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Amazing beach, clear warm water.
Lots of fish swimming in the shallows.
20 minute walk down steps to get to the bottom/beach.
This place is meant for family!
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Amazing beach and water 20 mins from the villa.
Great sheltered beach, good for children with some ice cream shops and small restaurants. Has a play park on the beach and free parking.
Free sun beds, lovely food and drink and delightful service. This was my favourite lunchtime view after a couple of hours on the beach!
This is your view!
A fabulous villa in a wonderful situation! The views across to Albania are stunning and the setting is so quiet and peaceful.
The villa itself is light, bright and very clean. The cleaner visited three times during our stay, with towels and linen being changed mid week.
We would certainly come back... a little piece of paradise!
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We added our lock to the thousands of others to show our love of the island.
Excellent, home made British grub for a lovely lunchtime
Me and the lad
Albanian mountains viewed from the balcony, nice way to start another hot day.
Pool just before sunset.
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Lovely villa, close to Pegeia and Coral Bay but in a tranquil setting. The owner checked that everything was ok on a regular basis. Villa was cleaned mid holiday and fresh towels replenished. Fantastic holiday.
Excellent beach with lots of space and activities.
Amazing villa. Loved every minute. James Villas couldn’t do enough for us and was extremely helpful. Owner was very helpful and turned up the heat when my wife was cold due to her illness. would highly recommend and would definitely go back.
Second visit here and as classy and elegant as the first time.
Beautifully appointed villa in a modern style..... simple, clean lines and a delight to stay in.
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The rooftop next to our room is great. It's so quiet in the morning. A good place to start the day with coffee.
Small family run. Must have the prawn spaghetti. Fresh prawns the size of small ponies.
View from the terrace of Las Olas.
What a sight!
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Nice pool warm for this time of year my wife getting her feet cool.
The staff are very friendly, attentive and efficient, this place is definitely a cut above the rest and we will definitely be back!! You have to give this place a try you will not be disappointed!
Lovely villa been here five times.
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In the pool
Magnificent views from the living room.
First day here, villa Is lovely, clean and well equipped. Quite a rural location which we like.
Dark clouds above the villa.
Lovely sandy beach. Steep shore though, so swimming not great for youngsters.
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Dinner with a view at Lanis steakhouse!
Amazing scenery, but a challenging drive up! Expect the temperature to drop by about 10C at the top!
A large RAF radar station sits atop Mount Olympus, but it doesn't spoil the views.
Wonderful, fresh meal! English speaking staff and a nice atmosphere.
Amazing cocktails and a great view of the sea/sunset.
Great pricing - about £35/head with 3 courses and cocktails.
This beautiful Pelican appears to belong to the pelican restaurant. It attracts so many photoshoots each day and mid-evening they just pick him up and put him to bed very tame and lovely to look at.
Beautiful weather compared to this time last year heavy snow which had come late.
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Botanical gardens, waterfall, nature trail through the hills (2.5km), beach & restsaurant.
Be sure to wear walking boots as there are some steep inclines and steps, and take some water with you as on hot days you will need it.
Lovely restaurant serving fish dishes as well as other Cypriot dishes & desserts/ice creams.
Fantastic holiday at the algarve
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Amazing villa everything you need . Close to everything
Holidays villa awesome sun is shining
Lazing by the pool at this fantastic villa.
Graco - Sao Rafael, near Albufeira. Absolutely perfect! Couldn’t have wished for anything better for our party of 7 + toddler. Lots of finishing touches made the holiday perfect. Warm pool, air con, amenities close by, fab location, spacious and extremely clean to the highest standard. You’ve made a friend for life, Graco!! Thank you
Villa tomi is beautiful. Well appointed in the quieter part of calan bosch but within easy walking distance to the harbour. Well equipped , comfortable , clean and modern. We loved it!
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But was amazing! Loved this villa!
45 Minute drive from Villa .Restored Roman Aqueduct .Great for picnic spot. Entry free.
Enjoying the view
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Beautiful little cove 5 minute drive or 20 minute walk from the Villa, nice for swimming Sandy beach.
our villa has beautiful gardens, very enclosed and private.just wonderful!
Fabulous villa. Interior has been updated and refreshed since these photos were taken. Peaceful location.
Although any sunset here is beautiful this one is Xlendi where you can eat at night by the sea.
Fabulous. Ideal location, close to a good beach and tavernas. All you could ask for in a quiet but easily accessible holiday.
Ferry to mainland.
Good size BBQ!
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Plenty to see and do in Vilamoura and plenty of restaurants to pick from
Great bar and restaurant with a very chilled atmosphere
Beutiful bay and great little beach bar ..
Absolutely amazing villa
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Absolutely beautiful villa and setting. The villa has everything you could want/need. The location is brilliant as well, 10 minutes to Alcúdia and 10 minutes to Pollença. The villa has a lovely amount of space especially when travelling with children! Will definitely be back!
This has to be on your to do list, at the top of the island at glossa , one of the best restaurants we've ever been to. The view from the table is awesome looking over loutraki harbour, and the food is amazing, the staff are first class and very friendly, we were there at the end of season so missed out on being able to dine on the roof, park on the road to loutraki or on the square near the butchers, because glossa is pedestrian only, narrow pretty streets, and before you reach agnanti, climb the curved steps to the right, to get to the tiny town square, well worth the 40 minute journey from Skopelos town where we were staying.
This was our second visit to La Higuera and hopefully it won't be the last!
The villa was exactly as we remembered it from our previous visit in 2015. Such a beautiful location overlooking the village, looking out to sea and keeping watch for the various birds that inhabit the locality.
Worth the winding mountain road up for the view from the top. Absolutely stunning. Little cafe at the top too, selling ice creams and coffee
Fantastic food been here three times and going back on our last night for paella which has to be ordered in advance service excellent and prices reasonable
Had a great time in this villa can't wait to go back!!
Local taverna with extensive menu and good views. Good food and good value
This is a really nice clothing optional beach (50% naturist after the beach bar in the middle. So much space you can have all the privacy you want so perfect for first timers.
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Have stayed in many James villas in many places but this is definitely the best view. Had a lovely holiday. We did lots of things the first week with the younger generation and relaxed on the second week.
Loved Keri Beach and spent quite a bit of time there. Tried the quieter spots off track but got a puncture so put us off.
Hired a boat from Captain's Rentals at Keri Beach. It was brilliant, we had a skipper and the four of us got 3 hours seeing all the best bits.
We went to the water village on Thursday (quietest day according to Jane) which was fun. Drove Charlotte and Max into Laganas for the evenings which they loved (aged 21 and 23) they got taxis back which cost about €15.
Went on a Shipwreck and Blue Caves tour which wasn't as good but the drive to St Nicholas Port was spectacular.
Jane has been extremely helpful recommending places and sorting out the pool pump when it stopped working.
Dennis Taverna will come and collect you from the bakery and return you in the evening if you eat there.
The best restaurant was Skloubou's at Agios Sostis.
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We stayed in binibeca nou during our holiday and it was lovely. As we stayed at the end of the season some restaurants were closed but if you don’t mind walking then about 10mins up the road is Binibeca Vell where you will find some more variety or restaurants :)
We had a lovely stay at villa beatriz! Perfect location and huge pool. Would definitely stay at this villa again! We were so sad to leave!
A short walk, but a fantastic view
It doesn’t get better than this, the views from Bonifacio are just stunning, the villa it’s self is so beautiful, so very tastefully decorated, everything is just gorgeous, love everything about it, we will definitely be back!
Sun down at Villa Latos
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Great morning of real life in Cyprus
By the pool
Really lovely selection of cakes, breads and pastries. Friendly staff.
Pool towels are included and there is also a hairdryer!
Shame we bought our own as the villa info told us it wasn't
Voula and Pepos
Thank you for your beautiful villa. Despite a couple of cloudy mornings and a couple of very windy evenings we have had a relaxing and lovely holiday. Victoria has been amazing keeping the villa spotlessly clean so a very big thank you to her.
Places we have enjoyed -->
Keri - hire a private motor boat to visit Keri Caves and Turtle Island then finish off the day with a visit to the tavern for an ouzo and beer. Food ok there as well.
Porto Roxa - Ionian Taverna for lunch then a free sunbed or cradle to have a sunny siesta.
Cape Skinara - fantastic views over to Kefalonia and boat trip to the Blue Caves. Beware the long walk down to get your boat - lots of steps for old knees like ours!!
Agios Nikolaos Bay - is really lovely. Sit and watch the boats and catamarans struggle to berth!
Zakynthos town - lovely drive to get there. Plenty of places to park on the front then a slow stroll along the front with a meal in the town.
Alykes - lovely beach, sandy, so not ideal on a windy day. happy hour cocktail then a meal at Jo Paradosiano. Fabulous! Probably the best restaurant we have visited this week - no, definitely the best!!
Restaurants we have eaten at
Selen - decent home cooked food but avoid the red wine at all costs!
The Cross Taverna at Kambi - lovely views, ideal to see the sunset. Food ok, wine ok.
Alexandro at Maries - very good value, lovely home cooked food, very friendly tavern.
La Bruschetta at Keri - lovely Italian as a change from Greek cuisine. Food very good but a little more expensive.
The Old Mill at Loncha - avoid. The worst Greek meal we have ever experienced in 6 years of visiting the Greek islands.
This has been a wonderful first week of our two week holiday in Zakynthos. We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Chloe; we have chilled out and relaxed in and out of the pool, we have had a bit of sun, eaten well and drunk well.
Lovely memories to take on to the next villa and to take home.
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Just beautiful,take your breath away views
We've had an enjoyable stay here at Isabella. The property was generally even nicer than the online pictures, whilst the service from the outside team (especially the maid) was first class. This villa offers excellent value for money.
The car hire proved essential - the village is just too far away to walk (especially the steep climb on the way back!)
Some recommendations for fellow travellers:
Enjoy your stay. Thanks Pepos, Victoria and Voula.
Light and airy, comfortable and with a feel of home. We'll just have to go back.
Thank you! to George and Magda and the whole team at Villa Ambassador for a very warm welcome and amazing service throughout our two weeks here.
We had a fabulous time truly relaxing here to celebrate my 50th birthday!
The villa really does have everything you could wish for from a home from home and we loved using the pool - day and night - very refreshing.
But our overriding memory will be the spectacular views including a couple of stunning sunrises over Turtle bay/Island!!
Thanks you Zakynthos
We have had a beautiful two weeks in this amazing 'Maria Villa' and loved every minute.
Highly recommended hiring a boat from Big Blue and venturing the high seas for yourselves. Fantastic day out!!
Every restaurant and bar we visited was so nice we didn't have a favourite. Argassi and Zakynthos were both amazing for shopping and eating etc.
The sea views from this villa are amazing and make sunrise and sunset very special times of the day.
Very well equipped inside and comfy too!
If you're driving, be careful!
We're sad to be going home and this island and its lovely people will stay with us. Would love to come back in the future.
Here for 2 weeks. Lovely villa, stayed in Naisy last year (next door), this is the better of the two, gets the sun longer and more private. The staff are so friendly and helpful from the cleaners to the pool cleaner, nothing is too much trouble.
Had a lovely welcome from Jane welcoming us back and was pleased to catch up with her again. The personal touch goes a long way.
The 'Killer Bank' didn't seem too bad this year.
After coming here for 3 years the staff in the restaurants become more like family than friends, everyone is so genuine, helpful and friendly. Couldn't wish to meet nicer people. See you again next year.
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Nice views from the villa
Great for ribs and steaks. Probably others also but we enjoyed what we had. Very friendly too ??
So much lovely fresh fruit and vegetables to choose from plus a myriad of other goods. Great fun buying our salad stuff, from the friendly vendor's.
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This was one of the better villas great location 5 mins walk to the main town of coral bay. Really clean and tidy.
Traditional Greek food, superbly presented & cooked to perfection. Good value.
Beautiful Villa. Perfect for anyone!
Stunning view from the balcony in the master bedroom!
Well, what a fantastic week we have had! Spent a good few days enjoying the villa, plus great days out at Keri beach (where we hired a speed boat for the afternoon - MUST do!) Also lovely day at Casa Playa. We visited Barbara Beach and St Nicholas Beach before finally settling at Casa Playa, which had something for everyone. St Nicholas Beach was lively but the sea was not very nice due to the amount of seaweed. No such issue at Casa Playa, so would recommend this one. Nice sun beds for only €6 each for the day. Menu was also good with nice food.
Some nice restaurants in Zakynthos Town, also went to the Utopia, again very nice. But our favourite was the Ekapteoconi (card in guestbook) which is only 5 mins from the villa (turn right at the bottom of the hill and you can't miss the signs on the right hand side.) Great service, great food and lovely atmosphere! Not great on the desserts side, but they bought us some complimentary Figs which were gorgeous!!
Loved Zante, loved the Villa Aloni, no doubt we'll be back very soon.
PS Thank you to Jane who gave us some gret advice and tips...
I loved going to Banana Beach there was a lot to do there, were cute fish and the sea was very warm and I would recommend it. - Abi age 11 :)
Please remember to go and visit the Sea Life turtle REscue Centre next to Gerakas Beach, to visit the animals and especially the goats as there is a very cute goat called Dizzy (we named him) who has braqin damage and is adorable so remember to go and say hi! - Lucy (14)
This is our second time in Zakynthos having stayed on the south east of the island last year in a villa near Agassi. This year we wanted to experience the less commercial aspect in the west.
Firstly let me echo all that the other guests have said about this wonderful villa and most importantly our hosts Voula, Pepos and Victoria in that their friendliness and professionalism has made our stay even more amazing. Victoria has kept our villa clean and tidy and we can't thank her enough.
Villa Chloe has provided superb seclusion and privacy and our 4 daughters have loved the swimming pool!
I've read all of the previous recommendations but what I will say is, don't be afraid to venture out and explore the island, that way you discover a few hidden gems. Road signs aren't great but if you have a reasonably good map you soon get a feel for seeking out villages and get a sense of direction.
That said, let me tell you about some of our escapades...
Keri Beach - is very pebbly, not many sandy areas. The beach slopes gently into the sea and stays shallow for a long while - great for kids.
Dafni Beach - Opposite the more commercial Banana Beach to the south of the island. Beautiful, long sandy beach but no shade on the beach. Shade can be found in the 3-4 tavernas but we advise to take your own brollys and beach mats.
Alykes - ***our favourite*** Lovely soft sand, sunbeds and brollys on the beach. Good tavernas and bars and lovely sloping beach into the sea. You go out to waist height for a good 20 - 30 metres, so great for kids. BRILLIANT
The little shop down the road is good for top ups (milk, bread etc) but suggest using the Express or Lidl stores for bulk shops. Express quite good for meats and cheeses.
Taverna Sunset @ Kambi (left down the road when you turn right onto the main road for the village) Good quality food and beautiful sunset! A defo go and see.
Selene Taverna - Basic food, pizza is good. Limited menu.
Garden of Tastes - Agio Leon village (to the left of the main shop in the village) Expensive food, good crepes though - recommend the Strawberry crepes. NOT A ZOO - trust me! Does have a small kids play area and a few animals.
***Jo Pavadosiako Taverna in Alykes*** (if sea to your left - exit Alykes heading towards Alykanaas, just on right as you exit the main town) BRILLIANT - our best restaurant. Great food, good menu - very popular and takes bookings (phone number in guestbook)
We also ate in a lot, didn't get to use the BBQ but see others have used it.
THINGS TO DO
Sunset @ Kambi - beautiful - a MUST!
Sarakinado Water park - went twice last year and twice this year, kids love it and it's a good waterpark. ***TIP***Print off discount vouchers available online.
Drive to the Blue Caves (beautiful photos) and take a boat trip.
Shipwreck by car - not great, really busy. It's ok, you can walk across the mountain if parked up - take some decent shoes as flip flops won't cut it! Boat trip best way to visit.
All in all an excellent holiday, 2 weeks in a lovely location in a tranquil, serene villa with wonderful hosts. Villa cleaned daily.
Awesome holiday from the 6 of us!