Maleme sits on the northwest coast of Crete between the villages of Tavronitis and Gerani. It’s a quiet place surrounded by olive trees and vineyards, which is just how the 800 or so locals like it. And it’s small scale, so you’ve just a clutch of shops, bars and tavernas – though the 3-kilometre beach certainly doesn’t come with size issues. And when you’re in need of something a bit buzzier, then lively Platanias is literally just along the road.
With its beachfront location, collection of waterslides, and choice of restaurants, the Hotel Creta Princess Aquapark & Spa is a great pick for families. Kids are sorted at this place. They’ve got their own pool with slides, and a playground located outside of the kids’ club. And teens get their own activities set-up, too. When everyone’s hungry, there’s the buffet restaurant.
- Buffet restaurant and pool bar
- Outdoor pool