Ikos Olivia Redefines All-Inclusive
Posted on 12th May 2015
I arrived at Ikos Olivia the week before it officially opened full of anticipation, eager to see what all the fuss was about. A luxury lifestyle All-Inclusive resort, Ikos Olivia enjoyed a great deal of pre-opening publicity in the UK and with much of the summer already fully booked, my expectations were high.
I wasn’t disappointed. The new gardens are perfectly landscaped and the pool areas are spacious and attractive with plenty of sun loungers without being crowded. The restaurants are mostly by or overlooking the sea with outdoor terraces making dining that little bit more special; watching the sun set over the sea as you feast on Michelin starred food and enjoy choices from an extensive wine list is not your average All-Inclusive experience.
I ate at Fusco Italian restaurant in the evening and enjoyed the fresh tomato and mozzarella followed by Mafaldine and an odd-sounding by delicious-tasting fish lasagne for my companion. We were able to taste various wines before settling on a local Moscofilero. The next day I had lunch at Flavors buffet and although it lacked the atmosphere of Fusco, being a much larger buffet-style set up, the food was very good. There was an enormous choice of fresh salads, pasta, rice and grains as well as local meat and fish dishes plus traditional Moussaka and lamb. Waiters were attentive, serving drinks from the bar and although I didn’t have room for dessert the choice of chocolate fondants, cakes and mousses looked tempting.
I was very impressed with the kids club which has three large rooms with a big outdoor area, plus a kitchen and separate sleeping room for the babies and toddlers. It’s run by Worldwide Kids Club who operate excellent kids clubs and creches in many of our resorts and I would definitely feel confident leaving my son in their care.
The one and two bedroom bungalow suites are the best accommodation options. They’re light, airy and spacious and in great locations. Some are closer to the main hotel, with balcony or terrace whilst others with private garden and / or private pool are closer to the (sandy and wide) beach and with sea views. You could easily fit an extra bed in the bedroom of the one bedroom suites and the living room is large, with separate dining table. The décor inside the rooms is very tasteful and similar to that of the nearby Sani Resort as they use the same interior designer. I loved the sea blue and sand colours and chic dressing tables and chairs. The suites are spread out around the resort so you feel as though you have plenty of space.
As a luxury All-Inclusive hotel, branded as Infinite Lifestyle, Ikos Olivia has left nothing to chance and every detail has been thought out to create the ultimate relaxing holiday without compromising on standards. The mini-bar is re-stocked daily, the wine lists in the restaurants are extensive and there’s no limit on how many times you can dine in the a la carte restaurants. There’s drinks service by the pool, plenty of comfortable sun loungers for all and definitely no wrist bands! Families are king at Ikos and baby equipment, kids menus, kids pools and entertainment are all available to compliment the excellent kids club and crèche.« Back to blog home