There are many reasons why Halkidiki should be your number-one destination for a luxury family holiday in summer 2016:
1 It’s badass: in ancient times it was a battleground for giants and gods (allegedly).
2 It’s a logical choice: big-deal philosopher and scientist Aristotle – yes the Aristotle – was born there.
3 The ‘let’s just quit our jobs, take the kids out of school and stay here forever’ beach at luxury resort Eagles Palace.
‘Wait, what was that last one?’ We’re glad you asked – gather round and we’ll introduce you to this brilliant child-friendly stay.
COAST WITH THE MOST Let’s take a closer look at the beach… An entire palette of blues was used to colour the panorama of sky and Aegean Sea here, and the golden sands are soft underfoot. It’s unsupervised, but the water is calm enough for little ‘uns to splash about in and shaded sunloungers are plentiful. Parents: there’s a hidden button in the parasol for summoning drinks – please press responsibly.
COOL POOLS The resort has two glistening pools to dip into: the main one (above) and a small paddling pool just steps away. There’s no shallow end in the main pool – nor are there lifeguards – but swim-confident kids will likely spend their whole stay in bathers. Parents needn’t fret too much, a swim-up bar has been installed for easy child observation and cocktail sampling.
IT’S YOUNG AT HEART At the Nest and Beach Shack – the resort’s two super kids clubs – children aged 4 months–13 years will be schooled in Aristotelian logic. That’s a lie; but older attendees will gain an insight into local history and customs, alongside arts and crafts, cooking and team games, and there are chests full of toys and a nap room in the lovely clubhouse (above).
AQUATIC ADVENTURES If you’re staying for six days or more, 5–7 year olds can take to the high seas (sort of) on the action-packed Aqua Explorers programme. They’ll kayak, they’ll sail, they’ll paddle-board and dive – and they’ll probably beg you to buy a boat back home after the graduation ceremony. Run by Royal Yachting Association-qualified instructors, the programme starts on Tuesdays and costs €450 a child.