Greece is the word
Up-market hotels with family appeal
Here’s why my son loves holidays in Greece: he says there’s no sightseeing. I know, I know ... but his point is that the hotels in one part of the country, where rugged hills covered with pines and olive trees roll down to sandy coves, are now so good that even parents will find it hard to tear themselves away to go and look at (God forbid) a ruin. We’re not talking about the Greek islands here either; it’s the trident-shaped peninsula of Halkidiki in the north that is raising the stakes in the luxury family holiday game.
The birthplace of Aristotle and home to the autonomous area of Mount Athos, with its 20 monasteries, Halkidiki has gained two new up-market family hotels this northern summer, while a third is getting a serious facelift.
On Kassandra, the first finger of Halkidiki, the everpopular Sani Resort is targeting the teenage market with a fifth hotel, as well as a teens’ club with age-relevant activities. Just around the bay, sister property Ikos Oceania has also upped its game after a serious refurbishment and is introducing more all-inclusive deals.
Meanwhile, on the Athos Peninsula, the third finger of Halkidiki, an all-villas hotel has just opened as a sister property to Eagles Palace Hotel.
SANI RESORT: They’re a tough bunch to please on holiday, the over-12s: too old for kids’ clubs (not that my son ever liked them) and too young to appreciate the pleasures of lounging by the pool with a cocktail. Even the joys of football or sailing academies fade at this age. “I don’t