Our first all-inclusive experience - Ikos Dassia (Greece) with Kids
I promised you an honest review of our time at Ikos Dassia, a luxury, all inclusive resort in Corfu, Greece and, 3 months later, here it is! This was our first experience of an all inclusive holiday; this is something we have always shied away from purely because we did not want our food choices to be limited exclusively to the resort and we like to explore the destination as much as possible with 3 young children. I prefer long haul destinations as well as I feel that we get much more value for our money but this time my husband convinced me to find a good European alternative in order to alleviate travel stress on ourselves and the girls.
In January, when we searched for decent European family resorts, Ikos Dassia stood out massively (in terms of the standard of the rooms, the look of the resort, guest reviews etc.) so we decided to take the plunge and book an all inclusive resort for the Easter holidays.
The all inclusive experience
We've all been there, you've had a wonderful holiday and you've enjoyed treating yourself only to be presented with a bill as long as your arm when you check out- well, you won't have this experience at Ikos. Literally everything is included- 5* luxury accommodation, Michelin star menus at 6 restaurants, 24 hours room service, over 300 different varieties of wine, international spirits, fully stocked mini bar, midday snacks menus, pool side cocktails and bites and of course their famous dine out service; you get to pick a restaurant in Corfu town which is part of Ikos' dine out service and this eliminates the problem of having to stay in the resort.
Due to the size of our party, we were automatically given a 2 bedroom family suite in the deluxe area of the resort. It was bright and spacious with a good living room, 2 bathrooms and 2 balconies. We had enough storage to put our luggages away and the girls had plenty of space within the suite to run around and play.
As deluxe guests, we got even more added perks- a concierge who was available to us 24/7, the use of the deluxe area only pools, the use of a private beach with luxury cabanas and even 2 massages! There is a total number of 7 pools some with shallow ends specifically designed for beginners. There are also kids' pools which are heated all year round. We were informed about free beach side babysitting for 30 minutes which we didn't make use of but if we wanted to, the option was there!
Our concierge Mathilda had made all our dinner reservations at the different restaurants, so that we could sample all the cuisines on offer, before we had even unpacked. She had also scheduled in a day for us to explore Corfu town in the hotel owned Mini Cooper (there is a fleet of 20) complete with lunch baskets and booked both our complimentary massages at different times so we could take turns looking after the girls. We also made the most of the activities within the resort, we hired bikes almost every day, I managed to squeeze in a few yoga and aerobics classes right by the beach and we took the girls to kids' club a few times to sit with them and watch them play.
Whenever you go on holiday, the service can make or break your experience. As expected, the staff at Ikos Dassia went above and beyond to make our stay unforgettable.
The negative aspects of our holiday? Honestly I'm struggling to find any negatives.
Of course nothing is perfect but any small issues we had were immediately dealt with, with utmost professionalism and courtesy. As I mentioned we spent the Easter holidays there, although the resort was almost fully booked it felt empty. There were no queues at restaurants or for sun loungers, I was told the kids' club gets booked up well in advance however since we didn't make use of it, that didn't affect us. I did get homesick after a few days but this was totally down to me missing my home cooked food (I know); as lovely as the food was, eating 'out' 3 times a day does get repetitive after a while.
If you are looking for a relaxing family holiday with all the trimmings and more, Ikos definitely ticks all the boxes! There is a vast choice of activities for kids and adults alike, boredom is something you won't have to content with at Ikos. While you have the option of vegging out on a sun lounger every day, you can also go out and exploring a bit of Corfu! When we checked out, our bill was £0, which did feel good and we felt we made the most of everything that was on offer to us.
Prices start at £208 per night, based on 2 people sharing a double room. To book directly, click here.