It’s been less than a week since I returned from the Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort but with this ridiculous UK weather it sadly feels like a lifetime ago! So after seeing all the amazing travels of Rebecca SYGM, it was finally my turn for some travel (it’s not something I get to do a lot sadly because of my FT job as a makeup artist) and I headed off to the gorgeous Miraggio in sunny Greece for a break.
Lying on the tip of the Kassandra peninsula in Greece, Miraggio is nearest to the village of Palouri, Chalkidiki, and the resort itself overlooks Mount Athos and the second “leg” of Halkidiki. This is a brand new hotel (open for just under a year) and sits on a seafront enclave across 330 acres of one of the most unspoiled and least exploited areas in Halkidiki. Whether you fancy a minimoon, pre wedding getaway with your best girls or just some chill, this is perfect for those of you who don’t fancy long haul.
Thessaloniki is the nearest airport, which for us was a 3 hour flight from Stansted. From there, we were met by our transfer (currently included in resort bookings), who was super cheerful considering it was gone midnight Greek time by the time we arrived at the hotel! The drive to the hotel is about an hour and a half – and much more inspiring in the daylight on our way back to the airport then the pitch black of our inbound journey! We checked in to our beautiful room, and woke up the next morning to this view.
The local area is pretty but quite sparse and unpopulated – filled mostly with rolling greenery and olive groves, so the emphasis at the Miraggio is really on the hotel itself – it’s designed to be totally self contained so you can spend your time forgetting the outside world and relaxing! We did venture on the shuttle bus which travels to the local town from the hotel one day (travel time is about 40 mins), but with it being April the season hadn’t really got going yet, and there wasn’t much to see. This hotel is really for those who want to escape, and not spend huge amounts of time sight seeing – I always love this type of holiday as my job can really burn me out and I struggle to unwind at home.
The Decor & Facilities
There genuinely isn’t a single negative thing to say about the resort – it’s all been finished to a super high standard and everything was absolutely immaculate. It’s also extremely instagrammable (one of the highest compliments in my book!) with beautiful on trend aesthetics which work so well with the unspoilt landscape – think succulents, brass, natural woods (as well as being littered with beautiful smelling diffusers!) It’s spacious yet still feels relaxed and comfortable, and defiantly has a really zen vibe about it. Our room was front facing, so had the most amazing view (see the above photo!) as well as a balcony, and the rooms next to us had mini plunge pools on their balconies, which I imagine would be amazing in the height of the Greek heat. As there are so many rooms, some face the opposite side of the bay – I would definately try and book front facing to make the most of the view.
There are three main restaurants – the Buffet, an Italian and then a Seafood restaurant, as well as the pool side Brasserie, wine bar and Lounge – 10 bars and eateries in total. We ate in the Buffet most evenings (it’s where breakfast is served too) but did venture to the Italian on the last night, which was just heavenly. The choice of food is extensive, and like every other aspect of the hotel, the perfect balance of luxury and relaxed. My friend and plus one is a Vegetarian, and she rarely struggled for plenty of options. There was a mix of locally inspired dishes, cold and hot, healthy and indulgent, and the service from the staff was impeccable throughout our stay. There was also a range of gluten free options with breakfast.
There’s plenty to keep you busy here – including the gym, fitness classes, boat rides from the hotel’s own Marina, water sports, tennis, scuba diving and mountain biking. But the main emphasis is on chill – all the pool areas are relaxed, with beautiful views of the mountains and the coast. There are 300 rooms, but the hotel is pretty vast, and although wasn’t busy when we visited, I feel it’s been laid out with relaxation in mind – plenty of space. It’s also perfect for parents as it has extensive child care facilities, with a kids club, entertainment and babysitting available.
There is also an emphasis on sustainability, as the resort has initiatives to “reduce, reuse and recycle” – the green roofs on the buildings mean it both looks beautiful and supports the environment.
So here is the best bit (for a spa junkie like moi anyway) – the state of the art thermal spa. This sits in the middle of the beach-facing side of the hotel by the bay and mountains, and has an external pool which overlooks both the gorgeous view and the hotel’s own private beach and Marina.
The spa is huge, and again, beautifully decorated. With several pools varying in temperature, all saltwater, there are also steam rooms and saunas accommodating different temperatures with both wet and dry heat, as well as experience showers and a refreshing walk through plunge pool. In one of the thermal pools you can float a la the Dead Sea – it was amazing! The spa covers over 2000 square metres and also boasts 7 treatment rooms, including a dual for treatments alongside friends or partners. The range of treatments is extensive, and the therapists are super friendly and professional. I was lucky enough to be treated to a 50min massage and it was pure bliss – I was almost asleep by the end!
There is also a balcony on which you can sunbathe with loungers which are in the open air, alongside the part of the pool which overlooks the resort – perfect for when the weather really is at it’s best.
Excuse these sneaky iPhone pics – it is hard to get good photos in spas! There’s loads more here. Each guest gets one free use of the facilities, and then it’s priced at 20 euros pp thereafter. If you book a 50min treatment you can use the spa for free before and after that too. Slippers are provided, and most people were wearing the gowns which are in the hotel rooms, as they did to the pool area during the day. We went most days, and again, if you love relaxing you just couldn’t beat it! As I said, the season was just beginning so it was pretty quiet, but it’s big enough and thoughtfully laid out that I imagine it won’t ever feel crowded or obtrusive.
I wouldn’t hesitate to return to the Miraggio – it’s super hard to fault anything, from the staff, to the hotel rooms which have every convenience you’d need as well as being tasteful and comfortable, as well as gorgeous food, helpful, friendly staff and a beautiful setting. I was invited to visit the Miraggio for SYGM but I’d happily book it for myself in the future, especially to experience a higher temperature – it was lovely when we went but a little cloudy with highs of 21′ (we were happy in bikinis but the Greeks regularly told us they were “cold” and were all wearing coats!)
Junior suite rates start from 206 Euros per night for B&B. Prices go up to 750 euros per night for a Duplex Suite with private pool. We were staying in a Miraggio Double. For prices and bookings head to http://www.miraggio.gr/spa.