Welcome to Windmill Bay Hotel in Argassi on the Greek island of Zante – video

May 24, 2010 by  

Welcome to Windmill Bay Hotel, the hotel that my sister Jenny and her Greek husband Denis built. Windmill Bay is in Argassi on the Greek island of Zakynthos (as the Greeks call it) or Zante (as the English holiday brochures call it) – it’s about 15 minutes from the island’s capital, Zante town and the same from the airport.

Windmill Bay Hotel in Argassi, Zante, Greece

Windmill Bay Hotel in Argassi, Zante, Greece

Windmill Bay is the second hotel that Jenny and Denis built – when Jennifer first started working as a Tour Rep on the island and met Denis he’d already made a start on some rooms to rent on the land he inherited below the family home up on the hill. Over the years, they’d work hard all summer catering for the English holiday makers and in the winter, work even harder building another section of their first hotel, down the road at Windmill studios. From the hard work, the rooms grew into a hotel with a pool and restaurant bar that’s busy all day and into the evening. As if they didn’t already have enough to do, a  few years ago they decided to build Windmill Bay on another plot of land they owned by the sea.

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The semicircular design of Windmill Bay cleverly means that all rooms look out towards the sea with a view across the bay to Zante town. On this stretch of coast the beach is narrow and pebbly, but from the pool area you can walk directly down into the water or walk a little way along to where it becomes more sandy. Within a short drive along the coast there are many other sandy beaches to choose from if you have a hire car or take one of the beach buses that run that way in the summer.

Windmill Bay Hotel in Argassi, Zante, Greece

Windmill Bay Hotel in Argassi, Zante, Greece

Windmill Bay Hotel in Argassi, Zante, Greece

Windmill Bay Hotel in Argassi, Zante, Greece

All summer, Jenny and Denis run the hotels with not much time to sit still, let alone chat to me when I come to visit. You may sit at the bar thinking how nice it would be to share their lifestyle, without realising how much hard work goes into keeping it all going and keeping up the standards, with constant refurbishment projects through the winter. No, you’re there to relax and have a great holiday, and dream idly about living in the sunshine.

Windmill Bay Hotel in Argassi, Zante, Greece

Windmill Bay Hotel in Argassi, Zante, Greece

Windmill Bay Hotel in Argassi, Zante, Greece

Windmill Bay Hotel in Argassi, Zante, Greece

Personally I’ve never stayed at Windmill Bay Hotel, as we prefer to stay at Windmill Studios to be closer to my sister’s house, but if I didn’t have the family considerations I’d be there like a shot. I love the location on the edge of the resort where the buildings start to give way to olive groves and I love to swim in the clear calm water and I love to watch the sun set over Zante town and then see the lights gradually come on across the bay. The hotel has 44 apartments that sleep 2-3 comfortably or 5 at a squash – do take a look at my video to get the feel for the hotel and the apartments.

Of course, as Jenny’s my sister you may think I’m biased but I think it’s a lovely place to stay, and I’m sure you can judge for yourself. Read the online reviews and if you fancy booking then you can either contact Jenny directly via the website (if you can get a cheap flight) or book through one of the holiday companies that offer holidays there. I’d recommend visiting the island in the early summer when the island is fresh and covered with wild flowers or in September when the weather’s still warm and the cyclamen are blooming in the olive groves.

Enjoy your holiday – we’ll be there very soon so look out for more articles from Zakynthos. This post is part of Mondays are for dreaming hosted at Mother of all trips – I’m dreaming of my holiday in Zakynthos next week, where are you dreaming of?

Windmill Studios and Windmill Bay Website in Argassi, Zakynthos, Greece

If you want to read more about things to do on Zakynthos, do check out my other articles here

More Zakynthos articles to enjoy

Saving the turtles on Zakynthos – video
Teenage thrills at the water park on Zakynthos
My three top beaches on Zakynthos

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Comments

13 Comments on "Welcome to Windmill Bay Hotel in Argassi on the Greek island of Zante – video"

  1. Mara on Tue, 25th May 2010 1:01 am 

    I can only say I wish my sister had a spread like that! Looks gorgeous. Enjoy your vacation.

  2. Lora on Tue, 25th May 2010 3:06 am 

    Though I have lived on Greece almost a year, I never did get around to see the western islands. I keep thinking I’d love to take my family someday, and explore that area nearest Italy. The hotel looks fabulous. Now I have a place to shoot for.

  3. Cate on Tue, 25th May 2010 5:19 pm 

    What a dream place, what a life your sister must have even if it’s hard work, and you are fortunate to have a wonderful place to enjoy.
    .-= Cate´s last blog ..E is for Ybor, C is for City =-.

  4. How (not) to start your holiday on the sun! | Heather on her travels on Sun, 30th May 2010 7:56 pm 

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  5. Postcard from Zante - windy day at Windmill Bay | Heather on her travels on Wed, 2nd Jun 2010 7:16 pm 

    [...] for a walk through the olive groves or a trip to town which is what we did. Later we went down to Windmill Bay hotel and the children braved the cool air and went swimming in the [...]

  6. Andy on Sat, 5th Jun 2010 6:51 pm 

    Have you ever visited the Xenos Kamara? I’m going tomorrow.
    .-= Andy´s last blog ..The Outdoor Life =-.

  7. Heather Cowper on Sat, 5th Jun 2010 7:40 pm 

    @ Andy Haven’t called in myself to the Xenos Kamara but I asked my sister and she knows the owner well – he is godfather to her daughter. She says you have made a good choice as it is a modern hotel, right on the beach and nice rooms. But you should come up the road and have a drink at Windmill Studios (their larger hotel) as well as Windmill Bay which is a little out of the resort on the road towards the beaches e.g. St Nicholas, Vassilikos

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  11. Nisha on Mon, 9th May 2011 3:23 pm 

    oh wow this place seems amazing … your lucky to have a sister that owns a place like this, I am very jealous of you and her :o)
    I will be going to Greece soon!
    Nisha´s last blog post ..Holiday Parks

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