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At a glance

  • You'll love

    Chic, spacious villas

    Your own pool

    Calm coastal setting

  • Kids will love

    Swimming pools


    Tennis court

  • Don’t expect

    Kids’ clubs

    Beachfront location


The family-friendly resort of Paradise Island Villas lies between arching mountains and the Aegean, in Anissaras in northern Crete. Terracotta tiles and bougainvillea-clad walls lead the way to the simply elegant interiors combining earthy tones with ethnic furnishings. Outside, private gardens have their own pools, Jacuzzi jets and dining areas.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Paradise Island Villas with us:

Bottle of Cretan wine and a hamper of local produce

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Paradise Island Villas

'Late Summer paradise' offer: 15% off and upgrade to bed and breakfast Early bird offer: 16% off and upgrade to bed and breakfast


Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Paradise Island Villas – has been selected and approved by parents.


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Paradise Island Villas – Crete – Greece

Need To Know


12 two-storey villas.


12 noon, but flexible at no cost, if there’s availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.


Double rooms from £199.76 (€224), including tax at 13 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of 0.5% per room per night on check-out.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast (€9.50 each for Continental). Children Cots and extra beds (both free) can be added to villas.


Enjoy a massage, beauty treatment, or body or facial exfoliation in your villa.

Hotel closed

November to April.

At the hotel

Restaurants, bar, swimming pools, gym, tennis court, playground, book/DVD library and free WiFi throughout.

In your room

Flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, iPod dock, free bottled water, PC; fully equipped kitchen with fridge, sink, oven, hob and grill, microwave, dishwasher and coffee maker. Bathrooms are stocked with local, natural toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

Bedrooms with private balconies, voile-draped four-poster beds or child-friendly twin beds, marble bathrooms, a private turfed garden with a pool and Jacuzzi – that’s what you get when you book a Superior Villa. Each Superior sleeps up to six in a double, twin and the living room, but if there are more than four of you, opt for Zeus or Hestia for a third double bedroom and ensuite, rather than sofabeds. All Paradise Island Villas are family-friendly; go for Executive Villas and upward grades, for the joy of two bedrooms (and three bathrooms). Zeus (Superior), Poseidon (Paradise) and Aphrodite (Executive) have the best views.


There are two outdoor pools, surrounded by cushioned sunloungers – one of which is beside the Pool Lounge. Your children are welcome to swim whenever the pool is open, but bear in mind there’s no lifeguard on site.


A selection of spa and beauty treatments, including massages and body scrubs, are available by appointment at your villa. The gym at Paradise Island Villas has a treadmill, bike, weights machines and free weights.


Stair gates are among the toddler-friendly kit provided, but pack (Continental) socket covers for added peace of mind.

Book ahead

Around 24 hours’ notice should be enough to secure a babysitter, arrange an in-room spa treatment or organise tennis lessons.


Lightweight pets (under 5kg only) are allowed free of charge.

Food and drink

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Ambrosia dishes up Mediterranean cuisine with a few Greek enhancements here and there. You can’t beat the catch of the day, grilled and served with roasted vegetables. There’s also locally reared lamb to look out for, and your kids will love loukoumades (a doughnut-like dessert with honey and ice-cream). The room is bright, with decorative ladders hanging on the walls. The poolside restaurant is mostly outside, so expect a light and airy setting, with views of the mountains in the distance. Poolside barbecues happen every week.

Family fare

Family-friendly dining is served with a generous dollop of practicality at Paradise Island Villas. They’ll provide the right tools – highchairs, bibs and children’s cutlery – and they’ll supply the right menu. Little Smiths are invited to choose from a selection of child-friendly staples such as spaghetti Bolognese, cheeseburger, fishfingers, chicken nuggets or pizza.

Hotel Bar

Poolside drinking dens include the Island Cocktail & Wine Bar – an airy, contemporary space of white walls and sleek chrome fittings – and the alfresco Pool Lounge, dotted with curvaceous rattan loungers. You can also order drinks to linger over in the bright, white lobby lounge.

Last orders

The bar shuts at midnight; breakfast is served from 9am until 12 noon, when lunch service kicks in until 4:30pm; dine between 7pm and 10:30pm. For Little Smiths who need earlier breakfasts or suppers, at least you have the use of the kitchenette and dining area in your villa.

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    Opt for a window-side table at Ambrosia. Rattan armchairs perched in the shade of the pergola at the poolside bar are the spot to covet for drinks outdoors – perfect for keeping an eye on little swimmers.

  • Room service

    Order from the full à la carte menu from 9am to 4:30pm and from 7pm to 10:30pm – a great, easy option for tired little Smiths, and no hardship for you either, when you have the run of your spacious villa in which to dine.


    Formula milk and jarred baby food is available to buy at the hotel.


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Parent approved

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Paradise Island Villas – has been selected and approved by parents.


Book a babysitter for £15 an hour (minimum two hours) at least a day ahead.


The hotel can lend you audio baby monitors for use at your villa.

What's there already?

For babies

• Highchairs • Steriliser • Weaning spoons • Beakers/sippy cups • Travel cot • Cot bedlinen • Black-out blinds • Baby monitors • Changing mat

For toddlers

• Highchairs • Booster seats • Cutlery • Beakers/sippy cups • Cot beds • Cot bedlinen • Potties • Bathroom step • Changing mat • Stair gates • Swimming aids • Crayons/pens and paper • Craft materials • Picture books • U-rated DVDs

For older children

• DVD library • Board games • Puzzles • Games consoles • Crayons/pens and paper • Books • Pool inflatables


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Things to do

There may not be any organised children’s activities, but with two swimming pools, a playground, tennis court and child-friendly grounds, your little ones will soon organise themselves. Then there’s the home-from-home set-up, with a kitchenette at each villas, and a private garden, housing a pool and Jacuzzi jets. Enjoy a spa treatment at your villa, or head to the gym to keep sloth at bay.

Sunny days

Lazy days by the pool – communal or private – are bound to keep all members of your family happy. The olive-tree-shaded playground has swings, a slide and a roundabout, as well as an area for ball games. There is a tennis court and you can book lessons with a day’s notice.

Rainy days

Raid the hotel’s collection of family-friendly DVDs and books; board games and puzzles, colouring pens and paper, plus games consoles, are also available to borrow.

And there's more…

Armbands and inflatables are available to borrow.

Local Guide

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Anissaras is a great base from which to explore much of Crete. Paradise Island Villas are 30km or less from the capital Heraklion and mythological sites such as the birthplace of Zeus and the temple of Knossos, plus the hotel is within easy reach of some of the finest beaches the north and east coasts have to offer.

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Paradise Island Villas
Anissaras, Hersonissos, Crete, 70014
Hotel setting

Cretan paradise found

Getting There

The hotel is in a residential area, just outside Anissaras, and close to Heraklion, the island capital and main air hub.


Nikos Kazantzakis International, just outside the island capital of Heraklion, is 23km from Paradise Island Villas. It’s served by direct international flights as well as connecting domestic routes from Athens International, Elefthérios Venizélos airport.


Cretan locomotives exist only on the internet, as spoofs for naïve tourists; buses and ferries are the get-around transport of choice here.


As with most Greek islands, the roads of Crete are not for the faint-hearted, characterized by hairpin bends, cliff drops and narrow carriageways. That said, the main routes run west-east, rather than north-south, so if you want to explore the north coast from your base at Anissaras, hiring wheels will increase your options. KTEL Buses run between Heraklion and Sitia in the north-east, via Hersonissos (


Blue Star Ferries ( and Minoan Lines ( both run overnight car and passenger services to Heraklion, leaving the main Athens port of Piraeus nightly during summer months; also try Anendyk Maritime runs hop-on, hop-off ferries between ports along the south coast from Paleochora to Sfakia (


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Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Paradise Island Villas – has been selected and approved by parents.

The promise of the beach a minute’s walk away, well-tended tranquil gardens and flashes of magnificently magenta bougainvillea blooms… There’s something instantly relaxing about arriving at Paradise Island Villas. Cosset yourself at this Cretan boutique retreat of just 12 secluded villas, which fulfills the home-from-home cliché, making family holidays a breeze. You can enjoy all the luxury and convenience you’d expect from a hotel, teamed with the hassle-free advantages of a more flexible stay.

Cook for yourselves in the fully equipped kitchenette, if you wish – although dining alfresco on made-for-summer Mediterranean dishes at the hotel’s restaurant Ambrosia is hard to beat. When socialising en famille seems too much like hard work, revel in the privacy that comes with having your own garden and pool.

You certainly won’t feel penned in – villas are spacious and elegant, with sleek, earthy-toned interiors in soft aubergine, olive and taupe. An Indian chest here, an Italian chandelier there, stop their clean lines from seeming stark. With most villas offering a second, or some even a third bedroom, your evenings as a couple can be as tranquil as your sunny days by the pool.

Smith & Family

From the second we landed in the hotel’s cool, sleek reception – breathtaking Med views one side, stunning mountains and olive groves the other – we were welcomed by Eleni and Pol with open arms. Our private villa, Poseidon, was the perfect combination of style and luxury and it was full of surprises for Miss Smith – Etch-a-Sketch, building blocks, inflatables and all. You can even leave the toiletries at home – their luxe selection is replenished daily and even the kids get their own soap and shampoo care of starfish-shaped dispensers. Had we wanted bigger thrills, on the hotel’s doorstep there’s enough to keep kids entertained for a month-long stay (if only) – an aquarium, waterpark, mini train and more. Eleni and Pol are always full of suggestions when it comes to keeping the kids entertained. Our secluded garden, meanwhile, was an enclave of calm with its own pool and even our own banana tree. Nothing is too much trouble at Paradise Island: right down to a bottle of brown sauce. HP was to be on hand for Mr Smith’s full English following the first morning when our waiter Mike apologised for them not having any.

Anonymously reviewed by Sam Mann, Mumazine

The Guestbook  Smith member reviews

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith & Family hotel, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what real-life family guests had to say about Paradise Island Villas in the Guestbook below.


Stayed on

We loved

The service, the food, the facilities. Saradari restaurant - great seafood close to the hotel

Don’t expect

Buzzing and business - this is definitely a place to relax

Rating: 10/10 stars


Stayed on

We loved

The service and the staff. Ten out of 10.

Don’t expect

Always perfect breakfasts.

Rating: 10/10 stars


Stayed on

We loved

Gorgeous villa, our own plunge pool and garden, comfy sun loungers by the pool, great service and attentive staff.

Don’t expect

Kids' club, quiet beach nearby.

Rating: 8/10 stars


Stayed on Yes

We loved

The villas, the staff, very family friendly, super accommodating, instant relaxation.

Don’t expect

Is not walking distance to a nice beach. You will need to drive to a nicer part of the island. This area is quite touristy and not very nice.

Rating: 8/10 stars