Ikos Oceania – All Inclusive
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
When you stay at Ikos Oceania – All Inclusive in Nea Propontida (Nea Moudania), you’ll be within the vicinity of Ancient Olynthos. This 5-star resort is within the region of Petralona Cave and Anthropological Museum.
Make yourself at home in one of the 298 air-conditioned rooms featuring free minibar items and flat-screen televisions. Rooms have private balconies or patios. Satellite programming and DVD players are provided for your entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature deep soaking bathtubs and complimentary toiletries.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. After dipping into one of the 3 outdoor swimming pools, you can spend some time at the private beach. Additional amenities at this resort include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge). Getting to nearby attractions is a breeze with the complimentary area shuttle.
Food & Drink
This resort is all inclusive. Rates include meals and beverages at onsite dining establishments. Charges may be applied for dining at some restaurants, special dinners and dishes, some beverages, and other amenities.
Grab a bite at one of the resort’s 5 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. When you are in need of a refreshing drink, visit a beach bar or one of 4 bars/lounges, or 2 poolside bars.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include express check-out, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a 24-hour front desk. Event facilities at this resort consist of conference space and meeting rooms. Guests may use a roundtrip airport shuttle for a surcharge, and free self parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
Just returned from 2 weeks at this incredible hotel. From the time we arrived everything was on another level to previous holidays. I have stayed in hotels of all grades and all over the world but this is definitely the best. The whole complex is absolutely spotless and maintained to the highest of standards. The food is excellent particularly in the 4 speciality restaurant but the buffet is equally good. The outstanding feature must be the staff. In every department they are incredibly friendly and efficient. Special mentions to Elena in Ouzo restaurant and Armando, Katerina and Veronica at the deluxe pool bar. Would definitely return again and will also try other Ikos resorts.
We stayed at the Ikos Oceania for 5 days at the beginning of September as a couple of 40-somethings from the UK.
As usual, I booked the hotel and our flights separately via trip advisor and easy jet which saves a bit of money and you can choose your optional extras and flight times, but it’s obviously a bit more hassle.
We booked a deluxe double but got upgraded to a junior suite due to non-availability, which we were notified of by our travel agent before arrival. From reading other reviews, this apparently gets you a slightly bigger bathroom, a sofa next to the bed and a better sea view as many of the deluxe doubles only have a restricted sea view.
The room was modern and clean and having specifically asked for a room on the top floor (the blocks are 3 storey) the view from the balcony was great. We asked for some extra coat hangers (there are never enough !) and extra water which were brought to the room straight away. The bed was very comfortable and the pillows, although very high compared with what we are used to, were lovely and soft.
The shower took a very long time to get warm, but once it had was OK but lacked a bit of power. The shampoo and shower gels were really nice. The fridge was well stocked (the glasses are kept in one of the drawers and took some finding !). The air conditioning only works if the balcony door is closed and was a bit noisy when cutting in and out in the morning. There was a USB port which was handy for if you’ve forgotten your plug converter and want to charge your phone.
The hotel transfer was 60 euros each way, so seeing as we thought we may go off for the day during our stay I hired a small car hire for £70, plus separate insurance waiver for £15 online here in the UK seeing as the excess was 750 euros ! Its always worth it in my opinion, and way cheaper than taking it out when collecting the car. We booked the car through rentalcars.com who were quick to get us from the airport to the off-site office (less than 10 mins) and we were on our way to the hotel really quickly. We had a slight problem with them on returning the car as the fuel gauge didn’t show it was full despite us having just been to the petrol station 100 yards away and showing the receipt.
We booked 3 of the a la carte restaurants a couple of weeks before departure on the app and booked the others on arrival.
Ouzo (Greek) was our favourite for lunch (the sea bream and bass were both really nice, as was the BBQ on Wednesdays) and for dinner (shrimp saganaki starter and Klefico and the Cavourmas mains were superb). It is situated by the main pool and is also closest to the beach which we found handy.
We liked Provence (French) by the adult only pool for breakfast (the eggs benedict were lovely, as was the buffet).
The food in Anya was simply amazing and it has a great view being closest to the sea and above Provence – we had duck and Thai yellow curry mains plus and extra tempura prawns to share.
We didn’t bother with the dine-out option as we’d heard mixed views and thought we may not get the local experience being a guest of the Oceania. We also didn’t bother with the buffet as we thought the little walk to the other a la carte restaurants made it feel as if you were “going out for dinner” rather than being in the hotel. Whilst our starters in Fresco (Italian) were excellent, we were disappointed with the sea food tagliatelle (far too much pasta and nowhere near enough sea food).
The cocktails at the beach are very nice, but pretty weak (which probably isn’t a bad thing being at the beach during the day). Our favourites were the Silky and the Blackberry Collins. They did, however, taste better at the proper bars. We liked sitting by the main pool for a drink after leaving the beach at around 6pm-7pm (when they close). The staff there were really friendly.
If you like a lager, I’m afraid there’s only Carlsberg or the local option which was a bit disappointing. I did see a bottled beer being served to someone in Ouzo though so maybe there are others in the restaurants but not the bars ? A better quality beer would have been welcomed. There weren’t any bitters or IPA’s but I wasn’t expecting any.
The wine list was pretty good (although the prices shown on the menu are somewhat exaggerated - a bottle of Vina Esmerelda which we like and is circa £10 in the UK was shown as over 30 euros on the wine list !). You can choose to have a glass or the bottle. We often said just a glass which so that if we didn’t like it we could try another. If you like one in particular, make a note of it and ask at the next restaurant that you go to if they can bring it for you - one of the waitresses offered this to us when we couldn’t make up our mind one evening and had the bottle delivered from the other restaurant in less than 10 minutes – great service.
In the evenings, the main bar by reception on the top floor of the main part of the hotel was lovely with a large open air balcony and local music on the Thursday evening (later on). There were still quite a few people there at midnight when we tended to go to bed.
We didn’t try the after dinner entertainment as we’ve done it at other hotels and cruises and it’s just not our thing. We took a quick look and there weren’t many people in there.
Things to do
Whilst there, we hired a canoe and pedalo which were good fun although you are restricted to staying within quite a small area of the sea and limited to one canoe per room at a time, so we had to take a double rather than 2 singles.
We also did the free introduction to diving in the pool with Amy who was great at making you feeling relaxed and getting used to the very strange feeling of breathing under water which I struggled with at first. We then booked a “discovery diving experience” with her, which was in the sea by the Sani Resort complex for 110 euros (look up Seaworld Scuba Diving Centre). Amy arranged it all (she is one of the instructors) and they collected us and another family from the Oceania at 9am and dropped us back at 12pm. We got about an hour of actual diving after the briefing etc. Our instructor, Lucas, was great and helped my wife when she had a little panic and needed to surface. He calmed her down and then held her hand for a few minutes after which she was fine. We both thoroughly enjoyed it and saw an octopus, starfish, sea urchin and other fish. It’s worthwhile taking a GoPro, on a length of string/cord, if you’ve got one.
The beach is really nice - not at all rocky or pebbly as I had read on some reviews. I purposely took rubber shoes for going in the sea, but didn’t bother with them at all. The beach buddy drinks and food service was very good, with someone going passed you every few minutes for if you wanted anything. The Greek salad there was great, as was the chicken wrap. There are just under 50 steps up/down to it, or you can get a buggy from outside the main reception. The beach buddy’s removing towels and belongings which people had put down in the morning with a view to not using until after lunch was very welcomed. There really isn’t any need for guests to be so ignorant, as there are plenty of beds available - unfortunately some selfish people just wanted to reserve beds on the front row nearest the sea despite only using them for a few minutes each day. If you want to try the paddle boards, then do so in the morning as there are a few small waves in the afternoon meaning that they won’t allow you to use them. There is a bar, just off the middle of the beach, which has toilets and seating if you prefer to have a 10 minute break from lying down.
Having not done an all-inclusive before, I think we were perhaps rather spoilt being at Ikos in comparison with some of the other all-inclusive hotels which I could imagine get quite a few people taking maximum advantage of the free drinks. Forgetting about the all-inclusive, we thought the hotel itself is very good quality and ranked as one of the best we’ve been to. The service, which is always with a smile and a bit of a chat, makes it a great choice. Would we do it again ? Yes, although I think we would perhaps try a different country where we could do more in the day. For us, a week of such indulgence was enough. For 5 days of relaxation, the Oceania was perfect.
As a mid-40’s couple without kids, we made pretty good use of the bars and so if you discount the cost off the hotel price, we thought it was very good value for the quality of the food, staff service and hotel. Even with the use of the free mini, there’s didn’t seem much to go and see within an hour’s drive. For couples with small children under school age, and people who don’t want a lot to do during their holiday, it would be ideal for a week or even more.
Take care if using the staircase in the main part of the hotel. It is very slippy, especially with leather bottomed shoes ! My wife fell and hurt her back quite badly. Take one of the lifts instead.
I have just returned from a brilliant 5 day break, as soon as we arrived we were welcomed by brilliant staff who got us a welcome drink
Booked is in to our room and pre-booked all our restaurant meals!
The main bar was run very efficiently by victor who run a tight ship and led by example,the pool
bars were excellent and again the service was as good as Dubai
We had excellent meals in all the signature restaurants the best was the French restaurant Provence we had the best fillet steak ever , having said that all the restaurants and flavours buffet were outstanding .
I’m going to Olivia in 3 weeks time for my time , I would strongly recommend this hotel /brand to anyone
Mr N Firth Sheffield