All Inclusive Family Resorts Greece
A slice of serenity: The Ikos Olivia resort is a delightful all-inclusive property in Halkidiki
Ikos Olivia is on the relatively underdeveloped Sithonia peninsula, Halkidiki’s middle finger. Surrounded by lawns, fragrant firs and olive trees, it’s ideal for young children.
We are a family of four, billeted in a two-bedroom suite right on the beach front.
At dawn each day a bulldozer clears the shoreline of unsightly kelp. My three-year-old son Rafael is overcome with excitement (‘Look, Daddy, a bulldozer on the beach!’) while I marvel at the effort involved to keep everything pristine.
It takes no time for us to settle into an indolent routine. Liveried waiters parade the beach gangway bringing us slices of water melon and chocolate milkshakes as we recline on sun loungers.
Even the sea is suffused with lethargy so that I can fitfully snooze as the children paddle in the shallows.
Full speed ahead! Sebastian's son Rafael looks overjoyed as he takes the helm on a boat trip
Sprawling: Ikos Olivia, set in 22 acres in Halkidiki, boasts golden beaches and lush gardens
The 300‑room hotel bills itself as an all-inclusive resort. However, we soon discover there are exclusive zones within the hotel.
On arrival, we are given a Deluxe Collection pass resembling a black credit card that gives us access to a magnificent infinity pool and a specially designated area of the beach.
And, like the proverbial Russian doll, within the exclusive zone we find another exclusive zone.
We are given a Deluxe Collection pass resembling a black credit card that gives us access to a magnificent infinity pool and a specially designated area of the beach
Some guests tell us we cannot sit on their beach loungers. They must be Gold Collection pass-holders — and good luck to them.
The scope for people-watching is endless with a diverse array of social stereotypes.
A gaggle of children criss-cross the hotel grounds on hover boards. One night at dinner I do a double-take when I see a two-year-old boy in a high chair dressed in black tie.