Dolce Vita Residence

The Dolce Vita Residence might be Italian in name, but it’s Greek through and through. Tucked away at the bottom of a tree-cloaked mountain, the views of the countryside only stop when you reach the Ionian Sea.

Keeping pace with the quiet surroundings, the rectangular pool at the hotel is set within sleepy gardens. Surrounded by loungers and chairs, privacy is provided by the olive trees that line the property.

Each apartment here is set-up for self-catering, including a kitchenette and a dining table and chairs. If you don’t feel like cooking, you can order breakfast items from the hotel bar. For something more substantial, the hotel is surrounded by tavernas and restaurants offering Greek meze.

Overview of Kalamaki

The Ionian island of Zante is one of the most popular destinations in Greece.

When you go on a holiday to Zante, you’ll want to take your camera everywhere you go. The sights here are mesmerising and each one will jostle for the attention of your camera lens. From the tranquil waters to the golden beaches and the sheer limestone cliffs, every part of Zante looks like it belongs in a movie set.

Zante’s also only a small island, so when you leave the Dolce Vita Residence, you’re under an hour away from all of of its main resorts and attractions. This means you can head on a loggerhead-turtle-spotting cruise, tuck into some authentic Greek cuisine and enjoy a wild night out in Laganas all on the same day.

Things to do in Zante

The Dolce Vita Residence is the perfect spot for exploring the crescent-shaped south-eastern coast of Zante. It’s less than a five-minute drive from the nearest beach and the island’s busiest seaside haunt of Laganas is only 10 minutes away. For a line-up of water sports and evening entertainment, Laganas is the place to be.

Closer to the hotel, there are a couple of beachside tavernas in Kalamaki that are well worth a visit. Many offer traditional Greek food, but some also offer world cuisine.

If you fancy an adventure, then the hotel staff can also arrange for bike hire or boat rental. This way, you can easily reach anywhere on the island.

The natural beauty of Zante will take your breath away. An island that’s rich in culture and heritage, you’ll find you’re drawn back here again and again.

Resort Summary

Kalamaki itself is serene and scenic. The impressive image of Mount Skopos stands at one end of the beach and the green landscape is sprinkled with beautiful wild flowers, grape vines and all manner of fruit and olive trees. Due to the conservation of the resident loggerhead turtles along the coast, the no-watersports policy here only adds to the ambience and tranquility along the white sands.

Once you feel rejuvenated and fancy some action, Kalamaki will continue to impress you with its host of wonderful excursions and experiences suitable for the whole family. Local tour operators offer daily cruise trips to nearby caves and coves where you can snorkel, sunbathe and spot loggerhead turtles in the clear water. Opportunities to traverse the rest of the island and its beautiful culture abound on package holidays to Zante, with the options of exploring on foot, bike, horseback or 4×4 with an experienced guide – and kids will love the mini golf course.

A short ten-minute taxi ride will find you in the historic and culturally rich capital of Zante Town. As the island’s commercial centre, you’ll catch a glimpse of the real Zante as you watch the island’s residents go about their business and dine at traditional, Zakynthian tavernas full of locals.

The nightlife in Kalamaki is nothing in comparison to the neighbouring party town of Laganas. Here you’ll find a great selection of cocktail bars and tavernas where you can enjoy entertainment, good conversation and fantastic cuisine. If you’re craving a foam party and a fish bowl, a ten-minute drive will find you on the Golden Mile in Laganas, surrounded by all kinds of guilty pleasures.