London lifestyle & travels with kids and babies
I’ve been in love with Crete since 2004, when we visited first time with Greek friends, so we were delighted to return with baby in tow! Especially that despite stunning English coast and ocassional good weather, British sea swimming still presents temperature challenges! So little persuasion we needed, here we go again, Crete with baby, right after a beautiful week in Cornwall. One minimalistic toddler friendly hotel : Grecotel White Palace Greece and one of the best Crete family resorts – find all about in here.
Grecotel White Palace Greece has been recently renovated and having paid a supplement for seaview, we ended up with a nice suite with separate living and bedroom area separated by some sliding doors, sleek and white. Perfect layout for families, baby used to sleep in his own room and parents enjoying quite often some grown up time over cocktails and movies. Another funky and quite useful feature was a separate shower cubicle in the bedroom, just next to the hanging rails – chic and practical.
The suite was also just by the second swimming pool, an adults mostly infinity pool, so often baby naps time, I would just pop out for a 20 minutes and swim in peace.
One other feature we appreciated were Grecotel common areas – quite bare, sleek and mostly white and turquoise – joy to the eyes and perfect to chill. Wide relaxation area outside and inside just above the main restaurant plus another bar with areas overlooking the beach – 1 level up for guests not willing to muddle in the sand.
The sea is crystal clear and calm, the beach has few pebbles, so overall very baby and toddler friendly.
The restaurant got rather busy lunch and early dinners, with maitre running around to please the guests. Buffets were nice, tones of Greek specialities and fresh fish, fruit and vegetables in abundance.
As we expected, plenty of parents with babies but also some couples only, a mix of Europeans and few Russians. Wifi working okish, though a bit problematic when walking around. The kids & grown ups pool, as expected, very popular.
Rethymnon is 20 minutes away, we spent one afternoon walking around the cobbled streets, the fortress and the port – lots of nice restaurants including baby playing areas. Nice touch for parents wishing for a grown up dinner and a short break from entertaining the small ones!
Having visited Crete extensively, including Heraklion with its stunning Byzantine churches, Venetian wall and harbour fortress; the famous Knossos with the Minotaurus legends, residential Ierapetra, enchanting Agios Nikolaos and stunning Elounda, we can truly say that is is one of the best places to stay in Crete with baby and best Crete family resorts. Agios Nikolaos and Elounda remain also our favourites and if you’re with with older kids in tow, do check our article on Daios Cove. For further Mediteranean kids friendly inspiration, also head to our adventures in Cyprus for kids and explorers, no less than 15 suggested must sees and do’s!