Just when you thought the Sani Resort couldn’t get any better, they opened their doors in June to a brand-new hotel. I was lucky enough to be one of the first to visit the new addition to the Sani family, along with a few of the Sovereign team – and we were not disappointed.
The wow factor
You know what kind of stay you can expect at the Sani Dunes from the minute you enter the reception – elegant, special and relaxed. You arrive to a large open space, towered over by a striking crystal wall. The design was created by famous Greek sculptor Costas Varotsos, and although simple, it makes a grand statement.
We were welcomed by the reception staff who definitely left an impression. They were dressed in beautiful cream dresses and suits and are welcoming and friendly. They took the time to learn our names, so whenever we were to greet them again, we were met with “Hello, Miss Oliver”.
Going for a dip
The outside swimming pool area is incredibly stylish. The large pool, which is the biggest in Greece, wraps around a trendy bar. Of course, you can prop yourself on the comfy furniture around the bar, but there is also no need to move off your sunlounger if you don’t want to, thanks to the waiter service. My favourite thing about being in the pool (apart from enjoying a glass of wine in the sun) was looking out to sea. The swimming pool is pretty much level with the sea so while you are enjoying a swim, you can see blue as far as the eye can see.
More than just a place to rest your head
There are no high-rise buildings at Sani Dunes. The hotel’s 136 rooms are split over two floors and offer contemporary and warm décor.
When I said I was one of the first to stay at the Sani Dunes, I meant it. In fact, my hotel bed had never been slept in and there was still a slight smell of fresh paint. I stayed in a Deluxe Junior Suite Private Garden Sea View. My private garden came complete with two more of those comfy sunloungers that had been dotted around the swimming pool. The Sani Dunes have made it very hard for people to want (or need) to drag themselves away from the room – just when they need a dip in the pool, of course.
The room came complete with everything you would expect from a five-star hotel – minibar, Nespresso machine, bathrobes, and the world’s comfiest bed!
Although we didn’t enjoy a treatment at the Sani Dunes spa (next time!), we had a good look around. The gorgeous spa has a unique scent (there’s a different one for each of the Sani hotels) and comes complete with six treatment rooms and a large treatment list. Anne Semonin, whose Parisian spa brand features in the rest of the Sani Resort, has her fantastic products on the shelves once more here.
Oh my, the food
The best spot for breakfast is at the Beach House. This trendy and relaxed restaurant is located just right of the hotel on the beach. The buffet was to die for and everything was so well displayed – almost too pretty to eat.
We had the choice of both tucking in to the buffet, as well as ordering of the à la carte menu. I became rather fond of the scrambled eggs and salmon, so that was an obvious choice for me most mornings! The setting was perfect and had everything I love about Greece – al fresco dining and lovely views.
Our favourite pre-dinner hangout was the Sea You Bar. The cocktail list was extensive and the sunset views were Instagram-worthy. By night, we enjoyed meals at the Dunes Restaurant, which is the main dining venue. I would highly recommend trying the lamb – it was a melt-off-the-bone kind of affair.
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