Last week I shared how much the Christie boys loved Ikos Olivia and the incredible choice of sporting facilities on offer.
If you have sports mad kids, then it is wonderful to watch them enjoy the flexibility and independence that Ikos Resorts in Halkidiki offers families.
But it wasn’t all teen free time thank goodness. This is the part of having a growing family that I struggle with the most. Me time is wonderful, but feeling redundant, not so great. On the flip side knowing that we have brought the boys up to be confident and approachable with their peers is a great feeling.
One of the most wonderful things about our trip to Ikos Olivia was the family time. The long beach walks on the breathtaking private beach, laughing together over dinner. My favourite time of day was family meal time, all of us getting together to share our days and plan the next. It would start out with a beach walk and a cocktail. And after a delicious dinner we would head to the theatre to enjoy the show.
Ikos Olivia offers four a la carte dining options, a buffet option and dine-out to suit all tastes.
I would struggle to choose a favourite a la carte restaurant. All of our meals were delicious during our stay. Being more of a sit down meal kind of person, the la carte meals were my favourite dining experiences.
Having said that the quality of the buffet restaurant is incredible with the most wonderful selection of food. Which left it feeling like an a la carte buffet? Is there such a thing? There is at Ikos Resorts. Offering deserts that were quite frankly impossible to walk past without selecting a few just for research purposes.
I can’t visit a resort and not report back on the quality of deserts can I? That would be neglecting my sweet tooth readers. And should you fancy something as simple as an ice cream there was a full ice cream bar. Which also doubled as a pancake bar in the mornings.
The omelets were just delicious, so much so, it was one of the first things I thought of when I opened my eyes in the mornings. However if you were feeling particularly lazy, the room service breakfast buffet is just perfect. And having the opportunity to sit out on the verandah with our two sleepy teenagers enjoying the morning sun was just wonderful.
On the days that the Christie boys were making the most of the chilled atmosphere, I was up early and out. A little like Shirley Valentine but with no love interest or rock of course.
And enjoying the early morning sun from the beachfront location of the buffet restaurant veranda or Ouzo Greek restaurant. It is the sort of place you can go for breakfast and a coffee on your own and feel totally at ease. No one ever batted an eyelid at me making my little Instagram stories. I really was very chilled. And once set up for the day I head for the spa for an early morning yoga lesson or massage, before heading back and waking that lazy lot up.
One of the things we all enjoyed as a family was the water sports at Ikos Olivia.
There is something amazing about having all your family to yourself out at sea on a little boat. Call me selfish but I love it. And its something the boys still really enjoy engaging in.
Jack liked to take a kayak out to sea. Although I did question what the point of this was, as he got lonely and hitched a ride with us on the mother ship pedalo. We were lucky that the waters were so still the week we visited. Giving us many opportunities to head out with a camera and enjoy the views.
Chris and Jack bravely took part on one the sofa rides. This was a tad to adventurous for Joe. I will admit to being a little relieved he did not want to take part, as that took me out of the picture too. However Chris and Jack returned full of it, having had a whale of a time. As Joe and out sat in the safety of out yellow pedalo watching them whizz along behind the speedboat.
The non-motorised water sports were free to use At Ikos Olivia.
You are able to take each different vessel out, i.e. pedalo, canoe, and paddle-boards for half an hour each per day. And the motorised sports offered varying activities and options some very reasonably priced.
We left Ikos Olivia feeling chilled and happy, knowing we will return again. I love the fact that you have the option to chill out, keep busy, have a little me time and make the most of family time. It really does tick all the boxes for families.
But don’t just take my work for it, the lovely Tracey and her family are also as enamoured with Ikos Resorts as we are are. Check out what she has to say.
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