Retreat to Crete.

If you’re looking for somewhere not too touristy to take the family, with sun, sand and sea and good food, look no further. The stunning capital of western Crete, Chania, is the perfect place, set between the sea and the White Mountains. And three miles to the west lies what is arguably the island’s best accommodation, the Ammos Hotel (www.ammoshotel.com), a child-friendly boutique hotel which offers a spacious, safe retreat in a coastal resort. It comprises a few dozen suites and studios right on an idyllic, clean, safe sandy beach, reports the Daily Mail.

Rooms are comfortable, large and furnished to a high standard and have air-conditioning and wi-fi, and the excellent restaurant is open all day, serving wonderful local cuisine. Breakfast on mizithra cheese, yoghurt and fresh honey and dine on fresh calamari washed down with wine from the local monasteries. Ammos has garden-view suites, which sleep four, from £162 a night.

Chania is alive with a splendid market, ancient cobbled streets, and friendly locals. It’s around an hour’s walk from the hotel. Or hire a car and drive there, then visit the wild, secluded sandy beach at Falassarna, about a 50-minute drive to the west. To the north is the Akrotiri Peninsula, home to one of Crete's prettiest beaches, Stavros, where ‘Zorba, The Greek’ was filmed. And the White Mountains not only provide a majestic backdrop to the coast but are also great for trekking.

Monarch (www.monarch.co.uk 0871 423 8550) has flights from Gatwick to Chania from April to October from £215 return.

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