The only real blot on what was an otherwise fantastic holiday, was the issue The only real blot on what was an otherwise fantastic holiday was the prevalence of both wasps and mosquitos around the whole resort. I suspect the time of year is a principle cause combined with a very long and hot summer. However these particular insects are not great for a young family (we have a 2 year old and a 6 month old), - breakfasts and lunches were interrupted/ruined by wasps often ending in us having to run for cover inside -it's a miracle no one got stung. Mosquitos were very active around dusk - prime dining time again for a young family at this time of year - judging by the amount of insect repellant on sale in the supermarket this was clearly a lucrative business! Equally hard for the owners to control i admit but by rhe end of our holiday we had seen some insect traps but probably too little too late. Shame really as we otherwise had a fantastic holiday
The whole resort has been well thought through. Our room was perfect and great to be on the beach. Lots of little ones for our eldest to make friends with.
The only other minor comments were to do with the pool at Asterias, the Kids Club and dinner reservations. The pool is not heated and was a little on the chilly side - fine for adults but too cold for the kids - we found ourselves using the indoor pool at Porto Sani Village. We booked our eldest into kids club for a couple of mornings. On the 2nd day there he hurt his ankle quite badly and couldn't walk properly for the next day or so. Accidents can happen anywhere but none of the staff at the nursery could say what had happenned. The staff (young British girls) are nice enough but we got the feeling they were not as attentive or caring as our normal nursery - perhaps it was a case of 'end of season' for the staff I expect they have been there all summer and looking forward to going home in November when the resort closes. The Greek staff in the hotel and restaurants were on the other hand fantastic and great with the kids - very attentive indeed! Dinner reservations perplexed me a little. I had to spend our2nd morning phoning all the restaurants in order to get bookings for the whole week - not exactly what I want to be doing on holiday! Some restaurants would only let you book 2 days in advance which meant having to phone up many times. The resort was clearly busy but not all tables were always taken so perhaps the restaurants set a quota for the half board guests. Also some additional restaurants had been added to the dine around programme but depended on your booking which was confusing. This seems overly-complicated and guests should have the same access to restaurants across the board - by all means charge supplements on certain menu items if needs be. There is also no pharmacy in the resort which is surprising given the number of guests - so be prepared and bring everything with you!
This review might on the face of it seem a bit negative. However, we would echo many of the very positive comments that are here on this site but doesn't make sense to repeat. We will certainly consider coming again. If we do book again we would look at early season as opposed to late season to perhaps avoid those pesky insects!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The turquoise waters of the Aegean gently lap the soft golden sands that enticingly await outside your door. The intimate Sani Asterias Suites are sublimely elegant with each luxuriously styled suite designed to make your stay truly memorable. Michelin-starred executive chefs have excelled themselves with a menu that both surprises and delights, and our team take great pleasure in meeting your every need.This luxury boutique hotel in a private beach setting sits comfortably in its own serenely landscaped surrounds with inspiring views over the tranquil ocean and direct access to its own exclusive beach. Everything you need is at hand and we are always more than happy to accommodate special requests however we can. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sani Asterias Hotel Sani
- Hotel Sani Asterias
- Sani Asterias Suites
- Sani Asterias Halkidiki, Greece