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Just back from.... Crete
By Lucy from babygoes2
I was recently lucky enough to visit a few of babygoes2's favourite hotels in Crete – so….. here's my insider's guide to the best luxury family friendly resorts this fascinating island has to offer.
Where and how
We visited the area around Elounda and Agios Nikolaos - which is filled with the pretty coves of the crystal clear Gulf of Mirabello and relatively unspoilt towns and villages. It is also where you will find the island of Spinalonga, famous for its abandoned leper colony – and the hugely successful Victoria Hislop novel. Now unoccupied and easily reached by boat from the mainland it is a popular tourist attraction and well worth a visit. Getting here is easy – a painless 4 hr flight to Heraklion from Gatwick and then a 50 mins car transfer along a good new road.
First stop – the Porto Elounda De Luxe and Elounda Peninsula
The Porto Elounda Deluxe is a well established 5 star hotel which has been popular with families for a number of years. The biggest draw is the excellent Childrens Ark which caters for ages 6mths to 5 years and is a purpose built facility which is really very well equipped. There are activities for older children up to 12 years as well as a teenager programme. They have the Arsenal soccer camp for older children with professional coaches as well as dance lessons, film nights, and many other activities. The facilities are comprehensive for adults too – with golf, tennis and watersports on offer, along with a fantastic Six Senses spa.
Next stop – Domes of Elounda
And finally....Daios Cove
Finally we had a wonderful stay at the relatively new Daios Cove just south of Agios Nicolaos, set in a stunning cove, with turquoise water and a sandy beach. This is built along one side of the cove so the views from all rooms are sea view and not overlooked. The rooms, suites and villas are set along 'streets' which are terraced along one side of the cove. It's very easy to get around the resort with a funicular railway taking you to the higher terraces with amazing views , and down through the different levels of the hotel to the beach.
All three hotels would be an excellent choice for families. All offer a stress-free, luxurious yetr relaxing holiday environment. It's just that they all differ slightly in location, size,style facility and ambiance etc – and we would be delighted help guide you towards the best choice for your family.