The most popular tourist destination in northern Greece, Halkidiki attracts visitors with its pristine sandy beaches, sheltered bays and vibrant nightlife. Geographically it is also one of the region’s most distinctive areas, featuring three jutting peninsulas known as the three legs of Halkidiki. Awash with modern resorts and pumping nightspots it may be, but it’s also a historical goldmine, with several notable archaeological sites to be found here.
Not surprisingly given the huge numbers of tourists who flock here each year, there’s no shortage of accommodation options in Halkidiki. Among them are several all-inclusive hotels and resorts, which are particularly popular with families thanks to their child-friendly amenities. We’ve done our research and picked out three of the best.
FROM €142/ NIGHT
A few minutes’ walk from Halkidiki’s sandy shoreline, this all-inclusive 3-starhotel features a range of popular amenities, including an outdoor swimming pool and separate kid’s pool, a table tennis table, tranquil gardens, a restaurant serving classic Greek dishes, and a separate bar and terrace area that’s ideal for pre-dinner drinks of a nightcap on balmy evenings. Guest rooms are air-conditioned and come with satellite TV, a fridge, and a private bathroom, while free Wi-Fi is available in all communal areas. Local excursions can be arranged at the hotel’s dedicated tour desk. The charming village of Kriopigi, with its traditional taverns and shops, is a short walk from the hotel and the vibrant resort town of Kallithea is just under 2 miles away.
FROM €196/ NIGHT
For an all-inclusive option that combines affordable rates with a dash of luxury, the modern Athos Palace Hotel is hard to beat. Nestled on the east coast of the island just moments from the beach, the hotel enjoys both an idyllic location and all the amenities you can ask for, whether you’ve come to relax and unwind or get seriously active. For the former, there’s an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, a games room, a spa and wellness centre, and an open-air cinema theatre, while for the latter there’s and 6 tennis courts and a dedicated diving school offering a range of water sports. An on-site restaurant serves all-day food, including traditional Greek fare, while there’s also a separate Italian-style trattoria. Guest rooms are designed in contemporary style and come with satellite TV and a safe, and many also offer scenic sea or mountain views. For those arriving by car, free private parking is available on-site. A short drive away is the vibrant town of Kallithea.
FROM €250/ NIGHT
Overlooking pristine and picturesque gardens, the 5-star Theophano Imperial Palace Hotel is particularly popular with families. Just seconds from Kallithea beach, its amenities include 6 tennis courts, a mini golf course, several dining options and a beautiful outdoor pool area. There’s also a dedicated Kids Club offering a huge variety of activities that will keep your little ones entertained. For the energetic, water and beach aerobics are also available, plus a professional dive centre which offers nearby diving excursions. Guest rooms are no less impressive, and come with a private balcony where guests can relax and unwind.