Need to know
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
If any of the products infused with Grecian goodness used during your spa treatment were particularly effective, you can buy them – and the hotel’s own award-winning olive oil – in the onsite boutique. Need a restaurant reservation? Some fresh beach towels? A ride into Zante? You can easily hail the concierge on the hotel’s personalisable app
There’s a sanitising station at the entrance to the spa, and the fitness room must be booked in advance for an hour at a time. Unfortunately, the indoor spa pool is closed at this time.
The hotel closes at the end of October for the winter season and re-opens in April.
At the hotel
Spa with a sauna, steam room and boutique; roof terrace; fitness centre, alfresco lounging areas, concierge, laundry, business centre (laptops to borrow on request), laundry, newspapers and magazines daily, free WiFi. In rooms: A small Zakynthian treat to welcome you, Smart TV, Nespresso machine, tea-making kit, minibar, bathrobes and slippers.
Our favourite rooms
We’ve never met a private pool we didn’t like, and with little to distinguish the suites’ decor here, it’s a feature that will win most over. However, the suites with shared pools are surprisingly sheltered, if you work out a schedule with your neighbour – there’s a leafy barrier between you and the resort at large.
There are three. The indoor heated spa pool (open 10am to 6pm) has a fantastical setting, a stone grotto with curvaceous walls, a freehand squiggle of a pool, Roman steps to perch on and swing chairs to rock yourself in. The main-event outdoor pool, in the hotel’s interior courtyard, is large enough for uninterrupted laps and is surrounded by oversized bean bags, day-beds sunk into the deck and shaded sunloungers, and there’s a second smaller pool with inlaid greenery next to it (both open from 8am to 8pm).
Kamara Spa feels like the dwelling of especially stylish cave people, with its bowed stone walls and low lighting. You’ll be enrobed in silken lotions and mud masks; tossed like a Greek salad in sage, olive oil, black sand, lavender, bilberry and raki; pummelled like an Olympian of old; and treated like gods and goddesses on signature journeys inspired by the Aegean Sea and Apollo and Aphrodite (the latter’s for lovers). Plus there’s a sauna and steam room, pool and Jacuzzi, mani-pedi room, and a top-of-the-line fitness centre.
All the swimwear you own – yes, even the banana hammock – whether you wade out into the Ionian, have a private pool to sink into or simply take a dip in the sky-blue waters of the main hotel pool, you’ll be immersed in water at some point.
There are specially adapted rooms for guests with mobility issues. And the hotel has brochures and room numbers in braille and manuals detailing adaptations throughout the property.
Bye bye, baby – this is for over-18s only. But sister stay Contessina Hotel is a little more nurturing with a kid-friendly pool and family suites.