Sani Resort is a luxury, family-friendly resort comprising 5 hotels sprawled along the beautiful Kassandra peninsula in Halkidiki, Greece.
Unlike Ikos, Sani’s main competitor, when you stay at a Sani hotel, you’re able to use most of the facilities, pools, restaurants and bars in the other hotels and across the entire resort — absolutely ideal if you like to mix things up!
The resort enjoys a huge footprint of 1,000 acres with 7 beaches to choose from, and the hotels are all within walking distance of each other.
While you’ve got everything you could need at your fingertips, however, it’s important to choose your hotel carefully. They each offer something different and will appeal to different demographics. Rooms are different — and prices too.
We’re going to run through each hotel individually so you can choose the best one for your family. And we’ll round off with a few Sani FAQs, so you’re totally clued in on what to expect.
- Which Sani Hotel is Best For Families?
- Sani Resort FAQs
Which Sani Hotel is Best For Families?
Best For: Families with Young Kids
Porto Sani is definitely our pick for the best Sani hotel for toddlers and their families.
It’s located right by the Sani Marina, which is one of the top spots for eating and drinking so a quick walk back to your suite after dinner.
The atmosphere is very much catered towards young families, but it’s relaxed and peaceful too. There are two swimming lagoons, two kids pools and a brilliant toddler splash pad so plenty to entertain little ones within the hotel itself. And, of course, a spa for mum and dad!
Porto is an all-suite hotel, with just under 150 to choose from — ranging from a junior suite right up to a three-bedroom suite with a private pool. Private gardens and marina views are also all on offer.
You are slightly further away from the beach compared to the other hotels when you stay at Porto, but it’s still just a quick stroll around the marina to See You Beach.
Best For: Families with School Age Kids
Sani Beach is right on the beachfront (hence the name!) and is the resort’s largest hotel. It offers the cheapest accommodation across the resort and is probably the most popular for that reason.
The slightly busier feel and high-energy vibe means that Sani Beach is really well suited to school-age kids and their families who want to make friends and really get stuck into some of the many activities on offer — Beach is really close to a lot of the sports facilities, including the Rafa Nadal Tennis Academy and Football Academy.
The hotel itself is a classic high-rise that offers a plethora of accommodation options, from a double room right up to a Deluxe two-bedroom suite.
The main pool here is truly massive and fringed with palm trees; there’s also an infinity pool and spa to truly relax in while the kids are off enjoying themselves.
One of the best things about staying at Sani Beach is its proximity to Bousoulas Beach, arguably the best of the resort’s 7 beaches, with its 5km stretch of white sands and azure waters.
Best For: Those who want a Little Space
Sani Club is located at the far end of the resort, nestled into the verdant hillside of Halkidiki.
This one is definitely for nature lovers and people who don’t fancy being right in the thick of the resort. It’s a bit quieter up here, the rooms are slightly more spacious, and the hillside location makes for some truly impressive views over the Aegean Sea.
A beautiful infinity pool shares the same views and there’s also a children’s pool nearby for the little ones. The beach at Sani Club is similarly quiet and enjoys the same soft white sand as the rest of the peninsula. Club Spa continues the immersive hideaway theme for some true relaxation.
Club boasts plenty of different room and suite configurations to choose from — whether it’s a simple double, a family suite or a bungalow with a private garden and pool.
It’s about a 10-minute walk down the beach to the other hotels and the marina from Sani Club, and there’s a complimentary car to the rest of the resort if you don’t fancy the walk; especially useful in the evening!
Best For: Exclusive Luxury
With a private, serviced beach right at your front door, it’s fair to say that Sani Asterias is the hotel to choose if you’re looking for luxury.
It’s home to just 57 suites, so the service levels are really unparalleled. The hotel is nestled nicely between the beach and the marina so the location can’t be beaten — nor the views!
As you might expect, every suite is spacious and boasts a top-drawer finish. You can choose anything from a Junior Suite right up to a three-bedroom suite with an incredible private pool.
Asterias is the one hotel in the resort that is not open to guests from the other hotels sharing its facilities. This keeps the exclusive vibe around the spa and the pool. Families with young children aren’t quite as common here as at Beach, Porto and Club but that’s not to say that they’re not welcome — perhaps take them to some of the other hotel pools if they fancy making some swim friends.
Sani Asterias is home to the resort’s most lauded restaurant, Over Water — an incredible French restaurant helmed by a 2-Michelin-starred chef. It’s only for adults and children over 12 so perhaps reserve this for a night when you’ve booked the babysitter 😉
Best For: Couples
Sani Dunes is the newest hotel at Sani and is home to Greece’s largest heated swimming pool. So, if you like big pools… you know where to go!
The vibe here is sophisticated and grown-up — hence why there are usually far fewer children here than at most of the other resorts and why we usually recommend it more for couples than little ones.
It’s located on the other side of the marina from Sani Asterias and is also right on the beachfront — another perfect location. Every room and suite has waterfront access to the massive pool, and some even open directly onto the beach itself. There are lots of different room configurations available although there are no 2 or 3-bedroom options, so it’s not really suitable for big families or groups like some of the other hotels.
The D Spa is arguably one of the best in the whole resort, with 6 private treatment rooms and a couples’ suite.
Sani Resort FAQs
Do kids stay free at Sani?
Children under 12 stay free at Beach, Club and Porto.
At Sani Dunes:
- First child under 12 enjoys 85% off
- Second child under 12 enjoys 75% off
At Sani Asterias:
- First child under 12 enjoys 85% off
- Second child under 12 enjoys 100% off
One of the many great things about a Sani holiday is just how child-friendly and geared up for little ones they are. This starts before you even set foot on the plane — make sure you let them know about any equipment you might need during your stay and they’ll be able to provide you with it. From sterilisers and cots to pushchairs and swim nappies!
What is the Dine Around programme?
When you book a stay at Sani, you choose to stay with either Full or Half Board.
Full Board means that Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included — you will need to purchase drinks separately.
Half Board covers Breakfast and either Lunch or Dinner — a good choice if you’re planning on leaving the resort regularly. And again, you’ll need to purchase drinks separately.
There’s a lot to choose from at Sani when it comes to eating and drinking, with 27 restaurants and 13 bars across the resort.
26 of those restaurants participate in the Dine Around programme:
- 11 restaurants have their own Dine Around set menus (no extra charge)
- All 26 of the restaurants allow you to order from the à la carte menu with the Dine Around allowance each guest receives being deducted from the final bill.
Exactly how much Dine Around allowance you receive will depend on which hotel you have booked and your room type. Generally speaking, the more expensive the room rate, the more allowance you receive.
Currently, the Dine Around meal allowances are as follows:
- Sani Beach: €20 per adult/€10 per child
- Sani Club, Sani Dunes and Porto Sani: €25 per adult/€12.50 per child
- Sani Asterias: €40 per adult/€20 per child
Can children eat in all the Sani restaurants?
Children are welcome in most of the resort’s restaurants, enjoying a whopping 19 child-friendly menus, but there are a few venues that are reserved for adults only, or at least for older children over 12.
Take a look at each of Sani’s restaurants here and use the filter to select those that are child-friendly. There are also baby menus by Annabel Karmel for weaning babies and young toddlers.
There are also supermarkets on the resort so you’ll never be stuck for essentials if your little one needs a night in!
What activities are best for kids at Sani?
If there’s one thing that Sani knocks out of the park every single time, it’s the huge variety of activities and experiences on offer — for the whole family.
Here are just some of the best activities that kids (and big kids!) can get involved in:
- Chelsea FC Football Academy
- Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre
- Bear Grylls Survival Academy
- Scuba Diving Academy
- Biking Academy
- Sailing Academy
- Waterski Academy
- Sani Treetop Adventure
Best activities for toddlers
While the littlest guests are likely to be spending most of their time with their parents or in the crèche, there’s still lots to keep them entertained.
Swimming is always a big win with toddlers and they’ll love exploring all the many swimming pools on offer. The splash pad is also a must-visit for any under 5s. There are also regular baby swimming lessons on offer in the indoor pool at Sani Club for children aged between 6 months and 4 years — great for building water confidence!
Best activities for adults
And, of course, we can’t leave the grown-ups out… after all, it’s our holiday too, right?!
Each hotel has its own spa which is definitely worth experiencing at some point. But aside from that, there are plenty of activities and experiences available that adults and older teenagers will want to get their teeth into:
- Hiking the 10km of forest trails
- Triathlon Academy
- Guided jogging
- Outdoor gyms and personal training
- Yoga, pilates and meditation
- Yacht cruises and sailing trips — including sunset cruises
- 6 shows a week at the garden theatre
- Greek and Caribbean-themed nights
- The fabulous weekly White Party
There are also plenty of opportunities to enjoy some local experiences outside of the resort — make sure to enquire about the private Volvo tour, an olive trip and birdwatching in the wetlands.
Is there childcare at Sani?
Quality childcare is another element that makes Sani a great holiday choice for families with children.
Private nannies and evening babysitting are both available by arrangement beforehand. Many of the activities and academies don’t require parental supervision either so are a good option for slightly older children.
- Babewatch — complimentary 30-minute childcare at 5 of Sani’s beaches
- OFSTED registered crèche at Beach, Club and Porto for kids between 4 months and 4 years (paid)
- Kids Club for children between 4 and 12 years (complimentary)
- Ozone Teen Club for teens 12-17 (complimentary although charges may apply for organised activities)
Which is your favourite Sani hotel?