Next week we are off searching for the sun at Ikos Oceania in Halkidiki, Greece, I am so so excited. I have reached the stage that I need sun; don’t get me wrong I love winter. But I’ve have had my fill for one year; the constant rain has worn me down. I am most definitely a person who makes the most of the weather, always tries to be positive about every weather scenario. We are out and about in all weathers, living life to the full. But the time has come; I am feeling the need for sun!
I have always been a planner; I tend to book my holidays well in advance, giving me months if not over a year to prepare, plan and be giddy about a trip. I have never been one for booking last-minute holidays, but last week I decided enough is enough I want sun and quickly.
Now, for someone as fussy as me can be somewhat problematic, I spend months looking at reviews and traveler photos before I decide on a holiday resort. However I have recently noticed Ikos Resorts popping up in my feed, people are sharing are talking about it lots. Curiosity got the better of me and I checked it out.
I can’t deny I am super fussy, we work hard and live in a perpetual state of chaos. When I go on holiday it has to be right, luxurious, great food, beautiful views. Not hemmed in like sardines with millions of kids, like being part of a remake of lord of the flies. This would have me running for the hills.
It has to be a great mix of luxury and quality, but with the personal touch. Having studied Ikos Resorts they seem to tick all the boxes. After a few chats with the lovely people at Ikos I decided to go for it and book the first last-minute holiday we have booked in many years.
So why do I think it suits our family? Reviews have played a huge factor, there are lots of incredible reviews highlighting what is great about Ikos Resorts, and they make your want to take that step and book.
The accommodation is luxurious, and for me that is a biggie, I want to feel as at home as I do in my own home. And with the option of a 1 bedroom family suite with sea views, I know we will all feel right at home.
Jack has already checked to see if the room has WI-FI and hoorah it does, I think there is also an option to get a games console set up in your room. Because clearly the world may very well end if access to Wi-Fi and gaming was removed for a week of a teens life!
The food looks incredible with a choice of 5 restaurants, two of which are spearheaded by Michelin-starred chefs, Andrea Fusco’s and Lefteris Lazarou’s. There is also an eat out option should you want to explore the surrounding area.
As we are going early in the season the teen club will not be open however there is so much for the active family, with a wealth of waterspouts that I just know are going to keep the boys busy for hours. Joe is so excited about the beach and pedalos with slides.
We spend so much time as many families do rushing around, and just to have that opportunity to kick back and chill with a cocktail watching the boys splash in the pool is bliss. For the boys, who are so busy with football, revision, tests and after school activities a little chill time will be wonderful.
I am so looking forward to lazy days, yes I accept these will include water sports, canoeing, table tennis, swimming but at our pace no body else’s. After a tough day relaxing we can enjoy wonderful long dinners chilling as a family, with the sound of the sea in the background. This I feel is the European resort I have spent years looking for, and I just can’t wait to get there and share some quality family time with my lovely but crazy family.