Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort Opens For Its First Full Season

Wellness Orientated Beach Front Thermae Resort  

Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort OpensToday Greece’s largest and most spectacular Thermae Resort, Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort throws open its doors for its first full season. Officially opening in May 2016, and recently winning gold at the Ethos Greek Hospitality Awards 2017 as the ‘Best New Greek Resort’, ‘Best Greek Thermal Spa Resort’ and ‘Best Greek Hotel Marina’; this luxury family wellness resort is changing the way we holiday.

With the remarkable distinction of being located directly on the seaside, perched on the south-west coast of Kassandra, Halkidiki, Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort effortlessly combines the clear blue skies, golden sands and the welcoming waters of the Aegean, with a destination that sets a new standard in healthy travel.

Healing waters include a large thalassotherapy pool fed in directly from the sea and four separate thermal pools. These are filled with unique thermal waters of the region and a thermal well-life suite with steam baths, a Finnish sauna, tepidarium, herbal sauna, cold plunge walking path & two experience showers.  Each and every detail has been thoughtfully conceived – “The Queen of Detox”, as called by The Times, Amanda Hamilton, has created a selection of delicious juices and healthy signature meals and for those seeking cutting edge workouts – tailored fitness retreats with renowned specialists will focus on holistic wellness that is suited to every guest’s goals.

One of the world’s top thermal spa resorts, Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort is surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Aegean, and rests on a long stretch of sandy beach.  Secluded within a sheltered bay, along a pristine and perfect coastline, civilized pleasure coexists with authentic Greek hospitality – from seashore design pools, wellness and thermal spa, numerous restaurants, top branded shops and a beautiful and private marina. This new marina offers the very highest level of service housing 81 boats, up to 40 meters long in length. All boats are offered an individual and high quality mooring including launching ramp, 24-hour security and manning across 50,000 square meters of the marina, allowing yacht owners to experience the highlights of this new resort in full comfort.

The resort also houses 300 elegant, spacious rooms, 236 of which face Toroneos Gulf, and including 48 with private pools, furnished in lavish contemporary style and with the latest technology. These include their Double Rooms offer stunning views over the lush hotel gardens, the Junior Suites with their own private pools, larger Family Suites and Deluxe Duplex Suites complete with private pools with the finest sea views.  Furthermore, there is a fully operational and appropriately equipped convention centre with maximum capacity up to 450 people, ideal for prestigious events catered with sophistication.

For fine dining there are four restaurants on offer presenting exceptional  cuisine including all day dining in the sun dappled Kritamo Restaurant, a spectacular Seafood restaurant Torneo which serves freshly caught seafood direct from sea to table and an array of Mediterranean options. There are also four bars including a lovely wine bar and a spa health bar serving a wide range of fresh juices.

An unmissable destination for all ages – Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort Kids’ Planet features a football academy, astronomy, pirate ship building, kids’ radio station, pool games, pirates battle and a mini disco.

In celebration of their first full season Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort will be extending their opening dates from 31st March to the 31st October 2017.


Travel entrepreneur hailed as ‘King of the Castles’

Travel entrepreneur hailed as ‘King of the Castles’


Belfast born entrepreneur, who specialises in providing online castle accommodation through www.celticcastles.com, is setting his sights on conquering the travel industry as the business marks its fifteenth anniversary and celebrates record growth.

Celtic Castles founder and director Roger Masterson, known as ‘The Castle Man’, a former pupil from MCB in Belfast, pursued careers in retail management and publishing, prior to setting up his own business, having being disappointed from a company brochure selling croft and castle holidays. Roger spent 18 months searching for castles in Scotland and started to promote four properties as he tested his business model.

It worked! Having built his company by recognising the power of the internet in the late 90s, Roger now employs a 12-strong team and offers accommodation in more than 90 unique and stunning castles across the UK, Ireland and France.

As the business accelerates, its goal is to further build on its leading global travel brand.  Masterson attributes his success to three factors: hard work, a great team and knowledge of the individual castle properties…..and yes, he has slept in them all!

Said Masterson, “It is an absolute privilege to work in this tourism niche and have a team of experts who can locate the right castle experience for our global client base. We celebrate great customer feedback within the team and it is our level of service and the fact that we stay, holiday and visit the castles regularly that helps our customers pick up our passion for the experiences these properties can offer.”

Masterson, ‘The Castle Man’, has also been able to increase brand awareness via TV and radio and has hosted programs such as Jaw Dropping Rentals, showing American customers the interiors of castles in Scotland. He also works with film location companies finding castles and stately homes for period and reality US TV shows.

A question he always gets asked is which is his favourite castle and his answer as you can imagine has to be diplomatic. He has slept in over 157 castles and is not afraid to tell customers if a castle is displaying 4 stars on the door but only offering a 3 service. This is probably why customers trust his feedback.

When pressed again, he says, “Every castle offers it own magic; they are all unique.” It may be a public room, a specific bedroom or an eccentric castle owner or even a great chef that gets him overly-enthusiastic and sharing a few stories. “It was my daughter’s 10th birthday last year and she wanted to be a princess in a castle. Since we were back home in Northern Ireland at the time, my choice was for her to be a princess at Ashford Castle in Mayo. We had dinner in the George V Dining Room, one of the premier castle restaurants in Ireland. For me, castle stays are all about the memories they give you for ever.”

You can read more about Roger and the team’s experiences in castles throughout Ireland, the UK and France on their blog at www.celticcastles.com.