A two week stay with limited expectations, following some ambivalent reviews. All we wanted, as we both work, was a rest. We certainly got this. Some details:
The hotel really could not be better situated, being only about 125 metres from the beach, enough to keep the sunglass-sellers (of whom there must be about 2, coupled with some Chinese beach-massage ladies) away.
Three lovely pools, two outside, one inside. Spa needs livening up: sauna and steam room adequate but, for example, the timer (sand-glass) in the sauna was broken, and the door did not fit properly. We also heard (although not experienced for ourselves) that the indoor pool was unheated for a couple of days, but by that time, the outside pools were at a more seasonal temperature!
Rooms were of a decent size, well equipped with proper kettle, tea and coffee replenished daily, minibar (fridge!), excellent toiletries, a bath with shower over, "his and hers" basins and a loo. Adequate wardrobe space, and a good sized room safe. Dressing gowns and slippers were provided. All the rooms have a nice balcony or verandah with table and chairs to sit at after a hard day at the poolside. Suites have far more space and facilities!
Communal areas are well-appointed, with three PCs behind a screen, and plenty of seating on sofas and chairs. There is a nice cocktail bar in the lounge, with further seating outside around the pool bar. There is entertainment most weekday evenings (local music and general music, not overpowering).
The food! Breakfast and dinner are served in the Ambrosia Restaurant, with a la carte dinner available in the Nectar Restaurant. Breakfast is varied and plentiful: omelettes and crepes are made to order; a variety of bread is available, various grades of yoghurt, with honey and walnuts; a cold collation of meats and cheeses, fish, dips and crudites, or one can go the whole hog and have a cooked breakfast. these included Greek sausages of at least two types; various fried potatoes, beans, spanakopitta, cheese pies, ham and cheese tortilla, scarmbled, boiled or fried eggs...... jams, spreads, honey...... cakes, biscuits...... to complain about this spread would be ungracious, to say the least.
Dinner consists of a variety of set dishes, with soup, Greek salads to your design, vegetables (some grown in the garden), always a carvery, freshly done dishes to order.
The ONLY complaint was that on occasion, there was not much in the way of imaginative fare for the vegetarian: my wife is one! But the chef is always prepared to sort something special out if asked.....
The surroundings: as a 5* hotel, the drinks can be steep. Outside the hotel, about 80 yards away, is Alex's shop: you can get water in there for 1e 70c for 6 x 1.5litre bottles. He also sells crisps, nuts, milk, wine etc. Come out of the hotel main entrance and turn left towards the beach, about 100 yards away. At the end of the road, which just runs out after 100 yards, into the sand, is the Taverna Paradeisos. Local wine is 2e 50c for a half-litre carafe. The food is good. The owner speaks English. Super sea views from their terrace. Opposite this are various sea front bars also offering sunbeds all the way to Tsilivi town, a pleasant walk.
The people: the main asset of the hotel. From Madam Chrysa, the Reception Manageress, and Monsieur Xavier, the Restaurant Manager, to Miss Sonya, the Restaurant receptionist, Mr Sakis the Concierge (and Mr Spiro, the afternoon concierge), Miss Carolina at the pool bar, to the indefatigable grounds maintenance man who NEVER stops, to all the wonderful waiting staff, too many to mention by name, and the charming cleaning ladies, ALL were so welcoming, so truly hospitable, that it felt more like staying with friends.
We have never before stayed at any hotel in Europe where the management wished us a personal goodbye, then came to wave us off. TRULY, a memorable experience all round. Plus, mission accomplished; we were really rested: thank you, Lesante and we look forward to visiting you again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The newly built (2009) Lesante hotel & Spa is by far the finest five star hotel of Zakynthos. Right from the start the Lesante has secured its position as leading venue of the island. What we offer is something else, something different and anything but standard. Lesante Hotel & Spa has deserved its 5 stars for its state of the art facilities, the dedicated staff, impeccable service, its luxurious design and the divine location. But in our philosophy our most precious star is you, our highly honored guest.Zakynthos is the most southern island of the Ionian Sea. The island is also referred as Zante or during the ancient times as Lesante. It is famous for the lush green vegetation, the snow-white beaches, the warm hospitality of its people and the superb sunny climate. Strategically located on the island, Lesante Hotel & Spa offers an obvious gateway for seeking the natural beauty of Zakynthos. We provide an exceptional high standard of accommodation for the present day traveler, and with the intimate amount of 120 room’s exclusivity is guaranteed. A wide variety types of rooms are available, from deluxe rooms, premium deluxe rooms, executive rooms, deluxe family rooms to junior suites, Honeymoon suites outdoor Jacuzzi, superior suites with private outdoor jacuzzi and grand suite with private outdoor jacuzzi. All with a tailor made, modern and stylish interior, and truly every imaginable facility is en suite.Our aim is to fulfill all your needs and desires, in a warm and genuine hospitable way. Our committed multilingual staff is at your disposal at any time, making sure your stay will be an unforgettable one.The Lesante is not just a hotel, it’s a destination on its own. Indulge in the wonderful world of the Lesante experience and feel like a star. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lesante Hotel Tsilivi
- The Lesante Luxury Hotel & Spa Zakynthos/Tsilivi