Greece is such a familiar destination for the British (so many of us have memories of childhood summer holidays spent there) that it sometimes gets overlooked in the rush for more far-flung destinations. Yet here is the exotic right on our doorstep. Just a few hours flight south and you’re in a different climate altogether with crystal clear waters and temperatures in the twenties from May to October.
SANI DUNES, HALKIDIKI, GREECE
Sani Resort’s brand new hotel opening on 30 June 2017, is set to be one of the finest beach escapes in Europe. Welcoming guests over 12yrs, it will prove the perfect destination for more grown up families or couples. All rooms are contemporary and stylish, and our particular favourites are the Deluxe Junior Suites with Private Garden, just steps from the hotel’s private beach. At the beach your experience is guaranteed to be extra special, with king-size umbrellas, luxurious mattresses and a continuous food and drinks service. A true highlight is the ‘Dine Around’ offering, where you will have the opportunity to dine at other Sani Resort restaurants to try a variety of delicious cuisines. Our favourite features are the brand new D Spa, housing seven treatment rooms, and the Teen House, “Ozone”, designed for teenagers to enjoy independence whilst making new friends on holiday through group gaming, night-time stargazing, or just chilling at the snack bar enjoying delicious milkshakes. There’s also a whole host of ways to explore the beauty of Halkidiki, such as mountain biking or
EXPLORE FURTHER: Sail towards Mount Athos Peninsula to see the ‘Holy Mountain’ and its fantastic monasteries. ‘The Garden of the Virgin’, when viewed from the sea is spell-binding in its unspoiled beauty.
7 nights from £1,049 per person, based on 2 adults sharing a Double Room Private Garden on Half Board. OFFER: Save 20% between 06 - 28 Oct 2017.
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IKOS OLIVIA, HALKIDIKI, GREECE
Experience a new level of luxury on the Grecian coast of Halkidiki at IKOS Olivia, launched in May 2015. On the edge of a magical private white
sand beach fringed with fir trees, IKOS Olivia is a spectacular all-inclusive family escape featuring luxurious low-rise bungalows and suites set in breathtaking grounds. The hotel is all about sleek lines, open spaces, calming colours and floor-to-ceiling windows to connect you to the crystal blue waters of the Aegean Sea sweeping out into the distance, with many of the bungalow suites boasting private pools. You’ll be treated to delightful Greek hospitality, excellent service and luxurious facilities in equal measure – all included in your stay. Foodies will love the four à la carte restaurants where you can enjoy Michelin starred menus, but the unique ‘Dine Out’ programme also encourages you to experience traditional Greek cuisine and hospitality at especially selected local restaurants as part of your all-inclusive plan. A stay would be incomplete without treating yourself to a rejuvenating massage in the cocoon of tranquillity that is the IKOS Spa by Anne Semonin. For kids, the excellent Heroes Kids’ Club goes above and beyond to make this a trip of a lifetime, and there is so much to do here for all ages: tennis lessons, kayaking, yoga on the lawn, or even Greek dancing lessons – let your Grecian education begin!
EXPLORE FURTHER: Make the most of your beautiful surroundings and take mountain bikes out to explore the unspoilt, rugged countryside that makes this region so stunning.
7 nights from £999 per person, based on 2 adults sharing a Superior Double Room on All-Inclusive. OFFER: Save 20% between 08 - 28 Oct 17
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BLUE PALACE A LUXURY COLLECTION RESORT & SPA, CRETE, GREECE
Nestled on the famed coast of Elounda, Blue Palace’s spectacular views of Crete’s coastline from almost every angle will astonish. The resort is ultra-luxurious, providing the perfect hideaway for those seeking excellent service in a breathtaking beachfront location. With three outdoor swimming pools, five fabulous restaurants including Blue Door, a traditional Greek-style taverna on the water’s edge, award-winning Elounda Spa and private pebble beach mean there are plenty of wonders for you to revel in.
EXPLORE FURTHER: Just across from the resort lies the archaeological site of Spinalonga Island, where an impressive Venetian fort became a leper colony until 1957. And just 10 minutes walk away you can explore the traditional fishing village of Plaka.
7 nights from £1,319 per person based on 2 adults sharing a Superior Bungalow Sea View on Half Board.
EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Save 20% + complimentary upgrade to Half Board+ Spa treatment for bookings 7 nights or more.
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ELOUNDA BEACH HOTEL & VILLAS, CRETE, GREECE
The first hotel in Crete, Elounda Beach has more than withstood the test of time and still reigns as one of the most exclusive hotels in the Greek Islands. For an ultra-luxury experience, the Platinum Yachting Club section is home to the prestigious Yachting Villas, which boast two levels, private decks with heated pools, and stunning state-ofthe-art interiors with views out to the spectacular marina. You’ll want for nothing; the service is flawless, the cuisine at Dionyssos restaurant is award-winning and the spa is renowned as one of the finest in Europe. All this is enhanced by days spent relaxing on the resort’s two private sandy beaches.
EXPLORE FURTHER: Explore Elounda village square with authentic Greek tavernas and views to the mystical island of Spinalonga.
7 nights from £1,239 per person based on 2 adults sharing a Classic Room Sea View on Half Board. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Save 15% + £50 spa credit.
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