Register for our free newsletterGETTING out of my king sized bed and throwing open my patio doors, I felt completely relaxed. The sun streamed on to my face and across to some rippling water of my very own – a personal fresh water infinity pool on my terrace – and birdsong fills the air. If I had this view every morning, I thought, waking up would be easy. I’m a guest at the beautiful five-star resort of Daios Cove on Crete. The setting is completely unique, like no other resort I have ever visited. Set in a cove on tranquil Vathi Beach in the north east of the Greek island (around a one-hour transfer from Heraklion airport), each room, villa – or mansion, if you have £10K a night to spare – has a view of the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea stretching out into the distance. The rooms, suites and villas perfectly merge into the hillside, the whole resort sculpted out of the cove rock, seamlessly merging with the surrounding nature. A funicular … [Read more...] about Crete, a gift from the gods: Greek island of legends and myths is a heavenly place for a holiday
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A great kids’ club offers children the chance to try new sports, nurture their creative sides, and make new friends in a safe and cheerful environment with attentive and engaged staff. A great kids club also grants parents the chance to switch off on holiday, content in the knowledge that their children are happy. But there are plenty of disappointing kids’ clubs around – the sort that are so unwelcome by your child that you have to drag him or her kicking and screaming, which goes a long way to destroying anyone’s chance of relaxation. If top-quality childcare – and a bit of a break from full-time parenting – is what you’re after, these beach-side clubs, tried and tested by our experts (and their children) are fantastic. Your children will thank you for checking them in. Babies & toddlers Sani Beach Club, Halkidiki, GreeceBest for: excellent early years childcare The 30 minute on-beach “babewatch” service – included in … [Read more...] about Europe’s best kids’ clubs: from babies to teens
Whether your children are looking for the full gamut of watersports while on holiday (surfing, stand-up paddleboarding or diving), educational gains (archeological digs, theatre courses, pizza-making), or are happy with simply help-yourself gelato and a swimming pool (or seven) – this comprehensive list, selected by our experts, covers all bases – from budget to luxury – for a fun-tastic family break. SPAIN Whether you like secret coves where the children can run wild, or miles of sand with all sorts of watersports on offer, there are beaches to suit all families in mainland Spain and the Balearic and Canary Islands. All ages will love learning to dive in Menorca, paddleboard in Ibiza or kitesurf in Fuerteventura. There are plenty of toddler-friendly beaches with shallow water, from the Costa del Sol to Formentera and Gran Canaria. Head to northern Spain –Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria and the Basque Country – for unspoiled beaches where you can surf … [Read more...] about 50 amazing hotels for family fun in the Mediterranean
The best Greek islands for families, whether your children are after sandy beaches, wild water sports, unspoilt island life or history and culture. 1. Rhodes, Dodecanese Best for: fly and flop If you’re after a bit of R&R, Rhodes’s east coast has a 30-mile stretch of well-maintained golden-sand beaches with warm, shallow water down its eastern coast. One of this coast’s big modern hotels, with their all-inclusive packages, should be just the ticket: everything is on your doorstep – kids’ clubs, water sports facilities, babysitting, wellness, restaurants and cafes, so you can switch off and truly relax. If you do venture out, don’t miss the magnificent Unesco-listed Rhodes Town on the island’s northern tip, which will take you back through the centuries, with its medieval fortifications and car-free cobbled alleys. Full travel guide to Rhodes View our best luxury holidays in Rhodes View our best escorted tours of Greece Stay: Mark Warner … [Read more...] about Which is the perfect Greek island for your family?
Daios Cove – The Luxury Design Hotel in Crete You Need to Know Where? Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas Exactly? Agios Nikolaos, on the north coast of Crete, Greece. Nearest airport is Heraklion. Best time to go? The summer months, with July and August being peak season. This is a sponsored post. The history of Daios Cove lies in the story of one yachtsman set adrift in a storm and taking refuge within the cove to see out the bad weather. The protective shape of the bay and his good fortune in managing to find such a haven prompted him to buy the land. In 2006 he sold his beloved cove to the Daios family who promised to keep his legacy alive and respect the beauty of the rural area. In 2008 they started to design and build a resort that blends in perfectly with the natural surroundings. The luxury beach resort Daios Cove opened its acclaimed doors in 2010. What sets this resort apart from the thousands of others in Crete is its symbiosis with the natural environment. Designed … [Read more...] about Daios Cove