“Pure barefoot luxury: a family-friendly retreat with a fabulous restaurant and gloriously relaxed vibe”
Everything you need to restore your stress-battered psyche is within these grounds. Follow a path across the landscaped lawn to the peaceful swimming pool, before continuing to the open-air spa, where staff can prescribe personalised treatments for whatever's ailing you. Claim a sun lounger on the beach, where the shallow water is safe for small children, then sip cocktails on the deck as you marvel at sunsets that bathe the sea and pine-forested mountains in a silvery glow. Irresistible extras - a romantic tree house, a hammock dangling above the water - take you beyond relaxation to the carefree days you knew as a kid. True rejuvenation!
- Truly fantastic gourmet food in the waterfront restaurant, Bubo Greek Fine Dining (some of the best we've ever eaten), plus the option of private meals in the treehouse
- Impeccable design with iconic furnishings and fun details - Acapulco and Panton chairs, oversized light bulbs, parasols that resemble lampshades
- Wonderful staff - everything is done with big smiles
- A picture-perfect location close to magnificent beaches and only 90 minutes from Thessaloniki airport
- Ideal for memorable family holidays, and a good option for couples during the quieter shoulder months
- The hotel beach is narrow with murky water and a limited number of loungers, and can get noisy during summer; there are plenty of others beaches nearby (which are more beautiful)
- The smallest rooms have low ceilings and poor storage
- Several rooms have open-plan bathrooms, which won’t suit everyone (separate loos, though)
- Mosquitoes can be a pest but the hotel provides natural insect repellent and tabs
Best time to go
Our top tips
- Beach Resort
- 2 restaurants and a bar (open daily)
- All ages welcome
- Closed: 1 Nov 2017 - 31 Mar 2018
- Outdoor Pool
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Concierge Service
- Pool Table
- Bicycles Available
- Children's playground
- Yoga classes
The imaginative rooms and suites come in various styles and categories. Décor runs the style gamut - some are minimalist spaces, others have intricate mosaics floors and design-classic furniture. Even the smallest Standards are delightful - attic lofts with playful caricatures of local animals or bright murals of Greek mythology. Natural materials (pebbles, marble, wood) feature throughout all categories, a nod to the resort's eco-philosophy, and whichever you choose, comfort goes hand-in-hand with design: Coco-Mat mattresses and linens, a choice of pillows, great air con.
Our contemporary Junior Suite was crisp white-on-white style, with a sea-facing balcony, and daybed for our 3-year-old daughter. We especially loved the luxurious 5-jet shower, and dangling retro pendant lights.
If you can splurge, the Pine Suites are incredible, inspired by the surrounding forest, with wicker designer chairs, large hammocks and a private garden and plunge pool.
- Air conditioning
- Cd player
- Coffee tea making
- Cots Available
- Dvd player
- Extra beds
- Pillow menu
- Safe box
- Satellite tv
The 2 restaurants and bar flank the sprawling beachfront deck. Breakfast is a mega-buffet served in Kuko, the Mediterranean half-board restaurant. Counters overflow with delicious traditional Greek fare - feta cheese, perfect tomatoes, creamy yoghurt, fresh and dried fruits - along with endless pastries and bread, homemade marmalades, even 3 kinds of honey.
During the day, the sea-facing bar is open for snacks, drinks and light lunches. As the sun sets, people drift here for cocktails before heading off to one of the restaurants for dinner. The waterfront restaurant, Bubo, has a stunning à la carte menu of seafood and traditional Greek dishes interpreted with gourmet flair. Everything about it feels special - the view, the delicious homemade bread with tomato compote, and the generosity of complimentary amuse bouches (a mushroom veloute was particularly divine). As for the food itself, we were blown away by various dishes: delicate seabass with zucchini textures (including a lattice, a foam and a tiny macaron); slow-cooked Iberico pork with kale and black garlic; wheat risotto with monkfish cheeks and salami... even the homemade papardelle was a cut above the norm, served with a super-tender beef broth. As for desserts, for heaven's sake, leave room! The flexi chocolate with Maldon salt and a red pumpkin sorbet was extraordinary. Staff can also serve private meals anywhere, anytime. A romantic dinner in the tree house? Done. A picnic on nearby Diaporos Island? Just say when.
The half-board menu is served in Kuko. We were impressed by the Greek salad, and a lovely flaky salmon dish, but the moussaka was a bit bland.
If you fancy a change of scene one evening, there's a pizza restaurant within walking distance of Ekies, and a handful of casual restaurants dotted around the bay.
- Children meals
- Coffee tea making
- Juice bar
- Restaurants nearby
- Room service
- Vegetarian menu
- Just relax . Linger over a cappuccino at breakfast, sunbathe on the beach, curl up with a book by the pool, stretch your muscles with a yoga session (staff can arrange) and play pool or table tennis
- Stroll (or borrow a bike) to Karidi Beach, one of the most beautiful in Chalkidiki and only 300m away. There’s also a chain of sandy coves just over a rocky headland at the eastern end of the bay
- Indulge yourself at the small spa. Treatments are based around local ingredients like olive oil, red wine, seaweed, bitter orange, wild juniper and lemon, and we were wowed by our deep-tissue massage. Or ask practitioners to assess health issues and recommend alternative therapies such as acupuncture, reflexology or cupping. Multi-day packages are also available
- Get out on the water. Rent a motorboat and cruise over to Diaporos, an uninhabited island 1500m offshore, for a private picnic and a swim
- Visit Mount Athos. All-day cruises to the oldest surviving monastic community in the world depart nearby. Sadly, women and children are not allowed in the grounds, but the rugged scenery of the Athos peninsula (including the snow-capped 'Holy Mountain') is worth the trip even if you can’t visit the enclave itself
- Day-trip to Thessaloniki. Stroll along the waterfront, visit the White Tower and legendary Church of Hagia Sophia, and browse art galleries and boutiques in converted Ottoman hammams
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Boat trips
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
- Pool table
- Shopping / markets
- Traditional cultures
- Well being
Ekies is a paradise for children and their parents - the grounds are safe, with few steps and no dangerous drops, and the sea is shallow. Common areas are compact, so you can easily keep an eye on kids playing while you relax on a lounger, or in the bar! Many of the design elements are colourful and playful, and there’s plenty to engage children on-site, including a playground with swings and a playhouse, and Kids Club programmes organised by Scott Dunn.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
Family friendly accommodation:
Family Suites can sleep up to 6 people (2 adults + 4 children). Junior Suites each have a daybed which can be made up for a child (best for infants). Large Suites are larger and can accommodate families of 4 with kids of any age. Note that most rooms have showers only, and many bathrooms are open-plan.
Available with a day's notice.
Baby monitors will work from the Junior or Loft Suites nearest the beach to the restaurant; you'll need to bring your own.
- Cots and bedding
- High chairs
- Plastic crockery and cutlery on request
- Blackout blinds
- Buckets and spades
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
- 6 day Kids Club Water Sports programme, available for children aged 5+ run by qualified RYA instructors. Children are divided into two age groups (5-8yr, 9-13yr) with about 4-5 per group, to learn sailing, paddle boarding, kayaking in morning sessions from 1000-1300. Additional sessions available on request
- 6 day Kids Club Creative programme, also for kids 5+ and divided into the same ages with group sizes of about 7-8, offers a mixed array of activities including arts, crafts, painting, cooking, orienteering, choreography, theatre, gymnastics, yoga in afternoon sessions from 1600-1900pm
A very good kids menu in both restaurants and at the bar (our 3 year old loved the Greek pasta). Picnics can be made up for you with 24 hours' notice. There's a mini-market 5 minutes' walk away if you need to buy baby food.
Kids Activities on site:
- Safe beach
- Swimming pool (unheated)
- Toys, books and games to borrow
- Table tennis
- Pool table
- Bikes to borrow
- DVDs to borrow
Kids Activities nearby:
- Boat trips
- Safe, sandy coves
Families Should Know:
There's a lifeguard on duty June-September
- Safe beach
- Airport: 80 minutes (Thessaloniki)
- Shop: 5 minutes