I know this may come as a surprise, but last week we visited the most incredibly beautiful Ikos Oceania.
As you may be able to guess from all my photos and updates we just loved it. I would go as far as to say our trip to Halkidiki was perfect. So much so we are desperate to revisit next year. And will be re-booking as soon as the dates are released.
But I wanted to be a bit more specific, tell you more about this idyllic resort. You see, we have been to gorgeous luxury resorts in the Caribbean and had a wonderful time. But we have never found that Caribbean perfection on a land based resort in Europe. It has to be said I may be a teeny bit fussy.
I honestly feel we have found that European perfection in Ikos Resorts, for us as a family it is perfect. And to support that here are 10 reasons you will fall in love with Ikos Oceania.
As soon as you arrive at Ikos Oceania you are taken into a stunning lounge with views over the resort, beach and sea to complete check-in. Maria, who welcomed us to Ikos Oceania offered us juice and champagne to sip whilst we completed our registration in comfort.
As a first impression of the resort it was pretty spectacular service. We were offered a full explanation of what the resort has to offer. Help booking the fine dining restaurants and to answer any questions. Our room was not quite ready as we had taken an early flight, so we were offered lunch in the Flavors Buffet restaurant. I have to say was one of the best quality buffets I have ever visited.
Our room was a Deluxe 1 Bedroom Family Suite. It was located into the deluxe collection area, which hosts a private pool, bar and beach area. The decor in cool shades of blue and green gave the room a relaxing feeling with a beautiful modern bathroom, with excellent shower pressure. We had a magnificent sea view, lots of storage, a Nespresso machine, well stocked mini bar and Wi-Fi with a better signal than back home.
The public areas
Ikos resorts is so super modern but with that feel of luxury and class. The public areas and lounge bars are huge but feel welcoming and relaxing areas to sit. The service is exceptional with plenty of staff on hand to offer you refreshments.
For me Ikos Oceania felt a place I could relax with my family and friends and chat over cocktails or coffee. On some evenings there were bands playing with music at a tasteful level that still allowed engagement amongst your party.
Ikos Oceania also presents good quality entertainment in the Helios Bar, and a nightclub should you wish to party the night away.
The restaurants are just divine. I feel this is where some resorts let themselves down. Yet Ikos Resorts get it so very right with an offering of 4 a la carte restaurants, an Italian, Asian, Greek and French, a buffet restaurant. And the option to dine out in an authentic Greek restaurant. We tried all of the options apart from the French.
We preferred the in-house restaurants, which were wonderful with excellent service, incredible food and perfect surroundings. Yet, the dine-out option offered great service with great opportunity to experience an authentic Greek restaurant, Ouzo and the lamb meatballs were the best I have ever tasted.
For lunch there are so many wonderful options. It was refreshing that Ikos resorts embrace a healthy attitude and this is reflected in all the menus. Offering healthy salads, wraps, and pasta. And all of the restaurants offer a slightly different lunch menu to the next. My favourite had to be the beach bar; it was just idyllic eating lunch washed down with a cold glass of wine listening to the sound of the waves in the background.
Omg, they are stunning, in total Ikos Oceania has 8 pools, 2 of which are baby pools, 1 children’s, 2 adult only, 1 spa, 1 deluxe collection and the main pool. All are equally beautiful, 3 of which are infinity pools and the design is such that although the resort is busy, the pools are so well designed and spaced out they never ever felt busy.
The sunbed to guest ratio must be quite high as there was always space around the pool. And the pools always felt chilled.
The private beach is perfect for long walks, and the work that goes into keeping it pristine and neat is incredible. I know this as I witnessed the staff raking and smoothing the sand on my morning walks. There is a shingle bank in the sea and a sign saying beware sea urchins. But wearing sandals remedies any risk and we walked in the sea most days with no problems at all. We loved the beach area.
The spa is breathtaking.
It has been newly renovated and the standard is so high. The spa is extremely beautiful and luxurious with an indoor pool with huge day beds, a gym, a full programme of classes, I was so cross I did not take my gym gear.
There is also a hair salon and treatments rooms and my favourite part a spa and sauna area that was divine. With heated beds, a sauna and steam room and sensory shower.
What I could not get over it that use of the gym, classes, spa pools and steams rooms is all free for hotels guests to use. Of course treatments are extra, but you would expect that.
Ikos resort is built into a hillside, this means the grounds are staggered over 6 levels. It is so well designed that you don’t feel as it is hilly. And for those that don’t feel like walking anywhere you can call a golf buggy to transport you around.
The work that goes into to maintaining this stunning resort is incredible. Every open space is manicured and perfect with the most beautiful greenery and flowers.
The one huge thing that Ikos has to be so loudly applauded on it its wonderful team. I never once encountered an un-smiling member of staff. Every single person we encountered during our stay went over and above to make you feel welcome and special, remember your name, your favourite cocktail and wish you good day. The staff are such a huge part of what makes Ikos so wonderful and part of the reason we want so very much to revisit.
I haven’t even started on what the boys loved about Ikos, but that’s another post for another day.