Recently we visited the most incredibly beautiful Ikos Resorts, Ikos Oceania, 5 star luxury all inclusive resort in Halkidiki, which has been voted one of the best all inclusive resorts in Europe. The offering at Ikos Oceania for Families is Incredible, here is my review of Ikos Oceania and a little of what to expect.
Is Ikos Oceania For Families? Our Review And Verdict.
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.
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. I may be a teeny bit fussy.
But we have found that European perfection in Ikos Resorts. For us, as a luxury all inclusive family holiday, you will find perfection at Ikos Oceania for families. And to support that here are 10 reasons you will fall in love with Ikos Oceania.
The Transfers And Welcome
If you book a 5 night stay or more direct with Ikos Resorts they provide free transfers to and from the hotel this is great for families as it takes all the stress out the airport. When you arrive you are met and taken straight to Ikos Oceania in a private taxi.
As a first impression of the resort, the service was pretty spectacular. During check in your given a glass of Champagne and 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. However we were able to head to the Flavors Buffet restaurant for lunch. I have to say was one of the best quality buffets I have ever visited.
Rooms, The Deluxe Suites At Ikos Oceania
Our room at Ikos Oceania was a Deluxe 1 Bedroom Family Suite, this is perfect for families. It is located in 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 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.
Food And Fine Dining
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.
Although Ikos Oceania is especially great for families with older kids and teens, we found the restaurant staff very accommodating to the boys tastes. This encouraged the boys to be a little more adventurous with their food. This has a huge bearing on our review of Ikos Oceania as dining is important to us a family and can make or break at trip.
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.
However this was a better option for families with older children as Ikos Oceania has a road between the resort and the beach. For this reason there was never many families with smaller children in the beach bar.
The Pools At Ikos Oceania
They are stunning, in total Ikos Oceania has 8 pools. This is a real bonus for families as it splits the resort up a little.
Of the pool 2 are baby pools, 1 family pool, 2 adult only, 1 spa, 1 deluxe collection and the main family pool, 3 are infinity pools. The design is such that although the resort is busy, the pools are well designed and spaced out, they never 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. Additionally you are also able to order snacks to your sun lounger should you want something light and stay around the pool.
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 outstanding.
I witnessed the staff raking and smoothing the sand on my morning walks. There’s 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 At Ikos Oceania
The spa is luxurious with an indoor pool with huge day beds. Also featuring a gym, full programme of classes, including yoga I was so cross I did’nt take my gym gear.
There’s 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.
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.
Is Ikos Oceania Hilly?
This is the only element that would slightly effect my review of Ikos Oceania for younger families. The grounds at Ikos Oceania are staggered over 6 levels, as the resort is built into a hillside which can be a challenge for families with younger children.
There are some large staircases to the beach, but there is also a slope that will get you there. If you dont mind the slopes and hills you will be fine, they are steep but manageable.
However the main building has lifts and there is a lift to pool level. Additionally for those who may struggle to navigate the hilly slopes 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.
My Review And Thoughts Of Ikos Oceania For Families
Ikos has to be applauded for 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. T
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.
Also find out what we thought of Ikos Olivia.
We were guests at Ikos Oceania however all thoughts are my own.