It's always exciting to visit new hotels and always fabulous when I really love them too! Ikos is a new luxury all-inclusive concept opening in 2015 in Halkidiki, Greece and both are perfect for an active family holiday or a fly and flop family time chill-out. You can choose between the Ikos Oceania(redevelpoed Oceania Club) or the brand new Ikos Olivia.
Both hotels have a creche and kids' clubs run by UK-based Worldwide Kids as well as having a beuatiful sandy beach but so do many of the hotels we recommend.
These are my 5 reasons why I would choose Ikos above others for an all-inclusive family holiday:
Location - stroll out
Both hotels are in walking distance of the local town if you want to get a flavour of the Greek way of life.
Food - top class
Outstanding with menus designed and overseen by Michelin star chefs. Four al la carte plus a buffet menu with every cuisine covered and upmarket extras such as taster menus. Everything included and no supplements for dishes such as prawns and crab which you find in many other hotels where food is included.
The Dine Out scheme also means that you can use your food allowance and eat at designated restaurants in the local town.
All inclusive - no plastic wristbands
Always a worry that all-inclusive in Europe can mean 'mass market'. This is not the case, we are really talking a LUXURY all-inclusive. There are no plastic wristbands, all drinks are premium brand labels, coffee and tea is top quality served with homemade biscuits and so on.
Room service is also included in the package so great for families who want to eat in if the kids are tired.
Family room types
There is a great selection of room types which will suit most family needs and budgets. Choose between a 1 bedroom suite with 2 separate sleeping areas or a large family room which although open plan does have a disinct area with a permanent extra bed, bedside table etc for the children. OK so there is no door to close off but a great compromise if you dont want to splash out on a suite!
Ikos Olivia has some suites with plunge pool too.
Both hotels cover a huge area (Olivios covers 20 acres). Although the Oceania had 100% occupancy while I was there it never felt crowded, there was always room in the lounges and restauarants. There seemed to be areas of gardens and beach where you did not see a soul. This is a big plus in peak times.
Of course it is impossible to convey all the details of these lovely hotels so as always do get in contact with me by email or telephone 01279 639600 (Monday - Friady 9.30 am - 5pm)
Full hotel details can be found here:
Ikos Olivia, GO >>
Ikos Oceania, GO >>