Let’s start in the north. Thessaloniki, Greece’s second city, is big, bustling and alive. Luxurious hotels coat the coast, plus, you’ll find miles of beaches in the Halkidiki region.
A couple’s massage at the hotel’s Anna Semonin spa is the epitome of a luxury Greece holiday.
Enjoy urban Greece. Holidays for couples should start with sightseeing in Thessaloniki. The city is an open-air museum of classical treasures, with the Byzantine baths and an ancient agora. Alexander the Great is celebrated in statues and street names across the city. Start with panoramic views by climbing the White Tower on the waterfront, then eat Greek in the Ladadika District.
Check in: Ikos Oceania. Ikos hotels take All Inclusive very seriously. ‘Infinite Lifestyle’ is the Ikos trademark All Inclusive concept. Ikos Oceania has four fantastic restaurants with menus devised by Michelin-starred chefs and a laden buffet restaurant – these are very popular, so make sure you book in for dinner. Watch the sunset over Mount Olympus every evening, savoured alongside a cocktail or an expertly-selected glass of wine, and even enjoy WiFi on the beach. A couple’s massage at the hotel’s Anna Semonin spa is the epitome of a luxury Greece holiday.
Kids in tow
Did someone order a side of slides? A half-day at Waterland makes a refreshing break from resort life. It’s a small but fun water park and you can get a reduced fare if you go in the early evening. In a region known for its sandy shores, visit Kalogria Beach, which has shallow water, a swim-up island, good snorkelling and quiet beach bars. It’s perfect for families.
Check in: Ikos resorts now dominate Greek All Inclusive for a reason – they offer some of the best service and facilities and the best 5 star hotels in Greece. Ikos Olivia has free kids’ clubs. Heros Kids Club is run by Worldwide Kids, and there’s also Just4Teens for the moodier members of your brood. Booking ahead is strongly recommended to secure places. There’s also childcare on the resorts’ beach, so you can tan in peace.