Monday, 27 November 2017

Travel: My Trip To Rhodes

Back in September (ages ago now!) we went on our summer holiday to the Greek island of Rhodes which is somewhere that I had wanted to visit for years! After a lot of research and deliberating we decided to book our accommodation at the Amada Colossos Resort with TUI. The all inclusive resort is situated between Kalithea and Faliraki and located on a stretch of sandy beach.

 Amada Colossos

Bedroom


We picked the Amada Colossos as it was only re-opened in August so we were excited to be visiting a fresh clean hotel! They have refurbished all of the bedrooms, restaurants and pool areas and it looks amazing! The bedrooms are very modern with a nice simple contemporary decor and built in furniture.
Our bedroom had a balcony which was overlooking the huge pool and the sea which was beautiful to wake up to in the morning. As standard, the rooms come with orthopaedic beds, free air conditioning, safety deposit box, mini fridge, wi-fi, and a smart TV.

 Amada Colossos Amada Colossos

Bathroom


The bathrooms are very modern indeed.. perhaps a bit too modern! The bathroom itself doesn't actually have a door, and the toilet and shower doors are made from frosted glass. So there's not much bathroom privacy! I would have been seriously uncomfortable if I was travelling with anyone other than my boyfriend. And even then, I didn't really fancy watching him use the toilet through the glass! 

But other than the lack of door, the bathrooms were very luxurious and I absolutely loved the large double cubicle with big rain shower. I also liked the added touches including bath robes and little toiletries including cotton wool and ear buds.

 Amada Colossos Amada Colossos

Restaurant


Upon checking into our room we were greeted with a bottle of red wine and a fruit bowl which was a nice touch! As we arrived at almost midnight we hadn't eaten and were starving. But the receptionist advised us that we could go into the main restaurant for some snacks that they put on for late and hungry arrivals. I thought that was a nice touch too!

 The main restaurant is very large and also has a separate area for adults. As we were all inclusive we went to the main restaurant everyday for the buffet at breakfast and lunch, although we only stayed a couple of times for dinner. Breakfast consisted of a huge choice of breads, pastries, fruit, omelettes, pancakes etc. I loved having lunch here as they do really lovely fresh salads and you can pick from so many different options! I really enjoyed having a Greek salad with feta cheese and olives. yum! 


A La Carte


Dinner wasn't so exciting as I wasn't keen on the hot buffet food. It didn't look very nice and it was always an unusual mix of foods and not really anything I fancied. With our all inclusive booking three a la carte meals were included for dinner. This meant we could have three 'proper' sit down waiter service meals at the Italian, Greek, and Asian restaurants. 

We only went to the Italian restaurant in the end as the a la carte menus didn't have much choice, and we didn't really like the look of the Greek and Asian menus. You basically either had the meat choice or the vegetarian choice, so there wasn't much variety. 

At the Italian restaurant we had a selection of breads, a starter with parma ham, a mini risotto, a pasta dish, and then a fruit salad or pannacotta for dessert. The food was a little bit dull, especially the main course, and the service was super slow. One thing I will say about the hotel is that the service from all of the restaurant staff was pretty awful. At the buffet the waiters are meant to bring you a drink, but they rarely arrived to take an order, and tables were slow at being cleared and there was generally little in the way of customer service.


As we only ate in the hotel for dinner a couple of times, we spent the rest of our evenings eating outside of the hotel (which wasn't actually expensive at all!). We found an amazing Greek grill restaurant in Faliraki where we enjoyed the most enormous rack of ribs ever and a huge steak! I also ordered halloumi as a started and was given basically a whole block of it! Yum. We also ordered some cheese balls which were basically mozzarella balls and sooo good. I can 100% recommend the Desert Rose restaurant! 


 Pool Areas


The absolute best thing about the hotel is the pool area. The pool is absolutely huge and there is an adults only area with a pool cocktail bar, and also a juice and smoothie bar in the kids section. The pool was so relaxing and we spent most of our afternoons relaxing on the sun beds. As we visited in September, there wasn't that crazy high season rush for sunbeds every morning, so we could have a lay in, a nice breakfast (and a mimosa!) and then take a relaxing stroll down to the pool.

Wait for it.. the hotel also has ITS OWN WATERPARK! Which also has a bar so you can drink beer whilst chilling on the lazy river! The waterpark was a pretty awesome extra and I loved it. There was a nice mix of slides for younger kids and then bigger (scarier) ones. Literally amazing! 


Kalithea Springs


As beautiful as the hotel is, we did go out and about in Rhodes too! My favourite day has to be when we went to Kalithea Springs, which is just up the road from the hotel. The hotel is located near the main road so we found it really easy to get the local buses all week. The buses are really cheap too, and it only cost us a couple of Euros to get to Kalithea Springs. 

Kalithea Springs is perhaps one of the most beautiful places in Rhodes. The beach is fairly small, but peaceful and the surroundings are so very beautiful. You do have to pay a small entrance fee, but when we arrived we managed to find two sun beds together, which are free if you order a drink from the waiter. The drinks were actually very reasonably priced considering it's the perfect place to rip off unsuspecting tourists.


The beach is located in a bay with sun lounges on both sides, and on the one side, there is also a restaurant and bar.  The water is shallow, calm and completely clear making it ideal for a relaxing swim. The sea was actually quite warm too.

It was so beautiful, I wish we had stayed there all day! I took a little walk around the area too and we found the thermal springs as well as a wedding venue all set up (so dreamy!).


Beachwear from UK Swimwear


I decided to wear my Maryan Mehlhorn Oasis Halterneck Swimsuit from UK Swimwear which has a beautiful blue rose print all over. The cups are foam lined for support without rigid underwiring, and it also has a deep v-neck and flattering ruching. I loved wearing this and the style of it gave me the confidence to walk around the beach without worrying too much about my wobbly bits!


Over the top of the swimsuit I wore this gorgeous halter neck sun dress which is perfect for wearing on holiday for a day at the beach. I loved the floaty lightweight fabric which is ideal for wearing in the heat, and I like the pretty crochet detail and adjustable spaghetti straps. This simple white dress is easy to style down during the day, or to dress up in the evening!


Lindos


Another (much longer!) bus journey took us to Lindos, a little white washed town known for its clifftop acropolis. There were lots of tourists in Lindos exploring the ancient streets and taking donkey rides up to the top of the cliffs (poor donkeys!). But we decided to spend the first half of our day relaxing on the beautiful sandy beach, which again, had totally calm and clear water. I wore my cute red polka dot Pour Moi bikini from Simply Beach, which has a padded bikini top as well as high waisted bottoms.


Lindos is a very beautiful old town, with lots of lovely restaurants and nice shops. We enjoyed strolling down the pebbled narrow streets and exploring the area. We even walked up the cliff to catch a glimpse of the ruins of the ancient acropolis. It's a pretty steep cliff and the heat is quite unbearable, so I wouldn't recommend wearing flip flops.. my bad! In the evening we found a gorgeous little rooftop pizzeria which overlooked the white rooftops and the sea. It was such a nice way to end the day.


Rhodes Town


Our last trip took us to the capital city, Rhodes Town in the north of the island. This time we decided to get the sea taxi (aka boat!) rather than the bus, which was a much more interesting way to travel! The sea taxi picked us up on the beach right in front of the hotel and dropped us off in the Rhodes Town port.

Rhodes Town is made up of two smaller towns; the Old Town and the New Town. The Old Town lies behind high walls which separate it from the New Town, and it is the oldest inhabited medieval town in Europe.

The Old Town is a maze of pretty cobbled lanes with some beautifully rustic looking shops and restaurants. It's easy to get lost in the Old Town, there are  roughly 200 streets or lanes that simply have no name! So if you pass a restaurant you're wanting to return to later for dinner, I doubt you'd be able to find your way back!

 


Sorry for the long rambling post! However I hope you enjoyed my little travel diary on my trip to Rhodes. I would 100% recommend a visit if you love beaches, history, and delicious food!

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