Santorini is a Greek island in the southern part of the Aegean Sea. It is famous for its black sand beaches, beautiful sunsets, an active volcano, and a fabulous hiking path perfect for a family outing. Most visitors are on package holidays, and it can be a challenge to find a hotel suitable for children. However, if you do your research, you will find that there are plenty of accommodation options for families.
Make this the perfect holiday for the family!
Most hotels provide swimming pools with shallow waters for babies, highchairs in their restaurants, and babysitting services. We did extensive research to look for places suitable for children. We checked if the rooms are large enough, if there is a kitchen available, what kind of activities hotels provide, and similar. Check out the best family-friendly hotels in Santorini, Greece, that we’ve compiled for you.
Tamarix Del Mar Suites are just a short walk away from the beautiful beach of Kamari. Facilities include a Jacuzzi, sauna, gym, and hair salon. There are two swimming pools: one for adults and one for children. Kids will enjoy the on-site playground.
Your family will find plenty of things to do in Kalestesia Suites. Enjoy a game of table tennis and rent bikes to explore. A car hire service is also available. You can take your kids for a day trip to the Red Beach or the Archeological Site of Akrotiri, which is only 1.4 km away.
All apartments at Smaragdi Hotel come with kitchenettes, which is really convenient for families with small kids and babies. The black beach of Perivolos is only 50 metres away, where you can dive and snorkel. Families should be aware that the black sand gets really hot during the day, so it is better to wear shoes when enjoying the beach.
Rooms at the Majestic Hotel are ultra-modern, which is quite unusual to come by in Santorini. They are all soundproof, providing guests with maximum privacy. There are 3 swimming pools, as well as a Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, and a children’s playground.
Pension Livadaros is a charming place. It is owned by a very friendly family, that loves to make guests feel welcome and make their stay as pleasant as possible. Pension Livadaros has a very nice, clean pool. A barbecue is available for rent, and there is a communal kitchen available for special occasions. Hire a bicycle and enjoy a great ride around the area.
Families who like an active lifestyle will enjoy Sea Sound White Katikies. There is a basketball court and a beach-volley court. You can also play table tennis and darts. The hotel has an outside swimming pool and is close to the beach. Bike hire and car hire are available.
The Cycladic-style villas at Veggera are located on Perissa Beach. The complex features 3 swimming pools and a children’s playground. You can enjoy private loungers on the beach, room service, a gym, and a sauna. All rooms have private balconies with views of the sea, the pool, or the hotel’s garden.
Rooms at the Hippocampus Hotel are stylish, although quite dark when compared with other accommodation options on Santorini. However, all rooms are large and equipped with comfortable king-size beds. You can enjoy the swimming pool and, if you like a little bit of challenge, take a diving course at the nearby diving school.
Your children won’t get bored at Atlantida Villas. The hotel offers a wide variety of activities, from boat trips to excursions around the local area. There is also a games room, a swimming pool and a hot tub, and the nearest beach is only 3 km away.
All rooms at Astrea House are equipped with a kitchen and a kitchenette. If you fancy cooking then the staff can organise a grocery delivery for you at an extra cost. The hotel is located in Fira, famous for its white houses with blue window frames. The town is crowded with shops, restaurants and bars, but it is always possible to find a quiet spot.
William’s Houses is located in Akrotiri Village. On the southern side of the island, you can enjoy fantastic views across the stunning caldera. Rooms are soundproof and equipped with air-conditioning, a TV, free Wi-Fi, and either kitchenettes or kitchens. Children will have lots of fun on the Red Beach, located 2.5 km away.
Loizos offers brand new apartments in the Cycladic-style. It is located near Fira, and is very close to the beach. You can walk to both Oia and Santos Winery. For maximum comfort choose the family apartment, which is just next to the pool.
Th 5-star Aressana Spa Hotel and Suites is a relaxation haven. It is located near Fira. Stylishly designed rooms are perfect for a family holiday. You can relax by the pool, use wellness facilities, or take advantage of the many tours that the hotel offers. There is also a private yacht available to rent, if you wish to experience Santorini independently.
Very unique ‘cave-style’ rooms can be found at the Oia Mare Villas. You can experience real Greek hospitality and architecture. The hotel has amazing views over the sea and there are boat excursions, car rentals, and VIP bus transfers and tours on offer.
Have the time of your life at Rocabella Santorini Resort & Spa. It provides high quality facilities and services to make your stay even better and more relaxing. There is even a private butler available on request.
Located in Perivolos, on one of the most famous beaches on Santorini, Black Rose Suites provides guests with plenty of activities, such as snorkelling, diving and boat trips. The rooms come with large terraces, and many have private pools. In addition to the private pools, there is also a communal pool where your kids can play and make new friends while you relax on the sunbeds. You may also like to treat yourself to a massage or a dip in the Jacuzzi.
Zoe-Aegeas is located in Oia village, where beautiful sunsets can be observed every evening. Everything here is arranged to make you feel at home. Zac, the owner of Zoe-Aegeas, is a very efficient organiser and can set up bespoke day trips for his guests. With cave-style bedrooms, a TV, a DVD player, an in-room laptop, free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, a kitchenette, and more, you are sure to have a fantastic stay.
Pantheon Deluxe Villas has everything that you may want for your family vacation: private detached villas with patios and kitchens, 2 clean pools and sunbathing areas, a hot tub, maid service, and delicious food. Some rooms have a private hot tub too. Wake up to spectacular views of the caldera and enjoy nearby walking routes, or perhaps order a shuttle service to explore at very reasonable prices.
Far from the hustle and bustle of other places on the island, Alisaxni Resort offers a relaxing and peaceful stay. With great views of the caldera, lush gardens, a pool, a Jacuzzi, a barbecue, and more, you can unwind in the delightful surroundings under the warm Santorini sun. You’ll find a mini-market and a few small taverns within walking distance. You need to bear in mind, however, that it is necessary to rent a car to see other parts of the island.
Traditionally styled, self-catering studios are surrounded by lush gardens and views of the sea. There is a swimming pool to enjoy, in case you don’t want to walk 10 minutes to the nearest beach. There is a scheduled bus service from Agnadi Villa to Oia - the nearest town.
Albatros Hotel has much to offer, especially when it comes to daily excursions and trips. You can visit the Akrotiri Archaeological Site or hot springs, or alternatively hire a boat to Thirassia Island. You will have easy access to the pool from your room. Each room is equipped with air-conditioning and a balcony.
The structure of the ground combined with natural phenomenons created caves in Santorini’s cliffs, something that the island is famous for. Nomikos Villas has built rooms in the cave-style, creating something really special. Modern-style rooms are also available. Make use of the babysitting service and give yourself some quality time to relax. Children are sure to love splashing around in the pool.
This beautiful hotel is not only for romantic couples; the wide variety of activities makes Caldera Romantica a perfect place for families too. Everyone can enjoy daily trips to the volcano and around Santorini, as well as kayaking and many other water sports.
Glykeria Mini Suites is a complex of eight rooms, located at Agios Georgios Beach. It is a perfect place for families, as the suites are large, comfortable and provide a lot of privacy. Each room has a balcony or a terrace, along with a TV, refrigerator, and free Wi-Fi. The owners try hard to fulfil every customer’s needs.
The luxury Santo Miramare Resort is located at Perivolos Beach. It provides excellent facilities for families with children. There are 3 swimming pools, one designed especially for kids, a restaurant with highchairs for babies, and babysitting services. Relax on the private beach, enjoy the lush gardens, feel energised in the outdoor Jacuzzi, indulge in a massage, hit the gym, try an array of watersports, and more!
Zacharakis Studios is located near to the famous Kamari Beach. It is perfect if you want to spend your holiday in a peaceful environment. Each room features an air-conditioning unit, a kitchenette, a balcony with great views over the sea, and each has easy access to the complex’s pool. If your children get bored staying at one place, take them to the nearby Water Park. They will love it!
Studios Mary is located in Kamari - one of the most popular spots in Santorini. It was built in a traditional Cycladic-style, fitting in perfectly with the surrounding area. The closest beach is only 150 metres away, and the main town centre is 100 metres from the hotel. Studios Mary offers room with kitchenettes, and you’ll find breakfast items in your room. Your kids can splash around and have fun in the swimming pool. A mini market, football pitch, and children’s playground are just next to the hotel.
Thalassa Seaside Resort and Suites is proud to be a very family-orientated hotel, with all the facilities those coming with children might need: a swimming pool with shallow water for young children and babies, a restaurant and a bar, daily maid service, and a porter service. It is also the only hotel that has direct access to Kamara Beach, making it easier for you to enjoy the island.
Located in one of the best spots in Santorini, the beautiful Volcano View Hotel offers a great dining experience, fun boat trips, and free shuttle bus services to Fira, where you can go shopping and enjoy the bars and restaurants. A highlight of your stay here might be one of the lively Greek nights that the hotel organises.
The Mediterranean Royal has its own private beach located 250 metres away from the main building, which is great for parents to relax while the kids play. However, an extraordinary feature of the Mediterranean Royal is its Children’s Restaurant, where a specially-trained team looks after the kids as they feast on tasty cuisine.
Something you need to remember when visiting Santorini as a family is that, despite extensive accommodation options, it is pretty hard to find a room large enough to accommodate more than 2 people. That’s why finding and booking a suitable place early is very important. The above hotels provide everything that a family with children might need. The prices are reasonable and won’t break your budget. So, if you are planning your next family holiday on Santorini, it is worth checking out some of the recommended places. Have a pleasant stay in Greece, and enjoy this wonderful island with your loved ones.
This article was originally published on Jan 19, 2016
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