We have just returned from our first holiday abroad as a family of three at the Sensatori Resort in Crete. For those who are looking for ideas for future holidays with young children I thought it might be helpful to put together a review on our hotel. Here goes…..
Overview – We spent a long time umming and ahhing about where to go for our first holiday abroad. We wanted sun. We wanted pools. We wanted a beach. We wanted good food. Holidays were never going to be the same as what they were pre-kids, but we also hoped for somewhere with a laid back vibe. I had heard about Sensatori previously but had never really looked into it as I had dismissed it as exclusive to families. Now with a little two year old boy in tow, these family orientated resorts had a new appeal. Sensatori Crete is the very first Sensatori hotel and is located right next to a beach, which made it the ideal spot for us as we love our seaside walks.
Rooms – We had a family room with seaview, sliding doors and a balcony. The room was extremely clean and spacious, with a travel cot for the little tyke. After previous experience with an uncomfortable travel cot, we brought along a travel cot mattress and we feel that this really made the difference to the little mans sleep. The bathroom wasn’t the most modern decor, but it was nice and big for us all to share. Our bed was extremely comfortable and we all slept really well!
Nursery – We couldn’t bring many toys for the little man and we worried that he might get bored. So for a couple of hours in the afternoons, we booked him into the Sensatori nursery. Here he got to make new friends, play with toys and lots of craft activities. The nursery staff were all British trained and did an absolutely wonderful job of entertaining the children. Another bonus is that it also kept him safe out of the sun at the hottest time of the day (it was 33 degrees on the hottest day!). We even took away a little folder of his paintings as a holiday keepsake.
Food – We used the main buffet restaurant quite a lot of the time as we felt that it had lots of choice and the food was excellent quality. Plus buffets are always so much easier for children! They even had a little kids station for the little ones. You also had the option of booking other speciality restaurants and we tried the Tex-Mex and Asian restaurant whilst we were there. They were ok, but the buffet worked out better for us. For in between meal time options, there was also a snack bar (great for if you don’t want to leave the sun lounger!).
Location – We like being by the sea and have always enjoyed walks by the coast. It became our new routine to have dinner and then take a stroll by the beach side before drinks. The landscape with the mountains in the distance did look stunning. The beach didn’t have the best quality sand, but it was nice enough. The area was pretty laid back with a few shops, mini supermarkets and bars dotted around.
Pools – Our favourite part of the holiday! On the first day our little boy was a bit nervous of the childrens splash pool, but by day two he loved it! The splash pool featured a sprayground, tipping bucket and water jets. We enjoyed it just as much as he did!
Entertainment – We liked sitting in the lobby bar in the evening to wind down, but we were a bit too tired for anything else. The Sensatori resorts also put on shows for the kids called Playtime live. We tried it, we hated it and the little tyke ran out the room. Guess he wasn’t a fan either!
Conclusion – We would love to return to this resort, or possibly another Sensatori resort in the future. With a young family we felt that we were well catered for and it was nice to be surrounded by families similar to ourselves. All in all, we had a wonderful time at Sensatori Crete!
Hope you are all well, ta ta for now xxx