Porto Sani

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Sani Beach Resort has five hotels built in 1,000 acres of coastal woodland and sandy beaches, on the Kassandra peninsular on mainland Greece. At the heart of the resort is Sani Marina, lined with bars and restaurants and filled with beautiful yachts providing families with a safe, relaxing holiday environment where nothing is too far away.

 

The hotels operate a Dine Around programme, where you can take some of your half/full-board meal allowance in selected restaurants in the marina, which is a fun place to wander around in the evening. The resort has an outdoor theatre space, a children’s playground and various kids clubs for ages from 4 months to 17 years. Older children get a sense of freedom as they can hire bikes and cycle around the resort, as it is totally safe and mostly car-free, and they have their own teen clubhouse with snack bar, as well as lots of indoor and outdoor activities.

 

The five hotels are very spread out along the beach  (from north to south: Sani Beach, Sani Asterias, Porto Sani,  Sani Dunes, and Sani Club), and all individually designed, and although all are family friendly, they each have a slightly different focus, so you can find one which exactly suits you.

Information & Facts

Accessibility

Yes – five accessible rooms. 

Activities / Excursions Outside the Resort

Trip to Birthplace of Aristotle in Stagira: 650/750 euros for 3/9 seat luxury taxi. This trip takes you on a scenic drive through mountains and forests to  the ancient village of Stagira. See the ancient city walls, Aristotle’s park in the contemporary village of Stagira, and a final stop at the village of Arnea – a lovely example of traditional Halkidiki architecture.

Gerovassiliou Excursion- 240/280 euros for 3/9seat luxury taxi.

Four-hour private wine tour around the vineyard and wine museum.

Pella-Vergina Excursion  600/650 for 3/9 seater luxury taxi.

Day trip to Vergina (80km south-west of Thessaloniki), one of the most historic places in Greece and the old capital of the ancient Macedonia state. See the palace ruins, with their mosaics and painted stuccoes, the 11th century BC burial ground, and the UNESCO-listed tomb of King Philip, father of Alexander the Great.

Personal Shopping Thessaloniki 400/460 euros for 3/9 seat taxis.

Guided shopping trip around the pretty alleyways of Proxenou Koromila and the markets Tsimiski and Mitropoleos, to find everything from designer bargains to traditional gifts.

Taste of Thessaloniki, 40 euros pp

Foodie tour of Thessaloniki:  try siropiasta (filo pastry sweets), at one of the city’s oldest confectioneries, and check out the street food in the markets.

Thessaloniki Jewish Tour from  600/650 euros for 3 /9 seat luxury taxi

With Thessaloniki’s  Jewish history going back 2000 years, this tour takes in the Jewish Museum, the Jewish Cemetery, the Monastirioton Synagogue and the famous Modiano Market.

Thessaloniki Sightseeing from 570/600 euros for 3/9 seat luxury taxi.

See the main sights of Greece’s second largest city and the capital of Macedonia:  the recently renovated Archaeological Museum, the White Tower, the Byzantine church of St. Dimitrios, and climb up the Acropolis (highest point of the city) in Thessaloniki’s Old Town for the best views.

Best Bits for Kids

Football, Sailing and Dance Academies for 5–14 year olds. Prices from 15 euros – 35 euros per session 

30-minute ‘Babewatch’ sessions on the beach for toddlers and babies. Free

Onsite Melissa Creche: from 4 months to 4 years (from 28 – 35 euros per half day session depending on age - the younger the more expensive)

Onsite Melissa Mini Club (ages 4yrs  – 12yrs). Free

Free Teens Club (ages 13 – 17) with the Ozone club teenhouse for 12 – 17year olds (free) in Sani Marina, offering activities like dancing, DJ-ing, beach volleyball and mountain biking.

Sani Explorers club (ages 4 – 11) and Sani Adventurers (12 - 17), both free

These both do a lot of outdoor play, with a focus on the environment, so you feel the children are learning something. 

Best Bits for Parents

Lovely spa with indoor pool, hammam, sauna and couples’ suite with private steam room, and gym. The spa offers bespoke aromatherapy treatments and Anne Semonin facials. Personal trainers and one-on-one yoga sessions.

Best Family Beaches

The beaches at the resort are perfect for families – soft sand, calm water, no current.

Bousoulas beach – at far (northern) end of the resort with fine white sand backed by pine trees, and clear, perfect-for-snorkelling water. The calm water is ideal for kids and it has a Blue Flag. Lifeguards, sunbeds, towel service, shower, bar, and the Sani Beach watersports is just around the corner. Babewatch available  (June – October).

Sani Club beach: more soft white sand and shallow, child-friendly water. Lifeguards, sunbeds, towel service, shower, bar, and Sani Beach watersports centre nearby. Babewatch available (June – October)

Sea You beach

Sea You is at the southern end of the marina, a quick walk from Porto Sani. Courtesy beach toys for kids, lifeguards, luxe sunbeds, towel service, shower, Sea You Bar for tasty snacks. Babewatch available (June – October)

Sani Asterias beach

Exclusive for Sani Asterias guests, lovely sand and shallow water, lifeguards, luxe sunbeds, towel service, showers, food and drink available. Babewatch available (June – October)

Digital Detox / Digital Overload

Games consoles in kids clubs, free wifi, TV in rooms.

Endorsement Quote

We loved it here: the toddlers’ pool is brilliant, as the little ones will play happily in it all day, so pull up a sun lounger next to it and you can actually relax. The setting, with the two-storey houses arranged around the central pools, is lovely, and it is handy for the beach as well as the bars, shops and restaurants of the marina. The Dine Around programme (using your full/half board allowance in selected Marina restaurants) makes for more variety although the Port Sani restaurants are very good.  

Family Traveller's Recommended Family Rooms

The two-bedroom family suites.

Food & Drink

The hotel operates a Dine Around programme, where you can take some of your half/full-board meal allowance in selected restaurants in the marina.

Artemis : Mediterranean and Asian food, plus some Greek speciality nights with live music.

Lagoon restaurant- Mediterranean food

Sea Breeze Bar: Poolside bar for teas, coffees, juices,   plus cocktails, snacks and salads.

Cocktail lounge bar Byblos Caviar has caviar and a large choice of  vodka and wines.

Kids menus: Healthy eating kids’ menus including pureed food for babies and toddlers.

Areas for kids to play while adults eat: Kids Clubs onsite.

Packed lunches: Yes 

Getting There

Direct flights from the UK to Thessaloniki and then 50kms (one hour’s drive). If you’re not hiring a car, book a transfer as part of your package.

Hotel Shop

Supermarket  and bakery/patisserie in Sani Marina, plus mini markets at Sani Beach and Sani Club hotels. 

Hotel Vibe

This very relaxed, beautifully designed hotel proves a family-friendly resort can be stylish too.

Kids Clubs

Melissa Crèche for children aged 4 months – 4yrs  (from 28 – 35 euros per half day session, depending on age - the younger the more expensive).

Melissa Mini Club: for children 4 - 11 years (free). There are three main locations within the resort, one close to Sani Beach, a brand new one at Porto Sani and Sani Asterias and one at Sani Club. With lots of indoor and outdoor activities such as face-painting, beach games, table tennis, waterball, volleyball, gymnastics.

TeenHouse: Ozone club for 12–17 year olds (free)  in Sani Marina,   open 10am–10 pm daily, it offers activities like dancing, DJ-ing, beach volleyball and mountain biking.

Academies (sailing, dance, football) for 5–14 year olds.

Free 30-minute ‘Babewatch’ session on the beach daily for toddlers and babies.

ECO ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

Sani Explorers: aged 4–11 (free) storytelling, expeditions into nearby forest, birdwatching and outdoor fun focussed on nature and the environment

Sani Adventurers: aged12–17; same idea as Explorers but aimed at older kids, with activities like sea trips in paddle boats, mountain biking and field trips.

Location

Porto Sani is one of the five hotels that make up Sani Resort, 54kms south of Thessaloniki in Halkidiki, in mainland Greece, on one of the ‘fingers’ of the beautiful Kassandra peninsular. Porto Sani is in the heart of the resort, set back from Sea You beach, behind the central marina and next to Sani Dunes.

Pools

Lovely lagoon-like heated pool outside with toddlers section and adults-only pool, plus indoor spa pool.

Rooms

109 - all family rooms, with 15 interconnecting rooms to form two/three -bedroom family suites.

Spa & Pampering for Adults

The Spa Suite has an indoor pool, hammam, sauna and couples’ suite  with private steam room,  and a gym.

They offer bespoke aromatherapy treatments and Anne Semonin facials.

Personal trainers and one-on-one yoga sessions available.

Spa & Wellbeing for Kids

The spa allows entry to children over the age of 12.  The Teen collection features mani/pedis (25 euros each) and neck and back massage (45 euros), facials (25 euros).

Sports

Sailing, archery, football, dance, tennis, scuba, walking trails, paddle-boarding, yoga, watersports (inc windsurfing and waterskiing). 

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