The big advantage of the resort is PLENTY OF SPACE. The result of this is nice views from rooms of both hotels, possibility to stroll around in the resort, comfortable playgrounds also for football (which is rare) and a feeling of freedom inside the resort for young teenagers in the family. Unique is the yacht marina inside the resort (yacht suites are also provided in Meliton hotel with direct access to the boats)and the separate restaurants/shops in the marina area. Rooms are quite comfortable and fully refurbished since 2003. The place around is peaceful and green, the town of Marmaras being at a distance of 2-3km. The whole Sithonia peninsula is not offered for cosmopolitan life, but still some good choices of little (especially fish) tavernas can be made. Nightlife is not fantastic, but the open concert area of the resort sometimes hosts popular Greek bands/singers with great shows or plays.
1.The hotel gym in both Meliton and Sithonia hotels can be used only in combination with spa and other fitness services with a minimum fee of Eur15 per visit. That is unusual and disappointing.
2. When the hotel is full, the 3 elevators are not sufficient. Another three are needed, the hotel should consider that very seriously.
3. Some extra quality and care would be required at breakfast: a less standardised cheese plateau, a fitness corner, omelettes without ham. To be noted, however: Suites can be served in a separate VIP breakfast room which I didn't see.
4. The dinner offered in the halfboard framework could be extended a bit more in time, as the 2hour time (7:30-9:30pm) is very little and people constantly rush and are in constant movement in the restaurant (like in breakfast). The a la carte restaurant is very good, though. And there's always the choice of dining at the marina restaurant "Naftis", in operation the whole day and till late night with many choices of dishes (of course more expensive than the Marmara tavernas).
5. The East European staff is, indeed, less efficient than the rest of the staff. But this is not peculiar to this hotel only -- it is true everywhere in Greece. I would stress their unwillingness to make the least effort to understand or speak even a basic word of Greek. And I must note that cleaning women were extremely kind, smiling, helpful and discrete.
6. As in many beach hotels, sunbedswith umbrellas on the beach were not enough on peak days and hours. One reason might be that entrance to the resort during the days was allowed with a fee to non-guests. I would suggest restrictions to this practice.
The bottom line: Our 15-17 year-olds were extremely happy there, the atmosphere was extremely relaxing and the sea is warm and enjoyable. It's the ideal place for family holidays to say the least.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On the spectacular coast of Sithonia, surrounded by 1,763 hectares drowned in green, with endless sandy beaches of over 9 km, discover your dream family getaway. The long list of features available is a family’s heaven: water slides, sea water park, kids fun park, diving center, nautical club, horse riding, mountain bike, football, beach volley, basketball, tennis, ping pong, plus an International standard 18-hole Golf course, a luxurious Casino and an amazing Thalassotherapy & Spa Center. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Porto Carras Sithonia Hotel Sithonia
- Sithonia Thalasso Hotel
- Sithonia Thalasso Resort
- Porto Carras - Sithonia Neos Marmaras, Halkidiki