Naxos regularly tops the polls for the best Greek islands for families. It has all the facilities that your family might need, including its own airport for easy arrivals. And while it has all the activities, tavernas, and bars that you’d expect of an Aegean hotspot, it’s also far more relaxed than some other, nightlife-fuelled islands.
It also has some of the most child-friendly beaches. Naxos is renowned for its clear, shallow waters and sandy seabeds perfect for younger children. With over 30 beaches to choose from, you’ll also find some more rugged stretches perfect for older children who like to explore, windsurfers, and nature lovers. Throw in the balmy Greek weather, legendary Greek hospitality, and delicious Greek food and you’re on to a family-friendly winner.
But, with over 1,000 hotels and resorts to choose from, deciding where to stay in Naxos with your family is a touch easier said than done. That’s why we’ve done our best to whittle them down for you into our list of the 9 best child-friendly resorts on the island. Enjoy!
Iria Beach Art Hotel
This award winner is regularly mentioned as the best family-friendly hotel on Naxos. The four-star Iria is located right on the beach and offers soundproof, air-conditioned family suites in which extra beds for children up to 16 are free of charge. The hotel has beautiful gardens, an on-site restaurant, a coffee shop, a full-service spa, and childcare services.
The picturesque Agia Anna beach lies right outside the door and is one of the most popular beaches on Naxos. This long sandy stretch is a tourist favorite, especially for its pretty little fishing boat port. The beach has shallow water, umbrellas, and sun loungers to rent, and plenty of tavernas and restaurants for you to explore. If you fancy a change it’s only a ten-minute walk to Agios Prokopios beach one way or popular Plaka the other. Naxos town is 4.5 km away.
Reviews praise the large, bright rooms, the food at the onsite restaurant, the friendly service, and the beachside location. A few did lament the lack of a pool but with the sea only 11m away we don’t think that’s a deal-breaker.
Best for: Beachfront location.
This three-star gem is a winner for the mid-range budget. Resort-style Galaxy has large, palm tree-dotted grounds, a huge pool, and sparkling white buildings built in the traditional style of the Cyclade islands. All the rooms have been recently renovated and large soundproof family rooms are available in triple or quadruple bed. The hotel will provide childcare if requested. It also offers a child-friendly buffet and will make kids meals to special dietary requirements if needed. For adults, there is a bar, restaurant, and full-service spa on site. The hotel offers free bicycles and can also arrange any other activities you would like to do including horse riding, scuba diving, windsurfing, and cookery classes.
The hotel is located just steps from Agios Georgios beach, one of the most popular family-friendly beaches on Naxos. Its calm shallow water, lifeguards, and watersports make it one of the best beaches for children on the Island. However, if you fancy a change there are several other beaches within walking distance. Naxos port and Old Town are also located less than a kilometer away from the hotel.
Reviews praise the large pool and pool bar, the warm welcome and wonderful staff, spacious rooms, and beach location.
Address: Agios Georgios Beach, Naxos Chora, 84300, Greece
Best for: Resort living that won’t break the bank.
This budget-friendly, family-run hotel sits right in the thick of things in Naxos Old Town. Panorama lives up to its name with a rooftop terrace offering stunning views out across the old town, the port, the Aegean Sea, and to Naxos Castle which is situated close by. Family rooms are available and the accommodation is simple but clean and cheerful and surprisingly quiet for the location. Games and toys are available for children and the front desk can help you book any activities you might want to do.
Guests can visit the castle, Panagia Myrtidiotissa Church, the archeological museum, and the folk museum all within easy walking distance. And even though you couldn’t be more in the town if you tried, this hotel is still only a 750m walk to popular, beautiful Agios Georgios Beach.
Reviews praise the view, the service, the friendly, helpful owners, the location, and teh breakfasts. A few reviews mention that the rooms could do with updating, but for the price, we think this one’s a winner.
Best for: Being right in the thick of it on a budget
Nissaki Beach Hotel
Nissaki’s five-star accommodation is located directly on the beach of Agios Georgios, the most popular, most family-friendly beach in Naxos. The luxurious rooms are minimalist, elegant, and airy with pool or sea views. Family suites are available and are soundproofed, airconditioned, and have private terraces. The palm tree-dotted pool area is lovely as is the attached jacuzzi. The on-site restaurant will serve you breakfast in your room, by the pool, or at its beachside tables. It specializes in seafood and Mediterranean dishes and has excellent reviews.
But if you fancy eating elsewhere, Naxos town is only a 200m walk away along with all its amenities sights, and conveniences. Agios Georgios beach also has several other tavernas and bars for you to sample. This blue flag beach has calm, shallow water, lifeguards, and plenty of shade umbrellas available to rent. For older children, there’s a sports club that offers watersports such as windsurfing, kayaking, and sailing.
Reviews praise the luxurious accommodation, high level of service, excellent restaurant, and beachfront location.
Best for: Beachfront luxury living.
For those who want a resort-style holiday away from the tourist hordes and town crowds, Finikas is the spot for you. Located in a remote spot 17kms away from Naxos towns and airport, Finikas sits on the island’s southwest coast. Close to several stunning beaches including one of the longest and most beautiful on Naxos, Aliko beach.
With 4000 square meters of garden, a pool, playground, several beaches, sand dunes, cedar forest, and plenty of open countrysides, this spot is for nature lovers who want to get out and explore. There are several hiking trails nearby and the hotel offers free bicycles to get you and your family out enjoying the island of Naxos.
The soundproof rooms are large with private terraces and can sleep up to five people. The hotel has a pool bar and restaurant specializing in local cuisine and three more restaurants are within walking distance. For those wanting to relax after a day of exploring there is a full-service spa, sauna, and hot tub. For the children, there is a pool, playground, and games room and childcare services are available on request. A variety of watersports, horseriding, and other activities can be booked at the tour desk.
Reviews praise the beachfront location and surrounding natural beauty, but do recommend hiring a car to make the most of the area.
Best for: Nature lovers who want to avoid the crowds and explore the island.
This one is perfect for those who want the best of both worlds. The beautiful Spiros hotel gives you traditional resort vibes with its pool, terraces, and sparkling white architecture, whilst being located in Naxos town. You can lounge by the pool all day and then stroll out into the town for dinner. And just so you aren’t missing out on anything, the most popular beach on Naxos Agio Georgios, is only 150m away.
Rooms are large and airy, decorated in minimalist white with bright splashes of color. They all have modern, stylish bathrooms and kitchenettes to give you the added freedom to cater a little for yourselves. Family rooms can sleep four people and the two-roomed suits can sleep five. We recommend the Grand Two Roomed Suite because it has a private hot tub on its sea view balcony, What bliss!
Reviews praise the location close to the beach and town, delicious breakfasts, stylish rooms with private balconies, and powerful showers. One reviewer does say that the pool is not best suited to small children as there are no steps in, just a ladder.
Best for: Best for resort-style near the center of town.
Valena Mare Suites & Apartments
This quiet, family-run place, is perfect for those who want to feel like they are on a country retreat while still being close to the beaches of Naxos. The Valena Mare Apartments offer all the freedom of being self-catered. They have fully equipped kitchens and barbeque facilities are also available. Budget in price but not in service, the apartments offer daily room cleaning and grocery delivery should you want it.
All rooms are soundproofed, family rooms are available and the owners provide books games music, and toys for your children’s entertainment. Babysitting and childcare services are also available on request.
There is a beautiful pool set in the lush gardens, surrounded by palm trees, and a 200m walk away is one of Naxos’ most popular beaches, Planka. The beach has sunbeds available for rent and several tavernas sitting right on the sand. Other restaurants, bars, and grocery stores are within a 20-minute walk of the accommodation. Naxos Port, old town, and airport are 6-8km away.
Reviews praise the family-run ethos and the personal, friendly service provided by the owner. They also recommend hiring a car to make the most of the surrounding area.
Best for: Those wanting a quiet, country villa-style retreat.
Orkos Beach Hotel
What we love about the Orkos Beach Hotel is that it takes care of the adults and the little ones. Yep, there’s an on-site playground where the kids can swing and run around to their heart’s content. But there’s also a chic spa facility where mom and dad can enjoy salt-wrap facial treatments and sessions in the steam room.
The rooms channel a touch of the boho-Greek character. They’re Cyclades through and through, with whitewashed walls and adobe exteriors, all knitted together by big, sunny patios. The pool sits in a large and grassy garden and is big enough to cater to all guests. Everywhere has air conditioning, and there’s good WiFi throughout (a must for the TikTokers of today, eh?).
And there’s another draw for families. The hotel is just steps behind Mikri Vigla Bay. That’s one of the island’s hotspots for kitesurfing. When the strong summer northerlies set in, you can head there for lessons in how to whiz over the waves. There are surf schools right by the sand that offer packages for all levels.
Address: Main Street, Mikri Vigla 843 00, Greece
Best for: Windsurfers!
Summerland Holiday’s Resort
The Summerland Holiday’s Resort is a more classic family escape. It’s midrange on the price scale, so you should have a little stack of euros left for the windsurfing lessons and taverna meals. But it’s also very comfy and highly rated. The apartment rooms can fit up to five people at once. They’re tastefully decorated with exposed-brick walls and desk spaces, and are just about perfect if you’re traveling with the whole crew.
Summerland boasts its own on-site pool. It’s a big one, with plenty of sunbed seating areas lining its sides, a couple of shaded cabanas, and a walk-up bar on hand. You might not want to spend too long there though. Gorgeous Kastraki Beach is just a few steps away, offering the fabled white-sands of western Naxos and lots of snorkeling spots to boot. This is also a great location to launch explorations of the Cedar Forest of Alyko, a wooded clutch of coastline that has spectacular coves a short drive to the south of the hotel.
Address: Kastraki Beach, 843 00, Greece
Best for: Families on a midrange budget.