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!
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!
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 🙂
They also have great sun beds which I am particularly fussy about!
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!
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!
They had the most brilliant splash play area that the girls loved.
There were adult only areas, but the pools in the family areas were designed to be child friendly and all had sloping entrances.
All parents get sucked in to buying their kids inflatables. Some more than others…
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.
Both Paul and I had fantastic spa treatments and the prices were very reasonable. This is a hotel I would totally recommend!
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!