Hotel of the Month: Elounda Gulf Villas
Every month, the Kids Love Greece blog features a unique hotel or resort showing excellent family-friendly-credentials. This month the spotlight is on Elounda Gulf Villas in Crete.
Multiple awarded Elounda Gulf Villas is a luxury resort in Crete echoing top-notch holiday villas and suites located in a serene and secluded Mediterranean setting at the Gulf of Mirabello. The family-owned and run boutique villa hotel is an exclusive luxury retreat, blending services of a world-class hotel with a warm and inviting ambiance of a private home. The elegant Elounda Gulf Villas offers bespoke holiday experiences in 15 suites and 18 pool villas enriched with wellness amenities, dining experiences and family activities such as the Cool Crèche & Kids’ Club, swimming lessons, water-sports, and sports activities, horseback riding and entertainment nights.
Anna and Dimitris Kadianakis founded Elounda Gulf Villas back in the late 1990s. Since then, Elounda Gulf Villas expanded to be an exclusive, award-winning boutique Villa Hotel welcoming guests in its inviting embrace.
Continuing the family tradition, daughters Anthi and Charitini Kadianakis, together with their mother, Anna, now run the hotel, dedicated to offering one-of-a-kind holiday experiences to their guests.
We sat down with Charitini Kadianakis and talked about Elounda Gulf Villas and Family Travel in Greece.
Charitini, thinking of hotels in general, which do you think are the 3 characteristics that make a hotel family-friendly?
I believe that the 3 characteristics of family-friendly hotels are (1) the accommodation types that are suitable for families i.e. interconnecting rooms, family suites and/or villas, etc. (2) Services and facilities aiming to meet the needs of traveling families (such as, but not limited to, kids menus, baby equipment, kids club, kids entertainment and more. And finally (3), the overall approach by the team of the hotel. The warm welcome and kindness towards all junior guests, making sure families at all levels are having a memorable experience (which extends further beyond the provision of a high chair).
Do you believe that Greece is a family-friendly country?
I strongly believe that Greece is one of the best countries to travel with children. There is plenty to keep kids busy in Greece, have a fun holiday with memories to last a lifetime! Ruins and Greek history, crystal clear sea waters, sandy beaches, authentic local culture… What else could someone ask for?!
Why should families spend their vacation in Greece?
This country has so much to offer to keep all members of the family happy.
How do you define family-friendliness at Elounda Gulf Villas?
At Elounda Gulf Villas, families can choose between a 2 or 3 bedroom Villa with a private pool or a Family Suite. Both Villas and Suites are designed and constructed having families in mind. Airy and spacious, decorated in warm colors, they offer the perfect choice for parents to relax and enjoy quality time with their kids after a long day exploring the island of Crete.
The Hotel also offers facilities for families such as the Cool Crèche & Kids’ Club, kids menus, baby equipment, kids pool, large playground, table games and more.
What makes our hotel unique and family-friendly is the truly warm atmosphere and the love of our team for kids! All junior guests are tenderly welcomed while parents will love the child-friendly atmosphere, the attention and care their kids will get.
What does Elounda Gulf Villas offer for Multi-Generation Travel?
While staying with us, family members can enjoy numerous activities and experiences that will be cherished forever. Apart from the usual suspects such as sailing excursions, sunset cruises, traditional boat trips with wooden caciques, the most popular ones include a Cretan BBQ in the private terrace of the Guest’s Pool Villa, a private Greek night event in Guests’ Villa with live Greek music, dancing and food and Greek cooking lessons for all ages at the privacy of the Villa kitchen or a local farm.
What do kids and parents love in your resort? Is there anything that makes Elounda Gulf Villas stand out?
Kids love jumping in and out of the pool, swim in the sandy beach of the Private Beach Club, get all the little surprises that our team gives them throughout their stay, spend their mornings with Dina, our trained and well-experienced childcare specialist, at the Hotel’s playground or their own Villa.
Parents, on the other hand, love sunbathing by their own pool or enjoying a massage treatment while kids are creatively entertained by Dina our childcare specialist in their Villa or at the Cool Kids’ Club. The service offered by the Cool Creche & Kids’ Club can be also privately offered to the Guests’ Villa. This unique service is part of the EGV Personalized Services and goes beyond babysitting.
Kids, guided by Dina, our childcare specialist, are creatively entertained, through a program of activities orientated in Greek History and Culture privately in their own Villa; while parents are present sunbathing and relaxing by their own pool. At the end of each session, kids have learned fun Greek table games that can play with their parents! This service is ideal for parents who need some time off, are not keen on having their kid(s) at the Kids Club and would like to spend some quality time with their kid(s).
What do you believe is the greatest hidden gem in Elounda Gulf Villas for kids and for parents?
All the activities offered at the Cool Kids’ Club are orientated to Greek mythology, history, culture, and food. Junior guests take part in the Olympic Games, join mythology workshops, cook and taste “dakos” (Cretan rusk) and learn Cretan dancing!
Please share with us your insider tip for a must-do while on vacation in Crete with kids
A Cretan cooking lesson is a must! All family members will be amazed!
Which destination in Greece would you recommend to a family with babies, toddlers, school-age kids or teens?
Crete is a destination suitable for all these ages. A stop in Athens is also highly recommended before arriving in Crete for ages 4 and above.
Thank you, Charitini!
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