The Grand Residence Villa
Imagine waking each morning in your own beachfront paradise, with panoramic views of the Ionian Sea, a private stretch of beach just for you and all the amenities of a five-star hotel right on your doorstep. This luxury villa on the island of...
Imperial Spa Villa
Approaching the tall, stone walls and imposing Venetian-style iron gates of the Imperial Spa villa, you get a feel for the high level of privacy you’ll enjoy at this luxury villa on the Greek island of Zakynthos. And hidden inside is a real gem of a...
Presidential Spa Villa
If you want to experience genuine outdoor living, the Presidential Spa is the place to do it. This luxury villa on the award wining Porto Zante estate is decorated to a high level, in simple, neutral shades, and offers wonderful 'extras' as...
Grand Presidential Spa Villa
This is a property that is all about the location. A panoramic glass front, curving gently towards the sea affords the Grand Presidential Spa villa bags of privacy as well as a stunning view, taking in the island of Kefalonia and also Kyllini...
Royal Spa Villa
Hole up in your own beachfront retreat. This luxury villa on the Greek island of Zakynthos is perched right on the shore, with its own private area of the beach, so you won’t have to race anyone to the best sunbed. The Royal Spa villa also has a...
Destination Guide: Zakynthos
Azure seas, white sands and lush countryside, Zakynthos – also known as ‘Zante’ – is the stuff holiday brochures are made of. The third biggest of the Ionian islands, it’s a Mecca for beach lovers but with plenty to occupy everyone.
Walk down the quiet, pretty track to the abandoned 17th-century Ypergathou monastery just outside the village of Killomenos, and enjoy the view out over the island’s rolling hills. Head to the beaches of the south of the island to try to catch a rare glimpse of the endangered loggerhead turtles, or take a boat trip, either out to the nearby island of Kefalonia, or around Zakynthos itself, visiting the Blue Caves and Shipwreck Cove, a stunning beach dominated by the wreck of a cigar smuggling ship that beached there in the 1980s.
The south of the island is where the nightlife is, but if bars are not your thing, further north, there are lots of luxury villas in beautiful, peaceful locations along the coast, many of which come with their own stretch of private beach.
Zakynthos has its own airport, which you can fly to directly, or it’s just a short hop from Athens by Ferry.
Best places to eat and drink in Zakynthos
Delicious Greek mezze plates abound and lunches picking at plate after plate of scrumptious little nibbles can stretch on for hours. Fish obviously features high on the menu, especially mackerel – kolios – which the islanders dry with herbs before cooking. Also not be missed are the local honey, olive oil and white wine – Retsina.
The majority of the island’s restaurants are clustered around the main towns, particularly Zakynthos Town, but there are little gems scattered all over. To enjoy the best of the island’s seafood in a fabulous location, perched on the edge of the sea, try Micro Nisi in Agios Nikolaos. Just along the road is the Bio Restaurant at the Hotel Nobelos, where you’ll find wonderful organic ingredients and fresher-than-fresh seafood.
Best time to visit Zakynthos
The best time to go is considered to be May to September but April and October, when the island is less busy, are a good bet, too, and weather is clement all year, although obviously a bit cooler in winter.
What we love about Zakynthos
We love heading to the village of Kampi to wander past the pretty, traditional stone houses, overflowing with bougainvillea, and watch some of the best sunsets you’ll ever see over a long, cool sundowner.
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