Our 12 ultimate Greek family holidays
With picture-perfect beaches, endless clam blue seas and cuisine to satisfy even the fussiest little eaters, it’s no wonder Greece is a number one destination for families. Add to that thousands of years of history, adventure activities and some of the world’s best luxury (and affordable!) hotels, and Greek family holidays have everything a family could want.
1/12 Skiathos Palace Hotel – Skiathos ★★★★
Skiathos Palace was refurbished in 2018, so guests can expect 258 up-to-date contemporary and colourful rooms. Some even have Jacuzzis and sea views. The resort sits on a pine-covered hilltop above Koukounaries Beach with its plethora of water sports from wind surfing to banana boating. Guests can hop on the complimentary shuttle bus to visit other nearby beaches and Skiathos Town too. The pool at Skiathos Palace is raised to gain blissful views of the ocean and one restaurant is located on the rooftop too for maximum chances to gaze at the sea too. Greek nights are hosted once a week, with themed buffet, dancing and singing. Skiathos Palace has no kids’ club, but babysitting can be organised.
2/12 Mitsis Family Village Beach Hotel – Kos ★★★★
Mitsis Family Village is a peaceful family beach resort, built at the foot of Dikeos Mountain. This all-inclusive resort is a short walk away from a pebble beach. There are 219 bungalow-style rooms. Family suites have separate sleeping areas for children. Guests can be as active or as laid back as they like, with a range of water sports, swimming lessons, tennis courts, horse riding and beach volley plus six pools to swim in or relax by. Children get their own pool with water slides to lark about in. A mini club caters for youngsters aged four to 11 in a morning and afternoon session, with arts and crafts, cooking competitions, mini disco and playground. Older children might like to have a go at the adrenaline-pumping escape room. Staff also host many entertainment activities such as live music, theatre production, dance and karaoke.
3/12 Atrium Platinum Luxury Resort Hotel & Spa – Rhodes ★★★★★
Five-star Atrium Platinum sits in the cove of Ixia Bay in Rhodes, beneath the island’s Acropolis. Rooms here are chic, with floor-to-ceiling windows in all rooms. Outside there’s a swimming pool plus tennis and squash courts. Guests can make the most of the seaside location with kite and board surfing and scuba diving. Atrium Platinum has a fantastic gym and sauna for use too, with heated pool, hydro jets and Jacuzzi, hammam, sauna, affusion shower and hydrobath. Children have their own pools, one indoor, one outside plus a playground with lots of slides and swings. The animation team run a kids club for four to 12-year-olds plus a mini disco in the evening. Babysitting is available for younger visitors.
4/12 Mediterranean Beach Resort – Zante ★★★★★
Five-star Mediterranean Beach sits in palm-covered gardens with a large lagoon-style pool and direct access to the sandy Blue Flag beach. There are five restaurants and three bars plus separate children’s menus, so even the fussiest of eaters shouldn’t go hungry. There are 292 rooms here. Family rooms have a separate living area plus pool, sea or garden views. Kids get a welcome gift on arrival in their room and families can take advantage of the ‘travel light’ service for pre-requested baby equipment. The Angels Kids Club will care for four to 12-year-olds so parents can zen out in the hotel spa or have a go at scuba diving at the hotel’s PADI centre. As well as the lagoon pool, there are two other pools plus separate shaded kids’ pool, video games room and playground.
5/12 Eagles Palace Hotel – Thessaloniki ★★★★★
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.
6/12 Mitsis Rinela Beach Resort & Spa – Crete ★★★★★
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.
7/12 Lindos Imperial Resort & Spa – Rhodes ★★★★
Lindos Imperial is metres away from the crystal waters of the sea and pebbly Kiotari Beach. The five-star resort has 450 elegant and well-appointed rooms, with balcony or terrace. Family rooms with private pools are available. Guests can dine at a main international buffet restaurant or go for Italian, Greek, Asian or Mexican. There’s also a beachside snack bar, ice cream bar and many drinks bars to chill out in. Families will love the resort’s five swimming pools, tennis courts, ping pong tables, archery courts, bike rental, spa and fitness centre with gym and plenty of classes including aqua aerobics and beach yoga. For kids, there’s a small waterpark with slides, two pools and a playground. Lindos Imperial also has a kids club for four to 12-year-olds.
8/12 Primasol Louis Ionian Sun – Corfu ★★★★
Four-star Primasol Louis Ionian Sun is surrounded by greenery, and is just a step away from a delightful beach. This all-inclusive resort has family rooms decorated in whites and creams. Some have sea views. Kids get their own pool, playground and buffet menu and there’s a splashtastic waterpark too, with slides and sprays. The mini club service to give parents the chance for a break to laze by the pool or beach. Babysitting can also be organised for evenings out alone. Primasol Louis Ionian Sun has five themed evenings; Italian, Mediterranean, Mexican, Island and Greek, with plenty of upbeat entertainment and accompanying food.
9/12 Palazzo di Zante – Zante ★★★★
Palazzo Di Zante is a low rise oceanfront resort found in the pretty Vassilikos area of southern Zante. The sandy Mavaratzi Beach below is reached by steps or a lift. The hotel shares facilities with sister hotels Zante Imperial Beach and Zante Royal Resort, so guests have access to a trio of pools, health club, gym, two bars, restaurant, tennis courts, mini club for four to 12-year-olds, playground, kids pool with slides, cinema, electric train and indoor fun park with pool tables, air hockey, computers and video games. Staff have boundless energy so expect daily fun and games from sports tournaments and aqua aerobics during the day and karaoke, Greek nights and discos in the evenings.
10/12 Ikos Aria – Kos ★★★★★
Ikos Aria sits on the southwest coast of Kos Island in Greece by sandy Kefalos Beach. This Dodecanese resort has 370 contemporary suites and rooms, some with private pools and gardens. Plenty of rooms are large enough for families. Baby phones and equipment such as toilet seats and bathtubs are available upon request. Ikos Aria offers eight distinct restaurants for guests from Michelin-starred menus to Mediterranean buffet overlooking the beach.
All offer a child-friendly menu or freshly prepared baby food. As well as the beach and pools there’s much to entertain including tennis, yoga and fitness classes, canoeing, giant chess, water polo, windsurfing and mountain biking. There’s a crèche (from four months), mini club (from four years) and teen club (13 plus) to keep kids entertained. All are run by UK qualified staff, with plenty of outdoor play in the playground, children and baby pools, beach and gardens plus arts and crafts, sports, cooking and games.
11/12 Ikos Dassia – Corfu ★★★★★
This stylish all-inclusive resort on the island of Corfu is set across 25 acres of gardens framed with shimmering views across the Ionian Sea. There are 411 rooms, suites and villas here, Mediterranean in style, some with special touches like private gardens and pools. Ikos Dassia has many restaurants to choose from including a Michelin-starred menu, a restful spa to relax in, plus a 600m long exclusive beach of fine white sand.
There are three kids clubs including a crèche for babies, Heros Kids Club for youngsters and Just4Teens for older children. All clubs are operated by Worldwide Kids, a professional UK childcare company with all staff fully qualified and experienced. Worldwide Kids also runs a football academy during the peak season and there’s a chance to try out tennis, yoga or water polo too. Ikos Dassia has many outdoor play facilities for families to enjoy including an outdoor playground, tennis courts, swimming pools, beach and grass.
12/12 Sani Beach – Thessaloniki ★★★★★
Sani Beach is upbeat and contemporary in design, perfect for families who want to get in among the action. Sani Beach is one of five luxury hotels in the award-winning Sani Resort, which sits on the unspoilt Kassandra peninsula in Halkidiki. Sani Resort is an eco-paradise, with 1,000 acres of wetlands, pine forests and exclusive beaches. Central to the resort is a vibrant marina bursting with shops, bars and restaurants. The resort has a mind-boggling array of activities for all to try out including beekeeping and paddleboard yoga plus an array of stunning pools, beaches and spa.
The Melissa Mini Club for four to 12-year-olds puts on mini-Olympic Games on the beach, short excursions, pool games, picnics and parties. For new parents there’s a crèche, baby swimming lessons and babysitting plus rooms are set up well with cots, monitors and baby equipment. Older kids may like classes in hip hop, DJing, archery and mountain biking, or just chilling in their own ‘Ozone’ area. Guests can also take advantage of the many summer camps at Sani including the Sani Football Academy in association with Chelsea FC (four to 16 years), Dance Academy (18 months upwards), Sailing Academy (six to 17 years) and Sani Adventurers (13 to 17) for kids interested in the natural world.