The Sensatori Resort, Crete…

We have just returned from a fabulous week in Crete where we stayed at the 5* Atlantica Sensatori Resort. We were so impressed with the hotel and it’s services, I thought I would blog about it as I see so many mums asking for recommendations on places to go with little ones. You can forget listening to your iPod whilst sipping cocktails when on holiday with small children. The only way to get peace on holiday is to make it entirely about the kids, but their are resorts out there that mean you don’t have to totally sacrifice the luxury!

Taken from our balcony

Taken from our balcony

First of all, the room. WOW. We had booked a family suite but from experience this can often mean a bedroom with a sofa in it… This was a real suite, with separate rooms and plenty of space but most impressively it had a huge balcony and a private swimming pool!!! This room actually meant Paul and I were able to relax on a sun lounger for the first time in about 3 years!

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The bed was MASSIVE! Which is lucky as all 4 of us slept in it every night…

Excuse the mess, these pics were taken 4 days in to the holiday 🙂

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They also have great sun beds which I am particularly fussy about!

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The buffet was pretty basic but there were 5 other restaurants to choose from that required early booking which offered plenty of variety. Our favourite was the Aroma Grill where food was served raw on a hot plate to cook whilst you eat!

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Really, you’re going for the grilled shrimps are you?

The hotel was filled with like minded parents, all with iPads on the tables just to survive meal time. It meant even in the finer dining restaurants the atmosphere was incredibly relaxed, no one bats an eye lid at a tantrum or a small child on the run!

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They had the most brilliant splash play area that the girls loved.

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There were adult only areas, but the pools in the family areas were designed to be child friendly and all had sloping entrances.

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All parents get sucked in to buying their kids inflatables. Some more than others…

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Seriously Paul, a paddling pool!?!?

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The evening entertainment was perfect. At 7.45 every night they had Play House Live (a sort of CBeebies style show) that the children loved, and then half an hour after that was finished (in theory the children would fall asleep with milk in their buggies – not ours of course) the adults entertainment would start which was always an uplifting musical show with a different theme each night, Elton John, Motown etc.

Play House Live!

Play House Live!

Both Paul and I had fantastic spa treatments and the prices were very reasonable. This is a hotel I would totally recommend!

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Scarlett and I in our bargain dresses! F+F and H&M

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My New Panama Hat from The Panama Hat Company!

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You can book this holiday with Thompson but we actually did it all separately ourselves and saved £100’s. In the past 3 years, we have been lucky enough to visit several fantastic family resorts specifically catered for small children so I will work on a post with details of each, but in the mean time if you are currently searching for child friendly holidays then get in touch and I’ll give you some hotels that I would recommend!

 

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18 thoughts on “The Sensatori Resort, Crete…

  1. Lovely post – we’re visiting here in September and I was snooping for a blog review with proper pictures as the Trip Advisor fuzzy shots were scaring me – when I found yours! We don’t have children so we will be in the adults areas but it looks like you had a fantastic holiday and the resort really does look lovely! xax | http://www.xameliax.com

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  2. Fab blog!!Just interested in how you booked it yourself rather than through Thompson. We are looking at the Sharm resort. Went last year and loved it. our LO will be about 9 months when we go

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  3. Looks fab. About to start looking for a holiday in September, my little girl will be 9 months, any recommendations? We’re thinking Italy as restaurants etc are quite child friendly x

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    • Hi Sharon, it all comes down to personal preference really, the down side of a holiday where you go out to restaurants every night is that food isn’t on demand which is a huge benefit to an all inclusive family resort where the majority of food will be served as a buffet 3 times a day. You also have to be so much better prepared every time you go out as you cant pop back to the room for the bottle you forgot! I would always recommend a big resort that you don’t need to leave if you are looking for a stress free week away. They are prepared for everything you need when on holiday with your child, the last holiday we had served hot milk at meal times so you could fill up the babies bottles! Check out the Forte Village in Sardinia, I think they have some deals on at the moment too! x

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      • Thank you so much for the reply- hadn’t even thought about the ease of a resort- still trying to get my head around holiday planning with a bubba! X

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      • Thanks! I went to a party today and my friend had a similar pair. I asked her where they were from & she said hers were years old also from Dune and also were the most comfortable sandals she had ever had! I couldn’t see any similar ones online but I will keep looking x

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