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
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Of the top destinations!!! The first time we were impressed by the location, the architecture and decoration of our room, the excellent staff and , of course , the pioneering and delicious suggestions of the kitchen and the bar. Every year they are refreshed, they get better and they really have new proposals for all the senses!!!
I spent 4 nights here in May and it really was everything it promises and more. My 5 year old and toddler loved the pool and playing on beach directly in front of the restaurant each morning. The water is shallow and still, great for paddling and watching fish off the pontoon. The breakfast is full of treats and delights and the views stunning. Perfect base for some exploring of the area and getting a little more off the beaten track. The massage by Sara was one of the best I’ve ever had. We will definitely be back. Thank you Ekies.
We loved the details in our room, the incredible garden around and the user-friendly staff which made our stay as comfortable as ever; Ekies and the ambiance was worth the trip from Athens, especially for our kids that loved the place and our stay throughout
This is our second visit to Ekies with our 2 children (age 7 and 9). We found the staff extremely friendly and particularly love the pool and stylish bar area. Our favourite time of day is in the evening as the sunsets are stunning whilst drinking cocktails or eating dinner in the bar or restaurant.
The kids club is great as they offer Kayaking, paddle boats and sailing for a few hours each morning and a creative club in the late afternoon for a couple of hours. It costs around 10/15 Euros per child per hour. Our kids really enjoyed it and we felt they were very safe and well looked after.
We had a large suite which had a shower room and toilet, separate bath and toilet, a King size bedroom with sliding door to partition it off, a table and chairs, lounge area with a mattress set up for one of our children and a metal ladder led to a mattress on top of our bathroom under the eaves suitable for another child. Our kids love this as a den but it may be unsafe for very small children as the metal ladder is very steep.
I wish the bathrooms had some hooks or a shelf to put towels on but the room was lovely.
I really enjoyed my complementary reflexology foot massage and I would Imagine all the other spa treatments are lovely too!
The food is very good in the hotel although expensive as most hotels are. You can eat in the bar area, in the a la Carte restaurant or in the Treehouse (adults only). There is a great selection of everything at breakfast time. I know this will sound very English but I wish that the water used in the teapots was hotter as It was luke warm and I was only able to make green tea rather than a normal cup of tea. The hot water is stored in flasks but would be better coming form a kettle or heated urn. Everything else is perfect though! There are a few local restaurants if you fancy a change. Melia, Paris and Pizza top and a supermarket are a very short stroll away. There are a few more places if you walk about 20 mins into Vourvourou either along the road or beach past paris and Gorgona.
The hotel staff were very friendly and particularly helpful when our daughter developed a nasty ear infection. They arranged for a telephone consultation with the doctor as it was a Saturday and he was in hospital all day and he prescribed antibiotics which got taxied over to us from a nearby town. We felt very looked after!
I think this is a really special hotel and perfect for families with kids under 10 that want a relaxed stylish hotel and not a large all inclusive package deal!
We arrived on the first day of our honeymoon to an absolutely manic resort, full of small noisy children, and not what had been marketed on the ekies instagram feed. We were told to book a table at the restaurant, which we did, however upon arrival were told to find a table and sit down. Only half of our drinks order arrived, and once our food was delivered we were essentially forgotten about. Once finished we waited 15 more minutes in the hope that we could either order dessert or that the remainder of our drinks would be delivered. Unfortunately they weren't so we collected them from the bar and drank them in our room.
We went to sleep most nights, and woke up most mornings to the sounds of screaming children.
There are some serious small issues the hotel management need to sort before this can be considered a good hotel:
1. They do not have enough beach towels. 4 days in a row we were told to wait 40 minutes for towels because they don't have enough. After this we just used our room towels
2. They need to stock the mini fridge on time. Every day we had to call to ask for it to be stocked.
3. There should be more simple options on the menu, it is far too fussy. There is so much good produce in Greece like fresh fish, olives, tomatoes etc. At least one day it would be nice to eat something a bit extravagant. That said we chose to not eat much at the resort following our experience of the first night. There are nicer restaurants along the beach and Melia next door is fabulous and simple.
That said it was clean and well designed, and the staff were nice. We had dinner on the pontoon one evening and it was quite magical with a nice tasting menu.
Overall it was not what we expected for our honeymoon when booking and would not recommend it in its current operational state.