Sani Beach Hotel
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Swimming pool
Historical Traveler Reviews Sani Beach Hotel
what a fabulous place this is. Ignore the negative reviews, these can only be from people who have never been to Greece. Yes Greek hotels can seem basic compared to Spanish hotels , but the one very important thing that no hotel in Spain can give is the fantastic service that you receive from the staff especially when you stay at the Sani Beach Hotel. From the manager down to the room cleaners nothing is too much trouble. The rooms are very clean and acceptable and are cleaned every day. The showers are small , but how long do you really have to spend in the shower. The restaurant was welcoming and there was an enormous amount of food . Chefs cook in front of you and everything is well presented.Yes the restaurant can seem like the January sales but it has a great atmosphere. The pool bar is lovely especially at night when the pool is lit up. The pool can get very busy in the school holidays but we prefered the beach around the corner from the hotel which is absolutely beautifull with fine white sand and shallow crystal clear water , safe for the kids. Also free sunbeds and parasolls. The beach bars are great also. After our evening meal we would walk down to the marina which is lovely with its numerous shops and restaurants. Other reviews claim that this is an expensive resort to drink in , but i found it no different to a night out in our local upmarket boozer. After all who goes on holiday to save money. The whole place is extremely family friendly and a pleasure to stay at. We are going back next year but are going to push the boat out further and stay in the Asteria Suites. The only negative thing i can think of is the fact that there really isnt one , enough said. If you are thinking of booking here , just do it . We highly recommend it. One final point , we saw two wasps in one week.
Changed but not for the better
This was the second stay at Sani. First time was back in 2001.
They have upgraded the rooms in the main hotel flat screen TV, DVD player, refit of the bathroom all very nice.
The B buildings rooms are abit dated so if you go email them and ask to be put in the A building. Out side they have built between the hotel and the Marina this used to be a nice walk in the evening looking out to sea but now half of it has been filled in with apartments. They have got more shops at the marina now but all very expensive mind you looking at some of the boats moored up, going into them would be like every day people going into John Lewis. There is a spar shop you can get your water and bits from tea bags and milk etc (kettle & cups in room). If you plan to go out at night take plenty of money the restaurants and bars are expensive. The pool has been reformed it is cleaned every day
The food in the hotel was ok but it was never HOT i spoke to the manager about it he said " come in early " we tried all different times but it still was not hot even the plates were cold, In all the time we where there we never saw the food tested to see if it was hot once.
We have been to lots of hotels over the years and every restaurant that was a buffet service they made a point of testing the food and keeping it hot. Again in the restaurant there was children running about all over the place its a wonder there was not an accident, the parents seemed to forget they had them with them ( I'm eating go and amuse your self) and i can say it was not the BRITS children. If you like lazing in the sun and doing nothing this is the place for you o/k that's all we do but some how it has lost its appeal. We enjoyed are first stay but not the second. They say you should never go back to the same hotel twice.
Had a wonderful time
We stayed at the Sani Beach Hotel for a week in July 06 and had a wonderful time. We had read the other reviews and so were slightly worried that there might be plagues of mosquitos and wasps but we needn't have worried as we saw just 5 wasps all week and made sure that we used anti mosquito spray as a precaution.
We had upgraded to a Waterfront Junior Suite as our 12 year old is a bit big now for a camp bed in a corner. We can't praise it highly enough and it was worth spending the extra money. It was fabulous having our own little garden and the location of the suites made it very quiet and exclusive-feeling. The beach and view were beyond expectations and the large room was clean and cool.
The staff were extremely friendly and welcoming. The food choice was extensive and very fresh. The restaurant could get a bit noisy at times as it was very large but choosing to go to the outside balcony was the quieter option. Considering how many people came to dinner we didn't know where everyone went during the day because the resort didn't feel overcrowded at all.
The grounds were very well kept, lovely and green and offered many different entertainment and sporting options.
We were so happy with the pool, beach and resort that, for the first time ever, we didn't feel we needed to hire a car and get away from it all. High praise inded for us as we usually get itchy feet.
We would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a bit of luxury. Update if you can afford it because there were some standard rooms which wouldn't have been particularly good from a location point of view, but as with a lot of these things, you sometimes have to take the luck of the draw.
Many thanks to everyone at the Sani Beach Hotel.
I chose the Sani Hotel as I thought it would be a good quality option for my husband and I and would have enough enough activiites to keep a lively 14 and 9 year old occupied.
Rooms - We were in a block did have a problem initially as booked interconnecting and for the first 3 nights we had to sleep one adult to one child. Rooms recently refurbhished very high quality but they are small. I would not have wanted to have all four of us in one room.
Breakfast - didnt enjoy not enough fresh fruit and it was just too many people.
Ammos Bar - Our favourite great manager. Lovely setting had lunch there most days
Marina- Good quality but some of the rest were def over priced
Rec taverna at beach club - best meal
Swimming pool - very busy and noisy so not a place to go if you havent got children. Also not enough good quality sunbeds found the beach sunbeds really poor.
Beaches - lovely, clean very shallow water
Overall very impressed - not Greek enough could have been anywhere in the world. But very well done!
We stayed at the Sani Beach Hotel on 12 June 2006 for 14 nights. On arrival we were shown to a room in B Block - we had paid for a sea view and this had a view of the
hotel and pool only able to see the sea if you strained you neck. We asked to change
rooms and eventually were shown a room still in B Block on the other side overlooking
the sea - the view was beautiful. However we soon realised the room had an inter-connecting door to the next room and had no sound proofing at all, over the holiday
we heard unmentionable noises due to a couple having too much to drink and later in the holiday a baby crying. We had to whisper so not to be heard and other English couples we spoke to had the same problem even having to move because of the noise.
The dining room was an accident waiting to happen due to the children running about,
their parents seemed not to bother what they were getting up to as long as they could have their meals in peace. Peace was definitely not we got on this holiday!
However the hotel was excellent the food, grounds, pools, beaches, staff were all good
and it was such a great shame that the holiday was not spot on due to the above problems. We hired a car for 7 days so were able to see all the three peninsulars, the sinthonia one being extra spectacular.
Overall the holiday was good but would have to make aware any recommendations to others about the inter-connecting doors and the amount of small children in the hotel.
We had one of the best resort experiences ever at the Sani
We stayed at the Sani Beach Hotel from May 21st checking out May 27th 2006. Right off the top, I want to be up front that I won a contest, which included my six nights at the Sani, but I have not let this influence my report. I've stayed at many resorts and hotels and appreciate the trip advisor reports and rely on their accuracy. (The prize further included return air from Montreal to the resort, as well as transfers and half board for a Seafront Junior Suite. Quite a prize! )
When my wife and I arrived we were exhausted. Having been travelling for 22 hours, and being four hours late arriving at the airport in Thessaloniki, three hours later than scheduled, it was a great relief that our transfer to the resort was standing there with our names on a sign! After the ride to the hotel and an easy check-in, we were in our room, a Seafront Junior Suite right on the beach and the beautiful Aegean!
The room was clean and free of any funky smells, and had a nice sitting area and small covered patio with three chairs and a table. Off the patio was a private grassy area trimmed with hedges and with two sun beds that stayed with the room. The whole spread was steps from a newly hedged pathway and the beach. There were no people traffic issues ever as we'd read in some older reports. The pathway was literally finished on our third day.
The bathroom was very well appointed, and there was a safe, dresser and excellent bar fridge. Our Seafront Junior Suite came with a fruit basket and complimentary Sparkling wine and a bottle of water.
The room was nice and quiet, but the hallway is very echo-y and if people were talking as they went to their rooms you could hear it. Fortunately everyone seems to call it a day early and the hall noise wasn't ever an issue at night, but I bet if there were some inconsiderate neighbours it could be.
The Hotel is very large and rooms and room locations vary widely here. Being on the beach or the pool would be a plus IMHO. The Hotel is just a piece of the complex. Within the complex are several other hotels and townhouses all roughly centred on the restaurants and bars concentrated around the marina basin.
Being used to American style resorts, we really liked the classier and calmer feel of the entire place. The sun beds by the pool have plush cushions on them, they sold beer and wine at the marina store for you to take to your room and there's very little "noise"; you know, that constant dim of party music, announcements, and hoots and hollers that seem to background many North American family resorts
Having said that, we were the only North Americans there, save the Director of Guest Relations, a Greek-Canadian. The bulk of the guests were Russian, with a large British and German contingent. We found it a refreshing augment to our Sani experience.
We ate breakfast at the Hotel buffet every morning and thought the food was good to very good. Not excellent. We had a couple of dinners also at the buffet and thought it was good. Nice variety, acceptably presented for buffet and good quality. The dining room is no smoking, but every now and then somebody would light up, the staff did not tell him or her to put it out.
The dine around program we thought is a great idea. There were three restaurants around the complex, which offered a Plat de Jour, which could be had for your meal ticket and, over-wise, all restaurants took 8 Euros off PP. (Half board gave you a coupon to turn in daily for admittance to the dinner buffet or trade at any restaurant).
We found that there were many main courses offered for a bit more than 8 Euros so it was nice to dine around.
Prices varied from Bar to Bar, restaurant to restaurant. Some were decidedly pricier than others. We stayed with mid- to lower-priced, and enjoyed every evening out. It's a great idea, which I hope catches on at more places.
One tip on paying. We were given a room card on which we could charge drink and meals at any bar or restaurant. We used it sparingly and paid cash most times but wish we hadn't. There is often a 20% discount awarded to suite class room card purchases. Ask about whether your room account gives you the discount because we should have learned early on how good a deal paying on the card was.
The pool was pretty, and kids loved it. Toys and animators kept them happy while the adults sunned, splashed and drank by it all day. The beach is described as Caribbean, well... I used to live in the Bahamas and Caribbean and it's close I guess for the Aegean. The water has a few obstructions here and there as you wade out, but it's very nice and shallow a long way out, making it a pretty fine beach. And let me tell you it goes on for miles!
The landscaping and ground keeping here is second to none. The people who mow the lawns, sculpt the hedges, water the flowers and trim the trees are saints. One of the prettiest resorts I've ever seen.
There are hiking trails to the south of the Beach Resort that should be explored, and a bird sanctuary to the north. Lovely vistas and a good workout for your legs.
All in all we had one of the best resort experiences ever at the Sani. I just wish it were closer than 22 hours from Montreal! I'd love to go back again some day.
Human Resource at Sani
I would like to post here a review of an employer at Sani. I believe it is highly important for customers to know how staff is treat by Sani: they live in filthy houses, cold showers etc. i would like to advise customers not to leave any tips as the waiters do not get the tip they get, they get the tip the managers want to give them.
Anyway holidays are nice there but i think the services are not for 5 star hotels as the staff do not have any previous experience and here at Sani they are not provided with any training!
This review has not been made by a guest as a guest would have no privy into matters such as staff housing, how much gratuities staff receive and what departmental training procedures entail.
Sani is an equal opportunity employer that offers competetive salaries as well as good housing for our staff, some of which have been with the company for over 10 years. All resort employees go through initial training in their departments and training is on going throughout the season.
It saddens us to have such comments posted and hope that this forum is only dedicated to travellers who visit hotels around the world and give honest reviews and not a forum for disgruntled employees or competitors.
Fabulous resort, beautiful surroundingd
4 Adults & 2 young children - just come back from 7 days at the fab sani beach hotel. Read all the good reviews so we knew we were in for a treat. It did not dissapoint us one bit.
We stayed in the b block which is due a refurb - but this was still modern, clean & totally acceptable for four stars.
The A block was apparently bigger with bath tubs and better views.
The facilities were great, two swimming pools one which stayed around was for the children, the main pool was a lovely shape with great design. Plenty of sunbeds - no reserving policy till after 9 oclock. Towels were not avaialble till then anyway.
Two beaches - a smaller one right infront of the pool with the water sports & pedlos. The beach to the side of the hotel is out of this world for the med. I have never seen such clear sea and clean sand! It was not as warm as the seas I have been in - but totally gobsmaking. This beach had no watersports but had the beauty. Great beach bar with some nice tunes.
Sunbeds & parasoles all free. Sea is calm & shallow enough for children to swim & paddle in safely.
Entertainment & food was plentiful. The main restaurant the Posideon was ideal, every evenining there was a change of menu. We went half board so got breakfast & dinner free - with a dine around option at the marina (discounted prices). Its worth going for a change but quite expensive seeing as you have paid for half board already. The place had a lovely Posh feel to it. The staff love the children, the mini club was fab for the four year old.
There is a Supermarket on site plus another 5 mins away down at the Marina.
Marina was lovely to walk around at night, but put the mossie deet on as you get eaten. We were strict & sprays ourselves everynight & did not get bitten once.
Only negative thing was the fact we had no bath tub, very hard to shower a 2 year old, he screamed & it got a bit slippery.
what can I say we will find it hard to beat this now! Prefer Halkidiki to Zante & the canaries.
Wanna go back now!!!
My wife and I along with our 5 year old stayed at the Sani Beach in July 2005. The food, staff and facilities were very good indeed and would not hesitate to recommend them to you.
As everone will tell you the place is a stand alone resort with nothing in the near vicinity but there are kids clubs each day which have British staff too. Sunbathing is the only adult option unless you fancy a bit of speedboat water fun(donuts/water skiiing etc), oh and water polo each morning. Contrary to other posts, the evening entertainment by in house performers is really quite good and the kids love it. The marina is very nice but the restaurants are expensive and the eat around option is a bit of a swizz as you are allowed a meagre £5 allowance to eat in the other restaurants, however the food in the Hotel is of a very high standard so don't worry.
Think twice about going to the Sani Jazz Festival on the hill unless you are hard core jazz fan as its very hard going and deep man. Most of the locals who went seemed very mellow if you know what I mean with strange smoke filled odours in the air, but still an experience I suppose!
Speak to the hotel about their free sunset cruise from the marina, very enjoyable.
If you dont mind mixing with many other nationalities you wont have a problem, and watch the pool attendant remove towels from chairs before 9am.....very funny
Overall I'd give our holiday a massive thumbs up and would definately say give the place a go!
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