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Zante

Best Hotels in Zante

Zante's mountains rise from sandy beaches that are among the most photogenic in the world. But come the evening, the party spirit is never too hard to find. Whatever you're here for, there's a place just for you. The Suneoclub Admiral, with its four beckoning pools, is tailor-made for families, while the Vivian Aparthotel is the perfect spot to unwind before a big night on the Laganas strip.

Altura

Perfect for families, this classically styled hotel is close to the beach, has one pool set into the sloping hillside, and another smaller kids' pool tucked away in a nice quiet spot. There's a glass-roofed restaurant serving buffet breakfasts, along with two bars and a lounge, but if you fancy venturing further, it's only a few minutes' walk from Tsilivi. A packed programme of activities will keep everyone amused, and there's a screen for big sports events.

Katerina Palace Hotel

While the two-tiered pool is the highlight of this traditional Greek property, the convenient location is also worth a mention. Just 200m from the beach and a short walk from Argassi's shops, bars and tavernas, everything you need is right there. At the hotel, you'll discover a poolside bar, lounge bar with sweeping sea views, and a lovely buffet restaurant hosting weekly Greek-themed evenings, complete with authentic cuisine and dancing.

Zante Maris Beach Hotel

Enjoying a prime spot on the beach and a huge sea-view pool, this apartment hotel has the best of both worlds. A range of sports activities are on hand, the laid-back beach eatery throws regular barbecue soirées, and there's a second restaurant serving a variety of international cuisine. The lounge bar is perfect for a relaxing cocktail, and the evening fun is extensive, including live gigs, talent shows and quiz nights. Just a two-minute walk from Tsilivi.

Avra Studios

Think terracotta hues and epic mountain views. These smart, family-run apartments are in the ideal spot to unwind and take in the scenery, stroll to the nearby beach, and explore the town just beyond. There's a charming poolside scene with snack bar and sun terrace, and the apartments – complete with fridge, hot plate and kettle – are fully equipped and primed for self-catering.

Suneoclub Admiral

This place is a big family favourite, largely because there are four great pools with all kinds of activities going on for the kids, and a fully-stocked poolside bar for the grown-ups. There's dancing, singing and kids' performers come evening time, too. The surroundings are green and pleasant, complementing the soft colourful tones of the apartments. Nearby, there's a lot going on: Tsilivi's sandy beach is a five-minute walk, and there's a fantastic water park 600m away.

Ionian Blue

A nice big pool, stunning Mount Skopos backdrop, and the beach, local shops, bars and eateries are just a short walk away. It's all here at this whitewashed contemporary-styled studio hotel. There's a handy snack bar on tap for a cooked breakfast and daytime treats, poolside bar, range of sports activities, and a paddling pool for the little ones.

Vivian Aparthotel

A great base for a lively Zante break. The pool attracts plenty of atmosphere, there are cooked breakfasts at the poolside bar, and come the evening the bar scene comes alive, manned by a real character who knows how to get the party started. When it's time to venture out, the neon bars on Laganas' strip are a couple of minutes away on foot, the beach is only slightly further, and there's a supermarket right on the doorstep.

Tsilivi Beach Hotel and Apartments

Benefiting from an idyllic spot on the Blue Flag beach, this elegant whitewashed property is also just a short walk from Planos village, with all its shops, tavernas and vibrant nightlife. There's a large, curved pool for everyone, and another smaller one with a special kids' section. A buffet restaurant serves a combination of international cuisine, and this place really gets going at night, when you'll discover all kinds of singing, dancing and quizzing, along with a daily kids' disco.