I can't begin to describe how relaxing this holiday was. Mainly due to the Hotel.
It was very clean all of the time. Atmosphere was relaxing. Staff were very friendly (Billy, Tas and Paris). Rooms were spacious, clean and basic. (Junior suites were meant to be very modern and classy) We had a standard room for the main reason we didn't plan on spending a lot of time in it other than for sleeping, geting changed and storing our gear in there. We also would rather spend the extra money on something else for what a junior suite would have cost us.
The aircon was a must for us because it was very hot (ave 37 degees) while we were there. Although it does cost a lot it was worth it.. (Aprx £85 for the two weeks depends on the exchange rate).
Although there were a few families there with young children I wouldn't say it was the ideal hotel for families with children as there isn't really much for the children to do. The hotel is more for couples and friends wanting to relax all day and basically do nothing. Because the hotel isn't all that big you tend to get to know everyone else who is there on holiday within a few days, which for us was nice cos we're quite chatty people.
The swimming pool is nice and clean all the time. There's a little whirlpool/Bubble/Jacuzzi pool to the side of the main pool which when turned on is very relaxing. (Ask the staff to turn it on before you get in).
The food was great. I can't say we had a bad meal in the 2 weeks we were there. This is the first time we've been half board and the evening meals have not been Buffet style. You choose the meal you want that evening by selecting it during the day (the list/menu is in the reception during the morning) Everyday you would usually get a choice of 2 starters, 4 main courses and desert which they normally ask you about after your meal. For the whole 2 weeks we were there the meals were all freshly cooked and waiter/waitress served to your table. (No two meals were the same for the whole of our holiday. Which was nice). Breakfast was fine although a bit repetative. Buffet style help yourself. same every day with the exception of Boiled Eggs one day, Scrambled Eggs the other. Not complaining tho. You can also buy meals throughout the day from the menus in the bar areas (Recommend the Club Sandwich).
The drinks in the hotel are a little pricey but not a pricey as anywhere else in Haniotti. I'm not a big cocktail drinker but i did try several which were strong and refreshing. The staff would also make you any drink you like even if it's not on the menu/list which was good also.
The entertainment in the hotel isn't the best but is a good laugh, Dingo Bingo Night, Quiz Night, Karioke Night.
The location is good in my view, just far enough out of the hustle and bustle. Which adds to the relaxing atmoshere.
All in all Hanioti Village Hotel is great value for money and probably the most relaxing hotel i've stayed in in terms of affordable low star rating holidays. You can't compare it to a 5 star all inclusive holiday..... But in my view the big 5 star jobbies aren't always the best value for money or most relaxing. This hotel is by far one of the best i've ever stayed in for the money I paid and I would highly recommend it to anyone.
The beach is a 5 min walk straight across the road and down the hill (You can't really miss it.) Hanioti square is about 15 min walk either left out of the hotel or down to the beach then left which is probably the better route.
The beach is shingle which is not great on the feet and after 11am it gets packed and you're like sardines in and out of the water. The sea is clear and really nice tho. Be prepared to see some sights on the beach. There are a lot of Eastern Europeans (Russians and Romainians mainly) and they're all stuck in the 80's which is quite amusing if you enjoy people watching. We didn't go down to the beach that often because we found it a little too busy at times and on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday everyone and there dogs turned up from all over greece.
Hanioti Square is where the nightlife is and everything evolves around it. We found Hanioti square very busy and very expensive. On ave £5-£7 a drink. But if you go slightly off the square it gets a little cheaper £3-£4 a drink. We also found eating out very expensive around the square. (We didn't really need to tho. Hotel food was spot on).
I found Hanioti more suited to the Eastern Europeans more than the British. Did find most of the Eastern Europeans rude, very loud and also noticed they do not like to pay for anything. (saw a lot of them stealing from the shops and stalls. Walking off without paying for meals things like that)
We hired a Quad for a day which cost around £25 (need your Driving License tho) bought a map and went traveling. This was great because we found some really nice beaches which were a little off the beaten track but well worth finding. We got to see alot of the surounding area which you wouldn't have been able to walk to. (You can also hire a quad for several days which we wish we had done)
We heard a lot of bad things about the excursions one being that they are very over priced and that they weren't really worth going on. The other being that all of the boat trips were over packed and not a lot really happens on them. If you want to go on a boat trip you can hire your own little speed boat from the near the Square.
It would highly recommend the Hanioti Vilage Hotel and Hanioti to anyone. Unfortunately we like to go to a different and new location every year so i can say that we won't be going back to Hanioti. But if we were to go back to Hanioti the Hanioti Village Hotel is the place we would go back to.
Mark & Emma July-Aug 2009
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hanioti Village Resort is situated in the traditional settlement Haniotis, a popular holiday resort surrounded by beautiful green pine forests. Stunning beaches and crystal blue waters are close by, creating a magnificent settin.The Hanioti Village Resort in Halkidiki is comprised of comfortable superior twin rooms, junior suites, and suites; the ideal accommodation for a relaxing vacation, offering quality hotel services and facilities in a hospitable environment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Village Hotel Hanioti
- Hanioti Village Hotel
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