Landscaped grounds with tennis court and swimming pools, Elemis spa, gym, open-air cinema, library of books and DVDs, private chapel, free WiFi. In rooms: TV, CD/DVD player, iPod dock, Korres toiletries, minibar. Apartments also have kitchenettes.
Guests stay in one of several two-storey villas, each of which contains only a handful of rooms, some with shared private pools. Stunning sea views are best enjoyed from upper-floor rooms, particularly north-facing suites 205–208. For larger parties or just for even more space, book one of the two-bedroom apartments or maisonettes.
Day-beds flank the stone-lined infinity pool, with additional bathing spots dotted across the terraced grounds. Adventurous swimmers can plunge into the sea from the volcanic-rock shore.
High-end sportswear for adrenalin junkies; sleek swimwear and straw hats for sunseekers. Binoculars will help you make the most of the fabulous panoramic views.
Smoking is allowed in outside areas. Well-behaved pets are permitted to stay free at Emelisse in selected rooms.
Welcome: baby cots (free) and extra beds for under-12s (20 per cent of the room rate in Junior Suites) can be added to suites. Babysitting, €20 an hour (subject to availability; not during low season). There’s a children’s pool and a playground, too.
Little Smiths are warmly welcomed: baby cots (free) and extra beds (20 per cent of the room rate, free in the Maisonette Apartment, Presidential Suite or Executive Suite) can be added to the Junior Suite and higher categories. Babysitting, €20 an hour (subject to availability). There’s a dedicated children’s pool and a playground, too.
All ages, although the terraced grounds are not ideal for tiny tots or prams.
The two-bedroom family apartments are perfect, with a secluded pool and terraces, kitchenettes, sitting and dining areas – they’re also conveniently located right next to the playground. Maisonettes are similar but spread across two floors.
There are tennis courts, bikes to borrow and an open-air cinema to keep the kids entertained, as well as a playground for them to romp around in. Horse riding, cruises and scuba diving can be arranged locally; alternatively, hire a boat and choose your own aqua adventure.
A dedicated children’s pool means adults can enjoy quiet time as well. There’s no lifeguard though, so you’ll have to take it in turns to read your books.
Children are allowed in the hotel restaurant at all times; high chairs are provided. There is no children’s menu, but staff are happy to provide smaller portions or adapt dishes to suit your tyke’s tastes. The kitchen will heat milk or baby food for you, and packed lunches can be provided.
The hotel can book a babysitter for €20 an hour; they need a week's notice ideally; not all sitters speak English, so please check. Please note: this service isn't available all year round; check with the hotel before you book.
No need to pack
Cots can be provided in rooms; if you have smaller children, booking a family apartment will mean you can store food in the fridge and warm up baby meals and milk without hassle.