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.
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.
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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Anastasia Nea Skioni
- Xenios Anastasia Resort & Spa Halkidiki/Nea Skioni, Greece