Ekies All Senses Resort
What We Love
- Daily breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- The quirky lounge bar, built into a pine tree
- Set right on the edge of stunning Vourvourou Bay
- Renewable materials have been used throughout the resort
What To Know
- Very popular with families. Don’t go in high season if you want a romantic place to kick back
- It's a two-hour bus journey from Thessaloniki; if your budget can stretch to it, rent a car or take a cab to/from the airport
- Free use of the chunky sunbeds on the beach
- READ MORE: A vacation guide to the Greek Islands
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
On a pretty peninsula off mainland Halkidiki, Ekies All Senses Resort is a fun, family-friendly eco-retreat overlooking the secluded shores of Vourvourou Bay. Hammocks strung over ankle-high water are scattered around a jetty, which leads to a palm-thatched bar and an inside-outside restaurant. The landscaped lawns are studded with pine trees and shrubs, and eco-friendly materials have been used throughout, complementing sleek designer pieces including parasols that resemble lampshades and mod poolside rocking chairs. Step inside and the airy lobby is decorated with a sumptuous hand-woven wool rug, a vast cushioned daybed and a cozy open fireplace — an homage to Greek rural life.
Bed and Bath
The use of light colors and natural materials, including handmade pillows, sheets and mattresses by eco-friendly Greek bedding company Cocomat, gives a breezy, seaside feel to the hotel’s 64 rooms and suites. A massive timber staircase leads to the majority of the guestrooms, which are spread across two floors and are designed to echo the region’s traditional houses, with white-painted chestnut wood floors, large windows overlooking the gardens and open fireplaces that can be used on chilly evenings. Some suites have wooden terraces with outdoor Jacuzzis. A cluster of bungalow-style Deluxe Rooms and Junior Suites are set by the kidney-shaped pool. Walls are decorated with ancient Greek fables or modern artworks, and the walk-in showers have an adobe-esque finish, accentuating that indoor-outdoor feel. Luxury Suites are a good option for families, with private balconies and room for four.
Head chef Andreas Voulgaris oversees Ekies’s two restaurants and rustles up traditional Greek dishes using local produce and fish bought directly from Sithonia’s tiny fishing market, a boat-hop away along the coast. If you’re seeking seclusion you can dine in the hotel’s private sea-view treetop lounge, or for something really special, arrange dinner on one of the islands opposite. The laid-back beach bar serves drinks and snacks during the day and morphs into a stylish outdoor drinking den at night, with plump sofas and Regency chairs. The resort has a dinky spa where you can enjoy a variety of body scrubs, wraps and massages. There’s a kids playground and babysitting facilities, and the shallow, calm waters of Vourvourou Bay are very family-friendly.
In the Area
Start your day with a yoga class at the resort, then ask reception to book you on a Mount Athos cruise. When you’re back from seeing the stunning exterior of Greece’s UNESCO Heritage holy mountain (the interior is off limits to women and children), ask Ekies to arrange a boat transfer and a picnic, then spend the afternoon lounging on one of the islands that dot Vourvourou Bay. If you want to soak up some of the local color, take the 10-minute taxi ride to Agios Nikolaos, where you’ll find traditional tavernas, bougainvillea-festooned streets and small shops selling everything from feta cheese to the local specialty, thyme honey.
How to Get There
We just had our first family holiday abroad with our 2 kids ( 8 and 6) early June and had the best holiday ever! We had 30 degrees weather every day during our stay. This may be warmer than it normally is so early in the season. Great for adults that want a chic hotel in stunning surroundings with 5 star food whilst the kids make friends at the pool and can experience safe water sports. We did have a complete stress when our easyjet flights got cancelled due to Greek air strikes! Next available ones were 5 days later!! Thankfully we managed to get some new flights, change at Athens and arrive at Ekies in time for Breakfast! Even though we had to spend a few hundred extra pounds this fab holiday made it worth it! We were collected at the Airport by a lovely English speaking man from Ekies who gave us all water bottles and nuts for the journey(about an hour and a half drive). The area surrounding the hotel looks a little poor and shabby in places but as soon as you enter the hotel grounds it is bliss! There isn't a great deal to do around the hotel other than boat trips but we loved that! Most of the guests in the hotel were either English or German and had young children. Our room was no 401 and was called a large suite. It had lovely views of the trees towards the bar. We had a separate shower room and also a bathroom with a bath, our room was separated from the lounge area by a screen which could be closed off. The children could sleep in the lounge area but chose to sleep in what they called their secret den up a tall ladder in the eaves! We put all their toys up there too so it worked really well for us! The pool is stunning and still warm enough early June despite being unheated and the bar area and restaurants are so stylish and have stunning views of the bay. The staff were all English speaking and very friendly and polite.We loved sipping cocktails whilst watching the sun set over the bay. Such amazing sunsets! The children stayed up with us, ate dinner and then played on the beach with their new friends whilst we finished our food. It is all very safe as the beach is very narrow, water shallow and still and you can watch them from your table. The water in the bay is a bit murky and has seaweed but we took paddling shoes and it was fine. The sun loungers are super comfy and there is table service from the bar. If you prefer a nicer swimming beach it is 5 mins walk away at beautiful karidi (just past (Melia restaurant). We mainly did hotel beach in the morning and pool in the afternoon and the kids never got bored once! The children also did the kids club for 2 hours for 3 days and learnt paddle boarding, Kayaking and sailing. It cost about £180 but the kids loved it! The food in the hotel is expensive but of an excellent standard. We ate at Bubo the Fine dining restaurant 3 times and experienced the tasting Menu once which cost around £55 er person. On the normal Bubo menu the food was lovely. Main courses cost around £20/£25. The children can have the childrens menu if they want throughout the day and on it is chicken nuggets & fries, burger, some pasta, greek salads, small Seabass and vege. On the Bar menu there are also toasted ham and cheese sandwiches which the kids ate for lunch most days for about £5 and pitta bread and dips. You can just eat in the bar in the evenings too. We overspent as we had lunch every day but you could buy bread and drinks etc from the local supermarket and eat on your balcony. We ate once at Pizza top which is round the corner and serves pizza, pasta and local food and has a bouncy castle and play area for the children. Paris restaurant is a short walk along the beach and serves simple local food and Melia is a short stroll towards Karidi beach and was lovely. It is surrounded by trees and served better quality food that in our opinion was much nicer than Paris. There is also a snack bar and food can be taken away to the beach. We really relaxed on our holiday and loved it so much we want to book again for next year!
We arrived in Ekies after driving from our previous hotel, which was situated in Porto Koufo. After a brief stop at Orange beach for a swim and cool down, we arrived slightly earlier than planned at 1330.
We were greeted by the very helpful staff at reception, who immediately offered us water, needed after a very hot drive!
Our room was ready and we were shown around to it, we had booked a Pine Suite, as we walked to the room, the receptionist showed us the pool, beach and spa areas.
The room was amazing and exactly what we were after, are very own little bit of luxury, the room was big and spacious, was the right temperature and the plunge pool was brilliant.
We decided to head straight to the main pool, which pretty much became our base for the remaining time we spent in Ekies, we had already spent the first week of our hols travelling around, so we more than happy to do this. Our daughter loved it, the pool is ideal for learning to swim, a smaller pool to get rid of nerves and the main pool to put the things learnt into practice, while of course having fun, diving, jumping, swimming on various inflatables! What made this even more fun was seeing our daughter interact with the other children all of similar ages, this made our holiday.
The beach area was nice, and the food was lovely, we stayed on half board basis and this was ideal for us, the breakfast was brilliant, lots of choice, and great coffee, the evening meal was a four course meal, and did not disappoint at all on any night.
The staff at all points were brilliant, the spa staff, restaurant and bar staff, were at hand all the time, and made us and my daughter very welcome.
All in all a fab holiday, made better by the staff and friends we made. All aspects of the stay were 5*
The extras provided by the hotel on arrival only added to the experience 👍
It was our second time at Ekies and we enjoyed it that much like the first time. A perfect hideaway at Greece. We will come back next year! The outside area is awesome, the breakfast super delicious and the staff is super friendly. We love to be there!
I loved our room at Ekies hotel! In Ekies, simplicity meets elegance and finally give to the guests a unique experience of hospitality. The hotel is family friendly, but ideally also for couples who ask for some ralaxation. Spa area helps a lot on that. At the pros list is the big swimming pool, the extra helpful staff, the magic breakfast in front of the sea, the 2 nice restaurants - Bubo and treehouse - both worth visiting (not the most economic ones, but really good!!). Especially the treehouse restaurant offers a uniquire experience of fine dining on a real treehouse among the candle lights in front of the sea. The sea is not the best in front of the hotel, but the sunbeds, the hammoks, the floating decks and of course the super helpful staff make it worthwhile!!
We simply loved it.
The design, wonderful location, delicious breakfast, great atmosphere, friendly staff, guests who loved to spent the holidays with their kids, cool flipflop relaxation = highly recommend !