Updated November 18, 2023

Sani Resort at the top as a sustainable family resort

By Shana Devleschoudere
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Sani Resort wins the title of World's Leading Family & Beach Resort for the fourth year running, World's Leading Luxury Green Resort for the third year running, and this year's World's Leading Cultural Destination Resort...

Sani Resort, the renowned luxury resort in Greece offering world-class amenities, achieves extraordinary success at the World Travel Awards 2022 with no less than three dazzling awards. For the fourth year running, Sani Resort takes the title of World's Leading Family & Beach Resort, confirming its leadership as the ultimate luxury destination for families. As the first certified carbon-neutral resort in Greece since 2020, Sani Resort also received the World's Leading Luxury Green Resort award for the third year running. This year, the award-winning resort is proud to win the title of World's Leading Cultural Destination Resort for the first time, on the heels of the 30th annual Sani Festival.

While the World Travel Awards distinguish and reward excellence, they are internationally recognized as a benchmark in the industry. Sani Resort's global success reflects the brand's commitment to luxury family travel and sustainable development with a positive impact on society and the environment, for over half a century. Beautifully located on Greece's Kassandra Peninsula, Sani is a leading destination for luxury family vacations. With its pristine 400-hectare ecological reserve, private white-sand beaches, award-winning facilities including over 40 restaurants and bars, world-class academies, kids' clubs and its own marina, Sani Resort is the benchmark for luxury family vacations worldwide. Every summer, the magnificent setting of Sani Hill plays host to the Sani Festival, which has established itself on the international music festival map and this year welcomed world-renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli for its 30th edition.

Commenting on this success, Mr. Antonis Avdelas, Sales and Marketing Director of Sani Resort, said, "We are extremely pleased to have been recognized at this year's World Travel Awards as a global leader in the Luxury Family Resort, Luxury Green Resort and Leading Cultural Destination categories. Our aim is to continue to excel in the sustainable hospitality sector, offering families an unrivalled luxury vacation experience with a positive impact on society and the environment, as well as bringing people together through a shared love of art. Thanks in part to our valued guests, this win is a remarkable achievement for Sani Resort and all its employees, and a testament to the company's business ethics and mission."

Mr Antonis Avdelas

World's Leading Family & Beach Resort

Being crowned World's Leading Family & Beach Resort for the fourth year running is a great moment for Sani Resort and the ultimate recognition for its world-class initiatives and facilities for families. Families enjoy a carefree luxury vacation, with a personalized offering of accommodations and amenities. The Sani Resort offers everything for babies, kids' clubs and world-class activities. The Porto Sani hotel, which reopened in 2022 after a €30 million renovation, is designed specifically to meet the needs of young families, with 50 additional spacious suites, a range of high-quality baby equipment available free of charge, Carol Mae baby consultation services, a new kids' club and crèche with large indoor and outdoor areas, a range of exciting activities for children of all ages. As in all the resort's restaurants, children's menus are offered in collaboration with renowned culinary expert Annabel Karmel.

Children and adults enjoy new experiences in nature and train with the best in brilliant academies created in cooperation with world legends: the Rafa Nadal Tennis Center, the Chelsea Football Academy and the Bear Grylls Survival Academy. In addition, guests are invited to enjoy a wide range of sports on the beach, on the water and in the forest, as well as fun and adrenaline in the Adventure Park. Sani Resort's unique location, with 7 km of beach and 20 km of hiking and biking trails in the forest, encourages them to get out into nature. Parents also find time to relax and enjoy themselves while their children make new friends, take part in eco-friendly activities or play in the three kids' clubs and the Sani Crèche under the guidance of the expert Little Guests team.

World's Leading Luxury Green Resort

The third consecutive award as World's Leading Luxury Green Resort confirms Sani Resort's leadership in sustainability. Located in a 400-hectare ecological reserve, the resort is constantly developing sustainable initiatives to preserve the natural environment and biodiversity, encourage participation in eco-friendly activities and support the local community. Sani Resort is the first certified carbon-neutral resort in Greece since 2020, and operates with 100% renewable electricity (guarantees of origin). The impressive Sani Green program encompasses all sustainability initiatives, in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and highlights the resort's promise to become zero waste and zero plastic by 2024 and zero carbon by 2030.

Guests can experience the local ecosystem up close with guided ecological activities such as the Sani Wetlands Tour, the Sani Forest Tour, birdwatching and the Olive Tree Tour. In May 2022, the Sani Bee Spot was launched, the largest bee spot in Greece, in collaboration with the non-profit Bee Camp, to protect native bees and pollinators. Sani collaborated with the non-profit organization iSea to record native dolphins in the Chalkidiki region for the first time. In 2022, Sani launched the ECOCARBON and ECOSERVICES projects to assess the carbon footprint and carbon sequestration potential of the ancient Aleppo pine forest on Sani's coast. Sani Resort also launched the first zero-waste restaurant featuring AI technology.

World's Leading Cultural Destination Resort

For the first time, the Sani Resort also wins the award for World's Best Cultural Destination, just in time for the 30th anniversary of the famous Sani Festival.

Every year, the Sani Festival hosts a wide variety of music and performing arts, from classical to jazz and contemporary music to musical theater. This cultural festival brings together guests and visitors who share a passion for the arts. The Sani Festival is the largest private festival in Greece, and since 1992 has welcomed some of the world's greatest artists to the magnificent grounds of Sani Hill, including Cesaria Evora, Joss Stone, Peter Greenaway, Tito Puente, Cassanda Wilson, Yann Tiersen, Bob Geldof, Jack Savoretti and many others. One of the highlights of the 30th Sani Festival in 2022 was the unforgettable performance by Andrea Bocelli, the world's most adored tenor, accompanied by the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra, a concert that will always remain emblematic for the Sani Festival.

The Sani Resort will reopen its doors in March 2023 for another successful season. It will once again welcome guests from all over the world to experience the resort's award-winning facilities, services and amenities. The world-renowned resort is offering early-bird discounts of up to 15% for summer 2023 to guests who want to plan their next family adventure now.


About SANI RESORT

Sani Resort is a world-class luxury vacation destination in Chalkidiki, Greece, comprising five award-winning beachfront hotels: Sani Beach, Sani Club, Porto Sani, Sani Asterias and Sani Dunes. Nestled in a 400-hectare nature reserve, Sani is the first certified carbon-neutral resort in Greece. World-class facilities include a private marina with over 40 restaurants and bars, luxury boutiques, the Rafa Nadal Tennis Center, the soccer academy in association with Chelsea FCF and the Bear Grylls Survival Academy. A leader in sustainable hospitality, Sani has developed an ambitious ESG program. It received the "World's Leading Luxury Green Resort" and "World's Leading Family and Beach Resort" awards at the World Travel Awards for the third and fourth year running respectively. Sani Resort is part of the Sani/Ikos Group, an innovative and rapidly expanding group of luxury resorts in unique Mediterranean seaside locations. For more information, visit www.sani-resort.com/fr.