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Dinner for one at the Hyatt Regency Thessaloniki, Greece

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There were three for dinner, but only one was the newcomer to take in the charm of the Hyatt Regency Thessaloniki for the first time. The charm of Greece is not what’s first associated with large suburban resort spas that have a major casino down the road near an international airport. The Hyatt Regency Thessaloniki creates charm within a park like space.

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The 152 rooms wrap free form around a massive meandering pool, a mini lake, fed by an impressive waterfall spilling from the upper deck of the Ambrosia restaurant. The spacious rooms, public spaces and hallways are American in size, clean lines and decorated in muted colors with all amenities of the Hyatt Regency brand. Each room has a private balcony overlooking the landscape of weaving gardens that create sound softening spaces.

Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece and the commercial center of the north. The hotel caters to a number of conferences, meetings and events yet its full service spa resort facilities provide every diversion for guests and family members. The hotel’s nearby beach is certified under the Blue Flags of Europe Program, and their rooms have the highest green certification. Meandering through the paths on the grounds guests come across several herb and vegetable gardens. The Hyatt Regency Thessaloniki is a 5-star resort hotel, but it’s also a Greek hotel and fresh food is paramount.

It was quiet outdoors on a warm evening at the hotel’s Ambrosia restaurant. Sitting on the upper deck overlooking the waterfall spilling over into the lake size pool, there was no indication commercial Thessaloniki and the busy international airport was mere miles distance. The menu at the Ambrosia was classic Thessaloniki Mediterranean fusion prepared and presented as one expects in a 5-star hotel.

Smoked salmon in the shape of roses lay on a bed of radicchio, baby greens, tomato, Parmesan cheese and pine nuts. Grilled octopus was garnished with a colorful yellow split pea puree, baby tomato and a piquant basil pesto. A signature dish of Ambrosia was a whole sea salt crusted baked sea bream. In a classic service, it was brought to the table hot from the oven and flambéed with brandy. The thick salt crust was broken and the moist fish with concentrated flavors was served. Greece has a way of creating the ambiance of a village whether that’s in a taverna somewhere in Sithonia or a major resort hotel.

Hyatt Regency Thessaloniki, 13th km Thessaloniki-Perea, Thessaloniki, 57001, Greece phone: +30 2310.401.415 fax: +30 2310.401.432

Disclosure: the author was a dinner guest of the Hyatt Regency Thessaloniki and the Thessaloniki Hotel Association