Excellent service! Many thanks Ben
Whole holiday was amazing and everything done with Stafford was easy and stress free! Will 100% be using DialAFlight for my next holiday.
Mathew is fab!
Excellent service from Taylor. Organisation was perfect and ran smoothly as usual.
Superb in every way. Charlie Miles is brilliant
Dennis Hollands was brilliant for the second time - thank you very much. I hope DialAFlight appreciates you
Only surprise was to be bought back to England with Smart Lynx. Was confused by this fat white plane and no sign of orange. Still all was explained and both flights were on time. So no problems there.
Ivor Savage was very helpful
Gordon did all he could to get us a holiday - it made my two little grand daughters so happy after being locked up for nearly 3 years without a break .
Michael has been brilliant sorting everything out for me
There was an initial mix up with our room but we feel that was an error on the hotel's part which they sorted out in the end. Everything else was excellent and we thank Christian Burgess for his customary help and advice
Simon Pitman came to our rescue when our holiday package with another company was cancelled 4 days before we were due to go. He succeeded in securing flights and accommodation to reinstate our family holiday to Greece. Wonderful service
Maria is always excellent .. she is very accommodating, friendly and efficient. She is a credit to DialAFlight.
Fantastic. Everything we wanted and more. Couldn't have been better
Ashley was extremely efficient and professional and always got back to me quickly. Everything he organised went smoothly. This was customer service at its best.
Jim was exceptional at communicating and making sure we had everything we needed
Jim was amazing! The best holiday planned to perfection.
Very helpful for a last minute trip
Very supportive and reliable and all information was clear and truthful. Would highly recommend
Libby McGarry was always helpful and happy to answer any questions or worries. Kept in contact with me all the way through. Excellent service
Bill was fantastic yet again in helping us plan a great trip - thank you for your diligence and care.
Friendly helpful and caring
As always great service.
Eve was fabulous - she absolutely matched what I was looking for in a holiday to the resort and we had a wonderful time.
All travel arrangements went to plan and the hotel met our expectations. We had a lovely relaxing holiday and would highly recommend booking with DialAFlight to anyone!
Ryan always responds well to requests as do his team
Very knowledgeable and very personable staff. Top marks all round.
During these very difficult times we felt DialAFlight did a very good job of getting us to Kefalonia. Thank you for your service, and we will see you again
Immediately after winning the Great British Bake Off, I escaped to the delightful Greek island of Kefalonia to kick back after such a hectic time in the tent.
I can still remember that moment in 2016 when I was floating around in the pool and my triumph finally sank in: 'I've won Bake Off!' I said to myself. It was truly wonderful.
TIME FOR A BREAK
My partner Ian and I recently returned to Greece, this time staying at the Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort in Halkidiki. The resort sits at the heart of a large beachside park facing the Aegean, and our first impressions were very good.
Inside, things got even better. The smartly designed rooms all had balconies or patios with sofas, there was free wi-fi, flatscreen TVs, and tea and coffee-makers (amazingly these days there are still some 'posh' hotels that think that offering coffee-makers is somehow naff).
As someone who has a professional interest in cooking these days, I was delighted to discover that the Miraggio has four smart restaurants (and six bars).
One of the hotel's key attractions is its luxury spa that features hot spring water: there are also outdoor pools and a very good gym.
When you're in a resort as good as the Miraggio, it is so easy to stay put. We had a suite with a private pool and it was just what we needed relaxation-wise. We did lots of carefree chilling out and I have to admit not very much sightseeing! In fact, I'm afraid we left the resort just once for an evening in Paliouri, a gorgeous fishing village located on Kassandra, one of the three fingers of land that stick out from the peninsula.
During a lovely stroll around the village, I just had to check out the competition from the local bakers. I couldn't resist the baklava - rich, sweet dessert pastries made with layers of filo, filled with chopped nuts and held together with honey. They were wonderful and I made a mental note to try making them myself.
BEST THINGS TO DO
If you do want to be busy (as you might have guessed, busy was not on our agenda on this trip!), there are organised activities during the day: everything from archery to zumba, and beach volleyball to water-polo. The organised fun continued after dark thanks to the in-house entertainments team putting on their versions of musicals including Grease.
We did feel a bit guilty not making more effort to get out and see the sights, because Halkidiki is full of history and has some fascinating archaeological sites.
It is a peninsula extending into the Aegean Sea in the far north-west of Greece. Settlers first came here in any large numbers in the eighth century BC and founded cities such as Mende, Toroni and Scione. The city of Stageira, on the east coast of the peninsula, was the birthplace of the philosopher Aristotle - his teachings are said to have influenced every possible branch of knowledge.
MORE THAN JUST AN ADVENTURE
But confusingly we found we weren't sure exactly where we were, as no one can agree on exactly what the peninsula is called - Chalcidice, Chalkidike, Chalkidiki or Halkidiki, depen-ding on who you talk to.
We decided to stick to Halkidiki. Over the centuries Halkidiki has been part of the Byzantine Empire and the Ottoman Empire - and was finally incorporated into the kingdom of Greece, as it was then, in 1912 after the Balkan Wars.
There are many intriguing ancient archaeological sites all over Halkidiki, including excavations that revealed stone houses with one or two rooms built by communities in Neolithic times. Many incredible artefacts are on display at the Archaelogical Museum of Olynthos.
In some places on the peninsula, lush green forests reach down to some excellent sandy beaches - and there are some exhilarating mountainous parts too, with slopes covered in pine, oak, fir and chestnut.
There is plainly plenty for me to justify a return visit! But I have also promised myself something else for that trip. I would love to go back to the Miraggio and do a baking demo. Maybe my version of the Parthenon (although not a Kefalonia icon) made out of nougat would be a good showstopper!
First published in the Daily Mail - July 2018
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