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Periyali Villas Zakynthos - Lucy Greenwell and family sample the new improved villas with creche facilities in unspoilt southern Zakynthos

Periyali We travelled to Zakynthos in May with our children -Maisie (4) and Jago (3) – and loved our stay at Periyali Villas.

Periyali is a lovely collection of 11 villas situated in fabulous surroundings of olive groves and meadows. Quiet and peaceful but not isolated. The villas are all newly refurbished by Simpson Travel, all with individual fenced plunge pools (good size) and small gardens. All villas are individually decorated and comfortably furnished. The kitchens are fully equipped with everything needed for families, including microwave, coffee machine and good size fridge freezer. I loved the fact that they supply a cool box, ice packs, Tupperware, and beach umbrella so it is really easy to stick all that in the back of your car and discover a fabulous hidden cove to spend the day on.

Child friendly accommodation

We found that the villas are all very child friendly and include stair gates, steps in the bathroom and toddler toilet seats, all unused sockets are covered with a socket cover which can only be removed with the provided key. All of the villas have plunge pools and gardens. The garden is gated and the pool is also fenced in with a lockable gate. Baby packs are included for youngest guests including bottle warmers, changing mats and sterilisers- which is a huge help in these days of stringent luggage restrictions.

Creche from 6months

periyali The crèche has shaded outside areas full of a great selection of outside toys, inside is lovely and cool and full of books, games and other activities. The crèche staff are well organised and friendly, and provide lots of fun and great care for the children. There is a separate babies room where they are surrounded by age appropriate toys and can spend quiet time away from the older kids. There is also a separate sleeping room. Outside toys are available for use by guests when the crèche is closed. They have a book and dvd library from which you can borrow.

The shared pools have great views overlooking the sea and Alessandro who runs the well stocked poolside café can provide you with a good selection of choices for lunch including the best Greek salad.

Eating and beaching...

Periyali Nearby tavernas are only a 5 minute walk away past goats and chickens, family run Tridoli was our favourite as it has a childrens playground and lovely home cooked Greek cuisine. The gorgeous Gerakas beach is a further 5 minutes down the quiet road, a shallow gently sloping beach with clear warm water and a few small fish. Most of the beaches in the south of Zakynthos are protected as they are home to loggerhead turtles during their mating and breeding season, when they lay their eggs in the sand on the beaches. This means that the beaches in the south are not over developed and have no water sports apart from the odd pedalo (great for turtle spotting !!) and they are closed at night. More developed beaches 10 mins drive away with lots of water activities and cafes.

We thought this was a superb great option for families. Unspoilt surroundings, lovely accommodation and easy access to just about everything – pool, beach, restaurants, crèche. The freedom of self catering with the ease of knowing everything for children has been thought of and with access to the kind of facilities you usually only find in hotels, such as a creche. All combines to make your holiday as stress free as possible.

babygoes2 visitors booking with Simpson Travel are entitled to a complementary car upgrade, subject to availability.

Contact Lucy to discuss Periyali Villas

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