Have just had two weeks with my wife celebrating our 46th wedding anniversary at the Eagles Palace(23 September to 7 October).We have had holidays in 5 star hotels in the Greek islands(Corfu, Rhodes, Crete and Skiathos) and this was far better than any of them. All the staff were friendly and polite and did everything they could to make our holiday as enjoyable as possible.
I am not a fan of buffet meals but the breakfast and dinner buffets had massive choices of very well prepared dishes, in fact the choices were so extensive they did my waist line no good at all.
The welcome (with the sparkling wine) was very friendly and signing in etc was not a chore. The room was very nice and adequately furnished with a sea view as promised. The weather in the second week was not as expected in fact it was so cold my wife had to buy a fleece but obviously that was not the hotel's fault. They arranged several ad hoc entertainments to help keep the guests happy including wine tastings, ouzo tastings (8 different types) and an informative lecture/tasting on coffee, plus guided tours of all the different room/suite types and film shows (all in English). We were informed that 80% of the rooms/junior suites/ suites were to be refurbished/redesigned between the hotel's closure at the end of October and the reopening next April. My wife and I hope to go back next year to see the results of the refurbishment, that in itself is unusual because we like to visit new locations and in fact have never gone back to a hotel in 46 years of marriage.
As I have said all the staff were friendly (and efficient) but special mention must be made of Olga in guest relations who appeared to be the instigator of the extra events arranged and did everything in her power to make up for the unusually poor weather. In addition manager Christos and bar manager Dimitros made the tastings extremely enjoyable and Christos's knowledge of the wines, ouzo and coffee was amazing.
We celebrated our wedding anniversary at the Kamares restaurant and had a first class (Michelin star equivalent) meal in the open air with a fabulous sea view.
Several reviewers have commented that drinks etc were expensive but as far as my wife and I were concerned the prices were what we expected in a 5 star hotel and in some cases much lower than we expected.
The spa facilities were first rate and the stress relieving massage I had certainly lived up to its name.
AS mentioned previously, my wife and I hope to return to this excellent hotel.
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- Eagles palace, member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World offers 157 rooms & suites on a private beach ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Eagles Palace
- Eagles Palace Ouranoupolis
- Eagles Palace Halkidiki/Ouranoupolis, Greece