What a wonderful trip to Greece, it was fabulous to see properties that are currently featured in our brochure as well as a few new ones that will appear in the next one!
On arrival into Halkidiki, we were transferred to the Sani Resort and to our room in the Sani Beach Club. The Sani Resort offers something for everyone, whether you would prefer the more family feel of the Sani Beach Club, the more contemporary luxury of the Porto Sani Village or the boutique feel of the Asterias Suites. We settled into our room and then happily wandered to the new spa where we were treated to a shoulder and back massage. We had dinner in Psaroyannos restaurant at the marina (included within the Half Board plan) which overlooks the collection of yachts moored in the harbour. Dinner was followed by a live performance of 'Mamma Mia' in the open air theatre - a truly unique experience and loads of fun.
The following day, we transferred to the Danai Beach Resort. This hotel is family owned and feels intimate, relaxed and charming. We were greeted with Champagne and an iPad check in. We were shown to our rooms and then were lucky enough to have an hour spare to enjoy the wonderful sandy beach and very comfortable loungers. After cocktails in the Miami style bar we enjoyed a wine tasting lesson in the wine cellar where George the Sommelier attempted to teach us something about wine - he tried and we tried but I still can't smell damp soil and blackcurrants in my glass of red - I am going to keep practicing though! Dinner was served on a long table overlooking the ocean with more cocktails to follow. The Danai is a great option for couples and families with younger children who want to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the island and who love good service, good food and good wine. Nothing is too much trouble here and everyone will know you by name within 24 hours of your arrival.
We then flew to Athens for a 4 hour road transfer to the Romanos in Costa Navarino (there are easier ways to get there though). What an amazing resort this is, it overlooks Navarino Bay where the Battle of Navarino took place. The resort is made up of two hotels, the Romanos and the Westin. There is so much to do here with 2 golf courses, an aqua park, two indoor pools and fabulous kids clubs for children from 8 months up to 12 years. You could stay here for 2 weeks and do something different each day - you can even hire Segways with extra big wheels to get you up the hills! We had dinner in 'Flame' which specialises in steaks and we then wandered back to our rooms through the Westin where you can watch a film or concert in the village square on the big screen or choose an ice cream from the ice cream parlour - anyone for award winning pepper flavour?
From the Romanos, it was a further 3 1/2 road transfer to the Amanzoe. This hotel only opened at the beginning of August and most of the 38 pavilions are already occupied with Aman fans who want to see the newest Aman hotel. The reception/restaurant and spa are located on a hill with stunning coastal views (there is something of the Acroplis in the look of the main public areas from the outside) - the beach is a 5 minute car journey through the olive groves and there are pools down on the beach as well as a restaurant and bar. The pavilions themselves each have their own pool and his and her toilets! The property is a work in progress and they are constructing villas on the surrounding land but this has no impact on the peace and quiet of this hotel - it was stunning.
When can I go back?