A former family holiday-home that’s been carefully expanded over the decades, Danai Beach Resort & Villas in Halkidiki is a classic Greek summer-holiday stay. With its private beach, serene spa, three restaurants, plenty of childcare and first-class service, it’s the sort of place you won’t want to leave for your entire trip.
Spa and wellness centre
Peaceful fine dining
A bottle of Greek red wine, and toys (for little Smiths) in your room on arrival
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Most common areas aren’t wheelchair accessible, and the hotel isn’t ideal for guests who have trouble with steps. There’s a noticeably high staff-to-guests ratio, so you’ll always be able to find someone to fetch whatever you need. If you’re even just slightly interested in wine, ask for a tour of the cellar – it’s packed with 1,700 labels from all over the world and inherited from the owners’ collection. Allow 45 minutes down there with the fantastically knowledgeable sommelier (tasting sessions are also available, and if you fancy taking anything back home all bottles are available to buy).
All the normal holiday garb will be useful at Danai, and the atmosphere is mostly informal. Bring a few smarter outfits for evenings out, and flat sandals for exploring the glorious beaches.
The kid-friendly restaurants are mostly informal; Squirrel is slightly smarter.
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If you’re holidaying with kiddos but don’t want to skimp on the grown-up luxuries, Danai Beach Resort & Villas might be your summer-in-Greece fantasy brought to life. The private Makria Lagada beach is exactly the sort of sandy stretch that makes this part of the world such a family-holiday dream – warm safe water, soft white sand, lifeguards on duty and plenty of chic white sunbeds and cabanas – and inside, the decor’s a global mix of carefully curated furniture and art, with no lack of bling. The glittering spa and gourmet adults-only restaurant are there to delight grown-up guests (with babysitters and a crèche at hand so you’ll actually be free to enjoy them) and hours of outdoorsy fun await little Smiths with the watersports and kids club.
Nikiti, Halkidiki, 63088
2.1 mi / 3.4 km from city centre
- Onsite laundry
- Exercise gym
- On-Site parking
- Internet services
- Tennis court
- Room service
Danai's three restaurants give you a range of meal-time options. The most up-market of the three is Squirrel, where chef Vasilis Mouratidis serves up gourmet French flavours. For a particularly memorable evening, opt for the tasting menu. For dining en famille, Andromeda and Anithos are both decidedly child-friendly from the welcoming service to the well-thought-out menus. Anithos serves the most traditional Greek cuisine, and the relaxed Andromeda restaurant has an ever-changing menu of international dishes.
Grab a table with a view at the Anithos and watch the sun go down. For extra special meals, the incredible wine cellar seats up to eight for private dinners or you can dine on the beach.
The day begins with breakfast in the Pavillion from 8am, and the bar closes after the last guest has gone to bed.
Plenty of grown-up and kid-friendly dishes from the Andromeda and Anithos menus can be delivered to your room, day or night.
The laid-back Sea Side bar serves snacks and cocktails all day in a space that feels as cosy as a living room. With the superlative sea views, you’ll feel like you’re out island-hopping without ever leaving the mainland. Children are welcome, and even have their own bar menu.
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