My mother and I decided to combine birthdays and book a mini getaway to Rhodes. Clear blue waters, an abundance of shellfish and free flowing ice cold rosé … what’s not to love?
Below are details of our stay.
We found our hotel through secret escapes; Esperos Blue Village and Spa. This hotel is in the throws of being renovated, luckily, upon our arrival the new pool had just opened that day (unbeknown to the other guests, the perks of being nosey) and so we had the pool to ourselves most days.
The reception, restaurant and bar are next on the list and although we booked on a half board basis, we really didn’t have much intention of eating in the hotel; we had seaside restaurants and late night bars to discover. Should you wish to eat in the hotel, breakfast is fantastic and there’s a hefty buffet for both lunch and dinner.
Our room was beautiful, we stayed in a suite with sea view and private pool.
With views overlooking the ocean and a private pool to cool down in we were very happy indeed.
My best advice is to travel anywhere via taxi; just have the hotel order one for you and ask for a quote on the price.
In Rhodes, taxis are notorious for overcharging tourists, best be savvy and ask upfront before making the journey. Jump into a car and head to Rhodes old town.
Wander the ruins, explore the old fort and meander across the port front with a hundred shell shops in moored up boats.
If you’re into doors and rundown streets then Rhodes has game.
There’s plenty of windy cobbled streets to explore, each and every one home to beautiful doors that make you wonder what’s hiding behind them.
Seek and ye shall find, and find we did.
On one of the most unassuming backstreets of the old town, about five minutes away from the hustle and bustle we stumbled upon a boutique hotel called Spirit of the Knights. A beautifully quaint hotel with a helluva history and the most beautiful tropical oasis contained within a walled garden.
The rooms are very reasonable and the hotel boasts a great location without being immersed in the bustle of Rhodes.
Eating in Rhodes can be tricky. There’s a lot of overpriced and underwhelming places that cater to tourists but with this said, we stumbled upon a bit of a gem.
Situated in a square just behind the museum, Golden Olympiade is a welcome distraction from the plastic menus and beers on tap.
A row of tables sit snugly alongside the restaurant and just behind the entrance, they fill a private courtyard. A fifty foot tree is adorned with chandeliers and every table a vase of fresh flowers.
Choose from pasta dishes, fresh shellfish, grilled octopus, baby squid, risottos and a vast selection of meats. Being the pasta fiend that I am, I opt for shellfish spaghetti whilst mum has the baby squid with basil oil. Decent food, decent wine and wonderfully friendly service to boot. A good find.
Without a doubt, no trip to Rhodes would be complete without a trip to Sir Anthony Quinn bay; a beautifully secluded beach with crystal clear water and a cafe atop the hill serving cold beverages, slides and toasties.
Named after the late Actor, this beach was apparently his favourite spot, and so aptly claimed by his widow and named after him. It’s not difficult to see why.
Rumour has it in peak season this spot is very busy, so arriving early is advised.
Sunbeds cost between five to ten euros depending on the season. The water is incredibly warm and beautiful to swim in. Buy some goggles and swim out to the large rock in the middle of the bay, enabling you to stand upright and admire the view of the surrounding hills.
For dinner and a night out away from the crowds, by far the best restaurant around Faliraki is Rattan. A modern restaurant with a long cocktail bar it’s a notch above the rest, turning from quite a lovely restaurant in the evening to a lively cocktail bar later at night, minus the ‘Brits abroad’ vibe.
Sit at the bar whilst you was for a table. Order a daiquiri, sit back and relax as the sun goes down and the warm-lit rattan lanterns glow in the sunset light.
The food here is very good. A basket of assorted bread and freshly churned butter comes immediately after you’ve placed your order and a complimentary amuse-bouche follows.
We ate at Rattan twice within our stay, sampling an array of cocktails and dishes but standouts were the cuttlefish ink linguine with salmon, butter roe sauce and citrus powder and the Shellfish ritosso with citrus.
At the end of your meal, complimentary flavoured ouzo is served in test tubes over ice. A tad overambitious for my liking but I’m never one to turn down a freebie, so down the hatch.
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Our trip to Rhodes was paid for by ourselves. All views are my own. Details of our stay are below.
Boutique hotel with hidden garden: https://www.spiritoftheknights.com
Golden Olympiade restaurant: http://www.golden-olympiade.gr
Rattan, Faliraki: https://rattancuizinecocktail.com