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Daios Cove, Crete

Daios Cove

Crete, Greece

Daios Cove is a 5* hotel boasting a spectacular setting on a private sandy bay in Crete. Luxury contemporary villas and suites with private pools, great facilities and an exclusive Scott Dunn Explorers kids club, it's a perfect family destination.

At a Glance

  • Exclusive Scott Dunn services from May - October

  • Scott Dunn Explorers kids club from 4 months - 11 years

  • Private sandy cove with crystal clear waters and beautiful views

  • Large heated infinity pool and baby pool

  • Suite and villa guests can enjoy a Premium All-Inclusive service, either complimentary or for an additional charge.

  • Two funiculars and chauffeured golf buggies to help get around

  • Beautiful spa with indoor pool and gym

Family, Beach, Parties & events, Spa & health

Insider's View

Why not splash out and make use of Daios Cove’s very own helipad. Whether it’s for your transfer on arrival, a quick trip around the local area or even a day trip to Santorini, it’s sure to be an experience you won’t forget.

Hannah Fullagar

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An amazing Scott Dunn children's club - tell your friends as the level of childcare is superb.

Katherine Gotla

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Don’t forget to have a look at the weekly activity program on arrival. From fitness classes to cookery lessons there’s something for everyone.

Hannah Fullagar

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Remember to book a table at your chosen restaurant, especially at busy times to ensure you get your preferred dining time.

Kate Newman

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Villa guests get their own private spot on the beach and fresh fruit delivered to their sunloungers.

Lucy Hunt

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The stonework seen all over the hotel was made from the dynamite-exploded rock that was there before – you can see the marks!

Sarah Matthews

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The excellent spa has both male and female therapists so make it clear if you have a preference.

Sarah Matthews

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Enjoy a pre-dinner drink at the Crystal Box bar with breath-taking views of the sea and watch the sun set on the horizon with astounding colors. The local Cretan wines are delicious.

Anna Crowther

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Take a helicopter from the Daios Cove helipad and head to Santorini for lunch!

Anna Harlow

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A day on a catamaran over to Plakas will be one you’ll remember forever. Swim in a pirate’s bay then enjoy calamari and delicious local wine at a restaurant overlooking the fascinating island of Spinalonga

Anna Corben

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Looking for an indulgent vacation…then upgrade to the Daios Cove Premium All-Inclusive. A five star all-inclusive experience with no exclusions!

Scott Dunn team

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Daios Cove or take a look at other properties with a Scott Dunn Explorers kids club


Tristan Williams (Staff)

Peering down over its own secluded bay, Daios Cove is certainly a hotel with a view. Having arrived late at night the resorts lights give the appearance of a tranquil village nestling into the hillside. A short nightcap in the cool and contemporary Crystal Box (one of two bars at the hotel) we headed to our rooms. First impressions were very positive; the room was extremely well proportioned with a large and very inviting bed as well as a beautiful Villeroy and Boch bathroom. Tired and weary from our long day it was an extremely welcome surprise to find the hotel had provided a complimentary light meal and snacks including a smoke salmon wrap and mixed antipasti!

In the morning, I was greeted by the most amazing view over the cove beach. I was staying in a Deluxe Sea View Room (Daios Coves entry level room) however I was really surprised how much of a sea view I got as well the fantastic outdoor balcony area which was perfect for Sun Downers! There were many highlights on our first day, including a very relaxing massage, a wonderful but refreshing swim in the sea and a long afternoon in the pool bar but the biggest impression was left by the amazing food. I have never really been a fan of Greek food but following our evening in the Greek Taverna I was a convert. Do not confine yourself to the conventional three courses; make sure you get a selection of dishes and share, particularly your starters which were all amazing particularly the calfs tail.

Another highlight of our short trip came on the second day when we were treated to a private Catamaran trip. The boat leaves from Daios Cove beach giving you a fantastic alternative perspective of the hotel from the water. There is much to explore along Cretes coastline and I cannot think of a better way to see the beauty of the island than from the sea. The hotel can arrange a number of personalized trips but I can thoroughly recommend a short dip in Pirate Bay followed by a tour of the fascinating Spinalonga Island finished off with lunch in the amazing and incredibly authentic Giovanni's restaurant in Plaka. The hotel is 30 minutes by land transfer from Plaka, so if you dont feel like the Catamaran I would thoroughly recommend a visit none the less.


Anna Corben (Staff)

If I could go back and redo some of the family vacations weve had in other non-Scott Dunn resorts and instead take the kids to Daios Cove, I would! The hotel somehow manages to perfectly blend glamour, calm and spectacular views with being fabulous for children. The Scott Dunn kids club is second to none - you really do see what all the fuss is about when you go in and see the supremely qualified, calm and cheerful staff in their great and well structured set-up there.

The selection of rooms and villas are large, really well laid out and offer spectacular sea views. Kids will love taking the little funicular or a golf buggy to get around, helpful as the resort tumbles down to the sea so walking downhill may be more appealing than walking back up again! For me, one of the best aspects of this very luxurious but relaxed resort is that parents can enjoy the stylish Ibiza beach lounge style outside bar with incredible views, cocktails and wonderful staff and remember life before kids all this whilst the kids are either joining them in the bar or being looked after by the best childcare staff around.


Sarah Matthews (Staff)

We arrived at Daios Cove on a late evening flight and the resort was beautifully lit, with the bars DJ playing cool tunes adding to the sophisticated ambience. I headed straight to my lovely, bright and contemporary deluxe room and the delicious light supper laid out for me was just the thing, setting the tone for the hospitality and excellent quality Greek fayre that we would enjoy throughout our stay.

All restaurants serve great quality and choice, with an extensive kids menu. If your little VIPs are lucky enough to be going to the Scott Dunn Explorers kids club, they will eat food from a menu designed by Masterchef champion Ping Coombes! I didnt have my little angels with me on this trip but I was beyond impressed with what I saw in the Explorers club to echo a previous guest, it is just like an Ofsted Outstanding private UK nursery, but 10 times more exciting! Other little things about the resort my kids would have loved are the funiculars which take you up and down the resort and alternatively the golf buggies can whizz you around to save tired little legs.

Relaxing in the spa is a great way to spend adults-only time and my massage therapist was of a very good standard, as was the whole facility. Some people may be surprised to find they have both male and female therapists so make it clear if you have a preference. Later, in the cocktail bar I opted for my favorite Cosmopolitan, which were consistently perfect.


Debbie Rainsford (Staff)

There are not many hotels that offer exceptional service which is warm and friendly, delicious choice of cuisine from four great restaurants and a fantastic selection of luxury rooms and villas. From the moment you arrive at Daios, it feels like you've entered a home-away-from-home. Nothing is too much trouble and the idyllic setting, glorious sea views, peace and tranquillity are a constant reminder that you are hear to relax!

Every room and villa category have sea view rooms and even the deluxe rooms provide amply space for couples. However, my personal favorite other than the Mansion which is gorgeous, would be the one bedroom suites with private pool. These are perfect for couples and adults with one child or two small children and have fantastic views from a private pool, which can be heated on request. For larger families like ours with two older children, the two bedroom villas with private pools provide everything you could possibly need, including essential family items if requested. If you are into your fitness there is the option of the wellness villa, complete with a huge spa bath and treadmill. If the budget doesn't allow for a pool, the premium suites offer a great interconnecting family option of two rooms and some of the best sea views over the resort.


Robertson Family - October 2016 (Guest)

So impressed with Sarah and the team - made our stay particularly enjoyable, and as a dedicated GSM, this really highlighted that Scott Dunn guests were the best looked after in the property. Our 2.5 year old had the best week "I really LOVE kids club" in comparison to other clubs, Explorers feels like going into an outstanding Ofsted rated UK nursery - very professional and caring.


Sandford Family - October 2016 (Guest)

The girls had a fab time in the children's club. Staff was very welcoming towards us and made the girls feel at home from the start. It was nice to know they was being looked after with such care, they came back very excited of the activities they both did. We felt more than comfortable when they went on trips out, and we was delighted when we got updates on how they was doing. The staff made sure they had enough time in the sun and out of it making sure they was always sun creamed with sunhats. Big thank you to Shannon and Hannah for looking after our girls so well. Daios Cove is such a lovely resort and children really enjoyed it there.


Coles Family - October 2016 (Guest)

Sarah and her crew were amazing. Nothing was too much trouble. We had a little incident where we needed a doctor for Harrison and Sarah could not have done more to help me. I was extremely grateful. Beautiful club for the kids with such a vast array of activities they have not sat down! Nannies were all super friendly, attentive and just amazing. Thank you


Cavaney Family - October 2016 (Guest)

We so loved receiving our cards, made with our children's hands and feet from when we arrived for dinner on our first night of babysitting - such a lovely touch! We also loved the fact that the girls managed to make our son wear a hat when he

always previously refused, and now loves putting hats on!


Royce Family - September 2016 (Guest)

Overall a fabulous vacation made all the better by the brilliant Explorers Club and lovely staff at Daios Cove. However, for a luxury resort I think the room cleaning service could be improved - it was a bit hit and miss - sometimes we had large towels, sometimes not. Clearing away of room service cutlery was also a bit hit and miss. Turn down service at 5pm was inconvenient as we were almost always showering - think it should be later in the evening.


Allen Family - August 2016 (Guest)

Childcare excellent at kids club, particularly Sarah and Hannah. Resort very good too, really enjoyed it. One restaurant more would be an improvement and the beach can feel a bit cramped.


Potashnick Family - August 2016 (Guest)

5 year old Oliver had a fun packed time. He made three good friends and loved the 3 day trips and really took to Hannah. He said he would like to see her when we go home! Our two year old ran into kids club every morning!


Clark Family - July 2016 (Guest)

Hannah was excellent, our daughter felt very comfortable with her and we all love the moments she captured with the GoPro! We also very much appreciate Sarah and Hannah amending the timetable so that Tilly could try Scuba diving.


Miles Family - July 2016 (Guest)

My youngest Ava is 6. She is autistic and has limited communication skills yet very high fine motor skills. Stimulating her frequently is at times exhausting and challenging. Scott Dunn nannies have just been understanding, always friendly, extremely polite and gracious. Ava told me for the first time in her life last night "Ava happy!". I am so grateful to Sarah, Katie, Hannah and Shannon. Welling up just thinking about it. Sarah ironed out initial teething problems immediately on arrival. She never made us feel it was an irritation or a problem. She always smiles and is a credit to the company. What a fantastic representative of Scott Dunn! She and Katie tackled anything we threw at them, including Ava! All with a smile and seeming ease. Thank you ladies!


O'Conner Family - June 2016 (Guest)

The Scott Dunn team were as ever, wonderful and looked after us beautifully, especially when I had an early vacation meltdown! They fixed everything, so thank you Sarah and her team. We have 100% confidence in Scott Dunn.


Lang Family May 2016 (Guest)

Very happy with the professionalism of the staff. Felt very comfortable leaving the kids, despite being days and trips. Layla thought she had the best day of her life during the aquarium visit.


Peasant Family May 2016 (Guest)

Wonderful Vacation, the staff at the kids club were amazing with our daughter, she settled in really well and it meant we could really relax. She's never settled in a kids's club before so this is a testament to the staff. We are very impressed with Scott Dunn and the whole experience and will be looking for a vacation with you in the future. The resort was brilliant, nothing is too much trouble, the pool and bar staff were excellent and very friendly. Thank you.


Hatcher Family May 2016 (Guest)

Absolutely incredible childcare at Scott Dunn! We were very sad to say goodbye - the kids have been running into the kids club every day and grinning when we pick them up. Always a fantastic welcome, watching the kids being so happy with the nannies, swimming at the pool, playing at the beach. We had a brilliant vacation, everything is easy to get to, lovely food, excellent rooms, beautiful views. Thank you so much.


Claire Walker (Staff)

A truly luxurious resort, Daios Cove was better than anything I imagined, incredible views, excellent variety of room types, superb service and some of the best food I have eaten! Perfect for families with younger children, there is a safe beach, incredible Scott Dunn childcare facilities, a large heated pool with separate shallow end for the little ones. Adults can enjoy the most beautiful spa with views across the bay offering a range of treatments, relaxation area, indoor pool and also a state of the art gym. An array of classes run on a weekly rota, free of charge for all to enjoy including yoga and Pilates.


Lucy Hunt (Staff)

Daios Cove is an absolute paradise for both families and couples. From the moment you enter the resort you are completely taken by the spectacular views and serene atmosphere. Your vacation really does start from the word go, after receiving a refreshing wet flannel you are led to the to the check in area, an outdoor balcony seating arrangement where you can enjoy a welcome drink and enjoy the views.

The service at Daios Cove is impeccable, the staff are attentive and discrete, tending to your every need. The one bedroom suites are a great choice, offering spacious accommodation, a large terrace (with the option of a private pool) and all with a sea view. For a more luxurious option there are one, two and three bedroom villas. The resort is large and compact, however even at full capacity escapes the feeling of being over crowded. Daios Cove is designed with natural resources in mind and the resort nestles into the cove on which it is built beautifully.

The resort offers a vacation for both adults and children, there is a Scott Dunn Explorers kids club centrally located where our team of nannies and rangers provide an action packed, age appropriate activity program for the children. Activities include anything from baking or participating in Scott Dunns very own Ready, Steady, Cook to tennis lessons, water sports and the older children are even taken off site to the local water park or olive oil farm.

Every aspect from the design to the service, facilities and excellent childcare has been designed with the guest in mind.


Alice Peal (Staff)

Daios Cove is a beautifully set resort camouflaged into the hillside on which it is built offering sea views from all rooms! The service is fantastic from the personal and friendly Anna, the guest relations manager, to the creative and qualified Nannies in the Scott Dunn Explorers kids club as well as the waiters and waitresses giving impeccable table service. From the moment you arrive, you are offered a cool towel, a welcome drink and the chance to relax before you are escorted to your room where your luggage awaits you. The resort is relatively spread out so they provide Golf Carts to chauffeur you wherever you wish to go, but this also means that it feels extremely quiet even at near full capacity.

The private beach is lovely with shelving water making it perfect for paddling in the clear waters, whilst at the bottom of the resorts hill the funicular means you dont have a long walk down. There are also watersports available on the beach for the more active families - I would really recommend a thrill ride on the inflatable tube, alternatively, Stand Up Paddling Boarding for a more tranquil option!

The main Pangea restaurants offers an expansive buffet for breakfast and supper, but without the food feeling mass produced. Ocean is a beautiful fine dining restaurant and has a truly stunning menu Id certainly give the Black Cod main course a try! Taverna still offers an impressive menu, but with a slightly more relaxed and makes a perfect location for lunch or dinner.

All rooms are well-sized and have lovely views, but as always you get what you pay for and as you step up the levels, there is a noticeable upscale in terms of space and what is on offer. The villas are absolutely perfectly set up for families with a private pool meaning you can escape to your own place should you wish, but the facilities and atmosphere in the hotel are still nearby.

The spa is extremely impressive, Id recommend booking a treatment, possibly a couples massage, giving you the chance to use their impressive wet area with varying saunas, steam rooms and with refreshments including an ice machine available. There is a daily program of activities from yoga and pilates to a diving taster session in the main pool as well as evening music and entertainment, this is certainly worth checking out if you struggle to sit still by the pool for too long!


Hannah Fullagar (Staff)

As soon as you walk through the doors at Daios Cove you are hit with the five star ambience that takes over the resort. You are welcomed by a team of smiling staff and views that no photograph could ever do justice. This introduction really set the tone for the rest of my stay at Daios Cove; it is the ideal setting for a luxury, relaxing vacation. The staff at Daios Cove are always on hand to help in any way they can; the club cars were always there to take us around the resort within a couple of minutes request, glasses of drink were kept topped up at dinner time, and any questions or requests were dealt with very efficiently.

Walking out of your door in the morning to a private pool with sunbeds and towels waiting for you is definitely something anyone could get used to, and definitely a great addition to a vacation, however if you do not have a private pool, or if you just fancy a change of scenery, the main swimming pool is very inviting. The infinity style pool looks out to sea, and despite the hotel being full while I was there, there was never a shortage of sunbeds. The sunbed set up on the beach itself, along with the amount of room options with private pools meant that the pool area, or the hotel in general for that matter, never felt busy at all.

If one things for certain, you will not go hungry at Daios Cove! The three restaurants all have mouth-watering menus, with a great range of dishes, and fantastic service. The only trouble is, its all so good, its quite a challenge to save room for dessert!

Of course the one final addition to really help make your vacation as relaxing as possible is the Scott Dunn Explorers kids club. Take some time out on the beach or even explore the local area for the day, knowing your children are in safe hands with the team. They work so well with age appropriate activities to keep everyone occupied, helping you to relax in the knowledge that your little ones are having as good a time as you are.


Lily Cai (Staff)

Daios Cove is an idyllic destination for families and although resort style, manages to attain the quiet and peaceful feeling of a much smaller hotel. The view of the cove is visible from a number of the rooms and the main parts of the hotel and it simply mesmerising with a white sand beach and crystal clear waters. With a great selection of water-sports available and a well established children's club, there is plenty to keep the whole family entertained. The fine dining restaurant serves up some unforgettable dishes and the spa area is vast. You will return from a vacation to Daios Cove feeling utterly relaxed and refreshed.



"So shall we drop him off at the kids club?

It was a question asked more in hope than expectation. My wife arched a solitary eyebrow and cast me a look that was somewhere between disbelief and despair. Her answer was a perfectly weighted: Are you joking?

Was I joking? It was day one of our first family vacation and we had opted for the considerable charms of Daios Cove resort on the north-east coast of Crete. The last nine months had been a blur of doe-eyed doting on our newborn son, juggling full-time jobs, broken sleep, midnight bottle feeds and the rest. I could think of nothing better than sun, sand, sea and silence. There was no shame in that, so I held her gaze, stiffened my resolve and told her exactly how it was: Er, yes, of course, I was joking.

One thing you quickly learn as a new father is that your vacation time is not your own it is goodbye to a week of novels, siestas, sundowners and lie-ins, and hello to a week of being entertainer, lifeguard, porter, waiter, feeder, carer and cleaner.

Of course, I had little to complain about. Yes, I had heard all the horror stories about flying with babies Mumsnet seemed to be a recipe for a nervous breakdown for the first-time traveling parent from stories of babies being on the terrorist watchlist and burst ear drums, to husbands being force-fed breast milk at security.

But the journey had proved remarkably easy. It helps that the Scott Dunn version of family travel is not reality. It may not come cheap, but I was sold on its merits before we even left south London. We had been emailed in advance by one of their representatives with our requirements nappies, cots, rash vests, sun hats, milk monitors, pures, sterilisers, strollers, wipes, toys, books, bibs all would be ready and waiting in our room on arrival. As a result my wife's luggage went from oversized to (almost) normal-sized. With the promise of child care on tap and a kids club for all ages, things were looking up.

Just 10 minutes from the town of Agios Nikolaos, the resort was the idea of a German businessman in the Seventies. The story goes that he was sailing his yacht along the coast and was forced to seek shelter from a storm in the nearest bay. The clouds lifted to reveal a horseshoe bay of sand and crystal-clear water, flanked by rocky cliffs, and he was smitten. It is not hard to see why.

But, alas, he was unable to complete his labour of love, selling the plot in 2007 to the Daios family. They finished what he started in 2010. It has been quite a feat of construction. Clinging to the hillside like an amphitheater, the resort is built in the style of a Cretan village, with 300-plus villas and apartments lining eight streets, cascading down to the private beach below.

The architects seemed to have an understanding of the things that matter most to families: space, privacy and anonymity. The 42 sq m apartments rival any resort for size and each has a private pool. The views are the real bonus the bay flanked by parched hills on one side and the endless Aegean on the other. Only the small island of Spinalonga, the former leper colony made famous by Victoria Hislops novel The Island, interrupts the vista.

But with all this height and space came compromise. The novelty of the funicular rides up and down the floors of this multilayered property wears a little thin when you realise you have left your sun hat behind (wife), mistaken the sun cream for the aftersun (husband twice) or forgotten the nappies (husband never again) and face a 15-minute round trip to recover them. However, the pain is alleviated somewhat by the chauffeur-driven buggies at resort level that whizz you back to your rooms at all times of the day.

The drinking options were impressive the rooftop cocktail bar, swim-up bar and a beach bar were music to the ears of new parents. Meanwhile, eating choices included the Greek-style Taverna, fine dining at the Ocean restaurant, and family-friendly meals at Pangaea. If the food was a little underwhelming (the lobster evening at the Taverna excepted), the staff were the opposite they could not have been more helpful.

Family mealtimes were a military operation in which the staff played a key role moving sharp implements out of reach, catching glass objects, and blocking anything ejected. As parents we wore Stepford Wives-style grins and offered profuse apologies in that very British way. We may be new parents but we are in complete control, thank you very much.

And when the waitress on the third day offered to whisk our son around the room for a few precious minutes while we sat back and sipped our coffee, we looked on her like a saint. Peace at last.

There are kids clubs. And there are kids clubs. The resort's own kids club seemed to be everything I imagined it would be screaming kids tearing around like they were on a permanent sugar high. The beleaguered staff were doing a sterling job but they had their hands full. By contrast, the Scott Dunn Explorers club next door was the picture of serenity the highly qualified English staff seemed almost to be on a one-to-one basis with the children, there was every toy imaginable, quiet rooms for babies, bespoke kitchens and a whole range of activities on offer.

On the first morning, we peered through the window two or three times only to see him merrily playing. Then it was just a telephone call as we slipped into a rhythm: breakfast followed by kids club, followed parent time (beach, walk, lunch), then a post-lunch pickup and an afternoon of water-filled fun as a family after which our son was ready to collapse. We even enjoyed a sundowner or two and evening out, courtesy of those Scott Dunn babysitters. Selfish? Perhaps. Self-sustaining? Absolutely.



Parents are given ample opportunity to escape and unwind at the Daios Cove, which nestles on a hillside overlooking its private bay, as the resort comes fully equipped with childrens clubs for babies to teens.

Under the close supervision of highly qualified, multi-lingual nursery staff, younger family members are free to enjoy the child-friendly beach, outdoor pool and playground, while the grown-ups indulge in pampering sessions at the spa.

The beachfront location and year-round sunshine of the island ensures a host of watersports are also available, while tennis enthusiasts and sailing pros are also well catered for. Nearby attractions include Knossos Palace, the remnants of the great Minoan kingdom.



Returning home from Crete last month I peered over my shoulder at three sleepy heads in the back of the car, and asked my children so what was the best bit?

The apple pie flavored villa! came one reply.

Making a movie at Scott Dunn Explorers! came another.

The friends we made! was the final vote.

Quite frankly Im not sure anybody could better the family vacation weve just had with Scott Dunn.

As many of you know, earlier this year I was asked to design a new childrens menu for Scott Dunn Explorers, the exclusive childrens clubs available at four stunning resorts in the Med. And over the June half-term I was invited to actually experience a family vacation, the Scott Dunn way you know, just to see what all the fuss is about.

The stunningly glamorous Daios Cove is positioned on the fashionable east coast of Crete with a number of villas, ecologically built into the rock face that encircles this resorts pice de rsistance: an extremely pretty cove. And here basks a sandy beach that has something for everyone: romance for couples (try lunch at The Taverna, overlooking the sea); pampering for stress-heads (prompt beach-side service ensures you can quite literally lose yourself in a book if not, the spa); kicks for adrenalin junkies (with regular scuba dive and boat trips); and quite simply good old fashioned seaside fun for kids. The sea is not only dotted with gorgeous pockets of warmth but the tides are gentle and the waters meander slowly to their depths, creating a distinct shallow end for children. And somehow all of us - families, couples, execs and even a well-behaved hen party - co-existed quite happily alongside each other. No mean feat.

We stayed in a two bedroomed villa, overlooking the sea. Plaudits first for a generously sized and beyond comfortable bed. Ive always maintained that a hotel room can be as beautiful as the interiors team fancy (and ours was indeed very luxe) but if youre not getting a good nights sleep then no amount of scatter cushions can undo this. Matt and I slept like babies.

Having said that, if the interior of the villa scored points, it was the outside space that we were really impressed with. Our private pool was (unexpectedly) big enough to swim lengths in and was temperature controlled. This was a wonderful plus point for those mornings that we simply fancied a bit of privacy.

Our villa also had two extremely spacious bathrooms to match its two bedrooms, replete with Greek-made (paraban free) ethical toiletries - nice touch.

Add in the impressively stocked mini bar, Sky TV, air con, and wifi well quite frankly we could have vacationed in our villa and still not felt short changed. But theres a lot to awaken the senses here not least the food.

At Daois Cove the food choices are varied. There are three main restaurants. The waterside Taverna serves traditional Greek dishes with a twist (do also try the local wine its really good). The Ocean restaurant does gourmet Italian and while we didnt try it, I heard high praise from other guests. And the Pangea serves a variety of international cuisine with various theme nights, on a sort of posh all-you-can-eat basis. The kids were in their own little food nirvana. Im not a dessert person but oh boy the dessert choice at Pangea is quite simply phenomenal. They do a wonderful Rebani (a traditional, fragrant semolina-based cake) that my younger daughter and I kept going back to.

And if you overdo it on either the rebani or the raki theres the option to work it off either in the (very beautiful) infinity pool or at one of the gym classes in the spa. I did a yoga class outside, under the just-getting-going early morning sun. These are the things memories are made of. It was blissful.

Saving the best until last though and what really made this vacation so special was the time our kids spent at Scott Dunn Explorers. They had an absolute blast so much so that by the penultimate day I almost had to drag them out in order to spend at least another day at the beach with mummy and daddy.

At Scott Dunn Explorers they take entertainment very seriously the itinerary was just incredible. On directors day they made a gorgeous mini film (later given to parents on a USB stick how cool?!); on splash day they went to the local water park; they even undertook a cookery class. With me! Take a look

And of course they made new friends. Lots of them. That in itself was a big pull (as by the way were the two funiculars that got us up and down from beach to resort. What a cool idea).

My best memory? Making new friends ourselves actually - with the lovely parents of our kids new friends! We all took to meeting at the gorgeous cocktail bar, which overlooks the entire resort (this is also the place where youll be taken to on arrival with complimentary cold drinks all round and cookies and milk for the kids). Here, while the kids played (waaay past bedtime), the dads watched some of Euro 2012 on big screens set up especially (hey, Greece were playing after all), and the gals giggled and chatted over seriously - the single best mojitos I have ever tasted.

The thing is, its sometimes the small touches that make a family vacation. Arriving with young kids and seeing that your villa has already been baby-proofed (God bless the stair guard). Or having somebody from the childrens club meet your children in advance because they know that no matter how excited kids may be to meet new friends or have new adventures, its always a bit scary going to new places.

Basically the kids had fun, Matt and I had a rest and in-between times we had great food, plenty of sunshine, and quality time with the children on a stunning beach. Now thats how to do a family vacation.



Highly Commended Best Family Hotel 2012 - Daios Cove, Crete

Fabulous location, amazing amenities, delicious food and lots of brilliant stuff for families: this fine overseas hotel has it all.

A Grecian idyll of calm and relaxation for the grown-ups at least. The children may prefer the lively activities on offer at Daios Cove's first-class childrens club, with trips to the beach, treasure hunts and games, while parents enjoy the spa or fabulous eateries. Combine the best of the best by using winner of our Best Family Tour Operator Award, Scott Dunn, to book your vacation at Daios Cove.

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