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Best summer holidays 2015: Halkidiki, Greece

Halkidiki in Greece is blessed with wonderful views of Mount Olympus, as well as great restaurants along the Marina. It’s one of our favourite summer holiday destinations for 2015.

With four distinctive hotels, private beaches, spas and spectacular views of Mount Olympus, Greece’s Sani Resort offers everything you’d expect of a luxury holiday. A short drive from Thessaloniki, on the beautifully undeveloped Kassandria peninsula, the real reason to visit is for the food – the new face of Greek cuisine is fresh, local and contemporary, and Sani has embraced this. Each hotel has its own restaurant, but the marina is the place to eat. Lined with restaurants, bars and designer shops, this is where Thessaloniki’s hedonists moor their yachts . Although purpose-built, it feels a lot more authentic than the main resort. Grab a marina-side table at Ergon and enjoy a light lunch of smoky cod roe taramasalata, tzatziki with squid ink and fresh Greek salad with watermelon.

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At critically-acclaimed modern Greek restaurant, Tomata, mains include soft chargrilled octopus with white-bean hummus and ouzo vinaigrette, €18, and pork skewers with harissa, yoghurt and pitta, €21. For something more traditional, head towards Sani Beach Club and its open-air Ouzerie overlooking the Aegean. An earthy contrast to the stylised glamour of the rest of the resort, in this simple, taverna-like space you can watch the sun set over a Byzantine tower while enjoying a traditional moussaka, €16, or a selection of meze, such as squid with caper mayonnaise, €14, creamy feta courgette balls with sharp tzatziki, €9, and charred halloumi with aubergine and pomegranate, €11.

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HOW TO DO IT: Seven-night in a junior suite at Porto Sani Village cost from £999 per person, B&B, including return flights to Thessaloniki and transfers (itcluxurytravel.co.uk).