By Annick Dournes & Frédéric de Poligny
Over the last decade Ikos Resorts has reinvented the world of luxury all-inclusive hotels. Today Ikos not only offers guests heavenly seaside stays it also ensures a safe environment. In 2020 thanks to the Ikos very effective “Infinite Care Protocol” none of the thousands of tourists who stayed in an Ikos resort was reported positive to Covid-19. “Ikos Olivia” located on the beautiful Halkidiki coast in Greece will reopen its doors on April 29 ready to please the most demanding guests.
Cristal-clear Aegean Sea, olive trees, white houses… This is Greece!
Going to Halkidiki is quite simple there are direct flight from UK to Thessaloniki International Airport and from there it will take you less than an hour to drive to “Ikos Olivia”. The resort was built in an olive grove where centuries-old trees grew next to a beautiful sandy beach on the Gulf of Toroneos. The ancient olive trees are still there along with flowerbeds and manicured lawns offering shade and privacy. Low buildings and bungalows are scattered over the estate and along the long white beach.
Halkidiki is a hilly region with forests reaching right down to lovely beaches. It has a rich gastronomy inspired by locally grown fruits and vegetables as well as Mediterranean seafood. Its cultural heritage is not to be forgotten with unique architectural sites and interesting Christian monuments. Don’t miss Nikiti traditional village one of the most picturesque village of the area and only 15 km away from “Ikos Olivia”. A longer drive will take you to the Sithonia Peninsula that has stunning sceneries mixing pine forests and deserted coves. Parthoneas village will charm you with its unusual architecture and its wonderful views over the Aegean. You can also visit the capital of the region, Poligiros, as well as authentic Arnea or Pyrkadikia villages.
Don’t bother renting a car to do these excursions. At “Ikos Olivia” you can have a complimentary MINI car for one day during your stay. A nice way to enjoy Halkidiki with no extra charge. “Ikos Olivia” can also provide complimentary tickets for local museum. And if you want to have dinner in a local restaurant before getting back to the resort you can also take advantage of the “Dine Out” experience. “Ikos Olivia” can book a table for you in one of the best local restaurants to enjoy Greek hospitality at no extra cost. A great way to end your day!
Michelin-starred chefs cuisine
Food is serious business in all Ikos Resorts. With an outstanding choice of great restaurants Ikos Olivia wants you to enjoy each meal of your stay and made it possible by hiring Michelin-starred chefs to create special menus from around the world. French, Italian, Asian, Greek… make your choice. Breakfast, or should I say breakfasts, are not to be missed. Depending on the restaurant you chose for your morning treat you will have different breakfast menus from around the world. All you have to do is to book a different one for each day of your stay or stick to your favourite one.
Of course, everything is included from food to wines. The wine list is incredible with a choice of 300 selected wines from the whole planet. There are also several bars on the estate to enjoy a drink or one of the signature cocktails. You can also enjoy a drink in your suite made with the branded spirits from your minibar.
Space and style in every room and suite
Everyone can find her or his perfect accommodation at Ikos Olivia from a room for two to a private bungalow suite for a large family of six. All of them offer space and light and a stylish decoration mixing different shades of white, grey and blue. Relax on your own private balcony, private pool, perfectly groomed garden or vast furnished terrace. Children amenities are available on request. Considering the high standard of the resort and all the services included the rooms and suites rates are more than attractive.
If you want extra luxury and service opt for the “Deluxe Collection” that proposes a whole range of exclusive services and premium benefits. After checking in at a special reserved check-in space you will be led to your suite where a bottle of Taittinger Champagne on ice is waiting for you. Ask your personal concierge to take care of everything for you, laze on the exclusive beach or pool, have an upgraded drink at the Deluxe Collection bar, relax at the spa with two complimentary neck and back massages, have a special dinner on the beach… while your children are busy choosing from the Kid’s Movie Library or Play Station games available in each suite or bungalow thanks to the big smart TV. Not to forget a surprise farewell gift when time to leave has come. (We were offered a nice bottle of olive oil made from the olives growing on the estate.)
For active holidays many sport facilities and activities are waiting for you from aqua aerobics to beach volley, tennis courts, mountain bikes, fitness course program including yoga or pilates, kids club and teenagers club, evening entertainment, MINI car experience, Dine Out option, use of the spa wet area with steam room, sauna hot beds and resting area…
Their priority: your safety
Last but not least the “Infinite Care Protocol” has been set to ensure both safety and freedom. All guests and employees are tested for Covid-19 (regular molecular diagnostic testing for employees). Guests are strongly advised to undergo a test 72 hours prior to arrival. In case you were not able to get one you will have to have a complimentary rapid antigen test upon arrival. Non-invasive temperature measurement devices have been set at each entry points of the resort and a medical team is present 24/7. Once tested you are free to enjoy your without having to wear a mask. Of course you’re asked to respect social distancing in all public areas and from check-in to check out a state of the art digital technology including the Ikos Resorts mobile app helps you get an extra level of safety.
More info and booking at https://ikosresorts.com/resorts/ikos-olivia/
Text ©Annick Dournes
Photos ©Frederic de Poligny