Every month, this blog features a unique hotel or resort hotel showing excellent family-friendly-credentials. This month, the spotlight is on Ikos Resorts and Ikos Dassia in Corfu.
Award-winning Ikos offer luxury all-inclusive beach resorts across the Mediterranean. In Greece, Ikos resorts are located in Halkidiki in Northern Greece and on the islands of Corfu and Kos.
We had the opportunity to speak with Maria Machera, Sales & Marketing Manager North America at SANI Resort (Sani/Ikos Group) and found out more about the resort in these 10 questions.
1. Thinking of hotels in general, which do you think are the 3 characteristics that make a hotel family-friendly?
The perfect family holiday needs to cater for families of all sizes and budgets. It’s best to pick a hotel with a wide choice of rooms, suites and villa options that will ensure families will have the most comfortable stay. Kids clubs are a very important part of any family holiday. They need to cater for babies up to and including teens. Look for a varied array of interesting activities to make sure children are educated as well as entertained and check that the clubs are operated by a professional childcare company. Restaurants should supply plenty of choices for all palates including healthy options for kids.
2. Is Greece a family friendly country?
Greece is the perfect family holiday destination all year round thanks to its amazing sea waters, brilliant weather, delicious food and outdoor lifestyle.
3. Why should families spend their vacation in Greece?
Greece is the perfect family destination and offers something for everyone. Plus the journey from any European hub is around 3 hours, meaning children will not get too restless on the plane.
4. How do you define family-friendliness in the Ikos Resorts?
Ikos Resorts are designed with the whole family in mind encompassing every detail needed to ensure everyone’s stay is perfect. Absolutely everything has been thought of, from our kids’ clubs to the Spa which offer a tranquil environment for that well-earned ‘me’ time. A big plus is the wide selection of accommodation types to suit all family sizes and budgets, each ensuring that your stay is entirely luxurious. What’s more, the staff are absolutely amazing and look after children with great care and attention.
5. What do Ikos Resorts offer for Multi Generation Travel?
There is something for everyone at Ikos resorts with a range of sporting activities for all age groups. The food selection is very broad offering a wide range of Michelin-starred menus that will satisfy even the most discerning of palates. We also offer a wide range of accommodation that will suit couples all the way up to large families.
6. Regarding Ikos Dassia: What do kids and parents love in your resort? Is there anything that makes Ikos Dassia stand out?
Ikos Dassia offers a wide selection of activities for kids with our clubs for babies all the way up to teens. There is also a wide range of activities in or out of the water for the whole family. Tennis lessons and football lessons are also available. Guests can also try their hand at Greek dancing or water polo and much more.
For our adult guests who want to take some time out to relax, visit our Ikos Spa and treat yourself to one of the Anne Semonin treatments. If you feel peckish, Ikos Dassia takes our guests on a journey of gastronomic delight from Michelin-starred menus to the finest local cuisine. We offer six à la carte restaurants and the renowned and unique Dine Out experience, introducing our guests to the best local restaurants, all included in our Infinite lifestyle all-inclusive offering.
7. What are 3 fun facts about Ikos Dassia that many are surprised to learn?
Kids love the Splash Zone area with all its sprinklers and water hoses, little ones will play happily there for hours. Our delicious Gelaterie offers all guests an exquisite array of ice-cream flavours to satisfy every taste bud. As the sun sets, Ikos Dassia comes alive, bringing our guests a vibrant mix of shows and fabulous live music at our open-air theatre where you can enjoy state of art musical productions while having a sundowner, all included in your stay.
8. What do you believe is the greatest hidden gem in Ikos Dassia for kids and for parents?
It has got to be the beautiful sandy beach where adults and kids can have a wonderful time playing in the crystal clear waters. Kids love building sandcastles while adults can enjoy cocktails and snacks at their sun lounger thanks to the complimentary waiter service. There is also a complimentary 30-minute babysitting service on the beach so parents can enjoy a swim together while kids are kept entertained with beach toys under the big umbrellas.
9. Please share with us your insider tip for a must-do while on vacation in Corfu with kids
Make sure you try the Dine out experience on Vido Island, one of Corfu’s hidden treasures, situated on a quaint island just off the Corfu coastline. It’s like going on a little expedition, the only way to reach it is by boat. The minute you disembark the boat everything exudes the very essence of what you would imagine the ultimate Greek holiday to be.
Ikos Dassia also offers the Mini Drive Adventure for those who are keen to soak up the culture available on Corfu. Guests can have a complimentary Mini for one day during their stay to explore the island. The cars come with a Sat Nav and conveniently places of interest have already been pinpointed including Palaiokastritsa, Mon Repos and Canal d’Amour.
Guests are also able to take advantage of a museum pass to visit one of the three top museums on the island: The Capodistrias Museum, the Casa Parlante Museum and The Antivouniotissa Museum.
10. Which destination in Greece would you recommend to a family with babies, toddlers, school-age kids or teens?
Sani Resort in Halkidiki is a one of a kind “Parents and kids heaven” with its five-star hotels, a cosmopolitan yacht Marina and a myriad of sporting and entertainment activities for kids in all ages!