“A relaxed yet top-quality beachside resort, that wows families in school holidays and couples in the shoulder months, whether you're active types or pure sun worshippers”
But the best thing about Eagles Palace is the the tranquility and sense of space - there are over 150 rooms, but you'd never know it. Thanks to oodles of communal space, nowhere feels crowded, and the resort actually feels quite compact to stroll around. Staff are faultless - everything is done with big smiles. And whilst you can tear yourself away to visit the Mount Athos monasteries and Amouliani island, don't feel that you should. Take advantage of the superb childcare so you can slip off for a hot-stone massage or go wake-boarding, then have dinner as the sun descends into a blazing orange sky.
- A stunning natural location, but just 2 hours from Thessaloniki (direct flights from Europe)
- Wonderful staff run a tight ship and constantly surprise with sweet little gestures
- Gourmet-Greek flavours in the upmarket Kamares restaurant; think fish roe with carob-bread, shrimps and sea fennel
- A long, beautiful beach with calm clear waters and tiki-shaded loungers - there are lots more loungers than guests
- The awesome Kids Clubs: paddle-boarding and water-skiing for older children, cooking and collage for toddlers, and supervised family films shown daily at 8pm
- Larger than most i-escape hotels, with over 150 rooms - though they're nicely set in blocks amongst olive and pine trees
- The cheapest rooms are quite small; for longer stays, we'd recommend a Junior Suite or Family Suite (or above)
- We found the food at Melathron, where you eat if you book half-board, less good than the other restaurants
- Drinks are expensive by Greek standards
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Our top tips
- Boutique Hotel
- Restaurants & bar (open daily)
- All ages welcome
- Closed: 21 Mar 2018 - 26 Apr 2018
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Tennis Court
- Bicycles Available
- Cardio gym
The rooms are spread over several wings of the building, and as you'd expect, the more you pay, the better they get in terms of space, location and view. As a general rule, expect whitewashed walls, oak furniture, and dashes of colour through geometric-design cushions and curtains: aquamarine, teal, mustard and mauve.
Superior rooms are comfortable enough for 2-3 nights, but if you're coming for longer we'd get a Junior Suite: almost double the space, plus a sofa area. Family Suites are similar, but with the bedroom and living area (with its double sofabed) separated by a sliding door. We were lucky enough to stay in a Junior Suite Sea Front - dreamy sea views and smarter decor (a peacock-blue or white leather sofa and contemporary lighting), plus a big balcony, so we were able to sit out and read then watch superb sunsets. Top of the pile are the Bungalows; standalone rooms looking out to sea, with white louvered shutters and generous balconies.
All have the same facilities, including air con, 2 types of bathrobe (yes - waffle and towelling!), fragrant olive-based toiletries and (apart from Standard Rooms) a Nespresso machine.
- Air conditioning
- Coffee / tea making
- Coffee maker
- Safe box
- Satellite TV
There are several restaurants on-site, offering all-day dining during the peak summer months. We loved Armyra, a gorgeous casual bistro with white wicker chairs and candle lanterns. Tables spill out down towards the seafront, and are romantically lit at night. There's a daily seaside buffet, which includes huge fillets of seabass, plump king prawns and seafood paellas. Of the a la carte selections, we especially liked an asparagus risotto, and homemade bread served with local olives.
The other restaurants are much smarter. At Kamares you dine on a wooden platform under cedar trees, gazing out to sea - especially fabulous as the sun sets. Their gourmet Greek flavours are divine: stuffed squid with fennel and gruyere; cuttlefish ink pasta, then crispy baklava with pistachio ice cream. There's also an Italian restaurant, Vinum which, sadly, we didn't manage to try.
If you book half-board, breakfast and dinner are served buffet-style in Melathron. The food is themed daily (Greek, Asian, Mediterranean), which provides variety; but we found it disappointing by comparison with the other restaurants, and there can be queues in high season, so we wouldn't recommend paying extra for half-board.
Wherever you eat, don't miss the local Mount Athos wines, whose grapes are grown, picked, stamped and bottled by monks. Ammos Beach Bar and Eagles Cafe both serve up snack food - souvlaki, burgers and sandwiches.
- Children's meals
- Coffee / tea making
- Coffee maker
- Room service
- Vegetarian menu
- Laze on the beach. There are 3 different sections and all have a different vibe - one quiet, one with background music, and one with Ammos Beach Bar and the watersports centre
- Active types can go diving, sailing, kayaking, wake-boarding, water-skiing and on pedalos
- Book a sailing excursion to Amouliani Island or hire a motor boat and find your own sandy cove. Keep your eyes peeled for wild dolphins as you cruise
- Play tennis or take cookery lessons
- Complimentary exercise classes include paddle-board yoga, sea aqua-aerobics, hill runs and beach yoga
- Have a massage by the sea, or head to the Elemis spa for some dedicated pampering. The 5-hour 'Day of Tranquility' should do the trick
- Catch the free shuttle or hire bikes and cycle into Ouranoupolis, a charming village with a fishing harbour and fortified Byzantine tower. Traditional shops sell locally produced goods
- Day trip to the spectacular monasteries of Mount Athos - the men-only monastic republic established in 963, a Unesco site
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Boat trips
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
- Scuba diving
- Well being
This is a paradise for families, with everything you need on-site for an easy holiday. For little ones, a sandy beach with warm shallow water and a playground. Watersports for older kids, and a heated pool plus a toddler pool. Family spa treatments. A choice of restaurants, including Melathron, which offers European buffet fare for half-board stays, and Vinum, serving Italian food. Baby equipment to borrow, excellent Kids Clubs and superlative childcare so you can have some adult time to read, do watersports or dine a deux.
Family friendly accommodation:
We stayed in a beautiful Junior Suite Sea Front, which was open-plan, but had the benefit of a large covered balcony, so we had somewhere to sit in the evenings while our daughter slept, plus somewhere cool for her to play in the heat of the day. Open-plan Junior Suites have a kingsize or twin beds, plus a sofabed in their sitting area. Family Suites are similar, but the bedroom and sitting are separated by a sliding door. Superior Rooms and Bungalows can all fit 1 extra child up to the age of 12, in a baby cot or rollaway bed. Children age 13+ will need their own room - or there are 2-bedroom bungalows, though these are pricey.
Baby cots and high chairs
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
An excellent indoor littlies club, staffed by Scott Dunn, with games, toys, arts and crafts for younger children (Globetrotters 4mo-2yrs, Adventurers 3-4 yrs). A sheltered garden area and playhouse combo for older kids, plus an Aqua Explorer's Club with daily watersports classes (Voyagers 5-7 yrs, Pioneers 8-13yrs). A varied activity schedule provided for all age groups. All open April-October, 10am-6pm Tuesday-Sunday, half day (10am-2pm/2-6pm) or full day sessions available, pre-booking essential
Kids Activities on site:
- Heated pool and kids' splash pool
- Eagles Spa has family spa treatment menu, including princess/prince facials and body massages; spa hours 9-11 am Tuesdays and Wednesdays
- Kayaking, windsurfing and pedalos
- Snorkelling and diving
- Sailing and boat trips
- Movie nights
Families Should Know:
The parasols on the beach cannot be moved, to provide shade for children. The pool is not fenced. There are lots of steps generally. If you book half-board, bear in mind that the restaurant doesn't open until 7.30pm
- Airport: 2 hours' drive (Thessaloniki)
- Shops: 5 minutes' drive (Ouranoupolis)
- Hospital: 1 hour's drive (Polygyros)