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Review: Eagles Villas, Halkidiki, Greece

Eagles Villas Outdoor Pool

Eagles Palace and the new Eagles Villas form part of a family run resort in a stunning location just a few kilometres from Ouranoupolis, Halkidiki. In the shadow of Mount Athos, it’s the most incredible setting for one of Greece’s premier five-star resorts. Eagles Palace Hotel is where most of the action happens and sits right on the beach. Note, that the new Eagles Villas are slightly separated from the main hotel with an even more exclusive feel, situated up the hill with jaw-dropping views of the sea (more of that later).

Eagles Palace Armyra

Armyra on the beach

From water sports on the beach to the large pool and a host of fitness, cultural and relaxing activities, there’s plenty to do for everyone. The resort is family friendly (yes there are quite a few kids) but the kid’s club keeps them occupied most of the time. If you want to brush up on your Greek alphabet or Greek cooking skills, there’s a class. Take pilates or personal training too – it’s all covered in the daily activity schedule. The list is endless, and my favourite is yoga at sunset.

Eagles Palace Private Beach

Eagles Palace Private Beach

The position of Eagles Palace so close to Mount Athos means you really should take a cruise along the coast to view the monasteries. They are stunning and it’s a great day out. Upgrade the experience by hiring a speed boat and driver. Add a picnic and pull up at a deserted cove –  it’s the perfect day on the sea.

Eagles Palace Pool - The Spa Man

Eagles Palace Pool

Dining is taken very seriously at Eagles Palace and the food was impressive at every sitting. Highly recommended during the daytime is Armyra. Casual dining, excellent Greek Meze, wonderful wines and gorgeous views. It’s chic but relaxed. In the evening, the top spot is Kamares. A gourmet restaurant which has a modern Mediterranean feel. But my top tip is to choose the local and traditional Greek meals on the menu which have been given a modern twist. Delightful.

There’s so much to do at Eagles Palace, but you could do very little and still have the very best time. A little or a lot. You are sure to leave relaxed. I guarantee it.

Eagles Palace Spa Pool - the Spa Man

Eagles Palace Spa Pool

The Spa

Opening in 2017 with a fresh modern make-over, the new spa at Eagle Palace is light, bright, open and spacious. From the reception area, you head right to the thermal suite and wet area which is painted pure white which sets off the brilliant blue of the pool and contrasts beautifully with the green patio garden. The pool is part indoor/outdoor and has hydro jets in the outdoor section. Two saunas, showers and rhasoul at around 50 degrees ensure you can heat up and cool down to your heart’s desire. I loved the salt room which is glass fronted giving it a sense of space and has two heated thermal loungers to soak up the heat and the benefits from the salt inhalation. Along the opposite side of the space is a modern glass surround gym with the latest Technogym equipment.

Eagles Palace Salt Room - the Spa Man

Eagles Palace Salt Room

On the other side of the reception area is the treatment space. There are six treatment rooms, one is a couple’s suite and there is a large space to relax on modern sofas to take a fresh smoothie or water after you finish your Elemis treatment. I loved the wicker light shades, so simple and effective creating a calming ambience.

Eagles Palace Spa Relaxation area - The Spa Man

Eagles Palace Spa Relaxation area

This is an Elemis spa through and through with an expertly curated treatment menu with all of the best Elemis therapies for men and women. There’s also a kid’s spa menu as the resort is quite family focussed.

Eagles Palace Spa Jacuzzi - The Spa Man

Eagles Palace Spa Jacuzzi

THE TREATMENTS

Elemis BIOTEC Super-Charger for Men

This treatment is designed to de-stress, de-puff and revitalise the skin and is both cleansing and relaxing.  A double-cleanse at the beginning sets the scene for the BIOTEC machine and your therapist’s hands to work their magic on your face. Ultra-sonic peeling acts like a super exfoliator that smoothes and refines the skin. It works a treat. There’s a cooling sheet facial mask, then I have to admit I drifted off to sleep for a few minutes, more manual manipulation and oxygen therapy to push the ingredients into the skin. It concludes with a great head massage. Your skin is prepped for the rest of your holiday and you will look and feel at least 10 years young. No lie.

Eagles Palace Spa Treatment Room - The Spa Man

Eagles Palace Spa Treatment Room

Elemis Freestyle Deep Tissue Massage

In typical Elemis style, the Freestyle Deep Tissue begins with a foot cleanse and then moves into long fluid movements using the elbows, forearms and hands. You choose an oil to suit your needs (I opted from my classic favourite – frangipani). The Spa Man 2 chose Fitness Oil. What follows is a deep tissue therapy working on knots and tightness in the body releasing taut muscles and soothing away tensions, aches and pains. It’s a full body treatment and works a treat.

Eagles Villas Halkidiki, Greece - the Spa Man

The view from Eagles Villas

Eagles Villas

The new Eagles Villas resort is a purpose-built exclusive all-villa property occupying a whole hillside on the coast next to the main hotel at Eagles Palace. Set amidst newly planted Mediterranean gardens with panoramic views of the sea, they are simply stunning.

Eagles Villas Pool Villa - The Spa Man

Pool villa at Eagles Villas

Opening in April 2017, the chic, stylish villas are built into the hill with the exterior walls painted in earthy tones and constructed with living roofs to help them blend into the environment. Each villa has its own private pool and sun deck, some are studio style with larger ones offering up to two bedrooms. They celebrate the outdoors at every opportunity. Sliding doors open to the courtyard and terrace and the floor to ceiling windows place the island of Ammouliani centre stage in the sea.

Eagles Villas Ocean Villa Pool - The Spa Man

Eagles Villas Ocean Villa Pool

The villas have kitchenettes and a sofa to relax and enjoy the views. The brilliant white walls take your gaze to the cerulean blue sky and azure seas below. The modern Mediterranean concept is tastefully punctuated with locally inspired artwork and soft furnishings. The chic, bright and breezy look at Eagles Villas is spot on for this part of Greece. Ideal for a week or two (or more). The bathrooms are spacious and the one bedroom villas have two showers and double sink plus a massive bath that looks out across the sea.

Eagles Villas Bedroom - The Spa Man

Eagles Villas Bedroom

The beds are enormous, the pillows a touch firm, but really, it’s a minor critique on what is a fabulous property. Breakfast is taken in the main hotel building at the top of the hill. It’s a casual affair with greek specialities, cooked options and the most incredible views. This main building also has an infinity pool, bar and evening dining at Lofos Restaurant is a must. The tasting menu is superb. Guests of the villas can use all of the facilities of the hotel and beach and can dine in any restaurant they choose.

Room to improve?

I would have liked to seen one or two signature treatments inspired by the local area using greek honey and locally sourced salt perhaps a honey and salt body scrub. Or something using rosemary and lavender?

Pre-treatment consultation was lacking a little.

Eagles Villas Cabin Bar - The Spa Man

Eagles Villas Cabin Bar

THE DETAILS:

Eagles Palace: Superior GV from 159 euro per room per day

Eagles Villas : Junior pool villa :from 440 euro per room per day

Elemis Freestyle Deep Tissue Massage: €110 for 60 mins

Elemis BIOTEC Super-Charger for Men: €140 for 60 mins

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