Athens has a great mix of history, glorious weather, stunning blue water and beaches, plus relaxed family friendly vibes for everyone to enjoy.
Your name – Lizzie
Who were your travel companions – Husband, Miss 4 and Master nearly 2
What was the location of your holiday – Athens Mainland
How did you get there – 50 min drive from Athens Airport
Length of stay – 5 nights
What time of year did you visit – September 2016
What was the weather like – Hot but also quite windy some days as the resort is set on a cliff.
Accommodation – Grecotel Cape Sounio
Style (Hotel, Apartment, B&B) – Resort
Room type booked – Family bungalow
Facilities – Master bedroom with balcony, bathroom with bath, living area which turned into the bedroom for the children – both rooms were separated by a sliding door. All facilities you’d expect from a 5 star resort, 2 pools, beach, restaurants, kids club, gym and spa.
The resort is part of a very large group of hotels called the Grecotels – I would imagine they are all as good as each other, I’d love to visit some of the other ones.
- We don’t often stay in hotels/resorts for an extended period of time so we really enjoyed our stay here as everything was done for us.
- The beach was great, the children loved it and the drink service was a plus for the adults.
- Kids club (Grecoland) was a big hit for Miss 3. She would just go for a couple of hours in the morning or the afternoon but she was happy to go.
- I never thought we would like an indoor pool but we loved it! So nice to get out of the sun and wind on some of the days for a change.
- The mini supermarket a short walk from the reception area was super handy. They had a small selection of baby products including nappies and also some wine and spirits which kept the price down from always buying drinks at the resort
- The reception staff were great – very helpful.
- It’s a largish resort, we like to walk around but if you didn’t like walking and had to wait all the time for a golf buggy to collect you I think it would get annoying.
- It’s a resort so that equals resort prices – I felt a little ill when I realised how much the G&T’s were that i’d been drinking!
- The family bungalow was what was within our budget but it was a little small, the 2 bedroom villas looked perfect for a family.
Would you stay there again? Yes
Any restaurant/cafe/bar recommendations for eating out with children?
We mainly ate at the resort. Yummy fresh Greek dishes. The buffet breakfast was included in our room rate and it was a great way to start the day. They also offered free children’s lunch and dinner at an earlier time, it was a touch fried, fried, fried but it still worked on some of the days for us.
The resort recommended we visit Ilias Restaurant, about a 10 minute drive away. We visited the temple and then dinned underneath it! Pretty cool to be able to show the children where we had just been walking around. Our children love fresh fish and the wait staff were very happy to let the children look in the fridges at the whole fish and then choose which one they wanted. It must be a Greek thing – but the relaxed vibe of the adults really rubs off on the children. Eating out is so easy, no shoes required, and this really helps when travelling with little ones.
Things to do?
As we didn’t hire a car, we used taxi’s organised by the resort, we found this worked really well and not too expensive.
We visited the port one afternoon. Not loads to do but the children liked visiting the toy shop (!) and feeding the fish. It was very relaxed, we just watched the boats coming and going. There are lots of restaurants at the port, the one we chose was busy and very child friendly, actually you’d really struggle to find a restaurant in Greece that isn’t into accommodating your children.
Visiting the Temple of Poseidon is an easy must do. The hotel arranged for a driver to take us to the temple and then wait for us. We loved our walk around, amazing amount of history up on a cliff. I would imagine going at sunset would be pretty spectacular. After our visit we went out for a local dinner just down the road to Ilias Restaurant – see EAT.
We’ve visited Athens before, but if you hadn’t this could be easily done from the resort. The resort also offered sailing trips.
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