Here are The Sandy Pencil’s top choices when it comes to family-friendly hotels in Zakynthos:
SENTIDO Louis Plagos Beach, Tragaki, Zakynthos
Transfer time from airport: 20 mins
Set amidst old vineyards and olive groves and just 150m from the beach, Sentido Louis Plagos offers the best of both worlds. If it is peace you are seeking, then lounging by one of the hotel’s two infinity pools, offers a tranquil haven. Take a five-minute taxi ride and you’re in bustling Tsilivi with its many bars and restaurants.
There is a children’s pool with water slides, kids club, playground and mini-disco, making this the perfect choice for families.
- Buffet Restaurant
- Main Bar
- Cocktail Bar
- 2 Infinity Pools
- Family Pool
- Large Children’s pool with water slides
- Evening Entertainment
- Kids club: 4 – 12
- Water slides
- Babysitting – available at additional charge and upon request.
We stayed in a sea view, family room on the ground floor with direct access to the infinity pool from our terrace and allocated sun loungers.
At the time of booking, the sea view rooms overlooking the infinity pools were exclusive to Thomas Cook.
These rooms and the infinity pools were a recent addition to the hotel, so our room was fresh, modern and clean. The bathroom was plush and spacious, with an enormous walk-in shower.
There was a daily maid service and our room was kept immaculate. The maid even took the time every day to arrange the girls’ teddies on their pillows neatly.
Food is available all day. When the main restaurant is not open, you can help yourself to pastries, toasted sandwiches and fruit.
All the food well exceeds the standards you would expect from an all-inclusive hotel.
The theme alters nightly with a wide selection of delicious meal choices available. I’m one of the hardest people to please when eating out, and couldn’t fault it.
As well as the buffet, there is a choice of freshly grilled meat and fish. On Greek night, there was a serving station where a chef prepared fresh gyros and on the English night, there was a carvery. Children can choose from the main buffet or a children’s buffet.
When dining in the evening, the restaurant feels far from that of an all-inclusive hotel catering for the masses; the customer service is second to none. You are shown to your table by a waiter who then gets you your first drink leaving you to help yourself to your dinner.
We all agreed, that having stayed at many all-inclusive hotels, Sentido Louis Plagos is by far the best one for food.
Nightly entertainment was kicked-off by the mini-disco which the girls loved, especially the nightly appearance of the Sentido children’s characters.
It’s clear the entertainment team work very hard and some of the shows they put on were very good, others not so, but that would be my only grumble and I’ve had to dig deep to find that one.
Our girls went to the kid’s club twice and enjoyed it both times. The girls that run the club were very friendly and excellent with children. Our girls were a little reluctant to be left on their own there, which was fine as staying with them gave me a good idea of what goes on in there and all the children appeared to be having fun. If I were to suggest an improvement, it would have been to include more activities geared towards English-speaking children as many of the songs we didn’t understand, but we sang and danced along anyway.
The second you step through the doors of the Louis Plagos hotel, you know you are somewhere special.
On arrival we were greeted by a friendly concierge and offered a refreshing drink and cold wash cloth. The service doesn’t stop there either, the staff cannot do enough for you and are genuinely pleased to help.
The bar staff were engaging and entertaining, the sort that have your drink ready before you’ve even sat down.
All the staff at Sentido Louis Plagos work very hard. They take time to get to know their customers, interact with the children and generally make you feel incredibly welcome.
The Sandy Pencil Rating: 9 /10
Clio Hotel, Alykes, Zakynthos
Transfer time from Airport: 30 minutes
This idyllic hotel is situated 350m from Alykes centre and boasts mountain views, chic sun-loungers and a laid-back feel.
Many people return to the Clio Hotel year after year and as soon as you stay there, it’s obvious why – the family who own this property know how to look after their guests and go that extra mile to make you feel welcome.
If you’re holidaying on a budget and want to stay somewhere where you’re really looked after, Clio Hotel is the right choice.
Our accommodation was booked directly with the hotel and included the transfers to and from the airport. We booked a family room which had a large balcony and beautiful mountain views.
Our room was spacious, nicely decorated and well equipped for a self-catering holiday including a large fridge with freezer compartment, two hot plates and a kettle.
The rooms were cleaned to perfection daily.
Breakfast was a simple and tasty continental. For those wanting something more substantial, there was also the option of a cooked breakfast at an extra cost.
The homemade, evening meals were delicious with plenty of healthy choices.
Weekly Greek night.
For us, what made our holiday, was the way we were welcomed into the family for the two weeks we were there.
The owner made our children fresh fruit platters every morning, gave them a gift each, made Darcy an olive oil concoction when she had an ear infection and even offered to take us to the pharmacy. It’s these little touches that give the Clio Hotel its excellent reputation and why it has such loyal customers.
The Sandy Pencil Rating: 9/10