Crete (Greece)


All-inclusive 4-star family hotel near medieval Rethymno on the beautiful Greek island of Crete

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Single Parent Beach Holiday in Crete, Greece

Crete, the largest island in Greece, is a wonderful summer holiday destination for families with something for everyone: quiet coves and hidden beaches, a rich cultural heritage, imposing mountain ranges and breath-taking gorges. This escorted holiday for solo parents and their children is hosted by one of Single Parents on Holiday’s team members.


Our 4-star family hotel Iberostar Creta Panorama & Mare is a beach front hotel set in beautiful gardens and located on the northern coast of Crete close to the coastal town of Rethymno with its impressive fortress and cobbled alleyways. It boasts a private beach, several pools, a fitness room, spa, three tennis courts, multi-sports court, playground and kids and teenage clubs. Delicious Greek delicacies as well as Mediterranean and international dishes are served at the hotel’s restaurants and bars.

Things to do in Crete:

There is plenty to see and do on Crete and your Single Parents on Holiday host will help organise activities and excursions for the group, such as a visit of the ancient site of Knossos, a boat trip to see the stunning caves along the coastline, a jeep or quad safari through the surrounding countryside and traditional Cretan villages, and a visit of the harbour and fortress of Rethymno. For more details, please go to Our Programme.

Our prices:

Adults are £930 with the first child starting at £840 (21 to 28 August 2021). Prices depend on the age of your child, and second children under 16 receive a 40% discount. Includes all-inclusive board, services of our host and airport transfers. Not included are your flights. For more details, please click on Dates & Prices.

For more information on this single parent holiday, please click on the drop down menu/tabs, fill in our contact form, email us or simply call us on 0333 370 3701.

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The 4-star Iberostar Creta Panorama & Mare hotel is the perfect choice for a beach holiday in Greece with lots of activities on offer to keep adults and children of all ages entertained:

Kids facilities and kids club:

Our hotel has a mini club for 4 to 7 year olds and a maxi club for 8 to 12 year olds, with a kids’ programme including arts and crafts, games and theme days such as a pirate day. For teenagers there is a daily sports programme on offer including archery, beach volleyball, basketball and water sports at the beach. The hotel also offers table tennis, pool tables, archery and crazy golf.

The beach and water sports:

Our hotel is located on the sea front and has direct access to two coves with sandy beaches.There is a water sports centre 300 metres from our hotel offering water skiing, paragliding, jet skiing, banana boat rides, pedalo and canoe hire and speed boat and jet ski excursions along the coast line.

Excursions and activities:

For anyone wishing to explore Crete, we recommend a visit of the ruins of the ancient palace of Knossos, a hike through the impressive Samaria gorge, a speed boat excursion along the coastline to 10 stunning caves, including the unique Lion Cave, a visit of the nearby coastal town of Rethymno with its famous fortress and Venetian harbour and a quad or jeep tour through the surrounding countryside with stops at the beach and Cretan villages inland. More information about additional activities and excursions will be provided by your SPoH host upon arrival.

For all sports lovers our hotel offers a daily sports programme including fitness classes, aqua aerobics, tennis, beach volleyball and more.

This single parent holiday is offered on an all-inclusive basis. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at the hotel’s main restaurant, which serves international dishes as well as an Italian buffet for lunch and dinner. In addition, you can have breakfast and Cretan specialities for lunch at the Zorbas Greek Tavern.

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Why visit Crete? 

Crete the island:

Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and combines snow-capped mountains, rolling hills covered with olive trees and over 1,000 km of stunning coastline. The island offers a mix of small fishing villages, remote settlements, large tourist resorts and cities such as Heraklion, inhabited continuously for almost 8,000 years and home to trendy cafés, bars, shops, in amongst a vast array of archaeological treasures. Crete attracts holiday makers from all over Europe due to its rich history, pleasant Mediterranean climate, long sandy beaches and the raw natural beauty of its numerous gorges, impressive mountain ranges and breathtaking waterfalls.

Crete – the history:

Crete was the centre of the Minoan civilisation (c. 2,700 – 1,420 B.C.), widely considered the earliest recorded civilisation in Europe. The island has a rich mythology connected with the ancient Greek Gods, and is full of archaeological sites worth a visit, such as the Minoan sites of Knossos and Phaistos  and the archaeological museum in Heraklion, home to the largest collection of Minoan art and artefacts anywhere in the world.

Rethymno – the old town:

Our hotel is a mere 15 minutes from Rethymno (or Rethymnon), a beautiful and authentic medieval Greek town with a rich history. Its 16th century Venetians fortress gives you panoramic views over the the sea and Rethymno. The Venetian harbour is full of colourful fishing boats complete with a honey coloured lighthouse. There are countless waterside tavernas and pretty cafés at the harbour. The town itself is full of beautiful cobbled streets with little shops and restaurants.

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This hotel is a new addition in our holiday programme. Below is a selection of holiday feedback from our previous single parent beach holidays in Greece:

"What an amazing holiday! This is the first time that I've ever been on a single parents holiday, and it's the most relaxing and enjoyable holiday experience I've had for many years! Sandra was amazing throughout, as was her daughter, Naomi. My daughter made friends with the other children really quickly, and I barely saw her after that for a couple of days.
The hotel, food, location and facilities were really well chosen and we felt relaxed almost instantly. The group were all great company, and the atmosphere was fab throughout."

- Julian & Lucy (11) - single parent beach holiday in Cyprus, August 2019
"Cyprus was our third SPOH holiday. I wanted rest and relaxation and good adult company. Eva wanted to play all day around a swimming pool. We both got exactly what we wanted and had a fabulous holiday. Added bonus was the all inclusive package and excellent buffets. I just didn't want it to end. Till next year."
- Jackie & Eva (10) - single parent beach holiday, Cyprus, August 2019
"Very relaxing holiday in a well equipped hotel. Lovely pool. Sandra and Naomi always very helpful and so friendly. "
- Lisa, Millie (16) & Alfie (11)
"This is the ideal company if you want to holiday with your child but at the same time enjoy the company of other adults and children. We made lots of new friends, had great fun and adventure, lots of lasting memories made, and we can't wait for next year. "
- Dianne & Alexander (12) - single parent beach holiday in Cyprus, August 2019
"Another brilliant week with SPOH. Lovely hotel, great friendly people and the perfect host in Jane."
- Guy & Grace (10) - single parent beach holiday in Halkidiki, August 2019
"A great holiday, in a high-quality hotel, with an amazing rep and a group of fun people. Highly recommended."
- Rod & Ava (11) - single parent beach holiday in Halkidiki, August 2019
"Our second SPOH and probably not our last! Lovely hotel, perfect organisation, brilliant hosting, fantastic company. Can’t wait until next year. "
- Guy & Grace (9) - single parent beach holiday in Kos, August 2018
"I have just returned from a weeks holiday in Kos with an amazing group of like minded parents. My daughter had fun and made many new friends who we intend keeping in contact with and whom we’d love to meet up with again on another Single Parents holiday. I laughed for the whole week and met so many lovely people - I can honestly say it was one of the best holidays that I have ever been on.
Our host was available and helpful at all times but also allowed us valuable space to relax. Activities were available if we wanted to take part however we were at no point pressured into taking part."

- Gaynor & Freya (13) - single parent beach holiday in Kos, August 2018
"I have never been on something like this, but the whole organisation of the people that came really eased the process of getting to know everyone. The kids loved making new friends and playing all day! Accommodation, food and staff were brilliant. We will be going again!"
- Rodney & Ava (10) - single parent beach holiday in Kos, August 2018
"Wow, what a week. This far surpassed expectation. I laughed more in one week than I think I have in the last year.
"It was so much fun" - Daisy age 11yrs. "Like, the best ever" - Freya 14yrs
Thank you to Jane and our new friends for creating memories that will last for ever."

- Holly, Freya (14) & Daisy (11) - single parent beach holiday in Kos, August 2018

Book your own travel:

Book your own flight from any airport in the UK and Ireland. For this single parent beach holiday, we will arrange your private taxi transfer from/to HERAKLION AIRPORT and take you straight to your hotel where your host will welcome you. Your transfer is included in our price if you arrive/depart on the advertised holiday dates. Please note that you might share your airport transfers with other single parent families in our group (short waiting times might apply!).

Please check availability with us before booking your flights with Opodo, Easyjet, or your preferred travel website. If you need help finding flights, call us on 0333 370 3701.

For airport parking, airport hotels, travel insurance and other travel essentials, please check out our Travel Services page.

Our Financial Protection Insurance

Single Parents on Holiday Ltd. is a company committed to customer satisfaction and consumer financial protection. We are therefore pleased to announce that, at no extra cost to you, and in accordance with the “The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018” all passengers booking with Single Parents on Holiday Ltd. are fully insured for the initial deposit, and subsequently the balance of monies paid as detailed in your booking confirmation invoice. The policy will also include repatriation if required, arising from the cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to the insolvency of Single Parents on Holiday Ltd.

In the unlikely event of Insolvency of Single Parents On Holiday Ltd. please follow the steps set out on our insurance page.

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