Nestled in Halkidiki in northern Greece, between the lush green mountains, olive groves and tropical palm trees and the beautiful Blue flag-awarded Elia beach, lies the luxurious Anthemus Sea Beach Hotel & Spa. HELLO! Online's travel writer Miriam Foley explores...
Complete with a cool beach bar facing the crystal clear Aegean Sea, sunbeds stretching the picturesque bay, three lagoon swimming pools, and daily activities including beach yoga, water aerobics and even fun and games for the little ones, you'll never want to leave the safe haven of this award-winning 5-star hotel.
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The 5-star Anthemus Sea Beach Hotel & Spa is situated in Halkidiki, northern Greece
After a few hours in the sun, the oriental spa – a work of art in its own right – is the perfect place to while away a few hours and relax and rejuvenate away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. A massage is a must. While the offering is more than complete, you'll have the wonderful staff on hand to talk you through what best suits you. Try the Balinese dry massage or the lotus deep massage – they'll leave you feeling like a new person.
A massage in the beautiful oriental spa is a must
Come night, there is no need to venture far – various restaurants offering fine dining are at your fingertips. The beach taverna preserves the rich local culinary traditions mixed with a touch of contemporary creativity in dishes such as baked sea bream and grilled octupus – using the fresh catch of that very morning.
The range of fine dining options, live music and entertainment mean you needn't leave the luxury resort
In the rooftop restaurant enjoy a cocktail or one of the sumptuous chocolate desserts, the cool sea breeze and the dulcet tones of the lovely Sonja, the resort's in-house musician who sings British pop favourites – or Greek classics upon kind request – accompanied by a guitar.
Should you wish to tear yourself away from this piece of paradise, hop on the shuttle bus to the nearby villages of Neos Marmaras or Nikiti. There you can indulge in some shopping, have a stroll and in Nikiti, visit a famous honey factory where the local honey comes from – which you can try at the wonderful buffet breakfast.
Local produce, fresh fish and seafood give a new meaning to the concept of Greece's culinary delights
Better yet, rent a car and explore the surrounding beaches and secluded coves that are hidden off the beaten track for yourself – you may find you have the entire beach just for you.
If lounging on a beautiful beach or poolside by day, being wined and dined by night, and being pampered all the way by the hotels' incredibly attentive staff who make you feel at home is what you're after, consider it found...
For more information visit anthemussea.gr