Naxos with Kids – The Best Family Hotels

Updated: October 5, 2017

Naxos ferry with kids.

Naxos Family Hotels – Tips and Recommendations

  • Naxos is the most family-friendly Greek Island. Great beaches, good food, fun vibe, and lots of small friendly hotels.
  • The best family hotels on Naxos are Nissaki Beach Hotel (for beach and town) and Iria Beach Art Hotel (for idyllic beach vacation).
  • St George Beach (in Greek Agios Georgios) is an easy walk from all Naxos Town hotels and is the most kid-friendly beach on Naxos. It’s protected on 3 sides and very shallow for a long ways out.
  • The wonderful beaches of Agios Prokopios, Agia Anna, and Plaka are all easily reached by bus from Naxos Town.
  • Renting a car makes seeing the wonderful inland villages much easier (especially when traveling with kids).

The 12 Best Family Hotels on Naxos

Large rooms for families are few on Naxos. Book early as they get reserved early.

  • Nissaki Beach Hotel – Naxos Town
    My favorite hotel on Naxos and right on kid-friendly Saint George’s Beach. Family suites sleep family of 4. There’s a nice pool and it’s a very short walk to the restaurants of Naxos Town.
  • Xenia Hotel – Naxos Town
    Inexpensive and cheap rooms are smack in the middle of the Chora. Quadruple rooms have 3 single beds and a sofa bed. Saint George Beach is a 5 minute walk.
  • Panorama Hotel Naxos – Naxos Town
    Triples and quads. Great location for catching the ferry. (One of the cheapest hotels in Naxos Town with large rooms.)
  • Santa Katerina Apartments & Studios – Naxos Town
    Recently refurbished suites with kitchens and lots of room. It’s an easy walk to both Naxos Town and the beach.
  • Kymata Hotel – Naxos Town
    Triples, quads, and suites. (Great budget choice.)
  • Porto Naxos – Naxos Town
    Family rooms are two interconnected rooms each with their own bathroom. Nice pool. Beach and restaurants are a 5 minute walk.
  • Kalergis Studios – Naxos Town
    Good sized family suites come with small kitchens and separate sleeping areas. The hotel is right on the beach. This is a great deal but the family rooms often sell out far in advance.
  • Agios Prokopios Hotel – Agios Prokopios Beach
    Apartments have kitchens, 1 double bed, and 2 single beds. A short walk to one of the best beaches on Naxos.
  • Galaxy Hotel Naxos – Saint George Beach
    Nice pool and a short walk to beach and restaurants. Triples and quadruples are good for families.
  • Hotel Anemomilos – Agia Anna Beach
    Triple and family rooms are good for families and come with a small kitchen. Steps from a great beach. Nice pool too.
  • Naxos Kalimera Hotel & Studios – Agia Anna Beach
    1 and 2 bedroom apartments have kitchens. Nice pool. 10 minute walk to a great beach.
  • Iria Beach Art Hotel – Agia Anna Beach
    The best family beach hotel on Naxos. The Family Suite sleep family of 4, Deluxe Family Suite sleeps family of 5 or 6. Great location for beach and restaurants.
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28 Questions and Comments

  1. Hotel on Naxos with Child

    Hi Dave. Thanks so much for your tips. It’s been so very helpful to give us a guide, all the way over here in Australia. Quick question – we’re planning 8 nights in Naxos the first week of June next year, with our 3 year old. We’re looking just to hang by the beach, then by a pool and in-between, taste all the delicious food! perhaps wander around some shops. A relaxing holiday will be in order! On your recco, I’m looking at either the Iria Beach Art Hotel or the Galaxy Hotel. Which one do you prefer if we want a stroll to beach and shops/restaurants, a pool, good sleeping arrangements for a family and ambiance from the balcony, as we’ll be spending time there after our daughter is in bed early. Really, really appreciate your advice (or suggestion for a different hotel….). Thank you!!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Hotels + Travel

      Iria is better for beach holiday. Galaxy is better to enjoy town, shops, and better collection of restaurants. Both great hotels.

  2. Where To Go With Baby in Greece

    Hi there, we are looking to visit Greece for the first time with my wife and 4 month old baby for 9 days. We are looking to stay in luxury accommodation (either a villa or a hotel) that is on or very close by a nice beach that we can swim at that has restaurants and shops close by. We are wanting limited time on planes, boats etc. Where do you suggest we go and how do you suggest we plan our visit to Greece? Many thanks.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Hotels + Travel

      Naxos is a great island for families and the Nissaki Beach Hotel the best place to stay on St Georges Beach. From there it’s an easy walk to lots of shops and restaurants. Naxos is a short flight (about 45 minutes) from Athens or a 3 to 5 hour ferry depending on which one choose.

  3. Accommodation for Family of 6

    I am hoping you can help with our Greece plans this summer. We are a family of 6 and are backpacking through Europe for 6 weeks this summer. An itinerary has been hard to nail down. At the very least we want to see Athens and spend some time in the Islands. We probably wont have more than 4 or 5 days for Greece, unfortunately. One of our biggest struggles is finding less expensive lodging for a family of 6. I really want to see the Blue Caves in Zakynthos and thought about staying on this island for a few days, but this post has made me consider Naxos. Do you have any overall recommendations for seeing the Greek Islands in a short amount of time with lodging for a family of 6? Tiffany

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Hotels + Travel

      Mike’s Studios has good cheap family rooms that sleep a family of 6. Good central location in Naxos Town.

  4. Santorini and Naxos with 2 Year Old

    Thank you for your wonderful and helpful website! Travelling with children can be daunting and having all the information to hand is so useful (and reassuring!)

    After looking at all of your wonderful advice we have booked to do Santorini/Naxos end of May beginning of June with our 2 year old. 2 days in Santorini followed by 6 days at the Nissaki in Naxos then a further 2 days in Santorini before flying home!

    Thanks again,

    Mario O

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Hotels + Travel

      Awesome. Sounds like a great itinerary. You’ll love it.

  5. Kalergis Studios for Family

    Thanks for all your valuable information.

    I was leaning towards the Kalergis Studios as we need a kitchenette. How is this hotel location compared to the Nissaki Beach hotel. Are quality of the family rooms ok?

    Thanks,
    Aashish

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Hotels + Travel

      Family rooms at Kalergis are great. Basically 2 double rooms with a connecting door. Both rooms have small kitchens. It’s less than a 1 minute walk along the beach from Nissaki to Kalergis. The sand in front of Kalergis is nicer than in front of Nissaki. Both are an easy walk to town and restaurants.

  6. What Greek Island with 2 Kids

    Hi David. We have a week to spend in mid July and are looking for an un-touristy, authenic greek island experience with culture, history, good food, a laid back vibe and a good couple of beaches to explore. Children are 10 and 12 so old enough to not necessarily require children’s entertainment. We would prefer to stay in a villa as opposed to a hotel/resort. We were thinking of Crete, but wondering if Naxos (or other?) would be better. Any other islands worth researching? Terry

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Hotels + Travel

      Lots of good choices but Naxos would be my top recommendation.

  7. Two Weeks – Which Greek Islands for Family of 4?

    Hi David
    Thanks for the wonderful reviews of Naxos, I am currently researching a holiday to the greek islands for my 10 year wedding anniversary 2018 probably for 2 weeks, and plan to go there with my husband and two kids who will be 7 and 5. My husband gets very bad motion sickness so he isn’t too keen to travel by boat for long periods of time. So this is a major factor on deciding which island to choose. I would like a family friendly island but that also has some fun things to do, and great eating out as we love it! i would love to rent a villa so that we have room to move and options to cook at home some meals, not sure if i want to drive though (although my husband love the challenge!)…..and we want to be able to fly in and out. I am still deciding weather I want to do two islands and spend a week in each or just choose one and experience a bit of the life and rhythm….I would love to see Santorini because it looks beautiful but have read plenty that is not very family friendly, and think mykonos could be another option? I would also like to have a small ceremony to revisit our vows and have some photos taken? Do you have amy recommendations? I would really appreciate as it will really help me narrow down and make a decision.
    Thanks Viv

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Hotels + Travel

      Naxos is exactly what you’re looking for so great choice. But for 2 weeks I would add a second (or third) island. Paros is the closest (if you’re worried about the ferry trip). Mykonos, Ios, and Santorini aren’t much farther. Be sure to travel on the Blue Star ferries (not the SeaJet or Hellenic Seaways) as they are large car ferries and make for the least amount of sea sickness. I think I would recommend flying to Mykonos (3 days), ferry to Naxos (8 days), ferry to Santorini (3 days). Both Mykonos and Santorini have international flights to Western Europe which can save a lot of time as you don’t have to fly via Athens. Most other islands have flights to and from Athens.

  8. Greek Islands with Family of 4

    Hi David! I did post a comment but it isn’t showing up on the page, for some reason.

    Just wanted to say you’re articles and answers have been a huge help in helping me plan our trip to Greece this summer.

    Just a few questions regarding our itinerary: Does the order of destinations make sense geographically, and, please advise on whether flight or ferry makes more sense between the islands. (I’ve slightly altered our dates since my last comment!)

    Aug 6: Arrive in Athens
    Aug 7: Athens
    Aug 8: Leave for Santorini (flight or ferry?)
    Aug 9: Santorini
    Aug 10: Santorini
    Aug 11: Leave for Naxos
    Aug 12: Naxos
    Aug 13: Naxos
    Aug 14: Naxos
    Aug 15: Naxos
    Aug 16: Leave for Crete
    Aug 17: Crete
    Aug 18: Crete
    Aug 19: Leave for Athens
    Aug 20: Athens
    Aug 21: Fly back to Dubai

    Thanks so much for your help! We have a 5 year old and 19 month old so are looking for a fun but family-oriented trip. We are considering air bnb for Santorini and Naxos, and will probably do hotels for both Athens and Crete.

    Please advise!!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Hotels + Travel

      That looks great but do go to Naxos first, then Santorini, then Crete. Ferry is probably best for all routes. That is a very busy (holiday) week for Greece so book ferries in advance.

  9. Itinerary for Athens, Naxos, and Paros

    We love your website and have constructed the following itinerary based on it (traveling with our 2.5 yr old son). Can you advise if it seems like too much/little time in any place.

    May 21 Istanbul – Athens 7:15pm-8:45pm
    May 25 Athens – Paros
    May 31 Paros – Naxos
    June 4 Naxos – Athens 7:15am-8am
    June 4 Athens – Istanbul 10am-11:30am

    Also we are having hard time locating a hotel, on booking.com, that has two connected rooms in Chora or St George’s beach with a view and kitchenette. Happy to spend up to 400 euro/night to find the right place. Most places have just one bedroom. Is there a travel agent you can recommend that knows the lodging?

    Thank you!!!!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Hotels + Travel

      That looks great. You could drop a day from Athens and add it to Paros or Naxos – but otherwise looks good. For a connected family room on Naxos try Kalergis Studios.

      1. Naxos and Paros

        Thanks! We’re booked at Kalergis. Was hoping for a bit more space but it seems like that’s the tradeoff for being on the beach!

        Now to hunt for a place in Paros. Is there an equivalent/better place you would suggest there? Also, we are planning on getting a car to tour around Naxos. Do you recommend this as well for Paros?

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Hotels + Travel

          On Paros I recommend staying in Naoussa or Parikia – both great towns. The best beaches are not close to either town though, so a rental car is nice to have. Also good for getting to the enchanting inland villages.

  10. Guides to Naxos and Paros

    Hi David
    What happened to the Naxos & Paros pages, now I can only see hotel recommendations and not the Guides with all kinds of info.. What did I miss?
    We are a family of 4 and are going to Naxos/Paros/Athens for 2 weeks this summer and your info was good to have for planning. Cheers, Frode Velde

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Hotels + Travel

      I have come to the slow/reluctant realization that people are more interested/concerned with booking good hotels in good locations (when they are planning their trip) than they are with Things To Do (which they feel they can figure out after they arrive). Also, some of the Naxos and Paros info was out of date. I will be adding back bits and pieces of current things to do with kids as I have time.

  11. Booking Naxos Ferry Tickets for a Family of 7

    Hi Dave

    1. Am I best booking ferries for 27 June from Santorini to Naxos now and who through? (4 adults and 3 teenagers)
    2. Similarly am I best booking the ferry from Naxos to Paros 5th July? (same numbers)
    3. After Paros I think you recommend Crete for my family of 3. I see the ferry is only an hour longer? Am I best ferry to Crete or fly?

    Thanks again

    Jenny

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Hotels + Travel

      You can book the Santorini to Naxos tickets and the Naxos to Paros tickets after you arrive in Greece. It’s the large Blue Star ferry and won’t sell out. But I would book the Santorini–Crete tickets in advance as that ferry can sell out – unlikely but still possible.

  12. Luxury Hotel with Kids in Naxos

    Hi David,

    We were planning our trip to Greece for September and our itinerary was 3 nights in Santorini, 3 nights in Naxos and 2 nights in Athens. We had our heart set on staying at Nissaki Hotel in Naxos, but just learned that they only allow children over the age of 12. Do you have any recommendations for another luxury beach front hotel close in to Chora that allow 3 year old child? Or is there another island instead of Naxos that you would recommend?

    Thanks so much for your help!
    Lani Schuman

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Hotels + Travel

      Take another look at the Nissaki as it seems like they’re allowing all kids for summer.

      Another very nice hotel is Hotel Grotta. Very warm and friendly. Not as luxurious as the Nissaki but people love this place. Good location close to Chora’s shops and restaurants and a short walk to the bus station for other beaches. Unfortunately it’s on the opposite side of Naxos Town than St George’s Beach – so if you want to go to the town beach you need to walk 10 to 15 minutes (not a big deal but certainly not as handy as the Nissaki).

  13. Greece with a 10 Year Old

    Hello David and family, I would like to send you a big HUG from Melbourne Australia. My Daughter age 10 and I have just returned from Greece and to be honest it was on YOUR ADVICE…When I was researching where to go, YOU just kept on popping up in my searches when I searched Child friendly Greek Islands….. with your little Nomads, POP POP POP. you kept coming up…. We were accompanying my older Parents to Malta, my Father’s birthplace for 7 weeks, I had not travelled there since I was 12, I started dreaming at 40 something……..while I’m on this side of the world.. I have to TRY and see Greece… it seemed undoable at first when I went to a travel Agent.. (I came out with a sad face $6000 for 3 weeks)…. I read all your notes (and Matt Barratts) …thank you so much! .I did my homework, I used booking.com and Aegean Airlines and WE DID IT for half the price at least. Santorini 3 days, (Golden Star Hotel – not luxury, clean, small room, but opened onto a good pool for a dip after sightseeing in the late afternoon and 2 min walk to town) Hired a car for a day 55 Euro and went up to the SPECTACULAR, (the driving was a little scary, left hand for me and wrong side of the road for me), We took the old road back and stumbled upon the BLACK BEACH….No Swimming gear with us….We JUMPED in in our dresses, it was amazing and a highlight, truly amazing place, we laid in the water on the amazing smooth black stones. The Corner Restaurant in FIRA we went to each day for breakfast, lovely Male owner who loved kids, what he does with kids crepes is out of this world, made child feel special with squeezed Oranges. the regular breakfasts were also amazing., .. NAXOS NAXOS NAXOS, thank YOU! 10 days – WE LOVED IT! (I think I was Naxian in another life)…It is so perfect for Families or for a Female/Male Sole Parent. We stayed at Alkyoni Beach Hotel at the end of St Georges Beach, (good 10 min walk to town) but plenty to see on the way, they were amazing, and the property is beautiful, better than I expected when I arrived, pretty gardens, flowers and someone tending them all the time I noticed.(the reviews when I booked were on the downside, I’m not sure why, it was lovely…I think it was $650 Euro which included breakfast (superb breakfasts) fantastic pool and staff, and then Booking.com contacted me and REFUNDED ME $150 as there was a discount!…We felt safe and free every day, we loved wandering through the Ancient city, up, up, up. we spent hours there. St Georges beach is perfect, grab a deck chair, book, shallowish waters, kids everywhere to join in with and they bring you a nice Gin and tonic (if you like lol) to you at your little chair, lovely…….We discovered MOUSTACHE a little tiny restaurant nearby and could not believe we were eating the BEST chicken and pork Heros with a glass of wine and a Lemonade for 6 Euro, we kept going back for the yumminess, then the bakery across the road with the most amazing strawberry glazed tarts and triple chocolate Tiirimisu for .80, and I’m not a sweet eater! …We loved Sircocco in the Square also, the food was amazing and we were paying $25 Australian Dollars for amazing Seafood, Lamb, Moussaka for 2 (I felt Guilty) – I found Naxos Very Cheap compared to Australia… Before we went to bed which was always late….yes we fed the pussy cats, nearby….we even bought pussy cat food…. shhhh…..We went to Paros on the Ferry for the day, the receptionist at Naxos said you may like to stay there, and we did, so wandered into a hotel in the Village, Atlantic I think it was, with a pool 30 Euro per night and stayed 2 nights, beautiful for a short stay, very boutique Island, more expensive than NAXOS. We had Dinner with 2 lovely girls from Finland on the water and it was 75 Euro for myself and child who had a bowl of chips, but it was a Special night, shall we say, great little cove beach in the town (have to look for it though) quaint and quiet. We flew from Naxos (teeny weeny airport and plane..aggggh) to Athens for 24 hours to connect to Malta, I was a true traveler by then and jumped on a train at the airport and made my own way – easy! We stayed at Adrian Hotel in the PLAKA – yep fine, right in the heart of it, not amazing or spectacular but fine, good aircon, (IT WAS HOT!) and good WIFI if anyone needs to know that, we used the hop on hop off bus for an hour or so and then nearly died from the heat so went out at 9pm and roamed around the city….Thank you so much David and Family for making my dreams come true and my little girl to yell OOOPA every 5 minutes, still 3 weeks after our retuen to Melbourne (4 degrees overnight- tonight) xx

    Sharon

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Hotels + Travel

      Great comment and sounds like a great trip. Awesome!

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