Halkidiki, Greece

Danai Beach Resort & Villas

Rates from (inc tax)$1,686.54

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21EUR), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.


Glittering Greek glamour


By the Sithonia sea shore

A mother-and-son-designed vacation home that’s grown into a sprawling resort over the years, Danai Beach Resort & Villas in Halkidiki is a truly luxurious spot in which to summer. With an ornate spa, sandy beach, range of eateries, kids club and crèche – plus opulent decor – Danai will keep you busy doing nothing for your whole stay.

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Need to know


62, including 57 suites suitable for families


Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.


Double rooms from $1686.55 (€1,549), excluding tax at 13 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR1,750.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

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Rates usually include a buffet breakfast.


There’s a noticeably high staff-to-guests ratio, so you’ll always be able to find someone to fetch whatever you need. If you’re even just slightly interested in wine, ask for a tour of the cellar – it’s packed with 850 bottles from all over the world and inherited from the owners’ collection. Allow 45 minutes down there with the fantastically knowledgeable sommelier (tasting sessions are also available, and if you fancy taking anything back home all bottles are available to buy).

Hotel closed

From mid October to the end of April each year.

At the hotel

Spa, gym, beach, water sports, classes, crèche, kids club, free WiFi throughout. Every room has a flatscreen TV, DVD player, Bose WiFi music system, Nespresso machine, minibar, Bulgari bath products, air-conditioning, tea- and coffee-making kit, and black-out curtains.

Our favourite rooms

The Mediterranean Two-Bedroom Suite is a star pick, with its large, airy living room and bright bedrooms. The size of the suite means it's perfect for families, and there’s a terrace for alfresco dining and sunbathing with sea views, too.


Flanked by day-beds and palm trees, the large swimming pool has ever-attentive staff on hand to brings drinks to lounging guests. Children are welcome, too.


The indoor pool at Danai Spa is a great spot for rainy days. You’ll also find a sauna and steam room, and a full menu of spa and beauty delights in the five treatment rooms (many are also available in your own hotel room, too). Don’t miss the Cleopatra room with its golden bath tub. It’s quite something.

Packing tips

All the normal holiday garb will be useful at Danai, and the atmosphere is mostly informal. Bring a few smarter outfits for evenings out, and flat sandals for exploring the glorious beaches.


Most common areas aren’t wheelchair accessible, and the hotel isn’t ideal for guests who have trouble with steps.


Dogs are welcome at no charge – beds, bowls and food are supplied. Beach access for dogs is reserved for those whose masters are staying in a Beach Cabana. (All restaurants are dog free.) See more pet-friendly hotels in Halkidiki.


Danai is super child-friendly. There are kids' activities, a crèche, and lots of family-orientated restaurants on-site.

Recommended rooms

Kids sleep in baby cots (free) or extra beds (€100) added to their parents’ rooms.


Danai has a crèche for knackered parents to leave their sprogs, and can look after any children over four months old.


The Worldwide Kids Company team keep 4–11 year olds entertained at the free Danai Kids Club. Juniors can spend the day at the craft tables or take part in organised outdoor games and sports; book in advance, sessions are very popular. Most activities are free, but some (watersports, trips to the ice-cream parlour) are charged. Staff have a stash of snacks and fruit, and more substantial fare can be ordered via room service, if needed. There’s an indoor playroom with toys, books and puzzles – ideal for avoiding the midday sun, or if there's some unexpected rain.

Swimming pool

The pool is perfect for children of all ages; parents who find the area a bit too splashy can retreat to the indoor pool at the spa.


Room service has plenty of kid-friendly options, and Andromeda and the Seahorse Grill are the best bets for families with younger children. Head to the Sea Side bar for a lighter options, where youngsters will feel very grown-up with their own special menus. 


With more than 24 hours' advance warning, babysitters are available for €15 an hour for one child, €20 an hour for two children and €22 for three.

No need to pack

The hotel's well kitted-out, with highchairs, sterilisers, baby monitors, changing mats, pushchairs or buggies, swimming aids, toddler-proof toys, crayons/pens/pencils/paint and paper, craft materials and picture books.


Nappies, baby wipes and child-friendly snacks are all available to buy at Danai’s onsite village shop. There’s no formal baby-listening service, but baby monitors are available.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Grab a table with a view at the Seahorse Grill and watch the sun go down. For extra special meals, the incredible wine cellar seats up to eight for private dinners.

Dress Code

The kid-friendly restaurants are mostly informal; Squirrel is slightly smarter.

Hotel restaurant

Danai's three restaurants give you a range of meal-time options. The most up-market of the three is Squirrel, where chef Vasilis Mouratidis serves up gourmet French flavours. For a particularly memorable evening, opt for the tasting menu. For dining en famille, Andromeda and the Seahorse Grill are both decidedly child-friendly from the welcoming service to the well-thought-out menus. Seahorse serves the most traditional Greek cuisine, and the relaxed Andromeda restaurant has an ever-changing menu of international dishes.

Hotel bar

The laid-back Sea Side bar serves snacks and cocktails all day. With the superlative sea views and blue and white decor, you’ll feel like you’re out island-hopping without ever leaving the mainland. Children are welcome, and even have their own bar menu.

Last orders

The day begins with breakfast in the Pavillion from 8am, and the bar closes after the last guest has gone to bed.

Room service

Plenty of grown-up and kid-friendly dishes from the Andromeda and Seahorse Grill menus can be delivered to your room, day or night.


Photos Danai Beach Resort – Halkidiki – Greece
Danai Beach Resort & Villas
63088 NIKITI


Touchdown at Thessaloniki’s airport, just under an hour’s drive away, with direct flights from across Europe.


If you’re planning on adventuring around the coast and forests of Halkidiki, renting a car’s a good idea. Free self-parking and valet are both available onsite.

Worth getting out of bed for

The private beach is, as you’d expect in this part of the world, a pretty great place to spend the day swimming and sunbathing. It's also great for little Smiths, as the waves are very gentle and there are lifeguards on dut). It’s terrifically well organised: you can get stuck into your sandcastle/book/nap/wave jumping and let the hotel’s beach boys (and girls) fetch your towels, lay out your lounger, and so on. Water sports include canoeing, wind surfing, scuba diving, water skiiing and snorkelling, and water aerobics classes are available on request in both the swimming pool and the sea. If you’d rather stay on dry land, perhaps hit the hotel’s tennis courts. The outdoor playground, with swings and a slide, is a highlight for families. When the sun isn't shining, cooking lessons from the chefs can be arranged, as can Greek, French, German and English lessons for adults and children. Feeling artistic? Painting and dancing instructors are standing by – just schedule a class. Personal trainers are on hand to help you keep up your fitness regime, and there are regular pilates and yoga classes. 

The 18-hole Porto Carras golf course is a 20-minute drive from the resort, if you can tear yourself away from your lounger. Fancy heading out on a boat tour? Let hotel staff know. Mountain bikes and trail maps are available for more adventurous types: the dirt roads of Mount Itamos are a must for extreme-sports fans. A 20-minute drive away is Karidi beach, with its giant rocky outcrops and forrested backdrop. From Vourvourou, you’re also well placed to catch a charter boat from Ormos Panagias to Unesco World Heritage Site, Mount Athos (it’s home to some more than a thousand monks, and women and children are forbidden, but Athos Sea Cruises pass by several monasteries from the water).

Local restaurants

Danai Beach Resort & Villas is designed as its own little village, complete with a boutique-lined main street (with the amusing moniker Danai 5th Avenue). You could easily spend your entire stay onsite, but if you’re not the type to stay put then get out and explore Halkidiki.

Down by Nikiti beach, a five-minute drive, Arsanas restaurant (+30 (0)2375 023235) serves modern Mediterranean/Greek fusion dishes on its sunny terrace – think crab salad with cucumber and sesame, or stuffed aubergine. There’s seating inside, too, if the sun’s scorching. Other restaurants that come highly recommended by the concierge include Kazanis (+30 (0)2375 023333), a seafood spot on the beach in Nikiti, and Boukadoura in Porto Koufo, with its vast menu of creative takes on local favourites – all using natural ingredients. In Neos Marmaras, fish restaurant Ta Kymata (‘the Waves’) (+30 (0)2375 071371) is a traditional Greek taverna that was opened by a local fisherman and his wife in 1950 and is still run by their family today.

Local cafés

The nearby village of Afytos on the Kassandra peninsula has a clutch of vibrant local cafés, perfect for people-watching and enjoying the sea views. Many of the restaurants, shops and café-bars were built by local craftsmen using native limestone, so are well worth a visit for history and architecture enthusiasts. 

Local bars

A 20-minute drive southeast from Danai is Ekies All Senses Resort in Vourvourou, where the beachside bar awaits if you’re after a change of scenery. Another option is 16th-century Arnaia, which is the largest in the village in the area, and has a wide selection of bars. Arrive early in the evening to grab a drink in the main square, and admire the brightly painted, traditional Macedonian buildings before sunset.


Photos Danai Beach Resort – Halkidiki – Greece

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For a lively holiday retreat that doesn’t skimp on luxury, Danai Beach Resort & Villas might just be your summer-in-Greece fantasy brought to life. The private Makria Lagada beach is exactly the sort of white, sandy stretch you cross your fingers you’ll find when you arrive – warm water, soft waves, and plenty of chic day-beds and cabanas – and inside, the decor’s a global mix of carefully curated furniture and art, with no lack of bling. The resort is decked out with everything you could need, and even has its own shopping promenade. The glittering spa and gourmet restaurant will delight even the pickiest of guests: indulge in an afternoon Shiatsu massage before bagging a terrace-side table at the Squirrel for an out-of-this-world dinner.


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