While most of us relish the thought of our annual holiday, the prospect of organising a trip for the whole family can sometimes come with a dollop of stress, too. After all, you need to find something that’s going to please everyone – and that’s not always a simple task, especially if you’re travelling with teenagers.
Greece holidays have a lot to offer people of all ages, but the key thing to remember when arranging your break is that you need to find a family-friendly resort. This way, you’re far more likely to be able to keep the kids happy, while actually having a pretty decent time of things yourself!
So, I’ve put together a list of some of the very best family-friendly resorts in Greece. You’ll notice the first two are both in Sani, which is on the Kassandra Peninsula; Sani itself has an amazing reputation for being a family destination, and I think if you’re really keen to have a relaxing, seaside break with lots of different activity options, this is definitely somewhere to look at.
Porto Sani Village & Spa
Located on Sani Marina, the Porto Sani Village & Spa is designed to resembled a small village, which means it has got a great atmosphere for families. All the rooms are set in low-rise buildings and, as a bonus, you can book into a two-bedroom suite, which is a real lifesaver if you need somewhere that provides plenty of room.
The accommodation is set in gorgeous gardens, which kids are bound to love, but I think the real benefit of staying here is that there is just so much to do for kids and adults alike – there isn’t a bias towards children’s or grown-up activities.
For example, there is both a children’s pool and an adults-only pool, so it’s easy for kids to splash about as much as they please while parents relax. Plus, there are kids’ clubs for children of pretty much any age.
There’s a creche for little ones, the Melissa Mini Club for 4 to 11-year-olds and a teen club for 12 to 17-year-olds. And you needn’t worry about your teenagers kicking and screaming at the idea of a kids’ club – the programme has loads of interesting stuff in, like paintballing, water sports and painting.
And for you, there’s a great spa (you can ever get tailormade aromatherapy treatments), a gym and lots of water sports options.
Sani Beach Club
Sani Beach Club is another hotel in the family-friendly Sani Resort, so it’s got a lot in common with the hotel above. For instance, it offers all the same kinds of kids clubs and a similar selection of activities. Since there’s a fair amount of overlap between the two, I’ll just give you a brief outline of this one’s main features:
• There’s a spa with thermal baths
• Interconnecting rooms make it easy for you to keep an eye on your kids
• There’s a mini market and jeweller in the hotel itself
• Its private beach has shallow water that’s perfect for little ones
• There are loads of activities for both kids and adults, including the Football Academy, which provides professional tuition for five to 14-year-olds
Neptune Resort & Spa
Bidding farewell to Sani, we’ll move on to Kos for our final top family-friendly resort in Greece. It’s nestled in the Mastihari countryside, sprawling across an impressive 37-acre estate. One of the most attractive things about staying here is that, as well as enjoying the countryside setting, you’ll be right next to the beach.
There are interconnecting rooms, in addition to kids’ clubs for children aged from two to 18. These are grouped into three age bands, so all the activities should be age-appropriate, and they run for several hours each day (with the exception of Wednesdays).
Live music is performed each night, while there’s a great choice of local cuisine and activities too. You can hire bikes, have a go at archery or play pitch and putt golf.
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