Ekies All Senses Resort, Halkidiki, Greece: A Hotel Review
Ekies All Senses Resort is surrounded by untouched nature perched between mountains with its private beach overlooking the aqua sea. The individually designed rooms are modern yet quirky, the food outstanding, and the vibe offers barefoot luxury at its best.
Ekies All Senses Resort (member of Design Hotels) is a design-led 4-star hotel located on the bay of Vourvourou in Sithonia, the ‘second finger’ of Halkidiki, a 2-hour drive from Thessaloniki, Greece. It sits on its own private beach overlooking the Mediterranean sea, caves and pine trees with a stunning mountain chain as a backdrop. With its slightly secluded location, the resort offers a stylish yet relaxed vibe. It’s a magical place to kick off the shoes, indulge in modern (and delicious) Greek cuisine, soak up the stunning sunset and switch off from the hectic day-to-day life.
We arrive by the hotel’s minibus and are taken to the reception which is a chic and arty room filled with fun and unique clothes and accessories for sale. Once we received our room keys we are guided through the resort via small pathways passing the pool area, the spa and several of the buildings spread between palm trees and local fauna which include 69 rooms in total including 10 suites, and 52 luxury rooms.
The resort is situated in a Natura 2000-protected area meaning strict restrictions are in place in order to preserve nature, which means the resort has been built to seamlessly blend into the already existing landscape. Walking around the resort is an experience in itself where plants, herb gardens and flowers are effortlessly spreading out between the individually designed rooms (some with private pools).
Unique and individually designed rooms
All eco-friendly designed rooms and suites differ in style and size, however, there’s a white-on-white theme with modern wood furniture and plenty of natural light. Some of the rooms situated right next to the restaurant and by the beach have a traditional Greek interior and a private terrace, which is where we end up staying.
The room has a private entrance and outdoor area kitted out with a sofa and table and chairs – a perfect spot to enjoy a late afternoon drink in the shade. The room has beautiful mosaic flooring, a large daybed with so many cushions I lost count, a king-sized bed, a separate walk-in shower room and a bathroom. The amenities are from the Greek brand Papoutsanis and the shower gel ‘Olivia Thinks’ is made from organic olive oil and Aloe Vera and vitamin E and is divine.
The private beach overlooking the mountain range features luxurious sun loungers and umbrellas in earthy tones. There is a water-sport centre for guests interested in snorkelling or kayaking. One of the most popular sunbathing spots is on the large jetty featuring several bean bags, umbrellas and sunbeds.
During the busy summer months, the prime jetty spots are allocated to specific room numbers, however, during low season, there’s a good chance to score one of the twin beds for an entire day. Beachgoers can enjoy an all-day menu, snacks as well as cocktails, mocktails and various drinks.
Modern Greek Cuisine
In 2017, the beach and restaurant areas were renovated by Milan-based designers CTRZK. The result is a modern yet earthy feel.
Bubu is the main a la carte restaurant and Kuko is the half-board option. The contemporary Greek cuisine at Kuko, the same restaurant where breakfast is served in the mornings, includes starters such as tuna tataki, mini tacos, handmade mini cheese pies, and Athenian salad. Some of the most popular main courses are the handmade chicken gyros (delicious) and ‘kontosouvli’ marinated pork fillets. For dessert, the Ferrero cake is hard to resist and so is the banoffee. For those craving something less sweet, the cheese platter with Greek cheese and homemade chutneys is impressive.
During the summer months, the Treehouse is open which is the resort’s gourmet restaurant offering a spectacular view with limited seating serving a degustation menu.
The two bars, Loligo beach bar and Lagus pool bar serve a great selection of cocktails, wine, beer and non-alcoholic options.
Who is this resort for?
Ekies All Senses Resort is popular among young families thanks to the relaxed and family-vibe, outdoor playground, and children’s pool. The restaurants cater to the little ones with kids’ portions and there are babysitting services on-site.
The romantic location makes the resort a perfect hideaway for couples as well. The rooms, especially those with private pools offer privacy and the Spa and Fitness centre are great ways to get pampered. And the stunning Greek sunset makes the beach bar the perfect spot to enjoy a romantic evening.
For more information and bookings visit https://ekies.gr/