Sani Beach Hotel
A microcosm of Mediterranean luxury, Sani Resort comprises four hotels with child-friendly facilities, and a dizzying amount of restaurants. The six-storey Sani Beach Hotel is the only option offering a classic hotel set-up (the other properties at Sani are low-rise lodgings), several pools, and a social vibe.
Ages of children
- Rose Dykins, Travel writer
Set within a bay on the rocky Kassandra peninsula, Sani Resort is part of a 1,000-acre estate, surrounded by pine forests and wetlands. Due to its size, Sani feels rather self-contained – it even has its own marina with a handful of high-end stores including jewellers and a fur and leather boutique. The resort makes a lavish base for exploring Halkidiki’s coastline – Afytos village with its hypnotising clifftop views is 16km away, and the unspoilt beaches of the Sithonia peninsula are close by- though it would be easy not to leave for days. Thessaloniki airport is a 50-minute drive away.
Sleek, airy decor runs throughout Sani’s four properties – such as eclectic all-white furniture with edgy shapes and textures. I stayed at Sani Beach Hotel. Its atmosphere was an interesting combination of luxurious design and an informal vibe – little ones played in the chic lobby, and families outnumbered couples during my stay. Aromatic flowers and trees contribute to Sani’s natural feel.
Sani Resort’s state-of-the-art sports centre includes six clay tennis courts, and there are two watersports stations (centres that can arrange activities such as waterskiing and sailing), plus a diving centre. Free activities take place, including open-air yoga classes. Sani Beach Hotel has a lovely spa using Anne Semonin products, a 2,000 sqm freshwater pool, an infinity pool (both heated to 29C), and three immaculate beaches. Sani’s young staff seems happy, and service is friendly. Local wine-tasting tours (€250-€280) and guided coastal hikes (free) can be arranged.
- Fitness centre
- Kids club
- Room service
- Steam room/hammam
- Tennis court
The 389 rooms and suites at Sani Beach Hotel are light and bright, with a contemporary nautical vibe and calm colours. I stayed in an entry-level double room with a sea view (preferable), and my balcony was a suntrap in the late afternoon. The practical marble bathroom contained a rainshower but no bath – I could hear my neighbour going about their ablutions, but this didn’t really bother me. The bed was supremely comfortable.
Sani Beach Hotel has four restaurants – Ammos has driftwood-chic decor and an extensive breakfast buffet featuring honey-soaked pastries, fresh local cheeses and superfood yoghurt toppings and, for dinner, its red snapper with uber-buttery saffron risotto is recommended. Sani Resort boasts a whopping 18 eateries across the four hotels and marina – including the only caviar restaurant in Greece – though half-board guests are restricted to whichever ones are at their hotel. The Dine Around package allows you to try the other hotels’ eateries around the resort – worth it for Sani Beach Club’s Greek restaurant, Ouzerie, and its crispy zucchini balls with warm feta cheese.
Value for money
Double rooms from £130 in low season; rising to £250 in high season, including breakfast and dinner. Free Wi-Fi.
Access for guests with disabilities?
No adapted rooms in Sani Beach Hotel, but there are five in Porto Sani Village, and the public areas of all hotels have good wheelchair access.
Very. There are “Babewatch” child-minding facilities (free 30-minute sessions), free mini clubs (children aged 4-12), a free teenager’s club (aged 13-16), and free Sani Explorers (aged 4-11) and Sani Adventurers (aged 12-17) clubs, where youngsters get to explore and learn about Sani’s natural environment through outdoor activities.