Sunny Sani Beach, Greece

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With number two arriving in August, so being on UK lockdown during the summer, we looked to sneak is come late summer sun at a kid friendly place that we could take the expanded family to. If you google these types of places the same ones come up time and again, so we booked a week at the Sani Resort in Kassandra, Greece.

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Apart from the flight times, which are horrid, everything else about this October get away was perfect and we lucked out with the weather. Sani Beach Hotel is one of five resorts on the huge Sani campus – the Beach Hotel, where we stayed, had more hotel facilities, and the other main contender, the Club, offers studio villas. Shuttle buses and golf buggies link them all together.

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We had a little garden and a few steps directly down to a pool and beach, and further down the way the Boubalas Beach Bar was a favourite spot to relax on loungers and build sand castles.

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In the middle of it all is the Marina where most of the 24 (!) restaurants are, a load of super fancy shops and a market. We got a full-board deal which gets you a set menu or €50 off your bill for lunch and dinner, but as a lot of other people are on the same deals the restaurants book up. Download the Sani app and make lots of reservations in advance. We also missed out on the free sunset boat cruises as we didn’t pre-book.

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Perhaps unsurprisingly the Greek food was the best and out of the restaurants our favourite in order were Ouzerie, Psaroyannos, Vosporos, MacaroniGrill by the Pool and Cabana. Asian and Ammos weren’t great.

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The Beach House served decent food but deserves a special mention for its gorgeous decor and a prime lounge spot to watch the sun set. The Sea You bar under Katsu (which is also recommended but super pricey) and Ammos were great for sundowners too.

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By the way, who knew that Greek wine was awesome? The whites were fantastically crisp and refreshing: perfect for summer days. The Konstantara Sauvignon Blanc a particular favourite.

If you’re going with a group of families or just want a quieter time Sani Club is the way to go and this looks like the newest addition. The pool here is the warmest – bath water warm – so it’s great for kids.

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We also snuck in to the pool and beach at Sani Dunes one day. The landscaping is beautiful and you can see why these villas have a premium price tag.

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They’ve got lots of crèches throughout the campus to keep kids occupied and we took C to a fun Pippa Pig themed sensory/activity class. They also have something called Babewatch where they’ll watch your kids for 30 mins at the beaches, but we didn’t use it. Whilst it sounds great I can’t see C hanging out with a stranger whilst mummy and daddy have margaritas 20m away.

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All in all we loved our trip: we couldn’t fault it, and we’ll definitely be back.

Until next time

-MKCW

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