Greece – April 2019

After hearing people rave about the Ikos Resorts we thought we better suss it out…and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Ikos have four resorts in Greece and one opening next year in Marbella, Spain.  We booked Ikos Dassia which is the third newest resort, opening May 2018 in Corfu.

Ikos Resorts are award-winning luxury all-inclusive hotels which were voted the best all-inclusive resorts in the world by Trip Advisor. There are six a la carte restaurants, some of which have Michelin-starred menus. There are two Greeks, an Italian, French, Asian and the buffet restaurant. Book the restaurants before you go as they get booked up. You only need to make reservations for dinner.

We booked through British Airways during their sale in January so we got quite a good deal. This included return flights from Heathrow Terminal 5, accommodation and all-inclusive board.

This was our third holiday with Georgie, she’s a well-travelled 9 month old, so we weren’t worried about the flight. The flight was only half full so we had a row to ourselves and being a new plane it was very comfortable. There were also lots of young babies and children on the flight so no one cared about noise! In fact coming home was even better as we had two rows to ourselves and the stewardesses enjoyed holding Georgie and showing her round the gally which gave us a welcome break.

The flight was two hours fifty minutes. Corfu airport is tiny, literally. So we were out in no time.  When we came through our Ikos driver was waiting for us and took all our luggage and we were driven to the hotel in a Mercedes with a baby car seat which was a twenty minute drive.  Our Ikos experience has started.

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We stayed in a Junior Suite with a sea view so there was enough space for Georgie to sleep out of view. The hotel provided a cot, baby bath and bottle steriliser, which was a good send. No sterilising bottles in the sink with tablets! Floor plan below.

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Waking up to this view every morning…heaven. Highly recommend a sea view room. The views are stunning out across the sea to Albania which is all a National Park. You could even sea snow top mountains.

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The setting of the resort was absolutely beautiful. It is a big resort with six pools and two main buildings, the Sea and Sky building. The gardens are stunning and tended to down to perfection. Our room was in the Sea building but we preferred to sit by the pool at the Sky building, we just preferred the feel. The buildings are right next to each other on the water front.

I loved that there were Olive trees galore. Ancient thick trunk trees. I’d absolutely love an Olive tree in my garden, I just loved that touch.

In addition to the restaurants there is also room service and pool service so you can order lunch to your sun lounger along with drinks. It is all waiter service so you just sit back and relax!

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Our favourite restaurant was the Italian, Fresco, we must have eaten here five times during the week as it is open for brunch, lunch and dinner. Very good pizza and risotto.

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We also really enjoyed the French restaurant, Provence. Again very good food. This restaurant is only open for dinner. Again, book in advance! This was my favourite restaurant decor wise. I loved the style, it was just stunning.

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Anyone that knows me knows that any type of Asian food is my favourite cuisine so I was very excited to try the Asian restaurant Anaya combining Chinese, Thai and Indian food. I think we ate here three times during the week. Again it is only open for dinner and book in advance!

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Again, beautiful views from the restaurant.

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In each building, Sea and Sky, there is a buffet restaurant called Flavors. The buffet is open for breakfast lunch and dinner and serves every type of food you could want. Breakfast consists of pancakes, waffles, freshly cooked eggs to your style, pastries, salads, cold meats, fresh fruit and yoghurts. Let’s just say we ate a lot every day!

The restaurant is on the second floor and has stunning views out over the sea, just like most of the hotel. Here is our view for dinner one evening.

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The desert station was full of naughty goodies presented so well. How cute are these little puds!

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All this food is making my mouth water!

After dinner every evening before heading back to your room to put Georgie to bed (her bedtimes were around 9pm on holiday) we would have a stroll around the resort and most nights got lucky with some beautiful pinks skies and waters.

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We also ate at the two Greek restaurants, Ouzo and Kerkyra which had stunning interiors and again were close to the water front. I just love the white washed feel of Ouzo.

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We spent most of our time by the pool just because it was easier with Georgie plus the sand is a pain to get rid of. Also the pools are heated, the sea isn’t. Because the resort is in a bay it is sheltered from the wind so there are virtually no waves at all. The sea was so calm. On the hazy days you couldn’t see where the sea met the sky. The beach was lovely and stretched in front of the whole resort with a walk way so it was lovely to walk up and down. People used it for running, the kids on bikes, trikes and scooters, which are provided for free, and of course buggy users to get your baby to sleep! We walked up and down, up and down…

Taken on a hazy day…so calm.

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We enjoyed using the Cabana although we weren’t actually allowed to use these as they are for Duluxe guests only. Duluxe guests have a dedicated section of the beach, but as it wasn’t busy they let us use it.

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Our favourite days were spent lounging by the pool where Georgie would nap in the pushchair luckily. We were very kindly gifted the Acro stroller from Mamas & Papas which was a god send for travelling as it folds up into a small travel bag which you can take on the plane with you, you don’t have to check it. It’s relatively cheap at only £141 so I highly recommend it.

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They even clean your sunglasses for you…its the little touches!

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More snaps of the beautiful setting…can you tell I like this view!

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Views from the Greek restaurant, Kerkyra, at breakfast one morning. It was the most stunning day.

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There are two Gelato stalls, one by the children’s splash area in the Sea building and another by the main pool in the Sky building.  Such a naughty treat every day and it wasn’t just ice-cream, there were sweeties too.

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Here are some snaps of the main bars in the Sea and Sky building. Each building had a slightly different interior style.

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There is a second bar in the Sea building which is part of the Ergon Deli  which is open for lunch, adults only, and dinner, for all. There is a wine room where you can book a Sommelier session to tester the three hundred wine labels they have. There is no extra charge for this, it is included! Amazing!

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And this is the outside area of the bar in the Sea building which leads on to the adults only pool.

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There is also a fabulous spa which has treatment rooms, a hairdresser, a fully equipped gym and a pool which has an indoor and outdoor part.

I was very kindly gifted a full body scrub and massage by the hotel. The most relaxing ninety minutes of my life. I completely fell asleep, absolute heaven.

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There is a free kids club for children age 4-12 and a teens club for 13+. Under 4’s there is a charge for the creche. There is also a baby sitting service available, at extra charge, if you wanted to have dinner with the children but we didn’t use it as we were fine taking Georgie to dinner with us. All the restaurants are extremely child friendly so there is no need to worry about your child being noisy. Even at dinner the restaurants are more families than they are couples. Every restaurant provides a high chair complete with plastic cutlery, plate, bowl and cup. The only thing that isn’t available is a bib so make sure you bring them with you. We forgot!

One night we had room service once Georgie was down and ate it out on the balcony with a bottle of wine that is provided in the mini bar. Yummy!

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And just like that the week was over and it was home time. I’ll never forget this view, I just love how it is framed by the contemporary architecture of the building framing the perfect picture.

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Quick snap from our balcony on our last morning, sob sob.

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When the car arrived to take us back to the airport, we certainly weren’t expecting a pimped out limo-van all to ourselves!

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Bye bye Ikos Dassia and Corfu. We had the most amazing relaxing week just the three of us. I can’t recommend this hotel enough. It’s tailored to everyone both families and couples. We will be visiting Ikos again next year for sure. Maybe the new resort in Kos, Ikos Aria.

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Thanks for reading.

Claire

 

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