Luxury Halkidiki Holidays
This three-pronged peninsula juts out into the northern Aegean from mainland Greece. Although you'll find a sprinkling of luxe properties tucked away, most of Halkidiki's 300-mile coastline has ducked clear of development - you'll still find goats wearing tinkly bells and countryside zig-zagged with mule tracks.
The westernmost finger of the peninsula is Kassandra. The landscape here is a patchwork of olive groves and pine forests, which lead down to flour-soft sands. You'll find the 1,000-acre Sani resort here, which comes with views across the water to Mount Olympus. Sithonia is the peninsula's middle prong. It's got a bit more of a rugged feel to it, with secluded coves and walking trails that lead through wildflower-filled countryside.
Family holidays in Halkidiki
Halkidiki is home to three family holiday heavyweights: Ikos Oceania, Ikos Olivia and the Sani Resort. All three are set on soft sandy beaches, with paddle-friendly waters for little ones and plenty of watersports on offer for teens. They also all offer brilliant dining plans with plenty of choice; at the Ikos hotels, the all-inclusive package even includes some local tavernas, so you can introduce the kids to traditional Greek cuisine.
Things to do in Halkidiki
View Mount Athos' monasteries
The slopes of Halkidiki's eastern peninsula are decorated with 20-odd monasteries, which form UNESCO-listed Mount Athos. Visitors need a licence to get in, and women and children aren't allowed at all, so skip all the paperwork and view the centuries-old monasteries the relaxing way - by boat.
Take in the views at Meteora
Meteora means 'suspended in the air' and the monasteries here look like they're living up to their name. They top naturally formed rock pillars, which rise high above the countryside. Inside, Byzantine paintings are the highlight, while outside it's the views that keep cameras clicking.
Visit Greece's second city
Thessaloniki is about 90 minutes' drive from Halkidiki. It's got stacks of shops, museums and restaurants, plus the old town is a tangle of winding lanes, traditional houses and Byzantine churches.
The Sovereign Standard
To help you choose your perfect holiday we have rated all of our hotels using our own system.
Classical Sovereign hotels are more modest hotels offering charm and character, or an exceptional location. Many of these hotels have been firm favourites with Sovereign customers for countless years and offer great value for money.
Luxury Collection hotels offer everything you would expect to go hand in hand with a luxury holiday. They offer high standards of service and attention to all those important little details.
Exclusive Collection hotels provide the ultimate luxury; they are the finest, most opulent hotels offering superlative service and excellent facilities, which will satisfy the needs of even the most discerning traveller.
Family Collection hotels are some of the finest family-friendly resorts and offer a wide range of facilities for both children and parents. Families can enjoy a whole host of amenities including fun kid's clubs, a dedicated children's pool and spacious accommodation.