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Best Mark Warner Beach Resorts: fun activity holidays in the Med, as recommended by Mumsnetters

Seeking an action-packed family escape in the sun? Take your pick from the best Mark Warner Beach resorts, as tried and tested by Mumsnetters. 

By Lucy Cotterill | Last updated Mar 21, 2024

Best Mark Warner Beach Resorts

Whether you’re seeking some sunshine in stunning surroundings or you’re an adrenaline junkie looking to try something new, Mark Warner beach holidays are fun-filled escapes for guests of all ages. 

Each resort has a gorgeous beachside location and offers a wide variety of sports and activities. And package prices include flights, food and excellent childcare facilities suitable for children from four months to 17 years.

But which is the best Mark Warner beach resort? Should you opt for the sun-soaked Greek island of Rhodes or take a trip to Turkey’s Aegean coastline? We’ve taken to the Mumsnet holiday forum to gather intel from Mumsnetters that have tried and tested them all. 

Read next: Everything you need to know about Mark Warner Beach Resorts 

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What’s included in the price of a Mark Warner Beach holiday?

The price of a Mark Warner beach holiday includes flights, transfers, accommodation, food, an extensive range of sports and activities and access to free high-quality childcare (pre-booking required).

Even better, while many family resorts only offer childcare for kids from the age of three, Mark Warner caters for babies as young as four months.

Whether you like to relax or want an action-packed itinerary of sports and activities like windsurfing, kayaking, cycling or tennis, you certainly won't be short of ways to entertain the kids on a Mark Warner holiday.

What ages do Mark Warner kids’ clubs cater to?

Mark Warner provides high-quality childcare and kids’ clubs. Whether you’re heading on your first family break with a baby, travelling with your toddler, or looking for fun ways to entertain your tween or teen, the Mark Warner kids’ clubs have you covered.

Led by experienced English-speaking, DBS-checked and first aid-trained staff, they provide a wide range of age-appropriate activities and allow children to enjoy shared experiences with their new friends. 

You can book babies (4-11 months) and toddlers (1-2 years) into childcare sessions on six mornings or afternoons during your stay, allowing you some free time to check into the luxurious spa or visit the adults-only pool.

Your baby will even have the familiarity of a designated Mark Warner keyworker for the duration of your stay.

Paleros Beach Resort, Greece

Paleros village, Ionian Coast, Greece

What we like
  • The closest resort to the UK (and a short transfer time)

  • Views of mountains and the Ionian Sea 

  • Three pools including a family and adults-only pool

  • Four tennis courts

  • Access to scuba diving

What we don't like
  • The shallow sea bed is rocky so take beach shoes

  • The village of Paleros is a 30-minutes walk from the resort 

What Mumsnet users say
Caledoniadreaming · Stayed + rated
We've done Mark Warner both last year (Paleros) and this year (Kamari) - our son is young, but the kids clubs/childcare have been second to none both times. At Paleros you can see the investment, the whole resort was much more what you'd expect with Mark Warner and the amount of money you pay - there are also two independent beach bars less than 10 minutes walk from the resort.”
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MissyB1 · Stayed + rated
Our son is 14 and we all enjoyed it. My son tried the teen club but he’s just a bit too awkward around other kids at the moment. So he had scuba diving and water skiing lessons instead - without us. He absolutely loved it all. My husband and I did the early morning walks, yoga and Pilates classes. Husband did a one-day sailing taster which he enjoyed. Apart from that, we borrowed bikes a couple of times to cycle to a nearby village (literally 10 minutes away) and the rest of the time we swam and sunbathed.”
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Our verdict

The closest Mark Warner beach resort to the UK, Paleros Beach Resort is well suited to families with its short airport transfer and comfortable rooms and suites that can accommodate families and groups of all sizes. A five-minute walk from Potamaki beach, its flat layout is on one level - handy for younger children who may struggle with steps and hills.

The calm light winds of the Ionian sea provide the perfect conditions for sailing, water skiing and wakeboarding. Paleros Beach Resort is also one of only two Mark Warner locations where you can experience the thrill of single-scull rowing or explore hidden treasures while scuba diving in the crystal clear waters.

Paleros has an extensive childcare centre offering a range of age-appropriate activities, as well as a fully-equipped creche staffed by qualified early years leaders. 

With half-board dining options including breakfast and evening meals each day, we love the alfresco dining at the main restaurant with stunning views of the gardens and bay. While lunchtime meals aren’t included, the Taverna Avli has an affordable a la carte lunchtime menu featuring modern and traditional Greek cuisine. 

Nearest airport: Aktion Airport (10 miles) 

Kamari Beach Resort, Rhodes

Lardos Beach, Rhodes, Greece

What we like
  • Beautiful Blue Flag beachfront location 

  • Five pools including one just for adults

  • Excellent cycling trails

  • Three flood-lid tennis courts with options for padel tennis and pickleball 

  • Outdoor restaurant terrace with stunning sea views 

What we don't like
  • Wine can be costly 

  • Some reviews state that parts of the resort require modernisation 

What Mumsnet users say
arseabouttit · Stayed + rated
“We went to the one in Rhodes last year which was really good, but we have slightly older children. Clean hotel, with good facilities and the childcare was pretty good. The staff are not exactly Norland nannies but they seem good enough with robust safeguarding / general safety procedures in place.”
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Our verdict

If you’re seeking some guaranteed sunshine, Mark Warner Kamari Resort is a great choice thanks to its location in Rhodes, an island that boasts an impressive 137 miles of coastline, with an average of 300 sunny days per year. 

The newest addition to the Mark Warner group, the recently revamped Kamari resort is located by the Blue Flag Lardos beach and the ancient town of Lindos is just a short car ride away. 

Families can choose to stay in one of the contemporary garden rooms or a separate family annexe, the latter provides easy access to the beach, childcare centre and family pool - ideal if you’re travelling with young children. 

With wind conditions that liven up as the day goes on, it’s a great destination for mastering your technique at sailing, windsurfing or stand-up paddle boarding, while the deep, clear waters provide excellent visibility for scuba diving. Kamari is also a great place to travel around on two wheels. The cycling trails range from relaxed routes to more challenging tours and trails. Each trial is rewarded with incredible sea views at rest points, so be sure to take your camera. 

Back at the resort, families will love the purpose-built tennis centre, with floodlit courts and new HEAD equipment. You can also try your hand at Padel ball, a hybrid of squash and tennis that has grown in popularity recently.

Kamari offers childcare for kids aged from four months to 17 years, with age-appropriate activities on offer. Younger children will love the exclusive childcare centre with a soft play area, toys and games and while the kids are off having fun, parents can check in for a treatment at the spa or cool off in the 25m adults-only pool.

Dining at Kamari is on a half-board basis including breakfast and dinner in the main restaurant, which offers stunning sea views from the terrace. With a varied buffet service, you’ll find something to suit everyone from traditional Greek mezes to soups, salads and freshly caught fish.

Nearest airport: Diagoras Airport (20 miles) 

Phokaia Beach Resort, Turkey 

Foca, Izmir, Turkey

What we like
  • Private sandy beach with a bar 

  • Stylish and contemporary accommodation 

  • Four pools

  • Flood-lit tennis courts

  • Price include five days’ full board and two days of breakfast and lunch per week

What we don't like
  • Some reviews state that WiFi is patchy in the rooms

  • Some rooms near the beach can be noisy at night 

  • Childcare starts from one year (no baby creche) 

What Mumsnet users say
Anxiousmum1010 · Stayed + rated
“I would highly recommend Phokaia. It’s been our favourite of the two Mark Warner resorts we have done by miles….. we did Kamari last year and while the friendships formed were the strongest ever (and therefore our best family holiday to date) the location/facilities just weren’t a patch on Turkey. Obviously, friendships are never guaranteed 🤣”
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Givemesomewineplease · Stayed + rated
We’ve had amazing Mark Warner holidays. Our most recent last year in Turkey. Fantastic for parents to get some downtime and do water sports etc. My older kids absolutely loved their clubs and activities (Aged seven and eight).”
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Our verdict

Mark Warner’s only non-Greek location, Phokaia Beach Resort is located on a private stretch of sandy beach in Turkey’s Izmir region. With some great new facilities added in 2023 (including a new gym, a renovated spa and a new beachfront restaurant), there are lots of reasons to consider Phokaia as your holiday destination this summer.

 Set in beautiful landscaped gardens, there’s a wide choice of accommodation at Phokaia including options to suit larger families and groups. Take your pick from interconnecting rooms, family rooms and even spacious suites, each with a twist on traditional Turkish design. Note that beachside rooms can be a little noisy at night so you may want to opt for a room away from the beach if travelling with young children or light sleepers.  

With outstanding watersports and fitness programmes, Phokaia Beach Resort boasts excellent wind conditions for sailing and windsurfing. The lighter winds at the beginning and end of the day are also ideal for stand-up paddleboarding.

Phokaia is home to four floodlit tennis courts, with a great social programme and a range of classes to suit all abilities and three new pickleball courts were added in 2023.

If you want to explore the local town of Foca and Izmir’s breathtaking coast, cycling tours are a great way to explore a little further afield and there are trails for all skill levels, including beginners. 

The board basis at Phokaia is a little more generous than at the other Mark Warner Beach resorts. For five days in a week, all meals are included and on the remaining days you’ll get breakfast and lunch, leaving you free to explore the local area. 

It's worth mentioning that unlike at the Greek resorts, there’s no creche for babies at Phokaia and childcare is available for kids from age one. However, the kids’ clubs are popular and are split into age-appropriate sessions. From beach games and castle building for toddlers to a varied programme of junior sports and activities, children will love having independence, trying new things and making friends along the way. 

Nearest airport: Mytilene Airport (26 miles) 

Lemnos Beach Resort, Greece 

Plati Beach, Lemnos Island, Greece 

What we like
  • Perfect wind conditions for sailing, water skiing and wakeboarding 

  • Sandy beach with warm shallow waters 

  • Breathtaking cycle routes 

  • 25-minute transfer time 

  • Three tennis courts

What we don't like
  • Some guests report poor WiFi in the rooms 

  • Quieter resort won't be to everyone's taste

What Mumsnet users say
UpsideDownInsideOutRoundAndRound · Stayed + rated
We did Mark Warner at Lemnos I think just before Covid. Great fun and a really lovely hotel with plenty of activities. We saw DS at meals only. He had a great time.”  
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Our verdict

If you love the idea of an authentic Greek getaway, the less touristy island of Lemnos has a really peaceful feel, allowing you to fully switch off and enjoy some fun family activities. 

Set in a secluded bay in the corner of Plati Beach, Lemnos Beach Resort is ideal for families with young children thanks to the nearby soft sandy beach and shallow waters. Those wanting to explore Greek culture and history will love visiting the nearby town of Myrina, with its 13th-century Venetian castle and waterfront restaurants.

Contemporary villas feature private balconies or terraces and offer stunning sea views. Dining is on a half-board basis including breakfast and dinner and the Terrace restaurant is a great spot to watch the sun set across the Aegean at the end of a fun-filled day. 

With wind speeds increasing throughout the day, even beginners can start their mornings with water skiing or wakeboarding. The northern afternoon gusts provide excellent conditions for surfing and sailing and a little extra challenge for those looking to improve or master their technique. 

Lemnos also has some truly stunning cycle routes, with wide open roads that are relatively free from traffic, allowing you to take in the breathtaking landscape as you glide along. 

Back at the resort, families can challenge each other to a game of tennis, clear their minds with a pilates or a yoga class or relax on a lounger around the pool. 

While there are plenty of opportunities for shared family experiences, the creche facilities and kids’ clubs for children aged four months to 17 years, mean you can grab some uninterrupted time with your book.

Nearest airport: Limnos airport (10 miles) 

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What’s the best Mark Warner beach resort?

While the best resort for your family will depend upon your preferences, Mumsnetters rate Paleros Beach Resort in mainland Greece. This recently refurbished resort offers access to the full range of Mark Warner sports and activities, offering something for every skill level as well as entertainment for kids of all ages.

How we chose our recommendations

We spent several hours sifting through Mumsnet's holiday forum for recommendations from users who have visited Mark Warner beach resorts and assessed which resorts they rated highly. We also checked user review sites like TripAdvisor to cross-check evaluations. 

By doing this, we whittled our longlist down and chose a selection of Mark Warner Beach resorts that we think offer something for everybody.

Why you should trust us

We work hard to provide unbiased, independent advice you can trust. We do sometimes earn revenue through affiliate (click-to-buy) links in our articles. This helps us fund more helpful articles like this one.

About the author 

Lucy Cotterill is a mum of two and a Content Writer at Mumsnet, specialising in product reviews and roundups. Having written reviews on her own blog Real Mum Reviews since 2012, Lucy loves to research and explore the pros and cons of products to help people make confident purchases. She has also written for US parenting site Pregistry and the Evening Standard. 

As a city dweller, Lucy lives for the summer holidays, relishing the opportunity to travel with her daughters and get that first sight of the sea, whether that's staying at one of the best family hotels in Cornwall, or exploring the best European family holiday destinations.