Guest post by George at Cretico

Crete for families

 

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 families looking to rent a holiday home.

 

 

Family-friendly villas in Crete

Crete is not only the largest island of Greece, located south of the country it is also the best destination for families. Children will love Crete, as it seems that it is made for them! 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 listed on Cretico respond to specific standards, essential to families. I’ve listed below ten of our favourite family villas.  All of them offer safety, convenient facilities, activities for children and the whole family, as well as being well situated.

The following villas also come with all essential equipment for babies and toddlers including baby cots, cribs, high chairs, bed guards and more. Babysitting, catering, shopping and other additional services can also be organised (for an extra charge).

 

1.Modern Family Villas Complex, Maleme, Chania

Crete with kids: Family Friendly Villas

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

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.

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

 

2. Family Villa Ioanna With Heated Pool, Plaka, Chania

Crete with kids: Family Friendly Villas

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

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.

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

 

3. Six Bedroom Deluxe Family Villa, Stavros, Chania

Crete with kids: Family Friendly Villas

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

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.

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

 

4.Traditional Family Villa In The Village Of Almyrida, Chania

Crete with kids: Family Friendly Villas

  • 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

 

5. Sea View Family Villa Kontomari, Kissamos 

Crete with kids: Family Friendly Villas

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

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.

For Families

  • Childrens’ 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

 

6. Private Family Villa, Vryses, Chania

Crete with kids: Family Friendly Villas

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Guests: 8 guests

This villa is a perfect resort for those seeking comfort in a unique countryside setting of western Crete. The house is situated in a private enclosed property of 2000 sqm and is located just 700m from the beautiful village of Vryses. The location offers a breathtaking view of the sierra of White Mountains.

For Families

  • Peaceful, with a heavenly exterior, the villa gives the visitor the sense of calmness and relaxation. The small playground, on the lawn covered exterior of the villa, is the perfect place for endless hours of fun and joy. Also, the bio vegetables garden is a great activity for the children to deal with.
  • The village of Vryses is within walking distance from the villa. A place of running waters and beautiful nature known for the traditional taverns and pastries along the riverside where the whole family can enjoy authentic local cuisine and high nutrition products of Cretan land. All the necessary amenities are also found in the village such as banks, pharmacy, groceries, supermarkets, coffee shops and bars.

For more information including rates see here: Private Family Villa, Vryses, Chania

 

7. Family Holiday Villa with Pool, Bali, Rethymno 

Crete with kids: Family Friendly Villas

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

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.

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

 

More Family-Friendly Villas

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

 

 

You May Also Enjoy the Following Posts:

10 Things to do with Kids in Crete

My Family Adventure: Springtime in Crete

10 Family-Friendly Hotels in Crete

 

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