Crete is a beautiful island that is perfect for families looking for a holiday that combines sun, discovery and total relaxation. Little Guest has once again bent over backwards to find you an exceptional address on the north coast: the Cretan Malia Park.
At just a short walk from the small historic streets of the Malia village, and offering direct access to the azure blue Mediterranean sea with its private beach, the Cretan Malia Park amazes with its beauty and serenity. Fully enhancing the luxuriant nature that surrounds it, the hotel offers its lucky guests the very best of sustainable tourism in a setting that is authentic, elegant and uncluttered at the same time.
You can easily reach this address in about 30 minutes from Heraklion Níkos-Kazantzákis International Airport. Private transfers are possible upon request to your Little Concierge.
At the Cretan Malia Park, well-being is approached as a whole. The environment, first of all, plays a central role: palm trees, flower gardens, banana trees, fig trees and other Mediterranean plants are everywhere, with the sea in sight. And at the table, you can enjoy the delicious organic vegetables from the garden, taken care of by the hotel’s gardeners.
Then there is the hotel, which proudly displays its belonging to Design Hotels: from its bright lobby to the comfortable rooms and suites, as well as the spa or the beach bar, the philosophy of the place put great emphasis on noble materials, and combines Scandinavian lines, Cretan handicraft, and bohemian spirit. True happiness!
At Little Guest, we think of families first and the hotel perfectly fulfills our expectations as it has several areas entirely dedicated to children and teenagers, and offers a handful of activities and services for children and adults.
The Cretan Malia Park puts at your disposal:
Offering direct views of the hotel's lush landscaped gardens, and subtly combining tropical touches with local crafts, the Bungalows - Garden View offer a gentle immersion in nature. They feature a comfortable room with a King-size bed or 2 twin beds, designer furniture, a furnished veranda or balcony, and a comfortable sofa bed. Perfect for families, some of these bungalows have connecting rooms. The bright bathroom has a walk-in shower and a lovely porcelain washbasin.
These bungalows, which surround the superb swimming pool of the estate, have a comfortable bedroom with a King-size bed or twin beds, a sofa, vintage furniture, and a furnished veranda or pretty balcony. The zen and tropical atmosphere guarantees families a gentle, natural stay. The elegant bathroom has an walk-in shower and a porcelain washbasin.
Take a few steps out of your bungalow, and dive straight into the hotel's superb main swimming pool! Occupying a privileged location, this warm and stylish accommodation features a large veranda, a delightful room with a King-size bed or 2 twin beds, and a comfortable sofa bed. The bathroom is clean and sleek and features an Italian shower and porcelain washbasin. Perfect for families, some of these bungalows have connecting rooms.
After a day in the generous Cretan sunshine, you can fully unwind in these bungalows with balconies and partial views of the sea and the hotel's lush gardens. These quiet, designer and bright accommodations feature one room with a king-size bed or 2 twin beds, refined furniture and a custom-made sofa bed. The bright bathroom features an Italian shower and a beautiful porcelain washbasin.
From your terrace you can go directly to your hotel's private beach and watch the most beautiful sunsets. These bright and refined bungalows feature designer furniture and are enhanced by an elegant floral fresco creating a soothing atmosphere. The comfortable bedroom features a King-size bed or 2 twin beds and a sofa bed, and the sleek bathroom is equipped with an Italian shower and a beautiful porcelain washbasin. Perfect for families, some of these bungalows have connecting rooms.
Featuring frescoes by Greek artists depicting prickly pears and designer furniture, these suites are the perfect setting for a delightful family stay at the Cretan Malia Park. The room features a King-size bed, and its beautiful living room offers you the possibility to unfold 2 sofa beds for the little ones. From your large balcony or sunny veranda you can admire the exotic gardens of the estate, before relaxing in your lovely bathroom with an Italian shower and marble washbasin.
Beautifully located, these suites with a veranda or balcony overlooking the sea are a real treat for families. Its beautiful frescoes evoking fig trees or local vegetation, as well as its custom-made wooden furniture, will immerse you in a natural and gentle environment. The bedroom has a King-size bed, and the separate, bright and open-plan living room gives you the possibility to deploy two sofa beds for children. The bathroom is equipped with an Italian shower and a marble washbasin.
Refinement, charm and simplicity are the watchwords of these luxurious One Bedroom Suites. Tailor-made furniture, traditional materials sublimated by local craftsmanship, and wall frescoes in pastel tones, guarantee you a delightful family stay. The spacious separate living room has a sofa bed and the beautiful bedroom has a King-size bed. The large balcony invites you to enjoy moments of complicity and relaxation, with a view of the lush gardens and the hotel's main swimming pool. The spacious bathroom is equipped with a walk-in shower and 2 marble washbasins.
In the Deluxe Suite, you will find the essence of comfort according to the Cretan Malia Park: an elegance combining the authenticity of local know-how with sleek design lines. Bathed in light, the room marvels with its wall decorated with grey-white tiles handmade by Cotto Etrusco, and its King-size bed with linen canopy is a real invitation to relax. The spacious living room, separate from the bedroom, has a large dining table, a solid oak bookcase, as well as designer but typically Cretan chairs and lamps, and has an integrated sofa bed for children. From the furnished balcony you can enjoy a view of the private beach and the vastness of the Mediterranean Sea. Last but not least, the accommodation has two bathrooms: the first with two custom-made washbasins, a bathtub, an Italian shower and a dressing room; the second with an Italian shower.
Elegantly decorated and furnished, this superb family bungalow has two separate areas so that young and old can enjoy their privacy in complete tranquillity. Its 42sqm of softness offers you a bedroom with a King-size bed for parents, and a bedroom with bunk beds, as well as a sofa bed for children. To complete your comfort, the accommodation also has 2 bright bathrooms, each with an walk-in shower and a porcelain washbasin.
As you can see, the Cretan Malia Park is making sure that you have a successful family holiday. Its spacious rooms and suites as well as its luxurious family bungalows are a real must for a comfortable stay with your children.
In order to allow parents to make the most of their holidays and have their special moments with just the two of them, the hotel gives you the possibility of hiring the services of a super-qualified babysitter.
In the middle of the estate's lush gardens, the kids club "Little Explorers" is a superb FREE space dedicated to children from 3 to 10 years old and encourage them to develop their creativity. Inside, a large and bright play area is available for them: books, a large table for painting, drawing and DIYs, and a large board on the wall allows them to develop their imagination with their friends, especially around nature.
The place also includes a stage for theatre and dance performances, as well as a kitchen to learn how to prepare some dishes. Everything is orchestrated by entertainers and young chefs.
Teenagers go to "The Place", a FREE outdoor area ideally located next to the tennis and basketball courts. There, they can enjoy a whirlpool bath, hammocks and comfortable sofas, as well as a ping-pong table, billiards and darts.
In the evening, "The Place" is transformed into an open-air cinema: an opportunity to enjoy special moments with friends, while watching their favourite films.
While children have their own kitchen to learn about the delights of Cretan gastronomy, the Cretan Malia Park offers its guests of all ages the opportunity to visit the estate's organic vegetable garden, together with Chef Lefteris Iliadis. Cooking classes, as well as tastings of olive oils and of the best local wines are offered at the Mouries restaurant. A real treat!
The hotel's private beach with its white sand is an invitation to dive into the crystalline waters of the Mediterranean sea. Thanks to its water sports centre, the hotel provides its guests with canoes, pedal boats and snorkelling facilities. Crete is also one of the most beautiful destinations for discovering the marine flora and fauna. https://www.littleguestcollection.com/en/the-best-diving-and-snorkeling-spots-for-families/
On the land side, the possibilities are endless, and in order to let you discover the beauties of the island in a gentle way, the Cretan Malia Park ̶ which is certified "NATTOUR bike friendly hotel" ̶ has a bike rental service. Hiking, climbing or paragliding are also ideal for enjoying the Cretan reliefs and panoramas.
If holidays are often synonymous with rest, they are also an opportunity to fully reconcile the well-being of the mind with that of the body. And the Cretan Malia Park gives you the means to find this balance!
Managed by Aegeo Spas, the "Cute spa" is a small oasis of peace and relaxation amid the banana and cactus trees of the estate. With two massage rooms, the intimate setting offers parents the opportunity to stimulate their five senses with various treatments. This includes the Minoan treatment, based on detoxifying herbs, which ends with a foot massage using traditional techniques.
You can also join the beautiful Pilates and Yoga pavilion, where you can participate in group sessions or private classes given by passionate experts.
The sports enthusiasts will also find things to like at the hotel's fitness room, which has a range of state-of-the-art equipment to work out and achieve their goals.
Finally, swing lovers will be happy to know that Crete's only 18-hole golf course is just a 15-minute drive from the hotel.
It’s simple: for its richness and its recognised benefits on the balance of the body, Cretan cuisine is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage. The Executive Chef Lefteris Iliadis, who supervises the restaurants of the Cretan Malia Park, is a marvellous illustration of this know-how.
To discover the age-old recipes of Crete, head to the courtyard of the Mouriès restaurant. Amid the mulberry trees, enjoy authentic à la carte dishes every evening: local vegetables, seafood and meats are garnished with wild herbs and cooked with the “parastia”, a traditional open fire.
Set in a marina décor with soft colours of blue and white, the Almyra offers tasty Italian cuisine à la carte for a candlelit lunch or dinner. Its stone oven allows the preparation of delicious pizzas, and the plates are adorned with tomatoes from the garden, grilled octopus with oregano and olive oil, as well as magnificent desserts.
From breakfast to dinner, the Mediterraneo restaurant offers families a generous buffet in a bright room opening onto a large terrace, featuring the best products from the hotel’s vegetable garden and the finest preparations of Greek cuisine.
As its name suggests, the Lobby Bar is the perfect place to inaugurate a well-deserved rest after your trip. Close to this long bar with retro inspirations and clear lines, treat yourself to subtle cocktails, a fragrant espresso or a tasty glass of local wine.
The Pool Bar & BBQ invites you to relax by the hotel’s main swimming pool. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails, beers and wines are served with small gourmet snacks such as crispy pies or roasted gyros.
The Beach Shack is the perfect place to enjoy the beautiful private beach of the Cretan Malia Park. In a lounge atmosphere under rattan umbrellas, this restaurant-bar offers delicious refreshments such as Suncreta – a mix of tangerine-flavoured Raki, red wine, lemon juice, Cretan herb syrup and sparkling water – as well as small savoury delicacies such as guacamole dips or local salads.
Finally, The Crush is the place to go to treat your children to nice gourmet ice creams and enjoy a coffee break with a pastry – pavlova, creamy chocolate or small puff pastries. A real treat!