Sani Dunes

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Beach life meets high life at Sani Dunes. A chic destination where the sophisticated ambience, exceptional cuisine and `grown-up` environment promise the warmest of welcomes. Where contemporary style combines perfectly with sublime touches of Mediterranean elegance; handcrafted furniture, gorgeous fabrics and natural woods abound. While the exclusive spa, private beach and expansive pools simply add to the pleasure. At Sani Dunes an unforgettable experience awaits for couples and families with children over 12 years old.

Information & Facts

Accessibility

There are no rooms and resort facilities for guests with special needs 

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  through mountains and forests to  ancient  Stagira. See the old 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

Meteora: drive past Mount Olympus and Kalampaka to the stone forest: hundreds of unusual rock formations sticking out from the ground, some with monasteries perched on top

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 its 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

Keeping the kids entertained is a big thing at Sani and they do it brilliantly with specialist academies for football, sailing and dance, and kids clubs run to UK Ofsted standards.

Sani Dunes was designed originally for adults and children of 12 years and upwards, and although it now welcomes all ages, as it doesn't have in-house kids’ clubs (but you can use those at the other hotels), it is probably still best for families with older children.

Families at Dunes can book any of the resort’s  child-friendly facilities, which are:

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

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

Melissa mini club (ages 4yrs  – 12yrs). Free

Free teens club aged 13 – 17) with the Ozone club teenhouse for 12 – 17 year 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

The in-house  spa, D Spa,  with its hammam and Anne Semonin treatments, plus one-on-one yoga classes, and aromatherapy massages.  There is poolside bar and Dunes has a more grown-up atmosphere than some of the other Sani hotels.

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. Calm water is ideal for kids and it has a Blue Flag. Lifeguards, sunbeds, towel service, shower, bar, 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

Partly exclusive to  Porto Sani guests:  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)

Digital Detox / Digital Overload

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

Endorsement Quote

Sani Resort is one of the very few places in the world that I have chosen to go to more than once, as it is just so perfect for families.  It is on a sandy beach (not always the case in Greek hotels) with safe swimming, and there are myriad pools and plenty to do for both adults and kids (either together or separately). Each hotel has a slightly different spin on what makes a good family holiday, so you can find one that’s the perfect fit for you.  The Dine Around programme (using full/half board allowance in the Marina restaurants) means you don't get bored with the food in your own hotel.  

We‘ve been here on our own and with other families, with ages ranging from 3 – 11,  and all have loved it. As it is in an enclosed resort, you feel perfectly safe letting older children roam around, and the kids’ clubs are excellent. If you have any energy left after entertaining the kids all day, book a babysitter and treat yourselves to some  Ibiza-style beach bar fun at  Bousoulas beach, at the far end of the resort, with its DJs and day beds. 

Family Traveller's Recommended Family Rooms

The best for families are the Family Rooms with Private Garden (two double rooms with private gardens with an interconnecting door sleeping 4 people),  or the Deluxe family suite (two interconnecting suites with private gardens)   Suites sleep up to 5.

Food & Drink

Fresco – headed up by Michelin star-winner Ettore Botrini, serves up classic Italian cuisine.  Dinner only

Beach House: simple Mediterranean food open lunch and dinner

The Market: this poolside restaurant is open for breakfast (buffet style) and delicious Mediterranean à la carte lunch and dinner,   focussing on local organic produce

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

Any kids’ menus? Yes, healthy eating kids’ menus including pureed food for babies and toddlers

Any areas for kids to play while adults eat: No,  they like to maintain more of an adult ambience

Do they do packed-lunches/picnics for excursions etc? Yes

Getting There

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

Hotel Shop

Bakery/patisserie and supermarket in Sani Marina, plus mini markets at Sani Beach and Sani Club hotels 

Hotel Vibe

Opened in 2017, the elegant and stylish Dunes was originally designed for  adults and older children, but as the rest of Sani is such a hit with families they have now opened this one to children of all ages, 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

Set back from a long stretch of sandy beach edging the clear, calm sea, Sani Dunes is near the marina, which lends the resort a touch of village life, so you don't get that usual package-holiday claustrophobia if you spend the whole time on the resort. If your main aim is to keep the kids happy, you really don't need to venture out, but if you do, it's only about 30 minutes’ drive to nearby Afytos Village (14 kms away) with its small streets of shops (some good ones, not just the usual tourist tat), bars and restaurants, and a small square where the Greek families sit of an evening and watch their children play. 

Pools

Sani Dunes has a heated indoor pool and the largest outdoor pool in Greece. Dunes’ guests can use all the other hotel pools apart from the ones in Asterias

Rooms

146 rooms, of which 24 are family rooms (interconnected)

Spa & Pampering for Adults

Anne Semonin treatments at the D-Spa in six treatment rooms. There is a Jacuzzi and Thai massage cabin, and fitness studio. The couples suite has a private steam bath.

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)

Sports

Sailing, archery, football, dance, tennis, scuba, walking trails, paddleboarding, yoga, watersports (inc windsurfing and waterskiing) 

Rooms

146 rooms, of which 24 are family rooms (interconnected)

Room Service

Yes - 24 hours (service charge applies)

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