My experience at Simantro Beach Hotel has been extremely bizarre, as we never booked it and we never intended to stay at this hotel. We were unfortunate victims of the Greek air traffic control strike, which gave us an extra 3 days at Chalkidiki (we were based at the second - Sithonia - peninsula, which is a lot more unspoilt for couple holidays).
It was one of the few hotels still open in October (5th-8th) that had a fitness centre on site at a decent price.
Location was good. We had a car and we spent less than 2 hours a day at the resort. The actual hotel architecture was lovely, based on monastery architecture - quite charming and idyllic.
When we got to our room, the difference was significant. Dated rooms, smelling of damp, furniture with stains, bathroom from the sixties decade and a balcony that was indeed a bonus (but not private at all). We paid 70 euros a night for two people. I've stayed at absolutely immaculate hotels for that kind of price.
Second thing we had not realised was that it was an all-inclusive resort. All people were doing was wake up, have breakfast and lay by the pool, without exploring the beauties of Halkidika. Shame. Breakfast was a generous buffet (of average quality if I may say so).
Finally, without being prejudiced, it was little Germany. We had not realised that Club Kalimera was a German all-inclusive provider. I really would like to think that some Greeks do occasionally stay there (?).
We did not use any of the facilities, besides the gym, which was actually really good (although lacking some free weights).
Overall, a very strange experience. I am sure people who do all-inclusive will find this hotel charming. I, on the other hand, didn't. Certainly for couples it's a no-no.
Final observation that you may find irrelevant was that I was shocked by the number of kids at the hotel. I assumed that in October, they should all be at school (?).
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- Also Known As:
- Club Calimera Simantro Beach Hotel Kassandra
- Club Calimera Sani, Halkidiki, Greece