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Crete Family Holidays & Luxury Villas

Crete is the largest of the Greek islands, and the fifth biggest in the Mediterranean. This long narrow island - over 250km long, but only around 60km at its widest point - was home to the ancient Minoan civilisation wiped out over 3000 years ago by the cataclysmic Thera volcanic eruption, whose preserved ruins still dot the landscape.  

The weather is beautiful from Spring to Autumn, with plenty of sunshine, gentle sea breezes, temperatures in the high 20s and low 30s, and hardly any rain.

It’s the perfect destination for a relaxing family holiday with its gorgeous beaches, shallow waters, and luxurious resorts.

Reasons to have a family holiday in Crete

  • Beaches 

Some of the best family friendly beaches in Crete can be found in the North East of the island, particularly in the sheltered Mirambello Bay area where you’ll find small hidden beaches, perfect for exploration. And around the tourist town of Agios Nikolaos there are the ever popular sandy and shallow beaches of Ammoudi, Ammos, Gargadoros, and Almiros.

Or head East and enjoy the open sands of Makrigialos, Kouremenos and Chiona or visit the white sands and turquoise flat waters of Vai Palmgrove, the location of the exotic palm tree backdrop of the 1970s Bounty advert.

  • Culture and history

Crete has a long history and rich mythology and there are plenty of archaeological sites and museums to learn about the ancient Bronze Age Minoan civilisation and the Greek Gods. Zeus’ birthplace was in the Cretan mountains and the palace at Knossos is said to be the setting of the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur and also where Icarus’ father crafted his wings of wax and feathers.

One of the most popular tourist pastimes is a boat trip, which the kids will love, to the island of Spinalonga. Originally built as a fortress by the Venetians in 1579, it was Europe’s last leper colony when it closed in 1957. Now it’s mostly used as a film and tv location.

  • Landscape

Crete is mountainous, particularly inland, and the scenery of mountains, lakes, valleys and gorges is simply stunning. Brilliant landscape for a family hiking expedition.

  • Weather

It’s sunshine pretty much every day here from April to October. Rainfall is rare during these months, and limited to one or two days a month. And with so many months of good weather you can take the opportunity while your babies and toddlers are still young to come here during school term time.

Temperatures range from mid 20s to mid 30s, and in the summer it’s hot. But all the Tots to Travel villas and suites here have air con, and most have private pools too, so cooling down won’t be a problem.

Where is the Best Place in Crete to go for a Family Holiday?

The tourist hotspot in Crete centres round Agios Nikolaos in the North East of the island, which is why both of our resorts are near there. The airport and capital city of Heraklion are less than an hour’s drive as are most other attractions like waterparks, the aquarium, and Knossos. 

The bay of Mirabello also offers shelter from the Mediterranean so the sea is calm, and there are loads of little hidden beaches along that coastline, which the kids will love exploring. Most of the beaches in the North East and further over on the Eastern coast are great for families, with facilities, beautiful sand, and shallow water.

How to find the Best Baby and Toddler Villas and Apartments in Crete?

The team at Tots has searched the island looking for safe and family friendly holiday suites and villas at fabulous resorts, and we’ve found them at some truly luxurious places. 

Which means you can relax and unwind knowing that your toddlers, babies, and children are safe, while you enjoy a real holiday.

A Near Catastrophe…

Wendy and Rob Shand were on holiday with their 2 year old son Barnaby in France when he fell into an unfenced swimming pool.

Thankfully, he was rescued, but the danger is all too common, and it had such an impact on Rob and Wendy that they went on to create Tots to Travel, which is committed to featuring only the safest and most child friendly villas and resorts.

All Tots to Travel holiday accommodation is checked thoroughly for things like pool barriers, stair gate provisions, cupboard locks; and we always measure the gaps between railings.

With a commitment to providing the very best, rest assured that the Tots Team has done everything possible to safeguard your holiday, and far more than any other company.

Truly Toddler & Baby Friendly

We don’t need to tell you that babies and toddlers don’t travel light. In order to enjoy a proper holiday we know that you need to be able to leave some of your mountain of stuff behind! Which is why we created our Essential Kit Guarantee - it ensures that there is a minimum of 20 specific baby and toddler friendly items in your villa or suite.

This kit list includes the big stuff like high chairs and cots, but it also includes baby monitors, changing mats, hand blenders, and other things you simply wouldn’t find in other holiday villas and resorts.

Ask us for help

Searching for the ideal family holiday isn’t all joyful web surfing and Pinterest – it can be really stressful! That’s why we are here to help.

The Tots Team is experienced in family friendly holidays and has plenty of advice and support to help you save time and avoid headaches. And because all our properties are curated and checked by us, we know them really well.

Let us know your family’s holiday requirements and we can put together a personalised shortlist of options for you to consider.

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Daios Cove 1 Bedroom Tots Villa with Private Pool

Agios Nikolaos, Greece

Relish in sensational sea views from your own pool before taking the family down to the resort's private cove to enjoy sandcastle building or relaxing on the sandy beach.

  • From £924 per night
  • 1 bedroom
  • Price Match Promise
  • Pool protected by a fence

Domes of Elounda Family Suite Sea View with Outdoor Heated Jacuzzi

Elounda Bay, Greece

Relax in your outdoor, heated Jacuzzi, on the secluded and shady beach, or in the luxurious spa. Experience a laid back stress-free holiday even with the kids around.

  • From £293 per night
  • 1 bedroom
  • Price Match Promise
  • Jacuzzi protected by a cover

For stays in 2017. Up to 25% discount on your accommodation plus a free upgrade to half board
Book before 31st August.

For stays in 2018. Up to 25% discount on your accommodation plus a free upgrade to half board
Book before 31st December.
Booking discounts are subject to a 50% non-refundable booking deposit and a minimum 5 night stay.

Level of discount and board options will depend on week booked, please ask for details.

Domes of Elounda Luxury Family 2 Bedroom Sea View Suite with Outdoor Heated Jacuzzi

Elounda Bay, Greece

Soak in one of your two Jacuzzis, enjoy the view from your private terrace, relax or play on the secluded shady beach. Bring the kids on an unhurried laid back holiday.

  • From £345 per night
  • 2 bedrooms
  • Price Match Promise
  • Jacuzzi protected by a cover

For stays in 2017. Up to 25% discount on your accommodation plus a free upgrade to half board
Book before 31st August.

For stays in 2018. Up to 25% discount on your accommodation plus a free upgrade to half board
Book before 31st December.
Booking discounts are subject to a 50% non-refundable booking deposit and a minimum 5 night stay.

Level of discount and board options will depend on week booked, please ask for details.

Domes of Elounda 2 Bedroom Private Residence with Private Pool

Elounda Bay, Greece

Experience the privacy and quiet of a villa with the convenience of a resort. Gorgeous private pool and garden, nearby shady beach, and a fab kids' club.

  • From £362 per night
  • 2 bedrooms
  • Price Match Promise
  • Pool protected by a fence

For stays in 2017. Up to 25% discount on your accommodation plus a free upgrade to half board
Book before 31st August.

For stays in 2018. Up to 25% discount on your accommodation plus a free upgrade to half board
Book before 31st December.
Booking discounts are subject to a 50% non-refundable booking deposit and a minimum 5 night stay.

Level of discount and board options will depend on week booked, please ask for details.

Domes of Elounda 3 Bedroom Private Residence with Private Pool

Elounda Bay, Greece

Enjoy the privacy and tranquility of a villa and the convenience of a resort. Natural garden with private pool, nearby shady beach, and kids' club.

  • From £506 per night
  • 3 bedrooms
  • Price Match Promise
  • Pool protected by a fence

For stays in 2017. Up to 25% discount on your accommodation plus a free upgrade to half board
Book before 31st August.

For stays in 2018. Up to 25% discount on your accommodation plus a free upgrade to half board
Book before 31st December.
Booking discounts are subject to a 50% non-refundable booking deposit and a minimum 5 night stay.

Level of discount and board options will depend on week booked, please ask for details.

Domes of Elounda Family Suite Sea View with Private Pool

Elounda Bay, Greece

A choice of pools, a play area and playground: if you thought that you couldn’t have a stress-free holiday with your children, this luxury resort will prove that you can.

  • From £336 per night
  • 1 bedroom
  • Price Match Promise
  • Pool protected by a removable fence

For stays in 2017. Up to 25% discount on your accommodation plus a free upgrade to half board
Book before 31st August.

For stays in 2018. Up to 25% discount on your accommodation plus a free upgrade to half board
Book before 31st December.
Booking discounts are subject to a 50% non-refundable booking deposit and a minimum 5 night stay.

Level of discount and board options will depend on week booked, please ask for details.

Domes of Elounda 2 Bedroom Luxury Residence with Private Pool

Elounda Bay, Greece

Enjoy a laid back holiday for the whole family in a luxury villa complete with a private terrace, a pool with waterfall and whirlpool, and a gorgeous shady beach nearby.

  • From £473 per night
  • 2 bedrooms
  • Price Match Promise
  • Pool protected by a fence

For stays in 2017. Up to 30% discount on your accommodation plus a free upgrade to Dine Around
Book before 31st August.
For stays in 2018. Up to 25% discount on your accommodation plus a free upgrade to half board
Book before 31st December.

Booking discounts are subject to a 50% non-refundable booking deposit and a minimum 5 night stay.

Level of discount and board options will depend on week booked, please ask for details.

Domes of Elounda Premium 1 Bedroom Suite Garden View with Outdoor Jacuzzi

Elounda Bay, Greece

It turns out that you can please everyone! Prepare for the ultimate child-friendly holiday in this fun-filled luxury resort, where you’ll have time to relax, too.

  • From £193 per night
  • 1 bedroom
  • Price Match Promise
  • Jacuzzi protected by a cover

For stays in 2017. Up to 25% discount on your accommodation plus a free upgrade to half board
Book before 31st August.

For stays in 2018. Up to 25% discount on your accommodation plus a free upgrade to half board
Book before 31st December.
Booking discounts are subject to a 50% non-refundable booking deposit and a minimum 5 night stay.

Level of discount and board options will depend on week booked, please ask for details.

Daios Cove 1 Bedroom Tots Suite with Sea View

Agios Nikolaos, Greece

Enjoy spectacular sea views from your suite at this sophisticated resort, which offers activities ranging from spa treatments to water sports and plenty in between.

  • From £618 per night
  • 1 bedroom
  • Price Match Promise

Daios Cove 2 Bedroom Tots Family Villa with Private Pool

Agios Nikolaos, Greece

Splash around in your private pool, head to the resort's sheltered cove beach, do water sports, or drop the kids at the kids' club and treat yourself to a spa treatment.

  • From £1228 per night
  • 2 bedrooms
  • Price Match Promise
  • Pool protected by a fence

Daios Cove 3 Bedroom Tots Family Villa with Private Pool

Agios Nikolaos, Greece

This contemporary resort has a beautiful secluded cove, sandy beach, fab kids' club, spa, and water sports centre. Not to mention your own private pool and sun terrace.

  • From £1839 per night
  • 3 bedrooms
  • Price Match Promise
  • Pool protected by a fence
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