A blissful tropical climate softened by Atlantic trade winds, pinkish-white, sugar-soft beaches, fabulous scuba diving, and laid-back catamaran cruises… These are just some of the fabulous experiences to be savoured in one of the Caribbean’s most popular and welcoming destinations - Barbados.
Family-friendly luxury at Grecotel LUX ME White Palace
On the north coast of Crete, this luxury seafront property sits on a gorgeous Blue Flag beach ideal for family time, and also has unique offerings for those travelling with kids of various ages, including visits to its own organic farm and the chance to help take care of loggerhead sea turtles in season.
Grecotel LUX ME White Palace has the Travel Counsellors' Green Leaf logo in recognition of its commitment to minimising its impact on the environment and supporting the local community in which it operates which has seen it receive the Travelife Gold award. The property has adopted 13 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Family activities at Grecotel LUXME White Palace
The Grecoland kids’ clubs and activity program for ages four years to teens immerses younger visitors in authentic experiences including local cookery lessons, Greek culture sessions and Greek dancing, as well as games and competitions. There’s also the one-off experience of optional visits to Agreco, Grecotel’s traditional farm and mini zoo a short drive from the property, where kids can play at being a farmer for the day with the likes of dough-making and vegetable-picking for a healthy Cretan lunch – and where all ages can tour the vintage olive-oil stone press, silk production and beehives and taste age-old Cretan recipes.
Back at the resort, there’s a water-sports school, snorkelling, basketball, board games and entertainment including kids’ karaoke, discos and shows, in addition to cinema screenings and daily DJ sets. If you come with tinies, there’s even baby swimming and a pre-ordering service for any equipment you might need.
While kids are enjoying the activities, adults can make the most of the sleek spa, head for the adult-only area of the waiter-service beach, or sign up for Pilates, stretching and yoga classes. Other facilities and activities include a heated seawater pool with water polo, plus off-site diving (including tuition), tennis, mountain-biking and horse-riding.
The property is well sited for exploring Rethymno’s Old Town with its ruined Venetian citadel and picture-postcard harbour lined by tempting bars, kafenions (coffee shops) and tavernas. Other local excursions that can be arranged by the resort concierge (available by 24-hour Whatsapp service) include the Eleutherna Museum and Archaeological Park.
Which accommodation to choose
The airy, light-flooded accommodation – decorated in the resort’s signature breezy white – includes suites and rooms with private pools or shared pools. Ranging from garden-view doubles to swim-up rooms and water’s-edge Yali suites and ‘villas’ (no kitchens) with private pools, they include family apartments and suites sleeping up to 6. All come with a daily restocked mini-bar, while the Famous Class suites come with extra benefits including an express check-in lounge, a private butler and an in-room wine bar.
Where to eat
Your generous LUX ME All-Inclusive Living package at the Grecotel White Palace includes top-notch dining in 12 restaurants, cafés and bars. They include Ventanas Il Mar with its Cretan, Greek, Mediterranean and global dining, free kids’ corner and children’s menu, Tavernaki for contemporary mezze and ouzo, and Fico d’India for all-day classic Italian poolside dining. Kids also love Gourmet Promenade, a waterfront creperie–gelateria, and Pâtisserie & Chocolaterie, with dessert breads, pastries, cakes and healthy temptations.
Meanwhile, grown-up venues embrace the over-14s The White with tasting menus based on French, Italian and Greek cuisine and fine seafood served on a sunset-view terrace and accompanied by vintages from its own wine cellar, Oriental with its Middle Eastern fine dining and a shisha bar, Asia White for fine dining beside the beach, the Wine Library with sommelier-led tastings, and the Sunset Lounge Bar with cocktails including the traditional Cretan Sarantadendri (with herbs from ‘40 trees’). For full-on romance while the kids are being babysat, there’s also private beach dining by request.
To book your spring or summer holiday at the Grecotel LUXME White Palace with full financial protection, call your Travel Counsellor today.
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