Just got back from a weeks stay here, with my partner and our kids. The hotel is a lovely place. The staff are really friendly and helpfull, and always make a fuss of the little ones. The room was clean and well presented, and when we asked for extra pillows, they arrived in minutes. The reception staff were very helpful, and nothing was too much trouble for them. Even though we went for the last week of the season, all of the staff including the restaurant staff kept their obviously high standards. The restaurant was excellent, with something for everyone, even our kids, who can be fussy were kept very well fed. The head chef was often out in the resturant, and quite happy to chat. The dishes were always hot and fresh, with a good variety every meal. The only slight downside was the variety if desserts, although if you like fresh fruit, this wasn't really a big issue. The complex itself was wonderful. with plenty of sunbeds to go round, and always a place by one of the five pools in the main hotel, and then plenty more room in the water park too. With it being the end of season, this was maybe slightly better than at high season, and again, with the weather not being red hot, although still a pleasant 22-25oC most days, the pools felt a little cool, but once you were in, they were fine. Although the water park was good, and a nice addition to the hotel complex, as a stand alone water park, it isn't massive, and you wouldn't pay the €50 per family entrance fee. that said, we enjoyed the slides and lazy river, and the kids area.
With it being the end of season too, the entertainment was limited to karaoke and greek dancing, but this didn't detract from the experiance really. The bar wasn't too busy with plenty of tables to sit at, and service again was great.
The beach is about 15-20 mins away, at a nice paced walk. Although not the greatest beach in the world, you have to remember it is a nature reserve for turtles, so it needs to be left alone.
Kalamaki it's self is small, but has everything you need, and after visiting Zante town, is at the same prices generally.
Would we recommend this hotel to others....definatly. If you have kids, of whatever age, it has everything you need for a great holiday.
- 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
- Carreta Beach Holiday Village Kalamaki, Zakynthos