Part of Porto Zante’s appeal is its remoteness, but it’s closer to the nearest village, Tsilivi (one kilometer away) and Zakynthos town (seven kilometers away) than you might think. Although it is difficult to get out anywhere, Theo, one of the resort’s charismatic drivers, can take you to the capital, starting with a mountain view of the ocean and the 16th century castle before dropping you off by the cluster of small town shops and Restaurants. Check out the Twice shop for cool contemporary Greek clothing, towels and blankets. Zakynthos town also offers lively nightlife, albeit less than five stars, if you fancy a bit more action.
However, the most important thing to remember is to book a day on the yacht from Porto Zante, whether it’s the whole of Zakynthos Island or Turtle Island and back: the itinerary is up to you and can be decided on the day, while you are browsing. Watch out for turtles and ancient caves, and snorkel in the clear Ionian Sea as many times as you can, even if it’s cold at first.
Each party is assigned a personal concierge upon arrival who you then speak to directly to order all meals, treatments and experiences and ask any questions throughout your stay by dialing the magic number: 300. Ours, Panagiota Vatista , kissed us in greeting (after asking for consent) and explained that we needed to be like his “babies” as he considered how things would work throughout our stay. It’s hard to overstate the level of detail we paid attention to here: when we ordered a hot chocolate, Panagiota checked that everything would be okay, as we had mentioned in passing that one of our party didn’t drink hot drinks. right now a few days before; we asked for marshmallows to go with it – they didn’t have any but had them ready for us the next day, and topped off with cookies in the meantime. Should we get tired of making so many decisions? The team are more than happy to provide bespoke meals, snacks and even spa treatments they think you’ll like instead.