Beach, open-air spa and gym, mountain bikes, gardens, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, minibar, CD/DVD player, tea and coffee-making facilities, all-natural Coco-Mat mattresses and down-filled pillows, Apivita toiletries, bathrobes and flip-flops.
All are clean, crisp and mostly white, with lots of wood, pebbles and other natural materials, plus quirky contemporary details such as hip recycled bedside lamps, geometric tiling or pops of colour on a feature wall. Superior Doubles and Junior Suites can offer great value for money. All have an outdoor space in the form of either a terrace or balcony.
The crisp outdoor pool is all painted white concrete and crisp white loungers. There’s a separate Jacuzzi and a small raised pool. A sleepy little bar, shaded by a white straw pergola, serves ouzo, orange juice and nibbles. All that’s missing is a deep tan, accentuated by some with-white swimwear.
Crisp cottons to fit in with all that white and show off your tan; House of Hackney print pieces to blend perfectly with the palm-lined pool and eco ethos; something more robust than Havaianas to cycle in; scarves and sarongs to ward off sea breezes on a sailboat; mark and snorkel for coasting along in the water.
The hotel has two mountain bikes to borrow free for a lazy circuit among the pine trees. Rent a traditional fishing boat (with a driver if you prefer); a picnic lunch is included in the cost (€350/five hours) for day trips to uninhabited islands nearby.
Very welcome, especially the tiny ones (there's less to do for older teens). Cots and extra beds (rates vary depending on the season) can be added to rooms. English-speaking babysitters are available for €20 an hour.
Daily rates for extra beds vary depending on the season: €20 for 3–9-year olds, €30 for over-9s in April, May, June, September and October; €30 for 3–9-year olds, €40 for over-9s in July and August.
Kids of all ages are warmly welcomed.
The Junior Suites and Loft Suites are closest to the beach, spacious and family-friendly, sleeping two adults and two little ones. Most have an outdoor space, be it a terrace or balcony; some have hydro-therapy showers, others, over-bath showers.
A hammock hanging out on two poles over the water, powdery soft sand, glistening sea, high sun and cloudless skies – Ekies’ private beach is made for grown-up, crowd-free sun-seeking. But it’s perfect for little ones, too: it’s sheltered, equipped with loungers and parasols, the waters are safe and shallow and you can walk for metres before it gets deep. There are no difficult stairs to navigate with buggies, plus there are three jaunty blue-and-white striped beach huts for changing them out of their sandy stuff in privacy and comfort (without covering them in more sand). Just 300 metres away is Karidi beach, one of Halkidiki’s most beautiful, but if little ones tire of sandcastles, there’s a playground with swings and a little wooden playhouse, plus outdoor table tennis for older kids (it's uncovered, so slap on the sunscreen).
Ekies also runs a beginner watersports programme for all over four years-old between 10.30am and 1.30pm, offering paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkelling and sailing run by the in-house instructors. There are three sessions of 45 minutes per day (€40 for two sessions; €60 for all three, or pay hourly at €20 an hour). Please note that these classes are only offered from June until the end of August.
During the summer holidays (June to September), there are Montessori sessions held for over-fours (between 7pm and 11pm), that include evenings spent making arts and crafts, playing music and playing outdoors. It's €10 for each child, per hour.
Attached to the main pool is a separate raised pool, perfect for toddlers (the deep end of the main pool is 1.3m). Neither pool is heated, but they’re manned by a lifeguard from June to September.
The hotel has highchairs, plastic cutlery and beakers to borrow, so just ask. There’s no separate kids’ menu but the main restaurant menus list dishes like battered fish, perfect for little appetites, and the kitchen can adapt dishes to accommodate fussy toddlers. You can order food for the kids at any time of the day and staff will happily heat up baby bottles and food.
Experienced, English-speaking babysitters are available for €20 an hour (minimum two hours); book a day in advance.
No need to pack
The hotel provides highchairs, beakers and sippy cups, travel cots and cot bedlinen, black-out blinds, soft toys and books and PG- and U-rated DVDs.
You can buy nappies, baby wipes, baby food and purées floats at the mini-market, five minutes away on foot; you can also pick up armbands and other pool toys for little swimmers there.