Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Zante: A tale of two holidays.

I love going on holiday, I love planes and trains (but not automobiles - they make me car sick). Mum always huffs and puffs whenever I ask if we are nearly there, but on planes, I can watch the little screen and know how far we still have left, so I leave her peaceful to watch a film or something.  I like Zante as it's not too long a flight for me and I don't get bored or fidgety, I can normally sleep a little bit too, as long as my big brother leaves me alone, but he's a teenager and mum says that teenagers can only sit still for about ten minutes before they get ants their pants, so perhaps 3 1/2 hours is too long for him.

Zante is quite a small island.  We always stay in Laganas, as I like playing on the beach.  I've even been lucky enough to swim with turtles there, which was amazing. 

Laganas can be quite noisy at night, which my brother loves, but I'm normally fast asleep and don't hear anything.  I quite like walking around in the evening, it's bright and colourful and the shops are all open.  I don't like shopping, it's boring, but they sell lots of things for me to play with as mum doesn't let me bring many toys with me, something about suitcases being too heavy.  I don't quite understand that as Dad is very strong and can carry them.

Although the beach gets quite busy in the day time, I don't mind as I like playing with the other children.  Normally mum and dad find a kids club for me to join as they like me to be busy and I make friends there and we can then play on the beach together.  I like that most of the hotels we stay in have a swimming pool too, as the sea is quite salty but it is very blue and mum lets me go in the water whenever I want here.  Sometimes at home she gets quite upset when I want to go into the sea, sea can't be dirty, it's water and water makes you clean, so I think she just doesn't want to get wet herself.

I like Smugglers Cove the best.  I can dress up like a pirate and we go on a boat to get there.  Lots of people get very drunk on some of the boats and it is funny to watch them but I like pretending I'm a pirate and the ship wreck is great.


I love and adore Zante. It's a short enough plane ride that I can actually get on the plane without fearing for the sanity of the other passengers faced with my boisterous over excited children.  Once landed, the airport is easy to navigate and the island itself so small that it's not a long journey to get to any of the resorts, which is a bonus when you have a car sick child.

Once there, it is absolutely beautiful, the scenary takes your breath away and it is still unspoilt in so many places that it can feel like you've stepped back in time.

The children are safe here, I don't feel constantly on tenderhooks to watch their every move and can actually relax!  Anyone who has ever been on holiday with children, knows how important that is.
The sea is clean, warm and inviting, no need for surfers against sewage here and swimming with the turtles on Laganas beach should be on everyone's bucket list.  The beach, whilst busy is so large and clean that you can easily find a space to call yours, to lie down with a book and and enjoy the sea breeze.
Food choice is plentiful and cheap so even if you're not on all inclusive (or even if you are) it doesn't hurt to eat out for most meals.  We have yet to find a bad cafe or restaurant on the island.
There are lots of activities for people of all ages and with most of the hotels set back away from the nightlife, you can avoid the young carefree, party or night sleep all day crowd with ease.  My kids are on the go from the minute they wake up to the minute they collapse into their beds at night.  I never hear, "What can I do?" " I'm bored" or "Are we nearly there yet?" all holiday.. so for me it's heaven.
We went with Cosmos on our last trip to Zante and stayed at the Alykonis Hotel.  If I've sparked your imagination and you want to try it you can find all their deals here.


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  2. OOH this makes me think holidays. Must get my bum in gear and book ours. I'm like you kids and long haul don't mix

  3. I love the 2 views in this review. It has made me want to take my son away abroad for the first time. I am really nervous about doing it as there are so many things to think about but this has made me even more determined!
    It is nice to know of safer places to go abroad and as a single parent that is so important - Thank you xx

  4. Zanta looks beautiful, I've always wanted to go there

  5. Very nice photos, love the idea of swimming with the turtles in their natural environment - Looks like a great family friendly place to visit

  6. umm food for thought. I always wonder as those resorts that say they cater for both party people and children are normally slightly cheaper but you end up paying a price for a resort that isn't quite what you want as it tries to fit in for both categories. Sounds like this place lives up to it's promise.

  7. charlotte clavier8 May 2013 at 17:35

    Ive never been to Zante. It looks stunning & after reading your review it sounds idyllic :D xx