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Xenios Anastasia Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Nea Skioni
Reviewed 24 June 2012

Just back from a wonderful and relaxing week at The Anastasia. Had a lovely time, met some lovely new friends and will go back.

I hope you find my notes helpful and as a side note - if you lost a ring week ending 16 June, please call reception or PM me as I found it and they have it.

The flight:

Thomas Cook flight - left on time, both ways, efficient and did what it said on the can. Crew friendly and food fine :)

We were met by the rep as we all came through arrivals and then pointed in the direction a VERY long queue (around 150 people) to be ticked off a list by 2 other reps. It would have been a better start of there had been more people to 'process' us.

We had paid the extra for the Platinum package which includes a private transfer, which wasn't cheap, so it might have been a better start to have been met by our driver and fast tracked. Just a thought.

On arrival we were met by smiling reception staff and taken to our room. We had booked the Suite and it was fabulous. A terrace larger than the floor plan of our terraced house (really!) leading from the living room, a dressing area, large bathroom (with jacuzzi in the bath - oh yes!) and bedroom with doors onto the terrace that overlooked the sea. No noise. The bed was enormous and very hard!

My other half joined the sailing group and loved it and we sailed, swam and kayaked all week.

The first day when you have to queue for everything to join was for me a little tense... but once that was done we chilled.

One call out to Scottie the Customer Services manager. Really warm and helpful - and Andrew at the bar.

The sports teams were great fun and helpful as were the reception teams, I lost my kindle on the plane and they found it for me without any fuss.

Food - I think our timing was always off as we had a different experience to other posters - each and every time we came down to eat either the food was gone - waiting to be refilled or plates and glasses were ' just on their way'. I also didn't understand why we had Indian and Chinese evenings (with no alternatives) rather than Greek with an alternative.

The restaurant team seemed enormously inexperienced - English students or gap years, training on the job, I was unaware of a manager managing and they all seemed fairly unhappy or hung over in the mornings - removing plates while we were still eating.

Tips:

First thing to share is there are no cash points in the resort or in the small village nearby. There is a 1.5% cash back facility at reception but if you plan to go into the village for dinner do take Euros with you. Dinner for two with wine in town was around 20 euros each.

The beach is narrow and stoney so take beach /sailing shoes. The sea is as clear as bathwater and warm and beautiful.

Plenty of loungers - the resort was full, and there was no need to get up at 6am to place your towel!

Sunset Cruise - really lovely. Around 35 euros each. 4 people normally on board (we had 6) and plenty of fizz.

Bugs - there are silent mozzies (or something) but no buzzing, just bites! Not too many but take anti H with you.

Pool - lovely.

Platiunum package - I would say take it. You get a good deal for the money.

Full board - again as the local village is very small and a cab ride away (7 euros each way or the transfer shuttle at I think 10 euros return - you can cycle there in about 15 -20 mins but the bikes need to be back by 6pm) I would buy it and then take a view when you are out there. There is a good and pretty place in town called the Olive Tree.

The Greek night is fun and the Bistro nights are served in the garden with a quiz one night and an open air movie the other - as I said I wasn't blown away by the food but it is fresh and the salads and fruits are plentiful.

Obviously a holiday is all about the people and everyone there seemed friendly and generally lovely. We made some good friends and plan to be back. Eyeing up Teos now!

Room Tip: We had the 'Luxury Suite' and yes.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 June 2012

Everything about this Neilson holiday was excellent. The tution staff absolutely made my holiday. It was my ambition to learn how to waterski and with the help of the 3 excellent and very patient watersport lads I managed to achieve this. There is a packed timetable of sports on offer with everything included in the price (including the sailing, waterski-ing, mountain biking etc), unlike some other activity holiday companies.
The buffet meals were of excellent quality, so much so that I managed to put on weight despite all the sporting activities!
I travelled alone but I needn't have had any worries as made to feel welcome by everyone and there was also a 'solo' table laid out for meal times.
The bedrooms are large and comfy with bright modern bathrooms that have built in handwash and shampoo dispensers. The hairdryer isn't so good though, take your own!
There is a built in safe to store valuables, again at no extra cost.
All in all, I had a really fab holiday at an excellent price considering everything that was included. You can do as much or as little as you like with no pressure to take part in anything.
I can't wait to go back next year!

Room Tip: The sea-view rooms in blocks 2,3,4 are worth paying the supplement for
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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 16 June 2012

Upon being greeted at the airport, the staff were very helpful and friendly which lasted throughtout the two weeks we were there. The hotel was very clean and stylish, with the accommodation being the same and very comfortable. Childrens club was fantastic with a wide range of activities. Best holiday ever, one that shall never be forgotten and thoroughly recommended for any family of any ages!

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank Amy2308
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Reviewed 5 June 2012

just returned from a week at the anastasia whith my wife first with neilson, had an overall great time, enjoyed watersports, mark was great instructor, food was top notch thankyou to daryl! service excellent, rooms were comfy and entertainent of good quality , will return next year!!

Room Tip: choose sea view!!
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Reviewed 5 June 2012

From the moment we arrived at the resort we were made welcom, the room looked out on to a terrace and from here we could walk out to the beach. The room was as you would expect from the facility, comfortable and as much as you would need for this type of holiday were you would outside more than in.
All of the staff teams were always willing to help or chat, the service they gave made the holiday. We took part in the windsurfing and dingy sailing and as said before the teams were great and encouraging.The weather for the week we were there was a bit up and down but this challenge to the sailing teams did not put them off and extra sessions were put in by them.
If you go on this holiday it's not just about sitting on the beach.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 June 2012

I'll keep this short and sweet. We had a great time. The resort is fab - lovely pool and very good facilities. Equipment all top standard, especially the mountain bikes. Everything you could want from a Neilson holiday. Staff were very friendly and helpful. The only negative is that the rooms are not soundproofed at all - we could hear every word spoken in the rooms next to us and above us. Luckily we brought earplugs so it didn't cause us a problem.
We would definitely go back - maybe even later on this year!

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 June 2012

We've just returned from two weeks stay and sail holiday - one week in the resort indulging in varied activities from watersports to mountain biking to tennis coaching.; and then a week on Flotilla in the Northern Aegean.
If you think the club is for sailing activities, think again - the Tennis coaches are brilliant and likewise the bike leader. The water ski boys are brilliant too and its all FREE! Coahing and certificates too.
The staff are all really keen to help and always ready with a smile. Any room problems are instantly dealt with - we had a problem with our shower valve - reported it on our way to breakfast and it had been fixed by the time we got back toour room.
Our Flotilla was a one week away which was fab - Porto Koufo is amazing.
Well done Neilson - an 'excellent' experience.

Room Tip: The non club evenings are a bit pricey if you include drinks - you can get a great Carbonara for two...
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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Xenios Anastasia Resort & Spa

Address: | Perimetriki Kassandras, Nea Skioni 630 77, Greece (Formerly Hotel Anastasia Resort)
Region: Greece > Central Macedonia > Halkidiki Region > Nea Skioni
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Nea Skioni
Price Range: £81 - £220 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Xenios Anastasia Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 114
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Xenios Anastasia Resort & SPA is located on the shore of the Aegean Sea, 3 km from the nearest fishing village and away from other hotels. Our hotel offers 115 spacious, cozy rooms of different categories. You can choose a room with a view of the azure endless sea or rest your eyes on the panorama of emerald green mountains strewn with pine trees. The hotel has two bars, where you can enjoy refreshing cocktails throughout the day on "Ultra All-Inclusive" basis. In the restaurant you will enjoy a variety of Mediterranean, Greek and International dishes. SPA area features a heated pool with Jacuzzi, hammam, sauna and treatments for face and body. If you prefer workout exercise, Xenios Anastasia Resort & SPA has two tennis courts and a gym, open from 9:00am till 9:00pm. For the younger guests Xenios Anastasia Resort offers Kids Club, where your child can prove himself an artist, actor or a dancer at the evening children's disco. ... more   less 
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Hotel Anastasia Nea Skioni
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