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Sani Beach Hotel
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Sani 63077, Greece   |  
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“Not as good as expected”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2009

Just got back from Sani Beach Hotel, will list my experiences by good and bad points:

GOOD
Hotel staff very courteous - particularly restaurant staff.
Everywhere very clean and well kept.
Marina area very nice to walk around people-watch.
Vernada restaurant beautiful.
Air Conditioning in rooms great

BAD
Room was a major disapointment - we had three adults in a tiny room. It was in my opinion too small even for 2 adults. It was so small you had to virtually make an appointment with each other in order to move around. Once you sat at the dressing table there was no getting out without a tricky sideways manouvre. The bathroom too was the smallest we have ever encountered - sitting on the loo you were jammed up against the shower cubicle. Even the clean batch of towels were left on the floor by the maids as there was no where to put them. Apart from the sheer (lack of) space in the room the facilities were a bit second rate too... tea and coffee making facilities were there, but only one day did I get a cuppa cos all the other days the mini-milks were off. The "spoon" was a thin lolly stick... all very below par really for a supposedly up market hotel.
Also, we only got two of everything (ie cups, glasses, bath robes etc) despite telling staff twice that we are a family of three not two. This was never put right so we had to "share" everything. Our room we were told was a "garden" view ... never saw any garden, just a roof top. Wardrobe space was a JOKE. I would say dont bother taking many clothes as there is absoultely no where to put anything. The wardrobe was very small (for 3 of us only one of us could get our clothes in) and the doors would not shut, any clothes we did manage to squeeze in there were a crumpled mess. The room didn't even have a full length mirror in it. The double bed and single bed were rock hard, so uncomfortable, with one poor fquality pillow each, hardly the lap of luxury. I have got to rate this as the worst room I have ever stayed in.
Out of the room now.... didnt go in it much due to all of the above.....
The evening entertainment was very poor. Saw a couple of shows, which were performed in a very sticky hot bar area with poor air conditioning. Shows not up to much, and tended to only last from 9.30 to 10.15, don't go if its nightlife you are looking for.
Price of drinks PURE EXTORTION. ie two Smirnoff Ice 14 Euros. A vodka and coke even more. Would expect and have paid these prices on trips to ie Dubai and on a cruise, but do not expect to pay these prices for a four star hotel. It was equally as expensive as this down at the marina area, but I expected this as they are catering for the marina clientelle, but in the hotel itself it was a pure rip off.
The food was OK, however in the Poseiden restaurant be prepared for screaming children running around everywhere and seats smeared in chocolate or whatever else they have dropped on the chairs. Much more relaxing and better food quality in the Vernada restaurant, this was a lovely and relaxed area for age over 12 only.
There was a huge feeling of segregation in the whole Sani area which took some working out, ie you cant use the buggies flying up and down to the marina as they are for the suites guests only, and we were told we could not go on a certain part of the beach because that was for suite guests only etc. No clear sign-posting. The part of the beach for the Asteria suites was very spacious with comfy sunbeds, but for the Sani Beach Hotel it was poor quality uncomfy sunbeds all crammed together like sardines.
All in all it was not the best week we have ever had. OK trip, but wouldnt recommend to a friend and won't be going back.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2009

This is our 5th hoilday in 3 years at the Sani Beach Hotel and once again we were not disappointed.
We stayed from 29 June 2009 to 9 July 2009.
We visited the Veranda restaurant for breakfast and dinner as this caters for only persons 12 or older , no small children allowed , which makes it not at all noisy.
The manager Nikos, Chef and his staff look after you well and make you feel very welcome and relaxed.
For Lunch we ate in the dolphin pool bar which again manager Bill and his staff in particular Kire, Sofia , Gunna and Vasco made it an enjoyable time.
We also most evenings had drinks after returning from the marina after our dinner.
The pool area was very busy during the day and as we do not have any chilren we always went on the beach far side of B block , which is near the Bousoulas bar.
As some of the new reviews state there was a number of children at the sani , but this did not spoil our holiday at all.
The normal rooms only have a shower and are quite small, so the advice is to upgrade to a junior suite which are larger and also have a bath/shower.
We had a junior suite in B block with a sea view which is stunning at sunset.
We did not use the dine around programme as we found the veranda restaurant adequate for our requirements.
The hotel drinks are fairly expensive but we still at 2008 prices and you are on holiday after all, so you expect to have to spend some money.
We had a few early evening drinks in the Ammos beach bar but preferred the Dolphins Bar.
There was entertainment in the hotel most evenings but we walked down to the Marina after Dinner because we had our meal at 8.30pm.
The sea was clear and you can walk out a fair distance due to the shallow sea bed.
The beaches were kept clean by the friendly beach staff and also the sunbeds / umbrellas were free and in good supply.

  • Stayed July 2009
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2009

We have just returned from a 14 day break in Sani Beach Hotel and Spa. I would highly recommend this hotel for anyone who would like to have a relaxing break in the middle or a kindergarden, surrounded by screaming, crying and unruly children. We love children, but all the holiday represnetation of this resort is inadequate and does not alarm you if you seek a relaxing break. From early morning (kids playing ball in the noisy corridors) to late at night (kids screaming with tiredness in the potential romantic settings of the restaurants and bars) you are surrounded by strollers, pushchairs etc.

Relaxing by the pool - I don't think so. Kids are allowed everywhere, jumping into the pool and narrowly missing you. I suggested that a small (probably no more than 20% of the entire pool area) could be cordoned off for adult swimming and enjoument, but was told by the manager George that this would need to be cleared by the head office. What a load of rubbish.

Eating a nice meal in comfort - I don't think so. The only restaurant avaialble without the fear of children running riot is the Verandah, I could sketch the breakfast buffet from memory now, so boring and uninspiring. A simple request for a couple of poached eggs was beyond their capability. If you enjoy pre-cooked congealed fried eggs, this is the place. The alternative is of course the vast Poseidon Restaurant, beautiful food, but having been tripped up by a small child carying and playing with a fishing rod (an absolute must for breakfast) and having to use a loudspeaker to be able to have a table conversation of the crying and shouing, it was decided that breakfast or dinner in a British railway station diner would be more peaceful.

Relaxing time in the Spa - I don't think so. Entering the SPa on a recce on day 2 I though how wonderfully quiet and peaceful, I will spend a bit of money relaxing and pampering. Day 5 I enquire whether it is possibly to book some manicure and pedicures. Yes Madame, but only between 5.30pm and 8pm as the manicurist works at Porti Sani during day time. Well, at 6pm at night I like to get ready for a nice drink andmeal with my husband.

Chilling out in the Spa pool - I don't think so. Day 6, now thoroughly miserable with noice levels all around us, I decided to go for a swim in the Spa at 3.30 pm - 5 small kids are having a whale of a time jumping into the pool, whilst another toddler is having a screaming fit. I rest my case on that one.

Admiring the beautiful setting by the beach - I don't think so. If you are lucky to get a space by the beach with more than 2 square meter of privacy you are very lucky indeed. And guess what? Not only are half of the guests with children surrounding you, but they are also joined by locals with their very extended families. Do expect to get hit by balls, splashed with water, snadcastle being built within 10 inches of your face and forget about peacefully reading a book.

Nothing in the brochure, website or travel agents alerts you to the fact that unless you have minimum of one small child, preferably two or three, you are definitely second class citizen. There is no inclination by George, the manager, or Thomas Cook, the holiday company to make any adjustments, indeed we were offered a free drink by George one evening, what an insult. A drink does not compensate for the discomfort and unhappiness of a thoroughly spoilt and unrelaxing fortnight.

On the plus sight? Beautiful setting, lovely and friendly staff. Serving with a smile, from the Verandah Restaurant, to the cleaners, from the lifeguard to the bars. The staff are wonderful, surprisingly, since their treatment by management is abysmal and disgusting. No adequate meal breaks, days off cancelled, minimum wages for extremly long days etc..

Would we go again - no, not even if it were given to us free of charge. Like most people who work, we have one main holiday a year, and I could cry thinking how it was the most wasted and expensive time spent ever!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2009

Us three ladies stayed between 18th-29th June. Between us, we have travelled extensively around the world which initially we held as the reason as to why we found several things to complain about while staying at the Sani Beach Hotel. However, after reading several of the other recent reviews on here it has become apparent that some of our criticisms (which aren't many) were felt by others too. The main ones being;

1) The size of the room. Too small for 3 ladies. We changed rooms several times because the hotel seemed to have difficulty accommodating 3 single ladies with 3 single beds.
2) Lots of families and thus many loud, screaming kids around. Didn't mind as expected it to be a family friendly resort and that's great. However, after a while you begin to wonder where you can go to get peace and quiet - especially at meal times.
3) SOME waiters/waitresses were too quick to clear plates from table.
4) Slight confusion at times. Staff didn't always understand what we wanted. Chamber maids ignored the environmental policy and would give us a really strange number of towels, cups, mugs etc etc. We were only 3 people and no-one seemed to understand this!!!
5) Generally v.expensive. We did assume this when we booked it but found the shops in the Marina were WAY overpriced. Too much focus on designer gear and not enough individual different shops.

I'm not sure which criticisms are the fault of the hotel, the tour operator (Thomson) or the whole resort. Nevertheless we had a fantastic 11 days at Sani. Our problems with the room were rectified in the first few days with the help of, initially Jon (the Thomson rep based at Sani) and then the accommodation manager George who went above and beyond to help us out which was truly appreciated.

The location was fabulous. Amazing beaches - crystal clear water. The grounds were impeccably maintained....

Great excursions organised by Thomson - minus the crappy ENGLISH music on a GREEK boat....but nevermind :-P Tomate restauarant is RUBBISH. It was built up to be this wonderful ''top 25'' restaurant but the staff were rude, the prices ridiculously high for food that wasn't that special, when it started raining they didn't even move our table for us and they over-charged us for alcohol when we hadn't had any.

GO TO the greek restaurant on the marina front beginning with 'O'. The waiter was very friendly here. I can personally recommend the moussaka and a greek salad! The cat was friendly here too minus the catching of a lizard during lunch!

The vast majority of staff all around the complex were really helpful and friendly - but especially Kris who works in the Poseidon restaurant. He is a fabulous waiter and while we were there he worked the corner of the restaurant with the best view over the pool/sea so dinner times were very enjoyable. If you're going to eat in there I can recommend this area ;-)

The Spa treatments are expensive yes, but the treatments are wonderful and the whole area is beautifully decorated. Felt so relaxed every time I went down there (which was a lot) and the hot-beds were phenomenal! Children weren't allowed in this area or the indoor pool (after 2pm) which was a great chance to get away from them!

The outdoor cinema was a truly new experience and great fun!

I could go in to more detail but we mentioned a lot to the hotel when we left and hope that they took what we said on board. Really don't want it to sound like we were complaining as we had a FANTASTIC holiday at Sani Beach Hotel and would definitely like to return - maybe at a quieter time of year. It was our first time to this part of Greece and it really made an impression on us and we would love to explore more. THANK YOU SANI and hope to see you again soon!

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2009

Just returned from a 2 week holiday at sani beach hotel. On arrival our bags were taken to our room as we enjoyed a glass of bubbly. Room was lovely, over looking the sea. Had a complimentary bottle of wine and fruit which was a nice touch. Dined in the Veranda restaurant as the posidean was mayhem with kids running around while you tried to eat. No kids under 12 were allowed in the veranda it was nice and quiet. We booked to eat in the Ouzeria in the marina and had the set menu, very dissappointing portions not enough for an adult. The service was ok until a large party from one of the yachts turned up and from then on we were completely ignored! Ate at the Macoroni which was excellent , also at the grill which was excellent food but poor service.
The hotel staff were excellent and very friendly.Went on a few trips which were organised by thompson, expensive but i recommend the market and mountains, the crazy old man who lives up there is hilarious and services he's own wine which is 15% proof ! He only knows 5 words hello, gdbye, chips, sex and viagara.
The only downside was the poolside, if you dont get there before 9am then all the sunbeds have gone. It does say in the welcome brochure that you are not allowed to reserve sunbeds but people were allowed to do this. We took the free minibus to the sanibeach club which was only a 5 min drive. We went there most days and arrived at around 10am, we were the only ones there so had the pool to ourselves and the pick of any sunbeds. It got busy around 11am but still wasnt packed like the hotel. The other downside was the drinks were very expensive so take alot of money if you drink lots. The hotel do not do all inclusive like the beach club, it would be alot cheaper if it was. Hope to return next year as it was overall a fantastic holiday. And not a football shirt or lager lout insight!!

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2009

Assuming that most people only read the reviews to find out the bad stuff, I will list the cons first, but please read the pro's as you may think it worse than it really is. I can assure you that there are plenty of faults but overall this place delivers a very good 4 star experience.

ROOM - No bath, too small for families, noisy neighbours can be heard through the thin walls, tiny bancony, TV with only 3 news chanels in English.
SPA - Expensive treatments, inexperienced staff.
RESTAURANTS - Main one is like a canteen with kids running between the tables, varanda does not have the full range of food which is on offer at the canteen.
FACILITIES - There are mattresses on pool-side sunbeds only which are snapped up by the early birds and reserved with towels etc. A child did a number 2 in the pool one afternoon and they just closed it down for the night with gaffer tape surrounding it. It was then opened up again the next morning for everyone to swim in. The home-grown entertainment program is provided by hotel staff who try hard not to look too ameteurish in their shows but they do their best despite having a top class choriographer.
BEACHES - Front beach smells of raw sewage, rear beach is narrow strip of sand which fills up with locals at weekends and bank holidays, the rear beach bar staff seem to think everyone else there are clubbers who like to hear drum and bass techno-music blasted out from loudspeakers along the entire beach.
HARBOUR - Full of overpriced shops and restaurants with kids misbehaving.
SURROUNDING AREA - This is the best penninsula of the 3 but most places appear to be quite run-down and for the locals.

Now for the good points: The rooms are adequate for couples who don't mind sharing their holiday surrounded by screaming kids and the shower is as good as at home. The great little Spa is very well equipped. Excellent staff in the Varanda will fetch you whatever you want from the canteen including ice cream, and this is a great refuge from the hoards of kids. There is a good selection of water sports which were rarely used during our stay. The garden cafe is the best place to have lunch and the low key entertainment there in the evening is not bad. Best beach is at the rear towards the nudist-beach end, away from the music.

TIPS - Take own coffee and powdered milk...mosquito repellent...ask for a long towel for your sunbed...don't use the sunbeds next to the sea at the other end to the nudist beach as the tide will wash over you unexpectedly...try a walk in the forest at the rear - we saw a giant rabbit as large as a border collie in there...try the omelettes for breakfast if you are constipated.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2009

Recently returned from 8 nights at Sani Beach Hotel and after reading previous reviews, it had a lot to live up to, but was not disappointed.

Rooms- large enough for two of us would be ok with one child but maybe a bit cramped with any more. Very clean, great bathroom with large corner shower and two shower heads, one overhead and one normal. Flat screen TV, DVD/CD player, large king size bed and plenty of storage, stocked mini fridgeand tea and coffee. We had a great view overlooking the sea and pool.

Restaurants- First night had to dine in the main buffet restaurant as full in the veranda, food was good and service efficient, but was typical large buffet restaurant you find in large hotels, busy and noisy. From then on dined in the veranda (over 12’s only) for breakfast and dinner every day and this is a totally different experience. Quality of food excellent and service is far superior. You have to book and they do not fill the restaurant to capacity, so it’s nice and relaxed with plenty of staff and great service. Proper table cloths and napkins at dinner, juice coffee and rolls served to your table at breakfast. The manager was always going round checking everything was ok and it was obvious that he and his staff took great pride in their jobs and ensuring you had a great experience. In the evening the chef would come out and explain the different dishes to you and then checked that you enjoyed the meal.

Hotel in general-The thing that struck me was the amount of staff on duty, and the fact that things was never rushed but service was very efficient, they always took time to have a chat without being intrusive and it was obvious that customer service was a priority. Never had to wait long for drinks or food.

Pool-good size pool with plenty of sunbeds, always managed to find one available, my only complaint is that the main pool was shut three times during our stay due to children having ‘accidents’ this needs to be addressed by management either banning children from a certain age from the main pool (there is a large children’s pool available) or ensuring proper attire is worn. Can’t rely on selfish parents. Great indoor pool and Spa area free to use.

Beaches-As previous reviews, beach behind hotel is best one, you can book sun beds in front of beach bar, no need during the week as plenty available either side but at weekends is advisable as a lot of locals come to the beach and it can be very busy. In general the beaches are quite narrow and sunbeds/umbrellas are close together. The hotels website claiming white sand is pushing it a bit, very pale but not white, and although they are very nice, I have come across better in other parts of Europe.

Resort-purpose built marina and resort, not much of the authentic Greece on show as the whole resort, including shops and restaurants, I believe are owned by the Sani group. Its nice to walk along the marina in the evening, however does get boring after a while. There are several bars, but these tend to be more expensive than the hotel (even with a 20% discount in some) for example two glasses of very average wine in See You Up bar (should be renamed See You Coming!!) 14 Euros with the discount, after waiting 10 mins to take our order and another 20 to get our drinks, never returned! Did not take advantage of dine around as the set menus were very limited and if you ate from the full menu would probably end up spending 30 euros a head with discount, and the food at the hotel was very good.

This place is best for couples or people travelling with young children, not a lot for teenagers. Overall, a fantastic hotel, with great facilities and staff who are second to none. I never return to the same place as too many places to visit in the world, but I may be tempted. If you are looking for a relaxing holiday with a hotel that exceeds its star rating I would highly recommend this resort. Yes it is expensive, but quality costs, not a football shirt in sight!

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Sani 63077, Greece
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Location: Greece > Central Macedonia > Halkidiki Region > Kassandra > Sani
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Sani
#2 Luxury Hotel in Sani
#2 Family Hotel in Sani
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Sani
#2 Spa Hotel in Sani
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Sani Beach Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 380
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Resplendent above the crystal clear waters of the breathtaking Cape Sani, the Sani Beach Hotel exists in harmony with the natural world around it. The hotel promises so much for all the family with its miles of golden sands stretching far into the distance, enticing spa where tired bodies can rejuvenate, and splendid restaurants with their choice of international flavours and Greek cuisine. This warmly welcoming luxury hotel occupies a prime position on the Cape and is a perfect choice for a getaway. Seize the opportunity to enjoy your favourite watersports, brush up on your game with our tennis coach or take off into the spectacular Mediterranean scenery on a mountain bike. Or you may just be tempted to do absolutely nothing until the cooling azure waters beckon. ... more   less 
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