Take a look at the best kid-friendly hotels in Greece.
This 392-room, luxury hotel makes use of its beachfront setting with ample leisure activities to suit both couples and families. From a full-service spa and two outdoor pools, to nature walks, sports facilities, and kids’ activities, this property has it all. Four restaurants and six bars are on-site, plus, this hotel is part of a larger complex housing a few other properties that have a plethora of additional delicious dining and drinking options. Well-appointed, elegant rooms have marble bathrooms with rainfall showerheads, robes and slippers, minibars, and flat-screen TVs with DVD players, as well as furnished outdoor spaces. Though the on-site offerings are robust, the nearby towns are sleepy. Couples may prefer the more intimate, 35-room Achtis Hotel.
Celestia Grand Villas is a high-end villa complex located on a cliff top just south of Fira town. As a villa-only property there's little in the way of common space, though all seven units feel super-secluded with large terraces and private pools overlooking the iconic caldera. An on-site chef provides in-villa dining throughout the day, as well as alfresco candlelit dinners, though there's nowhere else to eat within walking distance. Those who'd prefer to be a little nearer the action should check out Aria Suites close to Fira center, but for those seeking luxury and privacy with minimum distractions, this place could be just perfect.
The laid-back, upscale Hotel Palladium is popular chiefly among couples looking for an island getaway that's a bit removed from the action. The 40-room boutique property is perched on a hillside above one of Mykonos' best beaches, although the climb back up to the hotel is steep. On-site, there are a pool and separate wading pool, plus an adjacent bar and hot tub. A generous free breakfast buffet that includes fresh omelets is served daily, and an a la carte Mediterranean restaurant offers stunning views. Some of the rooms feature romantic four-poster beds and private plunge pools. The spa is basic, and there's a fitness room with several weight and cardio machines. Travelers might want to compare rates with the Myconian Ambassador Hotel, which offers a wider range of spa services.
Costa Marina Villas is a charming, family-run budget property set in a relatively peaceful street just minutes from the center of Fira town. Its 20 spotlessly clean rooms are spread over three floors and, although lacking the area's famous sea views, most have balconies or terraces. While facilities are in short supply -- there's no pool or restaurant -- super-friendly hosts and a homey ambience make for a great base from which to explore the surrounds. All in all, in a destination known for its pricey accommodation, Costa Marina Villas is one of the best values on the island.
The 38-room Regina Dell Acqua Resort is an intimate, four-pearl property that attracts repeat visitors with its setting across from the beach and a 15-minute walk from Skala proper. Traditional room decor is underwhelming, but amenities like jetted tubs and separate showers, flat-screen TVs, minibars, and furnished outdoor spaces are upscale. In addition to the beautiful lounger-lined beach (fee), the hotel offers a large pool and separate kiddy pool, Mediterranean restaurant and pool bar, and spa treatments. On the downside, the gym is ill-equipped. Travelers looking for a few more on-site amenities like a kids' club and more spa facilities may prefer Apollonion Resort & Spa.
Apanemo is one of the best hotels in Santorini -- and it has some of the cheapest rates for amenities and freebies offered. Highlights at the mid-range hotel include a delicious free breakfast buffet, authentic restaurant, tiered infinity-edge pool, on-demand local shuttle, and sunset Caldera views from the public spaces and most of the rooms. The 27 rooms are spotless, spacious, and have large bathrooms with powerful showers. Truly, the only downside to this hotel is that you'll likely need a car or an ATV to explore, as there's little within immediate walking distance. It's about an eight-minute drive to Red Beach and the Akrotiri Archeological Site. Travelers who want to be on the northern side of the island in the heart of Oia (and don't mind steep steps or fewer features) should check rates at Aris Caves.
Nissaki Hotel is a posh, boutique hotel overlooking the exclusive Psarou Beach and less than a five-minute walk to the beach of Platis Gialos. The hotel has 18 upscale guest rooms with marble bathrooms and stylish furnishings. Guests can have massages while lounging by the chic infinity-pool and gaze at the yachts docked in the bay. There’s an outdoor whirlpool tub and a separate family area with a shallow family pool surrounded by palm trees and illuminated at night. The hotel provides a free breakfast buffet, and an open-air restaurant with ocean views. Mykonos is a 10-minute drive, and a free airport shuttle is available. If no rooms are available at the Nissaki, the Myconian Ambassador Hotel and Thalasso Spa Center is a larger hotel with more guest rooms.
Repeat guests love the mid-range Dina's Paradise Hotel and Apartments because of the beach proximity, gorgeous swimming pool, and comfy rooms. This smaller hotel with 10 apartments and one suite is centrally located to a sandy beach with calm waters (via steep stairs, common in Greece) and about a 15-minute drive to Corfu. The area and beach have plenty of restaurants, water sports, and shops geared toward tourists. Back at the hotel there's a nice size adult's pool and kiddy pool with a terrace and views of the Ionian Sea. The pool-adjacent bar serves cocktails and snacks, plus breakfast in the morning (for a fee). Apartment-style rooms have full kitchens and more sea views. Note that some rooms are only accessible via steep steps without an elevator.
A basic, family-run apartment hotel built around a pool, the simple Kastro Beach Apartments is located an easy walk from Malia's main strip, close to the area's sandy beaches. Central location and affordable prices make the Kastro Beach Apartments a popular option with young couples looking for a relaxing, budget-friendly base close to Malia's bustling nightlife scene. Later in the season, the apartments are popular with older couples and families with older children who especially appreciate the kitchenettes in all rooms, and proximity to the beach and area sightseeing.
Located by the black-sand shores of Perissa Beach, the 21-room Stelios Place is a charming, mid-range family-run getaway. Affordable, clean rooms are pleasantly furnished with flat-screen TVs and mini-fridges, and some have private balconies, but they don't have sea views. Amenities include free shuttle service and a 24-hour communal kitchen. At the center of the property is a pool heated by the Santorini sun with laptops at the pool bar. If rooms with sea views are a must, check out the Blue Diamond Bay Hotel instead.
Situated in a quiet area a 10-minute walk outside of Naxos city, this charming boutique hotel offers pleasantly appointed rooms and public spaces awash in soothing creamy hues. Though the mid-range property doesn't offer much in terms of features beyond a restaurant serving free buffet breakfasts, as well as lunches and dinners, it garners excellent reviews from guests for its friendly, attentive staff and clean guest rooms, all with private furnished balconies (some with whirlpool tubs), modern bathrooms, and conveniences like minibars, electric kettles, and free Wi-FI. The beach is an 11-minute walk away, so travelers looking for a beachfront stay might want to try the Nissaki Beach Hotel Naxos.
The 142-room Lindos Mare Hotel is located along a secluded road near historic Lindos, high on a hill overlooking picturesque Vliha Bay. The hotel's private beach is reached via stone stairway or elevator, and guests can swim and sunbathe as waiters supply the drinks. The architecture and airy, whimsical decor in rooms and common areas give the hotel a dreamy, romantic feeling, and most find service attentive. There are a total of three pools (including a children's pool) plus tennis court, fitness center, and kids' club all on-site.
The Aether Boutique Stay is a charming mid-range boutique option on picturesque grounds with lavender and potted lemon trees. It's located in a quiet section of Mykonos Town, and about a five-minute drive from the beach. The five minimalist rooms are dressed in bright tones of white with small pops of bold blue, in keeping with the area's famous Cycladic architecture and design. Features are limited, but add value to the stay. Guests can expect a simple free breakfast made with locally sourced ingredients delivered to their rooms, free Wi-Fi, free port or airport transfers, and free parking. For something with a pool, check out Ostraco Suites Hotel but note that rates are higher.
The 308-room Atrium Platinum Hotel is a luxury Aegean seaside resort for couples and families, located a quick drive from Rhodes City. The hotel offers a full fleet of amenities and services, which is great for travelers keen on spending most of their time on the property. Features include two game rooms, a kids' club, five modern restaurants and two bars, and a glitzy full-service spa. Wi-Fi and breakfast are free. The hotel has contemporary furnishings, but the minimalist design feels sterile and unfinished in some areas. The nearby Smartline Cosmopolitan Hotel has more approachable interior design details.
This charming, trendy property on one of Chania’s prettiest sandy beaches has carved a niche for itself as one of the area’s best boutiques for families. Friendly service and an excellent restaurant serving local cuisine help make it popular with couples, too (especially out of season). Stylish, minimalist rooms have plump, comfortable mattresses, although some rooms are on the small side.