Zakynthos is all about the sea and I would recommend to anyone they stay somewhere that makes the most of it. I was lucky to be given the opportunity to stay at the Lesante Cape Resort on the south eastern coast of the island which was absolutely perfect for what I was looking for.
The Lesante Cape Resort is a brand new 5* property, having opened in May 2022. The resort has been built to replicate a traditional Greek village, suites and villas are built around a village centre, complete with its own tiny vineyard, taverna, shop and coffee shop.
The suites cascade down towards the terrace of pools and the sea beyond, each room has either a garden or sea view, and many come with their own pool too.
I arrived into Zakynthos at around 8:30pm, the airport was pretty well set up and well managed. We got through passport control quickly and waited around 10 minutes for our bags. We were met straight outside of customs by a hotel representative who were holding a board with our name on. It was nice to not have to go searching for our driver, he was right up front!
Our driver kindly helped us with our bags and led us to a luxury Mercedes to transfer us over to the hotel. The hotel was only 15/20 minutes away which is great when you are on an early or late flight, there is no panicking to get to the airport and there isn’t a horrible long journey when you arrive. That being said, there is no aircraft noise at the actual hotel.
We were greeted as soon as we pulled up to the hotel by a set of friendly doormen who looked after our bags. Check in was quick and we were taking by a golf buggy to our suite.
We were in a Signature Suite Sea View with Private Pool where we stayed for two nights. The suites are extremely spacious, light and modern but still in keeping with the Greek charm of the rest of the resort.
The room boasts a private terrace overlooking the resort and across to the Ionian Sea, this is where you can find your gorgeous private pool and sunbeds. There was a table and chairs so my sister and I got room service on the first night and ate it next to our pool, it was beautiful!
Inside you have a sleeping area with a king size bed and floor to ceiling wardrobes which leads down to a living area and dressing tables, yes, multiple! The bathroom has his and hers sinks, a toilet, shower and its own bath. Amenities included free Wi-Fi, an iron and ironing board, television, coffee machine, mini bar and air conditioning.
When we woke up the next day we headed straight to breakfast which is held in Elea Restaurant. We sat outside on the terrace which was lovely, breakfast was extensive with booked options, fruit, yoghurt, pastries, cereals, cheeses, cold meats and A LOT of sweet treats! We had our breakfast with English tea. Luckily for me they were more than accommodating when it came to milk alternatives.
Whilst we didn’t try it, Elea is also open in the evenings for dinner where they serve an array of Mediterranean dishes.
We spent the day exploring the island, first we went up to the Shipwreck Beach view point before driving down the coast to the Mizithres Rocks. There is so much more to do on the island and I would highly recommend spending a day on the water visiting the various beaches, coves and caves.
After an extremely busy summer I needed some time to rest and recuperate, even if only for a few days, so that is how I took this trip. Because of this, I didn’t go any further than Shipwreck Beach and the Keri Lighthouse Restaurant which overlooks the Mizithres Rocks, but this is the ideal thing about Cape Lesante, you can use it as a space to explore or you can simply lay back and relax.
Ellie and I had lunch at the Keri Lighthouse Restaurant, this was around 40 minutes from the hotel and a place I would highly recommend either during mid-afternoon or for sunset. The view over the Mizithres Rocks is incredible with the bright blue sea below and the food is pretty good too! You can also come for a drink, but you need to prebook as it is pretty popular, you will also be given a better table when you book in advance.
We went back to the Cape Lesante and relaxed by our private pool for a while before getting ready for dinner. We were eating at the Novita Restaurant which is a smart casual option serving lunch and dinner.
Dinner here was perfect as we were treated to a beautiful sunset. Due to the location of Cape Lesante, you can admire bot sunset and sunrise.
Novita Restaurant serves provincial dishes comprising locally sourced ingredients including freshly caught fish from the waters surrounding the island. Nearby is the Fiore Fine Dining Restaurant which is located in a beautiful position with uninterrupted sea views.
On our final day we treated ourself to a spa treatment. The spa at Cape Lesante is a place for peace, pause and purificatio, offering spacious, state of the art facilities and a breathtaking indoor/outdoor pool complete with its own waterfall feature.
Also located within the spa is a sauna, hammam, adventure shower, indoor heated jacuzzi, and fitness centre.
Good to know
- There are 11 different suites, ranging from Deluxe all the way up to 3-bedroom villas, all with private pools or outdoor hot tubs.
- Lesante Cape is family friendly, offering a safe, child-friendly infinity pool, a play area, babysitting services and a kids club.
- If you are looking for a honeymoon hotel, the Lesante Cape is an excellent choice. Guests can enjoy an evening dining by the beach under the stars, or perhaps take a private sailing trip around the island. The hotel offers a complimentary honeymoon package which includes flowers and rose petal decor on your bed, a bottle of wine, and water and a fruit basket in your room, breakfast and flowers served in your room. There is an option to upgrade to the deluxe honeymoon package.
- Wedding packages are available to get married on site.
- You can hire a car straight from the hotel so no faffing at at airport. The hotel works with a local car rental company and deals with all the arrangements.
- There is a small, rocky private beach.
- The fully equipped gym offers personal training sessions and yoga classes.
You can book your stay here.
** Please note this blog was written as part of a press stay to the Lesante Cape Resort, all opinions and experiences are my own