It was truly wonderful to completely relax and get away from the stresses of everyday life recently. My chosen destination: Greece. Despite the economic crisis – or perhaps because of it – the country is welcoming tourists with open arms. My choice was a new luxury opening (yes, there are still some places managing to open despite the hard times) in Halkidiki. Ikos Olivia has a ‘pre-paid luxury’ concept. In other words, it is all-inclusive but done with oodles of style and substance.
Cuisine is of gastronomic standards across all restaurants (and there are quite a few including Ouzo for Greek food, Fusco for Italian, Anaya which is Asian, Provence for French). There is room service and a dine out option also available as well as the open-all-day Flavors, which offers an expansive Mediterranean buffet.
Decor here is boutique-style – gorgeous chandeliers for side-lamps beside the beds, navy blue padded headboards, Anne Semonin amenities and luxury bedding. Attention to detail was second to none.
We were lucky enough to stay in a variety of rooms – the Family Junior Suite, the Deluxe One Bedroom Bungalow Suite and the standout Deluxe One Bedroom Bungalow Suite with Private Pool. You can guess which one was our favourite!
Just as lovely were the grounds – 22 acres of manicured lawns, tropical flowers and olive trees – the perfect place for me to showcase my new Havaianas. A long-term fan, Havaianas for me are the perfect combination of style and substance – just like Ikos Olivia. They are practical yet cool-looking, especially the new ‘Thins’ shown below in a lovely pink-purple combo with popping lime green soles.
Another highlight of Ikos Olivia is the Anne Semonin Spa in which I treated myself to a signature facial (images top below). A real treat with beautiful decor. The hotel also has a private beach with a host of watersports on offer (also included in the pre-paid fee): from kayaking to diving, pedalo-boating to windsurfing. Factor in the mini theatre, sports facilities and four swimming pools and this became my ultimate holiday in the sun.
Flip and flopping in the sun…
One of the best holidays we’ve had…