We've just returned from a week at the Eagles Palace and as other reviews say, the hotel is stunning, the staff efficient & courteous, the interior & grounds are immaculate, the food is extremely good - great choice with different menus every night (e.g. Italian night, Seafood night, Greek night, Asian night etc).
Our room was nice, perhaps a little small and the furnishings & decor were more 4 star but nice bathroom, very firm beds & everything we needed really. We had a sea view room with a balcony which got the sun at the end of the day. Swallows are nesting everywhere under the eaves above balconies & terraces - beautiful to watch them soaring past, they are a bit noisy first thing in the morning but seem to keep the mosquitos down.
The beach was breathtaking - directly in front of the hotel with white sand and clear waters. The sea was slightly chilly early May (12 degrees) but good for snorkelling and we saw huge shoals of tiny silver fish, pretty blue & yellow striped fish, crabs, jellyfish, spiky urchins & an octopus in the sea grass beds just off shore. There are several showers to use along the beach and plenty of sun beds & fixed sun umbrellas equipped with a bell you can use to summon a waiter to take food & drink orders (recommend the Club sandwich for lunch as delicious & comes with homemade chips so enough for 2). If you are full board then lunch & alcoholic drinks are pretty pricey, but the Greek house white wine is really very good.
We found that a warm-ish breeze picked up late morning which made the sea a bit choppy but you can escape the breeze around the pool on the wide & comfortable sun loungers – all the sun beds around the pool were taken up quite quickly for this reason even though the hotel wasn’t very busy when we were there. Pool is lovely - salt water fed directly from the sea I think so just a few degrees warmer.
Spa was very nice & uses Elemis products, my husband had a great back massage - it's about £50 for a massage. There was one tennis court across road too which was good & hotel lends out rackets & balls free of charge.
The only reason we won't be returning is because the hotel felt isolated as there was nowhere to walk to. The nearest town of Ouranoupolis was a drive away and not pretty or quaint - lots of tourist shops and bars/eateries but not much else except the tower which was unfortunately never open. We went into town to go on the 3 hour cruise to view the Mount Athos monasteries from the sea at 20 euros per person (bit dull unless you have a particular interest in old monasteries and take a pair of binoculars). There were 4 daily free trips on the hotel minibus to Ouranoupolis, these co-ordinated with the monastery boat trip so if you went into town at 10am you had to wait until 2pm to return. As there were no shops within easy reach of the hotel we didn’t manage to buy food cheaply for picnic lunches as we'd hoped to.
But all in all I must say we had a lovely, really relaxing holiday and I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone who wants to just chill out, snorkel, swim, read books and sunbathe around the pool or on the beach. (Plus it would be good if you have a big budget for hiring a boat, windsurfing or scuba diving off the hotel beach).
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Eagles Palace
- Eagles Palace Ouranoupolis
- Eagles Palace Halkidiki/Ouranoupolis, Greece