05 July 2015

Sani Resort - Halkidiki, Greece

 Just under a month ago I was relaxing at the beautiful Sani Resort in Halkidiki, Greece with my parents - which now seems like a distant memory. 

With the publicised troubles in Greece it feels poignant that I share my highlights from my holiday in Sani and support Greek tourism.

Sani Resort
On arrival at the beautiful Sani Resort we were greeted with a glass of prosecco to help ease us into our holiday. After a quick walk around reception and the balcony overseeing the pool and beach it’s not difficult to see why Sani has won lots of awards including Trip Advisor Top 5 Hotels in the World for families.

The Sani Resort is a haven away from the hustle and bustle of the standard holiday resort and has made us re-think how we choose our holiday destinations. A family-owned ecological reserve with 7 km of white sandy beaches framed by the turquoise Aegean sea and pine forests on the Kassandra peninsula made for the perfect week of relaxation and escapism.

We stayed in a junior suite at the Sani Beach Hotel near Cape Sani. We always request a sea view, and usually end up on the corner or side of the hotel and left feeling disappointed. There was no disappointment this time, as we enjoyed our daily sundowners watching the most magical sunsets.

The hotel also organises free sunset cruises, from the Sani Marina to watch the sunset at sea along with a glass of prosecco to help get you in the mood for a good evening.

On a full board basis we had a dine around card which meant in the evenings we could eat at any of the 18 restaurants across the resort. With 4 hotels and a marina to rival Monaco (according to Vogue!) with chic restaurants and cafes there’s plenty of choice. The food at the Veranda restaurant in our hotel was superb and the puddings were exquisite – almost too good to eat!

Our favourite places to eat in the evening was the Greek Grill by the Pool which had a chilled out vibe with various musicians playing during the week. This was also our breakfast haunt, where you can sit outside overlooking the pool and decide whether you want a continental or full English for the day – or both! We did try Tomata in the marina as my mum really wanted to try pizza, only discover she didn’t like pizza!

Everything is within walking distance in the resort, however, if you’re feeling a bit jaded or your heels are too high there are resort buggies which can take you to the door of your chosen restaurant.

Our favourite bar was hands down the Bousoulas Beach Bar overseeing the beach was a great place for people watching and lunch time cocktails. Plus, there is a gorgeous pop up beach shop called Apoella with white washed interiors, to die for bikinis and cover ups for the beach. I bought a stylish ‘evil eye’ necklace in typical Greek turquoise hues – my favourite colour of course!

On Wednesday nights the bar hosts the weekly White Beach Party which was ‘the place to be’. The entertainers from the theatrical shows dress up in OTT costumes and take to the podiums, whilst a DJ plays accompanied by a mix of musicians. At times it felt like I should be at G.A.Y. club or Pascha! Very surreal.
Being the sport billy that I am, I find it difficult to completely relax and do nothing on holiday, so I was like a kid in a candy shop when I saw the daily activity planner and immediately started plotting out what I was going to try out.

8.30 am morning jog! I know, usually you’re meant to enjoy long lie-ins on holiday, but I couldn’t resist trying out the Sani morning jog with fitness instructor Konstantinos. I was joined by two Serbian ice-hockey players who were up for the 5km jog through the pine forest. It almost felt like doing the park run in Weymouth, apart from running at 25C across deep sandy trails was a lot tougher. At the half way point we stopped on the beach and could see the snowcapped Mount Olympus in the distance. We also met a man with some goats - turns out he’s on community service!
Yoga on Sani Hall Hands down the best view I’m ever going to experience whilst doing yoga. It was my first experience since university and I now feel a yogi convert, although I still need to perfect my mermaid and downward dog pose. Definitely a great way to start the day and left me feeling calm and serene.

SUP Yoga I almost missed seeing this advertised if it wasn’t for a small poster. Turns out I was the first person to enquire about SUP yoga this year! At 8am the female instructor and I took our paddle boards out in the sheltered bay and pretty much practiced the same poses on Sani Hill on the board. It was a real test of balance, especially as there was a cross wind which meant we kept drifting out to sea! Again, another great way to start the day before the resort wakes up.

Aqua Fit – always a popular class on holiday and with the sun shining down on the pool and upbeat tunes makes it a great way to burn off those access holiday calories.    
Sani life is pretty chilled out, the tough decisions of the day didn’t get more than deciding where to sunbathe – round the pool or on the beach? Cool down with a dip in the crystal clear Aegean sea or a swim in the pool. You can easily see why Sani Resort is a popular destination with families returning year after year. For us, that was the only downside – the kids and lots of them, but you soon learn to block that out lying on a sun lounger facing the sea with Spotify on a loop.

If you’d like to find out more about the Sani Resort head to www.sani-resort.com

Coming soon – an interview with PR/Press Manager of the Sani Resort – Georgia Dodou.

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