Elounda Gulf Villas & Suites , CRETE, Greece
This family-run slice of heaven is ideal for an independent holiday with all the facilities of a deluxe resort. And even though it's only nine years old, most visitors are repeat guests. Now what does that tell you?
Whether you choose one of the 18 pool villas or 10 luxury one or two bedroom suites at this beautifully-boutique resort, you’ll find maximum comfort, oodles of space and sublime décor.
Furnished with antiques collected from all over Europe, rooms are just gorgeous, and the bathrooms are even more breathtaking, thanks to their hand-painted trompe l’oeil ceilings. It all adds to the romantic atmosphere – although the outstanding staff makes families equally welcome.
There are two chic restaurants, the lovely Elixir Spa and a brand new private beach club less than five minutes away, while anything from cooks to babysitters are available on request when staying in a villa.
It's a place fit for royalty (in fact, many royals, celebs and politicians are regulars too).