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The Xenos Group of Hotels has a most dynamic presence in the hospitality field on the beautiful island of Zakynthos in Greece, as it has been in operation for almost 3 decades and during that time has provided some of the most fantastic holiday memories to hundreds of holidaymakers. Xenos Group Hotels is the largest hotel group on the island with a total 3.000-bed capacity in a variety of room types, which range from standard hotel rooms, senior suites, self-catering studios and apartments as well as family units.

The majority of the hotels’ guests primarily come from Great Britain, Greece, Belgium, Sweden Switzerland and Holland, the Eastern European countries, such as Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Serbia, as well as Poland. At a lesser degree, some guests come from Italy, Russia, Austria and Finland. Clientele is supplied through co-operation with over 30 international and European Tour Operators, such as First Choice, TUI group, Thomas Cook group, Air-tours, Jet-air of Belgium and Kuoni of Switzerland, as well as with Greek Travel Agencies and Internet Companies. However, independent travelers (foreign and domestic) can book directly with the hotels or through the Internet.

The company’s basic principle to remain a family-run business and preserve a personal contact with each guest individually along with its multiyear presence in both foreign and domestic markets, has established a loyal clientele of ‘repeaters’. The company’s future goal is to retain and promote this type of clientele through the development of a guest-loyalty programmed to strengthen the company’s policy toward its loyal guests through special offers. The design of new hotel units, the complete refurbishment of already existing units and the provision of superb service in a highly friendly atmosphere aim to present hotels where serenity, rest, enjoyment and entertainment are taken for granted.

Background of the Company – The Story

Mr Christos Xenos is the founder, President and Managing Director of the company. The Xenos group, starting off as a family-run business, owns now seven hotels in two most popular resorts of Zakynthos island, Argassi and Tsilivi.

Argassi, which has some of the most beautiful hill top views over the hub of the island, Zante town, was the ideal place for Mr Xenos to build the first hotel. “The Captains” opened back in 1981 and was named after Mr Xenos’s former profession. The attractiveness of the first hotel brought the need of the construction of a second hotel, “The Commodore”, which opened its doors to the holidaying public in 1988.

As Argassi grew in popularity with holidaymakers and tour operators alike, the Xenos family opened their third hotel in Argassi “The Admiral” in 1993. These three hotels, which are in a very close proximity to each other, have formed a little holiday community, so that guests can take full use of the amenities of all three separate hotels.

As Argassi continued to flourish the Xenos family discovered another potential resort, Tsilivi. In 2000, and only 100 meters from one of the most beautiful blue-flagged beaches, Mr Xenos, with the financial support of Thomas Cook Tour Operator, opened what was to be his fourth hotel in the beautiful picturesque resort of Tsilivi, named “The Tsilivi Admiral”. The demand for holidays in Tsilivi grew at a phenomenal rate and by the beginning of the next summer season 2001, with the financial support of Cosmos and Thomson, a fifth hotel was opened, called the “Planos Apartments”.

Towards the end of that summer season, the Tour Operator First Choice began talks with Mr Xenos regarding the construction of a super family hotel which would be a First Choice family plus hotel, offering a wide range of facilities for families with young children. This resulted in the opening of the sixth hotel, the “Planos Bay” at the beginning of 2002.

Seeing the demand for holidaymakers to come to Zakynthos and in particular Tsilivi, Mr Xenos, supported by First Choice Tour Operator, at the end of summer 2002 began to construct a four star hotel right on the beautiful blue-flagged beach of Tsilivi. The hotel, which excels any of the other six in terms of size, luxury and facilities (including a spa area) was opened in 2003 and caters mainly for couples. The hotel, which is named The “Zante Maris”, is equipped with every amenity required to guarantee the perfect holiday experience.
Mr Xenos, who now owns seven hotels on the island, is very much looking forward to seeing all the new and previous guests who come through their doors in the future. He also intends to expand his business with talk of his next project being a village resort.