The secluded Eagles Palace Hotel & Spa is located in the Halkidiki region of Greece, on the Aegean coastline, an intimate and traditional family run hotel, that exudes contemporary and innovative style throughout.
The two hour transfer from Thessaloniki Airport to the hotel is delightfully scenic. And even though the hotel is slightly isolated, take a complimentary shuttle service and you can be in the neighbouring village of Ouranoupolis within ten minutes.
The hotel staff are exemplary, their service is outstanding and they are professional and efficient. Of particular note is the Restaurant Manager Panos and Spa Manager Sofia. We loved the fact that Panos was present in every restaurant, every night we eat at the hotel. He was tuned into all our preferences and was discreet, polite and on point at all times. Sofia looks like a delicate little thing and you would be 100% wrong to think that she lacks in strength. The one hour massage she gave me was one of the best I have experienced. She didn’t hold back and attacked my numerous knots, aches and pains with a little too much force, and for the first time ever, I had to ask a masseuse to ease up a little! She did a tremendous job of reducing the tension in my neck and shoulders, no easy feat.
With four restaurants and four bars, you are guaranteed that all culinary tastes are catered for. The ingredients for all the dishes are locally sourced from neighbouring farms and fishermen. Melathron and Armyra both have al fresco options. Melathron offers a buffet breakfast and dinner using influences from around the world. Armyra located on the water’s edge serves typical Greek seafood dishes, BBQs and local appetisers. Kamares is a gourmet restaurant with the most fabulous views of Ammouliani Island, it is perfect for a fine dining experience. Washi, a personal favourite (although it is a tough choice as the location of Armyra is also fabulous), is an open kitchen restaurant with Japanese-Asian fusion cuisine. Be warned though, there is no such thing as a “light”meal, the Greeks idea of “light” is typically four courses.
And the bars, there’s four. The Eagles Club, all the action is centred around the live band and the lively bar, generally the perfect spot to start the evening with pre-dinner drinks from the fabulous extensive cocktail menu. The Eagles Café, a nice place to unwind for afternoon tea. Armyra Beach Bar and also Ammos Beach Bar, great for cocktails & snacks whilst chilling poolside or at the beach.
The private beach is equipped with a variety of day beds, sun-loungers and bean bags, whatever takes your fancy. With golden sands, and crystal clear shallow waters this fabulous private beach has a Blue Flag status. And what really makes this particular resort stand out is their attention to detail. Lounge on the beach and there is absolutely no need whatsoever to get up once you are settled in, as there is a discreet button on the parasol, once the button is pressed a waiter will appear as if out of thin air and you can be served food/drink or arrange a beach activity, all your needs met at the press of a button.
During our stay there were quite a few families with younger children residing at the hotel.
You can relax or be as active as you please. There is an Elemis Spa, and a variety of watersports available. The spa has four treatment rooms, a Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and an indoor heated swimming pool. Apivita a leading Greek brand of skin care is used in the spa, along with Elemis.
The Dive Centre is contracted out to two local men who run it six months of the year. They offer scuba diving, paddle boarding, water-skiing, windsurfing, and paddle boarding, just to name a few of the activities. All the staff are very experienced and you feel safe in their hands. Daily workout classes, a tennis court, and a fully equipped gym are also available.
It is difficult to pinpoint the highlight of this trip as each and every day we did something different, but if pushed to choose just one, it would have to be the day the Captain of the Yacht Club ferried us over by speed boat to the nearby island of Ammouliani, where we sunbathed on a deserted beach and feasted on a healthy Mediterranean picnic thoughtfully provided by the hotel.
The perfect resort if you want to get away from it all, unwind, get pampered and chill out in luxurious surroundings, whilst being waited on hand and foot by the attentive staff. There is absolutely no need to leave the resort as all your desires are catered for.