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 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.
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.
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