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Top 5 child-friendly hotels in Greece

With its crystal-clear water and fine sandy beaches, Greece is a natural choice of holiday destination for sun worshippers. Its warm and family oriented culture also make it a perfect place for holidays with children. We’ve checked out the best Greek hotels to make your stay with little ones a relaxing, hassle-free experience. Ikos Olivia, Halkidiki This 5*, ultra all inclusive hotel on the Toroneos Gulf is the ultimate in family-friendly luxury. Thoughtfully laid out amongst olive groves and landscaped gardens, its 22 acre size is small enough to feel intimate yet large enough to house a plethora of activities for both adults and children. The choice of a superb main buffet or four a la carte restaurants with menus designed by Michelin chefs means that there is something to suit all tastes; there is even a freshly prepared baby-food station at every meal. If the kids are too tired to sit through dinner at a restaurant, 24 hour room service and a daily-refilled minibar is included in Ikos’ ‘Infinite Lifestyle’ concept so there are always attractive options for both parents and children. Instructor-led sports classes such as tennis, football and cycle hire are a hit with younger guests, while adults can enjoy paddle boarding, personal training sessions or Greek cookery lessons. An international, exceptionally well-equipped kids’ club with full programme of activities provides all day care for children and teens from 4 years of age, and a crèche for tots is also available. If frolicking in the sand is what your family loves most about holidays, watch the sunset on the private sandy beach or leave the children playing happily with buckets and spades in the supervised kids’ area. ikoskidsplayground MarBella Hotel, Corfu Known as the most exclusive hotel on the island, the MarBella Hotel is situated a scenic 25-minute drive from Corfu airport. The resort knows that flexibility is key when it comes to families and offers a range of dining packages from half board to all-inclusive; the extensive buffet ensures that there are plentiful choices for adults and children alike. A well-equipped outdoor children’s playground and covered play area for toddlers is complemented by a large kids’ club that is free to guests from 4 years of age. The resort even has a shiny new ‘Splash park’; an outdoor playground complete with waterslides, fountains and a stunning view of the Aegean ocean. A crèche is also available so that parents can make the most of the exquisite spa offering a range of massages and therapies, or a relaxing evening of jazz music in the main bar. For the more adventurous families there are complimentary excursions and boat trips to explore the stunning coastline. If you are visiting in Spring, Corfu also has some of the most celebrated Easter festivities in Greece including marching band parades, bbqs and pot-smashing- great fun for all the family! marbellapoolview Elounda Peninsula All-Suite Hotel For the ultimate in opulence and privacy, the Elounda Peninsula hotel is compromised entirely of spacious suites; perfect for children and babies who need the space and safety to crawl and play as they wish. Parents will love not having to pack up a beach bag and lug sandy swimwear to the pool each time the children want a dip; instead they can jump straight into their own private pool with a beautiful garden or ocean view. Children will relish their time at the animal-park inspired Kids’ Ark, where they can choose from a huge selection of activities. With its own waterpark, outdoor and indoor play areas and even dancing lessons from an Olympic choreographer, the Ark is truly the stuff that children’s dreams are made of. For a lazy treat, order room service or have award-winning chefs cook their delicacies in the privacy and comfort of your suite; there are also 8 stunning restaurants and 4 lounges to visit, as well as an extensive wine and champagne cellar. Parents can enjoy scuba diving, spa treatments or a round of golf before picking up the little ones for a cosy evening watching the sun set. Sani Resort, Kassandra Peninsula For families wanting to get back to nature, the four plush hotels of the Sani Resort are set within 1000 acres of a private ecological reserve. Children have the choice of not one but three Ofsted registered ‘Melissa’ kids’ clubs featuring a wonderful range of toys and games as well as a schedule of organised fun activities. The resort takes child-focused convenience to another level, with everything from sterilisers to Playstations available in your room or suite upon request. Little ones are made to feel like VIPs with toddler-sized towelling robes in the Porto Sani and Asterias hotels, and a special ‘wellbeing’ children’s menu has been formulated with taste and nutrition in mind. While the children are having the time of their lives in the kids’ club, adults can get active on a hiking trail; try their hand at scuba diving or simply unwind in the spa or one of the resort’s bars, accompanied by the sound of live jazz. For the environmentally conscious guest, Sani also holds ‘Eco’ days every Sunday in the Summer, where adults and children alike can take part in fun activities to learn more about the nature that surrounds them. Sanikidsclub Danai Resort, Halkidiki With a reputation as one of Greece’s most luxurious hotels, a stay at the Danai Resort is a relaxing and indulgent break for the whole family. Immerse yourself in local culture with private language lessons for children and adults; enjoy dance classes or baby yoga to keep active or even have a private painting or cookery tutor attend your suite for an unforgettable cultural experience. If you just want to kick back and relax, kids will love to play on the private beach or enjoy the personalised toys provided by the hotel in the privacy of their room or suite. A multi-lingual babysitting service is available so that parents can take advantage of the four exquisite restaurants, or push the boat out with a romantic beach-side candlelit dinner. A kids’ club will keep children happily entertained while adults indulge in a massage or reflexology at the spa and even take advantage of a ‘Butler Bath’; a lavishly scented and decorated masterpiece created to help guests completely unwind.

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  1. Great post, i’m always looking for child friendly places to visit. Sani Resort, Kassandra Peninsula is my favourite of the five.

  2. Thanks Kat! Ikos is my personal favourite, mainly because of the food and the staff, but they all have their own main strengths!

  3. I’ve stayed at both Sani Resort and Elounda Peninsula. I would say Elounda Peninsula is well suited to little ones, particularly with the children’s ark which is a great facility. Sani, though, covers a broader range of ages in my opinion with extensive facilities, catering for the tiniest tots in the creche facility to teenagers and beyond with the soccer sessions, watersports, guided family walks and more.

  4. Nice post! Halkidiki indicated for family vacation. My mother is from Halkidiki and as a little child I had visited all the locations that you are reference to in this post. I have obtain great memories. Recommended.

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