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Ever since Sani Resort opened its five-star doors almost 30 years ago it has been at the forefront of luxury European travel. Owned by the same local family who bought the land in the Sixties, the present generation remains as committed as ever to evolving, but also protecting, this beautiful environment.

Nowhere in Europe is quite like this family-owned, all-encompassing hideaway. Located on the stunning Kassandra Peninsula, the resort is set in a private 1,000-acre eco reserve that includes the Sani Wetlands (one of the most important bird sanctuaries in Greece), fragrant pine forests, olive groves and five miles of unspoiled sandy beaches. The location sets the perfect scene for four exceptional hotels: the elegant Sani Beach Hotel, family-friendly Sani Beach Club, spa-centric Porto Sani Village and the boutique Sani Asterias Suites.

Distinctive character

Each property has its own distinctive character while sharing all the standout Sani facilities: which include a new crèche and mini club at Porto Sani Village and outdoor heated pools throughout the resort all year round. There’s a marina lined with shops, bars, cafes and restaurants; three spas, all run by luxury French brand Anne Semonin; two exceptional water sports centres and a seemingly infinite number of land- based activities. But Sani Resort is probably best known for its food and family, the two being inextricably linked in Greek culture.

Annual highlight

The restaurants have always been a standout feature and today range from authentic Greek to the freshest Italian and melt- in-the-mouth Japanese. The half-board Dine Around progamme covers 14 venues and remains one of the best in the business while the food festival Sani Gourmet is an annual highlight.

This year it continues with the theme Cuisines of the Silk Road and will feature pop-up cooking stations and restaurants serving dishes from Azerbaijan to India (May 8-17). Sani’s family ethic is its other key strength welcoming children of all ages with crèches and mini clubs that cater from as little as four months.

Children (and even teenagers) rarely want to leave, raving about everything from mini Olympics to hip-hop and football academies. But despite its ongoing success Sani never rests on its laurels.

This year it has added yet more strings to its bow with a new lounge, a couples’ spa suite and the fantastic three-bedroom suites all at Porto Sani Village. Super-chic in design, the latter feature a master suite and two double bedrooms, plus a gorgeous lounge and a trio of marble bathrooms. Big enough for families of seven (or a group of six adults) they also come with four hours of daily complimentary babysitting.