The luxurious Sani Asterias hotel is part of the Sani Resort, a family-owned ecological reserve that’s spread across 1,000 acres. It’s next to the resort’s marina and set on a private beach where there’s a dedicated “Babe Watch” service (the staff look after little ones on the beach for 30 minutes). Facilities include an outdoor heated pool, tennis courts and a spa with a couple’s suite, a fitness centre and a private steam bath.
By day, take a free paddle board yoga lesson or enrol the children in the Sani Kids’ Eco-Activities programme, which provides fun games,art, observation, storytelling and nature exploration. In the evening, you can take to the water on the free and exclusive Asterias sunset cruise or listen to live jazz three times a week in the Water Bar.
There are 23 restaurants as part of the wider Sani Resort,but the Asterias hotel is home to the à la carte Water Restaurant, which has a veranda overlooking the Aegean sea and a menu that was created by 2-Michelin-starred chef Jacques Chibois. Supplements may apply, depending on selected board basis.
Halkidiki is “utterly unspoilt”, says The Daily Telegraph, with swathes of forest, white-sand coastlines and picturesque Greek villages. The hotel is on the Toroneos Gulf, on the most westerly of Halkidiki’s three peninsulas. The city of Thessaloniki is just over an hour’s drive away – be sure to climb the ancient walls at sunset, stop for a cocktail on the waterfront, and visit one of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Byzantine monuments. Closer to the hotel you’ll find the Bousoulas bird sanctuary, the traditional village of Siviri and the eerie caves of Petralona, where the oldest human remains ever found in Greece were discovered. We also recommend a visit to Athitos, which is 20 minutes away by car – you’ll have to park nearby, as the historic centre is completely pedestrianised. This traditional village has cobblestoned streets and a pretty square, as well as plenty of traditional tavernas where you can while away the afternoon.