Monday 13 October 2014

Falling in love with Greece - part one

OK, I have to admit I am unashamedly, completely and totally in love with Greece. Halkidiki to be precise. I have just experienced a whirl-wind love affair and I am already missing it like a teenage summer love. 

Having packed our suitcases and sleepily made our way to the airport at some un-godly hour, we arrived at Sani Beach Hotel just after mid day and were greeted with glasses of Champagne and smiles all round. Whisked effortlessly through check-in we were guided down to the pool bar to get stuck into lunch whilst they finished prepping our room. 

Dan was starving so went straight for a juicy burger whilst I planned to at least start the holiday with good intentions so tucked into the freshest caesar salad I've had in ages. 

The weather was warm but slightly overcast so thankfully by the time we'd finished lunch our room was ready and we meandered lazily upstairs to be greeted by crisp white sheets and an incredible view. That was the moment, you know the one, where your shoulders relax and you breathe that long sigh that expels all the tension from your body! It was holiday time! 

Tired but too excited to slip between the sheets for a siesta we changed quickly and headed out to explore (no point wasting time). So we donned shorts and tees and headed down to the marina to explore the assortment of shops, restaurants and bars on offer as well as to get stuck in to some afternoon drinks whilst getting the chance to ogle a few yachts.

Exhausted by our mini adventure and with tummies sufficiently stuffed from dinner we headed up to our room for an early night. The plan was to sit and play cards on the balcony, but in reality, our eyes were closed the moment we sat on the bed to take off our shoes. 

Next day we woke up early and couldn't wait to get down to breakfast. What is it about travelling that makes you so hungry? But opening the curtains revealed a pretty dismal looking day so we also took the chance to get in a bit of sport and spent a few hours shooting hoops and working out in the gym before slipping into the sauna, steam room and in door pool. 

Positioned right next to the hotel spa, we also guiltily gave each other the nod before booking in to have full body massages for after lunch. It really is true what they say about each cloud having a silver lining.

After being pampered until our hearts content we dined on local Greek cuisine, Chicken Souvlaki and grilled feta with the best pitta bread ever. Amazing. 

Then it was time to drink in even more of the scenery and when we eventually made it back up to our room, Dan taught me how to play poker, with chocolate money of course. 


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