Alexander the Great Beach Hotel
Alexander the Great Beach Hotel is a family friendly hotel in Halkidiki situated right on a Blue Flag beach. Our family was hosted here this past June and we had the best time.
After staying here, it’s easy to see why the same families return to this hotel year after year from all over the world. While we were there so were an American family that visits every summer. This summer they were there to baptize their children, and the baptism the hotel threw was unlike anything I have ever seen. The hotel staff treats you like family.
To get here you have to fly into Thessaloniki and drive about an hour and a half south of the first peninsula of Kassandra.
Lots of Room Options
The hotel is huge and offers a lot of different types of rooms. We stayed in connecting rooms. They both look just like those pictured above. Both rooms had a patio overlooking the property with a bit of the water. Many of the rooms have a beach view, we were in the building farthest from the beach, so even though we couldn’t see the beach we could see the water. You do not need two rooms here to accommodate a family. They have plenty of rooms that sleep four or more people.
Along with various room layouts they offer other options like half board. We had half board which means that we had a daily breakfast buffet and a daily dinner buffet. As a single mom that rarely gets a break having half board was so, so nice! Sometimes a vacation can just be not having to cook!
Every day there is a breakfast buffet and all room rates include breakfast. It’s a fairly large buffet increasing the odds that even the pickiest eaters in your family will find something they like. Sadly, there is no bacon. I never realized that we were all addicted to bacon, but after some time in Greece I am keenly aware. There were cheeses, meats, fresh fruit, eggs, pastries, Greek breakfast items I couldn’t identify, sweets, and more.
Once a week Alexander the Great Beach Hotel host a Greek night at their Taverna Antonis. All the food on the buffet is Greek and after dinner is finished there is Greek dancing. They dance all different types of dances representing various areas of Greece. In Greece the dancing varies from region to region. They allow audience participation so you too can learn a little bit of Greek dancing. Noah and Jonah refused to dance. In fact at the first mention of dancing they seemed to have magically disappeared. This was a shame, because Eden and I stayed and danced and it was one of the highlights of our trip!
Family Friendly Amenities
They are well set up to keep a family highly entertained. They have a large swimming pool with a bar, a nice size playground, and a room with ping-pong and pool tables.
A few times a month they offer a wine tasting class. How fun is that?! I got a chance to learn all about Greek wines. The wine tasting I attended was like by Earnesto, an international wine expert who is also a wine maker. During the class I got to try 4 white wines and 2 red wines. He walks all the guests thru how to taste, smell, and enjoy the wines. Now the wine was good, I am a wine drinker so I might be biased. But that cheese y’all! Just thinking about it makes my mouth water. I love Greek cheese!
Hands down the reason to stay here is the spectacular beach. We spent as much time as we could down at the beach. The water is turquoise which shows up in the pictures, but is even more beautiful in person. I think you can also tell from the pictures that it is fairly shallow quite a ways out, which is always nice for families traveling with younger children.
There is a little cabana type structure down at the beach where you can get a massage. The massage was so fantastic, that I ended up getting another one the next day!
Agora Beach Bar
Next door along the same stretch of beach is Agora Beach Bar. This is an awesome place to hang out. It’s so well run I never would have guessed it just opened in May for the season. It’s owned by Pap Corporation, the same company that owns the Alexander the Great Beach hotel next door so you know you are going to get good service and high quality.
We went here for lunch and ended up staying all day. I loved the overall vibe and look. This is exactly the kind of Greece experience I like.
The lunch was outstanding. If you dine in the upstairs part of the bar, the menu is bigger and in my opinion better than the one downstairs. We tried 5 lunch items and every item was delicious. Oddly enough, this was the only time we had hummus in Greece and they do not serve it with bread.
You can rent beach chairs and an umbrella for the day. There is no shade on the beach so you will definitely need to rent an umbrella or bring one with you.
The other thing you can rent here is paddle boards. The water is extremely calm, making it an ideal area for paddle boarding. They are the type of paddle boards that are inflatable. Do not let this deter you from trying, just know that they are slightly more difficult to balance. And remember, if you are uncomfortable standing up, just stay seated and paddle around. No one will care.
The skies over this area are unbelievable during sunset. You do not get a full on sunset, but it doesn’t matter.
Wedding Party Show
As I mentioned the day we visited I found out they were having some sort of Mamma Mia spoof show. The space is kind of small, so I didn’t really know what to expect. The show is upstairs and it’s simple, yet totally fun. They get the audience more involved as it progresses and by the end everyone is up on their feet dancing and having a blast. All three of my kids dance and considering two of them are teens, this is kind of a big deal to me. Anytime you see your teens not be self conscious to the point they will get up and dance with the family, that is a successful night.
Here’s a look at our complete experience at Agora Beach Bar.
Things to do in Kassandra
If you decide to venture out instead of sticking to the hotel the whole time there are lots of fun things to do around the area.
Families can head out for a day sailing excursion from 10:00 A.M. from Nea Fokea to Athitos for around $68 per person. Along the way there are stops for swimming, snorkeling, drinks, and lunch. We went day sailing and it was a nice way to spend a day. However, I found the snorkeling to be less than stellar. There were no fish.
Drive around Kassandra
The towns sprinkled throughout Kassandra are fun to go check out including Kriopigi Village, Paliouri Village, Possidi Beach, and Skioni Fisherman Village. It doesn’t take very long to check everything out, Kassandra is quite small.
Here’s a bit of our vlog from when we drove around Kassandra.
Visit the Hot Springs
They have a thermal spa facility, Loutra, that many people refer to as hot springs. This can be confusing depending on where you are from. Living here in Oregon when we go to a hot spring we venture out into the woods and find a hot spring out in the wilderness along a river. Here there is a large facility with swimming pools holding the thermal water. The cost is around $10 per person.