St Nicholas Beach - (Beaches in Zante)

Sean R           

A big hello to everyone at St Nicholas padi dive centre. Tall Mike from Cannock, Mike the body, curvy "new car" Marie and not least John May, the best instructor a student could have.

Did a try dive at first. Liked it so much I did my open water course too, and what an experience. Loved every minute of it. Saw octopus, cuttlefish, fireworms, and about a thousand other cool critters. Can't express my gratitude enough to the team there. To say I had a fantastic time would be an understatement, and it really was one of the high points of the holiday.
If you're reading this before you go out there and are thinking of having a go, don't think about it, just do it. You'll love it.
 
Once again a huge thanks guys and see you next year (if not sooner)
 
Sean and  'Jane the tall chick with the pink hair'

Family Restaurant - (Restaurants in Tsilivi)

Sean R           

The family resturant has to be one of the best places we ate in over the holiday. The food is superb, service is exellent and the waiters could make a career for themselves in cabaret. They had us in stitches the whole time. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole evening.

Thanks guys, definately see you next year 

Asian Feast - (Restaurants in Tsilivi)

Sean R           

Ate a couple of times at the Asian Feast and found the food very good. The waiters were very helpful in suggesting suitable dishes when I fancied something different but wasn't sure what to eat. Very patient and with a friendly atmosphere made it a pleasure to dine there.

Balcony Restaurant - (Restaurants in Tsilivi)

Sean R           

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This is a lovely resturant. Stunning views, especially at sunset. Menu is just a little on the limited side but the food is never less than exellent. Waiters are friendly and helpful and the place is just gorgeous.

Take a camera when you go because you aren't going to want to miss the scenery and sunset. Mine doesn't do the scenery proper justice. Will definately be back next year.

The Troc - (Restaurants in Tsilivi)

Sean R  (August 05, 2006)         

Only found this place on the last evening because the guy who taught me to scuba dive works there in the evening (Hi John). This place is a diamond. Spent 2 weeks trying every sort of food imaginable. Greek (Mmmmm lamb Kleftico, yum yum) Chinese, Indian, Italian etc but at the end just wanted some good old fashioned honest to goodness home cooking and I found it in the troc. Had the home made steak pie...and damn it was good. Boiled potatoes and veg.........faultless . Menu was exellent and had my mouth watering just reading it. Can't wait to get back over there and tuck in.

10/10 
See you guys soon.

Planos Bay Aparthotel - (Accommodation in Tsilivi)

Sean R           

A huge hi to Angela, Chris and Eleni. Just got back to the UK and miss you guys terribly.

This was our second time at the Planos apartments. We were immediately recognised by Angela and Chris and welcomed as though we were long lost family members. They are the warmest and most wonderful hosts you could possibly imagine. No request was ever too much trouble for them and they really do make you feel like you are part of their family.
 
The apartments are basic but functional. They do have a small kitchenette but resturants are cheap and the food is of such a high quality everywhere that you'd be a fool to stay in and cook for yourself. They are cleaned every day by the maids and fresh bed linen and towels are provided every couple of days. I really can't say enough good things about this place.
 
On a little side note. I did hear a couple of people complaining to anyone who would listen to them about the noise from children playing. I'd like to point out that this is a family establishment and comes with all the associated family type noises, I.E. Children s laughter. If these people want a silent holiday may I suggest Morcambe as I hear they have bi-focal shop windows and free grumbling benches on the sea front .
 
We will definately be back next year.
 
To Ange, Chris and Eleni,
Love you guys loads and miss you more every day.
 
Jane & Sean, Jack, Coco and Ben, Pete & Sarah, Andrew & Leah.
 
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St Nickolas Beach Diving School - (Diving in Zante)

Sean R          10/10

A huge hello to everyone at St Nicks dive centre.

Did a shore dive and a couple of boat dives with these guys after qualifying last year under the instruction of the brilliant John May. Just want to say a huge thanks to all of you.
The third dive just off Keri was absolutely amazing. Very impressive geology. If you're already a qualified diver you'll get to appreciate the scale of the cliffs as they plunge into the ocean. It was all I could do to stop myself gasping in awe. (you don't get to see stuff like that diving in the Uk very often ) . It was lovely to drop into the water and be able to see the bottom some 20 to 30 metres below you,
fantastic.
 
Cheers guys and hope to dive with you all again soon.
 
Sean & Jane
 
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Tsilivi Beach - (Beaches in Zante)

Sean R          3/10

Well I hate to say it but Tsilivi beach was a huge disapointment for us this year. This was our third time there and we were absolutely horrified when we saw what had happened to it. Tsilivi 'was' a beautiful, relatively unspoiled beach....... untill now. Who's idea was it to install the walkway half way down the beach and plaster the sand with rows and rows of ugly regimented plastic sun beds? It looks awful. The walk way is a good idea but needs to be along the back of the beach. We thought we'd taken a wrong turn somewhere and ended up in Laganas. 

Sorry guys but you've ruined one of the best features of Tsilivi 

Family Restaurant - (Restaurants in Tsilivi)

Sean R          10/10

This is 'the' best resturant in Tsilivi bar none. The food is absolutely fantastic, the waiters are the best on the island......words fail me. I can't think of enough superlatives to describe this place. I could happily live there. It's one of the things we miss the most about coming home.

The second time we went there, one of the waiters actually remembered us from the year before. They must have thousands of people through there every year. Maybe it's because I have such an awful memory for faces but I was amazed.
 
Thanks to you all and hope we see you again real soon.
 
Jane & Sean

St Nickolas Beach Diving School - (Diving in Zante)

Sean R          10/10

click to enlarge click to enlarge click to enlargeYet another year rolls round and yet another fantastic few days diving with the guys and girls at St Nickolas diving centre. (yeah I know it's November but I'm terrible at writing reviews on time) These people really are some of the best people in the business and I can't say enough good things about them

I learned to dive at St Nickolas in 2006 under the guidance of a fantastic instructor called John May, and boy did he give me the bug for diving.

This year they took my fiancÚ and made a diver out of her too, albeit a holiday diver..... but a diver none the less. No mean feat in itself as she's terrified of anything deeper than a nice warm bath. She absolutely raved about everyone there and was put at her ease right from the start and as such, is now a huge devotee. If they can make a scuba hound out of her they can do it for anyone. Next year when you're on Zante, pop down and just have a word with the friendly staff. Before you know it you'll be clad in skin tight rubber and feeding fishes below the ocean waves.
Don't just think about doing it........Do it........ You'll wish you'd done it years ago !!!!!!!!!!!!

Catacomves - (Bars in Alykanas)

Sean R          10/10

This is one of those places we honestly found on the last evening and wished we'd found on the first. Popped into here for a nightcap or two and ended up staying a damn sight longer. Fantastic service, genuinely friendly staff who love turning up the music a bit when the woman from the little pastry shop in front has a moan LOL.
If you're staying in Alykanas or even just visiting for an evening you'll discover how wonderful it is just to sit on the top of the terrace overlooking the street, watch the world ride and stroll by and just plain relax in the atmosphere. Helps that we loved the music there too. Just get your ass in there, you'll love it.

Plessas Palace Hotel - (Accommodation in Alykanas)

Sean R          8/10

click to enlarge click to enlarge Stayed here for the first time this year and really have to be honest and say that we were a little disappointed. Not with the standard of the hotel (which was good overall), or the staff who were absolutely lovely. Our gripe came with the levels of equipment in our room. We booked as a self catering couple and one would expect certain items to be provided within the room. Our kitchen consisted of 2 glass tumblers, 2 coffee cups, 1 saucer, 1 large plate, 1 small plate, 1 breakfast bowl, 1 knife, 2 forks and 1 spoon. Cooking utensils were provided in the shape of 1 huge saucepan you could have boiled a rhino in, a frying pan with a broken handle and a jug. Now I know it's Zakynthos and we weren't expecting (or indeed needing) the kitchens from the ritz hotel. Indeed we ate out every evening, but the ability to do a cup of coffee and some toast for breakfast would have been a bonus. We've been to Zakynthos many times before and usually stay in the Planos Aparthotel in Tsilivi where the kitchen you are provided with is equiped to a very good standard. There really is no excuse for the lack of facilities provided at Plessas Palace. Luckily though, we had read a few reviews of the place before we actually went and had the foresight to take a mini travel kettle and one or two other items with us. We'd been forewarned about just this very problem so it never spoiled our time there.
Oh incidentally if you're not self catering you don't even get to use the fridge without forking out an extra payment.
Overall it's a pleasant hotel run by a very nice family. They just need to address this one problem and it would be almost perfect. The pool was clean and well kept and there was none of this stupid putting towels on the sunbeds at three in the morning we see at other hotels.
Would we go back?........ yes definately, but we'd take some plates with us

Catacomves - (Bars in Alykanas)

Sean R          10/10

  This has become our favourite place to be in the evening on the whole of the island. No words can express how much we love this place. Maybe it's because I'm becoming an old duffer but I could quite happily live here.
Dennis, if you read this I haven't forgotten about your phone ;-)


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Elpida Hotel - (Accommodation in Alykanas)

Sean R

Flying out in four days time (Sept 11) and from the reviews on this site we're really looking forward to it. Usually stay next doot at Plessas but glad we chose the Elpida this year. Only 3 more sleeps to go