I don’t remember if I asked the front desk of Athos Palace for one bed of stone... or not ... anyway, I received one made out of basalt, Torquemada model. This makes me feel soooooo goooooood, I remember with pleasure every nightmare from every night, I never knew to be such inventive to create infinite horrors in my mind. So, thank you a lot, next time I expect to be treated as fakir if possible ... one little suggestion ... it’s better to sleep on crushed glass because glowing coal has some smell ... and I don’t smoke anymore.
Fortunately, we give stars for the whole picture, counting the amount paid, the atmosphere, the food and the service. Sometimes we forgive managers acquisition, like one bed imported from Somalia .. please, do not apologize, c’est la vie ...
The resort is without spot, everything is very clean and well maintained by some very talkative Greek women ... by the way ... KALIMERA!!! ... I learned from them this word meaning “good morning”. Also, rooms were ok – except THE bed ... 'll throw some curses to be vanished by summer of 2013. We had one room with Sea View and one little balcony. It was perfect in the morning to see the whole world waking up. Better paying for SV, other rooms have forest view.
The enormous garden is one beauty, well maintained, you can have also romantic walks in the evening, sometimes I had the sensation to be in the park. Million sparrows spend the night in some big trees. When twilight comes, all looks different and shadows are creating one fairy picture.
About clients, what to say ... no any kind of unsupportable persons, all was ok. Because the sojourn was almost the last of the season, Russians were 90 percents – Germans 5 percents – Romanians 3 percents – Indians and Italians and others what’s left ... and one single Britt in the 60’s who’s proposed to marry to all waitresses ... also he told never believe Ouzo to be so strong. Some instructions are necessary to identify correctly every nation when you use the elevator. Get in and tell ‘Good morning”. If someone say nothing or “mmmmhmmm” and fixes you, is Russian. If he will smile and will help you with the luggage, definitely is one German. If he will say “goo’ mo’ing” with on big smile, is a Dutch. The Indians will simply smile because your British accent isn’t enough literary, they only understand oxbridge. If someone yells KALIMERAAA!!!! behind you, certainly is, again, your maid who’s hardly trying to teach you Greek language.
What I liked the most (after the weather) was the food. Brilliant for the price we paid. Even now I try to understand how it was possible to be together with Russians to the end of the season, to pay almost nothing and to have such good food inside such a good location. I think the jewel of the crown were both, the master chef and the “chef de salle” always present and very vocal. All waiters were perfectly coordinated by this man without any pity for laziness or disorder. Beautiful. It was one pleasure for me to have live food music under the authority of such conductors. Only one question I have … in the restaurant, man must wear pants … but ... one evening I saw one girl from Moscow in a bizarre dress, the face red and opaque but the backside from something like nothing … 99 percent glass-like … and the … backside things decorated with smallest bikini ever seen … so all waiters have insurance for heart attack? Because some looked like freshly electrocuted.
The pool is big enough and well maintained. The beach is clean, 250m long, the sand without rocks or other debris. Seabed is almost 80 percent made by stone plate, fortunately not sharp. Sand is present only in some areas. I noticed that after the right dam (towards Pallini Beach Resort) the seabed is mostly sandy, very pleasant. For me, snorkeling was the greatest pleasure. Best areas to observe marine life are around the left dam. Million fish follow you when you trick them with pieces of bred left in water, all around. Equipment can be bought from the stores located to the ground floor, they have the same prices to the village.
The resort, located to - 40° 3' 38.70" N 23° 27' 35.20" E – on Google Earth - have one big enough parking. Other side of the reception is some desk for car rental, it is worth to see the surroundings. Try to drive as much as you can, a lot of miraculous views are waiting for you. We were all over, every lunch to another restaurant … now… embarrassing to say …. such simple but expensive food never saw anywhere else. I expected to feel Mediterranean taste but … nothing … beginning from huge prices (regularly fish starting from 45e/kg to 60e/kg weighed before cooking!!!) and ending with aaaaabsolutely unskilled chefs, all unpleasant things were present. I'm still dumbfounded. By contrast, the spices and the manners of Athos’ chefs were far better. One single man (!!!) around 60’s prepared us instantly a good meal (AND cheap) with all flavors and complete service, somewhere close to Siviri village.
If someone wants to buy some commodities or something to eat or to drink I strongly advise to go to the right side (to the continent) and after 6km one Lidl well-stocked offer anything for the best price I saw. Another retailer is 12km to the left but prices are around 30% bigger. The prices vary, the same fruit are 4.5e to 200m from Athos Palace, 3e to the village Kallithea (2km) and 1.4e to the village Kassandria (5km). The beer to cash and carry is 0.75e, 4e to Athos restaurant and 12e to the beach bar. For those driving their own car, take care to gas stations. No name ones – although large enough – can sell you miserable and expensive diesel or gasoline … I was one of the victims …. Look to the indigenous preferences (or ask) and fill up BEFORE entering the highway, otherwise it will be very difficult to find some fuel on your way (I tend to panic a lot in these sort if situations).
Like usual, one picture is worth thousand words so let’s load some … but not before a little talk about his highness, THE BED. Instruction for using it ... For honeymooners: do NOT throw the bride on the bed, you can break her column ... if you have some fantasies go on the floor, it’s softer and safest, so you will not get bruises. For Japanese samurais: it’s the softest tatami of your life, unfortunately wooden pillow is missing but they will be glad to fix it for you. For French: so, what? Jeanne d’Arc would never complain about it! For Russians .... remember Siberian camps?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- LOCATION: The Athos Palace is situated on the east coast of Kassandra of Halkidiki peninsula and it is 1,5 km from the lively village of Kallithea and 78 km from ''Macedonia'' airport of Thessaloniki away. Direct on a long sandy beach in attractive, impressive surroundings this recently fully refurbished first class and popular ''All-Inclusive'' hotel has a wide range of facilities which create a fun and busy atmosphere. ROOMS: All 414 comfortable rooms recently refurbished with balcony and sea view or mountain view are equipped with bath/WC, hairdryer, make-up mirror, telephone, safe (charge), fridge, SAT-TV in the room, air conditioning (July - August). Cots available. FACILITIES: There are reception, lobby, satellite TV area. It offers a variety of bars and eating places as main bar with sea view and land view, restaurant (non smoking area) with verandas overlooking the garden, beach bar, pool bar, snack bar. Apart from the ''All-Inclusive'' facilities the hotel has an ''a la carte'' candlelit Italian trattoria and other bars opening after midnight (payable). In the garden 1 Olympic sized swimming pool with sweet water where sunbeds and umbrellas are available without charge. On the beach there are sunbeds and sunshades without charge. Mini market, gift shop, jeweler's shop, video games, playground, laundry service, money exchange. Church. Conference facilities. Organized excursions to the many magnificent archaeological sites of Macedonia. All major credit cards (Visa, Eurocard, Diners, AMEX) are acceptable. SPORT: Scuba diving centre, water ski, paragliding, bananas, Jetski, 4 new Somclay-tennis courts and 2 synthetic grass, open air cinema, car and bicycle hire, billiard. ENTERTAINMENT: Day and evening entertainment programme with recreational games, quizzes, sport activities and shows with professional artists. KIDS: Miniclub (4 - 12 years old), early supper in the restaurants, playground, kidsdisco, kids menu, baby cot, highchairs, babysitting on request (at charge). MEALS: Breakfast, lunch and dinner are buffet style. Themed evenings, vegetarian dishes, lunch baskets. Our FlexiDining scheme allows our guests to choose where and when they wish to dine. They can choose from our varied 'a la carte' eating places such as the Italian trattoria, the 'cafe style' snack bar, the beachside self service or the Mediterranean delicacies of our shoreline taverna. The fresh vegetables and fruits offered to the guests are produced in the hotel fields, in an area of 150.000 square meters. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Athos Palace Kalithea
- Hotel Athos Palace
- Athos Palace Hotel Halkidiki, Greece - Kallithea