ADVERTORIAL • April 2018
Greece is the perfect place to take children on holiday. Here are four luxurious beachside hotels where you are guaranteed a warm welcome, heated outdoor pools, a relaxed setting and kids’ clubs run to UK standards
Situated on the lush green Ionian island of Corfu, the closest Greek island to the UK, is the MarBella Corfu Hotel, a recently renovated five-star hotel where guests of all ages can enjoy pampering and playtime. Surrounded by olive groves, it is located on its own private beach with loungers and private cabanas. The hotel also has stunning outdoor heated pools, as well as a water park and heated splash areas for young ones. The property has 388 rooms with views of the gardens and sea, as well as a total of five restaurants and bars to suit all tastes. Ultra all-inclusive supplements are available.
A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the upscale resorts of Eagles Palace and Eagles Villas are in Halkidiki on the northern coast of Greece’s mainland (Thessaloniki airport is just a 3.5-hour flight from London). The elegant Eagles Resort has eight gorgeous places to eat - one of which has a dedicated kid's menu - and drink, including Ammos Beach Bar and the adults-only Kamares restaurant for when the children have gone to bed. While you have a choice of rooms, suites and larger bungalows in the hotel, the Eagles Villas has 42 high-spec residences ideal for families. Other attractions to try and pack into your holiday include children clubs', watersports, boats to charter, as well as a wonderful spa in which to relax.
Also in Halkidiki is the dreamy Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort where parents can unwind at a 3,000 sqm spa fed by a mineral-rich hot spring, while the little ones are entertained at the kids’ club. Outside is a sweeping, horseshoe-shaped pool (warm, of course) and a golden-sand beach where neat rows of sunbeds are laid out under parasols. In terms of dining, you can choose from decadent buffets, gourmet a la carte, seafood, brasserie or healthy cooking. What’s more, you can book full-board meaning you can try it all and get great value for money.
Opening this summer will be the Gennadi Grand Resort in Rhodes, the largest of Greece’s Dodecanese islands with beautiful weather year-round. Highly contemporary, the sleek, eco-friendly five-star hotel is situated right on Gennadi Beach and is surrounded by manicured lawns and gardens. All rooms and suites come with balconies and terraces, as well as the option of shared or private swimming pools where children can frolic at ease. Of the eight restaurants and bars on-site, Φiloxenia will have an interactive show kitchen and specialise in vegetarian, superfoods and gluten-free dishes, while Ten2One serves crowd-pleasing pizzas and burgers. Ultra all-inclusive supplements are available so you never need to worry about the final bill.
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