Footsteps in the sand: Havaianas in Halkidiki

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Flip and flopping in the sun…

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One of the best holidays we’ve had…

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Book Ikos Olivia here and make sure you take your Havaianas

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