Luxury Family Holidays Handpicked for Parents

Greek family-friendly holidays

Crete’s Daios Cove has long reigned as a family-favourite. And it’s a favourite for many others, in fact, thanks to its insanely well-curated kids’ programs, highly technical details that make this perfect with even the tiniest of babies for a holiday and, of course, its Greek location. And this upcoming season is no exception.

Daios Cove main pool

Budding young chefs, artists and marine biologists will have the chance to put their talents to good use, because Daios Cove have teamed up in conjunction with the renowned Worldwide Kids to create some new and fun, yet educational, Greek-inspired activities for children.

New Summer Programs

The first new activity theme – Mythical Greece – is a nod to the obvious rich history of Crete such as its stunning ancient temples, while the second new theme – Under the Sea – draws inspiration from the luxurious hotel’s turquoise-hued sea views, (which really are as gorgeous as the images suggest).

Daios Cove swimming pool

Mythical Greece

Younger guests aged between 4 and 12 can get as messy as they like with the arty, creative Greek Mosaic classes on offer or get a bit more physical with the organised Hellenic Olympics. If they love time in the kitchen, the Meze Chefs classes will appeal; children will learn about healthy eating while creating delicious Greek dishes using ingredients that make the most of the island’s rich natural produce, including olives, tomatoes and Greek cheese.

Under the Sea

If your children are under four and decide to opt for Under the Sea, you can relax knowing they are in excellent hands. (This is aimed at younger children). The Seaside Atlas Activity is a chance for intrepid young guests to make their own secret treasure map with brightly coloured paints, string and other craft materials. They will then be taken on a beach safari where they will follow the trails plotted on their new friends’ maps and head off in search of glittering treasure.

Daios Cove diving school

Or, if the heat is getting a bit much and they prefer an afternoon of relaxation, they will adore the underwater tales in which the Worldwide Kids’ expert childcare team will recount famous and lesser-known underwater stories and sing fishy-themed nursery rhymes.

Travelling with bigger kids? Fear not. Children over four-years-old, meanwhile, can learn to use “aqua scopes” that they will have made in the kids’ club to explore the shallow, crystal-clear water of Daios Cove’s private beach.

And for you?

Well, if you don’t know Daios Cove personally, it’s a fabulous choice with over 300 rooms, suites and villas set against a rugged mountain backdrop with views over a sheltered, private bay. This modern resort excels in keeping little guests happy without compromising on style or attentive service for the grown-ups. In-room desirables such as wi-fi, air-con and satellite television are standard, and the decor is a gorgeous blend of glass, natural stone and handcrafted furnishings. The two and three bedroom villas, each with their own pool, are perfectly sized for the family. Features such as safety fences around the pool and temperature-controlled water make them ideal choices for a stay with babies and small children.

Daios Cove bedroom

And this year, Daios Cove is launching new 84m2 Premium Sea View Suites, which will sleep up to two adults, two children and one infant so they are ideal for families. Perched on ancient hilltops with sweeping views of the cove, the suites also house spacious verandas, obvious hotspots for outdoor dining.

If you’re travelling with young babies, Daios Cove will equip the rooms with all the necessary gear so you can travel light, including baby baths and changers, high chairs, strollers, bottle warmers and sterilisers, toilet seats and baby potties.

Daios Cove Gran Melia

Or, if your children are old enough to get stuck into the fabulous array of 2016 summer programs, the hotel’s highlights for adults include weekly yoga and pilates classes and a watersports instructor, on-hand, should you fancy learning to waterski, dive or wakeboard down on the private beach. Babysitters are bookable so get one and reserve a table at Migames restaurant in nearby, very cosmopolitan Agios Nikolaos. With an outstanding view over the bottomless lake, it’s arguably the best restaurant in town. If you don’t feel like moving from Daios, there are excellent on-site dining options too, boasting gorgeous, local Cretan cuisine.
Daios Cove outdoor dining
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If you’ve a little one en route, particularly if it isn’t your first, you know all too well the furore of late, late nights, early, early starts and the lack of time you’ll have for yourself once the baby arrives. Not that the birth of a baby isn’t heavenly – it absolutely is – but the time for you to take care of yourself is now and, with the new “Baby-go-Lightly” service and tailored spa treatments for pregnant women now available at both Thanos Hotels in Cyprus, there is no excuse not to pamper yourself while you can.

Anassa pool

Almyra pool

Firstly, the ‘Baby Go Lightly’ service is offered at the glamorous Anassa Hotel, which provides all manner of baby gear to guests travelling with new babies so you can simply tackle the stress of flying and not worry too much about packing. Order whatever you need before arrival and it’ll be there waiting on your arrival. And if you’re pregnant and after some pampering, the specially tailored spa treatments available at the cool, slightly younger property, the Almyra Hotel, will also delight.
Anassa living room
Anassa view
Highlights include the Almyraspa’s ‘Mother-to-be Massage,’ which features a gentle rose hip, lavender and geranium infused argan oil massage and honey foot scrub. You’ll also adore the ‘Mother- to-be Indulgence’ treatment – a lavender and chamomile oil, full body massage and nourishing rose-essence facial (why not book both?) Using natural, organic products by luxury skincare specialists, ILA, the treatments are safe to use for all expectant mothers, following their first trimester of pregnancy.  
Anassa view
And when you consider the heavenly surroundings of azure blue water, matching skies and some guaranteed heat, what’s not to love? Get booked and get over there, either with new babies or with your bump. Tiny tots are the easiest to travel with and, if you’re pregnant and still up for travelling, you won’t regret getting one of these  Cypriot beauties booked.
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If your children are of a certain age, you may feel a break away over the May half term break is out the question, thanks to the hours they’re expected to revise for upcoming exams. Surely studying by the pool or expecting any reading to be done beachside is out the question? Well, maybe not.

The Peligoni Club Assimi villa

Thanks to its new partnership with innovative mentoring and private tuition company Oppidan Education, The Peligoni Club’s stunning Greek surroundings will serve as a classroom so you can enjoy some much-needed sun and a family holiday totally guilt-free.  Oppidan’s team of mentors will provide fun group seminars and one-to-one tutoring sessions to students preparing for common entrance and summer exams, so you can read by the pool knowing your children are, in fact, studying. They’ll, in turn, thank you for their new found friends and a break from the confines of their bedroom.

The Peligoni Club living room

The Peligoni Club itself is on the Greek island of Zakynthos, where it has established itself as a leading lifestyle club. It’s a small, family-owned place and the accommodation is villa-based rather than defined by hotel rooms, but that only makes it more inviting for family holidays somehow. With everything from a kids’ club to a creche, endless water sports activities to a spa, gym and on-site restaurants, there’s also plenty of reason to book in when not on studying, too.

The Peligoni Club Figari decking

So, how does all this work exactly? Well, though their ‘invisible learning’ approach, Oppidan will swap desks for sun loungers, hone trigonometry formulas around the tennis court, refine ebb and flow understanding on the beach and challenge students to scrabble by the pool. And this does, before you scoff, yield impress results. Oppidan boast an impressive 95% success rate at placing children in their first choice of school, so even the most panicked of parents will be able to relax and take a break themselves.

The Peligoni Club Assmi pool

And once the studying is done, what better way to celebrate than with London’s infamous, pint-sized party goers, Sharky and George, who will also be taking up residence at The Peligoni Club for the first time this summer. Guests aged 4 – 14 will be able to enjoy activities including treasure hunts upon the club’s Odyssey boat, building a lookout tower, Sharky & George’s own version of Battleships with boats, raft making and water sports which, for those who have been studying with Oppidan, will be particularly appreciated.

The Peligoni Club Figari villa


And where will you be? Relaxing in the sunshine, congratulation yourself on having achieved the ultimate in multi-tasking – holidaying and studying all in one hit.