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Age: 25-34 from Manchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed on September 13, 2011
"You couldn`t Dream of a better place to stay."Rate:  5 Stars
This was our second trip to "The Dream" and it wasn`t just us, we saw 5 or 6 couples/families that we recognised from last year. There`s a reason that everyone seems to go back....it`s a wonderful place to stay.
The family are great (Nikos, Costas, Christos, Ella, Katerina and the new addition Christos jnr) they all make you feel so welcome, it`s like you`re a friend returning from a long trip away rather than the other way round. Nothing is too much trouble and all the advice we`ve recieved off Nikos about which trips to take and the best places to eat have always been spot on. Trust me, he knows what he`s talking about.
The whole hotel and grounds are always spotlessly clean. The rooms are refreshed everyday to an exceptionally high standard. Christos is out every evening watering the gardens and taking great care of the pool....he always seems so proud of it.....even brought the test over to show me that the ph of the water was spot on. Ella does the cooking and a great job she does too (try a tuna melt or a club sandwich they`re our favourites). Nikos and Costas are always available around the bar and pool area keeping everyone happy, nothing is too much trouble for any of them and they do everything with a pride that you can see in the results.
The hotel is set in a quiet area, with a convienience store across the road, which is a bit pricey but, it is very convienient for just nipping over to get something you`ve forgotten.
There are a couple of beaches just a walk away, Ambula beach is nice, you can hire a parasol and 2 loungers for 6 euros for the day, they`re set on the grass just off the beach itself which we liked as it stops everything getting covered in sand and avoids the scratchy sun cream scenario. I would recommend using the small jetty to enter the sea though as it is quite stoney going in on that one. The beach bar on this one is very reasonable and the food we had there was excellent.
The other beach (donkey beach I think they call it) is a bit further to walk probably about 15-20 mins but as it comes into view when you`re high above it on the cliffs and you see the sheltered bay and the small harbour it makes the walk seem worth it. This is different from the other beach in as much as the sea is calmer and it`s a sandy beach, there are free wooden parasols and there always seems to be a couple spare even if like us, you don`t arrive until 10:30 - 11:00am. The is a beach bar on here too and the view is fabulous, what food we had there was fine but it was a little more pricey than the other one.
There are a couple of restaurants close by. The best one I can`t pronounce the name of but it`s the first one on the right halfway down the hill ( tell Nikos or Costas that and they`ll direct you) it`s a very reasonably priced family run place serving very good food and the service is friendly and quick. The stuffed peppers starters are my favourite over the 2 fortnights we`ve been there we`ve had lots of meals there and never had a bad one. 2 starters, 2 mains and 4 drinks normally comes out at about 30 euros.
Tsilivi is about a half hour walk away, there is a bus service which runs during the day and costs 1.60 E (you can also take this bus to Zante town and it costs the same I think) a taxi into Tsilivi will cost you 7.00E. There are plenty of restaurants and bars in Tsilivi, the Zakynthos style breakfast at "Popeyes" was really good (how authentic it is I couldn`t say).
Il Gusto, an Italian restaurant in Tsilivi wasfantastic, well worth a trip down. Romios was good too. The only one we didn`t like was a place called "Nemesis" I wouldn`t bother with that, the service was nearly as poor as the food.
Other info....a Taxi to "The Dream" from the airport will cost 25.00E takes about 20mins, just grab one outside the airport, there are always plenty.
So, all in all, a great place to go and I will certainly be going back.
Stayed at September 2011
Age: 25-34 from Rushden, United Kingdom
Reviewed on November 28, 2011
"Our fantastic honeymoon"Rate:  5 Stars
My wife and I stayed at the Oniro Studios in Tragaki for our honeymoon in august 2011. We can see why it`s called Oniro, an absolutely fabulous place.
We have been to zakynthos twice before and stayed in nearby Tsilivi, so we roughly knew the area. When we arrived we got a taxi from the airport to the hotel which cost about â‚¬25, which worked out cheaper than getting a transfer by coach and a lot quicker. When we arrived, what a greeting, Nikos who runs it came bounding out to meet us, it was a real surprise that from that moment we were made to feel like part of the family. We were shown to our rooms, which are very nice and spacious with everything we needed, although we decided after a couple of days to spend the â‚¬60 and get the air conditioning, little bit too hot at times.
We found some great restaurants nearby, and if Nikos offers to take you to a restaurant on top of a hill then take full advantage of it, the view is amazing and the food is fantastic. Another great restaurant is Zeus in Tsilivi, food and service is great.
We hired a car for 2 days in the second week, wish we`d had it for longer, if you get a chance to hire a car then do it, it`s a great island to explore and they can arrange rental from the hotel.
The pool is great, especially if you want peace and quiet as there never seemed to be more than 10 around the pool and no more than 3 in it at any time. The food in the bar is great, anna and katerina make some really good food, try their club sandwich. Beer is very nice, mythos, absolutely beautiful beer and well priced too. They hold a Greek night once a week inhigh season, which has local dancers and music, great food and is a good night for everyone.
I would recommend this hotel to anybody and everybody, fantastic hotel, great people and the best holiday we have ever had. Thank you to Everybody at To Oniro who made our honeymoon The Dream
Stayed at August 2011
Age: 18-24 from London,
Reviewed on August 23, 2011
"A wonderful place to stay :)"Rate:  5 Stars
I stayed at the Dream Studios for two weeks with three friends and we had the most wonderful time. It is run by a brilliant family who make you feel at home from the moment you arrive. There is nothing they wouldn`t do for you. We all want to go back!
Each studio apartment is very spacious - there is a double bed, and a very large double sofa bed - the four of us had plenty of space.
The studio has a small kitchen which has everything you need.
The bathroom is a very decent size with a shower.
There is an immaculate clean pool with plenty of sunbeds available to guests - we spent many a day lounging and relaxing here!
Restaurant on site:
The family run a restaurant on site with lovely snacks and drinks - so if you`re feeling peckish you don`t have far to go!
Dream studios are immaculately clean (apartments cleaned daily) and very safe.
The studios are a 5 minute drive (7 euro) taxi drive from the main town. This was a perfect location for us as we could avoid the noisey tourist attractions - yet, close enough for you to just jump into a taxi!
Where to eat near by?
Meraki restaurant - a short drive away, which was recommended by Mr Christos. He dropped us off and the manager of the restaurant dropped us home which was very sweet.
Agroyialli restaurant which is down by Amboulla beach - a 5 minute walk from the apartments. The food is very reasonably priced and the best home-cooked food we ate whilst in Tsilivi.
There is a beach very close to the apartments, but you must head to Alexandra Beach and Tsilivi Beach in town - sandy and clear waters!
Thank you Antonopoulos family for making our trip away from the bustles of London so very calm, charming and wonderful. We miss you already!
Lots of love, Maria, Kiki, Kat and Lizzie xxx
Stayed at August 2011
Age: 35-49 from Bath, United Kingdom
Reviewed on September 21, 2011
"Excellent"Rate:  5 Stars
Just come back. Very clean, very friendly, excellent beaches nearby, you cant beat this place for a good relaxing holiday. Only thing is its not very private, all appts on top of each other.
Stayed at September 2011
Age: 35-49 from Bourne,
Reviewed on October 2, 2011
"Great little place with big personality"Rate:  5 Stars
The Dream Apartments, What can I say, Lose yourself in the peace and quiet of the Zakynthian country side with the welcoming Antonopoulos Family in first-rate accommodation surrounded by spotless gardens and pool, with only a short walk to the beach (300m with restaurants) and nearby Tsilvis (1.5miles) for more restaurants and nightlife
After off loading the children onto the grandparents, my partner and I retreated to the sunny shores of Zante for a well earned last of the sun week at The Dream.
After landing early evening in the first rain in 4 months and the taxi driver not knowing where the place was, even after showing him the address, we began to have doubts, but upon arrival at The Dream the sun had come out and any fears faded as Costas, Christos and Ella greeted us with open arms like long lost family, took ours cases and showed us to our room. Shocked by the personal touch and high standard of the room we quickly made our way to the bar to get over it, but even there the hospitality continued with a courtesy drink and other guests sharing the local knowledge through idle chit chat.(Thanks Janet and Dave)
The Ambula beach and Arkyiksomething fish restaurantâ€™s which are a short walk away near the beach (Nikos and Costas will tell you the way) are highly recommended, with an excellent meal for 2 and a litre of house wine setting you back around 30euros, Although the family will take you (and bring you back) to a restaurant in the hills overlooking the bright night lights of Tsilvis which we would also recommend for a night out. What we would not recommend is Pieroâ€™s Greek and Mexican restaurant in Tsilvis. The chilli con carne looked and tasted like it was out of a tin and the chicken fajitas came burnt.
The Dream Greek night is a definite must, not only do they get you up dancing around the bar and pool , but out on the road too, at the detriment of any road users who have to wait until the song has finished.
We booked a car for the week after e-mailing Nikos beforehand (6 days 195Euros) and used it to take us back to the airport (pick up a driver in Tsilvis) this was great as we had a late flight back and it let us get the most out of the last day. That said navigating around the island is somewhat of an art (even with a map) and getting lost is all part of the exploration.
We would recommend a car even for a few days to see some of the great sights around Zante (Nikos will mark them on the map for you). We also took in one of the boat trips to the famous Shipwreck cove with a local company Nefis which stated to be the first boat at the cove, and true to their word the 2 speed boats containing around 20 people were first there. (ideal for the photoâ€™s as 30mins later it was packed) they then took us back to the blues caves for swim off the boats before moving on to Xigia natural sulphur sea spa (or smelly beach as we called it) for a dip in the healing water. This was a good day out and cost 30euroâ€™s each.
In summary we had a great time at The Dream apartments and would not hesitate to recommend it. We will be booking up for next year. Big thank you to the Antonopoulos Family
Room tip: try and get a upper room at the back block, thew views over to Kefalonia are great,(room 109)
Stayed at September 2011
Age: 50-64 from East Bergholt, United Kingdom
Reviewed on June 8, 2012
"The Dream....a dream"Rate:  5 Stars
As soon as our taxi arrived at The Dream (Oniro) Nicos came out to greet us with a very warm welcome and we were shown immediately to our room with no fuss or hanging around. He then invited us to join him in the bar when we were ready so he could buy us our first drink. Our room was lovely and clean with fresh bedding and towels which were changed regularly throughout our stay. The room had everything you could need including a sofa, fridge, double bed with orthopaedic mattress, wardrobe, dressing table with mirror etc. There was also a 2 ring electric hob and a small selection of cutlery and crockery as well as an electric kettle. The shower is a typical Greek shower with a small square shower tray and a curtain that likes to hug you but who cares, if that`s all there is to moan about then it can`t be bad. The resort was beautiful and very well maintained so that it looked fresh and new. There was a lovely pool surrounded by nice sunbeds and lots of beautiful flowers and climbers making it look very pretty. We had requested a room at the back and that is what we were given. It was on the first floor and had a lovely view of the sea as we left the apartment and from the balcony there was a lovely view of the gardens and the pool/bar area.
The whole family were so warm & friendly, always checking everything was okay and were keen to ensure that we had the best possible holiday. They organise a Greek night on a Wednesday and it was great fun. The cost was â‚¬15 each and after the meal (a large selection of barbecued meat and chicken with roast potatoes, salad & tzatziki) there were Greek dancers followed by dancing until the early hours.
We didn`t need it but air-con is available at â‚¬6 per day and the charge for the safe is â‚¬14 per week. The bar area does a good selection of food and drink at very reasonable prices. Breakfasts from toast, scrambled eggs, omelettes to full English are from â‚¬2 to â‚¬6.50. There was a good selection of pizzas, burgers, salads, chips, baguettes and kids meals. A burger in a bun was â‚¬2.90 and you can add chips for only â‚¬1 extra. Salads were from â‚¬4.60, toasties â‚¬1.80, kids meals â‚¬3, tea/coffee â‚¬2, lge bottle water â‚¬1, lge Mythos lager â‚¬3, spirits â‚¬4 and a variety of cocktails at â‚¬4.40. A glass of wine was â‚¬2.50 or you could buy the bottle for only â‚¬8. There is free Wi-Fi available and a large screen HD TV showing sports, news etc.
The hotel is set in a quiet area just a few minutes from a couple of beaches, one of which was a bit stony or there is a lovely beach in Tsilivi which was just 1.5 miles and a nice easy 25 minute walk away. Taxis are readily available at â‚¬7 each way and Tsilivi is where all the main restaurants and bars are. We opted to walk in at night as it was a lovely stroll in the early evening and we caught a taxi back. We loved the location of the Dream hotel as it was away from all the hustle & bustle but easy access to the lively areas. Just around the corner from the hotel at Amboula beach there are a couple of restaurants. We tried the first one on the right and had 2 lovely meals (To Akroyiali) and there is also a lovely restaurant set on a hill about a mile away (To Meraki) which Christos or his family give you a free lift to and the owners bring you back. The food was amazing and the view was outstanding. We ate here 3 times in 10 days as the food and service was so good.
There is a small but well stocked supermarket immediately outside the hotel and 2 more supermarkets on the road to Tsilivi as well as a large selection of supermarkets and shops in Tsilivi.
We hired bicycles in Tsilivi for a week for â‚¬35 each which was a great way to see the island as it was a nice easy ride to Zante town, Laganas, Alikes and Kalamaki although if you take the coast road from Tsilivi to Zante there was a quite steep hill to climb or you could always get off and walk up if it`s too much. It is worth it as the views are amazing.
We had pre-booked taxi transfers which cost â‚¬57 return but others at the hotel just got in a taxi at the airport for only â‚¬22 each way so much better value than pre-booking and there were lots of taxis waiting.
Hint...If you plan on making your own lunch sometimes it is a good idea to take a dishcloth/sponge, small bottle of washing up liquid and a tea towel to save drying your plates on a hand towel. Also if you have space pack some sandwich bags or cling film if you are planning on taking a packed lunch out with you. You could always buy all these things at a supermarket if you don`t want to transport them.
We had a fantastic stay at the Dream and if we ever return to Zante we wouldn`t hesitate to book here again. Christos and his family do everything they can to make sure you have the best holiday possible and nothing is too much trouble. They also have an excellent knowledge of the best places to eat or the best trips to take so just ask them and they will be only too happy to help you.
Room tip: If you want a view of the sea as you leave your room ask for a 1st or 2nd floor room at the rear of...
Stayed at May 2012
Age: 50-64 from Ipswich, United Kingdom
Reviewed on September 20, 2011
"A great friendly place to stay."Rate:  5 Stars
Second visit to this lovely family. Made us very welcome and met up with some friends who like us were returning customers. This is the only recommendation needed if people return that says it all.
Thanks Nikos Costas, Christos, Ella, Katarina & of course little Christos jr.
Stayed at September 2011
Age: 50-64 from Nottingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed on October 2, 2011
"the dream studios"Rate:  5 Stars
This place is so relaxing,the family that run it are so kind and helpful,they will do thier utmost to do any thing for you.We always said that we would never go back to the same place that we had been to,ever.(because there was always somewhere else to see),but we went back to the dream studios 2 months after the first time we went.If you want a quiet and relaxing holiday,then this is the place to go.every one who stays there are friendly because its a small run business(30 appartments).We may even go back again.there are so many people going back so many times because of the friendly atmosphere there.
Stayed at September 2011
Age: 50-64 from horsham,
Reviewed on August 22, 2011
"Excellent, this Hotel is a `Dream`"Rate:  5 Stars
We stayed a week at this hotel from the 5th August as a family (one son age 14). The Hotel and its owners are wonderful and friendly, nothing is too much trouble and they give you a very personal service. Our room was lovely, very spacious - our son`s sofa bed was a double!, the bathroom was lovely and bright, very clean, the kitchenette is basic with just a kettle and a double hob, but a full size fridge. We did pay extra for air-con and a room safe, but the Hotel is vey safe and secure anyway. The swimming pool was lovely, the shallow end was 1.50 metres so may be a bit deep for toddlers, but there were always plenty of sun loungers and umberellas, again this area was very clean. The gardens that lead to your room are very pretty and well cared for. Tragaki itself is a lovely quiet village, there is 1 taverna on the way to the beach and 2 on the beach, all serving good tasty food, there was a cocktail bar on the main road but this always looked quiet, unfortunately there is a large all-inclusive hotel on the beach which seems to be affecting local trade. There are also 2 very expensive supermarkets near by. We went into Tsilivi a couple of times - 7 euros in a taxi, It is very lively but good fun, and good value for money too, look out for the deals i.e. - free kids meals, cocktails, wine and beer on offer, or buy one get one free.
Hopefully we will be back next year, just a pity it`s not sooner as we loved it....
Stayed at August 2011
from Bristol, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed on May 31, 2012
"Quiet Relaxing Holiday Studio`s very close to lovely Plagos Beach"Rate:  4 Stars
We stayed here in the last week of May 2012. Warm welcome from the family, Supermarket across the road is good although market 5 min walk down the road was lots cheaper. Owners are happy to help their guests when they require something. It was lovely weather, we witnessed an almighty thunder storm one night which was awesome to watch from our balcony. It is lovely and warm at a steady 25 to 27 degrees in the daytime even when overcast. Menu at the venue is reasonable and food is nice. Tregaki is about a 30 to 40 minuet walk from Dream to Tsilivi so if you have children or don`t want to cook in the sun you can get the Bus which is normally on time and runs about 6 times a day, hire a bike, car, bicycle or even a quad bike! I would say you would need around Â£200 minimum per adult spending money for the week if you want to do activities such as boat trip, crazy golf and bowling etc. We did eat lunch and dinner out most evenings but if you want to do things cheaper, go to some of the local supermarkets and butchers at the start of the week and make food to take. Local fruit is amazing and half way down the main road from Dream studios to Tsilivi there is a fantastic butchers (closed between midday and 5pm then open again until 9pm Monday to Friday) which is opposite a cheap super market which also sells cheap alcohol. There is also a great family run Greek Tavern Restaurant just down the road to Plagos beach a couple of minuets away. Very nice food and lovely lady owner and good price. This is a great place to stay if you want to be away from all the late night bars but not too far to travel for a night out. It is about 7 Euro for a taxi.
Room tip: Beds are quite hard and take a bit of getting used to, Studio`s at back of grounds have a tiny v...
Stayed at May 2012
from isle of anglesey,
Reviewed on June 29, 2012
"best "dream" ever!"Rate:  5 Stars
We have travelled to quite a few places in greece,turkey and cyprus but we ve got to say this is the friendliest and most relaxing place we have stayed. We travelled with our 7 year old daughter elle who just loved the pool (and nikos) it was so safe and the other guests played with her in the pool which was nice for us as well thanks dot and tracie.The whole family were so nice they couldn t do enough for you and the rooms were spotless and spacious even for the 3 of us.The gardens we lovely to lookout on too with all its flowers and palm trees and the lovely smell when the grass was cut it was a pleasure sitting on the balcony.The snacks and drinks from the bar were good value and the glasses for our mythos were kept frozen in the freezer elle loved the fruit cocktails.We went to the greek night the food was brilliant and lots of it! The dancers were very entertaining to watch and so were the family when they got up to do their greek dancing (christos jnr was the best) then they got us all involved and we finished it off with a disco i think they should have re named that sing moves like jagger to moves like christos he never stopped!We can see why people go back year after year its like a home from home i know we will be returning its not the place to visit once. Thanks again to all the family and guests for a fantastic holiday xx
Room tip: if you want to sit on your balcony and catch the last of the sun the rooms on the right handside are...
Stayed at June 2012
Reviewed on September 25, 2011
"Pretty splendid"Rate:  4 Stars
It took a while to decide where to stay in Zakynthos, and after choosing The Oniro we weren`t disappointed. A warm welcome by Nikos at 6am (what a great chap!) led to a week of happy memories. The room we had was great, the best I`ve stayed in throughout the various Greek islands, clean, smart, a comfy bed and some excellent views. Although didn`t tend to hang around the studios very much as prefer to get out an about or go to the beach, the friendliness of Nikos makes me wish we did more, and we would have except Greek night was cancelled and they weren`t showing the football match I was after one night, but hey, ce la vie.
The area was very nice, olive palms coating the sides of the roads, hills and beaches close by to lose a few hours or days on. Not that many restaurants in the area itself(3 or 4), although all very good, and it was easy to walk (25mins) or jump in a taxi to Tsivili where you are spoilt for choice.
The half day boat trip to the caves and shipwreck island was pleasant, and it`s worth a visit to Zakynthos town to visit the castle on the hill (great views) as well as wander around amongst the shops, museum, churches etc. Be careful of buses though as they don`t run that often later in the day, although only 15 euros in a taxi if get stuck.
Anyway, back to "The Dream", it`s a cracking place to stay, away from the noise and crowds and close enough for anything you need. Clean, friendly, relaxed and my only regret was not staying for 2 weeks
Room tip: I think 306 was our room which had great views
Stayed at September 2011
from Marlow, United Kingdom
Reviewed on August 14, 2011
"Will definitely be going back!"Rate:  5 Stars
We could not have picked a better place to stay. From the moment we arrived we were completely welcomed by Niko, and his family, nothing was ever too much trouble. The rooms were spacious and always kept very clean. The food was delicious and very reasonably priced.
The hotel is situated about a 5-10 minute drive to the nearest town of Tsilivi, but there are a couple of shops very close by and beautiful restaurants overlooking the beach, about a 10 minute walk away.
Overall 10/10 all round and I would recommend this hotel to anyone.
Stayed at August 2011
from Glasgow, United Kingdom
Reviewed on August 10, 2011
"Perfect!!!!"Rate:  5 Stars
We stayed at The Dream from 1st August - 8th August 2011. There were 4 couples in total and we had an absolutely fantastic time here. Nicos and his family were the friendliest and most welcoming people you could meet and made our stay really memorable.
We were in Zante for a friends wedding and Nicos went out of his way to make the stay memorable for us - Greek night is a must in the hotel, the food is amazing and the dancing was hilarious.
The pool was gorgeous and there were plenty of loungers available. Rooms were very very clean and air conditioning 6 euros a day - after 3 days we decided to pay it and it was the best money we spent all week!!!
There were some excellent restaurants nearby, one just at Amboula Beach (about 5 mins walk) was lovely and also The Olive Tree in Tsilivi was lovely food. Nicos has a friend with a restaurant just up the hill that was beautiful, the view from the tables was fantastic and the food was amazing, you must visit. Nicos has an arrangement that he will drive you up there and the owner will drive you home so no need for taxis.
A taxi to Tsilivi was 7 euros (5 mins away) and always easy to get. We were all really glad to be just putside Tsilivi as it was really quiet and peaceful without too many tourists but so easy to get to for night time if we wanted to. We were all couples in our mid 20`s and it was perfect for us.
The pool bar at the hotel was brilliant and all the food in the hotel was great, the Tuna Melts in particular became a group favourite!!
Overall it was a perfect holiday and if we return to Zante we would not even look elsewhere for a hotel!!
Stayed at August 2011