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20 fun facts about Ikos resorts

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  • By Rachel Lane
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20 fun facts about Ikos resorts

  • Inspiration
  • By Rachel Lane
  • Published
  • Revised

20 fun facts about Ikos resorts

  • Inspiration
  • By Rachel Lane
  • Published
  • Revised

In 2021, Ikos Resorts was the winner of ‘The Best All-Inclusive Resort In The World’ for the fourth consecutive year at the TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Awards as well as the ‘Hotel And Resort Operator Of The Year’ at the 2021 Travel Industry Awards by TTG. Ikos Resorts has certainly caught our attention, and many of our customers’ too, but we wanted to put our finger on the exact reasons why the awards keep rolling in. Could it be the innovative all-inclusive offering? Or perhaps it’s the endless family facilities? Or maybe a combination of both and more…

Originally launched in 2015 the brand has grown to encompass a collection of five luxury resorts across the Mediterranean; two resorts located on the Halkidiki Peninsula in Greece, two more on the picturesque islands of Kos and Corfu and the fifth - and newest - hotel in Spain’s Costa Del Sol. All resorts offer superb accommodation in a range of different room types from Guest Bedrooms and Junior Suites to Bungalows and Family Suites. Plus, each also features an additional range of Deluxe Collection rooms, which grant you added benefits throughout your stay. So now that’s all-inclusive and family activities ticked. Beautiful destinations and five-star accommodation checked… Now let’s discover what other interesting facts we know about this unique collection of resorts.

1. Each resort is located in a prime beachfront location

Ikos Olivia


1. Each resort is located in a prime beachfront location

All Ikos Resorts rest on stunning stretches of beach, which are reserved for hotel guests exclusively. Here you can relax and make good use of the complimentary sun beds, umbrellas and waiter service, where you can order refreshments such as fruits, snacks and drinks without leaving the comfort of your perfectly-positioned lounger. 

2. From Ikos Aria you can swim to nearby Kastri Islet

Ikos Aria

Sitting in the bay directly in front of Ikos Aria you will see the tiny islet of Kastri which is home to a traditional Greek chapel with distinct blue roof and whitewashed walls. While the island is empty other than this remote structure and some ruins of an old castle, you can explore the island easily by taking a 100-metre swim across from Kefalos Beach.

Ikos Aria

From this resort, you can also appreciate unique views of an Ancient Basilica of St. Stefanos, which is located in the middle of the beach. Ikos Aria is in a superb location for immersing you in the true essence of Greece, amongst numerous places of historical interest.

3. There is a swimming pool to suit everyone at each resort

Ikos Dassia

From showstopping infinity to lagoon-style swimming pools, each resort is blessed with a wide offering of places to cool off in that will suit each and every visitor. Think heated outdoor options and indoor spa pools, dedicated children and adult-only areas, plus additional features including swim-up bars, baby paddling, children’s splash facilities and even choices reserved for Deluxe Collection guests only.  That’s before we mention that some Deluxe Collection Suites also feature private pools on secluded terraces. One thing is for sure, you won’t be short of places to take a daily dip.

Ikos Aria

Also, throughout the year all heated outdoor swimming facilities are kept at a pleasant 27°C, or 29°C for the kids, ensuring the pools are a wonderful way to unwind, even when you are visiting early in the season.

4. You can dine on Michelin-starred menus… everyday!

Ikos Andalusia

Each Ikos Resort offers up to eight delicious on-site eateries and there are no restrictions how many times you can eat at each venue. This includes all à la carte restaurants, many of which boast menus created by Michelin-starred chefs. All you need to do is ensure you make dinner reservations throughout your stay to guarantee you don’t miss out on sampling the delights these venues have to offer.

Some of the Michelin-starred fare you can look forward to enjoying includes: 

  • FRESCO, which serves exquisite Italian cuisine created by Michelin-starred chef Ettore Botrini (found at all Ikos Resorts)
  • OUZO, which offers contemporary Greek cuisine designed by Michelin-starred chef Lefteris Lazarou (found at all Ikos Resorts)
  • PROVENCE, which presents atmospheric Provençal cuisine conceived by Michelin-starred chef Anthony Jehanno (found at all Ikos Resorts)

Ikos Olivia

  • KERKYRA, which showcases the tastes of local Corfu cuisine devised by Michelin-starred chef Ettore Botrini (found at Ikos Dassia only) 
  • OLIVA, which introduces reinvented Spanish cuisine developed by Michelin-starred chef David Ibarbourne (found at Ikos Andalusia and Ikos Aria only)

When booking your escape through Winged Boots, your personal travel manager can help you make reservations for your holiday, as well as assisting to organise any additional activities and excursions that will make your experience extra special. To begin planning your next holiday in the Mediterranean, call 0203 816 0985, or click here to make an enquiry today

5. All restaurants offer child-friendly menus and can prepare fresh baby food upon request

Ikos Aria

To ensure the whole family are fed well and satisfied throughout your stay, you can request a yummy menu devised especially for little ones that offers a range of family favourites as well as some adapted recipes that are designed to suit the palate of younger travellers.

Ikos Dassia

The restaurants have also been cleverly designed with family and adult-only sections, so that if you are travelling with children, you have no anxiety around disturbing anyone’s romantic meal. Children are welcome at all eateries throughout the resort, and you will be provided with high-chairs if needed to make dining as relaxing as possible.

6. You can dine out in local restaurants, at no extra cost

Ikos Resorts offer an innovative Dine Out programme that invites guest at all hotels to feast at local restaurants. This unique concept is also included within the boundaries of your all-inclusive package, which means you won’t have any additional costs added on to your holiday. Each individual resort has made a tailored selection of neighbouring eateries that offer you the very best example of local cuisine and authentic atmosphere. Here you can sample traditional flavours of the Mediterranean, prepared with fresh local produce and the very finest selection of meat and fish, and of course all meals will be accompanied by a choice of great local wines. Reservation is required to enjoy this service, so be sure to book yourself in.

One highlight of the incredible Dine Out programme at Ikos Dassia, is on the nearby island of Vidos. Here you will be whisked away on a 15-minute private boat ride to the island and enjoy local Greek cuisine within a vibrant family atmosphere – this promises to be an extraordinary evening you won’t forget. Ikos Resort will look after the transfers back and forth… along with the cheque!

7. You can dine 24-hours a day

You are free to indulge your cravings at any time of day. All resorts offer complimentary room service which has an extensive choice of breakfast, lunch and evening meal options available. 

On top of that some resorts also keep certain restaurants open 24-hours a day. For example, at Ikos Andalusia, Fresco is open all day and all night, so you don’t have a time restraint on when you can enjoy restaurant-quality cuisine.

8. Signature spa treatments at all Ikos spas have been designed by the prestigious Anne Semonin Paris

Ikos Oceania

Anne Semonin Paris has been creating bespoke beauty products since 1985. The company uses vegan ingredients and a mix of traditional and innovative methods to produce high quality products that promise unrivalled results. For Ikos, Anne Semonin Paris has created a number of signature treatments including the Mediterranean Lifting Facial which will leave you looking and feeling like you’ve just had the world’s most relaxing siesta, and the Olive Grove Body & Face Therapy designed to relax, restore and release built up tension.

Anne Semonin Paris Products

The pampering doesn’t stop at the spa either as you can indulge in luxurious beauty products in the comfort of your own room or suite with complimentary bathroom amenities also provided by Anne Semonin Paris.

Dreaming of a relaxing break in a warmer climate? To book your next holiday at Ikos Resorts call 0203 816 0985 or click here to make an enquiry and begin the bespoke planning process with your own personal travel manager.

9. Each room type enjoys a complimentary mini bar

Ikos Aria

For those late-night nightcaps, intimate celebratory toasts, or convenient refreshments after late afternoon siestas, all guests have access to a personal mini bar stocked with a mixture of branded spirits, beers, mineral water, wine, and soft drinks, which is replenished daily.

Ikos Oceania

On top of chilled drinks, you will also find tea making facilities and a complimentary Nespresso machine in every room. Making those laidback holiday mornings as relaxing as possible with a taste of your favourite cuppa to get your day started.

10. Ikos Resorts are experienced wine experts 

All resorts offer a sommelier service which showcases a huge selection of 300 wines. In the Ikos wine cellar you will find a mix of both local and international wines that have been expertly selected to pair with the à la carte menus across the resort, as well as cater to a wide range of tastes and preferences. We’d be surprised if you didn’t find a tipple to satisfy your tastebuds.

For those who like to learn more about local wines, and sample new flavours Ikos Dassia hosts regular wine tasting events that are not to be missed. Plus, Ikos Aria extends an invitation for you to visit the new age winery Triantafyllopoulos through its local discovery culture pass. And both Ikos Oceania and Ikos Olivia also highlight the Gerovasileiou Vineyards and Wine Museum as a superb day trip during your stay.

11. Award-winning mixologists have designed modern and innovative drink menus

Ikos Andalusia

Whether nestled within landscaped gardens, perched by a pool or sitting cosy in an atmospheric indoor lounge, all Ikos Resort bars offer an impressive choice of cocktails. The brand prides itself on working with a range of award-winning mixologists to create fresh and innovative flavours, which provide something exciting for every guest.

For Ikos Andalusia, the brand worked with the multi-award-winning Marian Beke, owner of The Gibson Bar in Old Street, London who created an eclectic collection of well-presented cocktails for the resort’s six bars.

12. Ikos Resorts has its own App in the App Store

Sailing Experience

For those that like to be organised while they are away, and even before they arrive, the Ikos App is an easy way to make reservations for Infinite Lifestyle activities or pre-arrange which restaurants you wish to dine in during your stay - all at the touch of your fingers. The App is also very handy for pre-booking childcare or making reservations for your little ones at the Kids’ Club ahead of travel, to ensure your escape runs as seamless as possible.

Tennis Class

At Winged Boots our personal travel managers can also work as a unique concierge service on your behalf. So, if you have any particular requirements, or wish to make special arrangements for a family trip or a romantic couples’ getaway, we can ensure your holiday plans tick every box. Click here to begin planning your next dream holiday today.  

13. You can take a drive in your own personal MINI while you are on holiday

MINI cars are complimentary for all guests to use for one full day and are the perfect way to explore your new surroundings that little bit more. While you are on holiday there is so much local history, fascinating culture and spectacular nature to witness and explore, and the best way to see it is on your own terms and time schedule. So, the fleet of MINI cars are an ideal addition to any getaway, where you are free to feel the freedom of the open road and can complete your holiday on your own terms. 

Cleverly Ikos also includes a local map on their App that highlights some of the top local attractions and provides directions for how to get there, simply and easily – so, you are free to set out on your own Mini Drive Adventure.    

If driving isn’t your thing, all Ikos Resorts also offer a complimentary shuttle bus to nearby popular towns and villages that you can enjoy as much as you like throughout your stay. 

14. The resorts offer a wide variety of evening entertainment

Ikos Dassia Sun Set Cruise

Ikos Resorts host a wealth of tasteful evening entertainment including live music and theatrical productions. There is something on offer at each resort for everyone, from pool parties and nightclubs to family-friendly shows and movie nights. And if you are more of a cosy night-in person, a wide selection of DVDs is also available.

Andalusia Nightclub

Each resort has a slightly different programme, that will change throughout the year. Events are specially designed suit each venue and destination. For example, Ikos Aria enjoys a white night beach party once a week, and Ikos Dassia invites guests to embark on a sunset cruise every evening at 6.00pm.

15. Ikos Resorts offer activities to suit all ages and interests

Ikos Aria Paddleboarding

For those that like to be active, Ikos Resorts offers an impressive list of complimentary sports and activities that you can fill your days with. The list includes everything from beach volleyball and mountain biking to canoeing and paddleboarding. Some resorts even offer an initial diving lesson in the pool, at no extra cost as well as having the facilities for complimentary Pilates and yoga, table tennis, basketball, tennis and much more.

Ikos Dassia Tennis Courts

For an additional cost you can join the Football, Sailing, Tennis and Windsurfing Academies, as well as enjoy private boat tours, yacht rentals and more. One thing is for sure, you will never be short of something to fill your time.

16. Ikos Andalusia extends a complimentary green fee to each guest

Otherwise known as ‘Costa del Golf’, the Costa del Sol holds more than 70 golf courses. There aren’t many regions across the world that can match this area’s golfing escapes and the Los Naranjos Golf Course in Nueva Andalucia is considered one of the best in Spain. To get your golf escape off to an amazing start, or to give you a glimpse of what the Marbella region of Spain has to offer golfers, Ikos Andalusia provide one complimentary golf green fee per person per room to a choice of courses including Los Naranjos.

For more inspiration about Mediterranean golf breaks, click here. Or to speak to one of our experts who can help create an incredible golfing itinerary in the Costa del Sol call 0203 816 0985 today. 

17. Football stars host exclusive coaching programmes at Ikos Resorts

Ikos Andalusia

In the summer of 2021 football legends Joe Cole and Bobby Zamora ran world-class coaching programmes in conjunction with Football Escapes at Ikos Andalusia. Children aged 5–15 had the fantastic opportunity to brush up on their ball skills, while their parents simply enjoyed a relaxing break. There are no losers here.

Ikos Andalusia

In 2022 the next Football escapes planned at Ikos Andalusia are from 11th - 15th April, 25th - 29th July and 15th - 19th August, with guest stars including Michael Owen leading the events. 

If you are interested in booking a getaway to an Ikos Resort in 2022 and think your younger travellers would be interested in taking part, be sure to speak to your personal travel manager so we can help reserve your place on the pitch.

18. Baby amenities are at hand at all resorts 

If you are travelling with a baby, packing the essentials and the logistics of traveling with everything they need can be difficult. Ikos Resorts are able to take the stress of some of that away by providing necessities such as baby bathtubs, baby monitors, Moses baskets and prams on request. Plus, the resorts are all equipped with nappy changing facilities and a mini-market that sells all kinds of baby products. Also, the design of the resorts themselves feature ramps and elevators making life with a buggy that much easier. 

Ikos Resorts is well-renowned for offering expert complimentary childcare for kids aged 4-17, however it also runs a Crèche Club and offers babysitting facilities for younger children aged 4 months – 3 years for an additional charge. This means Mum and Dad can also enjoy some well-deserved time out in total peace and quiet, while they leave the little ones with the professionals.

19. You will find multiple adult-only areas at each resort

Ikos Andalusia


19. You will find multiple adult-only areas at each resort

From especially designed sections of a private beach to designated quiet zones around the glittering infinity pool, the brand ensures all guests feel well looked after while they are on holiday. This means the Ikos Resorts are a fantastic option for those who are traveling without family and are looking for a serene environment in which to unwind.  
 

20. Deluxe Collection guests receive a bottle of Taittinger upon arrival… and much more!

On top of the already extensive Infinite Lifestyle benefits, if you stay in a Deluxe Collection Suite you will also receive additional exclusive services and benefits, one of them being a chilled welcome bottle of Champagne when you arrive in your room. What better way to get your holiday off to a flying start? 

Other benefits include a complimentary spa treatment, a candle-lit dinner on the beach or by the sea and a dedicated concierge throughout your stay who will look after all your activity bookings and restaurant reservations on your behalf. Deluxe Collection guests will also have access to exclusive areas within the resort that are designated for VIPs, including a swimming pool, an area on the beach and even a Deluxe bar.

For help deciding which of the five luxurious Ikos Resorts is best suited for you and your travelling party, speak with one of our personal travel managers who can help you make the best decision for you. Or if you would like to receive a free quote, call 0203 816 0985 or click here to submit an enquiry today.

Tagged: Europe, Greece, Spain, Ikos Andalusia, Ikos Oceania, Ikos Olivia
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