Just over one year old and this gem has already built a reputation for itself. Ikos Olivia is the younger sister of Ikos Oceania, and it lives up to the high standard that Ikos customers are used to. I was lucky enough to enjoy a wonderful week in this paradise. Luxury comes at a price, however, and not a low one. Ikos Hotels are no exception.
Now, let’s get the dull part out of the way:
- Official Rating: 5 Star
- There are 142 rooms and 149 bungalow suites;
- The transfer time from Thessaloniki airport (SKG) is 45 minutes.
- Board basis: All inclusive
The Hotel: Ikos Olivia
This elegant and modern style resort is found in Halikidi, Greece and is placed amidst its own gardens which will make you feel secluded from city noise and busy streets, yet nothing is missing. The rooms are beautifully decorated while maintaining a clean, marine style. We spent our week in a Panorama Junior Suite with stunning views over the Aegean sea and the main pool. The lovely, big balcony was a perfect spot for late breakfasts, reading in the afternoon or a pre-dinner drink. We made good use of the minibar and room service which are included and which did not disappoint.
The pools were large, suitable for everyone and a fun atmosphere. The pool bar was just the cherry on top of the cake. The beach was just as great! More relaxing, however, as the sea was still quite cold so it was a perfect place to sunbathe, but not swim.
The All Inclusive
This infinity style all inclusive highly exceeded expectations at Ikos Olivia. Still very new to European resorts, Ikos’ board basis does truly include it all. From room service to drinks, all day snacks, minibar and facilities very few items were left to pay for. The Spa, for instance, will probably always be one of them.
I somehow feel that I cannot stress this enough: the food was excellent!
There are 5 restaurants on site, plus 2 dine out options.
- Flavours is the main buffet restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Mediterranean styled food presents great, varied choice as well as different dishes very day.
- The Greek restaurant is named Ouzo. It is open for breakfast, lunch, midday snacks and a la carte dinner. Greek food is it its best at this delightful and friendly restaurant.
- Provence is the French cuisine option, where you can go for breakfast, lunch and a la carte dinner. You might want to try this one if you feel like going for an earthier plate.
- La cucina Italiana comes under the name of Fusco. We can only delight ourselves with its fantastic food at dinner, unfortunately.
- Same goes for the Asian/Oriental restaurant, Anaya. This fusion style restaurant is the closest one to the main building. Their dishes include influences such as Thai, Japanese and Chinese.
Ouzo, Fusco, Anaya and Provence require you to make table reservations for dinner.
My personal favourite was by far Ouzo! We booked it for one evening and had to come back as they completely conquered me with their friendly staff who were teaching us Greek, the lovely rose wine (I don’t normally drink rose) and the best feature of them all, the crispy sea bream dish.
It goes without saying that the WIFI is free of charge and everywhere in the resort as is the on site parking. Apart from the 2 pools mentioned above, there is a third indoor/outdoor one is also available to use and is located the Ikos Spa.
The Ikos Spa is a luxurious small heaven which you need to visit if the calming breeze and relaxing grounds are not enough to unwind.
For the more active of us, Ikos Olivia offers 2 tennis courts, a gym, various water sports, football, basketball and beach tennis courts and many more.
And let’s not forget about the evening entertainment.Every evening you will be able to enjoy live music, dancing and children’s shows at the resort’s square.
I had a fantastic time at Ikos Olivia and would highly recommend it. The service was truly impeccable. Staff were beyond friendly and helpful, they often anticipated our needs without us saying a word, which is more that I can say about most of the hotels I’ve visited.
For more information visit the Ikos official website.