Sani Resort, Greece - 5* mediterranean holiday destination
Tue, 25th November 2014
I am a little reluctant to write this review fearing everyone will now flock to Sani Resort. I have been going to this 5* family friendly resort in mainland Greece every single year for NINE years - ever since my eldest was born so obviously I am a huge fan. You see, Sani Resort has been created for families and provides everything you could possibly wish for in a relaxing holiday. They are constantly improving the resort and facilities. Every year I notice something new.
Authentic Greek experience this is not, for Sani is a vast purpose built resort stretching some 1,000 acres about an hour’s drive from Thessaloniki. Easily accessible from London with BA scheduled flights. You name it, they’ve got it. Beautiful beaches, long scenic country walks, a wonderful kids club run by a British company, swimming pools, tennis courts with coaches you can hire if you want to improve your game, an outdoor cinema, decent selection of restaurants and the prerequisite marina to give the resort an upmarket feel.
A suite at Sani Asterias
There are four hotels dotted around the resort each with their own personality and price tag – Sani Asterias Suites, Porto Sani Village, Sani Beach Club and Sani Hotel. For KV families Asterias Suites would be my default recommendation. It is the smartest (and most expensive) attracting an affluent European crowd. The beachfront suites are particularly lovely and worth spending extra for, however do not discount Porto Sani Village completely. In recent years as our children have grown older we have appreciated the 1 or 2 bedroom suites at Porto Sani Village which are spacious and conveniently located steps from the marina where all the best restaurants and action can be found. Don’t expect uber luxury here. The suites are comfortably (rather than expensively) furnished in neutral colours with the usual home comforts and a small private garden or terrace.
Service can make or break a hotel and this is where Sani truly excels. Their people are well-trained and sincerely friendly. The manager at Porto Sani Village is worth a mention. He is one of those ridiculously cheerful chaps who leads by example and has nurtured a team of perfectionists – from the front desk to the friendly housekeeping ladies.
Food at the resort is fair. There are about a dozen bars and restaurants throughout the resort offering different kinds of cuisines. Tomata, a pricey Mediterranean restaurant with the best ambience on offer by the marina probably has the largest following (book early to avoid disappointment) but my family’s favourite is the unassuming Psaroyannos restaurant, which serves simple well-cooked Greek dishes using local produce. Be sure to enjoy a cocktail at Sea You Bar. With stunning views of the sea and and marina it is the best hangout to sip cocktails at sunset and despite the sophisticated setting they will gladly tolerate your little ones.
What makes Sani Resort truly great is that they have thought of everything to ensure you have a fabulous family holiday. My children love the Kids Club so much they have to be persuaded to spend time away from it. Staff from the Kids Club are also available for evening babysitting if you fancy an evening out sans enfants. All the restaurants cater for families – there are high chairs everywhere and needless to say every restaurant offers a children’s menu. If you book through the resort they will even arrange complimentary private transfers from the airport with proper car seats for your children. There is a fantastic kids playground and bikes/scooters available to hire. Oh and at the weekend champagne is on offer at breakfast.
We shall, of course, be going back to Sani Resort next year.
Reviewed by Nana Coles
Sani Resort, 630 77 Kassandra, Halkidiki, Greece
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