Resort Assessment: The Eagles Villas, Halkidiki, Greece

The Eagles Villas lately opened as an extension to the 5 star Eagles Palace resort. The clutch of villas are situated solely a ten minute drive from the picturesque village of Ouranolopis, the bodily border earlier than the holy grounds of Mount Athos, on the quietest finger of the three digit Halkidiki peninsula.

Every of the 42 stylishly designed villas – full with personal plunge swimming pools and backed by breath-taking views of Mount Athos and a Hollywood blue bay beneath – allow friends to indulge within the show-stopping meals and services of the resort while having fun with their very own quiet nook of Greece. And there’s even a non-public island only for friends. Not rather more to ask for, actually.

Who for

Accessible with one, two or three bedrooms, the villas are engaging to any mixture of customer, with or with out youngsters.

I travelled with my husband, Martin, for an extended awaited getaway (much less romance, extra peace and quiet with out our youngsters). However equally we noticed friends of all ages. Although the venue appeared particularly well-liked with worn-out younger with infants who may solar themselves subsequent to their plunge pool whereas their infant had a morning snooze inside. They likely additionally took benefit of a useful youngsters membership to take pleasure in one thing lengthy and funky on the seashore bar.

Lodging

junior villa

junior villa

Positioned over a slim bridge from the primary Eagles resort, the stone cube-shaped Eagles villas mix right into a hillside full of woozily scented herbs comparable to lavender and rosemary, olive groves and a palette of lipstick-bright flowers.

We opted for a junior pool villa. With a spacious open plan bed room and seating space with couch mattress, it was splendid for 2 adults (and one little one – although not this time for us). It was additionally inside a simple stroll of the assorted Eagles Palace eating places. Positioned at some peak from the seashore (although solely a 5 minute stroll – with numerous resort buggies providing 24/7 lifts across the resort), there was one thing particularly uplifting about having the ability to gaze down on the slumbering bay on waking every morning.

Meals & Drink

Selection is an excellent factor till it’s a must to make it – and on the Eagles Palace and Villas it’s merely overwhelming.

Lofos is the Villas’ relaxed fine-dining restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Every morning, it was a battle to not overload on home-made bread, native honey, conventional greek cheese pie and opulent figs.

However there are such a lot of locations to eat right here. We particularly liked the choices of the fishy, beachside Armyra restaurant: crisp native sardines, and pillowy delicate sea bass washed down with the native Ouzo (although wine connoisseur will benefit from the wine record).

Restaurant

Eleonas Restaurant

One evening we opted for Eleonas by Fuga, an Italian themed restaurant the place the freshly made pasta is doused in herby tomato sauces and the pizza is to die for.

Although if you need the fine-dining expertise Kamares by Spondi is the place to eat. Apostolos Trastelis, an award-wining legend of the Greek eating scene, and proprietor of Michelin starred Spondi and Hytra has acted as advisor at Eagles Palace, overseeing all of the eating places and bars within the resort and this has his high-quality fingerprints.

Services

The fantastic thing about the Eagles villas and palace is that you would be able to be as lively or lazy as you need. Actually initially, lazy aced the selection – although my cycle-mad different half instantly employed one of many bikes accessible on the seashore entrance and went cresting the hillsides across the resort. (Being situated on a peninsular the views of the ocean lapping all sides of the panorama are well worth the toil).

Outdoor pool

Outside pool

For me, there was simply an excessive amount of temptation to do nothing – what with my very own plunge pool, a separate heated freshwater pool with a knock out swim-up bar. And naturally the personal seashore the place attentive workers seem like a mirage to deliver that ice chilly coke and the place stands are thoughtfully positioned, full of towels, lemon flavoured ice water and recent fruit.

On a reasonably lively day I made it to the blissful Elemis Spa for a creamy facial – one thing I by no means have time to do at residence. (I didnt dare inform my teenage daughter there’s additionally a babies’s spa menu).

If I had had the inclination there was additionally morning yoga and free classes in Greek delicacies.

Wi-Fi accessible

Sure

How a lot

A Junior Pool Villa ​begins from 442 Euro per villa per evening on BB foundation.

What’s close by

One of many nice points of interest of the Eagles resort are the islands which slumber off the coast of Halkidiki. On in the future we employed bikes on the Eagles Palace, and took the 2 mile ferry journey over to Ammouliani. Fringed by dazzling seashores and azure blue waters, this little island – with a resting inhabitants of round 600, although it swells to way more in season – heaves with olive timber, secret alley methods and, as a hen sanctuary a number of feathered guests.

On one other event, we employed a motorboat on the resort and journeyed over once more to Ammmouliani, this time to swim and dip across the shore line. Nonetheless one of many stands out locations to go to was the adjoining uninhabited island of Drenia.

This unspoilt chip of land has now been privately rented by the Eagles Palace and Villas  in order that friends can go to the attractive white sands and crystal waters of this little island. Actually, as out motor boat cruised to a standstill and we jumped into the translucent sea; it felt like the surface world was a spot far too distant to fret about. Pure magic.

A ten minute taxi drive – the resort offers shuttle buses – will take you to Ouranopolis an enthralling city constructed on the shores of the Singitic Bay on the location of an historic metropolis of the identical identify.

Speckled with fairly shore aspect taverna and cobbled streets crowded with geranium, the city is topped by the imposing tower of Ouranopolis. Now serving as a museum of Christian antiquities from Halkidiki, guests may study writers and help employees  Joice and Sydney Loch who visited the village in 1922. They by no means left, paying a peppercorn to dwell within the tower and assist the younger neighborhood to ascertain itself, establishing medical care and inspiring the creation of a cottage trade for locals producing handmade carpets.

For many individuals, although, Ouranolopolis offers the gateway to Mount Athos, from the place day by day boats journey to view the monasteries of the holy mountain. Although – and girls please look away now – solely males are permitted to really enter the Mount Athos area. Girls usually are not allowed inside 500m of the coast. However it could actually nonetheless make for a fascinating boat journey.


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