Review: Sani Beach Club & our Muslim friendly holiday
We just returned from an amazing stay with the Sani Resort in Halkidiki Greece. It is my second time visiting the resort and my first time in the Sani Beach Club, as previously I had stayed in the Sani Beach Hotel. For a Muslim family I totally recommend this hotel and you can read my reasons below. I can write for this resort a whole book, because I genuinely love it, but I will try to keep it short.
The Sani Resort is in the first leg of Halkidiki it consists of 5 hotels, with their own marina, private beaches, beautiful scenery and amazing people. After my first stay two years ago, I was really impressed and wanted my family to experience this great place. This year it was an “almost” perfect family reunion with my parents, my husband and my sister. Take my word for it, but planning a holiday for 3 families it can be very stressful. This year I chose to stay in the Sani Beach Club, which is a private hotel, on top of the hill with semi-private bungalows, we chose the private garden ones and we were not disappointed.
The booking was pretty stressful as I had to take into consideration the preferences of 6 adults and two small kids. Barbara at the reservations provided me with great customer service, I had to change my reservations two times and she was more than happy to do this for me. On the second time, their prices were even lower on their website and even though she couldn’t see it in her system she was happy to change it for me after I sent her a screenshot. No hassle and she did this with pleasure. As a return guest, I received 10% of my room rate and 10% of any bill in the resort. This is a great value package as snacks, drinks, and food can add up.
We arrived around 2 pm and while my family settled I went to check us in. We were given a drink and as you can see they were all happy and impressed. This is a nice touch of a 5* resort. Mind that my parents had an alcoholic drink but when we declined it they brought us Orange juice. So we all managed to “Cheer” together. 🙂
I hope they don’t kill me for posting this. But I love my family 🙂
The Sani Beach Club is on a hill, they provide 24/7 availability of ClubCars, which are Golf cars that drive you up to your room. This was a really cool feature because I can’t tell you how many times we had to pick things up from our rooms for the kids or let alone carry ourselves after their wonderful meals. The resort is beautifully laid out and you can see the sea from most places. The rooms are beautifully decorated with a big garden where we played with my nieces. The rooms are a very generous size and even my sister who had a cot and an extra bed had plenty of space for my niece to use her scooter in the room!
Our private garden
Sani Beach Club is a very family-friendly place, the majority of the guests are couples with young children. I would totally recommend this place for Muslim families with small children because they are so many activities. The hotel which I stayed in last time is also a family-friendly place, has large pools and it is closer to the Marina, Theater, Shops and Cinema. If you want to visit these places from the Sani Beach Club you can take the free minibus or walk it via the beach. I did go to the beach carrying my baby niece, this was fun. 🙂 Either way, it is very enjoyable.
We were on a full board basis due to an offer they had. Full Board includes Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner but doesn’t include any drinks. They have a Half Board option as well which includes only Breakfast and Dinner. An interesting thing about the food option is that they have a program called Dine Around in which you can swap your buffet lunch or dinner for a 20Euro voucher per person and use it in the 10 resort restaurants. This for a family with one child amounts to 50Euro a day. With dining around you can try different tastes and cuisines and you are never tired. We did take advantage of this offer quite often and tried both of the Sani Beach Club and Marina restaurants. The food in the buffet is amazing, you can try any buffet with no problem and you have various options.
I know how important it is for Muslims to have Halal meat especially UK Muslims. I have heard friends say that they will not visit Greece because there is no Halal meat available. Depending on which teaching you follow you can either be very strict on Halal meat or use the teaching that the meat of Christians and Jews is Halal for Muslims to eat. I definitely don’t want to start a religious debate on Halal meat so I will leave it to this. As someone who had worked in the Halal meat industry, I have my own opinion on this matter.
Either way, there is plenty of vegetarian and delicious fish options to choose from and for me, Muslims who do not travel to places other than Muslim countries miss on some amazing experiences. When there are so many other options, missing a week of meat-eating for me is not a problem. If you hold the same opinion then you should definitely visit Sani Resort. My sister still blames me for the holiday and all the food she ate, as If I forced her. There are too many options, too many delicious desserts, too many restaurants to try. I feel I need to spend at least 10 days there and put on 10kg.
This is the BEST part of the whole review. Their customer service is pretty amazing, from the minute you spend in the resort, nothing is too much trouble. Even though they had just started their season, everyone was smiley, we were treated the same way as if we were in high peak season paying £1000 a night.We were not allowed to even touch the chairs and help the waiters, as she said: “No, you are on Holidays, you have to enjoy it”! This is the mentality of the whole resort, they are there to make your stay unforgettable. I have stayed in many 5* hotels but their customer service is never this good. I would honestly give them 1001% for customer service. During our stay, it was raining for a day and a half. We received a bottle of Champagne with an awesome letter. Don’t mind the Champagne, my sister welcomed the two bottles, and if you really want you can ask for another gift. No need to tell them off for not respecting your religion (just in case you did, which I am sure you wouldn’t).
I strongly believe that the whole experience is made of amazing customer service. There might be little problems but you can overlook them when you know people really care. They always make you welcome and happy to see you. I really hope that they do not lose this as they grow and expand. Customer Service makes Sani resort amazing. As a Muslim traveller with a family, who wants to enjoy a nice holiday I can highly recommend this place. Yes, you might not find Halal meat but you can find pretty much anything else. You can request specific dietary requirements and the chef will be happy to make it for you and you can enjoy quality time with your family. Also, there is no loud music in the resort, they have a theatre and cinema in the Marina but you don’t have to go if you don’t want to. There is some music played at night but only in the main reception area. As the resort is very family orientated and a 5* you will see it is very civilised with impeccable customers as well. Nothing like some of the cheap Greek resorts. This resort is much more Muslim friendly than many areas and hotels in the Gulf. So you can rest assured you can enjoy some quality time either by the pool or in your private pool with your family, where your wife can enjoy some sun too.
You can, of course, try the Turkey Halal resorts, but from my research, they are not as good. They are definitely on my list to check out for you so we can have a better judgment. I am sorry to say that Halal tourism for Muslims has a long way to go, but this is for another article.
Go in low season time and avoid July & August as it can be very hot.
Request a room with a little more privacy
If you can afford definitely get the pool villa, your wife will love you for it. ( I hope my husband reads this)
If you don’t want to receive the welcome wine, email them and request a fruit basket or something else
Relax and Enjoy
Seal of Approval:
I was very worried my dad will not like it as he is difficult to please, but OMG he loved it too. 🙂 Alhumdulilah the trip was a success
Sani Beach Club, thank you so much for your amazing hospitality your staff is brilliant. See you soon.