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
It is a bit of a trek from the airport but a very pretty place.
Not much for active young kids to do.
However if you are looking for rest and recuperation then this place is fantastic.
Staff are very friendly and helpful.
Bar and food prices not cheap but very good quality.
There are a couple of restaurants in walking distance which are more family oriented
Friends got married there and the location, the staff, the food and drinks were incredible. They managed to create a really nice and welcoming atmosphere for celebrating that special day. The rooms are beautifully designed and the whole resort is so nice and detail-focused.
we had a great time @ the Ekies resort last Sept! Excellent, very nice and flexible service (thank you Olympia, Katharine & Georges!), great food, beautiful design rooms and an amazing view on the bay ! The hotel is adapted for families but also for group of friends. We hope we will be back next year (with or without the propeller :-))
This is potentially a lovely resort hotel on a lovely beach in a quiet part of the Sithsonia peninsula of Halkidiki. We were given a lovely 'chalet room' near the dining area and bar and the staff work hard to be helpful and friendly.
Really good breakfast.
We visited ekies a few years ago and only managed to get back this summer and with two children this time, a five year old and a three year old.
We were upgraded on arrival to one of the loft rooms which had a fantastic view.
They have a new chef and the food was fantastic and excellent value for the standard & quality.
The food portions for the children were quite big so you could definitely split them between two. Since our last visit they had developed the childrens play area which they don't really show on their website but it has a small zip wire, little football pitch swings/slides etc, It is quite hidden from view, so it doesn't hamper the stylish design feel of the hotel and area.
They also have an outdoor gym area with some rowing machines, bikes, weights and evening yoga.
Its such a relaxing place where you can really wind down and rest.
Currently look at flights to return again for SS19.