The Best Places to Stay in Zakynthos
• Zakynthos Town: Zakynthos Town is the capital and main hub of Zakynthos, a picturesque Greek island in the Ionian Sea. The town boasts a lively atmosphere with a blend of modern amenities and historical sites, including the Byzantine Museum and the Venetian Castle. Its charming waterfront promenade is lined with cafes, restaurants, and shops, offering stunning views of the Ionian Sea. With its central location, Zakynthos Town serves as an ideal base for exploring the island’s numerous attractions and beautiful beaches. Nearby beaches include Tsilivi and Argassi. Best hotel: Palatino Hotel
• Tsilivi: A family-friendly resort town with a long, sandy, Blue Flag beach and shallow waters. The town offers a vibrant atmosphere with numerous restaurants, tavernas, and a bustling nightlife scene, catering to various tastes. Nearby is mini-golf, a water park, and bowling, making it an ideal destination for families. Best hotel: Lesante Classic
• Argassi: A lively resort town situated 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) south of Zakynthos Town. Argassi is known for its vibrant atmosphere and nightlife, decent sandy beach, and stunning views of both the sea and Mount Skopos. Several rocky coves and platforms along the coast provide excellent spots for snorkeling and diving. Best hotel: Windmill Bay
• Laganas: Famous for its nightlife, Laganas attracts a younger crowd and is home to a beautiful sandy beach. This resort town is also close to Marathonisi Island, a popular nesting spot for endangered loggerhead turtles. Best hotel: Poseidon Beach
• Akrotiri: Perched on a hillside overlooking the sea, Akrotiri is characterized by its lush vegetation, traditional stone houses, and narrow streets. The area is primarily residential and boasts a relaxed pace of life, making it an ideal retreat for travelers seeking tranquility and privacy while still being close to the island’s capital and main attractions. Best hotel: Cielo Luxury Villas
• Kalamaki: Located on the southern coast, Kalamaki is another family-friendly destination with a beautiful sandy beach and calm, shallow waters. The town is part of the National Marine Park, which protects the nesting areas of loggerhead turtles. Best hotel: Meandros Boutique & Spa
• Vasilikos: Located on the southeastern tip of Zakynthos, Vasilikos is a picturesque village surrounded by lush greenery and some of the island’s most beautiful beaches, such as Gerakas and Banana Beach. It’s perfect for those seeking tranquility and unspoiled natural beauty. Best hotel: Bay Hotel & Suites
• Alykes: Situated on the northeastern coast, Alykes is a charming village known for its warm hospitality, sandy beach, and range of accommodations. Best hotel: Anatolikos Rooms
• Tragaki: A small, traditional village located on the northeastern coast of Zakynthos. Surrounded by lush olive groves and vineyards, Tragaki is set on a hillside with stunning views of the Ionian Sea and neighboring islands. The village is characterized by its narrow streets, charming stone houses, and the warm hospitality of its inhabitants. Best hotel: Porto Zante Villas & Spa
• Agios Nikolaos: A small fishing village on the northeastern coast, Agios Nikolaos offers a tranquil atmosphere, beautiful pebble beach, and easy access to the Blue Caves, a stunning natural attraction accessible by boat. Best hotel: Emerald Villas
• Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach): Currently closed to all visitors.
The 11 Best Hotels in Zakynthos
1. Porto Zante Villas And Spa – Tragaki
Luxury, family-friendly beachfront villa resort with fantastic dining and wellness facilities. Villas sleep large groups or families of 5 to 12 guests and feature private heated pools; some offer fireplaces, kitchens, private beaches, or gardens. There are Greek/Mediterranean and Asian fusion restaurants both on site, as well as a renowned wellness spa offering a full menu of natural face and body treatments. The cutting-edge Technogym fitness center has personal trainers and hosts yoga and pilates programs – or enjoy complimentary access to the the nearby clay-court tennis club. Great for families, with a kids’ club, playground, kids’ menu, babysitting services, and video gaming systems available. Exclusive location in a secluded bay with a private white-sand beach.
2. Cielo Luxury Villas – Akrotiri
Three exclusive serviced villas set within a 100-year-old olive grove. Fantastic for large families or multiple couples. Villas are spacious, stylish, and modern, featuring 3 or 4 bedrooms, a private infinity pool, fully equipped kitchen, outdoor stone BBQ, and beautiful sea views. A traditional Greek breakfast is served to each villa daily, and private chef and in-villa restaurant service is available. Located a 5-minute drive from Zante town and port.
3. Lesante Classic – Tsilivi
Excellent 5-star family-friendly beach hotel and spa. Rooms and suites are spacious, modern, and stylish; some feature private outdoor hot tubs. Choose between two excellent restaurants for dining, or enjoy a drink at the piano lounge bar. There are 3 pools and 2 hot tubs for guest use, as well as a full-service spa and fitness center and gorgeous landscaped grounds. A kids’ club, children’s pool and menu, playground, and babysitting service cater well to families. Blue star Tsilivi Beach is a 5-minute walk away.
4. Meandros Boutique & Spa Hotel – Kalamaki
Contemporary 4-star hotel close to shops, the beach, and lots of restaurants. Guest rooms and suites sleep 2-3, and many have private pools or jacuzzis. There’s a shared outdoor pool, fine-dining restaurant, snack bar, and fitness on site, as well as a premium spa with indoor pool and sauna. A great homemade breakfast buffet is served daily.
5. Poseidon Beach Hotel – Laganas
Family-friendly all-inclusive beachfront hotel with 2 swimming pools and hot tub. All guest rooms here are double, sleeping 2 adults and up to 2 kids; connecting rooms and self-catering rooms (with fully equipped kitchenette) are available. There’s a daily breakfast buffet, pool snack bar, and cocktail bar on site. Guests enjoy use of a games room (with billiards and ping-pong), children’s playground, pool and beach sun beds, and beach bar. Great location on the beach, a 10-minute walk from the bars and clubs of Laganas strip.
6. Palatino Hotel – Zakynthos Town
Comfortable, modern hotel in a quieter Zante Town location. Rooms are clean and comfortable, sleeping 1-4 guests; all have balconies. There is an on-site Mediterranean restaurant and cafe/cocktail bar, and a complimentary breakfast buffet is offered daily. Guests also enjoy access to courts and lessons at the nearby Zakynthian Tennis Club. Good location out of the heart of the action, but within walking distance of shops, restaurants, and bars and just a couple of minutes from the seafront.
7. Strada Marina – Zakynthos Town
Waterfront hotel near Zakynthos Marina and Port. Most rooms and suites here sleep 2, but Family Suites can accommodate 4; many have great views out over the sea. There’s a daily breakfast buffet year-round, and from June to September there’s a rooftop view terrace with a Greek/Mediterranean restaurant, bar, and swimming pool. Convenient location directly across from the marina, and a 5-minute drive (or 15-minute walk) to the ferry port.
8. Diana Hotel – Zakynthos Town
Stylish contemporary hotel in central Zante Town with a pool. Rooms for 1 to 4 people are available, all featuring small balconies overlooking the village. There are excellent views from the rooftop bar and swimming pool (age 16+), and the hotel also offers a wellness center with sauna, jacuzzi, and mini gym. Great central location on the quiet Venetian Square of St. Marcos next to the Catholic Church.
9. Alexandra Beach Resort & Spa – Tsilivi
Relaxed upscale all-inclusive resort on beautiful Tsilivi Beach. Accommodation ranges from standard rooms and suites to swim-up rooms and bungalows that sleep family of 4; many with fantastic sea views. Casual, fine-dining, and beach bar restaurants offer a variety of tasty cuisine, and there are 3 bars to choose from on site. The huge infinity pool overlooks the Ionian Sea, while the hotel’s spa offers an indoor pool, sauna, jacuzzi, hammam, and a full menu of beauty and wellness treatments. Located on one of the best beaches in Zakynthos, a 5-minute walk to the main strip.
10. Windmill Bay Hotel – Argassi
Stylish and family-friendly accommodation with amazing sea views. Rooms and suites here sleep 2-5 guests and are spacious and modern; all have private Ionian-view balconies. An excellent Mediterranean restaurant is on site, and the spacious rooftop pool is served by a pool bar offering drinks and snacks. Great for families, with a playground, kids menu, and children’s pool. A lovely landscaped lawn features sun beds and with direct stair access down to the sea.
11. Ecoresort Hotel Zefyros – Agios Kyrikas
Excellent 3-star spa hotel surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. 71 guest rooms range from cozy Comfort Rooms for 2 to two-bedroom Family Rooms that sleep families of 4; most have private balconies or verandas. There’s a large outdoor pool with children’s pool and pool bar serving salads and snacks, along with a full-service wellness center. An excellent breakfast is offered daily, and a buffet restaurant serves Greek/Mediterranean cuisine in the evenings. Its peaceful, remote location makes this an excellent outpost for exploring the rest of the island, though there’s plenty to do on site: a football court, children’s playground, multipurpose movie hall, library, billiards table, and table tennis.
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