Family Travel in the Greek Isles
May 5, 2023 by Perrie Hartz
While Greece is arguably one of the most popular destinations for summer travelers craving a little rest and relaxation on the shores of the sparkling Aegean Sea, families don’t normally think of it as a perfect option for vacationing with children. However, Hidden Doorways’ gorgeous properties in Crete, Mykonos, and Santorini actually offer incredible family-friendly amenities, activities, and adventures for visitors of all ages to enjoy. Let the summer fun under the Greek sun begin!
Daios Cove | Crete
Located in the privacy of a secluded cove in Vathi, Daios Cove Luxury Resort and Villas in Crete is the perfect choice for families seeking 5-star luxury accommodations in Agios Nikolaos. The resort’s exclusive location, along with its impressive architecture seamlessly blending in with the rugged surroundings, creates a natural hub of beauty and serenity that guests will immediately fall in love with. Offering both deluxe suites and stunning villas with private pools, Daios Cove has many different accommodation options for all types of families.
Families can also take advantage of Daios Cove’s impressive kids club, which provides a wide range of age-appropriate activities for children daily, including Arts & Crafts, Sensory, Role Play, Sports, Exploration, Swimming, Science, Eco & Nature and Health and Wellness. While the kids are being entertained, parents have a host of incredible Grecian experiences to choose from many can be enjoyed by the entire family.
RIB Boat Excursions
Embark on an exciting adventure with the whole family and experience the Cretan landscape from a different perspective aboard Daios Cove’s luxury private speedboat, large enough to provide comfort and entertainment yet intimate enough to tailor-make your trip to create a family sea journey to remember.
Families will enjoy the perfect day exploring the historic island of Spinalonga, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a healthy dose of history and culture, take a leisurely stroll and coffee break around the quaint fishing village of Plaka and soak up this stunning part of the Mirabello Bay.
Join an interactive walk on an organic farm where local varieties of vegetables and herbs grow in abundance. In the hive, learn about the high nutritional value of Cretan honey, in the old ‘fabrica’ delve into how Cretans produced exceptional extra virgin olive oil in antiquity and, in the seedbed, discover hundred-year-old seeds used in a hands-on cooking class with the chef. Around a table, families will immerse themselves fully in the spirit of Cretan hospitality and be part of a unique culinary experience – from farm to table.
Family Cooking Classes
Families can learn to create some classic and contemporary Greek dishes with Daios Cove’s very own Executive Chef, Panagiotis Valsamakis. Make “mizithropita” with honey, lamb “kleftiko” and other local specialties with an innovative signature twist. The talented chef will guide you through the perfect menu to impress the rest of your family and friends back home.
Kālesma Mykonos | Greece
Set amidst truly idyllic natural surroundings, Kālesma is a luxurious Mykonian hideaway that offers white-washed private villas, amazingly fresh Greek cuisine, and drop-dead gorgeous sea views. Just for families, Kālesma offers a Family Villa package for a minimum of 5 nights, which includes complimentary babysitting, board games, and special gifts just for the little ones.
Kālesma also offers a bespoke Mykonos Concierge Service that will arrange daily activities for guests of all ages to experience the true nature of the island. Options include an organized family cruise to a hidden cove, a guided tour of the sacred island of Delos, scuba diving lessons, and private boat rentals. Specializing in true insider experiences, Kālesma can arrange for exclusive tours through the alleys of Chora, night walks around the windmills, and shopping sprees and food excursions to discover local treats and Mykonian delicacies. Off-property, the concierge will make recommendations and bookings for older guests at any restaurant or nightclub, as well as for sun loungers at the island’s 25 beaches.
Andronis | Santorini, Greece
Andronis Arcadia and Andronis Concept are luxurious wellness properties situated on the stunning sun-kissed Greek island of Santorini. Andronis makes no distinctions between children & adults, and they are dedicated to offering every family member a unique and joyful Grecian experience. At Andronis Concept and Andronis Arcadia, you will find a holistic wellness destination that is also a Santorini family-friendly hotel.
A holistic learning experience connected to the landscape and cultural heritage of Santorini, Andronis’ kids club is a playful learning space that inspires creativity, imagination, and innovation. Children aged 4-14 years old will have the opportunity to participate in group activities that have been especially designed to take full advantage of the equipment and the facilities. Besides the core Kids Club activity schedule, the children will have the option to book exciting robotics sessions, held in the dedicated robotics lab using LEGO® Education robotics platforms.
Kids Spa and Kids Yoga
The dedicated Kids Spa is a soothing introduction to beauty and wellness for younger guests, with a plethora of suitable spa treatments for kids that will become the highlight of their stay. Yoga sessions at Andronis Arcadia are great for the whole family, as all members get a chance to energize their body as well as centering the mind with one of the most inspiring backgrounds in Oía.
Family Cooking Lessons
The joys of cooking and eating together as a family are immeasurable! Guests of Andronis Concept can get involved in an immersive family cooking experience that explores the history of local dishes and homemade recipes.
If you and your family are tennis enthusiasts and would love the opportunity to play during your stay in Santorini, then Andronis Concept offers you a sublime setting to host sensational tennis games at the new outdoor tennis courts.