Lindian Village, Rhodes
La Marquis Rhodes exterior
Once known predominantly for being littered with bars, tourist-filled nightclubs and package holiday-makers, Rhodes is now realised as a destination that very much holds its own for 5-star luxury family holidays. Plan a trip to the largest island of the Dodecanese and you’ll say hello to fab weather, Greek charm by the bucket-load and refined, stylish resorts. There is plenty to occupy the whole family, from cultural trips to boat charters, animal sanctuaries to ancient ruins. Five-star hotels across the island are incredibly family-friendly (most with fabulous spas, too) so book a flight to Rhodes International airport and prepare for an oh-so-chic stay with the kids.
Lindian Village is a wonderful, child-friendly hotel on the beach of Lardos.
Not to be confused with the similarly sounding resort Lindos Village, Lindian Village is a cluster of white-painted holiday houses arranged in the style of a picture-perfect Greek Village. The result is a resort and private beach with an elegant, exclusive feel. Potter with the children through winding walkways to the...Baby-friendly / Family-friendly Spa / Pre-Teen friendly / See this Hotel & Book »
Amathus Beach Hotel
Amathus Beach Hotel is an attractive destination that excels in family-friendly luxury.
There’s no denying that the glamorous Amathus Beach Hotel on Ixia Bay is a charmer. Style-conscious parents flock, not only for the outstanding kiddy provisions provided, but for the tasteful holiday it guarantees them, too. The accommodation is designed to be enjoyed as a family, with in-room highchairs provided....Baby-friendly / Family-friendly Spa / Pre-Teen friendly / See this Hotel & Book »
La Marquise Rhodes
Near to the action of Rhodes city you’ll find the fabulous 5-star La Marquis Rhodes
Lovely and luxurious, La Marquise Rhodes hotel is on the outskirts of the city in a great location for exposing the kids to a little Greek culture. The Medieval walls, Gothic architecture and Byzantine churches of the Old Town are only a short drive away. The hotel is big, (there’s almost 400 rooms and suites decked...Baby-friendly / Family-friendly Spa / Pre-Teen friendly / See this Hotel & Book »
Atrium Prestige Thalasso Spa Resort and Villas
Atrium Prestige Thalasso Spa Resort & Villas is a hotel in an idyllic location, perfect for chilled-out days and evenings en famille.
The impressive Atrium Prestige Thalasso Spa Resort and Villas stands proudly on the south east coast of Rhodes in the beautifully remote village of Lachania. It houses 250 ultra-modern rooms and suites, six restaurants, and a fabulous, full-service spa. Being a relatively new hotel it’s still squeaky clean with...Baby-friendly / Family-friendly Spa / Pre-Teen friendly / See this Hotel & Book »
Lindos Beach is a large, very modern, very luxurious villa, built in 2003. In a quiet position, it sits 10 metres from the beach and has direct access onto the sand.
Lindos Beach is a large, very modern, very luxurious villa, built in 2003. In a quiet position, it sits 10 metres from the beach and has direct access onto the sand. With a beautiful garden in which to relax, it also has an outside shower, patio, and terrace. The house is air conditioned and the house is...Baby-friendly / Pre-Teen friendly / Summer Sun / See this Villa & Book »
Sea Dream Villa Rhodes
Sea Dream is a slick, contemporary villa in Rhodes just a brief drive from the beach, with ocean views across the large swimming pool and over the surrounding countryside.
Sea Dream Villa Rhodes is a family-friendly, very luxurious villa just 7 kilometres from Gennadi Village and 10 kilometres from the beach. Surrounded by a beautiful garden, the villas has a swimming pool, a veranda, an outside shower, and a barbecue on its grounds. Comfortably sleeps 7 across 3 bedrooms. Local...Baby-friendly / Pre-Teen friendly / Summer Sun / See this Villa & Book »
Rhodes Dream Villa
Rhodes Dream is a contemporary villa smack on the ocean with private access to the beach, a large swimming pool, and slick, modern decor.
Rhodes Dream villa is 2 kilometres from Kiotari Village and just metres from the sea with direct access to the beach. A large, modern and very family-friendly villa, Rhodes Dream has a stunning private garden with a veranda and swimming pool. Guests can also enjoy an outside shower and barbecue. Comfortably sleeps...Baby-friendly / Pre-Teen friendly / Summer Sun / See this Villa & Book »
Kolimbia Beach, Rhodes
To Nissaki is a fabulous seafood restaurant ideal for a laid back, family lunch. The setting is simple but stunning, with painted blue tables covered in white cloths and simply plonked right on the sand at Kolimbia beach. Later in the day when the sun sets, candles are lit. The result is romantic and memorable. By day, the children will gladly watch the boats come and go or play in the sand until you’re ready to eat. Call them over and they can enjoy a choice of the daily fresh catch.
Mosaic in Lindos is for sweet-toothed members of the family and more of a dessert choice than a meal solution. It’s the kind of find that goes down so well with the children, not to visit for an after lunch or dinner treat would seem mean. This tiny, heavenly store serves up gorgeous Loukoumades – Greek-style, fluffy doughnuts that are dipped in honey and then sprinkled with nuts and cinnamon. Wash them down with fresh lemonade or juices presented in jam jars and dressed with brightly coloured straws. There are dozens of delicious toppings and sauces for the homemade frozen yoghurt and you can take away or or enjoy it all up on the balcony with an awesome view of the Acropolis of Lindos.
Lachania Platanos Taverna
The Square, Lachania, Rhodes
Arrive at Lachiana Platanos Taverna and you soon realise that all the activity in the pretty village square surrounds an ancient tree – hence, the name of this family-run eatery. One there, settle down onto simple wooden tables and chairs and devour the delicious Greek dishes that are created with care. Don’t expect a children’s menu, but with the authentic healthy fare that’s served up, there’s no need for separate choices. Try the Stifado meatballs and grilled fish. Both will be well received by little ones and parents alike.
Alexis 4 Seasons Rhodes
33 Aristotelous St. Old Town, Rhodes
As rumour goes, this is the place that Greek celebrities and VIPs swing into when on Rhodes. It’s pricier than the surrounding tavernas, but the fish is squeaky fresh and tender so well worth the splurge if you’re a family of foodies. Pick from the fish counter and either let the little ones share your meal or order smaller plates of juicy prawns, calamari and octopus served simply with lemon just for them. They’ll delight in new tastes and you get to enjoy the most famous fish restaurant in town.
If your holiday wish list is sun, sandcastles and smiles, Rhodes should deliver on all three without much effort. There’s plenty of other things too, which will entertain the children from hanging out at Prassonissi or Agathi beaches to visiting the Venetian castle in Monolithos.
Palace of The Grand Masters
Fire up the imaginations of little historians with a trip to the Palace of The Grand Masters, the Medieval castle in Rhodes city. It is epic and interesting but unlikely to hold a child’s attention for long so perfect for a half-day venture. Go early to avoid crowds.
Should you fancy setting your sights further afield, Island hopping is easy from Rhodes and a boat trip 23 miles north to the stunning island of Symi takes just two hours. You can spend the day there, swimming, shopping and relaxing around the quaint harbour before heading back to Rhodes.
The Valley of the Butterflies
Although very hyped, The Valley of the Butterflies won’t disappoint nature-loving kids. They’ll learn about the life cycle of a tiger moth butterfly and why they flock to the beautiful area of vegetation and flora in the unique nature reserve.
Faliraki’s waterpark is not for the fainthearted, but children will beg you to visit so be prepared for some overwhelming water action if you go.
Receiving a high standard of medical care in Rhodes isn’t a struggle should you need it. The main general hospital is on Agioi Apostoloi, Rhodes, (+30 224 108 0000,) and has a 24 hour A&E department. In an emergency call 166 for an ambulance, 100 to reach the police and 199 for the fire services.
When to go
Visit Rhodes in the shoulder seasons and you’ll find the towns and attractions quieter and much easier to navigate with children in tow. If you have a large family and are indeed a lover of luxury, travelling at this time will be kinder on the wallet, too. Tied to school holidays? Then a break in the Spring can be lovely – the Island is just beginning to warm up. There’s not much on offer in the winter months when Rhodes can be rainy and the hotels and restaurants tend to shut-up-shop completely.