Kiss FM DJ and mother Neev Spencer heads to one of Greece’s most beautiful islands – Crete
In all my years of travelling in Europe I had never made it to Greece, so when the time came to arrange a big family holiday, Crete and its crystal-clear waters seemed like the perfect option. But accommodating a large group is never easy and with my toddler – Genevieve is almost two – and seven-month-old nephew in tow, it was crucial to find a resort that would cater for all our needs.
Transporting a little one can be one of the most challenging aspects of travelling, so I ordered the Silver Cross Reflex stroller before jetting off – and it turned out to be a real lifesaver. We cruised through the airport and Genevieve drifted off into a long afternoon nap just as we boarded the four-hour plane journey – bliss! We had no mid-air tantrums and trusty Peppa Pig was on hand to keep her amused.
I’ve been wanting to visit Blue Palace Resort & Spa for many years. A 50-minute drive from Heraklion airport, the resort stands along a stunning hillside with enviable views of the impressive island of Spinalonga. You can’t help but get those “holiday feels” all day long while you’re looking out over the bay. The waters in Greece are exactly as people say: bright blue and crystal clear. And as for the hospitality, we received the warmest of welcomes – something that lasted throughout the whole holiday.
Our room for the week was one of the impressive Island Suites, complete with a separate living dining space and a private pool. The accommodation was super spacious and the whole hotel was a pleasure to be in. The standards are very high, and the design combines traditional Greek architecture with modern style.
Having a space this large allowed us to enjoy the break ourselves, too. Genevieve was able to go to bed on time and my husband and I could enjoy the odd glass of wine on the terrace or watch a film in the adjacent room while she was asleep. We spent our days exploring the resort – its facilities kept the group interested – and we indulged in fresh fish and delicious local delicacies at the hotel. Our favourite dinner was at the Blue Door Taverna, the resort’s traditional Greek restaurant set on the beach.
From the trees and blossoming flowers to the stunning sea, the resort was perfect. The staff were friendly and always tried to help with any of our baby-related needs, like having high chairs ready at our breakfast table and washing bottles, plates, bibs and cutlery after meals. We made some amazing memories in this spot and I will always remember Genevieve’s excitement every breakfast, thinking about the day ahead.