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Atarra Spends a Weekend at Sani Resort

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Posted on 10th Jul 2015

If you dream of a wonderfully relaxing and fun luxury family holiday in Greece then you must head to the Sani Beach Resort in Halkidiki which is an outstanding resort set on a 1000 acre private estate made up of four elegant hotels; Sani Beach Hotel, Sani Beach Club, Porto Sani Village and Sani Asterias Suites.  I recently returned from this magnificent paradise and I was awestruck with the resort’s unique excellent onsite facilities; the sophisticated private yacht Sani Marina, white sandy beaches, a shopping plaza, an array of restaurants, bars and café’s, crèche & kids clubs and the Sani Sports Centre.

Each of the four hotels has something very different to offer, they are of a different style to one another and they each have their own restaurants, crèche and kids club and outdoor pools which are heated during the low season months (April – May and October). All apart from the Porto Sani Village are located close to the beach and all have a unique Babewatch service where the staff will look after your little ones on the beach for 30 minutes at no charge whilst mum and dads have some peace & quiet.

The transfer time from Thessalonika Airport was just under an hour, it was a pleasant drive in a spacious and comfortable air conditioned vehicle and my home for the weekend was at the newly renovated Sani Beach Hotel which is situated by a long stretch of white-sand beach. Prior to the renovations a few years ago the hotel was quite dated both inside and out and it needed a revamp as it is one of the older hotels within the Sani Resort but the renovations did it justice as the rooms and suites are of a fresh contemporary design providing all the amenities expected of a five star hotel and the public areas within the hotel have a much more modern feel. Room types suitable for families are the Junior Suites,  Family Suites, One Bedroom & Two Bedroom Suites and the hotel is offered on a Half Board basis based on the ‘Dine Around’ concept.

Sani Asterias Suites which is a 48 All-Suite luxury boutique hotel and located on the beach and to the Sani Marina is the more expensive of the four hotels as it offers exclusivity, luxury and privacy with just the one restaurant and bar exclusive to guests at the Sani Asterias Suites and low-rise villa style buildings containing Junior Suites, One and Two bedroom Suites with Marina View and Beachfront. The ground floor One & Two Bedroom Suites are ideal for families as they each have a small private garden with a gate leading directly onto its  exclusive stretch of private beach or onto the Sani Marina. The Junior Suites are of an open plan style on the first floor with a balcony and tend to have the nicer views as they are higher up but the ground floor One & Two Bed Suites are much more popular and suitable to families.

Porto Sani Village is designed like a small village made up of low rise buildings containing one and two bed suites with garden or pool view. There are no sea views from any of the Suites as the hotel is located behind the Sani Marina (approximately 3 minute walk). The one bed suites are located either on the ground floor with a garden or on the first floor with a balcony however, I was more drawn to the ground floor suites as having a garden is lovely. The gardens are semi open plan garden and lead to the pathways so little ones have to watched but first floor Suites with balcony feel a tad more private there is no chance that little ones can run off.  All of the two bed suites are on the ground floor with the open plan garden and they have a couple of brand new three bed suites which are also on the ground floor. The pools at this hotel are by far my favourite, there are 3 wonderful Lagoon-style freshwater pool, a kids pool and a separate adults only pool as well as a vast number of sunbeds and parasols. Porto Sani Village is located behind the Sani Marina but it’s just a short 10 minute walk to the stretch of beach which is in front of Sani Asterias Suites – both hotels have exclusive access to this section of beach. What’s great about Porto Sani Village is that at breakfast they have a toy table which is a brilliant idea as once the kids finish eating they can happily sit and colour-in while mum & dad have a leisurely end to their breakfast.

The Sani Beach Club offers an array of Bungalows and Junior Suites in low rise buildings and it feels more like an independent hotel as it is set apart from its three sister  hotels, located in the hillside/forest with a 5 min shuttle ride or 10-15 min walk along the beach to the main Sani resort. It’s not ideal for families with toddlers and push chairs in tow as it is very hilly and the walk from the rooms to the main areas and beach is quite lengthy but it is suitable for little ones from 7 years. The Beach Club has its own beach, outdoor lagoon style pool, children’s pool, children’s club and crèche, restaurants and bars and a fitness and yoga centre.  The rooms are staggered in the hillside and offer stunning views. The ground floor rooms have a private garden, the second floor rooms  have a balcony and there are some Junior Suites which have their own private pool.

The Sani Beach Hotel and Sani Beach Club are offered on a Half Board basis and Porto Sani Village and Sani Asterias Suites are on a Bed & Breakfast basis but you can bolt on half board at a supplement at Porto Sani Village and I highly recommend it as it is based on the ‘Dine Around’ concept which allows guests to enjoy their meals in the many restaurants throughout the Sani Resort from a tailored menu or by having an allowance set against the a la carte options. Lunch can be alternated for dinner in some.

If you’ve had enough relaxing by the pool and beach there are loads of activities to keep the whole family entertained such as water sports, mountain biking, tennis, badminton, basketball, beach volleyball and football. Sani Resort also has two marked trails through the pine forests for those who like to wander freely through or with a group.

The child care is superb here, each hotel has access to the Crèche and Kids Club which is run by a UK company called World Wide Kids Company. The Crèche is for little ones from 4 months – 3 years inclusive and is at a charge and the Kids Club is for little ones from 4 – 11 years and is free of charge. In high season they run a Teen Club for ages 12 – 17 years so there is something for child every age. Whilst the kids are being entertained parents can indulge in any of the 3 Spa’s with complimentary use of the steam rooms, saunas, Jacuzzis and indoor pools or for the more energised how about a work out in the fitness centre or sheer relaxation

I was very impressed with the Sani Beach Resort as a whole. It is immaculate, the staff are amazing and nothing is too much trouble, it has a strong family friendly ambiance, the facilities such as the pools, the decent kids menus, affordable babysitting and general friendly approach to children are superb and the restaurants & bars, while a little pricey, provide great food and all in all and it offers families a very relaxing, enjoyable holiday.

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