Discover why Zante is for the cream of the crop
Across Zante, upmarket ways to spend your days are abundant, and the great news is direct flights get you here in just three and a half hours.
Although its blue skies, broad beaches and beautiful blue sea have made Zante a hotspot for many kinds of holidaymaker, those of us looking for some luxury on our travels also have plenty to relish here. Zante is the home of Olympia, fabled ancient home of the Greek gods, whose ruins can be visited today. Similarly, exclusive and private retreats such as Cameo Island and Smuggler’s Cove mix local legend with utmost seclusion from the crowds.
Luxury Zante holidays
If you’re looking to stay close to the action of Zante town, but also make the most of the island’s most exclusive nightclubs and cocktail bars, Tsilivi comes highly recommended. It’s also home to a number of Blue Flag beaches. Of course, for an even more authentic taste of old Zante that’s still rich with ways to spoil yourself, try Tragaki. The Avouri Theatre here hosts regular open air performances drawn from the classic Greek arts.
If it’s Zante’s nightlife that’s really got you excited though, it’s Laganas that will keep you up until dawn. Although it’s the most popular of the island’s nightlife destinations, the crowds don’t preclude the opportunity to visit some upmarket nightclubs where you can rub shoulders with the rising stars. White sand beaches here are also a great way to duck away from the crowds when the time comes, with natural beauty to be seen in every direction, including the plucky little local loggerhead turtle population.
Other popular holidays in Greece
Luxury holidays in Zante give you the opportunity to splash out on the finer things in life, but the same could easily be said for many other parts of Greece. Beautiful Santorini, a blend of volcanic landscapes and colourful architecture, wears its reputation well as a luxury island retreat. Beach life is similarly felt on the tiny island of Skiathos, whose size doesn’t discredit its luxurious cuisine. For an up and coming luxury tourist hotspot, Halkidiki on the Greek mainland is truly sublime. For true Zante enthusiasts though, we’ve got the island’s best hotels for you to peruse below.
This hotel has the pleasure of having a private stretch of the Tsilivi beach all its own, although the hotel itself is tucked up on an elevated stretch of land that gives tremendous views too. In fact, the pool boasts a sea view, although you can also savour the sights from the outdoor fitness area. If the onsite bar and entertainment aren't enough, head into town for some classy nightlife, all just 10 minutes' walk away.
Romantic and elegant, this hotel is hidden in the Vasilikos countryside. Beaches are a 15-minute stroll away, along paths that wind through the surrounding woodland. The hotel itself has a superb outdoor pool flanked by comfortable loungers, together with a pool bar for added perks. It's the wine bar that really deserves the attention of discerning palates though, not least as it incorporates over 40 varieties of truly tasty tipple.
This hotel complex wins plenty of acclaim thanks to its location, right on the beach of Tragaki. It's an adults-only retreat with modern, spacious rooms and superb views all round. The infinity swimming pool is complemented by the hotel's whirlpool baths, and both rejuvenate just as much as the onsite spa and sauna. Restaurants offer a la carte meals, although you can also opt for private dining for a true taste of luxury.
If you're looking to up the ante in Zante, this hotel offers both Tragaki beachfront rooms and a waterpark full of chutes and slides next door. Mealtimes are a treat too, with cuisine from every part of the globe well represented in a spacious and inviting restaurant space. There are five shows a week, together with a cocktail bar that's as upmarket as anywhere in town, albeit much more exclusive to you.