ADVERTORIAL • May 2019
Forget bottomless buffets and watered-down pina coladas. Nowadays, the ‘all-inclusive’ is appetising a la carte menus, one-of-a-kind guest experiences and attentive service – all of which are waiting for you at Ikos Resorts. From the Halkidiki Peninsula to the islands of Corfu, Kos and the golden coastline of the Costa del Sol, here’s why these beachside resorts are rocking the all-inclusive world
Whether holidaying amongst the lush forests of Halkidiki (Ikos Resorts has not one but two resorts here), on the islands of Kos and Corfu or, from next year, at their first Spanish property on the Costa de Sol, Ikos Resorts’ Infinite Lifestyle all-inclusive experience is focused on one thing – total luxury. Michelin-starred dining, well-chosen wine menus and 24-hour room service come as standard at each resort. Thoughtful extras such as a contemporary wellness programme, complimentary childcare, and waiters serving tropical cocktails poolside mean you can kickback in sun-drenched style, all without the worry of a bill piling up.
The sparkling waters of the Mediterranean are enticing enough, but with diving, kayaking, water-skiing and windsurfing on offer and a number of vast freshwater swimming pools, Ikos Resorts certainly know how to make a splash. Landlubbers might prefer to play tennis, sign up for Aqua Fit, catch a show or get their culture fix on the Sense of Place experience, which provides a series of unique sightseeing trips. One thing everyone will love? The no-extra-charge MINI Drive Adventure – an opportunity to get behind the wheel of one of these iconic cars to explore the local scenery at your own pace.
The resorts’ private, sheltered beaches and dedicated children’s pools will keep little ones amused for hours. Mums and dads will be oh-so-happy too, at the prospect of 30 minutes’ free beach childcare (ample opportunity for an express facial in the spa or a pit-stop at the bar). If parents want a little more ‘me time’, the kids’ club options are impressive, welcoming tots to teens with activities such as eco-learning adventures, beach volleyball and a minidisco. And with the first child up to the age of 12 staying at Ikos Resorts gratis, family time just got more fun.
Cool, contemporary and spacious, the well-appointed rooms at Ikos Resorts are designed with the discerning guest in mind. Each comes with a private balcony, garden or individual pool, affording views over frangipani-scented grounds and dazzling seascapes. Daily replenished minibars, Nespresso machines and Smart TV sets with online apps are welcome touches. Bathrooms are equally roomy with rain showers and baths, and plenty of Anne Sémonin beauty products for a post-beach pampering.
Holistic holidaymakers will not be disappointed – the Ikos Resorts spa offering is second-to-none. Signature treatments by renowned French skincare brand Anne Sémonin – which specialises in heavenly smelling products containing trace elements and essential oils – include everything from deep cleansing purifying body wraps to anti-ageing facials. If you’re looking to up the wellbeing ante, there’s also a steam room and sauna, as well as yoga and Pilates – while a state-of-the-art fitness studio is the ideal place to get those endorphins flowing.
All that sand, sea and spa-ing worked up an appetite? Feasting at Ikos Resorts is a highlight. The a la carte restaurants offer breakfast, lunch and dinner menus curated by Michelin-starred chefs, with every taste catered for from robust Italian to Asian fusion. The Ikos CAVA wine cellar has over 300 wines, which a sommelier will pair to your meal, and not to overlook the cocktails – all crafted by an award-winning mixologist and made with premium-brand spirits. If you’re looking for a slice of something different, the Dine Out experience means guests can explore authentic Greek restaurants outside the resort – and absolutely no need to take your wallet.
For full-on luxe, book a Deluxe Suite and experience a whole new level of indulgence with the Deluxe Collection. From the personalised holiday planning options offered on booking to the exclusive check-in, unpacking service and chilled bottle of Taittinger on arrival, no detail has been overlooked. Complimentary spa massage? No problem. A sunset dinner on the beach? Can do. Exclusive amenities, including separate pool and beach areas? But, of course. Deluxe guests will even have a special pillow menu. If that doesn’t guarantee a good night’s sleep, the knowledge that this all comes at no extra charge surely will.
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