Best for children
“Mykonos may not be the obvious choice for a family holiday,” says The Daily Telegraph, “but Santa Marina Resort & Villas (above), which overlooks the Aegean sea on a secluded peninsula in Ornos Bay, is up there with the best Greek family resorts.” Guests – who have included Madonna, Tom Hanks and Sarah Jessica Parker and their families – enjoy the quiet coastal location, “its laid-back exclusivity, its excellent facilities – including lots for kids – and its sandy beach”. All the bedrooms have just been refurbished “giving them a breezy New England feel”. Parents can relax at the Lotus Spa, while the children enjoy “four swimming pools, a playground and a supervised kids’ club”.
The resort is open from May to early October with sea-view double rooms from €240 per night, including breakfast (00 30 210 422 6571, www.santa-marina.gr).
Best for those with toddlers
“It may be Ikea’d up to the nines, but this house has been kitted out with exactly what you need if you have toddlers in tow,” says The Guardian. The Riviera Villa in Latchi, Cyprus, has “sleek (and, most importantly, wipe-clean furniture), tiled floors and a pool that can be watched from almost every room”.
At the end of the garden there is the “European Blue Flag-awarded shingle-and-sand Latchi beach, with excellent swimming and a handful of tavernas”.
The villa sleeps six and costs from €812 a week. See www.agnitravel.com.
Best for big families
“Its sugar-cube architecture may be reminiscent of the Greek island of Santorini, but the tiny Aegean island of Folegandros is far less well known,” says Tamara Heber-Percy in the Financial Times. The 44-room Anemi Hotel has impressive views of the barren mountains and deep blue sea from its garden location in the small port of Karavostasi. The family pool suites are perfect for big families. The suites are split-level, sleep up to six and have their own private pool.
Double rooms cost from €220 per night, or a family pool suite starts from €520 including breakfast (00 30 210 725 4871, www.anemihotels.com).
Best for those with babies
The Almyra in Paphos, Cyprus, offers an amazing service for new parents: “it supplies everything from high chairs to sterilisers and bottle warmers”, says The Times. For a small charge you can even hire a pushchair. You can buy nappies and baby food at the on-site supermarket. The crèche takes babies from six months and there is also free babysitting, so you can “enjoy a grown-up evening meal”.
Prices start from £599 per person, half-board for seven nights (£40 per infant), including flights and transfers (020-7666 1234, www.wandotravel.com).
Best for teenagers
Alonissos is the quietest of the three northern Sporades islands in Greece, says The Sunday Times. Villa Aquilo is particularly secluded – four miles by dirt track from Patitiri, the island’s capital, on the wooded slopes of its west coast. It is an ideal choice for anyone with older children, as they will love the separate cottage, and “everyone is going to enjoy the spectacular sunsets from the poolside terrace”. A quick stroll through olive groves takes you to the sea.
The villa costs from £4,592 for a week (020-8232 9780, www.gicthevillacollection.com).