Porto Sani Village 50 Stars Hotel in Sani Sani
Customers' Rating: 50 over 5 stars
Room rates: €177 - 626 per night
Address: Sani Resort 63077 Sani Greece
Other names of hotel: Porto Sani Village Hotel Sani
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Age: 35-49 from London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on August 22, 2012
"Unrivalled Holiday experience"Rate:  5 Stars
Apologies in advance for the length of this review. If I were unsure I`d want as much information as I could get and so I hope I can convey my thoughts based on our experience at the PSV.
This is the first time I have ever been compelled to write a review of a holiday destination, but our experience at PSV warrants it.
I am not really the holiday person in my family. I tend to go where I am told but on this occasion after my wife chose the PSV last year, I very much voted for going back, and will try the same next year, and probably the year after.
Holidays are my wife`s passion, she lives for them (and the children!). She puts a great deal of effort into planning the ideal holiday so that we can enjoy quality family time, but because of that she looks for variety and new experiences. While it is great to find a fantastic place, there are so many holiday destinations to visit in the world, that it`s a waste to spend the limited time we have replicating a holiday experience we`ve already enjoyed.
It`s the same with food. We are foodies, and make a habit of trying out every top London restaurant we can. Even if we find a great place, there`s no need to go back, because the choice is so vast.
Yet despite this, my wife was also happy to go back to the PSV and will agree with me next year. It is with some reluctance, but it is hard to deny its qualities and attractions.
No place is perfect, and while I can understand some of the points in the negative reviews I have seen, they are not sufficient to deter us from coming or enjoying our holiday. I think it is unfair to blame a resort for the behaviour of some of the other guests, but I can assure you it is not indicative of the "type" of people the hotel attracts.
We made friends the first time we visited, and exchanged numbers, we saw many of those same people back again this year. It is actually astounding that of everyone we chatted to around the pool over the two weeks we stayed, we only met one couple who were visiting for the first time, they knew within two days that theyâ€™d rebook.
This simply doesnâ€™t happen in any other place we have been, and weâ€™ve made a point of doing the rounds of what are considered the â€œtopâ€ resorts in Europe.
The reasons for this are simple. We are restricted to child friendly places, with hot weather. We like a decent pool and if possible a beach. Chiefly for us itâ€™s about the food. We need variety and quality. The Sani and especially the PSV has answers for all of this and then provides added features. When you roll this into one package, it might not be perfect, but it ticks far more boxes than any of the many places we have tried previously, and believe me my wifeâ€™s standards are high â€“ except for her choice in husbands!
Weather â€“ perfect and flawless the entire length of both our trips.
Flight time â€“ three hours from London
Transfer time - 40 mins.
Customer service â€“ unrivalled outside the Far East.
Beaches â€“ stoneless, white and deep, with reserved areas and free child care, plus waiting staff and towels provided. No they arenâ€™t right next to the hotel, but they are less than three minutesâ€™ walk through a lovely marina, and if you canâ€™t handle that, ask for a free golf buggy at reception and theyâ€™ll take you anywhere. This ignores the best part of the beaches which is the clean clear water, which is as warm as the pools (also perfect temperature unlike in Spanish, Portuguese and Canarian resorts I could mention) but more importantly that it is two to three feet deep for upwards of 100 yards, meaning children of all ages can really use it, with and without adult supervision. Thereâ€™s also a huge selection of water sports available.
Restaurants and food â€“ enough for huge variety with typically with excellent quality, we are vegetarian which restricts us to some degree but no more so than we struggle with anywhere in the world.
Pools - dedicated toddlers pool - ranges from three to eighteen inches. The normal pool also starts at three inches with a gradual slope increasing in depth. It`s one of the few hotels with a 3.5m deep pool for diving. There`s also an adult only pool very close by (45 feet away) which somehow manages to be extremely peaceful. This is attached to the spa which has an indoor (opening up) pool including directed jets for massage and relaxing purposes.
Kids Club â€“ well staffed by young enthusiastic girls, almost exclusively English.
Topography â€“ almost perfectly flat â€“ great for hiring bikes â€“ but not tiring to walk around.
Entertainment â€“ night time shows in relaxed environment of Garden theatre, again with waiting staff providing a captivating experience for the children. In addition, there is the white knights party night which is like clubbing on the beach but again children are welcome â€“ incredible atmosphere if you can stay awake in the heat! Thereâ€™s also the amphitheatre which shows very up to date films on a projector with a great sound system in an outside setting. Then thereâ€™s the kids mini disco although this appeals for only a limited age range and its locations moves between Sani hotels. Then thereâ€™s the appeal of hiring a boat, or the complimentary trip around the coast, or the sunset cruise. Or you can just relax in the lovely setting of the Marina and walk around the multi-million pound yachts.
Please note. I can`t comment on the spa as I didn`t go in, and my 4/5 rating below for value, is aimed at the industry prices and is only a reflection on the fact that I am struggling to come to terms with the costs of holidays now. In comparison to anywhere else I would consider going, the value is excellent, but I just struggle with the costs of holidays in general! If I could change it to reflect reality, I would give 3/5 for price and 5/5 for value given that I have to accept the industry price for a 5 star resort.
All the above are just the thoughts that immediately come to mind. The overwhelming feeling is one of security and relaxation. The resort has a very calm vibe, which is ideal for promoting the holiday mood and spirit. It takes only a day to feel relaxed there after the stresses of work. I canâ€™t put my finger on exactly what causes this but itâ€™s likely to be a mixture of all the above, predominantly coming from the children being happy.
Please donâ€™t think that it is perfect. It canâ€™t be everything to all people, nowhere can. Thatâ€™s probably the reason why Iâ€™ve not bothered reviewing a place before because youâ€™ll never know the standards of the reviewer and your own experience will differ based on your patience levels, taste in food, heat tolerance, the delay in your flight etc. Anywhere you go is going to be a risk, but on paper and on recommendations, the PSV is by far the least risk of any of the options we have or will consider in Europe. The reason weâ€™ll go back is that although thereâ€™s a chance somewhere else might be better overall, it canâ€™t be much better, and will probably be worse. For two precious weeks of my life, Iâ€™m not prepared to be disappointed that I made a mistake not sticking with what I know. The world is a small place, especially with the internet letting anyone, even me, turn into a reviewer. If anyone really does find somewhere better in Europe for a holiday with children, please tell me where.
I had my gripes after the first holiday, but I wrote to provide feedback and they listened. I complained that they didnâ€™t serve Diet Coke, to which I am addicted. On arrival this time they had noted this from my email 10 months earlier and had it waiting for me. The manager was waiting as we arrived and helped in person to unload our luggage â€“ where else do you get that?
Another example, the breakfast is possibly the nicest I have experienced anywhere in the world (make sure you try the a la carte). They have a pastry chef who bakes fresh cakes daily. Early on I happened across the almond croissants which were divine, but they stopped being served for about three days. I mentioned it to the manager who sent a text there and then to the chef to make sure they were served the following day. They were not, and I casually, jokingly expressed my disappointment â€“ believe me I donâ€™t need them. That afternoon, I returned to my room to avoid the 2pm sun with the children to find a platter of almond pastries of all kind, and an apologetic note along with two bottles of wine!
Things like the staff on the main desk knowing you and calling you by name whenever you approach them. Little touches make a huge difference to your impression of a place.
I have some new complaints, all minor, but in speaking to senior staff members, they welcome anything I can tell them and I know from previous experience, that they will take note of my
points in search of perfection â€“ making next yearâ€™s trip even better.
How can anyone complain about that?
Stayed at July 2012
Age: 35-49 from Guernsey, Channel Islands
Reviewed on August 2, 2012
"Finally, a holiday that ticks all the boxes! "Rate:  5 Stars
Have just returned from what was our best family holiday yet - this is the only place we have visited so far that we intend to repeat.
Sani resort is centred around a very pleasant marina, which really comes to life in the evening once the heat of the day has disappeared. 4 different hotels offering differing types of accommodation make up the `resort` though Sani Beach Club is rather a trek away, particularly if you have young children, though a regular shuttle bus takes guests throughout the resort and enables everyone to try the various restaurants.
We stayed at Porto Sani Village - suite accommodation on only 2 levels in contrast to Sani Beach hotel which is a high rise traditional hotel. Sani Asterias is the top end hotel but we did not visit this one - seems to be more exclusive/adult orientated.
Service was of an incredibly high standard throughout Porto - the welcome by reception who then greeted us by name throughout our stay, the pool waitresses who were always on hand to take drink and food orders, the restaurant and bar staff who memorised favourite drinks within a couple of days, the concierge and the manager who was a constant presence checking with guests that all was well.
The rooms are of an exceptional standard - very clean, very modern and wonderfully comfortable beds. Note that the third bed for a child is the sofa or a put up bed in the lounge. The only downside to the `garden view` room that we thought we had booked was that whilst the front overlooked the gardens, the balcony/terrace actually overlooks the access road, which has a steady stream of traffic and which meant our hopes of relaxing in the evening with a glass of wine were thwarted.
The pool meanders around the centre of the hotel and has various sections of differing depths, so older children don`t disrupt younger childrens play. A lifeguard is on duty all day and there are plenty of pool toys available. Pool attendants remove used towels once guests depart and replace with clean towels - they also prevent people `bagging` their favourite spot and then disappearing off for hours. This was never an issue for us as there was always plenty of space around the pool, so we chose a spot for the morning, went off for lunch, then chose a different spot with fresh towels for the afternoon. This was a sharp contrast to the pool at the Sani Beach Hotel which seemed to be overflowing every time we went past.
A section of the beautiful beach is reserved for Porto guests and again, there are attendants to ensure you have everything you need, and a kids corner where children can be entertained in the shade whilst parents relax in the sun.
We took the half board option and took advantage of being able to use our daily allowance in the many restaurants dotted around the resort. Tomata was a favourite, despite a little hiccup with an uncleaned scallop which was dealt with professionally and promptly. There are 2 buffets - one at Sani Beach Hotel and one at Sani Beach Club - the quality and ambience at the latter was by far the best. The Greek taverna `Ouzerie` was the only really authentic Greek restaurant and the food quality was amazing. The only downside in all the restaurants was that there is an abundance of wasps at night which were very annoying and upset quite a lot of people as they swarmed around the food. The restaurants attempt to combat this by burning Greek coffee in bowls on the table, but this is only partially successful and creates an awful lot of smoke which did spoil a couple of meals. The only way to avoid this is to eat inside, but given the beautiful views at many restaurants, I would recommend trying to put up with it!
We didn`t take advantage of the evening entertainment as it was too late for our son to cope with (childrens show doesn`t start until 9pm) but there is a lot available, and I hope in a couple of years we will be able to make the most of it.
Given all the above, prices are relatively high throughout the resort, but if you want quality, then you need to be prepared to pay for it.
The resort is a 45 minute drive from Thessaloniki airport, which has a water park (Water Land) nearby - a great day out if you have a car, but a rather expensive taxi ride if not. Halkidiki in general is relatively cheap compared to the rest of Europe and even other parts of Greece at present - I read on the plane back that prices are roughly 44% less than Corfu.
Highly highly highly recommended!
Stayed at July 2012
Age: 35-49 from London, UK
Reviewed on August 20, 2012
"Perfection !!"Rate:  5 Stars
Perfection is the only way to describe Porto Sani Village. Having returned from our fifth visit this August we are already looking to book for next year as it is just so good.
We are a family with 2 young boys aged 7 and nearly 3 and just enjoy everything about Porto Sani Village. The Hotel is luxurious, the rooms beautifully decorated, a good size and spotlessly clean, the service second to none, the pools are great for children and the seperate adult pool is a nice way to get away from it all. The resort also offers a lot of choice with excellent restaurants on your doorstep with most situated around a lovely marina. The Japanese restaurant See You Up was a family favourite, but Tomata, Macaroni and the Ouzerie are all great and have been better every year over the past 5 years we have visited.
The beaches are also lovely and spotless with drink and food service to your sunbeds as well as a baby sitting service for younger children right on the beach under some big shady umbrellas.
The Hotel and resort as ive said above are superb but what really makes the holiday are the staff. Mr. Sakis Spyridopoulos the manager has got a great team of people. He is always around the hotel making sure everything is as it should be and his guests are enjoying their holiday, any problems not that ive had a single one in five years Im sure would be dealt with immediately as he is a very hands on manager and not one that hides in an office.
Olga and Victoria are fantastic in Guest Relations with nothing being too much trouble and they seem to work 20 hours a day as they are always around should you need them.
But the biggest thank you must go to Plamena the Front Office Manager. Her help in organising the holiday and answering any questions or concerns I might have, no matter how small make our family holiday an absolute joy. She takes away all the stress and has been so helpful every year we have stayed at Porto Sani Village.
Porto Sani Village is a truly remarkable place and one we will be visiting again and again.
Room tip: Pool View rooms are great as are Garden view rooms overlooking the fields
Stayed at August 2012
Reviewed on July 30, 2012
"Amazing.. Can`t wait to return!! "Rate:  5 Stars
My family & I sayed at Purto Sani Village for 2 weeks in June 2012 and had the most amazing holiday.
From the moment we arrived until the moment we sadly left, was fantastic. The weather was beautiful, the hotel was excellent, the pools and beach were perfect, the food was exceptional and all the staff went out of their way to ensure you were having the best holiday.
I have never wrote a review on a holiday or hotel before but as we had such a fantastic holiday, I feel the need to congratulate the manager Sakis and all the staff there for making our stay truly memorable, I can only echo all the other excellent reviews about the hotel and we can`t wait to return.
Stayed at June 2012
from London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on July 25, 2012
"Another amazing trip "Rate:  5 Stars
Our 4th time back at Sani & still love it as much as ever.
Fantastic resort that offers everything.
Porto Sani is truly 5 star hotel & the abundance of staff really try to meet your every requirement in an entirely professional manner.
The beach at See You with reserved area for Porto guests is fantastic. Beautiful beach & water. Great cocktails & food. The manager is forever trying to make it even better & has arranged this year a supervised kids play area which is great if you need a little break from your children!
The restaurant there at night should not be overlooked - although not on the dine around programme - it probably has the best food - and for sure the best view for sunset.
Be sure to ask the manager for anything you need & he will arrange it!
No complaints - will be back
Stayed at June 2012
from London, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed on August 28, 2012
"The perfect 5 star resort with exceptional service!!"Rate:  5 Stars
We have just come back from our 4th trip to PSV and are already planning our 5th trip for next summer.
This is the first resort we have been to which provides a real 5 star service and includes the children at all times.
The kids club is English run, Ofsted approved and all the staff are so friendly and they keep the kids involved with so many different activities, we could hardly drag our two children away.
We tended to use the Kids Club in the morning when the weather was too hot for them to be out and then spent the afternoons in the pool or at the beach, but wherever we went the level of service was first class.
Our children got to know the staff by their first names and grew very fond of some of them, particularly Michael in the restaurant and Kostas in the bar.
The GM, Sakis, is the ultimate host and nothing is too much trouble. He has watched our children grow up, (they are now almost 6 and almost 2) and both run up to him for a cuddle whenever they see him. He can also provide excellent recommendations for a night out should you wish to leave the resort, but why should you, when everything you want is here!! Fantastic trip as ever and cannot wait to go back. It really is our idea of the perfect holiday, with time for ourselves, as well as time with the kids. Viva PSV!!
Room tip: Rooms away from the pool tend to be a bit quieter, but all have either a garden or balcony so you ca...
Stayed at June 2012
from London, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed on August 21, 2012
"Its our 4th year of holidaying at PVS.. will we go back?? YES! YES! YES!"Rate:  5 Stars
We have just returned from our 4th summer break at PSV. What can I say, all the team were amazing. There is nothing you can fault about this hotel. The manager Sakis who has got to know us all (and seen our children grow now 3.5 years and 6 years old) makes sure from the minute we arrive that every detail of our holiday runs smoothly. His team of very well trained staff have become friends and are also brilliant with our kids. Plamena, Olga and Victoria at guest relations have helped us plan perfect holidays. We are in touch with them several months before we arrive and they make sure that everyone of our requests are fulfilled. We remain in contact with them throughout the year. Everyone at this resort understands top level service. I am probably one of the most demanding of clients and I can`t find a fault. The Spa is brilliant (special thanks to Julia and Stella), the beach is extraordinary, the food amazing. Mr Babis and Lilya have provided us with the best meals and at times doing special meals for us when requested. I loved my morning juices! Alex who spent countless journeys with us to and from the beach is such a lovely guy... The housekeeping staff also kept our room looking amazing every day. There are so many people thank the list is far too long here. All I can say is a BIG BIG thanks to everyone for looking after us all, especially from the kids Luko and Rani. See you next year. Sonita and Jon Gale
Room tip: book your restaurants in advance so you get time slots you want
Stayed at July 2012
Reviewed on August 2, 2012
"Luxury - at a price "Rate:  4 Stars
We booked a week at Porto Sani before the economic and political situation in Greece looked so precarious. We (like many others) thought about cancelling but in the end didn`t. I`m glad we did not. The resort is great - clean, chic and scorching (welcome after the UK`s awful summer).
The staff were uniformly excellent. Friendly, courteous and efficient. We had a ground floor suite which was fine though a little on the small side. Our two kids slept in the "lounge" part of the suite on a Z bed and the sofa. The latter was not a sofa bed - she literally slept on the sofa! This was hard and frankly too small for an 11 year old. Given the astonishing price we were paying for a week it was not really good enough. That and the overall lack of value for money in upmarket Greece means I have rated the resort as only very good. Otherwise it would be excellent.
We were on the half board package but given the drop in value of the euro this turned out not to be as wise an investment as we had hoped. The restaurants in the hotel were fine but service could sometimes be slow. Much better to eat in one of the places round the marina. There were at least 6 to choose from and most gave an allowance for half board guests of the Village. Tomato claims to be one of the best restaurants in Europe. I find that an incredible suggestion. Give it a miss. The two Greek places were much better and far more welcoming as well as being better value for money.
The beach looked good but it was too hot for us to spend much time there. In the early evening we did venture out to the beach by the Sani Hotel as they had a nice selection of watersports. Hiring bikes is a fun way to get around the resort but ?£150 for four bikes for 5 days seemed steep.
When we left we were given a letter telling us to tell all our friends that they should come to Greece as there are no real problems and the Greeks need our support. I am happy to do so as we saw nothing that would make us concerned about our safety if holidaying in Greece again. What was noticeable was the almost complete lack of German tourists. They have clearly been scared away by the anti German sentiment reported by the German media. Their place has been taken by very large numbers of Bulgarians and one can not help but wonder whether they are all paying the very high prices UK visitors are expected to pay. The main problem Porto Sani and Greece have is that whilst they are nice and friendly and the place is warm with some interesting countryside and culture, the same can also be said of Turkey and Croatia. And both those places are much much much better value for money. Greece needs to get out of the Euro and devalue its currency so it can compete with those places. If it does the tourists will come flocking back.
Room tip: Try and get a suite near the pool and restaurant. Some can be quite a schlep away - no fun when its...
Stayed at July 2012
Reviewed on August 3, 2012
"Very good - just a few niggles "Rate:  4 Stars
From the moment you arrive you are well looked after by the staff, who were very effecient. We stayed in a garden view suite in Aug which was very good apart from our child`s bed, a little camp bed, not the standard we were expecting and the view was not a garden but mainly the road. We went half board which we regretted doing so as we wanted to stay in the village area but not all the restaurants are available on the half board basis that we could easily walk to, so alot of the other restaurants in the village we couldn`t go to which was a shame.
All in all this is a fantastic resort especially if you have younger children but we felt it was abit too soulless and would rather see abit more greek authenticity.
Room tip: Choose a ground floor room overlooking the pool
Stayed at August 2012
from Newmarket, United Kingdom
Reviewed on August 22, 2012
"Perfect Greece Location"Rate:  5 Stars
Just spent 2 weeks with my wife a nd 3 children at Porto Sani. The staff were amazing in terms of the assistance on offer and genuine friendleness to all of us. The hotal pools are varied for the kids with a life guard always there, kids club and general activities meant we hardly saw the kids! The choice or food at the resort is great ranging from lovely local food to Italian and Japanese, all reached within a 10 minute walk. The prices were also very reasonable for an up market location. We have just booked to go back next year for 16 days.
Room tip: The 2 bedroom suites adjacent to the pool area make life easier as it is less than a minute there!
Stayed at August 2012