With beautiful weather, gorgeous beaches and thousands of islands, Greece is the perfect destination for a memorable family holiday. Take a look at our pick of the 10 best family-friendly hotels in Greece
All-inclusive Mitsis Rinela Beach Resort & Spa sits on Kokkini Hani Beach, one of the best beaches in northern Crete. The family resort is Cretan in style with beautiful gardens to explore. The 441 rooms are contemporary in style with wooden furniture and warm colours. Diners have plenty of choice with a main restaurant, Chinese, beachside tavern, café, lounge bar, pool bar, beach bar, sushi and champagne bar, creperie, gelateria, pizza oven on the beach and daily beach barbecue. To work off excess calories, there are plenty of high energy activities to try like windsurfing, tennis, waterskiing and beach volley. There’s a spa and small gym too. The resort also has two outdoor saltwater pools, a sun terrace and two water slides. Kids are warmly welcomed with an arrival gift. An age-themed mini club will look after kids from four upwards during the day and babysitting is available on request. Families also benefit from a playroom, kids’ activity programme, two children’s pools and children’s restaurant.
MarBella Corfu is set in an idyllic location on a wooden hillside overlooking the sparkling Ionian Sea and mainland coast of Greece. It’s a top getaway for a luxury family holiday with a range of family rooms overlooking the sea or garden. Outdoors there’s a children’s pool and baby pool (as well as adults’ pools) plus a playground. MarBella Corfu is well set up for children, with bespoke babysitting services, the Crèche Kids Club run by Worldwide Kids and a range of fun activities for all the family on the resort. The Crèche Kids Club has different games and activities geared for different ages from four months up to 18. MarBella Corfu has also recently set up the Kids Dance Academy, where children can learn different dance techniques such as jazz and modern. Also new to MarBella Corfu is the Baby Aqua Class, which uses massage, floatation and stretching exercises in a heated pool to help build baby’s confidence and enjoyment of the water.
The whitewashed resort of Blue Palace offers breathtaking views of the fortress island of Spinolonga and the sparkling blue sea beyond. It’s a large resort, but doesn’t feel like it. Family rooms are clean and bright and generous in size. Many of the rooms have private pools and gardens. Rooms are well set up for new parents, with baby equipment, high chairs and monitors. Apart from the sublime setting here families can take advantage of the spa with sea views, outdoor restaurants, infinity pool and sunrise yoga. Children aged three to 12 can join the kids club with UK standard care. There are also two children’s pools by the beach, a playground and private pebbly beach. Teens will love the variety of watersports on offer.
Five-star Daios Cove in Crete exudes style and luxury. It’s set in a secluded cove and hugs the rugged cliffs; a natural amphitheatre that descends down to a family-friendly sandy beach. A funicular transports guests up and down the cliffside. High-end family suites have wall-to-ceiling windows with dramatic ocean views over Vathi Bay. The kids club is run by Worldwide Kids, a well respected UK childcare organisation. The crèche (extra charge) looks after babies as young as four months up to four years, and the club caters for children up to 12. There is a range of organised activities for teens too plus a games room. Daios Cove has several excellent restaurants, watersports galore and a spa with Finnish sauna, hydromassage, indoor pool and treatments.
Grecotel White Palace on the Greek island of Crete is built around a central seawater pool with enviable sea views. There are 263 rooms, clustered in four groups around swimming pools. All are decorated in stylish white, with Nespresso machines and satellite television. White Palace boasts a sandy Blue Flag beach, several top notch restaurants with kids menus and lots of entertainment for all the family. There is also a kids’ club and pool, teen zone, outdoor cinema, tennis courts, gym and water sports activities and a spa. White Palace hosts a summer soccer school plus has in-line skating classes and a make-up academy. Children under 14 stay free of charge and buffet food is complimentary too. The resort is highly welcoming to new parents too, with baby equipment on site, a shop selling nappies and wipes, babysitting on request and infant food to order in its restaurants. Venture out of the resort to visit Agreco, the resort’s traditional farm where kids can be a farmer for the day, or to the nearby Aqua Park.
Eagles Palace in Halkidiki is a luxurious but relaxed resort, ideal for parents wanting a family resort but with added style. It overlooks a sandy bay with views across to Mount Athos and Ammouliani Island with bungalows, pools, terraces and mature gardens clustered around a central building. Families can enjoy guided hikes on the Athos peninsula, speedboat trips and guided sea kayaking. The beautiful nearby village of Ouranoupolis is worth a trip. On site there’s fine dining, sublime spa and tennis courts. The Explorer Kids Club (four months to 13 years) has age-themed activities, pool and playground. Waterbabes will love the watersports programme with sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, paddleboarding, waterskiing and diving available for kids to try out under the watchful eye of professionals.
Elounda Bay Palace Hotel perches on the edge of peaceful Mirabello Bay, surrounded by 20 acres of tropical gardens and a well-kept beach. Rooms are clean, spacious and ultra-modern. Guests have a choice of eight Greek and International outdoor restaurants and they can also dine at sister hotel Elounda Beach & Villas. Elounda Bay Palace Hotel has one outdoor and one indoor pool, plus a pool for children. Sailing, windsurfing and diving are available at the watersports centre and at the resort there’s volleyball, basketball, tennis and a fitness studio with pilates, aerobics and yoga. The hotel has a wide range of activities for children and teenagers. The kids club has a children’s pool and playground. Older kids will love the games room. Cots, highchairs and pushchairs are available and babysitting can be organised.
Built around a vast lagoon, Amirandes is a dream family hotel with a kids club, ayurverdic spa, child-friendly pools and beach and gardens to run around in. Kids are welcomed like royalty to this resort with an arrival gift and their own set of slippers and bathrobe. High chairs are available in all restaurants and kids’ menus are found in a la carte restaurants. Infant food can also be made to order and Amirandes will provide all the equipment new parents need for a holiday with baby, plus the resort shop stocks baby products such as nappies and wipes. Kids will love the range of sports activities on offer like volleyball, mountain biking, diving, table tennis and golf. There’s also the excellent Grecoland Kids Club to take advantage of, a world of imagination with toys, fancy dress, art materials and games for all to get stuck into. Outdoors, kids are encouraged to learn about their coastal world in a variety of games and creative crafts. They’ll go stargazing, on a hotel garden tour and learn about solar power.
Daphnila Bay Dassia perches on the coast overlooking Dassia Bay and the Ionian Sea. It’s an idyllic spot with Blue Flag Beach, spacious grounds and pine-filled gardens. Family accommodation is plentiful and kids stay free plus the resort puts on a complimentary daily mini buffet of fresh and healthy food for children. The Mini Club (four to 12 years) has an indoor and outdoor play area, playground, sandpit and paddling pool. Greco Teens makes sure teenagers are kept happy with watersports, hip hop dancing, parties and beach volleyball. New parents can take advantage of GrecoBaby, and pre order all needed baby equipment before arrival. The resort offers many activities from aerobics to dancing lessons, yoga to folklore dance shows. Family shows and a children’s disco are a highlight for kids at the hotel’s Amphitheater.
Astir Odysseus Resort & Spa is a beautiful five-star resort set by a Blue Flag sand and pebble beach with views of Turkey and the Aegean Sea. A vast lagoon-style pool sits at the centre of the low-rise resort. It’s peacefully quiet though Kos Town is only 10 minutes way for a lively day out. Rooms are light and airy, with wooden furnishings and private terrace. Family rooms have a separate living space. Some have a private swim-up pool. Food is served either at the buffet restaurant, waterfront tavern or a la carte restaurant. There are three bars too including a beach bar. As well as the central pool there are another two pools for us. Kids also have their own two pools to splash about in plus a climbing wall, tennis courts, watersports and a kids club with plenty of fun activities to get stuck into.