We stayed at Alia Palace for two weeks at the beginning of August. When we checked into the hotel we were blown away by the views from reception, overlooking Pefkohori and the coastline. The pictures in the travel agents brochure and what we had seen on the Internet do not do the hotel justice!
The hotel grounds were very nice and extremely clean (The staff take a lot of pride in keeping the hotel to a high standard). We stayed in an apartment in the first block back from the hotel on the top floor and it had amazing views from the balcony. The room itself was basic, but was good enough for us and for the time we spent in it. There was also a TV and a fridge. The room was cleaned daily by the lovely, friendly cleaners who couldn't do enough for us and we always had clean towels.
The infinity pool was amazing and rarely felt busy (because of its nice size). Sunbathing around the pool was very relaxing and we never had any problems getting a bed. We did go to the beach on a couple of occasions though. We got the shuttle bus from the hotel, which dropped us off at a restaurant called Fiki. For the best, quietest part of the beach, head left along the beachfront until the last restaurant.
Yes the hotel is on a steep hill but as long as you are relatively fit and active you will have no problems walking up and down it. Lots of people would walk up and down the hill. We loved the exercise too! And for those less active people the hotel has a shuttle bus, which takes you to the town and beach and back.
The staff were all very friendly and helpful, especially Johanna (in customer relations) and Lisa (at the pool bar). The receptionists spoke good English and so did the waitresses/waiters, so we never experienced any communication problems.
We were only bed & breakfast and could not fault the breakfast buffet - there was enough variety so that we never got bored of what we were eating. We probably had dinner at the hotel as much as we ate out and were very impressed. Their fish and meat bbq nights, as well as their Italian night were fantastic. And we couldn't complain about dinner costing 12 euro per person when it was twice as much as that if you ate in one of the nice restaurants in town, although I would recommend eating out as there are some very nice traditional restaurants in the old town (Villa Elena) and the town itself (El Greco's and Balakis).
All in all, a fantastic stay in an impressive hotel with very good quality food and friendly and helpful staff. We look forward to staying at the hotel again one day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in a tranquil yet stunning location overlooking the Cassandra Gulf. The Alia Palace Hotel is situated in Chalkidiki, close to the village of Pefkohori. The hotel is just 500 meters from shops, restaurants and the nightlife of Pefkohori.The hotel provides a free shuttle bus to town and the beach located 600-800 meters away. After relaxing on the beach or by the pool, treat yourself in the spa. Feel the benefits of a seaweed mask, massage or facial nail treatments, massages. Pilates, yoga and other activities like tennis court e.t.a. are available. Free access to the gym is also available. A mini market with tobacco, newspapers and the necessities you would need during your stay is there for you.Enjoy fine wine and cuisine of authentic Greek flavors at the 2 restaurants offering a la carte or buffet-style dining options. Drinks and coffee are provided at the poolside bar, while a welcome cocktail is offered upon arrival. Greek cooking demonstration and wine testing takes place once a week. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Alia Palace
- Alia Palace Pefkohori
- Alia Palace Hotel Pefkohori, Halkidiki, Greece