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8th August 2018

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Crete is always a popular location for our single parent holiday makers – this will be our 5th visit to this lovely island. And with a fabulous 5 star hotel in a small and friendly Cretan resort, it’s easy to see why!

With an exquisite 1,000 kilometer-long coastline dotted with numerous coves, bays and peninsulas, Crete is the largest island in Greece and the fifth largest in the Mediterranean. White sandy beaches that look out over the clear blue seas of the Mediterranean make the island one of Europe’s most popular holiday destination.

Crete is more like a small country than another Greek island. It’s not just Greece’s largest island, but arguably its most fascinating and diverse, renowned for its natural beauty.  Spectacular mountain ranges dotted with caves are sliced by dramatic gorges that spill out to sea. The rugged interior is interspersed with vast plateaus and fertile plains. The east boasts Europe’s only palm-tree forest beach and the south coast has some of the most stunning beaches and isolated coves.

Its remarkable history is also evident across the island, and an excursion to the old leper colony, Spinalonga (as popularised in the film, the Island) is a fascinating experience.

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A fabulous location for a single parent holiday!  With a quality, all inclusive resort you have everything at hand, and can relax with new friends whilst your children play with theirs.  A trip into town is a leisurely stroll around the harbour; the tavernas overlooking the sea are welcoming and full of local Greek flavour.

Whilst many Crete resorts are manic in August, we’ve avoided the main tourist traps and August crowds, Sissi is a more laid back, traditional fishing village,  and a pleasant surprise, well hidden at the end of a narrow, winding road after turning off from the main, national highway.  Simply ideal for family holidays with children.

Where We're Staying

Arriving at Sissi, you immediately realise that everything here is much different than neighbouring Malia or nearby Hersonissos. What’s missing are the thousands of tourists and multitude of bars and clubs that result in a more hectic atmosphere. In Sissi, life flows at a much more easy and calm pace – ideal for single parent holidays, a great location for our group.

Life in Sissi revolves around the lovely little port in the rich, blue sea. There is a pier on one side of the harbour where the local fishing boats are secured, and a common, picturesque site is one of the fishermen’s women cleaning the catch of the day by the shore. This fresh fish, and the other edibles of the sea, is what lures many local residents from Heraklion to Sissi’s tavernas, which are built high on the port’s pier. And, of course, every new visitor should remember the golden rule of dining: “If the locals eat there, you know the food is good!”

On the shore across from the port there is a small sandy beach for anyone who can’t resist taking a dip in the crystal clear Mediterranean, which is always calm here, thanks to the wave-breaker. Immediately after the beach, there is a beautiful hotel garden, with numerous flowing palms and colourful flowers. It is certainly one of Crete’s most picturesque sights, which makes Sissi’s special little port even more unique.

There is a small sandy beach within the port of Sissi protected by a wave-breaker, a better beach is to be found only 500 metres to the east, Boufos beach, small and sandy with umbrellas and a beach taverna.

Dates

This holiday runs for 7 nights.

7 nights from Weds 8th Aug – Weds 15th Aug 2018

It may be possible to extend your holiday further should you wish, the earlier you contact us on this the better as this hotel always sells out quickly. Please email us at events@singlewithkids.co.uk to discuss.

This is subject to availability – this hotel does sell out quickly over summer!

*Please note that the coordinator is only available on the above dates*

Flights

The cost of the holiday is based on flights from Gatwick however we are also able to arrange flights from many regional airports too. The earlier you book your holiday the more chance of you have of avoiding these, flight prices increase closer to the holiday.

Family Ages

Suitable for all ages, from tots through to those hard to please teens. There’s plenty to interest mums or dads too – Crete is an all round winner.

Any Questions?

Do check out our  FAQ page for our overseas holidays, should your query not be covered by the above, please don’t hesitate to email us at events@singlewithkids.co.uk or using the  contact form on this site.

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At Single With Kids we realise how important it is to have reassurance that your holiday money is safe.

All payments Single With Kids Holiday Protectionyou make to Single With Kids for your holiday are protected, indeed we are the only single parent holiday specialist offering ATOL and ABTA protection for your overseas holiday to ensure you can book with full confidence.

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Accommodation

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Our fabulous star hotel offers comfortable accommodation spread out in lush gardens.  The great facilities, coupled with the close proximity of the town make this an ideal location for a laid back holiday but with that essential Greek flavour. The hotel lies just above a rocky cove with a small beach area, with the larger beach area a leisurely 15 minute walk through town. Officially rated 5 star (though we’d say it’s a very good 4 star), the hotel offers a great location coupled with good facilities.

Facilities include:

  • Kids club (4-12 years)
  • Frequent daytime activities and evening entertainment; usually includes shows and themed evenings
  • Seven outdoor swimming pools and a separate kids’ pool
  • 4 restaurants with a Greek and international dishes; diverse themed evenings running several times a week with Asian, African, American themed buffets;  a healthy menu; an Italian Trattoria with pizza and pastas. One restaurant overlooks the sea.
  • Sun terraces with sunloungers and parasols
  • Pool towels
  • Four restaurants (main buffet, Italian, gourmet and Mediterranean)
  • Five bars (including pool snack bar and lobby bar with satellite TV)
  • Waterpolo, football and aerobics. Table tennis and pool table
  • Gym (min. age 16yrs)
  • Spa (min. age 17yrs), beauty treatments and massages (additional cost)
  • Nightclub (min. age 17yrs)
  • Kids’ section of one of the main pools
  • Kids’ Playground
  • Wi-Fi (free in communal areas)
  • Free hotel shuttle to the beach

The hotel is only a few minutes stroll from the pictureque and natural harbour of Sissi.To the west, you can find the tourist resorts of Hersonissos and Malia with its archaeological sites, while to the east, there is another very popular resort, Agios Nikolaos. After a day of exploring, you can return to a delicious meal .

We have chosen this hotel for its fine blend of quality, excellent facilities and location..

What's Included

The holiday includes all inclusive. Flights and transfers are included in the price.

Included in the all inclusive package are the following:

  • Buffet-style meals, plus dinner in one of the a la carte restaurants.
  • Snacks are served at in the afternoon, these include afternoon tea and ice cream
  • An unlimited amount of hot; soft and alcoholic drinks (including some international drinks and cocktails) served for a minimum of 12 hours per day

The holiday will be accompanied by a Single With Kids coordinator who will arrange group get-togethers and events – please feel free to dip in and out of these as you wish. Excursions and admission prices are not included in the price.

Please note – there are no visas required for EU citizens to visit the  Greek islands, however  a Tourist Tax (as of January 2018) which will be payable upon arrival. This is currently 2 Euros per day for everyone aged 16 or over. HOWEVER; for further information on this tax is please do email in to us.

Things To Do

A great way to start off the holiday is a trip on the “happy train” in Sissi,a great opportunity to see what Sissi is like before you start walking around and something the kids will really enjoy.

In the last few years tourism has begun to develop in Sissi: In the centre of Sissi is the picturesque, little harbour as well as the tavernas, little shops and minimarkets. Sissi is the starting point of many beautiful walks (or even cycle rides for anyone feeling energetic).South of Sissi is Epano Sissi ( Higher Sissi ), which is a very beautiful traditional Cretan village. Because of its central location day trips to Agios Nikolaos, Elounda, Chersonissos and the traditional village of Vrachassi belong to the possibilities. The beaches of Sissi are small, but beautiful. The best known beach is the beach of Boufou, just outside the village.

There are many excursions running from Sissi: sail to Spinalonga, a haunting old leper colony; enjoy the tropical paradise and crystal seas of Chrissi island; visit the ancient palace of Knossos or combine a little adventure with a Jeep safari. A trip to the water park is always popular with the children and a beach party is a must!

Questions? Please email us at events@singlewithkids.co.uk

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Prices & Booking

The price of this break is based on 4/5 star, all inclusive accommodation, transfers and flights from London Gatwick airport.

Alternative airports may be possible, please contact us to discuss. (There is likely to be a supplement for local airports depending on the date of booking).

Children’s Ages

The first child in the family will be charged at the child’s price up to (and including) the age of 17, the second or third child will be charged the child price up to and including the age of 13. Should the second or third children be 14 or older, there will be a supplement as below.

Instalments

Book now and pay in low monthly instalments for your 2017 holiday (valid for bookings up to the end of March 2018)

The price of your holiday is simply divided equally, with the last monthly payment to be made 6 weeks before your holiday at the very latest. The first instalment will be taken at time of booking, with further monthly instalments on the 1st of each subsequent month.  Please do email us if you would like further information.

Early Booking Discounts

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The earlier you book, the cheaper your holiday will be:

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Availability

This holiday runs for 7 nights.

7 nights from Weds 8th Aug – Weds 15th Aug 2018

It may be possible to extend your holiday further should you wish, the earlier you contact us on this the better as this hotel always sells out quickly. Please email us at events@singlewithkids.co.uk to discuss.

This is subject to availability – this hotel does sell out quickly over summer!

*Please note that the coordinator is only available on the above dates*

Please note – there are no visas required for EU citizens to visit the  Greek islands, however  a Tourist Tax (as of January 2018) which will be payable upon arrival. This is currently 2 Euros per day for everyone aged 16 or over. HOWEVER; for further information on this tax is please do email in to us.

Testimonials

This is a our fifth visit to this location and we’ve posted some of the testimonials from previous year’s events below as well as feedback on other Single With Kids’ holidays.

Nicki & Emily 9, Ryan 8 - (Crete 2016)

" Excellent planned trips. Amazing hotels. Well organized. Caring coordinators. Great options. Right on! Thank you! However, the photos did not do justice showing how fabulous this resort was. "

Russell & Caitlin 11 - (Crete 2015)

" Nice to be part of a group and good to see the kids mixing. "

Yvonne & Luke 16, Jack 16 - (Crete 2016)

" Thoroughly enjoyed it and felt comfortable and safe "

Erin & Ava 7, Niamh 4 - (Crete 2016)

" I was really impressed by the SWK bags idea; the collecting of emergency info before the trip; Lucy texting me before we flew to say there would be food available when we arrived very late; her waiting up so late to greet us; overall organisation. "

Gwen & Hannah 14, Martin 12 - (Crete 2016)

" A fantastic concept - my first SWK trip and probably not my last. Excellent pre-booking experience too and staff helpful in guiding me in selecting best location for the age of my kids. "

Sally & Indy 12 - (Crete 2015)

" Lovely location very close to the village of Sissi. Overall just what I needed - relaxing, quiet, hot & sunny. Friendly, helpful staff. "

Charlotte & Emily 12, Katherine 8 - (Crete 2015)

" Friendly welcoming hotel in a lovely location. Children loved the pool & the company of the other SWK children. "

Gillian & Nathan 6 - (Crete 2015)

" Linda was lovely and a great coordinator. She arranged lots of things for us to do. "

Izzy 9 - (Crete 2015)

" I loved Spinalonga and finding out the history and liked going to the waterpark. "

Charlie 10 - (Crete 2015)

" I liked the water park, Agios Nicolas, playing Minecraft and getting splashed by the sea waves. "

Justine and Matilda - (Crete 2011)

" “The whole thing worked brilliantly. I have to say I was a little apprehensive when the green bags arrived but it couldn’t have worked out better for us. Linda was a great coordinator – friendly, helpful and laid back, which helped us all to relax straight away.
Lovely quiet location, small family run feel, beautiful gardens, great company. It’s great to know I can plan and book a super holiday for us both. Matilda had the time of her life and saw that she wasn’t the only child from a single parent family. Many thanks.” "

Gwen and Clan - (Crete)

" it was chance to socialise rather than having a holiday with the kids and no adult company. Works for the kids well as they don't just get stuck with mum:) "

Louise and Lauren - (Crete)

" The location was perfect - quiet, in walking distance of beaches and the lovely town and harbour. The hotel staff were so friendly and accommodating - I would definitely recommend. I was booked into a room with a double bed which they happily and quickly changed with no fuss. And on arrival at past 10pm we were offered food from the buffet which was totally unexpected "

Lisa and Felix - (Crete)

" “My son really loved the holiday and meeting other children. He absolutely grew in confidence in the swimming pool as he made friends and spent the days largely playing in the pool with new friends. I loved how the 2 eight year old girlfriends he made would come to the door of our room and call for him for dinner!
The write up was accurate and the pictures too – both these and the text absolutely got the ethos and environment bang on.
We couldn’t fault this holiday. It was absolutely what I wanted and needed. Beautiful location, great standard of hotel. It was a great group, and good to be able to dip in or out of the group aspect with no pressure. Very relaxed. We all pitched in to signing up for the Aqua slide day out which was a lot of fun, then a few of us informally on the last day rented Quad bikes for the day and scoured a little of the island. Best fun I’ve had in ages!
It was like being part of a group holiday family and I could at times just relax knowing that my son was being watched by others in the group, especially once closer friendships were forged which happened naturally and quickly.” "

Jo and Thomas - (Crete (2011))

" “Lovely location, hotel, pool.Lovely people, everything I hoped it would be. It was just what we needed. Being the sole parent of a teenager who cant stand the sight of me a lot of the time, it was great to have other adults and kids for both of us to talk to and spend time with. It meant we could holiday together but not drive each other mad. Everyone was really lovely and the whole environment felt very supportive.” "

Jyoti and Jake, Jasmine - (Crete (2011))

" So easy and relaxing. kids had plenty of other similar aged children to play with. The highlight? Quadbiking, all the kids wanted a go on the quadbikes that some of us had hired.
Jake, Jasmine and loved our latest holiday in Crete with SWK. We met some old friends and made some new ones too. The hotel and resort were fantastic, the hotel staff were very helpful and friendly. "