We stopped at the Mavrikos Hotel between the 02-16 June. Its situated at the top of a small hill (which we nick-named 'heart-attack hill' cause of the steepness at the top, but by the end of the holiday it was a doddle!!! The rooms were basic but clean and very presentable! The fridges (21 Euros a week) and air-conditioning (30 Euros a week) are available for hire, there are also hairdryers and travel irons available for loan at the reception desk. The staff are superb! Jean is the hotels' liasion officer and works behind the bar in the day. Phil, John and Peter do the nights and put Tom Cruise to shame!!! Facilities for the children are basic, the park is suitable for children under 5 and they have their own pool. Our daughter is 11 years old and apart from swimming, feeding the kittens and Kids Club, she did whinge about being bored on a few occasions. Beeca, Jo and Sarah are the Thompson Kids Club Reps and the are totally nuts, some of the things they get up to, made me want to join in!! Thompson do a 'Kids Club Trip' to Plakka Beach and it is well worth going. You can walk about a mile into the sea and it doesnt go above your waist. Marianne and John (the owners) are at the Hotel from first thing in the morning till last thing at night and if you have a problem they are there to help and are really friendly. Laurie, your Rep is absolutely fantasic, if you have a problem she will do her best to sort it for you. The food and drink at the Hotel Bar is a little bit more expensive than outside, and we were recommended Popeye's Bar, as an excellent place to eat at. I didnt find it that friendly and preferred the Family Restaurant (Yiannis, Peter and Taz) make such a fuss of children. Another nice place to eat is the Athena Restaurant. Prices for eating out do vary and we found that it would cost us between 25 & 40 Euros for a 3 course evening meal at the above places. Half way down the hill from the hotel is Graces Bar, it opened on 1st May 2003 and is run by Mick and Bella, they do a fabulous full English Breakfast for 5 Euro's. Two places I didnt enjoy eating at and wouldnt recommend was Calypso Restaurant and Pieros, where 'Kids Eat Free' between 6 - 8pm, and we found it a rip off as it didnt include drinks or ice-cream and I spoke to a few parents who said exactly the same. Trips with Thompson are a bit more expensive than outside and is really worth shopping around for alternatives. While we were there, they had a mini heatwave, the weather didnt go below 43C - it was fabulous. If like us you have never been to the Mavrikos before, you will come away definately wanting to go back like we plan to.
This Restaurant has to be the 'Best in Tsivili' - Yiannis, Peter and Taz are fabulous and the food and service is outstanding. Best we had there was the mixed grill, pizza and spaghetti bol! We worth a visit.
If your children are not happy with Greek food, McDonalds always comes in handy. Staff were friendly, but it does look out of place in such a pretty town! The menu is the same as here!
We visited this beach as part of a Thomson kids Club Trip and we thought it was paradise. It was quiet and our daughter was safe and felt safe going into the sea by herself. You could walk at least half a mile into the sea and the water doesnt go above your waist. Take a snorkel with you and see the fish swimming around your feet. The food and drink there is of average prices and they do an excellent meal at the restaurant. If you are fed up with the sand they have a grassed area with a bar to sit and relax.
Have never been to Zante before and it was 48C on Saturday 14th June and on Sunday 15th June at 6pm, the thermometer by our Hotel pool was 52C. Boy was that HOT!!!!
Second time in Tsivili and nothing has changed - the best restaurant in the town - Peter, Stephen and George are fab and cant wait to see you next July boys!!
Second time back here! Fabulous - Jean and Guys are fab and will see you all next July