Where to stay in Elafonissi: Top picks for families
Are you thinking of going to Elafonissi in Crete – one of the most family-friendly beaches in Europe – but you are not sure where to stay? Good news… we have done the homework for you.
The following apartments/ hotels/family villas have either been recommended by our local families or we have personally stayed there. We have also done our due diligence by reading reviews on social media and other blogs. To save you time, we have included the link in booking.com so… if you find a room in any of them… just BOOK it!
Just a warning about Elafonisi: do not expect to find a luxury resort/ hotel there; Elafonisi is rather rural with only a few restaurants, mini-markets! Do not stay there if you are looking for high-speed internet and luxurious holidays. That said, it is guaranteed that you will relax!
Have a memorable kid-friendly stay!
Elafonisi Villas is a beautiful, newly built complex of seven family villas with private pools, located at the village of Livadia, around 45 minutes drive from Elafonissi Beach.
The complex might not be located that close to Elafonissi Beach, it is however a wonderful choice for families that would like to add a touch of luxury to their family vacation at the Cretan South.
Luxurious and pampering, Elafonissi Villas promises its guests an unforgettable stay, away from the crowds. Among its various services, at Elafonissi Villas you will also have the opportunity to enjoy a family yoga session while gazing at the magnificent views of the Cretan sea.
For more information and bookings: Elafonissi Villas
Although not walking distance to Elafonisi, it is only 5 minutes drive away. There is a great tavern which is very handy for families. Spacious and clean rooms.
For more information and bookings: Hotel Glykeria
Elafonisi Resort by Kalomirakis Family
Surrounded by olive trees, The Kalomirakis resort offers guests a true value for money, relaxing and laid back stay in close proximity to Elafonisi beach. There is an a la carte restaurant which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Some of the units are self-catered (they offer a small kitchenette). Apart from Elafonisi, Kedrodasos Beach is 1.2 miles away.
For more information and bookings: Elafonisi Resort by Kalomirakis Family.
Dermitzogianni Elafonisi Holiday Home
Located in Chrisoskalitissa, less than 10 minutes drive from Elafonissi Beach, Dermitzogianni Elafonisi Holiday Home is a great choice for families.
The Villa is spacious, offering various facilities including among others a fully equipped kitchen, free WiFi, and air conditioning. From the villa’s terrace, you can enjoy beautiful sea and mountain views. Besides Elafonissi beach, you will be able to find a beach around 500m from the villa.
For more information and bookings: Dermitzogianni Elafonisi Holiday Home
Sunset Elafonissi Apartments
Sunset Elafonissi Apartments opened its door to the public in 2020. It is a beautiful complex of self-catering apartments and suites, some of which are equipped with a private pool.
The property is located around 20 minutes drive from Elafonissi Beach and just 500m away from a scenic pebble beach. In the area nearby you will find a small local tavern where you could enjoy some delicious Cretan dishes with the family.
For more information and bookings: Sunset Elafonissi Apartments
Located approximately 3 miles (5 km) from Elafonisi beach, it offers basic but relaxing accommodation. The communal pool is a hit among kids. The taverna and mini market is convenient for parents. The kitchenette are handy but basic in terms of equipment. The sunset- facing units and Nireides location are the biggest highlights.
For more information and bookings: Nireides Villas
Although a bit further away, Hello Village comes highly recommended because it’s half way to Elafonisi beach (11 miles) and Falassarna beach (12 miles), another fantastic Cretan beach. Stay there if you would like an authentic Cretan experience away from the crowds. Hello Village offers stunning views, modern amenities in a traditional environment and true Cretan hospitality by the owners. The only downside is that there is not much around in terms of grocery shopping/ tavernas.
For more information and bookings: Hello Village
Is it impossible for you to find accommodation in Elafonisi? Try Falassarna, another kid-friendly beach on the Western side of Crete.
Located less than a mile from Falassarna beach, the key competitor in terms of beauty to Elafonisi beach, Roubini Apartments are built on a hill and offer breathtaking views. It consists of self-catered studios and apartments with well-equipped kitchenettes. All rooms are spotless clean and spacious. Great value for money.
For more information and bookings: Roubini Apartments
Want to discover more about the Cretan “Caribbean”? Read our article Elafonissi Beach: An exotic paradise for families
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