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loved this holiday at the caretta bach
we have just returned from the caretta beach hotel in zante, and we can honestly say that this was of the most relaxing holidays we have ever had. The staff on arrival were excellent, we were shown to our studio and given directions as to where the amenities were. The studio we had was for 3 persons but there was just this two of us so we had adequate room. we had a microwave, hob, kettle and toaster, which we only used the kettle for a coffee when we got up in the morning or when we got in at night. In the bathroom we had a bath and a shower but had to move the toilet rolls out of the way so that they would not get wet when we showered, but then it is greece. The supermarket was well stocked and not overprice and was open from 7.00am until 12.00 midnight. The pool areas were nice and clean (all four of them) with an abundance of sunbeds so you don,t have to put your towels on them first thing in the morning. The bar staff were fantastic, pleasant, funny and entertaining and nothing was too much trouble for them. Eating out is so cheap and there are plenty of restaurants to try, you can get a full english breakfast with tea, toast and orange juice for 3.5 euros. The beach is loveley, you can walk out in the sea for yards and it still only comes to your waist, it is crystal clear and warm. If you want more of a lively time at night or during the day you can get a taxi into laganas for 7 euros or walk down rhe main kalamaki road which takes about half an hour. Dont,t worry about aircraft noise as you cannot hear the planes from the apartments but you can see them waiting at the end of the runway to take off.any way, we hope you find this reveiw of help but I can say that we would definately stay at the caretta beach hotel again .
We stayed at the Caretta Beach Hotel in September 2007 and had one of the two bedroom apartments. Overall we all thought the hotel was fantastic. The rooms were well equipped, clean, bright and spacious. There was plenty going on entertainment wise. The pools were excellent and the shop on site had everything you could need. Happy Hour at the hotel bar was also a real bonus - Buy one get one free on almost all drinks!
While at the Caretta we visited the Wet n Wild Water Park. We booked this through one of the outlets on the main street and we were picked up by taxi from the hotel in the morning, and then again by taxi at the end of the day from the water park. The two kids (8 and 10) and Dad (36) loved it!! I was in charge of taking the photos and the video clips..... It was a fantastic day.
Brilliant hotel and location
Stayed at the caretta bay studios ( a part of the caretta beach complex) from Aug 24th until september 8th 2007.
From the moment we arrived the staff were more than helpful. Despite the large number of guests arriving we were allocated our room in less than 5 minutes.
When we got to our room it was a little smaller than we expected, but spotlessly clean. - it has to be remembered that accomodation every were is pretty basic in Greece.
We had a lovely view over the pool area so overall we were happy with our accomodation.
We, being two young twenty somethings were glad of the fact that there was no big rush in the mornings to put towells out.
I recommend that you don't eat the food in the bar in the caretta beach. It was quite bland and at times quite cold. Although the staff try hard i didnt think there was enough of them during the day.
Kalamaki itself is lovely, and although the brochures stress that it is quiet it isn't completely dead. There are a few nice bars that provide a good nights entertainment!
food wise i recommend mermaids firstly, lovely portions and reasonabley priced. Also there were a few nice chinese restaurants.
daytrips - we went to the blue caves, ship wreck cove and went into Laganas a few times.
Personally i didnt like laganas as i didnt feel safe there, alot of albanian children running up 2 hug you, but don't be fooled, theyre looking for easy access into your pockets! - a little girl no older than 9 was making sexual gestures to my boyfriend!!
Zante town is a must see, its beautiful, but don't go on a Sunday as its dead.
All in all we had a great holiday, if anyone has any questions , dont hesitate to ask!
We returned from a weeks stay at the Caretta beach yesterday. This is a lovely place, perfect location, clean, good value and the staff are so helpful and friendly. When you arrive you are shown to your room and advised of the amenities. We had a 2 bed appt which was spacious and clean, 2 balconies one overlooking the main pool and the other looking over the mountains. There are plenty of restaurants and bars within walking distance. George and Yannis are the barman in the evening and are very entertaining, without them the bar would just be a bar. They made better entertainment than the entertainment manager. I was unwell on the last day and George was very kind in getting me some medicine and giving me a teddy. (Thank you George, you are so sweet) Many brochures may tell you that the beach is about 10 min walk but it is more 15-20 but once you are there it is very nice and there is a snack bar. The airport is very close, but do not let this put you off, it was not at all noisy and was quite interesting to see.
we are just back from a 2 week stay at caretta beach and it definetly over-exceeded expectations. bar staff yiannis and george were fab as were the reception staff. rooms were nice and clean and the maids tidied it every day. always had hot water aswell. there are 4 pools to choose from so you can always get a sunbed which is good as you can still have a wee lie in.
between 4 and 6pm it is happy hour where you get buy one get one free on every alcholic drink and prices are actually cheaper in the hotel than some other of the bars in resort!
the resort itself was nice. the beach was only ten mins walk. as soon as you get on main street just head straight down instead of going to end of main street and down like most people did.
zeros resturant was lovely and they didnt rush you either.
best bar was oasis bar at start of main street. staff great and the friendly atmosphere makes it really nice to sit there. definetly worth a wee drink there!
we hired a car for 3 days and we visited argassi and tsilivi plus lots of little bays that you cant acess by walking. argassi was my fave. st nicks beach is the nicest beach on the island by far.
if im being honest, i dont think i would go back to kalamaki. there wasnt enough in the resort for my taste. dont get me wrong there was lots of bars and great resturants but we are in our twenties and somewhere like argassi or tsilivi would suit us better but the hotel was fantastic and if we could move that hotel to a busier resort that would be ideal.
myself and my partner are not people to lie round the pool for 2 weeks solid but if we had been the resort would have suited us to a tee.
i am a travel agent and i will definetly be recommending this hotel to my customers.
My family and I have just returned from Caretta Beach and I must say I was shocked at how nice it was. I have stayed in Greece several times before and have always stayed in very basic accomodation so as this was a last min cheapy with Kosmar (£350 for 2 adults and infant in total) I wasnt expecting it to be that great. The hotel is great for Kids as there are 5 pools and a kiddies playground. There is also a games area with arcade machines. For adults thee is Happy hour from 4-6 where most drinks are BOGOF. The room was superb with microwave and fridge for no extra cost and a beauiful pool view. The best bit for me was also that behind the door leading to the balcony was a superb extra sliding door c/w netting so the mozzies couldnt get in and also you could let air in the room without risk of being bitten alive at night. They had entertainment every night ranging from Kareoke to a Pizza Party where you are supplied with free Pizza (In the hope you will purchase chips or salad or both!) There is a shop which is very reasonable and sells all you could need. Maid came daily to make beds, empty bins and mop floor. Towels were clean and changed every couple of days. M only complaint was that a glass had been dropped in the pool area and not been cleaned up adequately so several children cut their feet and glass was found for days afterwards. All the hotel staff did was put a sign out to say be careful broken glass. Really glass should not be allowed in a pool area however I know that this is Greece and rules dont seem to apply here lol. My advice to you would be ensure your kids wear pool shoes for the duration of your stay!
not so good for toddlers
We have recently returned from a two week holiday to the caretta Beach in Kalamaki. The hotel itself is fine but I would not recommend it if you are travelling with a toddler, as we did,as the apartment was a nightmare, with unprotected stone steps inside and a wobbly banister, there was no bath and no shower curtain, as said by lots of other people. There were 5 of us altogether so by the end of shower time it was like a swimming pool in the bathroom. There was also an open drain covered by just a bath mat so not ideal with a toddler. Having said that the room was cleaned each day and towels changes every 3 days, sheets once a week. We had to take our own cot as we were not allowed to hire one, I would be very wary about a young child using the 5th bed as it is in the kitchen.
The air con was 65 euros for the week and made the room freezing so we did not bother for the second week and just kept the door open instead (it was a lot cooler in the 2nd week). This did cause a few probs as there is a real mixture of people staying there and people were coming back at all sorts of times and being very loud! In particular our neighbours in the 2nd week who were totally ignorant, but thats not the Hotels fault!.
We only used the bar in the evening a few times as there was no where for our little one to run around as it is right next to three pools but there semed to be something happening each evening.
The aircraft noise stops at 10 and starts at 6am, when the first plane lands, but you hardly hear it, and we found it fascinating watching the planes land
We found Kalamaki itself fine and although we hired a car, we mostly ate in the resort. I would avoid pathenon as we all had upset tummys after eating there! Zepos right on the beach is lovely and even has proper baby change facilitiesv.unusual in Greece! We had our best meal at Petrino at the top of the resort, it was the most expensive but worth every penny and the service was superb. The cost of eating out is really good approx £40 for the 5 of us inc drinks and wine.
Don't hire a car from Budget as we did, via the rep, we had three cars althoughter all of them has no guts in them and had trouble getting up the mountains.
The worst thing about the holiday was going home not just because it was sad to go but the airport is a nightmare. It is tiny and you are treated like cattle. We were taken to the airport FOUR hours before our flight to ensure we could check in. We queued outside for nearly 2 which is not fun with a two year old stuck in a pushchair. When we had checked in we took a taxi back to the resort and had lunch there as there is no proper facilities at the airport. The liquid rule applies there too so go through passprt control as late as you can. They did let us take the babys juice through though which is better than Gatwick at least.
Overall, we recommend this place for anyone with kids over 5 or couples. The resort is lovely as are the people but we won't be returning.
Absolutely lovely hotel and area, would def recommend
We booked the Caretta as a last minute girly getaway, just to chill out and soak up the sun, and were delighted when we arrived there. I have to say we got to the hotel at around 10 am and weren't aloud to check in till 12 but that was no problem as the were plently of areas to sit down and relax after the flight.
The Caretta is a modern complex with 5 swimming pools spread throughout. Our aparment was a duplex with the double bedroom upstairs with a balcony and the twin bed downstairs with another balcony overlooking the three main pools. It was very clean and we were delighted when we discovered we had a shower tray and curtain. The last time I was in Greece there was just a shower head and a hole in the floor and a mop! The rooms were cleaned and towels replaced 4 times in our weeks stay and the bins were emptied every day.
There was no setting the alarm and racing down to get a sunlounger in the morning, there was more than enough,and with 5 pools there was loads of space.
There was entertainment laid out every night and the staff were brilliant. I wouldn't recommend the Sunday dinner though, it was luke warm and smothered in not so great gravy.
It's definitely a place for couples, families and a girly holiday. Kalamaki is lovely and not too crazy at night time, for the night life you can get a taxi in Laganas.
It's only a stones throw from the airport, but you honestly would take no notice of the flights. The last flights are at 10.30 pm, so there's no noise in the middle of the night.
There are great restaurants, I would definitely recommend Heavens Kitchen and the Pandesia to eat out in the evenings and the Dias Restaurant do a fab full english for €3.50.
I will definitely be going back, but hopefully when I do the new airport will be finished. Arriving was no problem but leaving was another story. They can only allow a certain amount of people checking in at a time, so you have to queue outside for anything from 1 - 2 hours. I don't know how some of the people with families kept their children entertained. When you do finally get checked in departures is an absolute nightmare, no seating, very hot and very very overpriced shop, e.g. €9 for a coffee and tea.
Saying that, don't let if put you off going, it is a beautiful place and you don't have people pulling you in off the strip at night time to the restaurants or pubs.
Very good overall
Overall, very good accommodation. Modern, spacious apartment with separate bedroom, kitchen had microwave, kettle, hob plus fridge. Good size balcony.
Very good facilities; pool area was had 3 separate pools with plenty of loungers and lots of inflatables for everyone's use.
Aircraft noise not an issue; there's only 1 or 2 planes an hour landing or taking off, so don't let it put you off.
Tons of bars/restaurants within a 5 min walk.
2 BAD POINTS:
1. We were put in A block which is totally unsuitable for a young family (we had an 11 month old baby), due to late night music/noise from the bar. Kosmar rep was useless at sorting out the problem.
2. The BBQ had average food and really rubbish wine, plus the whole family had a stomach upset for days afterwards. Avoid BBQ night like the plague!! There's much better food to be had in Kalamaki's many restaurants.
Fantastic selection of restaurants with very good food at very reasonable prices. Lots of facilities, like car hire, supermarkets, bars all within a few mins walk of the hotel.
Not really picturesque but it wasn't sold as a traditional Greek village.
Beach was fine if a bit small and narrow.
Family holidays in Zante
May '08 Just spent a week in these super family studios, about 200 studios and apartments in 6 seperate blocks with attractive and well maintained gardens between. Superbly maintained and cleaned, very friendly helpful staff. 4 reasonable sized pools plus large childrens pool and jacuzzi. loads of sunbeds and comfortable seating, Bar serves snacks and meals and most nights there is some entertainment. The clever owner groups familes with children around the main pool area and adult groups in the other blocks which also have their own pool so you can choose easily to be rowdy or quiet. Rather a long walk to the beach as it is a nesting ground of turtles and no buildings are allowed within sight or sound of the sea, also due to this all noise is restricted in the resort after midnight. The Pandesia taverna within sight of the studios is highly recommended for a good traditional menu, superb food and (for Greece) super service. Recommended for families with small children or more mature couples.