10 Reasons You Will Fall In Love With Ikos Oceania

Last week we visited the most incredibly beautiful Ikos Oceania, A 5 star luxury all inclusive resort in Halkidiki, and in my opinion one of the best all inclusive resorts in Greece.

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 Ikos Oceania 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. If you are looking for the best all inclusive resort in Europe then Ikos Resorts holds an award.

But I wanted to be a bit more specific, tell you more about this idyllic all inclusive resort on mainland Greece. You see, we have been to many gorgeous luxury resorts in the Caribbean and had a wonderful time. But we have never found that Caribbean perfection on a land based all inclusive resort in Europe. It has to be said I may be a teeny bit fussy.

10 Reasons You will Fall In Love With Ikos Oceania Greece

I honestly feel we have found that European perfection in Ikos Resorts, for us as a luxury all inclusive family holiday it is perfect. And to support that here are 10 reasons you will fall in love with Ikos Oceania.

The Welcome at 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, the service was pretty spectacular. We were offered a full explanation of what the resort has to offer.  Help booking  the all inclusive fine dining restaurants and to answer any questions. Our room was not quite ready as we had taken an early flight to Greece, 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.

The Deluxe Suites At Ikos Oceania

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.

10 Reasons You will Fall In Love With Ikos Oceania Greece

10 Reasons You will Fall In Love With Ikos Oceania Greece

10 Reasons You will Fall In Love With Ikos Oceania Greece

The public areas at Ikos Oceania

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.

10 Reasons You will Fall In Love With Ikos Oceania in Greece

10 Reasons You will Fall In Love With Ikos Oceania, Greece

Ikos Oceania also presents good quality entertainment in the Helios Bar, and a nightclub should you wish to party the night away.

The Gastronomy at Ikos Oceania

The restaurants at Ikos Oceania are divine. I feel this is where many all inclusive 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. All menus include a kids menu to keep the little ones happy.

10 Reasons You will Fall In Love With Ikos Oceania, Greece

10 Reasons You will Fall In Love With Ikos Oceania in Greece

10 Reasons You will Fall In Love With Ikos Oceania in Greece

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.

10 Reasons You will Fall In Love With Ikos Oceania in Greece

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.

10 Reasons You will Fall In Love With Ikos Oceania

The pools at Ikos Oceania

Omg, they are stunning, in total Ikos Oceania has 8 pools, 2 of which are baby pools, 1 family pool, 2 adult only, 1 spa, 1 deluxe collection and the main family 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.

10 Reasons You will Fall In Love With Ikos Oceania, Greece

10 Reasons You will Fall In Love With Ikos Oceania Greece

10 Reasons You will Fall In Love With Ikos Oceania Greece

10 Reasons You will Fall In Love With Ikos Oceania Greece

10 Reasons You will Fall In Love With Ikos Oceania Greece

 

The private beach at Ikos Oceania

The private beach at Ikos Oceania 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.

10 Reasons You will Fall In Love With Ikos Oceania, Greece

The spa at Ikos Oceania 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, including yoga  I was so cross I did not take my gym gear.

There is also a hair salon and treatments rooms offering a section of treatments and massages. My favourite part a spa and sauna area that was divine. With heated beds, a sauna and steam room and sensory shower.

10 Reasons You will Fall In Love With Ikos Oceania Greece

10 Reasons You will Fall In Love With Ikos Oceania Greece

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.

10 Reasons You will Fall In Love With Ikos Oceania Greece

10 Reasons You will Fall In Love With Ikos Oceania in Greece

Is Ikos Oceania Hilly?

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 or are unable to walk anywhere you can call a golf buggy to transport you around.

10 Reasons You will Fall In Love With Ikos Oceania

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.

My Weekly Round Up, And Lots of Sunshine

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. So if you plan to visit an all inclusive resort in Greece, Ikos Olivia gets 10/10 from the Christies.

          I haven’t even started on what the boys loved about Ikos resorts, but that’s another post for another day.

 

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40 Comments

  1. 22nd April 2016 / 5:14 pm

    wow, wow, wow that looks amazing. I would love to go.

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      22nd April 2016 / 8:00 pm

      Angel it was idyllic we loved itx

  2. 22nd April 2016 / 8:22 pm

    Oh my DAYS!! First of all – your PHOTOS ARE AMAZING! Second – that poooool!!!!! And third – I want to go now haha!!! xx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      23rd April 2016 / 9:37 pm

      Ah thank you Kare, it was a really easy subject to be honest, so very beautiful. And yes those pools were incredible x

  3. 23rd April 2016 / 1:45 pm

    I have fallen in love with it just from your photos! It really does look like such a wonderful hotel with so much to do xx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      23rd April 2016 / 9:41 pm

      Thanks Lindsay, it is so very relaxing and just wonderful quality x

  4. 25th April 2016 / 8:05 am

    Stop it you are killing us with all the stunning photos, I really need to sort out Greece for the summer. Stunning. It was the sunset yesterday too that makes me smile so much.

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      25th April 2016 / 8:44 pm

      Karen you need to go you will just love it, I have totally fallen in love with Greece x

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      25th April 2016 / 8:40 pm

      Thanks Kate it is stunning I love it there x

  5. 25th April 2016 / 8:28 am

    Wow those stunning whites and blues are amazing! You’ve definitely sold me! #MondayEscapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      25th April 2016 / 8:46 pm

      Thank you Keri, I know Greece is such a beautiful country and all those crips modern tomes Ikos is beautiful x

  6. 25th April 2016 / 12:04 pm

    I’ve been following your break – it has looked out of this world. All that food to choose from. And eight pools! Sounds like heaven.

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      25th April 2016 / 8:50 pm

      Nell is was stunning, it is just so incredible relaxing, beautiful and ooh the food is delicious x

  7. 25th April 2016 / 7:23 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous – the colours are so contemporary.
    Take me there now! #mondayescapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      25th April 2016 / 8:51 pm

      I know, Trish it was so cool and modern exactly my style x

  8. 25th April 2016 / 7:23 pm

    Oceania sounds just as idyllic as Olivia, and they are decorated in very much the same way. Everything about Ikos is the height of luxury and perfection, though everything is done in an understated way. The staff are certainly incredible and the best service we have ever had from a holiday. I miss everything about it as I am sure you do Sarah. Amazing pictures and I love the look of the infinity pool at Oceania. Ah I am just reliving it all now x

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      25th April 2016 / 8:53 pm

      I am sure it is Tracey, everything was just perfect, I am so fussy but I can not think one one thing they can improve, it was incredible x

  9. 25th April 2016 / 9:30 pm

    Wow, Sarah, this just looks amazing! Such a beautiful resort I am definitely going to have a look now! Just look at those pools, and your suite is fantastic. Looks so perfect and relaxing! x

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      26th April 2016 / 9:28 pm

      It was incredible Julia, I cant wait to go again it was so luxurious x

  10. Sally
    26th April 2016 / 1:04 pm

    Amazing photos! This is looks like such a beautiful place to just relax!

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      26th April 2016 / 9:32 pm

      It is Sally, the perfect place to relax x

  11. 26th April 2016 / 10:40 pm

    Oh wow! I can feel the luxury, just by looking at the photos. Thank you for sharing this great location with us.

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      27th April 2016 / 10:06 pm

      Thank you, it is just the most incredible place ever, I loved it x

  12. 28th April 2016 / 10:12 am

    Wow! That looks absolutely stunning, I can see why you loved it so much. The photos look amazing, I’ve already taken a peek online! Thanks for sharing #MondayEscapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      28th April 2016 / 9:20 pm

      Lauren it is just stunning, I defy anyone not to fall in love with it x

  13. 29th April 2016 / 7:42 pm

    WOW it looks absolutely stunning! I’ve never found anywhere quite like the Caribbean either but this resort looks like it fits the bill! The infinity pool is stunning x

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      29th April 2016 / 9:14 pm

      Sam, we were the same but Ikos is just incredible so much so we are booking to go back x

  14. 30th April 2016 / 9:13 pm

    A place to treat oneself! What a luxury getaway. Wonderful! #MondayEscapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      2nd May 2016 / 8:42 am

      Thank you, it really is x

  15. 2nd May 2016 / 6:05 pm

    Oh my! What a beautiful resort. I definitely has a feel of the Caribbean about it. No wonder you were so bowled over. I bet you came back feeling like you were walking on air! #MondayEscapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      2nd May 2016 / 9:30 pm

      Oh Claire I was so totally bowled over by it, it was incredible x

  16. 5th May 2016 / 12:58 pm

    I can totally see why you fell in love with Ikos Oceania. It looks like the perfect getaway for us too – such a fan of Greece. All the public areas from the lobby to the pools look first class. Oh so very jealous. Thanks for sharing on #MondayEscapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      7th May 2016 / 7:39 pm

      Thanks Ting, honestly it is just the most stunning hotel we loved everything about it x

  17. 3rd January 2017 / 1:55 pm

    Wow those pictures, it looks like a 5star hotel! Very luxury! I am curious about how your boys experienced this, looking forward to reading your post. #mondayescapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      5th January 2017 / 9:33 pm

      It is Nanouk it is just gorgeous there x

  18. Marissa Claire
    10th February 2017 / 10:22 am

    The resort is stunning. What great pictures. I am very J of you!

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      12th February 2017 / 8:29 pm

      Thanks so much it is a beautiful resort x

  19. 7th March 2017 / 4:23 pm

    I have literally just booked here for my honeymoon in September. I have never been so excited in my life to go on holiday!! The reviews are amazing!! I will be blogging all about it too!! I enjoyed reading your post 🙂

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      9th March 2017 / 9:32 pm

      You will have a wonderful time Francesca we loved every second of our time their it is perfect x

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