Exotica Hotel & Spa by Zante Plaza
21 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
thank you all
"Myself,Friend and godson went to exotcia in july 2010 (yes late review been very hectic) Wanted to leave review because after reading some of the comments before we left we were a little nervous. These people must be mad Im a fussy person when it comes to holidays,And can honestly say we all had a fab time .. Rooms were very clean staff were wonderful pool great tan even better :-) ..some people are not happy unless they moaning what more do you need when you go away.One lady I asked how her day on the beach went replied "oh it was alright but a bit too much sand" can you believe that? we had a great time and will be returning again next year my godson is 6 and was happy in the pool most of the day plus he went to the kids club reps were great helping and fun and breakfast was good too . pool bar also served food all day which was great when you get hungry from all the sunbathing Great place we will see you all next year Only one thing I think was a bit cheeky you have to pay for air conditioning when you get there (think this should be included in price.)which is operated by a key which you put into a slot for electric and air con you have to return the key when you go out So the air con goes off ??? if you pay for it you should be allowed to have on all day so think this should be looked at.other than that great place"
- Travel date: 28th October 2010
A great stay
"Flew out to Zante on 8th September from Doncaster Sheffield. Good flight times and landed early. Kalamaki is very close to the airport...7 min transfer. First impressions of hotel Exotica were great. Good Location-just off the main strip, next to a supermarket, on the main road to the beach (not a beach loverâs beach-it is protected for turtles). We had a ground floor room. Clean, could do with a little updating but similar to many Greece hotels. Bathroom with shower. Double bed, TV, Table and chairs on balcony, lots of space for clothes. mini fridge in room, but had to rent it-we didnât, its not needed. Went to welcome meeting, holiday advisors very good. Sorted air-conditioning and safe deposit- total of 45Euros for the week. Thomsons kids club was still running even though it was low season. Accommodation was bed and breakfast-breakfast was continental-cheese, ham, waffles, boiled eggs, cereal, toast, tea, coffee and fruit juice. Was fine-sometimes we went for cooked instead...pool bars holiday breakfast nice (sausage, eggs, bacon, beans, toast, mushrooms, tomatoes, tea and fruit juice-all for 4euros). pool is really nice-although very deep in places. Lots of sun loungers. food and drink from supermarket or anywhere other than pool bar not allowed around pool (this is standard at all hotels with pools) we found the food and drink from the pool bar very reasonable. Pool open from 8-8 no lifeguards. In the evening George takes over the pool bar, making cocktails and entertainment. There are lots of lovely places to eat in Kalamaki- along the main strip. U can get anything u want, Greek, English or international. Great value for money. for 2 of us for starters and mains plus drinks we never paid more than 30 Euros. Great places to go-zanalthe(on right as u walk up to main strip), Tesoro, heavens kitchen, milos, mermaids and the Chinese/Indian. Myself and my partnerâs biggest complaint with the holiday was the planes which flew us from Doncaster and back. It was a 737-300 series. Very small, noisy with no entertainment-no radio or TVS. Now i can understand on maybe a 2 hour flight but not nearly 4. Overall a great holiday at a nice hotel in a fabulous resort. "
- Travel date: 16th September 2009
"Want to try and give a very truthful review on this hotel and the resort. We have just spent a week in August 2009 at the hotel, which I must say should be rated 3* and not a 4*. Rooms need some updating. We booked independently and had a 2 bed family duplex (for 5 of us). I went with my 2 daughters and 2 grand children - aged 4 and 6, and although we have plently of sleeping room, the balcony was very small with a great big air con hot blower on it thus taking up even more room, also far too hot to sit out there with it blowing. The rooms could really do with a sitting area rather than just 2 bedrooms as when you come back and put 2 young children to bed you have to just sit on the other beds in the other room. Hired a fridge and air con for the week costing us a further 87 euros, but an absolute MUST in August. Felt the fridge should be standard though. You can only book this 2 bed apartment independently and not through Thompsons, but down fall is they won't let the children into the Childrens Club, so we had 2 very disappointed children. Had a few problems with room, but must say Stefi was brilliant and all was sorted out immediately. All the negatives out of the way, now all the positives. Hotel pool is lovely and is a very family oriented place. Pool bar was lovely and food and drinks really good and very reasonably priced for a hotel. There is a supermarket right next door to the hotel which is pretty reasonable too. Breakfast was ok in hotel, but same every day and basic. Out of the hotel (one to the left and one further down on the right) serve great english breakfast. 2 bacon, 2 eggs, 2 sausages, beans, toms, mushrooms, hash browns, toast, tea or coffee all for 4 euros and was great.Hotel is in great position, just a very short walk to bars, restaurants etc. If you come out of the hotel, turn left and then directly on the right hand corner is a lovely traditional greek restaurant spelt something like Zakaya??? Booked for my birthday and my daughter ordered me a cake. We had 3 starters and lovely bread for kids, 5 main courses with extra greek salad, 2 ice creams and 3 drinks and a lovely home-made chocolate and kiwi birthday cake all for 62 euros. One of the best meals we had there. Turn right and continue up a little way and there is another restaurant just before a big shop that sells amazing fake bags etc - restuarant begins with a 'P'. We ate there 3 times, food is amazing and they do childrens menus for 1.75 euros and are brilliant with the kids. For 5 of us our meals with drinks were averaging 40-50 euros. Also further up the strip is Heavens Kitchen, absolutely gorgeous food - had amazing fajitas one night and home made lasagna another - a definite must!!!! Ate in Mermaids one night, was very nice - childrens meals 1 euro, but my least favourite. Absolutely loved the resort of Kalamaki, very friendly, lovely food, lovely people, short transfer from airport(10 mins), short walk to beach from hotel which was lovely - shallow, warm, not too crowded and only pedaloes to hire because of the protected turtles. You can hire 2 sun beds with umbrella for 7 euros, which I thought was reasonable. Overall we had a brilliant holiday and would definitely go back to Kalamaki (wish I was there now ha ha!). Although the hotel was ok and I wouldn't disregard it in the future, I felt it was let down by a lack of evening entertainment for both children and adults and if you went with a family of 5, and wanted your children to go to the kids club you would have to book 2 rooms and hope they were next to each other to get this benefit as the 2 bed family duplexes are not contracted with Thompsons, who run the club???? Tried to pay for the kids to go into it, but they refused because they wouldn't be insured. Have been to Zante before, but would highly recommend the resort of Kalamaki - was pleasantly shocked with the prices of everything there considering the state of the euro."
- Travel date: 5th September 2009
Arrived back from holiday on Aug 25th 20...
"Arrived back from holiday on Aug 25th 2008. We initially chose Hotel Exotica as we had had such a brilliant time there previously, but the Hotel has changed dramactically. The first room we were given was on the ground floor with the 'breathtaking' view of a brick wall! Finally, after many conversations with the VERY rude manager, we were moved to a beautiful room on 2nd floor with amazing views, finally our holiday could start!.... No, then the entertainment team (mother & daughter!) walked out! Again, had another conversation with the VERY VERY rude manager who asked what we wanted her to do about it and that it wasn't her problem!! If it wasn't for my partner Sean and other very goodwilling and fun holiday makers, there would have been NO entertainment at this hotel at all. They spent the rest of their holiday organising football, quizzes, volleyball etc for kids & everyone..... something I'm sure they hadn't imagined on their supposedly relaxing holiday, so thanks everyone! You know who you are!!! Overall, we still love Kalamaki. Would highly recommend The Cave Bar, The Olive Garden restaurant, Cava D'oro Roof Top Terrace, Bachaus restaurant and definately Crystal Beach Hotel. Hotel Exotica however needs a complete re-vamp, starting with the Manager. This hotel used to be wonderful. It is in a perfect location close to beach, shops, restaurants & bars , but the rooms need redecorating and the amenties need to be made full use of. I would still recommend Hotel Exotica, but would advise you to take quiz books, footballs, kareoke machines and a couple of Greek dancers yourselves, if you expect to be entertained!! "
- Travel date: 5th September 2008
Arrived back from the Exotica Hotel on t...
"Arrived back from the Exotica Hotel on the 22nd August 2008. The hotel is centrally located. The rooms are of a reasonable size however they are dated and need a good clean, the showers are either cold or too hot (dangerous for children) you can't seem to get a happy medium. Also if you are over 5'6 your feet will be hanging out the end of the bed. All the staff are lovely however the entertainment is terrible, when we were there the two ladies doing the children's entertainment left, if it had not been for the parents (who were great and got together do the entertainment for the children) it would be none existent. The food at the pool bar is okay however it stops serving food at 5.45 pm. It is a problem getting your luggage to and from the rooms from the 1st floor up as there are no ramps. Unless you are up before 8.00 am you have no chance of getting a sunbed. The beach itself is a good 10 minute walk from the hotel. Kalamaki itself is nice however travelling within a group of 10 with 4 children aged 5,6, 10 and 11 there is not much going on in the evenings for the children. "
- Travel date: 27th August 2008
So So, and I'm not usually one to moan! A long review but in depth.
"I've just returned today from my weeks stay at the Exotica. This hotel wasn't as good as I expected. The pics on Thomson's website make the hotel appear much newer and although the buildings look like they've had a lick of paint recently the rest of the building and interiors were dated and shabby in places. The rooms were very small and we had a big problem with ants (but on the plus side this was sorted by the maids in the morning). We had a cot in our room which I found to be broken (quite badly) towards the end of the hol, it was cleverly disguised by the sheets and by being on the wall side. I found this a worry that they would supply a broken cot! The air con charge is on the expensive side 35 euro for one week, 70 euro for two weeks and 8 euro per night for family suites. As a word of warning....on the patio doors there are also outer shutters which is great because it keeps the rooms cooler in the day but be warned that the maids only lock these and leave the patio doors open after they've cleaned the rooms, this put me on edge a bit after I realised this so I was returning to the room after they'd cleaned to shut the doors properly because you never know! In my opinion the entertainment was rubbish. Very lack lustre and boring. The only good thing was the Greek night on Thursday, buffet for 12 euro each (under 5's free) and the food was delicious! The snack bar stops serving food at around 6pm so you HAVE to go out to eat in the evening which is a shame because it would have been nice to have stayed there a few nights especially as it was too hot for my son to play in the play area in the day but it would have been ideal in the evening. The hotel seems to make little effort to encourage you to stay at the hotel because they don't serve food and the drinks are pricey....expect to pay 3.50 euros for a J20 and 1.20 for a can of coke. The snack bar serves food throughout the day and some of the food is lovely but overall it was a let down and overpriced. It seems like when they wanted to put the effort in the food was delicious (I had Pork Soulaki twice, the first time it was lovely and covered in greek herbs as it should be. The second time it was completely void of any herbs at all!) AVOID the childs jam sandwich! I paid 1 euro for it and was presented with a slice of buttterless dry bread and a portion of jam! I was not impressed! Right for the good stuff! The pool is lovely and is the hotels redeeming feature. There are ample sunbeds and the pool snack bar area is large and clean. The exterior of the buildings and the grounds are well maintained and pretty. The breakfast although basic is tasty and plentiful. The location of the hotel is great only being a 10 min walk to the beach and a 3-5 min walk to kalamki's 'strip'. The best restaurant we ate at was Mermaids. It has a huge menu, good nightly specials and a great greek night on a sunday. Some handy hints...... Whilst we were there the temps hit 50 degrees! (temps quoted online etc are normally taken around 10am ish and are in the shade, so take no notice!) Yesterday ( 9th July 08) it was 46 degrees at 15:46 I checked on my thermometer! So for those of you considering going without aircon in july/aug my advice is don't! Although it is expensive it is worth it because it is your only break from the heat! In the supermarket to the right of the exotica (as your facing the hotel venus) they sell 6 1.5 Lt bottles of water for 1.50 euro compared to 1 euro a bottle from the hotel snack bar. Also shop around for things before you buy...my husband brought a snorkel for 5.90 euros but had earlier seen one for 12.40 euros, what a difference! For those planning on travelling and toying with the idea of a taxi transfer I say DO IT! It'll cost around 10 euros and will cut LOADS of time off your transfer time. We were in th hotel pool 20 mins after landing! For your departure back to the UK.... DON't buy the airport food, your looking at 5.50 euros for a roll, 5.50 euros for a tube of pringles (yikes!) and 4 euros for a big bag of lays (walkers) crisps. The supermarket at the top of the road leading down to the exotica sells freshly made rolls for 1.80 euros. Overall it was a good hol and although I may not stay there again I quite enjoyed my stay at the exotica."
- Travel date: 13th July 2008
Excellent kids club
"We stayed at this hotel from 16th June to 27th June 2008 and I cannot say a bad word. It was excellent, the breakfast was good and the pool was great. The staff were very polite and the rooms were clean. Thanks exotica, will be back next year Liz Staggs Bromley Kent"
- Travel date: 5th July 2008
exotica hotel .it is a brilliant hotel t...
"exotica hotel .it is a brilliant hotel that provides an excellent holiday for all. a welcoming and friendly hotel that ensure you have a great holiday. we have made several friends, from staying at the hotel and we all return and meet up every year. we visit the hotel every year in july. cant wait to go back again in july 08. "
- Travel date: 3rd May 2008
The Exotica is exactly what it says in t...
"The Exotica is exactly what it says in the brochure a well run family hotel. The rooms are basic and the one we had needed some TLC. Breakfast is limited choice but always plentiful and timings appear to be pretty relaxed. The children really enjoyed the kids club which is well run by the Thomson Girls. We had a good holiday and would recommend this hotel to anyone with younger children and who are looking for a relaxed stay as opposed to all the creature comforts. Other points of interest ants are a real pest any crumbs what so ever and they are in. Aircon/Fridges Safety Boxes all extra. "
- Travel date: 23rd June 2007
We have been going to this hotel twice a...
"We have been going to this hotel twice a year for the last 4 years and it fabulous. Friendly welcoming nothing too much trouble for the staff. Lovely rooms clean and comfortable. Great place to relax we love it and you will too. Itâs a beautiful island with plenty to do. Greek nights, boat rides shopping trips to Zakynthos town. Water parks, jeep safari and you can even go on a 2 day trip to Athens. Recommend hiring a jeep and driving up into the mountains try the small village of Exa Hora for lunch or a trip to Keri itâs beautiful. Lovely people genuinely nice. This is my paradise island canât wait to go back."
- Travel date: 12th April 2007
The Exotica is a wonderful hotel for tho...
"The Exotica is a wonderful hotel for those with a young family. Children are very well looked after by the kid's club reps, who go out of their way to keep the children happy and entertained. This is a family run hotel and the owner, her sister, her mum and everyone there will do everything to make your stay as happy and enjoyable as possible. Breakfasts are basic but fresh and more than sufficient. The pool is large and well maintained, the poolside bar has everything you need and for those that can't bear to be out of touch, internet access is available. Kalamaki is a nice town, very pleasant and the people just love children. They are made to feel most welcome, especially in restaurants of which there are many along the high street, most of which are superb. Food is excellent and look out for the lager served in glasses straight from the freezer! The mini-golf is a must, the owner is mad. A visit to smuggler's cove is also well worth it, as is a Greek night (fire dancing!) A point of note; when hiring a car, make absolutely certain that you are fully insured as some of the smaller companies will tell you that you are fully covered, but if you have a problem, you may find out that you have to pay. Don't be fooled by cheap prices. All in all, Kalamaki and the Exotica make a fantastic family holiday."
- Travel date: 20th January 2007
"I stayed here for 2 weeks in July with my husband and 10 year old son. We all had an excellent time. Yes, the hotel rooms were fairly basic. However they were scrupulously clean and we found them fine to sleep in. There was too much to do to spend time in the room. The hotel staff were friendly and helpful. The pool and gardens were well maintained and there were plenty of sun beds. The only 'difficulty' was prizing my son away from the hotel because he had such a good time there. The young entertainer was excellent and my son enjoyed the children's clubs . The beach was perfect - plenty of space and the water was brilliantly clear. We failed to see turtles despite having 4 pedalo outings but did see several on the organised turtle trip. We also went on the boat tour round the island which is well worth while. We booked both trips from local operators rather than through the travel.company . The food in the local tavernas is of good quality and extremely good value. We had such a good time we plan to return next year."
- Travel date: 10th August 2006
Top traveller tips for Exotica Hotel & Spa by Zante Plaza
"Zakaya, Heavens Kitchen, and the one on the right next to the bag shop beginning with a 'P' "
"Brilliant family resort and very reasonably priced every where"
Exotica Hotel & Spa by Zante Plaza is also called
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