The number two all-inclusive resort in the world, according to TripAdvisor, the Ikos Olivia is set on the gorgeous Toroneos Gulf beach. Stretching over 22 acres of landscaped gardens, pristine lawns and olive trees, the Ikos Olivia provides all meals, drinks, including international branded spirits and wines, and cocktails prepared by award-winning mixologists, 24-hour room service, a fully stocked minibar (replenished each day) and daily childcare.
The Ikos Olivia has four swimming pools including a lagoon pool with swim-up bar, two heated outdoor options and a children’s pool. For even more variety, there is a private white-sand beach and a spa. Free activities include tennis, introductory diving, mountain biking, pedaloes, yoga, Pilates and Greek dance lessons. Bedrooms are particularly luxurious, with floor-to-ceiling windows and a choice of private balconies, private pools, pretty gardens and generous terraces. For dinner, you’ll be spoilt for choice – there’s a Greek taverna, a pan-Asian restaurant, an Italian trattoria, a beachfront Mediterranean buffet and an à la carte restaurant that serves Provencal cuisine. The Ikos Olivia also offers a “Dine Out” programme which invites guests to eat at some of the best local restaurants, at no extra cost.
The Ikos Olivia has a beachfront location on the Gulf of Toroneos. It’s a few miles east of Nea Moudania, in the village of Gerakini, and set among rolling hills covered in pine trees. You’ll find plenty of local tavernas and fish restaurants in this area. There’s also a regular free taxi into the nearby resort village of Psakoudia. Head 15 minutes west by car to Olynthos, an ancient archaeological site that was, according to mythology, built to honour the son of Strymonas, King of Thrace, who was killed while lion hunting. Towards the south – a 30-minute drive away – you’ll find Nea Fokea, a coastal town on the eastern side of the Kassandra peninsula in Halkidiki. You can buy fresh fish from local fishing boats, while away an afternoon in a beachfront café, or visit the underground rooms at St Paul’s Passage. Don’t miss a trip to the Byzantine castle of Agios Pavlos, which was built in the Middle Ages to protect against pirate attacks.