This was a last minute holiday booked with Thomas Cook and it turned out to be a fabulous holiday. We had checked out the reviews on tripadvisor (and Thomas Cook) and felt very confident that it was right for myself and my husband.
We arrived on 3rd May (the first day of the holiday season and we when we arrived there were only 4 other guests there. We asked for a room with a sea view and we were given room 334. It was a room overlooking the childrens playground and it had views of the sea to the right.
The room was bigger than expected, equipped with crockery and cutlery, etc for 3 people. We did not use the air con as we didnt need it, although we had fabulous weather and the temperatures reached 28 degrees and above each day. We did pay E20 for the safe for the week which was reasonable.
The Alykanas Beach boasts a beach side setting with views of the neighbouring island Kefalonia-just beautiful. The cabanas for drinks and meals were overlooking the beach- wonderful. The sea is gently shelving and is perfect for children as it seems to be the same shallow depth for metres. Perfect enough for us to want to go back with our grandson next year.
The aparthotel had a huge swimming pool- big enough for my husband to swim lengths each day. The first few days there was hardly anyone in the pool as there were so few guests. There was also a childrens pool which the hotel had kindly placed some bouncy toys in for the children to play with. It looked like there was a jacuzzi but I never saw anyone in it.
The bathroom was adequate, pretty basic as we would have expected. We did have to ask the staff to change the showerhead as it was broken, but this was replaced almost immediately.
The only negative thing to say about our stay was that the beds were very uncomfortable and hard. I woke up every few hours for the first 3 nights with pains in my back and shoulders. But to be fair by day 4 I had adjusted to them. ( By everyone elses reviews, perhaps they should change them.)
The maid cleaned our room and changed our towels daily- she was fabulous.
We ordered lunch a few times and the service was excellent and the food was good and reasonably priced. The bar staff/waiters were friendly and efficient. Although we mainly ate out as we were self catering.
A few minutes walk there were tavernas and bars- and the horse and cart to ride on should you wish.
We hired a car for a couple of days and travelled around the island. We visited the Navagio beach ( shipwreck cove) from the road and the views were stunning. The viewing platform was excellent for taking photographs of the cove. From there we called at Port of St Nikolas. This was just idyllic and by far my favourite place on the island. It was totally how I imagined Greece, clear turquoise seas and boats bobbing on the water. St Nikolas is the place were you can take boat trips to the Blue Caves. We were asked if we would like to see them for E5 each and we jumped at the chance. It was totally unplanned, but we had our swimming gear in the car so we thought why not. We had travelled with 2 friends that we had made at the resort and the boat trip was just the four of us. We opted for the glass bottomed boat at no extra charge. we went with 'KARDIS' located as soon as you drive into the port. Ouir guide was brilliant and informative. We stopped for a swim after viewing the caves (which were very interesting). We would defiantely recoomend this company.
We also drived to Keri at the far south of the island and enjoyed fresh orange juices in the village. the locals were very friendly. A complimentary Ouzo before we carried on was very welcome.
We ate a numerous tavernas/restaurants, but the following can be recommended-
- The Paradosiako at Alykes located on the riverside walk between Alykanas and Alykes. Fabulous meal.
-Hotel Valais- on Alykanas beach-fabulous food overlooking the beach with wonderful staff.
-Benikos Taverna in Tsilivi- lovely food and fun waiters.
- At Bohali overlooking Zante town we ate at a restaurant/taverna with the most amazing views of Zante town. Unfortunately, I cannot remember its name.
I think Alykanas Beach was perfect for us at the start of the season as it was so quiet. The location is perfect and the staff very polite and friendly. We would definately recommend this beachside Aparthotel.
Enjoy and have fun.
- Also Known As:
- Alykanas Beach Apart Hotel Alykanas