Hearing the words Greek island, you are likely to conjure up images of crystal-clear waters and pure white sands that put other beaches to shame. And Zakynthos, or known better by the Italian name, Zante, is exactly that. Situated in the eastern part of the Ionian Sea, it has beaches galore. However, if you thought this island is purely sun and sand, think again. The capital, Zakynthos Town, named ‘flower of the east’ by the Venetians, boasts a wide range of gems to explore, such as the Venetian Castle, Post-Byzantine Museum of Zante, and Venetian Square.
With so much on offer, it’s no wonder it has been enticing couples for some time. What better way to keep the love alive than by strolling hand in hand along stunning shorelines or sipping on cocktails after a long day of exploring.
So, if you have settled on the destination, but are not quite sure where to stay to get the most out of your visit, we’re here to help. We’ve curated a list of the top 7 hotels for couples in Zakynthos. All you need to do is pick your favorite and you will be sunning yourself in this idyllic Greek island in no time.
1. Villa Levante
Situated in the village of Vasilikos, famed for its rugged coastline, pristine beaches and abundance of restaurants, Villa Levante is perfect for those couples that like a bit of privacy on vacation. Offering rooms equipped with their own kitchenette, it means you have the option of dining in when you perhaps can’t muster the energy to get dressed up for dinner.
Although being slightly outside the main hub of Zakynthos town (around a 20-minute drive away), this quiet resort still boasts all the conveniences you could need, such as shops, pubs, mini-markets, and restaurants. As well as this, just a short stroll away is the National Marine Park, home to the endangered loggerhead sea turtles, known locally as caretta caretta.
Each room comes with a balcony overlooking the Ionian Sea, perfect for snapping those envy inducing panoramic shots, or snuggling up to enjoy a spectacular sunset.
So, if you want to spend your romantic trip immersed in lush countryside, enjoying the tranquillity that village life offers, this is definitely one to consider.
Address: Xirokastelo Vasilikos, Vasilikos, 29100, Greece
Best for: Couples looking for a bit more independence during their stay.
2. Ionian Hill Hotel
Being just a five-minute walk from the golden sands of Argassi beach, Ionian Hill Hotel is the perfect base for the ultimate chilled vacation.
For couples that simply want to spend quality time together without the hectic schedule of sightseeing, soaking in the rays at the nearby beach will be top priority here.
And for when your stomach rumbles, this hotel offers one of the highest-rated restaurants on the island. The Al Nur restaurant provides the finest of dining and the finest of views. Perched on a low hill (hence the name), the seating looks out on to the vast Ionian Sea and the other spectacular island of Kefalonia. Is there any better way to enjoy a romantic dinner?
Why not treat yourself further to a cocktail by the pool or simply relax with a movie in the comfort of your air-conditioned room.
Sitting at the cheaper end of Zakynthos accommodation, this hotel has opulence without the hefty price tag.
Address: Argásion, Argasi, 29100, Greece
Best for: Couples that love to lounge on the beach.
3. Hotel Palmyra
The Hotel Palmyra is a stone’s throw away from the center of Argassi, where you will find a host of beach bars for the epitome of laid-back vibes.
However, if a good bar takes your fancy, you need look no further than the hotel itself, which includes its own rooftop bar/restaurant, serving a variety of Greek and international cuisine.
This fully renovated hotel also has a pool with a sun terrace for days when you simply want to lounge, taking advantage of the free Wi-Fi.
And if you do decide to venture out, Argassi is a great base for various excursions, including the famous Navagio Beach, nicknamed shipwreck beach due to the abandoned ship that still lies there to this day.
So, whether you are cosying up by the pool or enjoying a romantic meal for two, this hotel has plenty of spots to make the most of your stay.
Address: Argásion, Argasi, 29100, Greece
Best for: Couples that like a bit of variety to their days.
4. Dali Hotel
For those couples who like a bit of culture on their getaways, the Dali hotel should definitely be a contender. Nestled in the heart of Zakynthos Town, you have the amenities of the island’s capital on your doorstep. Whether you want to take in a museum or marvel at the stunning Venetian architecture (which had to be rebuilt after devasting earthquakes in 1953 flattened the Island), there is no shortage of things to see.
But, if you’re not sure where to begin exploring, why not take a ride on the daily tourist train for a general overview of what’s on offer.
The hotel itself boasts tastefully decorated rooms offering breathtaking mountain or sea views, the perfect backdrop for cosying up to your special someone.
And with an on-site restaurant, you don’t even need to leave the hotel to experience the finest of Greek cuisine. But you could also make it a full on date night by venturing out to Cine Negas, a magnificent open air cinema in town, where you can watch the latest releases under the Greek stars, with the sounds of the sea in the background.
Address: Lomvardou 20, Zakynthos Town, 29100, Greece
Best for: Couples that love the hustle and bustle.
5. Lithies Boutique Hotel
The Lithies Boutique Hotel is situated in Korithi, which sits at the northwestern tip of the island. This picturesque area is surrounded by stunning cliffs and sparkling turquoise waters.
The quaint family run hotel offers spacious, self-catering rooms with sea view balconies, two swimming pools and a snack bar. Free bikes are also offered to guests so you can take advantage of the stunning natural beauty on your doorstep. What better way to strengthen that romantic bond than by taking a relaxing couple’s bike ride?
The hotel is also in close proximity to the lovely harbour of Agios Nikolaos, where you can get a one-hour ferry to Kefalonia Island if you’re looking to cross that off your list on this trip also.
Address: Agios Nikolaos, Skinária, Korithion, 29100, Greece
Best for: Couples that enjoy exploring nature.
6. Castelli Hotel – Adults Only
The Castelli Hotel is an adult-only property set on a farm, guaranteeing the most tranquil escape for you and your partner. All rooms have been fully renovated during a major renovation project in 2015 to 2019 so you can be sure you are enjoying the maximum of comfort.
The hotel has a range of amenities to choose from, including a restaurant, library, massage gazebo and a pool. But if you’re really looking to go the extra mile for your romantic break, you could book one of their new swim up rooms, which features an enticing pool area just outside your room’s terrace.
You would certainly be forgiven for not wanting to tear yourself away from this hotel but if you have the will power to do so, there is much to see in the surrounding area. The famous Laganas Strip is just a ten-minute walk away. Here you’ll find a multitude of bars and clubs to choose from.
The Castelli Hotel is a top choice for couples looking for the best of both worlds, a lively atmosphere outside and a soothing base to return to.
Address: Agios Sostis, Laganas, 29092, Greece
Best for: Couples looking to strike a balance of hustle and bustle and peace.
7. Lesante Classic Luxury Hotel and Spa
If luxury and elegance is what you’re after, look no further than this one. The Lesante Classic Luxury Hotel and Spa hotel offers the finest in extravagant holidaying.
This five-star hotel boasts three pools, two hot-tubs and a classy piano bar, so there’s no shortage of ways to indulge. And as if that weren’t enough, there are four massage rooms and a range of couple’s treatments at the spa to add that romantic element.
The hotel is situated in the village of Tsilivi (also known as Planos), so if you can manage to give up the hotel’s VIP lifestyle for a while, there are plenty of beaches, excursions and even a waterpark to take your fancy nearby.
This area is crowded with restaurants, bars, and nightclubs and has become the hotspot of tourist resorts on the island. However, although having expanded in recent years, it still manages to keep its Greek town charm and you will still find many traditional family run tavernas throughout the resort.
Address: Main Street, Tsilivi, 29100, Greece
Best for: Couples looking to make their vacation that extra bit more special.