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Recently, Kate Popham set off for enchanting Halkidiki on Greece’s mainland to visit the expansive and ever-popular Sani Resort, comprising five ultra-luxurious hotels – Sani Beach, Sani Club, Sani Asterias, Porto Sani and Sani Dunes. Here’s what she had to report…
Fun for the Family
It’s clear that a destination is family-friendly when passengers with young children are invited to board the plane first and the airport departure gate is left practically empty. This is what happened when boarding the flight to Thessaloniki and, upon our arrival in Greece, it became evident that most of these parents and pre-schoolers were headed to the same place – Sani Resort. “We’ve heard the childcare is exceptional and that’s really important to us,” said the mother sitting beside me on the flight, a little glassy-eyed after her 3am wake-up and trying her hardest to coax her toddler back to sleep with an episode of In the Night Garden on her iPhone.
Fast-forward three days: I was happy to run into the mother I’d met on the plane, strolling around the marina hand-in-hand with her husband and looking totally refreshed. It turned out the Peppa Pig-themed crèche was a real winner with her son! Meanwhile, the Melissa Mini Club offers hours of fun for children aged four – 12 years, and for those over 12, the Teenagers Club showcases a programme of exciting activities.
Admittedly, on the plane there, I was starting to wonder whether Sani Resort was the right choice for an adult-only weekend break… Would this child-friendly resort also offer the sophistication we were seeking?
The simple answer was yes. I was a novice to European resorts before this trip, so it wasn’t until I arrived that I really understood the concept. Sani Resort consists of five hotels stretched around a crescent bay on the coastline of Halkidiki. Each hotel is individually designed so appeals to a different clientele, but guests can walk or use the complimentary shuttle bus between hotels to explore the entire complex at their leisure. The result was a great sense of space – Sani never felt busy, despite being almost full during my visit. For every occupied sun-lounger at my hotel, Sani Club, there was a surrounding buffer zone of at least six empty ones and, because of the mix of couples and families with young children (I visited during term time), a natural shift pattern existed in the restaurants at breakfast and dinner time.
With the Mediterranean still warming up and a slight nip in the air in the evenings, the Sani Gourmet food festival provides a real incentive to visit the resort before the height of summer. The spring temperatures were ideal for staying active - we explored the nearby village of Athitos, rented sea kayaks and walked one of the resort’s nature trails before treating ourselves to massages at the beautiful Club Spa, at which the treatment menu was truly impressive!
Glorious Greek Gastronomy
One of the main things I was looking forward to on my Greek adventure was the cuisine and the excellent food on offer is something Sani really prides itself on – the Dine-Around programme allows half-board and full-board guests to take their meals at most of the resort’s impressive 24 restaurants and 17 bars.
When I visited in May, the annual food festival Sani Gourmet was underway, an event dedicated to championing culinary excellence through a programme of special tastings, events and dinners. This was the thirteenth year the resort had staged Sani Gourmet and all eight of this year’s featured guest chefs had been awarded at least one Michelin star!
The most indulgent meal of our weekend was a five-course menu from Dutch chef Remco Kuijpers; unique dishes of tuna, langoustine, sweetbread, Anjou pigeon and pineapple were matched with champagnes by Perrier-Jouët. Equally delectable was the gourmet breakfast tasting menu by the hotel’s own executive chef Demis Kokkindis, which was beautifully presented – I particularly liked the exotic fruits served in a coconut shell.
With five hotels, an incredible selection of eateries, fabulous children’s facilities and an enviable beachfront location, there is truly something for everyone here - I would whole-heartedly recommend Sani Resort for your next luxury escape!
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