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Ikos Olivia For Families Part One

I spent hours choosing and editing photos for this post. Quantifying what is wonderful about our trip to Ikos Olivia for families was harder than expected.

We first visited Ikos Resorts Easter 2016 and fell in love with the beauty and all inclusive luxury in Greece at Ikos Oceania Halkidiki. As soon as the prices were available for 2017 we re-booked.  After a hectic couple of months we were all looking forward to pressing pause on life and spending a little family time. And Ikos Resorts promised perfection at Ikos Olivia For Families.

Ikos Olivia is a 45-minute car journey from Halkidiki airport.

The resort offers a free transfer service that  is often offered as part of a booking offer when booking direct. As soon as you walk through arrivals the resort team are there waiting for you. Armed with bottles of cold water and ready to take your luggage.

Arrival at the main reception feels like coming home. The team greet you with open arms the moment you arrive into the stunning marble entrance. Where you are able to check in with glass of champagne in hand.

The Perfect Family Holiday in Greece
Deluxe Suites At Ikos Olivia

The Perfect Family Holiday At Ikos Olivia 1

The Perfect Family Holiday At Ikos Olivia 1

The Perfect Family Holiday At Ikos Olivia 1

The Perfect Family Holiday At Ikos Olivia 1

The Perfect Family Holiday At Ikos Olivia 1

There is a huge choice of all luxury accommodation at Ikos Olivia for families, to suit all budgets, family size and taste.

Our 1 bedroom deluxe bungalow suite was in the deluxe area overlooking the pool, with steps from our garden terrace down to the side of the pool. Perfect for lazy mornings when you can order breakfast to your room and eat of your patio overlooking the pool.

The rooms are spacious and luxurious, offering a mini bar, turn down service and an extensive room service menu. And if you want a private pool you can book a deluxe private pool room in the deluxe area.

The resort from the sea
The Perfect Family Holiday in Greece
Greek Beach Views

Although Ikos Olivia and Oceania have several similarities and are part of the same Ikos Hotel 5 star all inclusive format, they are also different in many ways.

Oceania blends into a mountainside the views are breathtaking. There are lifts and shuttles available to get you around if you had mobility issues. However it may be preferable at Ikos Olivia for families as the resort is flat.

I honestly cannot choose a favourite I love them both for many different reasons. But the distinct benefit at Olivia that it is the perfect all inclusive resort in Greece for families. Joe was able to easily maneuver safely around the resort and we felt comfortable with this, thus giving him a little independence.

The sport centre at Ikos Olivia is just behind the deluxe area and is perfect for teens.

Joe spent so much of his time either hiring a bike and going for a ride with Chris or sometimes a friend. Or taking part in the endless kids sports activities that are available.

It offers many family sporting options with 2 tennis courts, a basket ball, volley ball court, a football pitch and table tennis areas. The activities for older children and teens are well organised and inclusive. This made the holiday for the boys, who immersed themselves fully into the sports program and as a result met so many friends of all nationalities.

The resort also has 4 pools and a huge chess set which kept the boys entertained for some time. Deluxe guests can also order an Xbox or play station to the room. We did this but the boys were too busy to use it.

The boys took part in many sporting activities which kept them so busy during the day. Joe more so, as Jack had revision to do. However he still made time for a couple of hours of football before a late afternoon dip in the pool and a non alcoholic cocktail. And after full on days Joe was always exhausted but happy in the evenings.

On site activities for Teens at Ikos Resorts
Family chill time in the pool
Deluxe pool is a more chilled out environment
Splash time in the pool

As Chris and I sat enjoying the sun, sipping the odd cocktail and dip in Ikos Olivias spectacular Deluxe pool.

We felt redundant. Yes, we kept nipping to see where the boys were, what they were up to and to check they were drinking water. But they were happy, having fun and didn’t need us.

This felt odd at first, but I have to say we embraced the peace and opportunity to read a book rather quickly. All those years of reading with one eye on the pool, it takes a little time to get used to reading with two eyes. I kept feeling like I had forgotten something. But that is what great about the Deluxe Area at Ikos Olivia For Families, it is not crowded and there are plenty of sun-beds.

I haven’t even got to the food available in the all inclusive package or beach yet. But will save that for another day.

A deal breaker for any family holiday in Greece is having happy and entertained children. Ours are at the  age where they are too old for clubs and would rather opt for activities. Having such great facilities for kids and teens on site was wonderful, everybody was happy and we knew they were safe. And when they did  had an activity free window, they joined us round the pool for a little quality time.

Holidays change as your family grows and staying at a resort that understands that makes all the difference. And Ikos Olivia is the best 5 star all inclusive resort in Greece where we enjoyed the perfect family holiday. I honestly could not fault it.

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Why Ikos Olivia in Halkidiki in Greece is the perfect family resort, with lots of sporting activities for teens.

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Angela

Tuesday 13th of June 2017

Wow doesn't it look stunning. I would love to spend some time there, it looks so relaxing.

SarahJChristie

Tuesday 13th of June 2017

It is just incredible, so relaxing yes there are things to do x

Claire at Tin Box Traveller

Tuesday 6th of June 2017

If the kids are happy, what more could you want?! I'm so looking forward to the days I can relax with a book again...maybe not so much the feeling redundant part :) Wonderful pictures as always, Sarah x

SarahJChristie

Tuesday 6th of June 2017

Ah thanks Claire and yes life is so much easier as they grow up and they get to choose what makes their holiday a great a little too x

Rob+Ann @TravelLatte(.net)

Friday 2nd of June 2017

What a great looking hotel! The pools are gorgeous, and that breakfast spread looks yummy. We'll definitely have to look into the Ikos brand! #MondayEscapes

SarahJChristie

Monday 5th of June 2017

Thanks guys it is so incredible their attention to detail is just amazing x

Helena

Sunday 28th of May 2017

It sounds like a fantastic place in which to switch off and unwind. #MondayEscapes

SarahJChristie

Monday 29th of May 2017

Helena it really is we all loved it x

Travelling With Our Kids

Saturday 27th of May 2017

Looks like a stunning resort. Sounds like they have everything needed for a great holiday #MondayEscapes

SarahJChristie

Monday 29th of May 2017

Oh they do, it is just a wonderful resort x

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