We have recently returned from 11 nights at the Kalidonio. We had a really great holiday. The owner, sorry I can't spell her name and her sister, Maria ensured we had a lovely time. They together with young Maria and Nana made our 3 year old daughter, Ella, feel very at home. She was very sad to have to come home. The rooms are basic but extremely clean and we had our sheets and towels change about 4 times over the 11 nights. This was our 8th time in Kalamaki and 2nd time at this accomodation, coming previously in 2005, Have not been to Kalamaki since 2007 but this visit reinforced our affection for the Island and the resort - it always feels like we are returning home - this is mainly due to the friendliness of the Kalamaki locals. I hope the ecomomy improves and things get better for all of Greece.
could someone let me know who they booked through please
We have stayed at Kalidonio for many years and would not consider anywhere else. The apartments are very roomy and are maintained in spotless condition, as is the whole complex. Perfect location in one of the quietest spots in Kalamaki. The family owners are very friendly. Nice pool bar serving snacks and we only wish that guests would patronise it much more rather than going to more expensive, and often inferior, eating places. Cannot understand why people stay there yet will not support the facilities on offer. Excellent choice for anyone wanting a quiet relaxing holiday.
These studios are excellent and we would definitely stay there again.Everything we needed for a relaxing week away.The rooms and pool were spotless.Hope to return again next year.
For Ashleigh Payne re Inonian Blue
My daughter and I are just back from a week at the Kalidonio we had a really good holiday the apartments are basic but spotless clean, and only ten minutes from the airport by taxi. We booked on the Internet direct with the owners.
Anyone who has booked to stay at Ionian Blue- which tour operator did you use or did you book it direct?
We are staying at the Ionian Blue too, going on 21st July, apparently there is a problem with the pool, so there is no water in it at the moment, but people are being told they can use the pool at the Kalidonio. Here is the web address: www.zanteweb.gr/zakynthos.zante/en/ionion-blue Hope this helps.
I am not a hard person to please when it comes to accomodation on holiday, but I must say, I was quite dissapointed with the Kalidonio Studios. They were very basic, which in itself was not a problem, but I was not convinced that the sheets were ever changed. The moscito bits on my leg that I woke up with every morning were proof of that! Once we bought a plug-in mossi killer thing, I was fine! Thanks to one gentleman that had spotted the state of the bites on my legs who was nice enough to come to my rescue with a fantastic "Magic Anti Bite Stick"! Saying that, the location of these apartments was great, a short walk to the town so noise was limited. The food at the pool bar was very good and reasonably priced.
We visited for a fortnight in September 2004 - see the three photos that I have uploaded. Everything was fine and I would recommend this accommodation to anybody. The staff were all very friendly and helped me practice my Greek! The only other observation that I would make is that it is up to a ten minute walk to the beach and also to the main shops and most other places. This is good in the sense that it is quiet, but not so good if you get caught out, as we did, in a torrential downpour that started while we were eating in Kalamaki. When it rains there, it doesn't bother with drops: it is more like a waterfall! It does clear up quickly, though.
great place great people
the pool and apartment were spotless
the pool bar staff were especially friendly and made us feel very welcome and the food was also good
The apartment was very clean and the rooms lovely.
Really friendly staff,pool bar people were fantastic and made great creme caramel
is it near venus and exotica? is it further to them than dennys inn?
In answer to Lu ce, nearest bar was Iguana, small sports bar or Drunk Corner a few mins walk.
Nearest restaurant Escape (if you dont mind the cats wandering around your feet) food nice, served in small garden or inside.
Not much going on for teenagers apart from pool tables and TV shows.
Pedalos on beach but no water sports.
Smugglers Cove boat trip not good value but Island tour by coach was. (additional charge for caves boat trip 7 euros - worth it).
Eurozante coach rep very informative. But meal at Taverna not very nice.
Just returned from a holiday at the Kalidonio. Booked on line with Direct Holidays with free child place and £80-00 on line discount.
While the apartments were typical basic standard in Greece (no shower curtain, no kettle but did have fridge and small stove). They were very clean and comfortable. Staff very friendly, poolside bar swimming pool good. Breakfast and snacks reasonably priced.
Location on a quiet dark road half way between beach and main street.
There is no entertainment but other hotels welcome you to Greek nights, Sky sports and films.
Excursions booked on the main street were cheaper than through tour rep. Eg. Boat trips 13 euro. rather than 20 euro.
Best restaurants to try Mermaids and Pathendos (Ithink thats what its called!)
If going again with kids I would try Hotel Venus or Siccoco.
can anyone tlel me whereabouts these apartments are situated? near which bars?
I have booked to go to Kalidonio in May 05 for two weeks with my husband and 17 year old son. Is there enough here for him to do and can someone please let me know the cost of boat trips or any other trips he may be interested in.
We stayed there between 26/08 and 02/09. It is in the perfect location being half way between main street and beach.
Nice big room for the three of us with a good sized balcony. very basic bathroom and kitchen area. Kept very clean - floor moped and bins changed every day. Towels and bedding were also changed during stay.
The pool is the right size for amount of guests with enough sunbeds to go around. It is set in a pretty garden and there is a lovely, friendly lad behind the pool bar called Zisi who can speak fluent English (with slang!)
just got back from the kalidonio,the apartments were basic but clean,the pool area is fantastic.the only complaint is that we got a telling off for not using the pool bar to eat breakfast,as we went self catering and are adults we choose to eat were ever we like,so if you can take a telling off the kalidonio is the ideal holiday base......close to beach and all the bars are a 5min walk away...
Just come back from a week at the Kalidonio Studios with Airtours/My Travel and the studios/apartments are good. Very short distance to walk into town to the main bars & restaurants and shops etc. Small supermarket within very short walking distance. Kalamaki Beach approx. 15-20 mins walk. - very nice beach clear water, shallow for distance into sea. (Kristal Beach few mins further) Pool good - clean etc. Pool side bar/snacks.
Accommodation was very quiet in evenings as is far enough away from bars etc. Staff v. helpful.
Laganas a short taxi/bus/car ride (5-10 mins).
Resort and accommodation is good for families with kids and also couples and singles alike!!
Please can anyone tell me if the Kaladoio studios are up and running? We are due to go on 26th Aug 04 and we cannot find any photos or any comments from anyone thats actually stayed there. We are rather worried about this.
we have not yet been to the kalidonio studios and it is worrying us quite alot because we are going in 2 weeks and have not yet seen any pictures.we are going with direct holidays, can anyone e.mail me the pictures thanks lisa
I have just received the Summer 2004 brochure from Direct Holidays and I notice that the Kalidonio Studios are in there again.
I did book to go there last year but when they went over to Golden Sun, Direct Holidays offered me another apartment or my money back and I took the refund. I have already booked to go elsewhere for 2004 otherwise I would have booked the Kalidonio.
Hope they now stay in the Direct Holidays brochure. I haven't actually stayed at the Kalidonio as yet, but I know they have an excellent location along a quiet road, but not far from bars, restaurants, supermarkets, etc.
Hi Beryl and Peter... and others : )
Thanks for taking the time to give your thoughts on what is happening with the Kalidonio. I hope they haven't been too badly done over by Golden Sun. May be worth checking the MyTravel website to see if the Kalidonio is back there. Thanks also about the Ionian Blue. I know they were planning to have rooms that slept 4.The problem I now have is 2 adults and 2 children don't fit into the Kalidonio room size...(officially...shh don't tell) amazing what a phone call before you arrive can do : )
If I get any joy I'll be sure to let you know...coz I don't want to do Menorca in October again. (I'm singing in the rain...)
Kind Regards, Grant Somerville.
A short update on the previous remarks. The Direct Holidays brochure I requested has arrived. It is the 2nd edition and guess what ? ? ? the Kalidonio is still not in it Have we been here before I wonder?
2016Starting near to Villa Nostos then heading east towards the Crystal Beach Hotel and along the Kalamaki old road turning left at the roundabout, heading west towards Laganas along the main strip past the Vanessa hotel, Athina Apartments and Eurohire car rental turning left towards the Kalamaki Beach hotel and ending with a nice view of the beach.
2015Starting from the new Caretta Island Hotel heading east past Zepos taverna along the Kalamaki old road and turning left at the new roundabout. Then heading west towards Laganas along the main strip past Sophia's hotel and the Cronulla hotel eventually turning left past the Macedonia hotel and ending at the Kalamaki Beach Taverna.
2014The tour starts from on the main road close to the airport runway heading East towards the crossroads at Drunk Corner, going past the Zakynthos information Centre on the right, continuing all the way along the main strip turning right at the junction with the Kalamaki Old Road towards the Klelia hotel. Turning around at the Crystal Beach Hotel the tour takes the reverse route then turns left towards the Marelen Hotel before ending at the Kalamaki Beach Taverna
Kalamaki Early Evening Tour 2016The tour starts from the Kalamaki Beach Taverna & heads back past the Golden Sun Hotel turning right before the main road & past the Caretta Star (formerly Pelouzo) Hotel then left towards Eurohire car rental then turning right onto the main road. The tour continues all the way along the main strip turning right at the new roundabout past the Meandros Hotel & onto the Crystal Beach Hotel ending with a view over the beach.
Kalamaki 1st Week of May 2015It's the first week of May and there are very few tourists about. The tour starts from the Kalamaki Beach Hotel & heads back past the Louros Beach Hotel towards the main Kalamaki to Laganas road. Turning right towards Kalamaki centre, then a little detour through the Caretta Beach Hotel exiting onto the Airport road. Back to the main road turning left at Buon Amici then all the way to the newly constructed roundabout turning right onto Kalamaki Old road past the Cavo Doro Hotel then a quick look at the deserted Crystal Beach & ending at the newly built Carreta Island Hotel next to Stani restaurant.