About F Zeen Retreat
- high speed internet in room
- swimming pool
- free internet
- fitness center
- bar lounge
- free parking
- public wifi
- free wireless internet in room
- air conditioning
- dry cleaning
- non smoking rooms
- non smoking hotel
- laundry service
- flatscreen tv
- concierge desk
- multilingual staff
- airport transportation
- breakfast buffet
- outdoor pool
- express check in check out
- free breakfast
- private balcony
- breakfast available
- hiking amenities
- gift shop amenities
- poolside bar
- atm on site
- canoeing amenities
- windsurfing amenities
- yoga room
23 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Holiday July - August 2010
"We stayed in a studio for 2 weeks this summer and had a fantastic time, we would definately return here again. The complex was very clean and well maintained and the staff were very friendly and helpful. The air conditioning and the safety deposit are included in the price of the holiday which makes it excellent value. While here we ate on numerous occasions at Lorraines Magic Hill restaurant just up a small hill close to the apartment, the food, service and atmosphere is fantastic and far superior to the more obvious choice which was near by."
- Travel date: 15th August 2010
"just returned from a week at the ionian sun, fantastic place, appartments first class keith behind the bar great, wonderful weather we wwill be going back next year"
- Travel date: 16th June 2010
"My husband and I have just returned from a 2 weeks stay at the Ionian Sun Apartments at Lourdas and we had a great time. We stayed in a one bedroomed apartment and it was spacious and very well equiped. It had all the crockery, cutlery etc that we needed and also an iron, ironing board and hair dryer. The pool area was good with plenty of sun beds and the pool bar was good for snacks and drinks. The apartments are right opposite the beach and on 3 levels, we were on the middle level and had a fantastic sea view including Zante. Keith who works behind the bar is very helpful about where things are, places to see etc, in fact he was more helpful than the rep at times! Lourdas is very quiet,not much nightlife apart from tavernas but that is part of what makes it so chilled and relaxing. To get to the village you have to tackle a hill and boy do I mean a hill! The steepest part is the first bit and this can be avoided but taking the steps from the apartments, to the left of the pool bar, this brings you to the 3rd level of the apartments and then along to opposite the Trifilli taverna. There is still a way to walk to the village but there some good places to eat there and you will have to walk it if you take an excursion as this is where the pick up point is. I would recommed the Island tour and the trip to Ithaca which is a really beautiful island. We had a great tour guide for both trip, Hilda, who is British but lives on the island. She was very informative with tales of the history of both islands and the mythology. If you go to Ithaca take some spending money or your credit card as there is a great little place called Texnhma in Kioni which does some lovely jewellery and ornaments (www.tehnima.com). On the island tour they stop for lunch at Agia Efimia and it was a great meal. There are some good places to eat in Lourdas. Klimatis which is at the entrance to the apartments does good food and so does Lorraines which does huge portions! Turn left when you come out of the apartments and walk along till you come to the Aridas Palace (it has a picture of Daffy Duck on the sign). The food is really good both for lunch and in the evening, the stuffed pittas for lunch are lovely. The music however is terrible but try not to let that put you off! The Seven Bar is good for lunch, evening meal and just for drinks. Andromeda does good food and so does La Mer but I have to say that our favourite place was the Olive Lounge. The food was wonderful, the staff so friendly and welcoming and the atmosphere lovely. We went there twice and I would really reccommend it. It's really worth hiring a car to have an explore on your own and go to places you didn't on the tour or re-visit. All in all we had a lovely 2 weeks in Kefalonia and at the Ionian Sun. "
- Travel date: 24th September 2009
Great accommodation - quiet location
"The Ionian is a collection of studios, apartments and villas perched on the hillside (mountainside?) that steeps down onto the Lourdas beach. They are - like every review has already said - a well kept, clean, tranquil even, holiday accommodation. If you don't like steps avoid the tree obscured, mountain view apartment on the top - go for poolside. We stayed in the studio level which was great overloooking the sea (and the allotments). What has to be remembered, this is Greece and so at times things happen, like the boiler breaks down or the water goes off completely - but to give them their due it was quickly fixed. The drawbacks of a holiday here are really not to do with the Ionian but more with Lourdas itself. To say it's on a steep hill is underestimating the location. It's on the side of a Mountain! To get out of Lourdas you need a car, taxi, bus etc - you can't walk out of the place. If you don't mind being in the same place for a week or two then I'm sure you'll love it. But don't expect lots of shops and bars, there's about four or five taverna/restaurants and a few beach shack snack bars. If you want to hire a car try Greekstones (the ever resourceful Keith behind the pool bar of an evening knows all the local contacts - he'll even help arrange it for you if you ask him nicely). We got a car for three days and cost us 100 Euros all in. (Thomas Cook rep was wanting 50 up front "to reserve a car" plus another 100 - no need, there's plenty of hire cars to be had) As for the beach area it's not the cleanest or prettiest that I've seen on Kefalonia (go to Skala for that). For swimmers you need to be aware that there is quite a shelf down a few feet into the water - not suitable I'd say for anyone under around 12 (at times when a breeze came up swimming wasn't an option for anyone). Beware is all I say. It's also quite shingly.However, go further north along the beach and you'll come to much gentler beaches and with no shingle. No beds or bars the further along you go though. A place for older adults I'd say, certainly not a child based holiday destination."
- Travel date: 23rd September 2009
Lovely unspoilt Greece
"Spent a week here in August. We have travelled in Greece alot and the standard of the accomadation is very good. We were in a studio which had all usual self catering facilities plus iron and board, and hair dryer. Pool area lovely and was quiet with enough sunbeds, apart from the days when people from other apartments and their children visited. The bar was open from 9am till 11pm and sold light meals until 5pm. The area is VERY hilly, if you want to go to the village it is a real hike up the hill and takes about 25 - 35 mins. There are several restraunts on the beach front, but if you want nicer you need to go futher. We got a taxi up to ther Andomeda for Â£7 Euros and would highly recommend it."
- Travel date: 11th September 2009
Nice but quiet.
"We stayed in the studios which look out over a vegetable allotment, although you can see the beach; but you are not 'on' the beach as the brochures led us to believe. The rooms are basic and if you ignore the mould on the walls are ok. The air con and showers are good. If you stay in the apartments be prepared for the 137 steps you will use to get to the pool area. The pool area is fine, but beware the bar only opens until 5pm on the dot! if you are looking for a total chillout this is the place for you. There are only 5 restaurants on the beach front.....be prepared for a 'trek' up the mountain, as we named it. Takes about 20-30 mins to walk up, but certainly not for the faint hearted! If you make it up go to Olives restaurant, well worth the trip. You can order a taxi to get up the hill, or if you tell the staff at Olives where you are staying, they will pick you up! We did the island tour and 3 island hop...be prepared to set off at 7am to climb the hill to coach pick up, you'll be the 1st pick up and last drop, so it makes for a long day. We would recommend this holiday for somewhere very quiet, a great place to read lots of books, enjoy the beach and pool area. The food gets a little repetitive, but when in Greece eat greek....and more greek. My husband needed to watch the charity shield and found that tvs were available in the Muse bar,(half way up the hill) and the Blue sea. Don't go here if you want a variety in food, entertainment and bars because you'll be disappointed. If you like the beach/pool/eating and sleeping this is the very place for you."
- Travel date: 25th August 2009
"Just returned from a great 2 week stay at the Ionian Sun. We booked direct with Unique Kefalonia and upgraded to one of their Penthouse apartments - definitely worth the extra. The one bed apartment was really well equipped with the addition of an outdoor terrace area with sofa, outside eating area and sun loungers. The only slight disappointment was that the bar wasn't open in the evenings, but we did understand as it was the first two weeks of the season and very few people staying. All the local restaurants and mini markets/supermarkets very friendly. Would recommend Lorraine's restaurant, Dionysis and Muses Bar. Definitely worth renting a car as there are some other great beaches to visit - we used Greekstones - very efficient and they dropped the car at the accommodation and collected it again at no additional cost."
- Travel date: 23rd May 2009
Fantastically chilled out
"The Ionian Sun sits on three levels on the hillside overlooking the sea We were on the beachfront level which was a massive bonus as you had minimal effort when it came to getting onto the beach everyday The studio was clean,modern and had a great view of the sea and had a well equipped kitchenette A short walk up to the reception provides you with a pool area and bar which is under used which is great if you want a peaceful day around the pool.Basic lunch is avaliable and is fine if you just want something to eat whilst not straying too far from your sunbed The staff here are helpful and if you're missing anything or need help they'll try their best to help. The grounds are well kept and help give the resort a relaxed feel. Outside of the complex you'll find your normal mix of tavernas and bars.One of the best tavernas is located away from the others.If you leave the drive of the apartments and go left keep walking even though it looks like theres nothing down there,you'll reach a small thin restaurant with a small picture of Daffy Duck on the sign (don't be put off its not an English all day breakfast place) this restaurant is family run and really does some fantastic food. Also for an early evening drink head to Sevens bar and sit on the balcony and watch the sunset in a bar which is quite trendy for the area. If you're self catering then get a car and head out on the main road to Argostoli as you'll find some major supermarkets such as A&B and Lidl where you can stock up far cheaper than using the local mini markets Also the guy who hires the umbrellas and sunbeds on the beach also has a restaurant up the hillside which is highly recommended and the guy himself is very friendly and polite We had two great weeks and its not often we say it but its definately somewhere we'd think about returning to"
- Travel date: 6th October 2008
We (myself, my wife, my 17 year old daug...
"We (myself, my wife, my 17 year old daughter and 14 year old son) have just returned after 2 fantastic weeks on this beautiful island. The Ionian Sun Apartments are well situated in the resort only a few yards from the beach and on 3 levels - studios at beach level, apartments at next level (with the reception, bar and pool) and the remaining apartments on the top level (which is a steep climb up some 160 steps!!!) Our apartment was on the middle level and was really clean and well equipped. The pool area is very good as is the bar and reception (which is a nice cool retreat from the heat!!!) Residents also have use of Sky TV in the reception with a large screen over the bar. The staff are very friendly and happy to help. The only reason I didn't score this a full 10 out of 10 was that the bar stops serving food around mid afternoon and the bar is usually closed by 23:30 - this should not however detract from a great holiday! There is a small mini-market within 50 yards and a number of small beach bars and tavernas, the best of which we found to be Klimatis which has a 'roof' of vines and grapes and serves a stunning moussaka. The main resort of Lourdas stretches for around 1 kilometre up a steep road and for us the best eating place around is La Mer - amazing views, super food and really great service. The beach at Lourdas is good but the water gets deep pretty quickly. However, if you take a walk to the west / right and past the 'mini harbour' at the end of the beach, you reach a stretch of the bay which becomes more and more sandy and more shallow the further west you go toward Trapezaki Beach - although we didn't venture past the nudist section of this beach(!) Being our visit to Kefalonia, we hired a car for 4 days and managed to get to most parts of the island. Wherever you go, you are met with breathtaking views but our highlights were Sami, the Mellisani Lake, the drive from Sami to Fiskardo (amazing views to Ithika and beyond), Asos and the viewing point overlooking Myrtos Bay (looking down from around 1000 feet!!!!!) This was a real chill-out holiday, exactly what we wanted and I can't wait to visit Kefalonia again."
- Travel date: 13th August 2008
"Was in the Ionian Sun Studios for two weeks in June. The studios are on the beach level and the apartments split a further two levels up the hill. The studios had everything we needed, air conditioning, iron, ironing board, kettle, toaster, fridge, safety deposit, towels, microwave... very light airy and clean. The rooms were cleaned every couple of days, just one tip have a pair of shorts handy for the quick entry cleaners, they knock once and come on it. The pool is very nice and the bar also handy next to the pool. Peggy the bar maid was lovely. The mini mart is right next door down the driveway and has limited supplies."
- Travel date: 21st July 2008
We have just returned from a week holida...
"We have just returned from a week holiday at Ionian Sun. After spending a long time deciding where we wanted to stay at in Kefalonia, we were not disappointed with our choice! The room was clean and well-equipped with a kettle, iron and air conditioning (there was even a hair drier!). The pool was clean and had plenty of loungers around it. The beach was literally on our doorstep, also with plenty of sun loungers and umbrellas. The studios are in the best location with some of the 1 bed apartments up a steep hill. Lorraine's restaurant is a must for dinner with views across to Zante, and if you don't mind the walk up the steep hill, La Mer in Lourdas village was also fantastic. We hired a car for the week and were glad we did, the trips organised by the tour operator were limited and expensive and Lourdas (as most of the resorts on the island) doesn't have enough to keep those who need to explore occupied! The Kefalonian landscape is breathtaking, particularly in the north; Assos is stunning as is Myrtos beach. The car ferry to Lixouri was worth doing, as was a visit to the castle. All in all, a lovely relaxing holiday."
- Travel date: 15th July 2008
The most relaxing holiday we have ever had!
"My husband and I stayed for two weeks at the Ionian Sun Apartments in September with Manos. I can really recommend this resort and these apartments and we would not hesitate to book again and return. When we arrived we were dropped "up the hill" as our apartments were higher than those around the pool. This did mean the daily trot up and down the stairs but the view through the trees to the beach was beautiful! The apartment was large and was very well equipped for Greece. There was a plug in kettle, toaster and microwave (although we only used the kettle). We found the pace of life in Lourdas nice and relaxed, there was never any rush and everyone (the locals and tourists) were very friendly. So far this is the only holiday that i actually got fitter on! When people say the hill is steep, its true. We used to set off slowly and make a pit stop at Muse if we were going up the hill and stop at the pool bar if we were going down the hill. It was an advantage to be in the top apartments if you were going up as you were already some of the way there. I was told you could get taxis, but i confess in the two weeks we never saw any. Our favourite place to eat at the bottom was magic hill, with the Olive lounge at the top. Number 7 bar on the beach was great for lunch and some drinks and we really liked Dimitris Cantina along the beach for a drink too. We spent many a day just by the pool and the food from the pool bar was always good and pretty reasonable. Quite possibly the most relaxing holiday we have ever had!"
- Travel date: 18th May 2008
Top traveller tips for F Zeen Retreat
"Nice quiet place for couples not ideal for children"
"Olive Lounge Restaurant. The tour of the island and the trip to Ithaca are a must"
"great relazing holiday"
F Zeen Retreat is also called
- Ionian Sun Apartments and Villas
- Ionian Beach Villa