Put family first with Grecotel resorts
Grecotel offers a range of luxury resorts in Crete that place the comfort of you and yours at the heart of everything they do
The word philoxenia describes the Greek notion of hospitality, something Grecotel luxury resorts have at the heart of their philosophy. Each resort has a distinctive style, but at every one the welcome is as warm as you’d expect from a country in which guests are treated as members of the family. The destinations offer every modern luxury and world-class service while allowing the traditions and culture of Greece to shine through. A family-owned business based in Crete, you’ll find some of their best resorts on the beautiful island that was home to Europe’s first great civilisation and one rich in history, myth and natural abundance.
Creta Palace on Crete’s northern coast is a luxury family resort for beach lovers. Pristine white buildings sit under the bluest of skies and beyond are lush tropical gardens, a white sandy beach and the clear azure waters of the Mediterranean. There is even a miniature village square to capture the essence of the nearby town, Rethymno, and its plateia, or central square. Here, choice is everything, with accommodation ranging from airy rooms and suites to deluxe beachfront bungalows and a private Presidential Villa.
Take advantage of the new Dine Club experience, which offers a half-board option featuring a generous credit to use in a choice of restaurants, plus two complimentary dinners a week with children up to 12 eating for free or upgrade to the Comfort All In package for lunch, drinks and snacks throughout the day. There are 13 unique destination restaurants included in the Dine Club experience within the four Grecotel hotels in Crete - White Palace, Amirandes, Caramel and Creta Palace. At Creta Palace enjoy dining at the super-stylish Labyrinth and Barbarossa, where fresh fish is served next to the lapping waves.
Fully family focused, Grecotel resorts offer award-winning activities for children at their Grecolands kids’ clubs and at Creta Palace, where exploring the hotel’s organic garden, waterslides and climbing wall are part of the fun. For an alternative family day out, seek out the Agreco estate, a 40-hectare organic farm owned by Grecotel and just a ten-minute drive away. Set on a hill amid vineyards and olive groves, there are beehives, a water flour mill and a vintage olive oil stone press. At the Agreco Taverna, dishes such as wild artichokes and stuffed courgette flowers are served alongside the estate’s organic wines and olive oil, all produced by centuries-old methods that the farm has revived. Children can play farmer for the day and help milk the goats, pick organic vegetables and bake bread in wood ovens.
SPACE AND SERENITY
Further along the Cretan coast is Grecotel LUX ME White Palace. All 17 different room types have one thing in common – elegant, sleek white interiors and a sense of space and tranquillity. Here, too, the dining options are endless, the highlight being a beachfront promenade lined with gourmet restaurants. Watch the orange sun set over the island at fine-dining destination The White, or indulge a sweet tooth at the resort’s creperie and gelateria. Unique to LUX ME White Palace is the exclusive collection of luxurious Yali villas that sit on the water’s edge and provide the ultimate seclusion and the choice of your private infinity pool.
Amirandes is Grecotel’s boutique resort that takes inspiration from the palaces of the Minoan kings and Venetian nobles who once ruled Crete. A sophisticated family resort within easy reach of Heraklion airport, it is also close to the spectacular archaeological site of the Palace of Knossos. Choose from beautiful guestrooms, family suites, bungalows or, for something very special, there are the Amirandes villas with courtyards, heated swimming pools and lush gardens that end at the edge of the sandy beach. The award-winning Caramel near Rethymno is another boutique resort from Grecotel, this time with a sense of old-world glamour and elegance. Palm trees pepper the manicured gardens, crisp white cabana beds line the lagoon-style pool, while the rooms and suites have the feel of luxury apartments with hand-painted ceramic tiles and antiques.
Whoever you are and no matter how many kids you have in tow, there is a Grecotel resort to match – a place where you’ll find the finer things in life go hand in hand with a traditional Greek welcome.
Modelled on a traditional Cretan village, the terracotta-coloured roofs of the Marine Palace and Aqua Park are spread along a hillside and descend towards the beachfront. Close to the pretty fishing village of Panormo, this is Grecotel’s all-inclusive resort, built in a spectacular setting with families in mind. For those who want to be close to the action, there are family rooms and bungalows a stone’s throw from the Aqua Park with its thrilling water slides and pools. Or there are the stylish Casa Marina suites, set in a peaceful area above the main hotel around a freshwater pool. Take your pick of the resort’s four restaurants and six bars, or spend a warm summer’s night at a barbecue on the beach. As well as the four swimming pools, there is a range of complimentary sports and activities including archery, water polo, gymnastics, beach volley ball, Zumba and Nordic walking.
British Airways Holidays offers carefully selected hotels, a 24-hour holiday helpline and deposits from just £75 per person, all with full ATOL protection. Book now at ba.com. To find out more and to book your Greece holiday visit ba.com/Grecotel
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