Lying on the coastline of the Kassansdra peninsula in Halkidiki, Northern Greece, the unique resort of Sani offers visitors a distinctive getaway in beautiful surroundings. The 1,000-acre privately owned ecological reserve is sandwiched between the pine forests scattered around the mountains and the clear blue water of the Aegean, ensuring that both land and sea is stunningly represented.
The family-owned luxury resort has all the facilities and services that a modern day holiday destination would want to create a memorable experience. Sani boasts million-dollar yachts, a sleek and stylish marina, delicious food, designer shops and a dazzling white beach. With Mount Olympus as a backdrop to the 5-star hotels and the inviting turquoise blue sea shimmering in the sun, a holiday to Sani is one you won’t forget in a hurry.
The Blue Flag beach of Sani is more than deserving of its award. This 7km stretch of sand is backed by small grass dunes and is a relaxing place to spend a day in the sun. Grab a good book or go paddling with the family in the clear shallow waters ensuring that families can have a relaxing experience. A bonus to this is the ‘babewatch’ facility, which means that young children can be looked after while the parents enjoy themselves.
30 minutes down the coast is Siviri beach, an ideal place if you’re looking for a more secluded and romantic beach day.
One of the main attractions of the resort is the well-kept marina, which plays host to a number of yachts owned by the wealthy visitors that frequent the resort.
The sports facilities are second to none, with numerous tennis and volleyball courts, archery and water-based activities through the diving school. A mountain bike centre, meanwhile, ensures an active holiday for all.
It would not though be a Sani holiday without taking in some of the beautiful scenery that surrounds the resort via one of the many walking trails that permeate the area. However, be sure to take a map or possibly even a guide if your navigational abilities leave a little to be desired. The clifftop trail walk follows Sani’s shoreline to an ancient Roman villa and there is a lot of wildlife to see along the way such as butterflies and lizards.
To spot wildlife in the ocean, hop on a cruise for a day on the Aegean Sea. Choose from a trip to Sithonia or, for a more cultural time, sail around Mount Athos which is a land ruled by monks.
The Sani Festival is held in July and August and allows visitors to enjoy art exhibitions, music concerts and dance exhibitions, so those wanting to make the most out of cheap Sani holidays may want to visit during this time. Along with festival time though, guests will be able to enjoy live music and films showing in the open air cinema.
For food lovers looking to make the most out of cheap Sani holidays, May will be the time to visit to ensure that you break overlaps with the Gourmet festival. Michelin star chefs will be around doing presentations, teaching workshops and even serving up some fabulous cuisine.
There is a wide range of international foods on offer, though the festival has created its very own genre of gastronomy known as ‘New Greek’, so it is this take on traditional Greek dining that visitors will want to explore during their stay here.
There are also plenty of bars in which to relax with a refreshing drink, and these offer a friendly atmosphere with fantastic sea views. Cocktails are best enjoyed in one of the waterside bars which often play jazz music during the evening.