Sani Resort, Halkidiki

With half-term fast approaching and Southern Europe hotting up, May is the perfect time for a Greek escape.

Why the Sani Resort?

  • Excellent kids club catering from 4 months up to teenagers
  • Large chic resort with plenty of activities for adults and children
  • Friendly staff and welcoming atmosphere
  • Onsite supermarket, shops and pharmacy

The Downside?

  • Vigilance required around the marina area with small children
  • Pre-booking of kids club required to secure a place
  • Not many options for day trips
  • Weather in September can be unpredictable

I have stayed at the Sani Resort twice and would definitely go again. It’s the perfect one-stop fly and flop destination.

Firstly, Magnus loved the World Wide Kids Company mini club which runs daily activities including trips to the onsite playground. Not all children like being carted off to some stuffy room whilst their parents laze by the pool, a well run kids club can make all the difference.

Safe in the knowledge my son was happy, I indulged in daily tennis lessons, and managed to squeeze in a massage – something I rarely do on a single parent holiday. Bike and scooter hire is also available.

The kids club

There are plenty of options accommodation wise which means you can find the one that best suits you. I plumped for the Porto Sani Village, an all-suite hotel close to the marina and walking distance to the kids club. Be warned that the Sani Beach Club is set apart from the other hotels.

I am not an advocate of ‘all-inclusive’ style resorts where you feel like a sheep being herded from one buffet to the next, but the Sani has a distinctly classy feel to it. The breakfast buffet was not a frenzied stampede, but a relaxed and civilised affair.

Lagoon restaurant, Porto Sani Village

In the evenings we ate at one of the many marina restaurants, the Psaroyannos Ouzerie being our favourite. The manager went out of his way to coax my white carb loving son to be more adventurous and even leant him his iPad, allowing me to sit back with a glass of wine and do a spot of people watching.

Sea You bar

The beautiful Sea You bar, which as the name suggests is beach-side, is the perfect spot for a sundowner, whether you’re brave enough to go it alone (babysitters are of course available), or you take the offspring with you. Despite being in a family resort, the bar’s fabulous cocktails, crisp white decor and ambient lighting make you forget all about your children… Well almost.

Best time to go: May-September (Although September can be cloudy/rainy)

Airport: Thessaloniki

Airlines: British Airways, Easyjet, Thomson

Porto Sani Resort