Ikos Resorts: the Greek destinations redefining luxury
Dreamy beaches and dramatic vistas, glamour and gastronomic flair, sunshine and serenity: Greece has it all. And where better to embark on your toes-in-the-sand odyssey than at the award-winning Ikos Resorts in Halkidiki, Corfu and Kos? Summer starts here…
What do you look for in a holiday? Intrigue? Adventure? Spending a fortnight horizontal, soaking up the rays? Whatever your partiality, one thing’s for certain – you want minimum stress. No big decisions to make, no eye-watering expenses to pay, no jostling for a sunlounger.
Which is where Ikos Resorts comes in, with its upscale take on the all-inclusive concept. At each of its Greek retreats across Halkidiki, Corfu and Kos, the emphasis is on style, detail and, above all, quality. Michelin-starred à la carte menus, attentive 24-hour service and first-class amenities come as standard, at no extra cost. Who says you can’t have it all?
With the scent of cypress pines in the air, near-continual sunshine and an authentic charm, Halkidiki is one of northern Greece’s most seductive destinations. Comprising a trio of verdant peninsulas, which jut into the Aegean Sea, the region boasts a 550km coastline of sandy coves and secluded bays.
It’s here that you’ll find two waterfront Ikos Resorts – Ikos Oceania, just outside the town of Nea Moudania, and Ikos Olivia (opening image), located in the seaside village of Gerakini, both of which have topped ‘best all-inclusive hotels’ lists. It’s easy to see why.
Hazy, lazy days revolve around the uncrowded beach, the pools or in the Ikos Spa by Anne Sémonin, while balmy evenings are about expertly crafted cocktails, fine wines and feasting on gourmet delights under the stars. Throughout, the dedicated Ikos teams shine with a nothing-is-too-much-effort attitude, whether it’s waiter service poolside or complimentary childcare beachside.
And, as at all Ikos Resorts, with the unique Infinite Lifestyle all-inclusive experience, guests can revel in every luxurious aspect of their stay without ever having to worry about the bills piling up.
The Ionian isle of Corfu has a fascinating history having played host to the Romans, the Byzantines and the Venetians before becoming a part of Greece in the 19th century. This heritage remains woven within the fabric of the island, from its ancient fortresses and pastel-hued architecture to its cosmopolitan charisma.
If it’s beach time you’re after, you won’t be disappointed. Corfu prides itself on its golden shores and invitingly calm, clear waters, while inland is thick with silvery olive groves, tucked-away villages and striking mountainscapes.
Set on the east coast, with endless blue-sea views, Ikos Dassia is an alluring blend of contemporary design with five-star facilities. No stone has been left unturned to ensure guests get the most from their all-inclusive break, whether it’s the raft of non-motorised water sports and stellar dining options – or in the smaller touches, such as the daily replenished minibar.
For those who want to step up the indulgence further, the Deluxe Collection allows guests to customise their time away with the Deluxe Concierge service. You’ll be treated to Taittinger on arrival in your stunning suite, pampering treatments, dinner on the beach and even a pillow menu, plus a separate pool and private beach area for exclusive use.
Kick back in Kos
Kos, part of the Dodecanese island chain in the Aegean Sea, is a holiday hotspot for good reason. It’s rich in ruins and churches, bustling harbours and thermal springs, rugged mountains and lush valleys. And it is, of course, blessed with many beaches, some crowded, some less so.
One thing is for sure, you’ll find ample space to lay your towel at Ikos Aria. The 47-acre resort, set on the sunny southwest coast, is a barefoot stroll from the pristine Kefalos beach. Explore hidden coves in a pedalo or paddleboard to the islet of Kastri with its photogenic blue-and-white chapel.
Families will appreciate the indoor and outdoor heated pools. Not to mention the kids’ clubs – another Ikos USP – with their dedicated programme of sports, activities and fun learning. For further adventure, the no-extra-charge Mini Drive Experience is an opportunity to get behind the wheel of one of these iconic cars to explore the local scenery at your own pace.
End the perfect day at one of Ikos Aria’s eight restaurants or, for a taste of something different, the Dine Out experience allows guests to explore traditional Greek eateries across the island. If all this excitement doesn’t guarantee a good night’s sleep, the knowledge that it comes at no additional charge surely will.
British Airways Holidays are backed by the flexibility and reassurance of our customer promise. Secure your 2021 holiday now with low deposits, ATOL protection and 23kg baggage per person as standard. Book your Greek holiday at ba.com/ikos
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