites wrote a review Mar 2021
London SE 134 contributions10 helpful votes
We have been Zoe Hotel for years staying in the apartments behind the pool. It is a great place. A real gem. The location is lovely and the rooms on the front have lovely sea views. The gardens are awash with lovely fruit and veg which mostly makes its way to the excellent restaurant, which serves very good breakfasts, lunch and dinner, though I pity the poor staff made to wear these damn masks, as they are in most of the restaurants under what they call this dreadful “n#w nor#al”. The family who run it are very efficient and very nice and lots of the staff have been with them for years, even the cleaning staff. The rooms are kept really clean. The pool is large and also very clean. This really is a prime spot right on the beach in the middle of the Bay. In recent years, the family have moved to make the hotel more upmarket and able to function in the cooler months and to cater for all-year wedding and golf brigades. So, the lounge has been totally revamped and wooden walkways put in for the outside dining area over the old sand that was there. Plus, they have improved the seating near the beach and more and better umbrellas have sprouted. Now all the staff are liveried with Zoe t shirts. Old staples like the Spag Bol have disappeared from the menu. I don’t blame them as this all helps pull in the big bucks from the “poshies” who visit the overbearing Navarino Dunes Bay complex up the way – the types who like everything “just so”. But it it has lost a little of its rustic, random Greek charm as a result. In fact, I fear for the Bay in general as last year a new huge hotel complex was under construction at the south side of the bay, rather spoiling the view in that direction. The people of Gialova and Pylos ought to resist such big developments appearing on the hills and overlooking the bay. If we wanted that, we would go to Spain or Florida. But Zoe Resort is still a great place and highly recommended. One thing I do hope though is that the officious pool attendant is dispensed with, He spends lots of him time telling people they cannot jump in or even swim underwater - adults included. Certainly, heaven forbid anyone jumps off the big ledge at the end. I see other people have complained about this too. This is different from the old days when all the kids would jump off and Stavros (the owner) would come and tell them off occasionally, then, as soon as his back was turned, they would do it all again. That was the old "Greek way" we knew and loved. Also, the pool only was open 11 to 7 last year. So, at 7pm we are kicked out by the “pool Stasi”, despite the fact it is a lovely place to watch the sun set and the best time of day. Also, I know of lots of people who would love a morning pool swim too, but are now not allowed. I guess all this reflects the health and safety culture that we in the UK and other nervous north Europeans have imposed on Greece - but I hope this gets reversed and the pool guy (and the stomach churning pool rule warnings too) around the pool are found alternative employment. But Zoe Hotel is still fab. Still a home from home for us. We love it. We just hope the owners rein in or dispense with the pool attendant and use whatever influence they have to stop the beautiful bay being ruined by any more ugly big developments.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Thanasis wrote a review Sep 2020
Brighton, United Kingdom3 contributions1 helpful vote
Our first visit to Zoe Resort in 2017 was with TUI Holidays with my wife our daughter and our 2 grandchildren 5 and 3 years old, we fell in love with the very rustic little town of Gialova and the laid-back atmosphere of the surrounded places, Zoe Resort hotel and the studios were nothing-special very basic, more like 1970’s style but we love the view from our balcony, we use the hotel only as a base as we always had a hire car during our stay to visit the so many beautiful place’s and beach’s in the region. So despite my oldest grandson been attack by a big dog in the hotel breakfast area we ask to booked for the following year (2018), only to be told that the hotel will not longer use the TUI Holidays but we can booked directly to them and if we pay cash they will give us a better price, so we booked for 2018 and same 2019. When try to book for 2020 we where inform that our daughter could have studio 9 as per 2019 for 160 Euros a day, but our room that had in 2017-19 was no longer available because they were going to renovate that part of the hotel but we could have a room at the new building next door with price tag 180 Euros! a day (our previous room with fantastic sea views cost 80 Euros a day), first though was this is rather expensive but because our daughter like Gialova as it is very child-friendly place, the grandchildren love to play in the square in the evening and also we enjoy to have diner at Gialova numerous family run tavernas along the sea front where you can sample Greek hospitality, (we only had diner at Zoe’s restaurant once but we didn’t like it) so we booked again, I ask to have a sea view for our room which they confirm. We arrive 11th August 2020 at 2.30 afternoon after a long (had to wear musk’s throughout the flight because of COVID-19) journey from UK, the hotel look very different the atmosphere was not very welcoming, nothing like welcome back nice to see you (this was our 4th year staying 14 days each year paying them in total more than 11,000 Euros in cash!), the only comment was that we couldn’t get in till 3 o’clock so we stay in the hire car. When back the reception ask us to fill some forms and handed us the keys, I notice that our daughters key was studio 10 which she had back in 2017, I say this is not what I had booked for my daughter, I booked studio 9 the one she had last year therefore must be some admin mistake (studio 10 is a small with 2 single beds and 1 sofa, studio 9 has 3 single beds plus 1 sofa), the manager started telling me that there is no mistake and that my daughter had never stay in studio 9, I was try to explained to her that my daughter had stay in studio 9 and not only last year but also in 2018 and the studio 10 that she had back in 2017 was OK then because she had a baby travel cot with her for the younger boy but now both boys need a bed each and one for herself, I was getting nowhere with her, so I try to speak to the owner of the hotel, but to my surprise her answer was very sorry can’t help not involved with bookings! I was outrage with her reply. At this stage I was getting very angry I was thinking to tell them what to do with their hotel pick up our suitcases and go, but the boys where really very tired, so where the rest of us plus been very hot day and in high season difficult to find another hotel so had no choice but to except the studio 10 resulted my daughter sleeping for 14 days on the sofa! Paying 2240 Euros for that privilege. As for our room the so call superior was nothing superior, (nothing like the photos on their web-site) nothing special to pay 2520 Euros, we had no sea view as promised the "sea view from our room" was trees in front of the balcony, the decor was bland, the were no chairs only one block of very heavy wood to seat on and a piece of thick wood in the corner as a table, the only space to hung clothes was in a space which look like a wardrobe without any drawers, we had to place our T-shirts underwear etc on the sofa, the king-size bed had 2 single beds place together it wasn’t great was hard and not comfortable, no glasses in the room, the toilet seat was broken, the water pressure on the shower was so low in the afternoon that it was impossible to have a good shower, nowhere to place wet clothes to dry, I ask the receptionist if the had any washing line’s (previously we had one on the balcony as the hotel has no laundry service) the reply was no the hotel is now a superior so no washing line’s, this is a joke as this is a holiday hotel by the beach and quest's need to dry their wet clothes us you can see on the photo people don’t take any notice and use the balcony railing to dry their clothes, the room floor was very dirty full of sand it was only clean once in 14 days, they did not make the beds and the sheets where only change again once in 14 days!, I asked for daily towels (they did offer it on request) but although the towels look clean the where smelling of something unpleasant. Breakfast was from 7.30-10:00 only and the majority of people arrived at 09:30 therefore it was chaos very inefficient you had to wait for a long time every morning with long queues and only 2 waiters to serve, only one toaster for toast and this was broken, the quality of food was pretty poor, we had to go every day to the baker shop to purchase freshly baked bread, pastries, cakes, etc, for the grandchildren. The pool is not suitable for young children as it is 1.85 meter in depth all round and last year the owner told us that they where going to make the pool suitable for young children ready for 2020 therefore we came back but nothing had change, the pool was open from 11-19:00 only and the rules are so over the top, no jumping or running which is of course fair enough but children like to play round the pool as is to deep to play inside and have fun, the lifeguard patrols up and down and blows his whistle all the time, its was very unrelaxing atmosphere, so we where taking our grandchildren to a another hotel 10 miles a way that had a pool suitable for them to play and paying 3 Euros each. In the back of the hotel where the studios are situated are 3 large ponds with a lot of mosquito’s, therefore take care if you have young children our 8-year grandson was bitten by a mosquito and we had to take him to the local hospital in Pylons because he had a sharp or burning pain and swelling, the doctor say it was infected and given him antibiotics for 10 days, we also notice a lot of dogs stay in the hotel this year, nothing wrong with this but if you have asthma and you given a room that dog stay before you it may give serious problem’s, so be aware of that. Finally they are very expensive for what the offer as one previous Austrian quest put it is a rip-off hotel prices, he was stay in the hotel for the last 7 years 6 weeks at the time paying only 80 Euros but the new prices are 180 Euros a day! As for us we will never return to the Zoe Resort again, we have organize to book a luxurious villa with pool for 150 Euros sleeping 5 (less than half we pay 330 Euros for Zoe Resort a day (our room 180 Euro plus 160 Euros for my daughters studio).
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Date of stay: April 2020
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eddyh1 wrote a review Aug 2020
Athens, Greece145 contributions103 helpful votes
A mixed review really. Certainly not gushing with praise. Zoe is indeed located in paradise and enjoys a good location, just as their brochure shows. Zoe also has an excellent policy of COVID protection measures. And just as the much valued Daily Telegraph review depicts, the service is impeccable. We particularly single out Tania for her tireless attention to detail but all the staff were very good, worked as a team, and were very much appreciated. The hotel is indeed very well run, the rooms are big, tastefully decorated, with Cocomat beds, great showers, flyscreens, and the breakfast is wonderful. The homemade marmalade is beyond words of praise and had disappointedly to us sold out when we checked out. So why am I not so thrilled? Zoe concentrates entirely on the selling of excellent food and drinks to anybody, which made us think they have roots in running a family taverna. Certainly, it is one of the best eateries in Gialova. But their Natura restaurant and bar under the canopy of trees with wooden tables and chairs on a wood deck is right in front of the more expensive sea-facing rooms! It may be excellent, has great food and house wine, and all well served, and a romantic venue for lunch or dinner, but all at the expense of the paying customer who wanted peace and quiet in a resort hotel. The Corvid measures meant this restaurant should shut at midnight but guests carried on their revelry unabated till 3 or 4 in the morning. Consequently, Zoe may have an excellent restaurant but it is an average resort hotel. Furthermore, Zoe suffers from their own mistake of an open-door policy, which is not mentioned in their brochure and is not a recent policy to combat less income during Corvid times. Instead, this long time policy allows every Tom Dick and Harry to come and go as they please, arrive in their cars after 9 am, park under the trees and stay all day, block the sunbeds and sprawl where they want with noisy families and baggage. Zoi may argue that this was August during Corvid times and we should expect a chaotic and noisy period. But there had been no warning before booking. Some of these interlopers even drag away the hotel chairs in front of you into the nearby woods where the hotel astonishingly serves them coffee! Zoe does so because these interlopers, who enter for absolutely free, may buy a coffee which means income. They do not buy food because they bring their own! The paying hotel guests soon understand the game and are forced to capture their chosen beds by spreading towels on them at breakfast time. What would the hotel guests decide before booking if the brochure actually detailed these faults? "You will have a wonderful time at a modern hotel with great food, seaside, and view of Navarino Bay and Sfkteria Island but absolutely no peace and quiet and with the anarchy and competition that our open-door policy brings". Upon check-out, we had said we had enjoyed ourselves in the main and were sad to leave but complained about the noise and the anarchy. ( When we got back to Athens we slept for 12 hours! ) The receptionist had replied with the standard opinion, " Many guests do not realize that this noise carries and comes from the many eateries on the nearby busy Gialova promenade and not from our Natura restaurant". We did not bother to reply. Nor will we return because we value our sleep. Besides, the impressive and expensive all-inclusive Costa Navarino Hotel with Golf, a 15-minute drive away, is opening a second hotel a ten-minute walk down the beach from Zoe in two years' time.. This new hotel will force Zoe to either upgrade and sort out their erroneous policy of free interlopers or downgrade. Our guess is that in two years' time it will be an upgraded Zoe, starting with the presently free sunbeds and umbrellas to outsiders charged for. This would protect the paying hotel guests! As it is today, our message would be that if you want a good night's sleep then not to choose a sea-facing room, rather a less expensive room at the rear which faces the car park and to expect competition from freebies during the day.
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Date of stay: August 2020
Room Tip: NOT sea-facing
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travellinginstyle16 wrote a review Aug 2020
Athens, Greece22 contributions2 helpful votes
We loved everything there, the location, the food and overall the warm service of all the people working there. Due to Covid they are very careful and we felt a sense of security which was very important for us. The beach is average and it is not private for the residents but the pool is great! Overall we had a very positive and relaxing break from our daily routine!
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Frequently Asked Questions about Zoe Seaside Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Zoe Seaside Resort?
Nearby attractions include Cocoon Day Playground (0.6 km), Thrasymedes' Tomb (0.6 km), and Martin's Gialova (0.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Zoe Seaside Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Zoe Seaside Resort?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Zoe Seaside Resort?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Zoe Seaside Resort?
Yes, free parking, secured parking, and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Zoe Seaside Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include La Cucina Italiana, Elia Restaurant, and Spitiko Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Zoe Seaside Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Zoe Seaside Resort located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.08 km away from the centre of Gialova.
Are pets allowed at Zoe Seaside Resort?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Zoe Seaside Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, German, and Greek.
Does Zoe Seaside Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.