Eagles Villas

Ouranoupolis, Macedonia, Greece Book from Book from £398 per night

An exclusive small-scale resort of villas with private plunge pools and dreamy ocean vistas (sleeping 2-6 apiece)
High on a hill above an arc of golden sand lies this dazzling small resort of 42 villas, staggered up the slope to ensure maximum privacy and space for each. Clever landscaping has turned the rooftops into living gardens, so you gaze out across grasses and wild flowers rather than concrete, all the way to the glorious blue Aegean.

Ideal for romantics, groups of friends and families, Eagles Villas are a luxurious off-shoot of the Eagles Palace hotel at the bottom of the hill. Staying here means you get to use their impressive facilities (excellent kids clubs, 4 restaurants, a spa, endless watersports) but you might struggle to leave this exclusive enclave in the first place. Fantasic staff deserve a glowing review of their own, and the cocktail bar's terrace is perfectly positioned for spectacular sunsets. But it's the decor that really impressed us: bang on-trend, with designer chairs, huge potted palms, wicker and rattan, marine hues and high-spec everything. Upmarket and oh-so-Instagrammable...

Highs

  • Stunning panoramic sea views and very peaceful; ideal for unwinding from everyday stress
  • Stylish villas loaded with little luxuries, in various sizes and configurations
  • A blissful infinity pool, and heated indoor pool and gym, plus massages and beauty treatments
  • Flexibility: you can eat at one of 2 excellent on-site restaurants, have meals delivered to your alfresco terrace, or wander down to the Eagles Palace restaurants
  • Lots to do - sail to secluded coves, kayak with the kids and visit Byzantine monasteries

Lows

  • All this luxury doesn't come cheap
  • Not right on the beach, but there are golf carts to whizz you down there
  • A 5-night minimum stay all season (April-October)
  • A couple of the Eagles Palace restaurants are only open June-Sept

Best time to go

The villas are open April-October. The shoulder months of April, May, Sept and Oct are our favourite; nicely warm, but not too hot. If you're planning to come during school summer holidays, book well ahead and be mindful that it does get very hot and busy; late-August to early-September is a bit quieter, if you can come then.

Our top tips

Upmarket Kamares at Eagles Palace sounds divine for a special-occasion meal. Its gourmet-Greek flavours include stuffed squid with fennel and gruyere; cuttlefish ink pasta, then crispy baklava with pistachio ice cream. Book ahead.

Great for...

Beach
Family
Foodie
Honeymoon
Spa
  • Boutique Resort
  • 42
  • Restaurants & bars (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Closed: November-March
  • Pools
  • Sauna
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Tennis Court
Room: Residential Villa

Rooms

Modern and attractive, the 42 villas are split into various categories, some romantic boltholes, some with 2 or 3 bedrooms for families and groups. All share the same seaside aesthetic: whitewashed walls, geometric cushions in eggshell and aqua, jute rugs on cream-tiled floors and fresh leaves in glass vases. Sheets are changed daily, and bathrooms gleam - housekeeping is taken extremely seriously. There's plenty of room to unpack - larger villas even have dressing rooms - and kingsize beds are wrapped in cooling linens.

If you have kids or extra guests in the smaller villas, they (or you) will need sleep on the sofabed in the lounge area, but seeing as you'll spend most of your time outdoors anyway, it's hardly an issue. Step through sliding doors and you'll find a cool stone patio, wooden deck with outdoor shower and a private plunge pool (bigger than you'd expect). They're gently heated so you can spend hours bobbing around, gazing out to sea.

Some villas have a stretch of lawn and/or hammocks, and all have indoor and outdoor dining areas. A butler (!) can be summoned at the touch of a bell, whether you want a buggy down to the beach or a takeaway dinner from the restaurants.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Coffee maker
  • Hairdryer
  • Kitchenette
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Plunge pool
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi
  • Wine fridge

Eating

Stroll up the hill and there are 2 restaurants in the main building. Lofos garners praise for its superb Mediterranean buffets, including breakfast, which is included in your overnight rate - scrambled eggs with caviar, anyone? Eleonas is an upmarket Italian restaurant with traditional favourites (lasagna, seafood risotto) plus a couple of exciting extras; we love the sound of Gorgonzola, fig and walnut pizza. Start or finish your meal with an inventive cocktail in the Cabin bar - perhaps a Gin Basil with mango foam.

Down at Eagles Palace hotel, there are a further 4 restaurants (a couple of them only open June-Sept). Our favourite was Armyra - a casual beachside bistro with just-caught seafood.

Each villa has a kitchenette with a minibar, Nespresso and wine-cooler fridge. Electric hobs are available on request.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Children's meals
  • Coffee maker
  • Kitchenette
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
Eating: <i>Eleonas</i> restaurant
Activity:

Activities

  • Simply unwind. Read in a hammock, bob about in your plunge pool, sunworship by the infinity pool or have a sauna and massage
  • Head down to sister hotel Eagles Palace for excellent Kids clubs and watersports: diving, kayaking, boat trips, wake-boarding, water-skiing and pedalos. There are 3 sections of beach to relax on, too
  • 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
  • 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
  • Males can day trip to the spectacular monasteries of Mount Athos - the men-only monastic republic established in 963, a Unesco site (you'll need to apply for a visa well in advance)

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Beach clubs
  • Boat trips
  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Private guided tours
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Well being
  • Windsurfing
  • Yoga

Kids

Families are warmly welcomed. Children will love the private plunge pools in each villa as well as the communal heated pools, indoors and out. Both restaurants have a child-friendly menu (as do all the restaurants at Eagles Palace hotel). Down at the beach there are watersports and excellent Kids clubs, both part of the hotel.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available, Extra Beds Available

Children's meals:

A kids' menu in both restaurants

Kids Activities on site:

  • Heated swimming pools
  • Tennis courts

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Beach
  • Kayaking
  • Windsurfing
  • Pedalos
  • Snorkelling and boat trips

Families Should Know:

No pools are fenced

Distances:

  • Airport: 2 hours' drive (Thessaloniki)
  • Shops: 5 minutes' drive (Ouranoupolis)
  • Hospital: 1 hour's drive (Polygyros)
Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 1 independent review from i-escape guests

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