ZAKYNTHOS, the ‘ZANTE’rrific side of Greece that you must visit!

ZAKYNTHOS, the ‘ZANTE’rrific side of Greece that you must visit!

Hi, guys! It’s me again. After a long hiatus from blogging, I am back with brand-new experiences that I am very eager to share with all of you. Keep reading as I take your imagination to an exciting get-away in Greece.

My first time in Greece was two years ago when I celebrated my birthday in Santorini. That was an awesome summer in July, and since it was peak season, my travel, then, was a lot more expensive. Greece is an adorably amazing and captivatingly beautiful country, and despite the extravagance of going there, anyone who does traveling for passion would always want to come back. As for me, I returned to Greece, but this time, to explore the island of Zakynthos. Yup, my trip still spelled luxury, but, I can say that, for this Greek Encounter, I’ve been totallyspend-smart. (Read more to find out how.)

Zakynthos, or Zante, is an island located west of Athens. It is dubbed as “the flower of the Levant,” which depicts it as one of the most scenic and magnificent of all the islands in the Eastern Mediterranean.

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL

Zakynthos is a highly-recommended place to visit for luxurious jetsetters. But no one says that budget-conscious travelers can’t go there too. Here are some helpful tips for you should you wish to put Zakynthos as one of the travel destinations in your bucket list.
• Go there around September or October (Autumn)
o   It is Lean Season! Airfares and hotel accommodations are a lot cheaper
o   The must-go places do not get too crowded – perfect for capturing great photos without the annoying photobombers in the background.
o   Great weather and low chance of rainfall. It is almost sunny throughout the day, the air is neither too hot nor too cold, and the beach waters are considerably warm
•Do not go there when you are alone
o   A solo trip to Zakynthos may still be expensive even during lean season
o   A travel with family or friends may cut your travel expenses by almost half
•Do not go there between November to March
o   Majority of the hotels in Zakynthos are closed during this period and you are not likely to find any tours during this period
o   Winter is a bit harsh in Zakynthos; unless you are Elsa and the cold doesn’t bother you anyway… hahaha…

BEST WAY TO GET THERE

On board the airplane going to Zakynthos, I decided to take a short nap. But just when I was about to get my REM on tops, we have already reached the island. Turned out, Zakynthos is just a 50-minute flight away from Athens.

There are quite a few travel options going to the island, unless you are Superman or Captain Jack Sparrow, or unless you can teleport, I highly recommend that you take a plane.

•Travel to Zakynthos via Sky Express. While there are many scheduled flights offered by different regional airlines, only Sky Express have good flight schedules that can help you maximize your check-in and check-out time perfectly.
•Airfare from Athens to Zakynthos ranges between 6,000 – 8,000 Php two-way during lean season

BEST PLACE TO STAY

Zakynthos is a place that not-so-many ventures on trying, especially if they are highly budget-conscious and not up for a luxurious spend. If you are working on a budget, there are actually a lot of hotels available online. But if you are after the splendid experience, and if you don’t mind spending much for as long as it is worth it, here’s a guide for you, should you wish to visit Zakynthos anytime soon.

•Book your accommodation at Olea All Suite Hotel
o   The hotel sits on top of a picturesque hill surrounded by lush greens. It also offers a majestic view of the island and its surrounding beaches.
o   It is a brand new 5-star hotel that opened only last June 2018
o   All suites of the hotel have their own private pool
•I stayed at their Honeymoon Suite, an extra-lavish suite with its own 35 sqm. infinity pool, which offers a stunning full-view of the Ionian Sea
•The suite also has its own oval jacuzzi that sits right beside the extra king size bed… isn’t that cool?
o   The hotel is not only very exquisite, it is also a romantic and relaxing place to stay, with excellent customer service to match
o   Breakfast and romantic dinner are included in their rate-per-night package (for food prices and other resto offerings, do visit the hotel’s website)
o   Guests get free hotel transfers when they book direct via www.oleaallsuitehotel.com
•Always book direct rather than booking via third-party websites to get more perks and special offers

BEST THINGS TO DO

Zakynthos, aside from its marvelous sceneries and superb beaches, also offers a lot of activities for guests and travelers alike. Here are some of my highly-recommended activities when you visit this side of Greece.

•Hangout at Olea All Suite Hotel’s Cocoon Resto and Bar
o   It is the best spot to chill, swim and have snacks
o   It offers a unique vibe that makes you feel as if you are at the beach even when you’re in the pool
o   They have a bar right at the center of the pool that offers wide range ofcanapes, cocktails and drinks
•Book for a Navagio Beach View Tour
o   Perfect for tourists with limited travel time
o   Navagio is one of the best places in Zakynthos
•This place is one of the dream destinations that I have in my bucket list.  I only get to see photos of Navagio in Instagram; but, I am very glad to have finally visited and seen the place in person
•Take a brisk walk around the town proper or by Marina Port
o   Location offers breathtaking views of the island
o   Lots of places to dine and shop
o   Place is perfect for taking Instagram-able photos
•Go nature-tripping with their Turtle Spotting Tour
o   The tour gives guests a unique encounter with the turtles of Greece
o   Get a chance to use your GoPro for that perfect underwater shot
•Include the Zakynthos Keri Caves Tour in your itinerary
o   Perfect for adventure-seekers and nature-lovers alike
o   It is a really good place for swimming and taking photos with nature
o   It does not eat up much time from your itinerary

How I wish that three days can last for weeks ‘coz there are a lot about Zakynthos that I cannot get enough of. As much as I don’t want my vacation to end, I am very excited for what lies ahead and what is yet to come. Altogether, I would have to say that my stay in beautiful Zante was a very memorable one. And I do hope that when you visit Zakynthos, you will enjoy the place as much as I did.

Share:

58 Comments

  1. @emjhay_14
    November 25, 2018 / 11:20 am

    ❤❤ Beautiful place of zakynthos ❤❤

  2. Mc Aldrene
    November 25, 2018 / 12:03 pm

    I love the place❤. It is a Must to Visit. #bucketlist
    IG: Mc Aldrene

  3. rj
    November 25, 2018 / 12:54 pm

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Congratulations Kuya Kris in Making this Vlog hehe.Your post and photos were so nice and awasome man sana po mapansin mo ako sana at ng bibigay ka sakin ng inspirasyon ka para sakin pra ma achive ko ang lahat ng gusto ko dahil gusto ko mging ikw sana ma pansin mo ako keep it up and more travel and vlogs to come ikw na talaga ❤❤❤❤❤❤

    would you consider me also as one of your choice in your travel giveaway . Im @arjaylim03 in IG. and Im your number one fan

  4. November 25, 2018 / 2:07 pm

    Wow.. as in wow 😮 what the beautiful places. Super dream destination talaga. So inlove..😮😍💕
    Ig:@cellenacortez

  5. November 25, 2018 / 2:09 pm

    Felt that you really enjoyed your trip! Wish I could be there too, with someone special 🙂

    @melscapades

  6. Kenneth
    November 25, 2018 / 2:33 pm

    Its so nice to go their because the view is so wonderful and the hotel its so perfect 😊😊😊 @iamkneth

  7. Iann Sicat
    November 25, 2018 / 2:55 pm

    Indeed, best vlog of yours. Thank you for providing those detailed information that might help others in planning their onw Greece Trip. Thank you for sharing this Adventure. Seeing and reading your article makes me feel calm and very happy. Not everyone will be able to visit this place but thru you and by sharing this, we were able to experiences and felt the same happiness you felt when you were there. This is really great to read and watch a short clip specially for someone like me who does not have time and money to have vacation. Thank you, Kris!

    IG Account: ratherthanchoice

  8. Jan Alsher (IG: @jahazhinator)
    November 25, 2018 / 5:21 pm

    Ever since the Greece travel was up on your IG feed and stories, I immediately promised myself to work hard and visit that place. It’s like Greece was created to be loved, dreamt and discovered!

    Initially, I thought that it was just about architecture and mythology (Percy Jackson fan here btw!), but heck I was wrong! Thanks to this blog, I’ve gotten more interested because of the beaches, turtles, cave tours, and the people! Indeed it would sound like the best vacation ever! And so yeah, gotta start saving for my Greek adventure! Thanks for the inspo to do so! 😉

  9. Zander Lacerna
    November 25, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    Dream vacation! 😍😍😍 Gusto ko din dito magbirthday someday gaya nung first time mo! ❤️

  10. November 25, 2018 / 7:57 pm

    It was indeed such an awesome photos and blog to visit. ._the kingjames23

  11. Michael Andrei Aquino
    November 25, 2018 / 9:52 pm

    I wonder how much it costs to get to this beautiful place?

  12. Michael Andrei Aquino
    November 25, 2018 / 9:57 pm

    I wonder how much it costs to get to this beautiful place? IG: iammackyaquino

  13. Joseph
    November 26, 2018 / 12:48 am

    Kuya kris yung travel mu in greece is my dream destination also. Sorbang Ganda talaga huhu. one day makakapunta din ako jan Haha tiwala lang 😍☺️☺️☺️

    @thejagarcia on instagram

  14. Mar Enton Aboy
    November 26, 2018 / 1:11 am

    Wow!!! Someday. Oneday. I will experience you.

  15. Vladimer Bautista
    November 26, 2018 / 1:22 am

    Ganda! Sana all 🏊🏻‍♂️💕

  16. Erbee Capuli Derezas
    November 26, 2018 / 1:33 am

    zakyntos is such a very beautiful place! i want to go there someday

  17. Marc Abenio
    November 26, 2018 / 1:33 am

    hi sir, visited your blog for the giveaway but you’ve got really nice content. Kudos to those who still dind time to share your experinces and thought through text.

    @marcwitha_c_

  18. Erbee Capuli Derezas
    November 26, 2018 / 1:34 am

    sana manalo sa pagiveaway ni kuya kris hahaha

  19. November 26, 2018 / 1:47 am

    An amazing getaway from the urban life. A vast beautiful scenery from Greece. Such a nice experience. Good read too.

    IG: @pauloveneracion

  20. November 26, 2018 / 1:52 am

    Very informative! Nice post 👌 @alejandrotaag

  21. Vladimer Bautista
    November 26, 2018 / 2:17 am

    Makakapunta din ako dito. Pera nalang ang kulang. Hahaha konting tiyaga pa, G na yan! Sana all makapunta ng Greece 🤤💕 sobrang ganda ng island na to, isama mo yung walang alikabok na hotel plus yung philippine jacket mo pa, pangmayaman 🤤

    IG: vladbautista

  22. November 26, 2018 / 2:37 am

    omg so dreamy place one of my dream destination greece love reading you blog Hi Kris
    Ig @imrizarelleve

  23. Raymond Sayao
    November 26, 2018 / 2:39 am

    Thank you for this Blog. Because while reading it I felt like i was there too. The photos are beautiful and awesome. I wish someday I could visit Zakynthos as well. To experience the beautiful place! Thanks a lot Sir Kris ! ❤️✨

  24. November 26, 2018 / 6:48 am

    Hope to visit this soon and will definitely take note of your inputs. Thank you

  25. Hobert Jake Manalo
    November 26, 2018 / 7:22 am

    Its a dream destination! Will take note of the tips for future use! ❤️

    @jakestatic

  26. November 26, 2018 / 8:07 am

    I dreamed to get there soon! I wanted to go to Greece that was one of my fave place here in earth, such a beautiful place. Thanks Kris for bring Greece to us.

    IG: Rxlnrms

  27. John Klervin Fernando (ig : jkeroboy)
    November 26, 2018 / 9:30 am

    To be honest? I really don’t have any idea about the place but when I watched the video and took a time to read this blogpost. I am surprised by it’s own beauty. It made me realize how God is amazing as a creator to create a very beautiful place like this where humas can enjoy one. I feel so inspired and hoping someday not just to see the place but of course to experience everything that Zakynthos can offer.

  28. John Errol Santiago
    November 26, 2018 / 12:55 pm

    I hope I can also visit this place one day. A must see place before you die!

  29. November 26, 2018 / 1:49 pm

    Cool.. want ko din mapuntahan to brad! thanks for sharing your experience.. 😂😘👌

  30. November 26, 2018 / 5:09 pm

    Reading this entire blog about Zakynthos, Greece is really mesmeresing. Mesmerising in a sense of you’ve got to enjoy what you read, be amazed on it and at the same time you go to be inspired. I was really mesmerized by this blog.

    This is what I’m going to read for the rest of my life. I’m still dreaming until now that someday i will be in Greece it started since the Gods and Godesses were tackled in our highschool days. This blog totally make us feel we are there too. I can’t stop imagining every perfect corners that you went through. Even the photos are so surreal.

    I’m not saying all of thes because I wanna win the staycation but I just wanna let you and others know that this kind of blog is really informational, reliable and inspiring. And if I got a chance to win, eventough I know I got 0.1% chance of winning— I will still try and this will not stop me from expressing my thanfulness to you Sir Kris for motivating us to go to places, to live our dreams and to keep our passion burning.

    Thank you and I hope you will have more places to go so we could witness it and somehow be there with you in your journey as we read your blog on every step of the way…

    Instagram— @ohmynilo

  31. November 27, 2018 / 7:17 am

    Lovely destination, dreaming to experience the luxurious experience 😍

    @melscapades

  32. rj
    November 27, 2018 / 7:20 am

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Congratulations Kuya Kris in Making this Vlog hehe.Your post and photos were so nice and awasome man sana po mapansin mo ako sana at ng bibigay ka sakin ng inspirasyon ka para sakin pra ma achive ko ang lahat ng gusto ko dahil gusto ko mging ikw sana ma pansin mo ako keep it up and more travel and vlogs to come ikw na talaga ❤❤❤❤❤❤

    would you consider me also as one of your choice in your travel giveaway . Im @arjaylim03 in IG. and Im your number one fan

  33. rj
    November 27, 2018 / 7:21 am

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Congratulations Kuya Kris in Making this Vlog hehe.Your post and photos were so nice and awasome man sana po mapansin mo ako sana at ng bibigay ka sakin ng inspirasyon ka para sakin pra ma achive ko ang lahat ng gusto ko dahil gusto ko mging ikw sana ma pansin mo ako keep it up and more travel and vlogs to come ikw na talaga ❤❤❤❤❤❤

    would you consider me also as one of your choice in your travel giveaway . Im @arjaylim03 in IG. and Im your number one fan of you

  34. John Michael Vitug
    November 27, 2018 / 7:45 am

    Such a beautiful place to visit. Thank you for sharing your travel experience. 😊❤
    IG: jmikelvitug

  35. Julius Baldesimo Jr.
    November 27, 2018 / 7:46 am

    Very helpful and informative blog here sir kris 🙂 very keen with details that will surely help spendwise travellers like me. You brought us to Greece with your narratives. Hashtag TravelGoals aside from Santorini this place will be part of my bucketlist. Thanks sir!!!

    Imo Baldesimo
    @momitomomito @9livesaprl

  36. Reynilda San Juan
    November 27, 2018 / 7:54 am

    After reading your blog about Zakynthos Kua Kris I list it down to my bucket list. I love your effort in putting every details of your trip. Excited to read your next travel blog because I know for sure that it’s so informative. Good luck and more travel stories to be heard by you Kua Kris! Always take care on your travels. 😊❤
    IG: idahsanjuan

  37. Joshua De Guzman
    November 27, 2018 / 7:54 am

    This place is dreamy 😍 will definitely add this to my bucketlist, thank you for sharing the experience with us, made me more inspired to strive even harder to save for the future and have the guts to have this kind of vacayyy .
    IG: joshuadeguzmann

  38. Maria Patrice Bayo
    November 27, 2018 / 8:40 am

    Zakynthos truly ZANTe’rrific!
    Such a beautiful place to visit! Upon reading the whole blog, I dream to visit Zakynthos in the future! This blog is very informative and I will surely take note of the places and tips you listed above for future use 🙂 Thank you so much for this wonderful blog!

    IG: @mariapatrice

  39. Maria Patrice Bayot
    November 27, 2018 / 8:40 am

    Zakynthos truly ZANTe’rrific!
    Such a beautiful place to visit! Upon reading the whole blog, I dream to visit Zakynthos in the future! This blog is very informative and I will surely take note of the places and tips you listed above for future use 🙂 Thank you so much for this wonderful blog!

    IG: @mariapatrice

  40. Christian Paul Perez
    November 27, 2018 / 8:54 am

    Truly Zákynthos can make your Greek God dreams come true by its breathtaking scenery. You’ll never think of how much will cost you as the place will give you priceless experience! The western part of the island where you’ll find steep cliffs that you can climb makes you appreciate the island. Also to mention that this island is called “Fioro de Levante” which means Flowers of the East because Zákynthos has almost 7,000 species of flowers. Hence, a trip to Zákynthos is one of the dream place a traveler could ever visit.

    📍@itspaulperez

  41. EJ Gravino
    November 27, 2018 / 9:18 am

    Wow!!! looking forward to experience Greece!!!
    IG: @ejgravino

  42. Miguel C. Sta. Ana
    November 27, 2018 / 9:54 am

    Your post took us there! <3 It's like we were there with you! Soon I'll be visiting Greece and I will follow your guide for my trip!

    IG: miggycrz

  43. Luisa Peru
    November 27, 2018 / 10:01 am

    This is a extra dreamy blog! I’ve always dreamt of going to Greece. I’ve only seen it in pictures and movies. Thanks to your informative blog – I’ve learned about Greece so much. You did so well on breaking down the info – from how to go there, best time to go there, what to do and experience at Greece, where to stay and a lot more information that makes us reader more familiar with Greece. I hope few years from now I can experience the same thing. And I’ll make sure to remember what you’ve written here. It’s a very good read. More travel blogs to come! Pictures are also super nice ❤

    IG Account: lui.peru

  44. Jeff dela luna
    November 27, 2018 / 10:38 am

    Adding this place to my bucketlist. Zakynthos is one the best places in the world to visit. It is also amazing to see on this blog the shipwreck who was also seen in the hit koreanovela: Descendants of the Sun. It is was a worthy travel Kris 👌🏻. The blog serves as a well guide to all readers who wants to go there and experience the same vacation you did.

    IG: @jdshanero

  45. November 27, 2018 / 11:03 am

    Cool! Idol ko tlaga to si bro krisdm.. 😂👊

  46. November 27, 2018 / 11:04 am

    Idol ko tlaga to si bro krisdm.. 😂👊

  47. Kevin Garon
    November 27, 2018 / 11:56 am

    Wow! Nice content! 👍 Never had a chance to go there when I was in Athens. A hidden paradise, indeed! Definitely added in my bucket list! 😊 IG: @kevingaron

  48. Kenneth Caringal
    November 27, 2018 / 12:26 pm

    This inspired me a lot to work harder to turn my dreams into reality 💯💯💯
    @knnthcrngl

  49. Nancy Beto
    November 27, 2018 / 1:20 pm

    ZAKYNTHOS. This is a perfect place to be alone but still a perfect place to be with the person you love the most. A special place for a special you CHAR 😁😍

  50. Meeko
    November 27, 2018 / 2:31 pm

    Amazing views! It’s great that you featured a not so common vacation spot. And for making us feel like we were there too.
    Looking forward to read about your future adventures!
    IG: @meekhil

  51. John Klervin Fernando
    November 27, 2018 / 2:54 pm

    Traveling makes you a new person. It gives you the opportunity to try new things that life can offer.
    I look up into this person as he shares his experiences in a different places and shows how to balance fitness and leisure. 3 words that for me, best describes this photo.

    1. Astonishing, it is really amazing to get wet in an infinity pool with nature as his background while eating a sumptuous meal.

    2.Revitalizing, breathing the fresh air of zayknthos, Greece together with the hospitality of Olea Suites Hotel.
    This is really perfect for romantic and relaxing holiday.

    3. Inspiring, It inspires me to apprecaite the art of relaxation. Nowadays, most of us are too stressed by the things that don’t matter and I guess our mind and soul needs a time to reflect but not just staring into a space but staring to this kind of stunning view.

  52. Jassem Carlos
    November 27, 2018 / 3:12 pm

    Will bookmark this one. Maybe one day. I really really want to go here with my family and with my partner. Hope in the future! 🙏🏻 Thanks for taking us to Greece with your vlogs and pictures.

    IG: jassemshin

  53. Adam Ramirez
    November 27, 2018 / 3:24 pm

    What a beautiful place! Thanks for this blog! Sana makapunta din ako dito soon pero syempre much better if kasama ka 😊 i wish, sana matupad kahit parang mejo malabo lol anw, godbless! ❤️❤️

    Instagram: @adampaulramirez

  54. November 27, 2018 / 3:53 pm

    This is really inspiring to see you doing your job and achieving your dreams! Iba ung “effort” to make this wonderful trip possible! Everyone noticed that you really enjoy this trip and that makes us want to feel the breath taking view from Zakynthos. We’re looking forward to see more of you on youtube, ig and here in your blog. Thanks for inspiring us!

    IG: toffernoveda

  55. Yonel
    November 27, 2018 / 10:14 pm

    I love every single thing about this blog. Makes me wanna visit the place… maybe someday. Good read, good shot and great that you took us to this amazing God’s creation. 😍❤️

    IG: OfficialYonel

  56. Jhon Caesar Funtanar
    December 21, 2018 / 12:38 pm

    Wow! Thank you for showcasing the beauty of Greece it has to offer. Your photos are aesthetically pleasing to the eye. I would want to visit the Greece in the future even if it’s so expensive. It’s great that you can travel the world and write something about it… ❤ Keep on blogging and thank you for really bringing my imagination in to a get-away place. It blows my mind. Hehe. You brought me to a different place with the extent of your capacity. 😍

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *