As an extended family with children of all ages, we built Tholos Villas with children in mind and the villas are well childproofed. Inside the villas, all surfaces are wipeable and we provide a cot for very young children. There is a custom built 8’ by 16’ secure and shaded outdoor play pen, adjoining (through sliding doors) the inside sitting room. These secure safety gates stop young children roaming beyond the patio and into the pool area.
There is also a ‘catch-a-kid’ safety net for the pool (available upon request)
The local area is private, so older children can explore the hills and the villages (we are on grade B archaeological land, so if you find any treasures, the only rule is that they must be handed into a museum!) or get a taxi back from a more lively night out at one of the nearby 5* and 6* hotels or Agios Nikolaos town, within a 30 minute drive. Quad bikes can also be rented in Agios Nikolaos.
Fun at the villas…
We have a box of toys to delight children under 3 as well as board games for children and adults of all ages. We also have wifi access (upon request), ipod docking stations, flat screen TV with Freeview and and a range of CDs and DVDs
Externally, there are inflatables available for the pool and older children and adults can enjoy the swim trainer. There is a broad, shaded patio area for parties, barbecues, ball games and skittles or just lazing in the sunbeds, relaxing. It goes without saying that everyone loves the hot tub when the sun begins to go down!
The local beaches, all around the villas and down to the south coast, generally slope down to warm, shallow, aquamarine waters, ideal for paddling and safely building sandcastles. Tholos beach is about 5 minutes away and a favourite beach for its white sand and crystal waters, so is Voulisma beach in nearby Istron. There are excellent child friendly lunches available just off the bay in a diner with a children’s pool and fountain. There are 3 water parks in eastern Crete and many local children’s playgrounds. Older children can also enjoy tennis at one of the 5* hotels or water sports at the beaches to the south including snorkelling, sailing, water skiing, wind surfing and paddle boating.
There are also more unusual activities you can try like walking with donkeys (see useful links) kayaking to the off shore islands and mountaineering.