By Rebecca Miles – 13th August 2020
Greece is one of those countries we just keep coming back to time and again. And for families in particular, it doesn’t get much better – children are welcomed everywhere, and its over 200 islands are perfect pockets of summer bliss.
Whether you choose to island hop or stay in one place, there are fantastic beaches, ancient ruins and easygoing authentic restaurants everywhere you turn.
And there’s accommodation to suit all tastes and styles, from rustic simplicity to sublime glamour. Here, we present our favourites, both on the mainland and scattered across the islands.
So whether you like a super-slick resort, a chic city retreat or a wonderfully welcoming bolt hole, Greece and its islands has it all.
Not the most obvious choice for a family holiday, but the Alex Hotel in Athens is actually on the Athens Riviera, a 10-minute taxi ride from the city centre but with views of the sea and a short stroll from the waterfront.
Bedrooms are comfortable minimalist, but the shining star of the hotel is its rooftop bar and restaurant, styled as an urban beach bar. This is just the place to stay for a couple of nights to explore Athens before heading off to the islands.
Doubles start from £74 a night, B&B. Book here
Stay on the mainland and you’ll find Halikidiki, a region full of fingers of land poking into the sea, edged with sandy beaches and sheltered bays. And at the heart of Halikidiki is Sani Resort, home to five five-star hotels each with their own style and identity but all sharing the same shimmering coastline.
Sani Club is the pick for families. Check into one of its one- or two-bedroom family suites for direct pool or beach access, raid the extensive inflatable and beach toys shack, and take advantage of the Babewatch service (staff will watch your kids on the beach while you take a break) and full-time crèche.
This place is for next-level family holidays – there’s even a complimentary ice cream truck that trundles around the place.
Doubles start from €156 a night, half board. Book here
If you’ve been following us on social media recently you’ll have no doubt come across this complete gem of a hotel, the Kavos, on the island of Naxos.
Girl About’s founder, Lyndsey, stayed there with her family recently and fell in love with the place. Already a big fan of Naxos for its family-friendly beaches and easygoing nature, the Kavos won them over with its welcoming atmosphere, gorgeous family rooms and inviting infinity pool with views over the sea to the neighbouring island of Paros. Its restaurant proved popular too, and it’s walking distance to those inviting beaches.
Doubles from £158 per night, B&B. Book here
A set of three hotels, Palazzo, Estate and Residence, the Rimondi Palazzo gets our vote. Set in a historic building that dates back to the Venetian occupation of Crete, it’s tucked away in the old quarter of Rethymno and a total haven.
Rooms surround the courtyard, where there’s a beautifully tranquil pool and a chic but casual bar. Recommended because they treat you like family, it’s small but perfectly formed.
Doubles from £100 a night, B&B. Book here
Recommended for its two-bedroom family style duplex apartments with kitchens, these have the feel of a small villa but all the facilities of a boutique hotel – great pool, welcoming bar and good restaurant. The garden, filled with oleander flowers and palm trees, is a treat for kids, and it’s about a 10-minute walk to the nearest beach.
Doubles from £30 a night, room only. Book here
A modern boutique hotel with just 12 bedrooms, Hotel Perivoli is on the hillside above the historic Greek port of Navplion, and has views over Tolo bay. Muted colours, stone walls and olive groves set the design tone, and even the standard rooms have space for an extra bed (free of charge for under 12s). There’s also a spacious two-bedroom apartment with living area and kitchenette.
The hotel offers plenty for adults and children to do – as well as the swimming pool, the beach is a short drive away, and diving and horse riding lessons can be arranged, as well as playful theatre workshops to learn ancient Greek history.
Perivoli has a café bar by the pool and a restaurant, and the village of Pyrgiotika is a short walk away.
Doubles from €113 a night, B&B. Book here
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