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by The Daily Telegraph, March 21, 2016
Enchanting Eagles Palace is one of the few elite Greek resorts that manages to melt into its surroundings and combine impeccable service with a breathtaking environment.
Only 4km (2½ miles) from Ouranoupolis, one of the most beautiful villages in Halkidiki and a breath away from the enduring spiritual presence of Mount Athos ,the hotel promises splendour sprinkled with a dusting of magic.
The family-run, five-star hotel in a unique, seafront location is set amid lush Mediterranean gardens planted with pine, palm and olive trees. A member of Small and Luxury Hotels of the World, it has panoramic views and a private, blue-flag sandy beach.
There are 158 rooms, luxury suites, suites with pool and bungalows, all designed for elegant living. Luxury suites and suites with pools offer complete privacy and direct access to the sandy beach, one of the most famous in northern Greece. If you simply can’t tear yourself away from the view, you can simply call room service.
With four bars and restaurants, which feature international gourmet dishes, Greek specialties and fusion cuisine, Eagles Palace takes gastronomy to a whole new level. Each restaurant has a unique character and appeals to the eclectic palates of discerning guests while ensuring excellent quality and superb service.
There are wine-tasting sessions and guests can enjoy in-house art exhibitions and participate in theme nights organised by the hotel with live music, together with worldwide dishes prepared by the hotel’s executive chefs. There is an à la carte service with dishes delivered direct to your sunbed on the beach – and you can summon the beach bar snack service just by pressing a button on your umbrella.
Sports facilities include water skiing, scuba diving and wakeboarding. There is a tennis court and guests can enjoy a vigorous workout at the fitness centre. There is the option to rent a bike and discover the charming village of Ouranoupolis as well as all other picturesque regions of the Halkidiki peninsula. In cooperation with ExploreOutside.com, Eagles Palace organises guided tours and biking excursions which meander through winding trails, past interesting landscapes, towering mountains and beautiful valleys.
The hotel’s yacht club can provide boats of different sizes with experienced skippers and offers a wide range of trips and private yachting excursions.
There are two pools – one exclusively for children – and an extensive children’s activity programme run by a UK-regulated childcare company.
Regarded as one of the best day spas in the world, the Eagles Palace offers its clientele an unsurpassed resort spa experience with extensive holistic treatments. Try Rasul with a partner. You enter an exotic herbal steam bath to take part in a traditional cleansing ritual. Different coloured therapeutic muds are applied to specific areas of the body, while you inhale herb-infused steam. It cleanses the respiratory system, smooths skin and detoxifies the body.
The hotel offers a wide range of excursions including cruising the coast of the unique Mount Athos republic. No women are allowed on The Holy Mountain, inhabited solely by monks who guard its ancient ecclesiastical treasures, and men need special permission to visit, so seeing this wonder of Greece is a privilege. Another trip is to the tiny island of Ammouliani corrugated with hills and valleys planted with olive trees and low vegetation.
Land excursions include a trip to the historic village of Stagira, birthplace of Aristotle, an hour away, which has a panoramic view of the whole gulf and to Ierissos, famous for its cultural centre, delicious fish and traditional wooden, hand-made ships and boats.
• British Airways Holidays offers seven nights at Eagles Palace on a half board basis from £399pp, including flights*. For more information and to book, visit ba.com/eagles
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*Terms and conditions apply. Availability may be very limited. Price includes return British Airways flights from London Gatwick and is based on two sharing on a half board basis for selected travel between 07 October, 2016 and 17 October, 2016. Book by 18 May, 2016.
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