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Reviewed May 24, 2010

We've just returned from a week at the Alykanas Village. Overall we had a great holiday. Kids love it here because theres plenty of entertainment, 3 big pools, and a beach.

The resort looks nice from a distance, but up close all the workmanship is pretty shoddy. Having said that, the rooms are large and have nice balcony's, and the maids clean the rooms everyday. The location is great and the views over to kefolonia are great too.

All the local shops and restaurants are aimed at tourists, and although they all try the sales patter on you as you pass, they're very friendly even if you don't go in. Eating out is reasonably cheap and ok quality, and for us it worked out almost the same as eating in, due to the crazy prices in the supermarkets..

The main problem with the resort is the noise - not from the kids - but from the music and quizzes around the pool all day, and the disco at night - its unnecessarily loud for this type of place. Also the apartment blocks carry the noise from all the other rooms, so if you have bad neighbours it could be a problem.

Overall I'd recommend it, but only for the kids.

Date of stay: May 2010
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1  Thank spacemanc
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Reviewed May 21, 2010

We had a great holiday, made even better because our 5yr old enjoyed it soo much. We travelled with Thomson and most of the reps were fab! Tim was great entertainment! My daughter loved the Kids clubs, discos, the park, all the pools and going on the beach..she kept busy! Greath for children and its all right there!
Rooms were cleaned 6times a week, maid service good, lovely reception team, everyone was friendly. We were lucky to have a sea/mountain and pool view room! Great bonus. Would deffo travel after 2nd week in May as nothing opens til 2nd/3rd week. We ate at Cosy Corner, lovely homemade food, bouncy castle for the kids. Dilemma bar friendly and kids trampoline.
Location of Alykanas is quite far out and quiet, Tsilivi is 15mins taxi away if that bothers you. Supermarkets are similar prices to UK but for English brands its double!
We walked upto Lemon Tree which took 25mins, ok if u have a buggy or no children, it was closed and we carried on walking, there is a bar which was due to open prob in June called Shoe string Inn...we didnt get there we cut down to some small studios and eneded up on a small beach which was beautiful! Took a few pics. Everyone is friendly.

Date of stay: May 2010
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1  Thank Newmoongirl
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Reviewed May 17, 2010

We've just returned from a very lovely 2 weeks at the Alykanas Village. The Thomson and hotel staff were all brilliant - Gloria, Jimmy, Bubbly Becks and Dairy Lea to name just some. Our 3 year loved the kids clubs, mini disco and of course Thomson the Dog. The hotel is immaculate and the 2 bedroom apartments are perfect for families. The apartments have a kitchen but no living area but we didn't miss the living area at all since our little boy had his own room and the balcony is a good size with nice furniture.
The weather in May was perfect for young children, 2 cloudy days and 1 day rain in the whole 2 weeks, 25+ the rest of the time. The first week was very quiet and a lot of restaurants were closed. We would go from the 2nd week onwards if we went in May again.
We enjoyed the Greek Night at the Mill though I understand that the hotel will start their Greek night by the end of May. We ate at some lovely restaurants - La Coretta and Vagi’s being our favourites. The staff in all of the restaurants are really friendly and always had a wave and a nice word for everyone even If they knew you weren’t eating there that night.

Date of stay: May 2010
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Thank BountyGirl77
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Reviewed May 15, 2010

I have just arrived back from Alykanas Village Zante and I look at my photos with very fond memories of a wonderful holiday. The apartments themselves are basic but clean. Very clean, there was even sightings of the manageress checking the rooms and shelves for dust after the cleaners had been in. The cleaners come into your rooms 6 days out of 7 and clean all the surfaces and the bathroom and make your beds which is very nice when you have kids! I arent sure they fit my usual thoughts of an apartement as there is a very tiny kitchen area which has a fridge, kettle, toaster and microwave to use as well as a table with 4 chairs. The bedrooms are roomy and there is a nice big balcony with table and chairs out there too. All rooms have a nice view. Impossible not to have as the setting for this hotel is beautiful. Sea and sand a stones throw away and the pool is huge with another smaller pool right in front of the bar/ snacks area. We travelled in May and so it was relatively quiet, with plenty of pool loungers, which they dont like you to reserve so put your towels out at your own risk, they do go round them and remove them. The kids club is excellent, my two enjoyed it very much, they loved Thomson the Dog! The shows put on are aimed at the kids so dont expect too much! Some of the reps were lovely, very good with the kids and thoughful, Tim was one of the nicest blokes you could meet. Some of the others appeared like they couldnt be bothered, so you just dont bother with them!
The village itself was just begining to open, small village with a few places to eat and a couple of supermarkets. Very nice village very much aimed solely at the tourists, which in a way spoilt it as believe it or not was the only place abroad i have been and seen almost a full range of british products priced at a good £2 more than at home aimed solely at tourists who really should be in Benidorm drinking carling if your not prepared to just try and eat the local food. Which brings me to the prices. If your buying anything from the shops ie groceries, magazines etc prepare to be ripped off. The euro exchange was dire which didnt help, the time i wrote this i got 1.16 to the euro. £1.45 for bread, £1.60 for Milk, £4.00 for cornflakes (kelloggs believe it or not) and your looking at £2.00 per ice cream, £2.30 for tinned food such as ravioli etc..Magazines are very expensive with them wanting £6.30 for OK magazines so take plenty to read. If you look at hiring a car maybe the price of petrol will put you off at £1.50 a litre! Dont bother with the duty free shop either, booze is cheaper in bargin booze and get your perfume from boots, i know it takes the fun away from visiting duty free to take yourselves some goodies home, but honestly the amount of british people walking in the duty free to walk straight back out was unbelievable. The greek shop assistants eye you up in there like your about to rob the place when in reality you just wouldnt bother when its so much cheaper at home.
There is a neighbouring village which is about half a miles walk in the other direction which has much more by way of places to eat and bars. Lovely beaches and views of Kefalonia the island across which you can go and visit by ferry. The excursions are limited, not many to do really as the island is small, but i would recommend a tour around the island and a visit to Zante Town. The excursions with Thomson are over priced so you maybe better visiting a local reatailer that can take you to the same places only for less money. Would I recommend to others? Yes most certainly. Would I go again? Only if they go back to their orignal currency, the prices out there were shocking! But overall, wonderful holiday and a beautiful well situated set of appartments. I would not recommend these appartments if you dont have children or dont like them.

Date of stay: May 2010
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Thank sarahjane76
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Reviewed May 12, 2010

Just got back from a great week at the Alykanas Village. Superb location away from any traffic and noise but only moments away from the restaurants and bars - and right on the beach front. The kids club reps and facilities were great - though the kids disco was a bit haphazard and uneccessarily loud - though couldn't fault the effort. Overall a great place, with fantastic local Greek hospitality, and well worth it if you've got kids.

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Thank D_P_H30
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