Car Hire - need to do your homework here . Marina kindly suggested Diamond Car Rentals who deliver car directly to Calypso. We booked Class A car ( VW Up ) for 3 days.Verbal quote provided was 100 euros for the 3 days , compared to their equivalent website offering of circa 88 euros. I was happy to pay extra 12 euros ( presuming that Marina gets commission ) , however was staggered to be advised on car delivery , that if I wanted full insurance waiver - this would cost further 9 euros daily ( 27 euros ) - resulting in 127 euros for rental of Class A car for 3 days . I considered this too much , and argued case with friendly young man who delivered the car . He spoke to his boss who would not relent - as such , I told him to cancel order and take car back , and that I would hire elsewhere ( possibly from their own website !! ). His boss promptly reduced invoice to originally agreed 100 euros. As such ,I would suggest that you shop around for car hire - or book directly via Diamond Cars website.
Car itself ( VW Up ) was more than adequate for us , as a couple. I am 6ft 4 and found car excellent - plenty of room / power . Given that Zakynthos is small hilly island and rarely do you have chance to get beyond 4th gear - larger car capacity would be wasted.
Road signage ( English ) is limited and very often situated too late for timely driving decisions - as such , take your time when coming to junctions etc.
Petrol - plenty of petrol stations. However, as this is small island, be wary of filling up the car to the top - as very unlikley that you will use all your petrol. I bought 30 euros petrol , and probably only used 20 euros maximum over 3 days ( 200 kms ) . As such , hire company had benefit of surplus petrol when I returned the car . Would suggest that you fill up by say 10/15 euros each time.
Simplicity of booking via booking.com and prompt e mail responses from the Calypso owners ( John & Marina ). Given our early plane arrival ( 5am ) - John arranged taxi on our behalf ( 28 euros one way via friendly Dimitris ).
Superb location in quiet greek village. Clear sea nearby , along with excellent Axillion restaurant ( Spiros ) , where great affordable food and free swimming pool access available. Must stress that Amoudi is quiet resort ( one street / 4 restaurants / 3 supermarkets ) , livelier Alykes resort is just over the hill and is walkable if required.WE LOVED AMOUDI
Friendliness and helpfulness of the owners , John & Marina - truly wonderful and kind people . Always on hand and nothing too much trouble.
Superb value for money - beautiful clean property and adjoining gardens. Rooms are basic but very comfortable, missing the odd bit of cutlery and having volatile shower, which is pretty standard in Greece.
Zakynthos is beautiful island - as such , hire car is essential to do it justice. Visit to Agios Nicolaos in the North, to catch boat to shipwreck beach and blue caves , is a must . Go as early as possible in the day , to avoid afternoon crowds @ shipwreck. Numerous boat operators in Agios - don't buy straightaway , bide your time and speak to all before committing - smaller boat that can access caves and leaving promptly is probably best . We went with Theodiris ( 15% discount if quote website address ) . Frustrated by 90 mins wait - however trip well worth it and we walked the village during our wait. Next time we will also consider Potamitis brothers , who sail more regular , irrespective of minimum number of paying customers.
Fellow Calypso residents were very cosmopolitan ( e.g Japanese / Italian / Czech ) - very refreshing from an all British client base .
We had beautiful week's break - thanks to John & Marina.