How to find family-friendly accommodation in Greece
There is an infinite variety of accommodation styles in Greece. Mountain retreats, island boutique hotels, luxury resorts, self-catering villas, traditional family-run B&Bs, Airbnb and new and upcoming rural farmhouses.
In popular resorts and the major cities booking ahead is a must, particularly during July or August. For Athens and the Greek islands, it’s pretty much essential to book ahead from Easter until late September and over Christmas and New Year.
Here we have listed the most important family-friendly accommodation styles in Greece.
1. Luxury resorts
For carefree holidays with young kids, a resort holiday may be just what you need. Convenience, comfort and travel light are key words when choosing a resort vacation where everything a baby or young child needs is provided for. Greece boasts several top-rated resorts with villa-style accommodations, water parks, sparkling swimming pools, authentic cuisine, and warm hospitality. Many offer a kids’ club where children can try new sports, nurture their creative sides or make new friends. Parents can switch off and relax in the knowledge that their children are happy.
Most luxury (all-inclusive) resorts in Greece are located on mainland Greece in Halkidiki and the Peloponnese as well as on the larger Greek islands such as Crete, Rhodes, and Corfu. Some excellent resorts in Greece are Grecotel Hotels & Resorts, Ikos Resorts, Aquila Hotels and Resorts, Sani Resort and Costa Navarino. Not all these resorts accommodate babies, contact Kids Love Greece in case you need more information.
2. Boutique hotels
Greece offers an immense variety of landscapes and regional character. Boutique hotels reflect the traditions of their surroundings and offer families a more authentic holiday. Lack of a lengthy corporate structure and guidelines allow boutique hotels to offer personalized family services with often impressive designer interiors and cosy family guest rooms.
Good boutique hotels also know how to take advantage of the surrounding area. This includes locally sourcing food from nearby providers, as well as offering vacation experiences. Boutique hotels are great for families looking for a unique, one-of-a-kind stay in Greece. Boutique hotels can be found everywhere in Greece, from mountain villages to sunny islands.
3. Holiday Villa
With its endless stretches of land and coastline, Greece offers holiday villas in the most desirable locations. From luxury beach-front villas with concierge services to superb traditional family villas in the mountains – whatever your requirements, the choices are endless.
Villa holidays fit individuals perfectly, no family is the same. Another major advantage family villas have is space: there’s just more of it and it’s all yours. Villas are great for large families, generation travel or families who want to spend holidays together. Sharing a villa with another family has all sorts of benefits, especially with older kids in tow. Get the age groups right, add friends into the mix and you can almost leave teenagers to do their own thing. Most holiday villas have a private pool to play in any time you like. Families who choose a holiday villa can live like locals for a little while. Think of individual experiences like shopping for dinner at a morning market, choosing wine at the village bodega or discovering a tiny, tucked away tavern that your kids will love!
Similar to a holiday villa, an Airbnb can offer families that ultimate local authentic Greek holiday experience. Many families prefer to have their own space and an apartment or house to use as their own is something Airbnb can offer. Airbnb is great for generation travel and for large families. Some Airbnb’s are large enough to accommodate more than one family. Traveling with young kids comes with extra needs — especially if there is a baby on board. From playrooms with cribs to playgrounds and BBQs, amenities such as these will help both children and parents have a relaxed stay and live like a local in Greece. The Airbnb market is growing in Greece and there are some amazing rentals across the country to suit any budget.
Please do not hesitate to contact the Kids Love Greece team for a list of our preferred and recommended family resorts, hotels and holiday villas. We are here to help!
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