Crete with Kids: 6 Brilliant Family Villas

It seems that families just can’t get enough of Crete. This Greek island is eternally popular with families looking for a getaway that will keep parents and children happy. Since we published our posts on the best things to do in Crete with kids and our pick of the best family-friendly hotels, we’ve had enquiries from families asking for villa recommendations.

So we asked our friend, George at Cretico, a specialist in Crete holiday villa rentals, for his top suggestions for Crete family villas.

Guest post by George at Cretico. Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate and commercial links. For more information see our disclosure policy.

Crete family villas
Beautiful Chania in Crete. Photo credit: Unsplash


Crete is not only the largest island of Greece but it is also the best destination for families. Children, in particular, will love Crete. Safe and welcoming with a wonderful climate and unbelievable nature, the island is full of surprises and has thousands of different holiday options.

But what about accommodation? Almost all villas in Crete listed on Cretico respond to specific standards, essential to families. I’ve listed below six of our favourite family friendly villas. All of them offer safety, convenient facilities, activities for children and the whole family, as well as being well located.

The following include toddler friendly villas and baby friendly villas including all essential equipment including baby cots, cribs, high chairs, bed guards and more. Some come with private swimming pools others are very near the sea. Babysitting, catering, shopping and other additional services can also be organised (for an extra charge).


Family-friendly villas in Crete

Crete family villas
Visiting Crete with kids


If you’re looking to explore elsewhere in Greece with kids then you must read this post on discovering Athens and beyond (including tips on places to avoid). For a different kind of Greek island experience, read this post on Mykonos with kids.


Crete family villas
Modern Family Villas Complex in Crete

1.Modern Family Villas Complex, Maleme, Chania

Sleek and modern in design, the estate comprises two separate houses, accommodating up to 12 guests and boasting all modern luxuries. With outstanding facilities, the houses are set beyond a gated driveway and offer complete privacy. The first house hosts 8 guests, while the second one, 4 guests. Both houses are air conditioned.

  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Guests: 12 guests

For Families

  •  Kids can play table tennis, enjoy football on the mini football pitch or try out the selection of Playstation 3 video games. Teenagers especially will also love the pool table in the games room and the mini gym, with rowing machine, a treadmill, a bicycle and an elliptical cross trainer.
  • Although the large pool does not feature a separated kids’ area it is well suited for children. It is filled with fresh water and features a new cleaning technology to eliminate the use of harsh chlorine. The pool has ladder access and an open poolside shower. It is 10m x 4.5m with a depth ranging from 1.20m – 2.10m.
  • Toddlers and babies can enjoy their own breath of coolness in the free-standing Jacuzzi with canopy cover and mosquito nets, located next to the pool.
  • The villas are located in the quiet coastal resort of Maleme, in the northwest cost of Chania. They are set in an ideal location for a family who wish to have the tranquility of a quiet location while still having amenities to hand and livelier resorts within a few minutes drive.
  • The estate is in an elevated position just 2kms from the local beach with its small promenade, lined with a handful of seafront cafes and taverns. There is a small supermarket and a couple of tourist shops within the resort.

For more information, including rates, see Modern Family Villas Complex


Crete family villas
Villas Ioanna in Crete

2. Family Villa Ioanna, Plaka, Chania

Villa Ioanna in Plaka is set in a private land of 5,000 sqm full of green olive groves offering privacy, tranquility and relaxation. The villa consists of 7 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms positioned over two floors.

  • Bedrooms: 7
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Guests: 11-12 guests

For Families

  • The large grounds are ideal for the kids to run free in a secluded and protected area.
  • The villa pool features a separate space for young children. An extra advantage is that the pool can be heated, so it is a great option at any time of year.
  • The location of the villa is really ideal for families with young kids. The villa is just 1km away from the main Plaka square where you can find taverns and mini markets for your shopping.
  • The closest beach is in Almyrida which is about 1.7km away from the villa. In Almyrid, guests have also many options for eating with cafes and local bars as well as a supermarket.

For more information, including rates, see Family Villa Ionna, Plaka, Chania


Crete family villas
Six bedroom family villa

3. Six Bedroom Deluxe Family Villa, Stavros, Chania

This is a beautiful luxury villa located on the Akrotiri peninsula near Stavros. It can accommodate 12 people and comes with a private pool and stunning sea views. The villa is 200 sqm. and consists of 6 double bedrooms, all with ensuite facilities. Four of the bedrooms have large private balconies where you can enjoy magnificent sunsets and the cooling sea breeze.

  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Bathrooms: 7
  • Guests: 12 guests

For Families

  • The villa features a large pool with separate children’s area and an outside shower. In the pool area, kids can also play table tennis and table football.
  • Tersanas beach, a wonderful family cove, is only 1km from the villa where the kids can enjoy safe swimming and the parents can enjoy coffee or a meal at the canteen and tavern of the beach. A little further away (but only by 2km) is the popular beach of Stavros filled with taverns, shopping points and more lovely beaches of Akrotiri.

For more information including rates see here: Six Bedroom Deluxe Family Villa, Stavros, Chania


Crete Family Villas
Traditional family villa

4.Traditional Family Villa in the village of Almyrida, Chania

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Guests: 10 guests

This family villa in Almyrida is decorated in a traditional style but is furnished with modern furniture and offers all the comforts of modern life. It is built on a hillside and it has panoramic views to the sea and the mountains.

For Families

  • This villa has a major advantage among the others in our list – its ideal position. Located just 300m from the villa is the lovely beach of Almyrida. This sandy beach is home to areas of shallow water ideal for small children as well as water sport activities like surfing and canoeing. In the taverns and cafes, which are located just on the beach, you will find not only delicious specialties, but also a very friendly service.
  • In the village, also 300m from the villa, there are supermarkets, bakeries, cafes, tourist shops and bars. Whether you travel with toddlers or teenagers, in Almyrida you will find everything you need just a few steps away.

For more information including rates see here: Traditional Family Villa In The Village Of Almyrida, Chania


Crete family villas
Sea view family villa

5. Sea view Family Villa Kontomari, Kissamos 

This two-storey villa is situated in a verdant location near Kontomari in Kissamos, Chania, roughly 1km from historic Maleme and 3km from the busy Planatias. Stone, iron and wood dominate both the inside and outside of the villa, highlighting the comfort and attention to detail that will make your stay an unforgettable experience. The 200 sqm. villa sits in a 950 sqm plot of land.

  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Guests: 10 guests

For Families

  • Children’s toys in the large garden create a lovely playground for kids who can play for hours in absolute safety. As for baby equipment, a baby cot and high chair are always available.
  • The villa features a large swimming pool with a separate kids area, which can be separated from the rest pool with a rail fence. Additionally, the pool area is surrounded by a stone fence, so the whole outdoors space is completely private and protected.
  • As for the area, the villa is located in the peaceful village of Kontomari, Kissamos. It is exquisitely positioned to take full advantage of its elevated location. Just 1.5km away is the quiet beach of Pirgos Psilonerou and the adjoining villages of Malame and Gerani, home to great variety of restaurants and taverns.
  • Only a short drive or bus ride away you will be in the bustling resort of Platanias (3km) with its’ sandy beach, restaurants, taverns, bars and clubs.

For more information including rates see here: Two Floor Magnificent Sea View Villa, Kontomari, Kissamos


Crete family villas
Family holiday villa with pool

6. Family Holiday Villa with pool, Bali, Rethymno 

This family villa is enjoys a large outdoor swimming pool with a barbecue area as well as a garden. There are three bedrooms and one bathroom equipped with a hot tub, a separate bath and a shower.

  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Guests: 8 guests

For Families

  • This villa comes equipped with a playground, books, kid-friendly DVDs, music for children, a video games console and more. The whole family may also use the bicycles offered at the villa for free to explore the surrounding area.
  • The exterior of the villa features a large pool with a separated kids’ area and a large garden where kids can play or ride their bicycle.
  • The villa is only 200 m. from the beach of Bali, a tourist resort with taverns, restaurants and small, romantic bars. In the beach, are also offered water sports activities.

For more information including rates see here:  Family Holiday Pool Villa, Bali, Rethymno

Visit the Cretico website to view more family-friendly options in Crete, Greece.

3 thoughts on “Crete with Kids: 6 Brilliant Family Villas”

  1. The villa’s all look amazing! We’re thinking of going to Crete on a big family holiday with two kids that are disabled. What is wheelchair access like in these villa’s and around Crete generally?


  2. We are looking for a villa for 10 people for 3 weeks September 2019 and really want a fenced pool, are there any options?

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