Top 20 Cool and Unusual Hotels in Zakynthos 2023

Famed for its turquoise waters, powdery white beaches, lush vegetation and traditional tavernas, beautiful Zakynthos – also as Zante – is an exotic Greek island placed in the heart of the majestic Ionian Sea. It is home to the endangered loggerhead sea turtles, as well as the world-famous Navagio Beach which houses the iconic shipwreck. 

Backdropped by fertile valleys, dramatic rugged cliffs, and mesmerizing beaches, Zakynthos’s hotels provide endless recreational opportunities, and range from hilltop boutiques to beachfront all-inclusive resorts. From a recent visit, here are my favourite cool and unusual hotels in Zakynthos, Greece (in no particular order)

1. Lesante Blu, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World – Adults Only – an exceptional and very Instagrammable hotel perfect for influencers and design-loving Millenials and Gen Zs

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Graced by an abundance of greenery, a waterfall-fed infinity pool, and awe-inspiring ocean views, Lesante Blu, Leading Hotels of the World is the perfect destination for a romantic break.

The reception features a water wall, modernist sculptures, and nylon curtains, and is dressed in muted tones to exude a sense of understated luxury.

I thought the hanging egg chairs scattered around the property was a graceful touch, while the expansive L-shaped infinity pool and immaculately manicured lawns beckons guests to a serene moment of relaxation. Some rooms boast private pools or an outdoor whirlpool bath, and others are backdropped by exquisite sea views.

All are graced by an open plan layout and set a classy tone through wood parquet flooring, sheer white walls, and large sofas.

2. GARDELLI RESORT – a hip, unique and elegant boutique resort which has access to one of the largest beaches on the island

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Located only 70 metres from the gorgeous Laganas Beach, GARDELLI RESORT  is a vibrant hub of eclecticism graced by ultra-modern boutique décor and a true pampering feel.

Whether you lounge in the backdrop of the ocean by the shimmering pool, indulge in succulent cuisine in the restaurant, or kick back in the decked out communal spaces, your days here will be filled with luxury and charm. One of my favourite moments was kicking back on my large balcony and soaking up the island ambiance.

In the rooms, the commodious seating areas are festooned in lavish materials, while the marble-clad bathrooms further emanate splendour and sophistication.

3. Phoenix Beach Hotel – cool, lively and fun accommodation perfect for partying Millenials and Gen Zs

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The graceful boutique ambiance makes Phoenix Beach Hotel one of my favourite hotels in Zakynthos. Located right on the water’s edge, the hotel’s unique architectural design reflects the personal touch of the host family and exudes total relaxation.

A social atmosphere is set around the seasonal outdoor swimming pool, as well as in the restaurant, bar, shared lounge, and garden. Each unit blends modern hip with traditional splendour and opens onto a charming balcony where you can revel in jaw-dropping Ionian panoramas.

Each morning you can treat your taste buds to a buffet breakfast in an open-air restaurant, and return here in the evening to enjoy delicious Mediterranean-inspired dishes.

4. Lesante Cape Resort & Villas, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World – a chic, unique and wow-inducing upscale hotel perfect for Instagrammers set on a beachfront in Akrotiri

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At Lesante Cape Resort & Villas, authenticity is at the forefront of everything. The property boasts a privileged location in Akrotiri village – a place of great historic and cultural significance.

The large white stones, earthly tones, and straw-made décor exude a blissful coalescence of tradition and modernity, in the backdrop of the island’s postcard-perfect shores.

The extensive range of on-site restaurants truly shaped my vacation into a time of indulgence, where luxury and opulence took centre stage. The guestrooms are draped in contemporary chic décor, and offer a spacious seating area where you can sit and surrender to the rhythms of island life.

5. Zante Maris Suites – Adults Only – a stunning and ultra-hip all-suite design hotel within walking distance of Tsilivi Beach

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Peaceful nature meets jaw-dropping architecture at Zante Maris Suites – Adults Only, a hotel set within spectacular Mediterranean terrain. The pursuit of pleasure and perfection is embraced with the utmost attention here, with each suite representing its own organic universe, replete with running waters, olive trees, and scintillating panoramic views.

Pleasantly tucked away from the crowds, the hotel boasts a laid-back vibe, inviting you to sip a bespoke cocktail by a state-of-the-art infinity pool. Awaken your inner epicurean at the on-site restaurant, where the tastes and textures are inherently linked with the surrounding nature.

My favourite spot of all though was the pool bar, where a chic open-air ambiance was set and the drinks were infused with Mediterranean herbs. 

6. Porto Zante Villas And Spa – a set of striking, cool and chic upscale villas set on a secluded private beach overlooking the sparkling Ionian SeaPorto Zante Villas And Spa

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Set in a secluded bay, this luxury boutique hotel offers world-class villas on the beach, all of which come with private seafront pools.

Not only is each unit at Porto Zante Villas And Spa enclosed by lush gardens, but they are also all beautifully decorated with Greek paintings and offer some of the most high-end, exclusive amenities I have ever encountered in a resort.

The Bang & Olufsen Entertainment systems, Christofle Paris cutlery glasses, and complimentary BVLGARI products gave me a sense of splendour throughout my entire visit.

On-site, you can indulge in delicious European and Asian cuisine, pamper the senses in a waterfront spa, and take part in a comprehensive array of family and couples’ activities.

7. Aliv stone suites & spa – an exceptional and trendy upscale hotel near the famous beach Shipwreck Beach (Navagio Beach)

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Enclosed by endless unparalleled beauty, Aliv stone suites & spa lies next to the famous Shipwreck Beach, and treats guests to an extraordinary experience of wellness, relaxation, and tranquillity.

The hotel hosts one of my all-time favourite restaurants, which offers an expertly crafted menu fusing the essence of Greek cuisine with the sumptuousness of Mediterranean flavours. High-end modern aesthetics beautify the hotel’s rich architecture, resulting in an elegantly refined hospitality experience.

At the heart of the property is the majestic outdoor pool, beside which you can order a delicious cocktail, and recline on a cosy sun lounger as you enjoy infinite Ionian Sea views.

8. Gloria Maris Hotel Suites and Villa – hip and Instaworthy accommodation with a slight boho vibe, cool design and stunning views

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Nestled between Agios Sostis and Keri Lake on the Bay of Laganas, Gloria Maris Hotel Suites and Villa is surrounded by olive groves which set a nature-fuelled atmosphere for your Zakynthos vacation.

The gorgeous backdrop of the Ionian Sea can be relished both from the many open-air hangout spaces, and from the guestrooms which offer glass walls and spacious balconies. In the evening, be sure to head to the on-site Komidoro Restaurant where you can savour local tastes, and then to Tropic’s Beach Bar which awaits you with exotic cocktails on the seafront.

The live  Caribbean music at Tropics entertained me until the sun rose majestically over the horizon – A memory that will stay with me forever!

9. Contessina Hotel – a beautifully unique hotel with a neoclassical vibe, a great design and lush gardens

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Contessina Hotel is one of the island’s more sociable hotels, with most rooms set around a stunning freshwater pool, and a poolside bar serving crafted beverages until late.

The divinity of Greek gastronomy is embodied beautifully in the Vedema Restaurant, and the 160 units have received a recent head-to-toe revamp to exude modern intimacy and comfort.

The hotel flaunts a first-rate bespoke service, especially in the chic Kamara Spa, where guests are immediately transported away from the business of everyday life and into a serene state of rejuvenation.

A stay here will provide you with warmth and vitality that will leave life-lasting memories.

10. Castelli Hotel-Adults Only – a gorgeous award-winning boutique hotel which offers a stylish, intimate and romantic stay

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Surrounded by olive groves, Castelli Hotel greets guests with an old-fashioned charm, embodied straight away by an iron staircase hung with wooden hearts.

Upon entrance I was treated to a bottle of wine, and made to feel at home. As soon as you check in you can browse the souvenirs and locally sourced jewellery in the lobby, or head to the freshwater pool which morphs into a candlelit bar at night.

There’s live music most nights, as well as expert-led activities such as yoga and Pilates, and a blissful garden spa cabana which beckons guests to a serene spot of relaxation. My room came with plenty of modern touches, such as pocket-sprung mattresses, alcove seating areas, and a vivid colour scheme.

11. Yoma Cove Suites – a unique place to stay on Zante made up of newly built caved suites surrounded by beautiful Mediterranean scenery

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Yoma Cove Suites is a place where pampering and opulence go hand in hand, topped with the very best of traditional Greek hospitality.

Located near the mountainous village of Volimes in one of the island’s most impressive spots, my lavish caved suite was bounded by spectacular Mediterranean terrain and the endless blue of the Ionian Sea.

It featured a fully equipped working station, also set before the most compelling island panoramas. Each morning, you can indulge in a hearty breakfast in the comfort of your own suite, and recline by your private plunge pool as you savour that first coffee.

12. Olea All Suite Hotel – a wonderful, tranquil and trendy boutique-style all-suite hotel set on a secluded hillside location

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Taken straight from the pages of a design magazine, Olea All Suite Hotel is an aesthetically inclined oasis set away from the pulsating atmosphere of Zakynthos Town.

The guestrooms, many of which flaunt a private plunge pool, are linked by glittering ponds and command impressive views out across the sea towards Kefalonia.

Swaying rattan lampshades, brushed concrete, tree-strung hammocks, and driftwood draws offer a blend of comfort and extravagance, and create a beautiful interior backdrop for that perfect Instagram shot.

Set on an old olive farm, the quintessence of nature suffuses the property, notably in the on-site cave-like spa where natural organic products are utilized to create soul-soothing treatments. 

13. Caravel Suites – Adults Only – for a unique Instaworthy design, exceptional views, a private beach and an all-inclusive service

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Perched on the edge of a golden strip of sand, this luxury all-inclusive resort offers two outdoor pools, and each accommodation at Caravel Suites – Adults Only opens out onto a stunning balcony with astonishing sea or landscape views.

A few steps link the pool terrace to the shore, so it is easy to dip between the two. An ambient lighting system creates a romantic tone on the palm-fringed communal decks, where comfy seating areas and plenty of plants set a soothing atmosphere for those balmy summer nights.

You can indulge in Greek and international dishes throughout the day, as well as light meals and refreshing drinks by the pools.

14. Golden Sun Resort – Adults Only – a stunning and trendy boutique-style resort in Kalamaki perfect for a romantic couple’s retreat 

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Leisure and relaxation combine seamlessly at this brand-new resort, where luxury suites boast stunning balconies overlooking the azure waters of the Ionian Sea.

My suite at Golden Sun Resort – Adults Only featured a private plunge pool surrounded by soaring trees, inviting me to wake up each morning to a serene pampering experience amid a balmy island breeze.

Next to the sparkling pool an exquisite bar-restaurant serves delicious international bites, while the main restaurant beautifully embodies the beauty and bounty of traditional Greek cuisine.

You can also pamper your senses at the on-site spa, which comes with an indoor pool and a Hammam, and offers an impressive range of beauty treatments.

15. SEA ZANTE – trendy and unique boutique-style accommodation with a hot tub, a Turkish bath, and private swimming pools


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Experience a glimpse of pure Ionian bliss at SEA ZANTE. A place weaved out of dreams, this eco-friendly resort invites you to relish luxury living in a contemporary architectural wonder, which perfectly aligns a natural green setting with enthralling sea views.

The resort stretches over three levels and offers three distinct types of maisonette, catering to all budgets. My stylish sanctuary featured a private terrace with an infinity pool and a wooden deck, where I spent hours gazing across the azure waters.

Prepare to embark on a transcending journey of the senses as you wake up to a harmonic cacophony of gentle waves and chirping birds! As a guest you can also enjoy a comprehensive range of water sports, as well as a delectable, exquisitely crafted breakfast under the morning sun.

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16. Meandros Boutique & Spa Hotel – a cool, funky and chic boutique hotel with a playful design and quirky-chic details

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A relaxing adult-only experience awaits at this stunning boutique hotel, embellished with Greek murals, minimalistic décor, and dashes of Mediterranean flair.

Chic simplicity at the Meandros Boutique & Spa Hotel balances with details from the past in the communal spaces, exuding charm, comfort, and opulence. The divinity of ancient rituals fills the hotel’s cutting-edge spa with a unique pampering atmosphere, where life and vitality are harmonized by expert hands and organic products.

The wellness areas include a Jacuzzi with massaging jets, a sauna, a hair salon, a fitness studio, and an indoor pool. The restaurant uses locally sourced ingredients, and offers quaint alfresco seating by the pool.

17. Emerald Villas – Instagrammable and wow-inducing trendy villas with private swimming pools and panoramic views 

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Set in the less-touristy northern part of Zakynthos, this eclectic villa-suite complex sits on a hillside with panoramic sea views, and offers superb self-catering facilities and large jetted pools.

Sleek, streamlined décor graced by muted colours sets the tone for an invigorating welcome, and a cocooning feel is present throughout the whole property.

In-room amenities at Emerald Villas include nest-egg tables, walk-in double rain showers, and fully equipped kitchens with breakfast bars. The hotel’s many terrace areas are equipped with extremely soft sunbeds and gleaming infinity pools, and make for a memorable evening in the backdrop of an iridescent Zakynthian sunset.

18. Cavo Orient – beautiful family-friendly boutique-style beachfront accommodation with stunning sea views and private swimming pools

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Situated in the serene and picturesque village of Kypseli, the family-friendly Cavo Orient is a beachfront haven of sleek architecture and captivating design.

Each secluded cocoon comes with crystal blue Ionian views, and as you step out, you can follow the gorgeous Mediterranean gardens to a private beach.

The modern hip décor sets an artistic tone in the two elegant restaurants while swaying hammocks and recliner chairs invite you to enjoy unparalleled natural beauty in pure comfort. Whether you choose to relax in a private or shared pool, you can relish epic horizon panoramas with a crafted beverage in hand. 

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19. NIKON BOUTIQUE HOTEL – a contemporary and elegant upscale boutique hotel with a beautiful outdoor swimming pool and close proximity to the beach 

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Here we have an enchanting boutique oasis set in a lush green environment, just 500 metres from the sandy beach of Kalamaki. The NIKON BOUTIQUE HOTEL is blissfully catered to those seeking a warm and elegant hospitality experience, where natural beauty and a friendly vigour take centre stage.

My guestroom was nothing short of spectacular and came with a private pool, and a balcony with sunbeds. From here I spent hours gazing across azure ocean panoramas each morning after I tucked into a delicious Greek breakfast enriched with local ingredients.

As a guest at Nikon, you don’t have to go far to let your tastebuds run wild, with cocktails served by the pool and mouth-watering Mediterranean cuisine offered at the restaurant.

20. Kanela Studios – an intimate rustic-chic retreat with a boho vibe and yoga classes next to the beautiful beach of Alykes

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I thought this family-owned hotel offered a charming twist on the typical Zakynthos resort, dressed in a bohemian, hip flair which brought a quirky atmosphere to my vacation.

While upholding the comforts of a modern resort, this graceful boutique sets out to express authenticity, simplicity, and the beauty of human connection. All the rooms at Kanela Studios have been handcrafted with love and care, and are imbued with natural materials from the Zakynthian countryside.

Kanela’s little corner café is an idyllic oasis where you can taste a variety of teas and coffees from all over the world, soundtracked by relaxing music. Each week, guests can take part in yoga classes on the beach under the guidance of a trained instructor.

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