14 Best Hotels in Crete for Kids
14 Best Hotels in Crete for Kids
Hotels in Crete are modern, comfortable, multi-functional complexes. They have their own shallow beaches, offer maximum entertainment and recreation options for children. The favorable climate, the cleanest sea water and sand, the presence of historical monuments and attractions nearby, high-quality service provided by the best hotels on the coast – all this makes Crete, the largest island of Greece, a place of family relaxation.
Creta Maris 5*.
The hotel complex is located in the cheerful and bustling town of Hersonissos, the unofficial capital of Crete. It was built in 1975 and is renewed every few years. The hotel is located 24 km from Heraklion Airport, on the seashore. It consists of 2 main buildings and many bungalows.
There are 680 rooms of different categories (Family room, Deluxe, Suite, Villa). From the view apartments you can enjoy sea views, mountain peaks and gardens. The rooms are spacious, decorated in a pleasant eco-style. They are equipped with comfortable furniture, TV, appliances, tea sets, toiletries. The villas have a separate exit to the sandy coast, a private pond, garden, kitchen and outdoor dining area.
The hotel has a large conference room Apollo Hall, which can accommodate up to 400 people. There is a large amphitheater and a cinema hall at the guests’ disposal.
Creta Maris has its own sandy beach, which is 250 meters long. In addition to swimming in the sea, guests have access to other leisure and recreational options. Hamma Spa Center has a sauna, hammam, jacuzzi, indoor pools, offers massages and facial and body treatments. For sport fans there is a fitness center, tennis, mini soccer, golf and basketball.
Parents with children will be able to organize their leisure time. For young tourists there are special bathing tanks, playgrounds and rooms. They can visit the local water park with slides, a water tower and a game zone for free. There are also hobby clubs and animation in the evenings.
The hotel provides meals on an “all inclusive” system. It is provided by 6 restaurants, the largest of them: Cosmos, Cochlias, Almyra, Estia. Also on the territory of Creta Maris there are several snack bars and 10 bars. There are themed evenings and dinners.
Stella Palace Resort & Spa 5*
The renowned Stella Palace Hotel & Spa is located in the village of Analipsi in Crete. It is 4 km away from lively Hersonissos and 25 km from Heraklion. The hotel consists of 2 storey buildings spread over an area of 85 thousand square meters. They are surrounded by a lot of greenery – palm trees, exotic trees and shrubs.
Stella Palace offers standard, superior, family rooms, suites and villas with private water. Apartments, located on the 1st floor, have their own terrace, patio. All rooms are air-conditioned and furnished with stylish furniture. The improved apartments have a view of the garden and the Cretan Sea.
Guests can visit the sandy beach, which is only 2 minutes on foot. It is safe because it is fenced on both sides by breakwaters. There are 2 large artificial lagoons for adults and 3 shallow lagoons with slides for children. For sports there are tennis courts, volleyball and basketball courts. This Crete hotel also has a spa complex with an indoor pool, beauty treatments.
Families with children also have plenty to do at Stella Palace. For small guests there are theatrical performances, entertainment shows and mini-discos.
All tourists can enjoy a daily breakfast in the main restaurant. It also serves a variety of international, Mediterranean dishes from the menu and organizes themed evenings. Enjoy traditional Cretan cuisine at Elia restaurant, exotic cocktails at Kohili and Thalassa bars.
Pilot Beach Resort and Spa 5*
This hotel is located in Crete on the shore of the picturesque Gulf of Almiros. It is 1 km from the fishing village of Georgioupolis, on a sandy beach surrounded by olive and avocado trees. Pilot Beach Resort is 2 km from Kavros, 21 km from Rethymnon and 40 km from Chania airport.
The resorts of the complex, covering an area of 150,000 m2 , were built for 10 years, starting in 1991. During the years 2021-2022 they were completely reconstructed with the complete replacement of communications and furniture. The hotel is based on one building and numerous comfortable bungalows, built in the traditional Crete style. Some of them are located on land, and some – on the wide sandy beach area. The buildings are connected to each other by underground passage, where there are stores and boutiques.
Pilot Beach Resort has 450 rooms (family rooms, junior suites, panoramic suites, a variety of view bungalows) for guests. They are scattered throughout the territory – among water bodies, gardens, green areas. The cabins, located on the upper floors of the main building, have their own balconies overlooking the beach. The rooms are finished in wood and marble, equipped with quality beds and Jacuzzi tubs. Clients are treated to wine and fruit on arrival.
A private sandy beach is organized for the guests. On it, you can watch Caretta Caretta turtles, sometimes coming ashore. Pilot Beach Resort also offers various leisure options on the island. On its territory there are 4 outdoor pools and 1 indoor heated, a picturesque garden with an Orthodox church. SPA lovers can visit a local salon. Here performs massage and cosmetic procedures using professional cosmetics. Sports lovers can visit the fitness center, play tennis or go fishing. For children and adults there is an art workshop, where they learn to create masterpieces with their own hands.
The hotel starts the morning with a hearty and varied breakfast to give guests the energy they need for further entertainment. Almyra Fish & Sushi restaurant offers the freshest fish and sushi and other delicacies of Crete on the panoramic terrace overlooking the bay. There is a separate menu for customers with children. Ermis bar serves a variety of drinks with dance music.
Aquila Rithymna Beach 5 *
The hotel is located in northern Crete, in the tourist village of Adelianos Kampos. The nearby villages of Adele, Agia Paraskevi and Platanias can be reached on foot and Rethymnon is a 10-minute drive away. The hotel is located on a 500 meters long sandy beach, surrounded by landscaped gardens. The resorts and infrastructure cover an area of 80,000 m². The complex includes:
- central building;
- building Annex;
The hotel offers customers a choice of 560 rooms (2-bed, family, bungalows, villas). All accommodation options have a view to the sea or garden. The rooms are decorated in the traditional Cretan style and have air conditioning, TV, and large beds. Bathing and hygiene products are provided free of charge. Bungalows and villas have individual bathing tanks, patios/terraces.
There are 4 swimming pools for general use on the territory of the complex. Also available to guests are 5 tennis courts with night lighting, fitness center. Aquila Rithymna, as well as other hotels on the coast, offers diving lessons on the island, water transport (canoes, skis, jet skis).
The hotel is designed for family recreation. The entertainment for children includes a game room, tennis under the guidance of a coach, theatrical performances, animators’ services.
In Aquila Rithymna operates 3 restaurants. It serves breakfast and international and Mediterranean cuisine. You can enjoy your meals outdoors in the tavern Mournies. Children are welcome to dine at the restaurant with specialties for the little ones. Traditional drinks and meze are served at the Greek Kafeneion cafe, lounge and beach bars.
Aldemar Royal Mare 5*
This luxurious spa hotel is located in the northern Crete, in the tourist spot Limenas Hersonissou. It is 23 km from Heraklion Airport. The resort is located on 110,000 meters of land2 . It was opened in 1997 and was completely renovated in 2019-2020.
Aldemar Royal Mare is an 8-storey building located on the first line. There are 391 standard rooms and 44 suites for guests. Among them are bungalows of different types – family, group, VIP with a terrace and a private pool. All accommodation options are air-conditioned, and clients are greeted with a welcome kit. Facility amenities include:
- Royal Mare Thalasso center, one of the best in the world. Here you can visit the hammam, sauna, solarium, jacuzzi, do body treatments with French cosmetics, consult a nutritionist, buy beauty products;
- Aldemar tennis club with earth and quartz courts;
- 4 swimming pools with sea and fresh water;
- A variety of activities on the beaches and territory (volleyball, water polo, diving, aqua- and regular aerobics, golf).
Aldemar Royal Mare also offers leisure options for families with children. There is a games room, animation, water games, theme nights, musicals and entertainment shows for the little ones. There is a mini-club for children from 4 till 12 years old.
Meals one of the most luxurious hotels on the island, provides a variety: just breakfasts, half and full board, “all inclusive“. There are several Italian restaurants (Candia, La Pergola, Symposio) and one Asian restaurant (Royal Palm). There is also a snack bar and pizzeria Allegro and numerous bars in the middle of the beaches.
Casa Delfino Hotel & SPA 5*
The Spa Hotel is located in Crete, in the old town of Chania, at 9 Theofanous Street. In just a few minutes you can walk to the fortress of Firkas, where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the sea. The Maritime Museum and the golden beach are 600 m away from Casa Delfino.
The hotel building is a Venetian mansion from the 17th century. Its authentic look was preserved during the restoration of the object. Inside there are 24 rooms (classic, family, superior, junior suites, view suites, suites with individual service). These are spacious rooms that combine the atmosphere of antiquity with modern conveniences. They are equipped with marble floors, Italian furniture, decorated with luxurious textiles.
Guests can relax on the patio or on the terrace on the roof of the building. The whole city as well as the Venetian port can be seen from the terrace. Exploring the surroundings will be fun for families with children.
The staff of Casa Delfino will help organize an individual relaxation for each guest. Here you can visit the spa center with whirlpool bath, marble steam bath, massage services. There is a library for a relaxing pastime.
In the morning the hotel treats its guests to a delicious breakfast (buffet). It is served in the courtyard. Refreshments are offered in the bar.
Star Beach Village & Water Park 4*
The hotel is located in Hersonissos, one of the oldest cities of Crete. This is the central district of Limenas Hersonissos, Themistokleous 3. Star Beach Village is located next to the main street with many restaurants, bars and stores. The sandy beaches and the harbor are just 50 meters away.
The resorts were built in 2004 and completely renovated during 2016-2017. The complex consists of:
- of the main building;
- 9 additional 3-story buildings;
- water park.
Guests are offered 395 spacious rooms (2-bed, family, and view suites). They all have their own balconies or terraces, and the family suites are equipped with a separate bathroom. On-site parking is free for clients.
The infrastructure of Star Beach Village allows you to combine sea relaxation with urban entertainment. A sandy beach with a gentle entrance is at tourists’ disposal. Parents can visit the on-site health spa, play golf, paintball, scuba diving on the island.
Guests with children will also be able to occupy their children. The huge water park is equipped with slides, waterfalls, multilevel shallow pools. There are also playgrounds, sandboxes, rooms, animation, discos and performances of artists.
The hotel restaurants offer a wide variety of fish and meat dishes of traditional Cretan cuisine. On request there are dishes for children, vegetarian, dietary menus. Every evening there are thematic dinners (Mediterranean, Indian, Japanese, Mexican, etc.).
Grecotel Marine Palace & Aqua Park 4*
Grecotel Marine Palace is one of the best family hotels in Crete. It is located near the fishing village of Panormo (22 km east of Rethymno). Thanks to its location in a picturesque bay, its large territory and its well-developed infrastructure, the hotel is suitable for family holidays with children.
This site resembles a traditional village in Crete. It consists of a main building and a group of colorful bungalows arranged around a huge body of water and connected by well-kept paths.
Customers are offered 426 rooms (family rooms, studios, bungalows and villas surrounded by gardens). They have views of the garden or the sea. Despite the authentic rural look of the buildings, all rooms are comfortable and even luxurious. Some apartments have their own kitchen. Hairdryer and cosmetic products are provided free of charge.
This part of Crete has clean, calm waters, so you can swim, sunbathe, go canoeing, water-skiing, biking, windsurfing. An alternative to sea entertainment will be swimming in the pool (tropical with Jacuzzi, sea water, landscape). The spa has saunas, steam baths, an indoor swimming pool, and a fitness room with cardio machines.
Families with children can visit the water park, which occupies 6000 m2 . There is a separate children’s swimming pool for small guests.
Grecotel Marine Palace offers all-inclusive catering. The menu includes Mediterranean, Greek and Asian cuisine. In the main building
Cretan operates a famous organic food restaurant Agreco. It has its own farm, the products from which are used to prepare dishes for children.
Grecotel Plaza SPA Apartments 4*
A member of the GRECOTEL group, Plaza SPA Apartments is located in northern Crete, near the fishing village of Panormo at Ari Velouhioti 60. It is 25 km from the lively city of Rethymno, 60 km from Heraklion.
The hotel consists of a central building surrounded by a group of bungalows, located on the upper line and the beach line. The hotel and all the buildings are in the style of the island. They accommodate 84 rooms. Among them there are apartments with a kitchen, allowing you to cook your own food and enjoy it on your own terrace. Superior rooms are equipped with whirlpool tubs, decorated in a cozy boho-chic style.
GRECOTEL Plaza has a SPA-center. Here you can cleanse your body and soul in the hammam, sauna, undergo a massage, face and body treatment. There is a gym and aqua and regular aerobics classes on the territory of the hotel. Guests can play beach volleyball, table tennis, visit 2 outdoor pools, 1 partially covered, 1 for families with children.
The complex has 1 restaurant HOUSE KITCHEN serving breakfasts, international and Cretan cuisine a la carte. It overlooks the beach and the sea. The Pool club veranda cafe on the beach serves a variety of drinks.
Candia Park Village 4*
If you want to visit the island of Crete with your family and children, you should stay at Candia Park Village, located on Chovanias Beach between Agios Nikolaos and Elounda. This 4-star hotel was built in 1992 and completely renovated in 2016. The complex covers a total area of 65,000 m .2
The facility provides 222 living quarters for families. All apartments are spacious, equipped with their own kitchen with dining area. Superior rooms have a view of Mirabello Bay, garden. The interiors are decorated in traditional local style. It has everything for a comfortable self-contained stay.
In this part of the island, the sandy beach is partially shaded by trees. This not only provides a safe tan, but also a gentle entrance to the sea. On the territory of Candia Park Village for tourists equipped with 3 different levels of swimming pools, hot tub. There is a shallow pool for children. Those who like active recreation can play basketball, volleyball, tennis, water sports (diving, windsurfing).
Mini-clubs on interests carry out activities with children. Here young tourists are engaged in creativity, participate in various contests and games.
The Agapi restaurant offers a revitalization. It serves local and international cuisine. The seaside Fili tavern serves Cretan cuisine outdoors. Candia also features 2 bars and a Greek coffee shop.
Silver Beach Hotel 4*
Silver Beach Hotel is located in Crete in the village of Gerani, close to Chania. It is 13 km away from the Venetian harbor. This cozy little complex consists of 50 apartments. The mini-hotels are located right at the coast. They provide for tourists 2-bed, family, apartments with a kitchen. They are all air-conditioned, equipped with necessary appliances, the windows overlook the garden and the sea.
In addition to seaside recreation, Silver Beach offers relaxation on the territory – by the pool, in the garden. The whole territory is well-groomed – lawns, flowerbeds are laid out. Active guests can visit the gym, play volleyball, soccer. For children there is a mini-reservoir for swimming, a playground with swings.
The local restaurant serves a traditional Cretan breakfast in the morning and an a la carte menu is available for lunch and dinner. Refreshments are offered in the pool bar.
Ikaros Beach, Luxury Resort & Spa 4*
Crete is rich in luxurious resorts. One of them, Ikaros Beach, is located in the bay between the towns of Malia and Stalida. The hotel occupies a quiet, secluded place of the island, but the nearest tourist locations (bars, discos, souvenir stores) can be reached in 10-15 minutes.
The resort was built in 1971 and reconstructed in 2020. It consists of 2-story buildings and individual bungalows covering an area of 65,000 m2 . The mini houses are designed in the typical Cretan style. They are stone buildings under thatch roofs, surrounded by an abundance of greenery (flowers, palm trees, bushes).
Ikaros Beach has 255 rooms. These are 2-bed rooms, junior suites, view suites, bungalows with their own water body. Their interiors are decorated with colorful elements of stone and wood.
For business people there is a conference room for 300 people. There is a 200 m long private sandy beach for guests. It provides gentle access to the sea. This resort in Crete also offers other leisure activities:
- swimming in 4 swimming pools;
- Visit the signature spa with baths, hammam;
- use of the gym.
For active leisure there is a tennis court, volleyball court, diving center. For children there are playgrounds, hobby clubs, children’s swimming pool, discos. Local restaurants serve a variety of dishes, including those made from farm products. There is an extensive menu for both adults and children.
Petousis Hotel & Suites 4*
Petousis Hotel is located at Leof. Andrea Papandreou 140, Amoudara village of Crete (Heraklion municipality). The resort is fairly new – it was built in 2019.
There are 52 rooms (2-bed, family, junior suites and suites) available for guests. The rooms are decorated in island style, they have colorful whitewashed walls and wooden ceilings. There are separate apartments for people with allergies. All rooms are equipped with necessary furniture and appliances. They offer a panoramic view of the mountains, gardens, city. Superior apartments have their own patio, swimming pool. On arrival, guests are greeted with a compliment from the administration – a bottle of wine and a fruit basket.
Rest in Petousis Hotel & Suites is possible on the beach, which is only 100 m away. On the territory of the resort for relaxation is equipped with a terrace, outdoor pool, sauna. For evening relaxation are offered billiards, board games. For children there is a playground outside, a game room. Every morning the local restaurant serves a continental breakfast for the guests.
Iberostar Creta Panorama & Mare 4*
This resort in Crete occupies a part of the quiet, picturesque coast of the Aegean Sea, 3 km from Panormo and 20 km from Rethymno. It was built in 1997 and renovated in 2008. The property includes the main building, the Bungalow Bay and the Creta Mare bungalow complexes amongst the green areas.
The elegant Iberostar Creta Panorama & Mare has 454 accommodations in the main building (1-2 beds), as well as bungalows of different types (views, by the water). All apartments are stylishly and comfortably decorated, fully furnished and equipped with all necessary appliances. From the balconies you can see the sea and the garden. There is a conference hall for 500 seats in the main building for business events.
The resort has three beaches in the form of fine pebble lagoons, enclosed by an embankment. They provide a safe holiday for families with children. There are 6 swimming pools: 4 outdoor with sea water and 2 indoor with fresh water. There are also SPA-center, aerobics, water aerobics, tennis, volleyball, basketball, mini golf, archery. For children there is a playground, mini club, animation, contests, disco.
Three local restaurants serve Italian, Cretan and international cuisine. All-inclusive service is available in the main restaurant Creta Panorama.