My Weekly Round Up A Postcard From Ikos Olivia

Hello from Greece and the very beautiful 5 star Ikos Oliviva. My week has been filled with luxury cocktails and family chilled time.

It is tinged with a little sadness as soe of our favourite people were meant to be visiting with us and couldn’t make it. They have been sorely missed, however I can’t wait to get the opportunity to share Ikos resorts with them in the future. Which I am sure we will. Especially as there are new resorts opening next year, eeeeekkk exciting.

The resort is super slick, it has many similarities to Ikos Oceania yet is so different in many ways. The resort is much flatter and like a little Greek village with many of the social areas built along a stunning beachfront. Whereas Ikos Oceania is built into a hillside with breath-taking views over the sea!

My Weekly Round Up A Postcard From Ikos Olivia

My Weekly Round Up A Postcard From Ikos Olivia

Both are stunning, we have had so many discussions trying to decide which is our favourite and we can’t.

I say we, Joe would choose Olivia hands down. The sports facilities are the stuff of teen and tween dreams with tennis courts, volley ball and football pitches, a basket ball court and table tennis. He is in his element.

What I love the most is having that family time all together. We are so busy all the time at home and getting a little time together to chill is amazing.

I have a rule that we all dine at the table every night. But the boys always want to eat and go. Here we are spending hours over meals, laughing and making memories. Thats so precious as they are growing so quickly. It seems a lifetime ago since that first holiday to Mexico when Jack was 1.

My Weekly Round Up A Postcard From Ikos Olivia

My Weekly Round Up A Postcard From Ikos Olivia

I am feeling positively lazy, usually when we travel we are up and out every day.

However I have attended an early morning Yoga lesson, been for early morning walks swam lots but that it is.  And are definitely feeling relaxed this week, which was very much-needed. But I can’t help feeling I should be doing something. But that is what holidays are all about, doing what you want to do. And this week that is chilling out with my family. Although Joe is mostly off playing football, splashing in the pool with friends and riding bikes.

I haven’t posted a daily postcard as I normally do but have been sharing like mad over on my Insta stories. I love sharing this way as it really captures the holiday spirit there and then. And is enabling me to share how gorgeous the resort is.

Wishing you all an amazing Good Friday and Easter weekend. And fingers crossed for a little sunshine in the UK.

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92 Comments

  1. Debbie
    14th April 2017 / 7:47 am

    Hotel looks amazing I love Greece it’s my favourite place to visit we go year after year,Can’t seemed to find anywhere else that fits the bill for me and my husband.
    It’s so nice Sarah to just relax and chill and recharge the batteries.
    After reading your blog I will definitely check out this hotel . Happy Easter to you all
    Debbie

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      14th April 2017 / 8:05 am

      Ah Happy Easter to you too and you really should check out Ikos I just know you would love it x

  2. 14th April 2017 / 8:12 am

    What an idyllic vacation. I’m very active traveler as well, but it is good for the soul (and body) to totally let go and relax and do nothing at times. The resort seems to be the perfect place for it. Enjoy!

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      21st April 2017 / 9:40 pm

      Nano it is just incredible, we were so chilled x

  3. 14th April 2017 / 8:28 am

    It looks so beautiful! I’ve been watching your Instastories and love it all! Enjoy x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      21st April 2017 / 9:41 pm

      Ah thanks so much Jocelyn, honestly it is the most idyllic place x

  4. 14th April 2017 / 9:27 am

    Jealous!!
    This looks like an amazing resort and you’re managing to get some downtime as well as enjoy time spent with the family
    I know what you mean about dinner time – we always eat together but the children are quick to finish and go. But when we’re away that time over the dinner table seems to extend and it’s really lovely chatting time.
    Early morning yoga sessions can set up for the day, I found, but it always seems to be better when it’s done in a warm climate and without the knowledge you have to go to work / do the school run!
    Enjoy your time away
    #WoTW

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      21st April 2017 / 9:42 pm

      Ah it was amazing Tracey and yes the yoga was just fab. I would thoroughly recommend Ikos resorts x

  5. 14th April 2017 / 9:42 am

    What a fabulous time you are having. Wonderful that there is something for everyone. Beautiful photos. Sitting down and enjoying a meal together sounds pperfect. #wotw

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      21st April 2017 / 9:43 pm

      Ah thank you is easy to take pretty photos in somewhere so amazing x

  6. 14th April 2017 / 12:22 pm

    Looks like a beautiful spot for your holiday and sounds like you are enjoying some lovely time together as a family. So glad to hear that you are enjoying chilling out and relaxing 🙂 #WotW

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      21st April 2017 / 9:45 pm

      Ah thanks Louise it was just idyllic and so great to all chill together x

  7. 14th April 2017 / 4:24 pm

    Oh wow! It looks such a gorgeous place to stay…It sounds like you have been having a lovely time.
    Enjoy x #WotW

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      21st April 2017 / 9:47 pm

      Thanks Kim it was so mazing, we were sad to leave x

  8. 14th April 2017 / 7:30 pm

    It looks like an amazing place and it sounds like you needed it. I love your rule about meal times. Enjoy the rest of your time there #WotW

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      21st April 2017 / 9:48 pm

      Ah thanks Jane its been so wonderful, the perfect family holiday x

      • 28th April 2017 / 12:17 pm

        I feel relaxed just reading this and looking at your wonderful pictures. What a fab Easter break #MondayEscapes

        • SarahJChristie
          SarahJChristie
          Author
          1st May 2017 / 7:56 pm

          Ah thank you Claire, it really was so amazing x

  9. 15th April 2017 / 11:09 pm

    What a great place to relax and unwind. #WotW

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      21st April 2017 / 9:48 pm

      Helena it is just wonderful, so perfect in every way x

      • 28th April 2017 / 6:40 pm

        You are so lucky to live the dream. #MondayEscapes

        • SarahJChristie
          SarahJChristie
          Author
          1st May 2017 / 7:57 pm

          Ah thanks Helena that is so lovely, I feel very lucky at the moment doing something I love every day is amazing x

  10. 16th April 2017 / 4:46 pm

    Sarah I knew you would fall in love with Olivia as much as we have. I can’t imagine holidaying anywhere else now, though I am tempted to try the new resorts. I can’t wait to meet up and have a good old natter all things Ikos. They just get everything SO right don’t they. We too have the rule that everybody can go off and do their own thing in the day, but all meals we always have together. Ah I miss it so much x

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      21st April 2017 / 9:51 pm

      Ah Tracey it was so wonderful, we all loved it so much and yes we do x

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      21st April 2017 / 9:52 pm

      Ah you would all love it Karen x

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      24th April 2017 / 9:12 pm

      Ah thank you it is just perfect x

  11. 24th April 2017 / 7:45 am

    Wow looks like a wonderful family getaway! I’d love to go to Greece soon! #MondayEscapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      24th April 2017 / 9:13 pm

      Lolo it is amazing, I just love Greece x

  12. 24th April 2017 / 8:47 am

    You had me at “my week has been filled with luxury cocktails and family chilled time.”! Sounds perfect. #mondayescapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      24th April 2017 / 9:13 pm

      Ha ha Phoebe it was idyllic honestly x

  13. 24th April 2017 / 9:18 am

    Looks so serene! The best time to visit Greece, as it’s not full of visitors! #mondayescapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      24th April 2017 / 9:14 pm

      Anna it was just perfect x

  14. 24th April 2017 / 9:21 am

    Love that first picture – the sea looks so unbelievably calm – I feel relaxed just looking at it! 😉 #MondayEscapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      24th April 2017 / 9:15 pm

      Keri it was just beautiful and so calm x

  15. 24th April 2017 / 9:48 am

    This looks amazing – I can’t wait to return to Greece with family in tow. Beautiful family portrait to end the post on.

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      24th April 2017 / 9:20 pm

      Ah thank you Jade, I just love Greece it so beautiful and Ikos is incredible x

  16. 24th April 2017 / 10:09 am

    I absolutely love Greece and can’t wait to take my little girl there (hopefully in the not so distant future). It sound like you had an amazing and relaxed time which can be hard with kids but you obviously picked the right resort to keep them happy and busy. #mondayescapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      24th April 2017 / 9:21 pm

      Of it was amazing Emma so relaxing and the boys just loved all the facilities x

  17. 24th April 2017 / 10:56 am

    Looks stunning, sometimes you just need to chill and enjoy the surroundings!
    #mondayescapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      24th April 2017 / 9:22 pm

      Yes Heledd it is the perfect place to relax and unwind x

  18. 24th April 2017 / 12:51 pm

    That beach looks fantastic. I’m glad you’re having a nice vacation. Chill time is always nice and sometimes it’s good just to relax instead of always being on the go. #MondayEscapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      24th April 2017 / 9:24 pm

      Exactly Alison sometimes you just need to chill out x

  19. 24th April 2017 / 2:06 pm

    I’m so looking forward to summer! I have to get back to Greece very soon, it is so idyllic. #mondayescapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      24th April 2017 / 9:25 pm

      Me to Kate, everything feels so amazing when the sun is shining x

  20. 24th April 2017 / 2:11 pm

    This sounded and looked as though it was an amazing trip. I’m just off to catch up with your IG feed now – I was away myself over the Easter hols, so I didn’t catch everyone’s pics. Can’t wait to see yours! #MondayEscapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      24th April 2017 / 9:29 pm

      Ooh off to check yours of too Nell, it was just the most wonderful trip x

  21. 24th April 2017 / 2:20 pm

    This looks such a nice trip , I have been following your pics on Instagram. It just looks very relaxing and a perfect get away from it all and chill type holiday. #Mondayescapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      24th April 2017 / 9:30 pm

      Coral it was lovely, such a perfect resort for all of us x

  22. 24th April 2017 / 2:46 pm

    Oh, these photos with all the blue hues are amazing! I’m sorry to hear your friends didn’t get to join you but it sounds like you had a lovely time (and I’m very jealous!) #MondayEscapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      24th April 2017 / 9:33 pm

      Ah thanks Katie, I know it was such a shame they couldn’t go but hopefully we will make up for it on another trip xx

  23. 24th April 2017 / 2:47 pm

    Sounds lovely and relaxing! I get so jealous when I see other people vacationing in Greece. It looks like an amazing place. Maybe (hopefully) I will make it over there for a vacay someday. #MondayEscapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      24th April 2017 / 9:34 pm

      Ah hope you do April it is just wonderful x

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      24th April 2017 / 9:36 pm

      Oh I know wish I was back there now x

  24. 24th April 2017 / 6:12 pm

    Looks like lovely family time! We love Greece and this resort looks lovely. We’re definitely overdue a visit! #MondayEscapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      24th April 2017 / 9:38 pm

      Jo it is just wonderful I would thoroughly recommend it x

  25. 24th April 2017 / 6:15 pm

    My son would be in his element too – you’ve probably visited at the best time of year before it gets scorchingly hot! I get itchy feet if I have to sit around and do nothing but there’s always loads to explore in Greece, love the country! (Used to work there and met my partner there too so good memories). #Mondayescapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      24th April 2017 / 9:40 pm

      Wow did you, I know I am usually the same but I just loved relaxing it was so needed x

  26. 24th April 2017 / 7:35 pm

    It looks beautiful. I’m not surprised you are enjoying chilling out. #mondayescapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      24th April 2017 / 9:44 pm

      oh Claire it was wonderful such an idyllic resort x

  27. 24th April 2017 / 8:47 pm

    Wow this looks absolutely amazing, so beautiful, and I have been catching your stories – and I am very jealous as Im wrapping up in a coat and a fleece blanket – camping in Scotland 🙂 The thing that made me love this even more? early morning yoga ! I love yoga on holiday 🙂 so lovely to spend time together too. priceless xx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      24th April 2017 / 9:47 pm

      Ah it was idyllic and I so loved sharing it, honestly i would thoroughly recommend it x

  28. 24th April 2017 / 8:51 pm

    It looks like just the most beautiful and relaxed place to visit. I kept watching your instastories and thinking how blue it all looked with the skies and the ocean…how lovely!! I hope you had the best time and it definitely sounds like you did x

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      24th April 2017 / 9:49 pm

      Tas it was idyllic you would love it I guarantee x

  29. 24th April 2017 / 9:09 pm

    Gorgeous pictures as always Sarah, It looks like an incredible resort and you all look so relaxed! Loved watching your insta stories, my bucket list is just getting bigger and bigger 🙂 #MondayEscapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      24th April 2017 / 9:51 pm

      Ah thanks os much Nisbah, you would love it it is so so wonderful I just loved it we all did, Ikos is perfect in every way and I am so fussy x

  30. 24th April 2017 / 9:49 pm

    I really need to see more of Greece – sounds like a perfect place you found to relax at! Must check it out! #mondayescapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      24th April 2017 / 9:56 pm

      Tracey it is wonderful and they did quite a few trips but we were just far too chilled x

  31. 24th April 2017 / 9:56 pm

    Sounds like an amazing holiday that everyone in the family enjoyed! I love the idea of you all sitting around the table at dinner, talking and laughing. It’s kind of my idea of the best times with family. #MondayEscapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      24th April 2017 / 10:07 pm

      Oh mine too Kat, I love family meals and in Greece is even better x

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      1st May 2017 / 7:32 pm

      Ah it was so fab Kat I loved it, we all did and oh my that food x

  32. 24th April 2017 / 10:02 pm

    Looks beautiful! I love Greece – and holidays – it’s great to find somewhere you can totally relax? #mondayescapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      24th April 2017 / 10:08 pm

      Yes it is hard isn’t it, this was totally the place for us x

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      1st May 2017 / 7:33 pm

      Yes it is Elizabeth it was so great to just chill x

  33. 25th April 2017 / 3:07 am

    Beautiful photos. I’m also normally on ‘go go go’ mode when I travel, but it’s nice to just relax too.

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      1st May 2017 / 7:34 pm

      Oh it is to just think about nothing but taking pictures and chilling with your family x

  34. 25th April 2017 / 4:09 am

    I love Greece. You’re giving me the travel bug again! I need to get on getting my little one his passport! #MondayEscapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      1st May 2017 / 7:34 pm

      Oh yes you do so you are all ready to go x

  35. 25th April 2017 / 1:22 pm

    Looks amazing! An early morning yoga lesson sounds like the perfect way to start the day. #mondayescapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      1st May 2017 / 7:35 pm

      Jo is was bliss, I cant wait to revisit x

  36. 25th April 2017 / 3:04 pm

    That view and that cocktail – I would be right at home there.

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      1st May 2017 / 7:35 pm

      Thanks Kit, honestly it is just perfect x

  37. 26th April 2017 / 1:12 pm

    How lucky are you to spend an entire week in such a stunning resort! I love Greece and this just makes me long to go back again.

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      1st May 2017 / 7:41 pm

      Ah thank you, I just loved it there it was so chilled out and perfect x

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      1st May 2017 / 7:41 pm

      Thanks you it was x

  38. 28th April 2017 / 10:22 pm

    Looks lovely! Perfect place to chill with the family.

  39. 29th April 2017 / 3:27 pm

    wow looks lovely! hope you get the much needed R&R 🙂
    #mondayescapes

  40. 3rd May 2017 / 9:51 pm

    Wow looks like a stunning places to visit. So calm and peaceful! Although it probably wouldnt be as peaceful with my two boys running riot haha! Gorgeous photos as always #MondayEscapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      7th May 2017 / 7:48 pm

      Ha ha, there is quite a bit for kids to do to burn of that energy if they love sport x

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