The best all inclusive hotels in Greece for a blissful summer getaway

Ikos Dassia, one of the best all inclusive hotels in Greece

Ikos Dassia, one of the best all inclusive hotels in Greece

With glistening seas, silky beaches, stylish rooms, delicious food, and genuinely fun activities, Greek holiday resorts (which are certainly some of the most family-friendly destinations in the world) are the perfect destinations for a carefree all-inclusive trip – with or without kids in the lobby . Food is a big plus here in the home of the Mediterranean Diet, with most packages including premium drinks and a la carte options. Away from the table, you’ll find elegant infinity pools, state-of-the-art sports arenas, and a calming spa. From adults-only properties perfect for honeymooners, to resorts where families are warmly welcomed, here’s our pick of the best all-inclusive hotels in Greece.

Hotel Aeolos Beach in Corfu

While the resort is large, it is much more charming than your average all-inclusive resort, mimicking a traditional Corfiot village. Splash in the two swimming pools, relax in the spa and sauna (every guest is entitled to a free 15-minute tasting massage) or play tennis, beach volleyball, water polo and aqua aerobics. Evening entertainment for adults and children includes great music and local dancing. In addition to the buffets, there is a seven-course private dining room, La Spiaggia Italian restaurant and Paralia à la carte restaurant serving well presented pan-European dishes.

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£ 98

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Aelos beach hotel in Greece

Aelos beach hotel in Greece

MarBella Elix, Epirus

The distant hum of a jet ski and the chirping of crickets are the only sounds you can hear in this secluded Corfu haven, surrounded by citrus-scented pine forests on a low hill overlooking the sandy arc of Karavostasi Beach to Paxos beyond. There are 146 open-plan rooms in over a dozen categories, although all have balconies overlooking the inky blue Ionian Sea and nearby islands (Paxos and Corfu). There are four restaurants (breakfast at the main restaurant Saffron overlooking the sea is a really good buffet with great waffles), but the best for dinner has to be the Pearl restaurant with its extensive Greek wine list and competent service. Ultra Inclusive guests enjoy three à la carte meals and one dinner out.

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Marbella Elix Greece

Marbella Elix Greece

Ikaros Beach Resort & Spa, Crete

This friendly resort has a homely atmosphere. The style is elegantly solid: large stone villas surrounded by carefully tended shrubs and flowers; well-watered lawns; restaurants with a beautiful view of the sea; an elegant spa with glass walls and charming touches, including a small Cretan museum in the Ayeri restaurant. The pools – including a tranquil adults-only pool and a dedicated children’s pool – are dotted around the grounds. The spacious classic and luxurious bungalows have bathrooms that are almost as large as the bedrooms, as well as a terrace and a strip of lawn with sun loungers from which you can enjoy the view of the sea or the sunset. Some apartments and bungalows share medium-sized swimming pools; luxury seafront apartments have their own.

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£ 103

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Ikaros resort in Greece

Ikaros resort in Greece

Stella Island Luxury Resort & Spa, Crete

Built around one of Europe’s largest lagoon pools, this stylish resort is an adults-only aquatic wonderland with a tropical ‘Love Island’ vibe (there’s even huge pink inflatable flamingos in the pool). The style is minimalist: all white with lots of light wood, canvas and bamboo. The entrance through the open, glass reception leads to a bar with low seats with backrests made of green canvas and tables carved from pieces of olives. Narrow bridges cross the vast lagoon basin; Couples relax in sunken seating areas or on islands dotted with beds and hammocks. The food is brilliant, the mezes in particular are delicious and fresh: try the dakos biscuits with tomatoes and tart graviera, cheese; laxanika vegetarian pancakes rising from the oven; pork with greens and (very tender) lamb casserole.

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£ 256

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Stella Island Greece

Stella Island Greece

Daios Bay, Crete

Daios Cove’s five levels are served by a cable car that transports guests between the lobby, spa, restaurants and outdoor heated pool. Despite its size, this Greek hamlet-style resort is very intimate and the friendly staff gives it a distinctive rural feel. Amenities include tennis courts, several outdoor pools and a comprehensive spa with Finnish sauna, indoor pool, hydromassage facilities and Anne Semonin treatments. There’s also the Crèche Club overseen by UK childcare experts Worldwide Kids, a children’s entertainment room with games and dozens of well-monitored water sports. Each of the resort’s rooms, suites and villas has wall-to-ceiling windows overlooking the clear waters of Vathi Bay.

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Bay of Daios Greece

Bay of Daios Greece

Ikos Dassia, Corfu

For an all-inclusive resort, this is a class act: the comfort of knowing you won’t have what you’re paying for, coupled with five-star amenities and service. The resort consists of two buildings, Sea and Sky, each with a reception, lobby, shop, bars, restaurants and spa. Between them stretches a long sandy beach and a beautifully designed set of swimming pools. The price of the stay includes a sunset cruise, dinners at selected restaurants on the island, admission to three museums on the island and use of the Mini for the day. For such a large operation the standard of food is high if not exceptional. Seven restaurants serve à la carte Greek, Italian, Thai and Mediterranean cuisine.

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Ikos Dassia Greece

Ikos Dassia Greece

Cretan park of Malia, Malia

It may be next to Malia’s small harbor and just over 2km from Malia’s main nightlife strip, but this eco-friendly design hotel sits away from the primary color resorts the area is famous for. The decor is chic and quirky: custom-made tiles; black countertops and rattan furniture; bamboo, ginkgo leaves and other plant motifs on the walls; large mushroom-shaped lamps or hanging copper lighting tubes; wrap-around chairs and sofas and large, plump beds, and generally has a very eye-soothing palette. Everything looks very grown-up, but it’s actually incredibly kid-friendly, which is an added bonus for families who don’t want to compromise on style (there’s also a kids’ club).

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£ 150

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Cretan Malia Park Greece

Cretan Malia Park Greece

Mayor of La Grotta Verde Grand Resort, Corfu

Surrounded by limestone cliffs above the village of Agios Gordios, this adults-only seaside resort offers some of the bluest views on Corfu’s west coast and is also extremely affordable, with prices starting at just £80 a night per room (a little more for everyone – inclusive). In addition to the outdoor pool overlooking the sea, there is a heated indoor pool and an elegant, modern spa with sauna and hot tub. The entertainment program includes fun weekly traditional dance nights, Greek lessons for beginners and numerous music events. Five restaurants keep it interesting, the best dishes are served in the Areti à la carte restaurant, where all inclusive guests can have an evening meal here once a week. As in many large centers, there is a very useful shopping center and a hair salon.

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Mayor of La Grotta Verde Grand Resort Greece

Mayor of La Grotta Verde Grand Resort Greece

The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino, Messinia

This has to be without a doubt one of the best all inclusive hotels in Greece, if not in Europe. Until the hotel came along, the area was just a long sandy beach and a habitat for sea turtles. But today, this huge resort is itself the most popular destination in the Peloponnese. It raised the profile of the Messinia region, tripled international flights to Kalamata Airport and encouraged other entrepreneurs to create ex-nihilo resorts in remote but picturesque locations. The staff is smiling and efficient – but that’s where the Westin wins. With a golf course, a spa specializing in olive oil treatments, two swimming pools, an aqua park with three slides, a bowling alley, a basketball court, a racket academy, bike tours, a surf school, it’s all-box resort behemoth.

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Costa Navarino Greece

Costa Navarino Greece

Amanzoe, Peloponnese

It may seem crazy expensive (rooms can start at £1,500 a night) but this is not a ‘see and be seen’ escape, it’s a gleaming hideaway with an emphasis on health and well-being, where some guests only step out of their enormous pavilions to watch the sunset or borrow a book from the 1000-volume library. Service is all about giving guests what they want, when they want it. There are no bath butlers; no endless parade of staff to replace pool towels or check the minibar. But leave your room, even for a short while, and it will be serviced on your return, and the spa? Run by absolute experts in their field, a place that Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine, is proud of.

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Amanzoe Greece

Amanzoe Greece

Creta Maris, Crete

This all-inclusive resort is located on the rocky coast of northern Crete. Most of the facilities are down the beach side, meaning guests on the mountainside have a long trek back uphill to their rooms. There is a large main pool and other smaller pools around the property. Spa facilities include a large pool with full-circulation hydromassage jets and a sauna/hammam. Food is a real strong point of the hotel. Cosmos is the main restaurant for buffet breakfast and lunch, and there’s a wide variety of local and international specialties for both meals (try the salad stuffed Greek pork gyros dripping with Greek yogurt tzatziki).

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Creta Maris Greece

Creta Maris Greece

Contributions by Fiona Duncan, Anita Isalska, John Malathronas, Maggie O’Sullivan, Sally Peck

The above prices are indicative prices per person per night. Please note that all inclusive packages may vary from hotel to hotel. Please refer to the hotel websites for more information on what is included.

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