Porto Sani Village
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I am a person who travels a lot due to the type of my job but also because I love traveling. Usually I choose five star hotels for a comfortable stay paying the corresponding cost. Unfortunately, sometimes I have stayed to expensive hotels that were not what they should be.
In lack of availability sometimes I have to stay in cheaper ...
A few days ago, during a two-days trip to Halkidiki , I had the opportunity to attend a "Greek night" at Secret Paradise Hotel & Spa in Nea Kallikratia.
"Greek night" means a special live music feast, organized by many hotels in Greece for their tourist guests of different nationality. The purpose is to get them acquainted with the ...
... A couple of days ago we played golf on the nearby Porto Carras course (part of a horrible massive hotel resort) and in reality the reason for me choosing here as a stop over. The course was very interesting in design but in very poor condition. Very dry, and greens and fairways bare in patches. We were going to play twice but decided that it wasn't worth the even the 40E they charged. Clearly a struggling venture most of the players were expats from ...
The drive was only about 450 KM but it took forever on small roads with pot holes in Bulgaria. Crossing from Bulgaria to Greece the customs were yet again confused but 'Ferri Bot Istanbul' explained everything. The Greek customs guy approached the car looking at the Arabic number plates and said very slowly 'Do you speak English?. ' Should I have confessed, after all these years elsewhere, yes, only English really, but the first ...
... need to recharge our batteries, so we made reservation to the Secret Paradise Hotel & Spa and decided to spend the night.We arrived at noon, a bit tired, a lot hungry! We decided to try out the hotel’s restaurant where we were happy to realize that food was of traditional Greek cuisine with authentic recipes.
It was drizzling all early afternoon, yet we enjoyed our coffee under the tents ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Porto Sani Village
Das ist kein 5 Sterne Hotel!
Wir waren mit unserer 7jährigen Tochter (die das Hotel wunderbar fand!) im Porto Village. Meine größte Beschwerde liegt im eigentlichen Standard und in der Auswahl des Essens. In der Werbung des Hotels wird gepriesen, dass sie 19 Restaurants haben, aber allen fehlt das gewisse Etwas!! Im Großen und Ganzen ist das Essen gut. Die Betten im Zimmer und die Sonnenbetten im Poolbereich entsprechen nicht einem 5 Sterne Standard und der Service an der Bar und in den Restaurants ist sehr langsam. Das einzige was wirklich stimmt, ist der Fahrradverleih und das man das Gefühl hat, es sei sicher für Kinder alleine mit ihren Freunden herumzulaufen. Meiner Meinung nach handelt es sich mehr um ein gutes 4 Sterne als um ein 5 Sterne Hotel!
Wir machen jedes Jahr im Mai und im September für zwei Wochen im Porto Sani Urlaub. Die Gründe sind ziemlich einfach: Zwei Stunden Flug, und schon ist man an einem weißen Strand in den Karibik, der Service im Porto ist einwandfrei, natürliche Freundlichkeit des gesamten Personals, keine aufgesetzte 5-Sterne Freundlichkeit. Jedes Mal, wenn wir hierherkommen, fühlt es sich an, als kämen wir nach Hause. Die gesamte Anlage ist makellos sauber, der Lagunenpool bei Nacht sieht zauberhaft aus, und in der Sea Breeze Bar kann man gleich neben dem Pool seinen Athiri schlürfen, während Nikos, Jannis, Maria und Daica Sie mit erstklassigem Service verwöhnen. Der Garten wird von Kostas, dem Gärtner, wunderbar gepflegt, und beim Pool unter einer Palme zu liegen, ist so entspannend. Nur sehr wenige britische und deutsche Liegestuhlbesetzer... diese Art von Gästen kommen nicht ins Porto! Sollte doch mal ein Problem auftauchen oder Ihnen irgendetwas nicht gefallen, wenden Sie sich einfach an Herrn Kevin Kainz, den besten Troubleshooter, den Sie je kennen lernen werden. Wenn Sie eine Deluxe-Suite buchen, bekommen Sie Ihr Frühstück im Byblos Restaurant. Im Byblos gibt es auch sehr gutes Abendessen, exquisite Küche, probieren Sie mal das Crème Brulée! Mit das beste am Porto: Es gibt keine Animation, so dass man einen wirklich entspannenden Urlaub genießen kann. Wenn Sie eine friedliche, gelassene Atmosphäre suchen, dann ist das Porto das Richtige für Sie.
Just come back from two weeks at Porto Sani Village, with my wife and three year old son.
Stayed in a suite which was really comfortable (although not particularly plush), a good size and very clean.
All of this particular part of the resort is immaculate - the apartment, bar, restaurant, pools, sun-loungers, gardens.
We booked B&B on the Sani website and were surprised how much cheaper it was compared to going through a travel company. The resort has their own luxury taxi service to get guests to and from the airport (something that some travel companies were quoting as a £50 surcharge).
The only negative thing we could find with Porto Sani Village was that when we booked B&B we weren't made aware of the fact that the hotel's restaurant (Artemis) was primarily reserved for the half board guests. The receptionist actually told us on our second day that we had virtually no chance of getting into the restaurant for our entire stay. We decided then and there to upgrade to half board and managed to immediately make a reservation for the restaurant (which was definitely worth it).
It is also worth mentioning that it was cheaper for us to book B&B and upgrade to half board than booking half board initially!
The hotel also offer a dine-around scheme, whereby if you want to eat at one of the several restaurants around the marina you are issued with vouchers for redemption at the restaurant of your choice. These vouchers cover the price of your entire meal, apart from any drinks providing you ask for the set menu when you order. Although Porto Sani Village provide you with a list of restaurants that offer set menus, we were shocked when dining at these restaurants that most of them either deny they have a set menu, or try to intimidate you into going a-la-carte. The voucher price is then deducted from your meal, but it works out considerably more expensive.
For the first four days of holiday it rained continuously, and we were slightly disappointed to discover that there really isn't a great deal to do when the weather is bad. We decided to go for a walk and check out the rest of the resort. Porto Sani Village and the Asteria Suites are labelled as five star hotels and I couldn't agree more. However, I could not believe that the Beach Club and Beach Hotel had been granted a four star rating. I have stayed at better looking three star hotels in Majorca. They looked dirty, the pool at the Beach Club didn't have a shallow end for children, and the beach at the Beach Hotel had the children's 'entertainment' (sounded like a really bad club DJ) blaring from speakers outside the hotel. I don't want to sound like a snob, but considering that the Porto Sani Village was only a little more expensive I can't believe anyone would choose to stay in the four star hotels
It's also worth noting that there are a lot of mosquitos at the Sani Resort, and although I wasn't bitten once my wife suffered at least thirty bites on her legs and ankles.
Fantastic week at Sani Village
Have just returned from a lovely week at the Porto Sani Village with my partner and two children aged 6 and 2. This part of the Sani complex is rated 5 star and we found the star rating accurate. Lovely accommodation and surroundings. We stayed in a suite, nicely decorated, very well equipped with maid service twice a day. Everything is kept in pristine condition, the pool, the gardens and the apartments. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The breakfasts were to die for, such a selection! The only complaint we had was that you had to book your choice of restaurant for dinner either before breakfast or on the previous day to guarantee you a reservation if you wanted to eat somewhere involved in the dine around scheme. The other restaurants not in the dine around scheme did not suffer from this problem. We ate at Tomata twice as we loved the food there so much. Not a positive experience at Psyrannos as we were seated on the balcony and then ignored even after several reminders to the waiting staff. This really is a family friendly resort, we went during half term and there were quite a lot of children who were all very well behaved and quite happy to share inflatables and toys in the pool. Our children don't eat very much and the staff in the restaurants were quite happy for them to share a meal between them or for them to eat off our plates. The private beach is nice for sunbathing but there was a problem with huge piles of seaweed at the waters edge. The Boussoulas beach behind the Beach Hotel didn't suffer from this and the water there was very shallow for a long way out to sea. All in all, we were very impressed, it was far better than our expectations and we'd love to go again or try out their sister complex the Oceania Club.
We stay at the Porto Sani every year for two weeks in May and September. The reasons are quite simple: two hour flight and you have a white Caribbean beach, the service at Porto is immaculate, natural friendliness of the entire staff, no put on 5 star friendliness. Whenever we go there it's like coming home. The whole resort is spotlessly clean, the lagoon pool looks magic at night and you can sit right next to the pool in the Sea Breeze Bar and have a sip of Athiri, Nikos, Jannis, Maria and Daica spoil you with best service. The garden is so well taken care of by Kostas the gardener, and lying at the pool under a palm tree the most relaxing thing. Very view British and German sunbed occupiers ... that kind of clientele is not Porto!
Should a problem occur or anything not be to your liking just talk to Mr. Kevin Kainz, the best troubleshooter you'll ever meet.
Book a deluxe suite and your breakfast will be served at the Byblos restaurant. The Byblos is also great for dinner, exquisite cuisine, try the crème brulée!
One of the best things at Porto: there is no animation, so you can have a really relaxing holiday, if you are looking for a peaceful serene atmosphere, Porto is the place to go.
Loved the Sani Village, but ...
Stayed at Sani Village Suites, both mid 50s. Booked via Thomsons Platinum but if we had booked direct could have saved some £600 over 2 week stay. (Subsequent stays attract 10% discount) Hotel will collect etc free from airport some 1 hr north.
From moment of arrival to departure all staff very polite, kind, attentive and professional. All Sani Village facilities, pool, restaurants etc very clean, slick and generally a pleasure to use. But ....
Adjacent to Sani Village are Sani Hotel and Sani Beach Club. Visited both, as could/did the residents of those visit Village. A large proportion of them were not the sort of people we would seek to associate with at home let alone on holiday, social dress code seemed to be focused on football shirts etc.
Large number of residents at all 3 locations were Russians. Over 50% of Village residents were accompanied by infants, toddlers and school age children. Generally the parents, mostly the Germans, abandoned their children to cause noise and general annoyance to other pool and restaurant users - we usually dinned about 9pm and to have infants screaming and children running wild around the tables was not good. Again the Germans were mostly to blame but also some English. Outside breakfast and evening dining was a very sociable option but the whole of the resort was subject to a plague of wasps throughout! Mosi's around the ankles was also a constant problem. Village also operates a more exclusive restaurant. We used it once and food/wine/service was excellent and came in at 200Euros - we thought it over priced by about a third for similar say in London.
Whole resort is focused on a small Marina which made pleasant morning and evening walks. Populated with numerous small eateries and shops which we used several lunch/evenings. First impressions they looked individual/authentic but soon apparent they were in fact similar 'little boxes'.
Hired a car for one week - cheapest/best deal we could get from 4 on site was from Thomson. Did the usual drives around the area and up into the hills - did not find Halkidiki as pleasant as the Greek Islands, the costal towns etc were a little too Blackpool for us. Did find some good local ethnic restaurants whilst out and about which were some of the holiday highlights.
Summary: Village it's self of high standard and for the most part very restful, but we would be unlikely to return.
Porto Sani Village is just fabulous!
we went to Porto Sani Village on Sept 8th for two weeks this year for our honeymoon..and must say it was just perfect..the staff cannot do enough for you, it was spotlessly clean and so well maintained. We were upgraded to a deluxe marina suite free of charge..which was a lovely surprise and a great room! The restaurants were superb as were the greek taverns directly on the marina. The pool area and spa have to been seen to be believed..and also the beaches. We really loved it and cant recommend it enough..it is quite expensive but worth every penny..this family will def be returning...!
We loved Porto Sani Village
We stayed at Porto Sani Village Resort September 2005 with our 8 year old grandson. We found the whole complex to be well managed and the staff extremely helpful. The pool area and the beach are ideal and very safe for children of all ages. The marina itself is pedestrianised and biker friendly with no cars and extremely clean. We dined around the marina area and also the hotel and found the food on the whole very good. The only downside is some of the restaurants do not seem to cater for children's meals but the hotel itself has a good children menu. The beach area at the Asteries suites beach is lovely and with the advantage of being able to call a golf buggey if you do not want to walk back after a day on the beach. I would recommend this hotel as a good location, restful and easy going holiday.
Porto Sani Village - could do better !
Travelled to the Porto Sani Village with my husband and six year old daughter in July 2005 with Sovereign holiday group. We met up there with friends whi were staying in the newly built San Asterias Suites which is also part of the resort. The Porto Sani Village is rated as deluxe by Sovereign and in some respects this is correct - the Spa is fabulous and had only been open for two weeks when we arrived - no expense has been spared it is truly breathtaking and is rated as one of the best in Europe. The staff throughout the resort are mainly from Macedonia and czech republics and very attentive, friendly but like the greeks very relaxed ! Do not expect prompt delivery of drinks and food it is very slow and on one occasion at lunch our order never arrived as it had been lost ! However although the service is not quite up to scratch they do make up for it with their polite manner and charm. The reception, bar, pool areas etc are all fabulous with modern greek interior design - very much marble, limestone and cream colours - very chic. However and unfortunatly there is a however, the suites are not up to the standard. Interior is a little old and worn, needs a re-vamp, and there is a problem with ants. It is a shame as it really lets the hotel down. Our friends in the asterias suites however had beautiful rooms designed again in very plain - white basically, modern style with good SONY tv and DVD etc, and beautiful bathrooms. Made us quite envious. The marina is spectacular and there is a very good choice of reasonably priced restaurants serving traditional med cuisine, greek and italian. There are buggies to get you around the resort but you can easily walk to the beach. Make a note if you are staying in Porto Sani Village you are entitled to use the beach at the Asterias suites which is far superior to all the others - lots of space, beach bar service, towels etc. I would go back but would only stay at the Asterias Suites, the beach hotel looked dreadful, the beach club not much better and the Porto Sani although alot better is let down by the rooms - for a really deluxe holiday here you need to be at the Asterias ( but you will pay for it!). Also if like me you like a glass of good white wine beware ! the greek wine is not good and you will pay alot for anything else - we paid 160 euros for a fair bottle of Chablis. There is a wine shop on the marina which sells all types much cheaper - we bought chablis for 20 euros - so stock up the fridge in your room.
Weather was great and we had a good time - enjoy the Sani resort it really is quite good!
This is not 5 star!
we stayed at the porto village with our 7 year old daughter(who i must say thought it was fantastic!).my biggest complaint is the standard and variety of food,although they boast of having something like 19 retaurants they are all lacking that certain something!!mainly nice food.The beds in the room and around the pool are not 5star standard and the service at the bar and resterants is very slow.The one thing they have got right is the bike hire and that you feel the children are very safe to wander around with freinds on there own.In our opinion this is more a generous 4 star than a 5star!