Elies Hotel Greece Kardamili
Children of all ages are welcome and this is a great place to stay, especially with older, outdoorsy kids. Though stony, the beach here is safe (no tides or currents, though occasionally an undertow when wavy), and there are sandy beaches 10km away in Stoupa. Greeks are always very welcoming to children, and it is considered a safe country for them to play alone. It's a 3.5 hour drive from Athens, so plan a stop en route - and stay for at least a week to make it worth it.
Extra beds or cots for children under 3 are free; older children are free if using existing bedding (including sofabeds), otherwise there is a small charge if an extra bed is needed (but often it won't be).
Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Family friendly accommodation:
Our pick of the bunch are the larger maisonettes, which sleep up to 5 in 2 bedrooms (one double upstairs, one twin downstairs, both ensuite).
Babysitting available by arrangement
If you want to use a baby monitor while dining in their restaurant, ask for one of the cottages closest to it. You need to bring your own monitor.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The restaurant serves fresh Greek food which should go down a treat with youngsters. Discuss any special requirements before arrival. The cottage kitchens are basic but there's enough kit for a simple family meal and you can buy local and fresh food to stock the fridge in the village. Local tavernas are, as with the majority of Greek places, happy to welcome children.
Kids Activities on site:
- Small playground next to the taverna
- Plenty of space to run around in the olive groves
- A donkey and various cats to befriend
- Sea kayaks can be hired
Kids Activities nearby:
- The quiet pebbly beach is great for families
- Hiking paths and old mule paths lead to coves and villages
- Boat trips in summer
Families Should Know:
There are some steps and balconies; if you're concerned, request a ground-floor apartment or studio. Bring any special provisions with you - you won't find any huge hypermakets nearby.
- Airport: 1 hour (Kalamata), 3.5 hours (Athens)
- Chemist: 3 mins (Kardamyli)
- Hospital: 45 minutes (Kalamata)