Looking to explore a new Greek destination this summer? We have prepared a luxury travel guide to Zakynthos and where you can experience the best of La Dolce Vita Lifestyle! Zakynthos or Zante is a well known summer resort located in the Ionian Sea. The island is famous for its Navagio Beach or the Shipwreck Beach which is the landmark of Zakynthos and can only be accessed with a boat. The Venetians used to call the island the “Il fiore di Levante” which translates as the “Flower of the East”. Zakynthos, due to its nobility and fertility was considered to be the jewel of their empire
If you are looking to experience Zakynthos in style, read on for our luxury travel in Zakynthos guide.
A luxury travel guide to Zakynthos: La Dolce Vita Lifestyle
The Best Nature Experiences
Zakynthos is a fascinating destination for nature lovers to explore, with its endless white beaches, turquoise waters and unique caves such as the famous Keri Caves. Zakynthos is home to the National Marine Park where the endangered Caretta Caretta loggerhead sea turtles lay their eggs. They are particularly fond of the sandy beaches of Gerakas, Dafni, Kalamaki, Marathonisi and Sakania. If you are lucky, it is an amazing natural phenomenon to behold first hand.
The best nature experiences are accessible with a boat, so make sure to rent one for the day and explore the fabulous beaches such as Marathonisi as well as the surrounding coves, visit the Blue Caves and of course last but not least the famous shipwreck. As the Navagio Beach is a much loved destination to visit, make sure to get here early enough before the rest of the world sets foot here.
Local Zakynthian Cuisine
Greek cuisine is considered one of the best in the world and the Zakynthian dishes are not an exception – there are many fantastic dishes prepared with local ingredients and traditional recipes. Check out the Varkarola tavern located in the main port of Zakynthos. Here you can try a range of mouth-watering dishes such as the local cheese called ladotyri which is prepared in oil, aubergines cooked in tomato sauce with herbs, and the renowned rabbit stew prepare with garlic. This tavern is known for its traditional Zakynthian character where you can experience an authentic evening listening to local kantades – characteristic songs of the Ioanian islands which have been inspired by the Italian influence.
For a more relaxing atmosphere by the sea, head towards Amboula beach at Tragaki. Here you will find a restaurant called Ladofanaro serving fresh local dishes with an exceptional view of the Ioanian Sea. An ideal location for families with children as there is a separate kids corner for the little guests. You may also enjoy their sandy beach.
Bohali, magical panoramic views
Bohali guarantees the best views on the island. Perched on a hill above the harbour, Bohali used to be the aristocratic district during the Venetian ruling and has maintained its unique character until this day. If you head a little further up the hill which is lined with old houses you will come across the ruins of the Venetian castle which was destroyed by the earthquake in 1953. Bohali is a great place to enjoy a coffee, a drink or a meal at any time of day. Here you can watch the sunset disappear on the horizon of the Ioanian Sea.
La Dolce Villa Lifestyle – luxury accommodation
Is there a better way to spend your holiday than in the privacy of your own luxury villa? La Dolce Villa is located in the south east of the Vasilikos village, only a few minutes walk from the famous Gerakas beach, the home of the Caretta Caretta loggerhead sea turtles. This luxury accommodation is set amidst 10.000m2 of land which makes it a perfect holiday retreat. The two-storey villa is built in a Venetian style, covering an area of 400 m2. Large doors/windows open up to the exquisite views of the surrounding lush gardens and the Ioanian Sea.
La Dolce Villa features two indoor living areas with covered terraces which are located on the ground floor, four bedrooms, two of which are located on the first floor and two on the ground floor, two bathrooms, a fully – equipped kitchen, a well maintained garden with a private forrest and a secluded rocky beach. There is also a one-bedroom staff accommodation available on the premises. La Dolce Villa guarantees a relaxing holiday in Zakynthos where you can lose all of your cares amidst the soft sand and clear waters of the Ioanian Sea.
For travellers who are seeking a more contemporary design of accommodation, the latest addition to the “Dolce” Collection are the Dolce Luxury Suites. Located just 50 meters from a small, secluded sandy beach of Psarou on the north coast of Zante this complex of three luxury-suites villas will provide a unique holiday experience. Ideal for a romantic holiday retreat or a family vacation, the Dolce Luxury Suites each covering an indoor area of 110 m2, feature an outside terrace of 70m2 and a private swimming pool. Each suite has three spacious double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, three balconies with captivating sea views, a living room, a fully equipped kitchen, a separate bathroom on the ground floor and parking area. The suites also offer the possibility of accommodating a seventh person on the comfortable sofa-bed.
The Dolce Luxury Suites are set among the olive groves, and just in a short distance of 2-3 kilometres there are the sandy beaches of Alykes and Alykanas. The suites are located in a walking distance from the nearby village with a plethora of taverns serving local and Mediterranean specialties. Travelling with a big family or a group of friends, then the Dolce Luxury Suites are your ideal choice of accommodation as the whole complex can be rented as one.
From luxury accommodation to sandy beaches to traditional dining, these are just a few of the experiences that you can look forward to when discovering the luxurious side of Zakynthos. We hope that you find this Zakynthos travel guide as a good source of inspiration for your next trip to Greece.