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“Spectacular location for beach/pool holiday” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Eagles Palace
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Ouranoupolis
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Spectacular location for beach/pool holiday”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2013

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).

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Shaftesbury, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2013

From the moment you arrive the staff greet you with genuine warmth. Not quite a 5 star Hotel as there would need to be an upgrade on the finishing touches ....maybe a bit unfair as what you did get was more than adequate and for a holiday hotel was excellent.
The Spa was very good and again the staff were brilliant nothing too much trouble ..not quite a total relaxing experience but we have had worst.
Breakfast buffet was again very good full of choices, certainly something for everyone's taste. The evening meal again excellent choices though the Gala Dinner needs revamping as it was slightly disappointing in its presentation.
The cocktail bar was superb.. led by Christos and his team an experience not to be missed.
The pool and beach areas were kept very clean and tidy and service again excellent though it was not very busy and the summer may be a challenge.
We did not hire a car and used the Hotels bus service and taxis a descent service.

Room Tip: Go for a sea view
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Plovdiv
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8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2013

This was my second stay in Eagles Palace with friends. And I'm sure it want be the last! I love this place- the small details make this place so relaxing and special. From the pool area, to the beach and the lovely dining&relaxing places- all is gorgeous. The gardens -stunning! The food is good and the staff excellent. The small village of Ouranoupoulis is in a few minutes driving distance- there you can find many fish taverns with fresh and delicious sea food. I also recommend a boat trip to Mount Athos. If you are looking for a relaxing hotel with no fuss-this will be your place :)!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Alton, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2013

A really beautiful hotel with stunning views. The staff were amazing, from the restaurant and bar staff to the senior hotel management. The whole family (including kids of 6 and 4) were made to feel so welcome and the staff could not do enough for us. The standard of food, rooms, pools and beaches were all excellent and extremely well maintained. The kids club and spa were also excellent. The hotel is fairly remote, but that makes it very relaxing. We did do the recommended boat trip to Mount Athos which was absolutely amazing and very good value for money. I would only mark the hotel down on the price of food and drinks (which are expensive) but I think this is the same across Greece (and the eurozone) at present.

Room Tip: If you can afford it pay for a sea view room - the view is stunning!
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2013

I really enjoyed my stay at the Eagles Palace but I don't think it is a 5 star hotel. The ambience is lovely and for a large hotel there are lots of very pleasant and intimate seating/dining areas. The food was good and the staff were excellent, particularly Olga and Christos and his bar staff. It seemed we had the beach and the pool to ourselves sometimes which felt very decadent but of course it was mid season . I think the heavily discounted price we paid for our half board stay was excellent value for money - I certainly would not have wanted to pay top whack!

Unfortunately if the weather is poor or you don't want to chill out and enjoy the beach, there isn't a vast selection of things to do in the immediate area. The hotel spa is fine and there is a tennis court and small gym. But the location is quite remote and even with a car you have to cover significant distances to see places of interest. The little village of Ouranoupolis and Ammouliani island are nearby and certainly worth visiting but there aren't the numerous quaint mountain villages, pretty fishing towns and historical sites I thought there would be . Poor research on my part I suppose!!

We decided not to take a boat to see Mount Athos, The Holy Mountain. This a a men-only monastic state which unless you have a permit and are male, you can only view from the sea. I couldn't work out if the trip would be worthwhile. The scenery and monasteries are supposed to be quite impressive but since the journey would take up most of the day and the weather was poor, we gave it a miss.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2013

First, we arrived there and the doormen immediately offered their service. They came immediately, smiled and were very very kind. They took our luggage and walked us to reception. The receptionist ladies were outstanding, very kind and smiled. Level of hospitality- 10 out of 10. Georgia and Irini were extremely kind and helpful with everything. They were kind and smiled all the time and ready to assist at all times. All the employees were extremely kind and smiled all the time. Always helpful and that's the way a hospitality company should operate. I was impressed with them. Amazing people. Everybody from the maids to the waiters and managers was extremely hands-on and polite. They were available at all times for us no matter how busy it was. The waiters did everything, whatever we requested they did. They were fast and professional. Their uniforms were neat and clean. Their dress code was perfect. Obviously the trainings they have are of a very high standard.

Exterior: the parking lot was amazingly beautiful, so green and having so many beautiful flowers everywhere. The building outside looks like a big mansion and it is indeed pretty. The palms and all the greenery just make it so beautiful and clean. The balconies and all the facilities there were just like heaven. The beach was amazing- clean and calm. All the facilities were new. The beach was like a private beach of the hotel. Just breathtaking. Crystal clear water and so many palm trees everywhere. So beautiful, indeed.

Interior: The lobby, restaurants and spa are stunning. I was amazed how beautiful they were. The wall with the water running on it in the spa is a great idea and really impressed me. So creative and splendid. All necessary facilities could be found there. The rooms were a bit too plain for such a hotel. I had higher expectations of them prior to my visit, plus you could hear everything in all other rooms almost on the floor. So the isolation should be better. I heard al babies crying all the time and couples fighting there, which is absolutely bad. The TV, lamps and bathroom were okay, but the beds and some of the colors inside weren't matching at all. So it looked kind of kitsch in a bad way (I mean why bright red color on earth with some figures on it), absolutely a horrendous and tasteless combination. Other than this, the balconies were great, the atmosphere was calm. The ambience was great in the restaurants- the music was pleasant and quiet. The internet connection was relatively fast. The toilets were clean and smelled nice. The smell in the whole hotel was great. The smell in the yard was great too thanks to the flowers.

Customer retention methods: The staff was very very friendly. The maids were giving food gifts every night. I found it amazing, that they would bring a letter or announcement to your room with food gifts every night. I think the idea is amazing and I loved it. It definitely makes you feel special. They also offered us free champagne as soon as we arrived there, as a welcome drink , while we are seated waiting for them to register us in the system. It was great. Really well-thought of. Excellent!

I could sleep very very well there. I also think that the climate is very good for sleeping in Greece. (plus the smell of sea next to you). Everything was very very clean and 90% of the facilities were new and expensive. The location was great, the quality of the food was amazing as well. The different thematic food nights were amazing- such as seafood theme night or other themes. Just continue this way! I found it amazing. The food was warm and always well-prepared. The presentation of the food was great. Its taste was amazing too. Everything was fresh. The smell of the food was great too. There were many alternatives a person could choose from.

In retrospect, I had an amazing experience and think this is a place you MUST visit! It was outstanding and if I could I would stay there forever or return asap! It's truly a paradise on earth!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2013

Stayed here several times. Lovely unspoilt private beach, spent most of the time lazing in the sunshine. Friendly, professional staff. Beautiful views from the seaview rooms. Buffet breakfasts and dinners very good with lots of choice. Brilliant scuba diving centre on the beach, also water sports and boats to hire. Quiet tranquil place but maybe too many unsupervised toddlers running around late in the evening. Used to be a a little pontoon to swim out to and rest on plus chat with other guests but it disappeared in 2012. Hope it will be re-instated very soon. Taxis are scarce and it's too far to walk to Ouranoupolis but the hotel runs a minibus service.

Room Tip: Seaview definitely
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Golfer717940
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Property: Eagles Palace
Address: Ouranoupolis 63075, Greece
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Region: Greece > Central Macedonia > Halkidiki Region > Mt. Athos Peninsula > Ouranoupolis
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Ouranoupolis
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Ouranoupolis
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Eagles Palace 5*
Number of rooms: 157
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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