When deciding the first destination to review, a few places came to mind. BUT none more so than this gem on Greece’s mainland; the Ikos Oceania Resort.
Before I continue, I wanted to recommend British airways holidays for this trip. They provided us with great options to add on to the flight including; free baggage, transfer options from airport to resort, advance seat choice and easy deposit options.
Ikos Oceania is one of four Greek luxury resorts from the Ikos resort company. Oceania is located 30 mins from Thessaloniki (in Nea Moudania) and sits on the cliffside overlooking Aegean sea.
We picked Ikos Oceania on the following mantra…
Ikos resorts proud themselves on ‘doing All-inclusive properly’ and provide everything from food and drink to activities and entertainment at no additional cost.
A bold claim to make with hundred of all-inclusive resorts around the world, many of them a car journey away in Greece. Yet, this place stood out with its reviews of being a ‘wonderful child friendly resort.’ We hoped that our daughter would love this place also.
ROOM AND BED
Ikos Oceania has 4 room types and two tiers of luxury and comfort. They range from a double room, all the way up to a garden Room. There are deluxe versions of these rooms. We stayed in a PANORAMIC SEA VIEW ROOM, this promised uninterrupted views of the sea from our room and balcony.
The view from the room was as it said; direct access views to the sea with no building in sight. Only disappointing element of our view were some trees, but can be forgiven as, I believe, it adds to the view.
Our room came with a King size bed, a seating area (inside and on balcony), HD TV with international and domestic channels, mini bar (included in the price of the room and stocked with water, soft drinks, spirits and beers), Coffee machine and en suite bathroom; equipped with double sinks and waterfall shower. The room size for continental Europe was large. Extremely above average for an equivalent size in Italy or France for example.
If you like your pillows firmer, like myself, there is an additional pillow with the encased wardrobes, as well as a safe, robes, iron and board, sewing kit and a laundry service (unfortunately the laundry service is an additional charge).
Deluxe rooms add additional services which can be found on the Ikos resorts’ website.
I couldn’t fault the room. Wasn’t the most Luxurious room you will ever see but it should be proud of its amenities, cleanliness and style. I would have loved a wider range of drinks but you won’t feel short changed at all.
ROOM – TAG
The room also included two world-class features that I believe it does better than many other places – Room and Buggy service – both are free services. The room service menu is robust and taste great and if they are things you would like that isn’t on the menu, they will try their might to succeed that request (they made custard from SCRATCH for my daughter). Buggy service will pick you from your room and take you to any part of the resort; great for days where your feet are tired. Utilise both services when you can, they are great additions to your holiday and will only enhance your stay.
Ikos Oceania is not short of activities to be involved with and choose from, all ages can enjoy something during their stay. Notably they provide a wide range of water activities on the private beach. Windsurfing, kayaking, push boats are just a few to pick. One thing to point out (and I would have to out them on this one) is some of those activities are an additional cost so please be mindful, but many or not and are enough to keep you occupied.
Within the main resorts there are several pool areas to lounge around with waited service for your half past eleven cocktails and hot dogs. Gym and spa are on site with a wide range of payable treatments; deluxe room members get 2 complimentary treatments pre picked; still amazing. The treatments and service is fantastic and are reasonable priced competitively.
Oceania has four a la carte restaurants on site, a dine out option and an international buffet hall. There are also four separate bars within the resort with one of these bars reserved to adults only. All these food and bar outlets are included in the price of your stay.
The menu range in which restaurant varies, but one thing remains the same; quality of food is outstanding. My favourite meal was the creme brûlée at the french-inspired Provence restaurant and is definitely a must when it is time to order desert. if there a la carte menu is not your fancy, international buffet hall, flavours, may be where you wine and dine throughout your stay. It being a buffet hall does not mean there is a dip in quality; the meals are still outstanding and taste delicious.
Some signature restaurants have buffet sections at breakfast and lunch.I would have wanted a larger choices but at the restaurants but flavours overcompensates for this.
Now, here is where Ikos prides itself. the overall service with world-class. point blank period. Every member of staff does remember your name and make an effort from the beginning to make you feel part of the resort family… even though you are a paying guest. There is never a delay in service, everything comes just on time – not too quickly (no one can really ensure that), but never too late that you are left remembering what actually did you order.
PS: massive thank you to all the staff at Ikos Oceania, especially the staff that made homemade custard for my daughter
I dare you to find a fault so great that you will be wishing you never stayed here. Ikos oceania is an absolute gem of a resort. Everything is world-class and will be amazing fun for yourself, loved ones and kids. I highly recommend you get there on your next holiday.
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