We’ve just arrived home from a wonderful holiday at Sani Resort in Greece.
Everything about the holiday from start to finish was thought about and catered for.
Travelling with a baby and a toddler was one of my biggest worries, things like; whether we’d be OK in one room, if they’d eat OK, whether we’d be able to sterilise everything for Evie but I needn’t have worried as Sani Resort had everything on hand and went out of their way to find something if we needed it.
Sani Resort is a large resort made up of five different hotels; Sani Beach, Sani Club, Porto Sani, Sani Dunes (opens this summer) and San Asterias.
When I booked our holiday I had no idea which one of the hotels to book but had heard Sani Beach catered more for families so we decided to try that and then look around at the other hotels when we were there.
Sani Beach Hotel
Sani Beach Hotel is set on beautiful white sand and clear water beaches and around the two hotels there is a big pool, toddler pool and an infinity pool. We tended to either base ourselves on the beach (as the sea was almost like a pool and very safe for little ones) or round the infinity pool as it was a bit smaller and closer to our room.
The Sani Beach hotel
The main pool
One of the beaches
The infinity pool
I love this picture of Amelie and I in the infinity pool – we had some special moments together which were so needed now we are a family of four.
The view from our room, there were beautiful sunsets from here
We stayed in a sea view suite which overlooked the infinity pool and was west facing so had the most amazing sunsets! The room, although classed as a suite was small for the four of us and talking to other families who booked suites most were expecting something larger. I was expecting maybe a L shaped room so we could split the girls up more as they both ended up disturbing each other when they were going to sleep. My tip would be to look at the room layouts and think about where your children would sleep and how realistically it would work.
In the end Amelie ended up sleeping with me so we could keep her quiet whilst Evie was put down in her cot and poor Daddy ended up in the sofa bed!
So although we were expecting a slightly more spacious room everything in the room was clean, well equipped and the nespresso machine was greatly appreciated!
This little one loved playing on the balcony
Sani Resort is perfect for toddlers and children…
There is honestly everything you could ask for if you were travelling with a family at Sani Resort and this for us was the big selling point of the resort. Now we have travelled and experiened everything on offer at Sani Resort at a family this is what would bring us back.
There’s a huge playground set in soft sand with swings, a big slide, a climbing frame, adventure playground type activities for the older children – all set in beautiful landscaped gardens. Amelie and Evie loved the swings and it was a perfect stop off for us from the hotel to the marina in the evenings.
The huge playground
The hotel hired out bikes, micro scooters (for adults and children), trikes and of course helmets of all sizes. This for us was one of the biggest wins! We hired Amelie a micro scooter for the week and she hardly got off – she zipped up and down the resort, down to breakfast and to the marina and back, it really was such fun for her.
Amelie doing her favourite thing, this was such a highlight for her
In every restaurant there was everything you needed for a toddler or a baby. Highchairs, plastic cutlery, plastic plates, straws, water, hot water to warm bottles and a toddler or baby menu. Amelie tended to eat from the toddlers menu and we bought food for Evie but we did notice there were purees on offer.
Evie discovering a love of bread – whoops!
The big difference for us at Sani Resort versus other holidays we’ve been on with Amelie was the super soft white sand beach and calm waters. Amelie has always been a little nervous of the sea but she really found her confidence on this holiday and loved paddling with her Daddy. I’m sure the clear waters and calmness of the sea helped build her confidence.
Beautiful calm waters and soft sands were perfect for the little ones
It was so nice for Evie to watch Amelie splashing in the sea, next time she’ll be with her
The views everywhere were just amazing, even a toddler appreciated them!
They also had an amazing service on all the beaches called ‘Babe watch’. They had an area with a big parasol, buckets and spades and you could leave your children for free for 30 minutes to play with the qualified carers. We only used this once as we tended to play with the girls after they’d been at kids club in the morning but you could also use the toys and stay with your children which we loved to do.
We booked the girls into the Worldwide kids mini club for a few mornings on the holiday.
The crèche takes children from the age of 4 months old to 4 years old. You do have to pay for children up until the age of 4, but we were happy to do that to have some time to ourselves.
For information on the Sani creche click here…
The outside area was shady and had lovely equipment for play
The actual crèche and kids club was well thought out and had wonderful activities organised for the children. Some of the things the girls did were; playing on the swings (in the shade), playing in the ball pit, making play dough, making ice lollies, messy play, singing, walking to the castle in the resort and earring their ice lollies, reading books and playing with all the cars and outdoor toys.
The table all set up for messy play
When we picked them up there was always a lovely singing or reading session on this mat
Painting and crafts, what more could a toddler ask for?
They were always offered a snack, given plenty of water and were either in the shade or sun cream and hats were put on.
They had a lovely sleeping room for the babies which Evie made use of apparently!
We loved getting their daily record sheets which let us know what they’d been playing with, who they’d been playing with, nappy changes, what they’d eaten and where they’d been.
We were really pleased with the childcare, its Ofsted registered so is run just like a UK nursery and as such we felt really happy to leave our girls there for some fun for a few hours.
This resort caters for both families and couples alike. There was lots for us to do when the girls were at kids club and if you were travelling as a couple there were adult areas round the pool.
We really enjoyed hiring out bikes one morning and exploring the resort. It was on one of the cloudy mornings so was a great activity.
I think my husbands highlight was watching me on a bike after 10 years!!
The food and drink was amazing (more on restaurants later) but when we had some time together we enjoyed having a walk along the beach and then stopping at either the marina or the beach bars for a coffee/drink.
The BEST mojito!
In the middle of the resort was a marina which I would say was the hub of the resort and brilliantly for us at Sani Beach within walking distance of the hotel.
We loved going to the marina for either drinks or dinner in the evening.
Check out the patisserie – they did the most amazing cakes, macaroons, and ice creams, this isn’t one to be missed.
Just AMAZING ice cream
We loved watching the fish in the marina whilst the sun set
Special Daddy and daughter time
Food and drink at Sani Resort
One of the big draws of a holiday for us is good food and drink. We love to explore and try new things so one of the reasons we chose Sani Resort was the ‘dine around‘ programme where on half or full board you could just about eat at any of the 22 restaurants in the resort.
The dine around programme essentially meant you could either eat at one of the buffet restaurants, one of the ones that offered a set menu and at the a la carte ones you received 20 euros off each persons bill. At every restaurant you paid for your own drinks.
We mainly chose the restaurants by the marina due to the setting (these were either set menu or a la carte), but in each of the four hotels there were amazing restaurants – we weren’t there long enough to try them all!
If you’re going to Sani Resort here were our favourites…
We tended to have our breakfast at the restaurant Poseidon which had the most delicious of breakfast buffets. There was something for everyone and the girls loved sitting by the big windows and watching everyone make their way to the pool or the beach.
She was on holiday so treat breakfasts were allowed!
Tomata was one of the restaurants we were recommended before we went. It combines the influences of classic Meditterranean flavours with a modern approach. They only use seasonal produce and you can tell, everything was fresh, colourful and most of all tasted amazing!
We both had tuna and scallop carpaccio to start and for main I had a crab risotto and Nick had a steak. The sea food was some of the best and tastiest we’ve had and every ingredient was beautifully prepared and served.
Being one of the a la carte restaurants it was one of the most expensive and quickest meals we’ve ever had due to the girls being with us but we enjoyed it never the less.
This restaurant is a traditional ouzerie on Sani Marina. We loved the sharing dishes made up of amazing Greek food and in particular the squid and hummus were the tastiest food I’ve had!
Macaroni is Sani Marina’s only Italian restaurant and had a really family friendly feel.
The menu includes both Mediterranean cuisine with an Italian touch as well as pizzas. We loved the king prawn salads and Amelie particularly enjoyed the extensive toddler menu.
Grill by the pool
Grill by the Pool is a relaxed pool side restaurant based by the main pool at Sani Beach.
It was a perfect shady spot for us to get the girls out of the sun with delicious food such as burgers, steaks, pasta and a brilliant toddler menu. I had a tuna burger, which I was intrigued to try and it was absolutely delicious. It came with a fresh and tasty salsa and salad – the perfect lunchtime treat!
The toddler food was amazing, perfect for little ones
Bousoulas Beach bar
This beach bar became our favourite place for both drinks, lunches, coffee’s when the girls were at kids club and somewhere to order a food delivery to the amazing beach below.
We didn’t venture there in the evenings, but I can imagine it would be a brilliant place to have a drink and watch the sunset.
Not only do they have exceptional coffees for that morning cup but the lunch menu was our favourite.
Dishes like a huge haloumi salad, a proscuitto and truffle pizza, the most amazing club sandwich. YUM!
A sleeping Evie – she loved the sound of the sea to sleep and it meant we could have a drink while she slept
Delicious lunches by the sea
That was a long review because there was just SO much to do, see and explore at Sani Resort.
We were really pleased that we had chosen Sani Beach Resort due to the location, lovely beaches and facilities for children. Sani club looked lovely and is in a quieter location but to get to the marina you’d have to take a bus (only a short drive) so as we had a baby in a pram and a toddler the beach resort just seemed a lot easier.
The things that made this such a special holiday for us were:
- the food and drink and the ability to ‘dine around’ all the different restaurants
- the wonderful childcare
- the calm and soft sand beaches
- the facilities and activities for children
- the staff
- all the equipment on hand for toddlers and children
Not only did we relax, we had quality family and parent time and made some wonderful memories as a family.
We are already planning our return next year, which is something we have never said before as we love to find new places but the ease of holidaying at Sani Resort and the breadth of things to do has persuaded us that whilst the girls are young we probably couldn’t find a better resort. Next time though we’ll try and go for longer than a week as we just didn’t have enough time to do everything we wanted to do.
Thanks Sani Resort and we’ll see you next year.
Sarah and family xx
For more of our holiday adventures try…
- Our family holiday to Watergate Bay
- What we look for from a holiday as a family of four
- Our packing list and top tips for travelling with a toddler and a baby
- Routine on holiday with a toddler and a baby