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My Grecian Retreat: Unwinding in Zakynthos

Gemma's Travel Blog

Date of trip: 03/06/2024

Travel expert: Gemma Cattermole, Partnerships department.

Location: Aluasoul, Zakynthos

I’m thrilled to share the details of my recent trip to the stunning island of Zakynthos. As a part of the Hyatt Exclusive Collections team, I’ve had the pleasure of visiting many beautiful destinations, but this trip was truly special. Allow me to take you on a journey through my eyes, as I recount my experiences in a place where the sun kisses the sea, and the Greek spirit is as warm as the breeze.

Chilled, sunny and traditionally Greek, these are the words that encapsulate my trip to Zakynthos. The island is a treasure trove of diverse resorts, each with its own charm. From the family-oriented Tsilivi to the lively Laganas and the quaint Agios Nikolas, there’s a perfect spot for every traveller. The sea’s turquoise embrace and the sandy beaches were a dream come true for me, a destination I’ve longed to experience, but often recommend based purely on glowing feedback from others.

The Aluasoul Zakynthos, an adults-only, all-inclusive 4-star hotel, became my sanctuary during my stay. Located in the serene resort of Trigaki, the hotel’s 162 rooms offer a modern and intimate setting. My welcome was marked by a glass of champagne, and the hospitality continued with a delightful array of dining options. The buffet restaurant served an ever-changing menu of exquisite dishes, while the à la carte restaurant indulged my taste buds with traditional Greek cuisine. The snack bar and two drinks bars ensured that every culinary desire was met with finesse.

I was particularly fond of the rooms that boasted sea views or partial sea views. Some even had direct swim-up access to the pool. The atmosphere was tranquil, with soft music playing by the pool and a pier that led straight into the sea for a swim. Just a two-minute walk away, the beach was the perfect complement to the hotel’s luxurious offerings.

Trigaki may be small, but it’s rich in character, with a handful of bars, restaurants, and shops. For those seeking more, Tsilivi is just a 25-minute walk or a short taxi ride away, offering a bustling atmosphere with plenty of family activities. Conveniently, the airport is only about 25 minutes from the resort, making travel a breeze.

My excursions were the highlight of my trip. I went village hopping, exploring traditional Greek villages and learning about local crafts at the Vouno olive press and a cheese factory. The boat trip to the Shipwrecked Beach and the Blue Caves was nothing short of magical. Although we couldn’t disembark at the beach due to the coastal erosion, the views from the boat were unforgettable, and the swim in the cove’s clear waters were so refreshing.

The Aluasoul Zakynthos is ideal for anyone seeking a relaxing and chilled holiday. The hotel caters to a wide range of guests, from young couples to groups of friends and families with older children. With live entertainment in the evenings and easy access to nearby attractions, it’s the perfect escape for those looking to unwind without straying too far from the action.

I believe the best time to visit Zakynthos is between May and September. The weather is pleasant, and the pool is inviting, as I found during my stay in early June. It’s a destination that promises both relaxation and adventure, wrapped in the warm embrace of Greek hospitality. In the embrace of Zakynthos’ sun-drenched shores and the Aluasoul’s tranquil luxury, my Grecian odyssey was a symphony of relaxation, culture, and natural splendour—a journey that will linger in my heart as the epitome of Greek island serenity.

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