Once a little fishing village, Tsilivi holidays now come packed with a range of accommodation just steps from the watersport-heavy beach, and from the restaurants and bars downtown. Most of the hotels are Self Catering and family-run, though you'll find a few chic All Inclusive spots to keep you taken care of throughout your stay. Rest assured – they all come with spacious pools for maximum relaxation.
The Alamis Studios complex consists of three pastel-coloured buildings around a large, central pool that's lined with sunbeds and a pool bar. You'll be in charge of your own cuisine at these Self Catering apartments, but the tavernas and shops in the village of Planos are just a short walk away, as is the beach. The Alamis hosts monthly Greek-themed nights that are not to be missed, with drinking and dancing.
The Ariadne takes the form of a stack of apartment buildings bordering a large, rectangular pool. On the pool's edge is a snack bar that serves breakfast, as well as snacks throughout the day, and the complex sits high enough inland that it's treated to the kind of gorgeous sea views that holidays to Greece are renowned for. The resort centre and beach are only a few minutes' walk down the hillside, though there's weekly entertainment and Greek-themed nights on site.
This simple but elegant hotel enjoys a prime location on Tsilivi's beach. On site are two swimming pools lined with sunbeds and a bar, plus outdoor activities like water polo, football and basketball. There's also a buffet restaurant that hosts themed nights – its cuisine ranges from Mexican to Greek, Italian and French – and there's live entertainment during the week.
The only word to describe the Filoxenia is quirky – the rooms feature funky decor, from tropical wallpapers to brightly-coloured accents. You're about a 20-minute walk from town, but there's a free shuttle bus that'll get you easily into the action. If you aren't up for the trek in, there are two swimming pools, a restaurant and weekly Greek-themed entertainment nights on site to keep you busy on your Zante holiday.
The Georgia Apartments might seem like quiet, unassuming facilities, but they come with all the amenities of a large hotel. There's a swimming pool and snack bar, plus regular karaoke, quiz and Greek-themed nights, especially in the summer months. It manages to feel peaceful even though it's just off the town's main road, a short walk from restaurants and the beach.
The Sentido offers sleek accommodation tucked into a hillside overlooking the beach. That means you're only steps from the sand, and can enjoy views of the Ionian Sea pretty much throughout. The hotel has a buffet restaurant and an a-la-carte menu, a pool, evening entertainment and games throughout the week.
The Caravel is another top spot overlooking the watersport-rich beach, and enjoys both indoor and outdoor pools. There's a playground for children and a bar for adults, not to mention a slew of eating opportunities – choose between a buffet restaurant with themed nights, and a-la-carte options.
The Contessina has the atmosphere of a Mediterranean woodland lodge, surrounded by greenery. There's a pool on site and a beach nearby. It's a bed-and-breakfast spot, so you can start the day at the hotel's buffet restaurant before venturing out, and return for a quiet night at the bar.