I look so happy here don’t I? I’m already day dreaming of our next beach holiday. When I’m in the sun I protect my hair by using Spray Shine by Hemp Organics. It adds instant shine while guarding your hair from UVA/UVB and it smells like candy. For deep conditioning I use a hair masque in the lengths and leave it on while my hair in a bun. When I wash it out in the end of the day my hair feels silky.
I’ve had all kinds of experiences in hotels, some good others not so good. Our experience in Zakynthos was so amazing that I decided to thank the Hotel we stayed at with this post.
During our week on the Greek island we stayed at 5 star hotel Mabely Grand. It’s located in the north of the island far from the crowds. What I found interesting was that many of the guests were Greek which says a lot about the hotel. The Greek guests told us that Mabely is known as one the best hotels in the country, so no wonder it’s scored a massive 96% on Tripadvisor.
When we arrived to the hotel we were greeted by the beautiful Giota who was really friendly and helpful throughout our stay. I was so impressed by the grand lobby, it was like inside a palace but still so comfortable that you wanted to sit yourself down on one of the comfortable chairs or sofas and put your feet up. This hotel is ideal for those who seek peace and relaxation. If you want to experience bars and clubs you will need to rent a car or catch a taxi. Mabely has a view of olive groves and the sea beyond that.
It has around 100 rooms so it never gets too busy. There are two large swimming pools and suits with private pools. We were staying in a large suit which was very comfortable with a view of the Ionian sea. What we noticed during our stay is that there’s nothing the staff at Mabely won’t do for their guests. Anything you need you ask for it and they will make sure you have it.
I really recommend to opt for the all inclusive if you stay at this hotel because the food is unbelievably good. Unlike most hotels we’ve stayed at in the mediterranean the food never got repetitive at Mabely. Every single day we had new dishes served for lunch and dinner. The Chef takes great pride in his food and often comes out to talk to the guests and explain what’s being served and even sharing recipes. I am crazy about Greek food so I really enjoyed every meal. We were very impressed by the restaurant manager Vasilis whose looks were a hot topic for discussion amongst the guests. Many say he looks just like Al Pacino but I’m convinced he is Robert De Niro’s twin brother. This man is the most hard-working one I have ever met. Breakfast, lunch and dinner he was there making sure all guests were happy and everything was running smoothly. We especially liked the Greek nights he arranged with wonderful live music.
The hotel lobby has an elegant bar where you can sit and chat away with the charming barman George who enjoys his days on the beach and nights at Mabely. He mixes some wonderful cocktails and is a delightful figure to talk to.
At the end of our stay we tried to think of something we were not pleased with and could no think of anything. Now that’s a first- especially for me. We are already planning our return. I want to Thank the staff at Mabely Grand who showed us wonderful hospitality and made our stay a comfortable and happy one. Mabely is Grand indeed!
Sorry for the long silence. I’ve missed you and the blog world. Our holiday was heavenly and I wanted to share it with you so much but the wi-fi wasn’t good enough to upload any large photos. We got home last week and I got a horrible chest infection (no I don’t smoke) and I’m now on antibiotics. Taking it all very well though after that wonderful break. Today I’m sick but that’s not the only reason to why I’m home. I have joined my colleagues in striking against cuts and job losses within the BBC. So the next 5 days I am off work and will be blogging lots. But first lets catch up with some holiday posts.
Zakynthos (Zante) is a beautiful Greek island surrounded by the crystal clear waters of the Ionian Sea. My favourite beach was Alykes where the photo below was taken. It has a village atmosphere to it, with traditional tavernas and bars running along the beach. And the best part is that it’s never too crowded.
Monday 1st August 2011 | 14 comments | Category: Dena, Holiday bliss, Travel | Tags: Alykes, bars, beach, beingdena, Greece, Greek, holiday, Ionian, relaxation, sea, snorkling, tavernas, Travel, zakynthos, Zante
I’m all packed for tomorrow morning and couldn’t be more excited :) It’s time to escape the horrible weather here at home and head for the Greek Island of Zante (Zakynthos). We’ve booked a suite at a 5 star hotel in a romantic village far away from the bars and clubs in the south of the island. I can’t wait to feel the sun on my skin. The hotel has good Wi-Fi so I will be updating from there.
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