My family recently holidayed at the Pefki Island resort hotel on the east coast of the island of Rhodes, Greece. We stayed there for two weeks in early July and enjoyed it tremendously and intend to return next year. The weather was hot (30's all weeks) and don't think i saw a cloud in the sky at any time. The resort itself is a group of apartments with 3 separate swimming pools, pool bars, sitting areas etc and is very clean and tidy. The staff are very friendly and the private beach (which borders the main town beach) is reached from the hotel by a short flight of steps. I would draw attention to the fact that it would not be suitable for wheelchair guests as there is no other means of getting to the beach other than a long walk through town to the other end of the beach which does have wheelchair access. The hotel has a sister hotel nearby and all amenities are shared including the very well stocked supermarket. There is also a car hire shop on the hotel grounds so a cheap and easy alternative to the regular bus service is easily reached. I would recommend hiring a car as the island, particularly down the eastern shoreline and along the south coast is unspoilt and quite rugged and is very close to getting back to the real Greece of many years ago. In summary, I thoroughly recommend the hotel.
Booked this hotel to travel in May 2009 with my parents and boyfriend. My parents had been last year and recommeded it to me, but I was still a little dubious because of the 2* rating.
My worries were completely unfounded. This hotel is amazing, and was one of the very best holidays I have ever had. Having booked through Thomson we arrived at the hotel to a warm welcome from George the owner of the hotel, who had remembered my parents from the previous summer. We were shown to our rooms by George, which was a nice touch as many hotels are happy to let you stumble around in the dark. When we got to our rooms I was amazed. The room was huge! It was located in the newer wing of the hotel, and as such was of an excellent standard with a new kitchenette and bathroom. The room had everything you would need for a self-catering holiday, with a fridge that actually worked (which anyone who has gone self-catering to Greece will recognise as a bonus) and a hob and plenty crockery, cutlery and pans.
There was also a lovely balcony, with sea views and some very friendly birds who were always happy to eat your crumbs! The hotel was very quiet, as there is very little development around it, with a patch of grass in front of the hotel separating it from the next building.
The high standard of the apartments was matched by the pool and poolside bar. Always meticulously clean, the poolisde area and pool were lovely, with plenty of comfortable sunbeds. The pool bar did some of the best greek food I have had, along with the usual standards to cater for the English clientele.
The hotel was an approximate five minute walk from a lovely sandy beach with a sea perfect for swimming. The village of Lardos was around twenty easy minutes walk away, or a very short cheap taxi ride. The village itself was gorgeous, still managing to retain authentic Greek feeling in spite of the presence of tourists, and the local people went out of their way to be friendly. The restaurants and couple of bars were of a high standard, with great food and reasonably priced drinks. Around the hotel there were a few bars and supermarkets, which were very quiet. However we did visit in the first week of the season so they may be more lively later in the summer.
We did visit Lindos one night, and although the town was lovely and I would recommend a visit to anyone, we feel we were ripped off a little for our meal we had there at a rooftop restaurant. Although the views were beautiful as the sun set the food was overpriced and below standard when compared to the meals we had in Lardos, costing three times the price and being nowhere near as enjoyable!
Overall the Cosmos Maris is a special place to go on holiday, in a perfect setting with a warm welcome and a family feel. I would recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a relaxing break.
My husband and I had an 11 night Thomson Gold Holiday in October 2007 staying at the Atlantica Imperial Resort Hotel in Kolymbia Rhodes. This hotel is described as a 5 star Deluxe!
We arrived at 2am on a sunday morning and were greeted by smiling staff and a sparkling glass of champagne. Great start this hotel is going to be fantastic.
A marble entrance with palm trees in the centre and a water fall. It looked wonderful. We were quickly shown to our rooms and our luggage was taken by a porter who did not hold his hand out for a tip.
We had chosen to stay in superior rooms which were like small chalets comprising of a four poster bed, slippers, bathrobes, wine and fruit. We also had a marvellous sea view, which I never tired looking at.
Unfortunately on entering our room the smell of smoke was over whelming, much like a stale ashtray. We decided to ride through the night and ask for a move the next morning. Unfortunately the smell was so strong I did not manage to sleep and felt extremely nauseated all night. My husband arose early and went to speak to the rep and reception. Non smoking rooms do not exist but they would spray the room. This did help a bit but there was always a smell about the room so we tended to keep the balcony doors open which meant mosquitos felt this was an open invitation.
However the rooms themselves were spacious, with plenty storage space so no living out of a suitcase. There was a large TV and CD/Radio. Also tea and coffee making facilities which was replenished daily. The safety deposit box however, cost us 35 euros and we had to pay for use of the mini bar not just it contents.
We had a large bathroom with over shower, the lighting was a bit dim so not very good for applying makeup but after a few days I gave up and went for the natural look for a change. The hotel toiletries were useless no scent but handy for washing out your costumes. There was also a hairdryer which wasn't too bad, did the job and saved me lugging over my own.
We had decided to go half board as we don't like to be tied to the hotel but there is also the option of fully inclusive which a lot of people appeared to uptake ( the tell tale hospital bands)! The dining room was spacious you could sit in the centre with the waterfall and palm trees, the main dining area or on the terrace and dine alfesco. Food was buffet style there was plenty to choose from and it was regularly freshened up. Breakfast consisted of cereals, fruits, cakes, cheeses, cold meats, pancakes and a cooked option. There were freshly made smoothies, champagne, fruit juices, water, flavoured teas, coffees and a selection of breads and conserves. So something for everyone. The evening meals were often based on different theme nights and international meals as well as the traditional greek fayre. Again a huge selection of soups, salads, cold and hot main meals and fantastic deserts. It was a bit of dodging and diving trying to get what you wanted at times. Some people acted as though they hadn't seen food in years!! The waiting staff were very pleasant, there was a decent selection of greek wines and they appeared to know what they were talking about. If you didn't fancy the buffet style there was the option of a la carte for an extra 8 euros per head. A four course meal in a lovely setting on an elevated terrace and you were waited on by extremely pleasant staff. Unfortunately you could still not get away from the entertainment, which I will explain next. It was very intrusive when being waited on by a lovely waiter at a candle lit meal with your loved one on a beautiful terrace!!!!!!
As a Thomson Gold holiday we expected no children, possibly a lot of elderly, but in particular a calm, serene, laid back and fairly quiet environment. We expected the entertainment to be of a greek style and quite subdued. Instead we were subjected to Butlins style entertainment. Loud mouthed reps, and two elderly women who 'sang' whilst plonking on a casio keyboard (not good) infact decidedly attrocious. A very unfunny comic and another chap who thought he could sing. Where was the Karaoke??? I think that would have been an improvement ha ha. There were a small number of people nonetheless, who did enjoy the entertainment but the annoying thing is it was central, outside and you couldn't hide from it. Many an evening dinner was ruined by this so called entertainment. They attemted Tom Jones, Sinead O'connor, Cher, Shirley Bassey to name but a few, it was much the same repertoire every night just in a different order. The group of two elderly women were from Leeds but 'sung' each song in a different accent - weird!
Thoughout the day the reps held skittle, darts, lilo, connect four competions, there were quizzes and water aerobics (which was a laugh the first time until I realised it was the same evey day). During the evening, around the time we had our meal, the winners would go up on stage and collect their wonderful prizes to a tape recording of an oompah band!!! Do you get the idea, surely I don't need to go on. Needless to say this spoilt our evenings.
Nevertheless we found a wonderful cocktail bar just five minutes walk away called Antonis who made an amazing Baileys Cocktail mmmm. He had big screen TV for sports enthusiasts and all the latest football/rugby matches were shown. He also had a fantastic CD collection. The bar was surrounded by trees and flowers, and you sat outside on a small terrace.
The hotel itself was a marvelous setting with well tended gardens, beautiful trees and flowers, a free form swimming pool, jacuzzi and lovely effects with bridges, rocks and lights. It was set within a bay with breathtaking views of the mountain of Tzambika. There is a beautiful sand and shingle beach with sunbeds available at a cost of 3 euros per day and a parasol at a cost of 1 euro per day. A bit pricey as they weren't very comfortable but if you hire a car or motorbike and venture out to other beaches the sun beds are far more comfortable and some had pillows. A lot of people tended to use the sunbeds around the pool and pop down to the beach for a swim. It is a bit rocky and most people bought shoes from the local shop to go swimming in. The sea was shallow, warm and very inviting. There were plenty beds around the pool. The hotel information did stipulate that reserving beds is unacceptable and that towels would be removed. This never happened and it was observed that people were out choosing the beds at 06.30 (and they were not Germans)!! The pool was cold but very refreshing and again not very deep, easy to get into, you swam under a bridge and around rock features.
For sports enthusiasts there are tennis courts and a small fitness centre with sauna and massages available at extra cost. There is a watersports centre on the beach with pedaloes, canoes, banana boats etc. Again at a cost but not too dear.
Above the beach is a lovely fish restaurant offering a wide variety of food and wine and good banter. The setting is stunning on a rock above the sea overlooking the beach. There is even an old fishing boat beached alongside and a lighthouse to add to the atmosphere. Further along the beach is another watersports centre and sunbeds and canteen run by sexy Billy (his description not mine), there are even a couple of friendly goats.
So plenty around the hotel.
Rhodes itself was fantastic, we toured the whole island on a motorbike. The resort of Kolymbia is tranquil and unspoilt with three beaches, a selection of tavernas, bars and shops. It is known for it's long approach avenue lined by eucalyptus trees. A very linear road designed by the Italians.
The hotel was a tad disappointing, being a Thomson Gold we expected better. The entertainment was our main gripe, but the smokey room wasn't good. We were also unable to book our late check out room. Apparantely we should have booked this when booking the holiday but nobody informed us. We were not the only people caught out by this and all they would offer us was a half hour slot in a courtesy room. I would not recommend this hotel if you are looking for something special and relaxing. Every tuesday night they let off fireworks, not for the faint hearted they were rather noisy. My poor husband comes from Belfast and does not like fireworks!!!
The holiday cost us £!,600 for 11 nights half board flying from Gatwick - not cheap. However I would fully recommend the Island of Rhodes.
Early 2004 my boyfriend and I were deciding where we go on our summer holiday. Weve been to Spain quite a few times but neither of us had ever been to Greece. So we sat down with a couple of brochures to decide where about we would go.
We narrowed it down to a couple of islands and then after much consideration decided that we would go to Rhodes. We decided on Rhodes as it has lots of historical things to see, which the other half would really enjoy, and it has some of the best beaches, and glorious weather for me.
We set to work on various Websites trying to find a hotel that we both liked the look of, and a good deal. We found a few we liked at reasonable prices and then we came across the Hotel Calypso on the outskirts of Faliraki. After reading various reviews on several websites we decided that this would be the one for us, and at £750 each for two weeks 4* All Inclusive, we thought that it was reasonably priced.
As described on the First Choice website. This large, modern hotel is set within spacious, landscaped gardens along the Kalithea road, with a pleasant restaurant area and comfortable bedrooms. The grounds are dominated by an attractive split-level pool, which is linked by a slide, waterfalls, decorative bridges and stone islands.
Early June we set off to Birmingham Airport excited about our holiday. We had a good flight, well sort of, apart from the idiot sat in front of me. There were no delays and in four hours we were on the island of Rhodes.
On arriving at The Calypso, after a pleasant transfer, we were very impressed, the hotel is in a good location, close enough to Faliraki so that you can walk there, but far enough away, so you dont get all of the rowdiness. We paid extra to have a sea view, which I would recommend, we went out on the balcony when we arrived at 5.30 am and the view was spectacular, with the pool below, and the beach just ahead. On the other side of the hotel you would be looking at the main road and the hotel across from it.
The room was very spacious, and very modern, having been recently refurbished. The bathroom is a little on the small size though. We had twin beds, a sofa, and a spacious balcony. There is a TV in the room, which is free of charge, but you dont get many English speaking channels, a fridge, which was stocked with drinks when we arrived, and there is also a Safety deposit box which was free of charge. There is also a telephone in the room, which we only used on once, when we arrived to let our families know that we had arrived safely. We dont recommend using this phone as it can be very expensive. There is also a hairdryer in the bathroom, but when I used it, it was very slow, so I stuck to using my own. In total there are 302 rooms altogether set over 7 floors. There are three lifts so dont worry you wont have to walk up all of the stairs.
The rooms were cleaned daily, and towels and bedding were changed every other day.
The hotel is multi national, while we were there, there were Italians, Belgium, French, Czech, Dutch, but most of all there were Germans. About 90% of guests were German, with not many British at all. We didnt find this to be a problem, but it would have been nice to have a few more people to talk to.
There is a large restaurant in the hotel with separate areas for smoking and none smoking. On our first visit to the restaurant we were greeted by the head waiter, who showed us around and sat us. The restaurant is buffet style, and there is a wide variety of food on offer, ranging from the basics like potatoes and vegetables to some very nice Greek dishes. The food was really nice and we didnt have the same meal for dinner twice. However the breakfasts were more catered for the Germans, with German sausages and under cooked bacon. The drinks available in the restaurant are self service. Meals are served in the restaurant at breakfast, lunch and dinner times.
There is also a snack bar underneath the main restaurant which serves hot and cold snacks between 10am and 6pm. While the food here was nice, is was a bit repetitive having the same things on offer every day.
There is also unlimited soft drinks, draught beer, local and international spirits and wine, tea, coffee and hot chocolate available at the snack bar and pool bar between 10am and 6pm, and between 6pm and 2am at the main bar.
The bar itself is quite small with a large seating area. We found that it got really busy in there are some nights, and it could be quite difficult to get a drink, as there was only two bar staff working and no waiter service. They also dont serve beer in pint glasses, just halves, so you have to go to the bar twice as often. But hey, its all included in the price so you cant grumble too much.
The staff in the hotel were most friendly, and very helpful. Especially Christos and Seva in the Restaurant, and Maria on Reception.
The entertainment in the hotel was a bit hit and miss. There is an Animation team, who to be honest tried there best, but they work all day as well, and there shows werent that good. Every few nights though there was other live entertainment, which was quite good.
The pool area is gorgeous, with a large free form pool connected with bridges. There is even a water slide, which I think is for children, but we did see a few adults using it. There are plenty of sun beds, but not enough for all guests, so you have to be up early to get one, we watched the Germans putting towels out at 5.30 am. From the pool there are steps down to the beach, where the sun beds in front of the hotel are free to hotel guests, if we couldnt get a sun bed by the pool we usually managed to get one on the beach. The sea is lovely and clean, but beware of the shingles going into the sea, and be very aware of jelly fish. We didnt see any, but we know of someone that was stung on their first day.
The animation team put on loads of activities during the day, including water polo, water volley, beach volley ball, darts, aqua aerobics, aerobics, and many more. These are all free of charge.
Forgot to say, that while we were there it was my birthday, and on the day, there was a knock on the room door. A waiter had brought me a birthday cake and a bottle of wine, courtesy of the hotel management, and neither of us knew anything about it, they must have taken my date of birth off my passport.
There isnt that much within close vicinity of the hotel, just a few shops one way, and a small shopping centre. It is only a short walk to the centre of Faliraki though. There is also a water park about ten minute walk in the other direction. Right outside the hotel there is a bus stop where you can catch a bus to Rhodes Town. I cant remember how much it was, but it was very reasonable, about 90cents each I think.
The only problem that I really had was that I was bitten quite a lot by mosquitoes, especially if I went out onto the balcony at night, and I had a bad reaction to them. Other than that, everything was perfect.
The rest of the holiday
We hired a car for the weekend, and virtually saw the whole island.
I would highly recommend Lindos, where there is and amazing Acropolis, its quite a hard walk up to the top, or you could go by donkey, but it is well worth it. The original temple date back to the 9th century BC, but it was burnt down and rebuilding started in the 3rd century BC. At time of our visit there was a lot of restoration work being done. Were hoping to visit again when it is all complete. The cost of a visit is 8Euros per adult.
Then we went to Prasonisi, which is the very southern tip of the island, where you can sea the Agean Sea meet the Mediterranean Sea. This is an amazing site as the Agean sea is quite rough, and the Mediterranean is quite calm There is also the most fabulous beach, which is about 500m wide from shore to shore. It was very clean, with no shingles. It was also very quiet, and there were only a handful of people there. If you are into windsurfing then Prasonisi would be a must.
The next day we went to Rhodes Town. I would highly recommend that you go to the old town and the harbour, they are amazing.
Mandraki Harbour is filled with boats of all shapes and sizes, luxury yachts to one man sail boats. At the entrance to the harbour there are two columns stood on one is a bronze doe and one the other side and a stands a stag, these guard the entrance to the harbour. It is believed that this where the huge Colossus of Rhodes once stood, a gigantic statue of Helios, the Sun God. This is one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World, and there are lots of souvenirs of the Colossus.
The Palace of the Grand Masters is a must. The palace was originally built in the 14th century and was extensively restored in 1939 during the Italian occupation, as it was demolished by the explosion of gunpowder which the Turks had stored in the basement.
The ancient part of Rhodes town is a definite must, there is so much history to see. There are also lots of shops and museums to see. The new part of Rhodes town is very commercial, there is even a M&S there.
We also visited Rhodes town a night, and sat by the harbour the views are spectacular, and there is a light show at the Palace which you can see from the harbour.
Next we went to Monolithos Castle, on the west coast of the island. It is mainly in ruins, but still worth seeing. Then we had a drive through the Island to the Valley of the Butterflies, where thousands of moths gather in the main summer months. There were only a few there when we went, but there are the most amazing waterfalls to see.
Overall, Rhodes and The Hotel Calypso are great for people of all ages, and we had a fabulous holiday. We will definitely be returning in the future.
Thanks for reading. Gayna x
The Montemar Hotel was certainly a pleasant surprise. We expected a 50 roomed, small hotel wiith little in the way of facilities. It turned out to be a huge, but friendly complex. Let me start at the beginning, which is, in my experience, a good place to start.
I booked the Montemar Hotel on a half-board basis through Direct Holidays and the operater turned out to be First Choice Holidays. (Previous experiences with First Choice made me a bit concerned about this, but I was wrong!)
The holiday cost five hundred pounds for two of us and that included our insurance, so I considered it a bargain and was quite willing to take a chance. I looked up the Montemar on the net and found a few unfavourable reviews but I also found out that it had recently been refurbished. There was however, no mention of the major changes this small, family run hotel had under gone.
When we arrived at Rhodes Airport we boarded a coach and after an hour we seemed to be the only people left on it. We went way up into the mountains and all those TV programmes about holiday horrors came into my mind. When we eventually arrived we were taked round the outside of the hotel into what appeared to be a covered walk way. My reservations were becoming a reality. The rooms were hot, stuffy and dark but I was pleasantly surprised to see that we had paid for a twin room (13 year old boy and myself), but been given adjoining rooms for the same price. We went to the outdoor dining area and had a buffet style meal which was okay but nothing special.
I went to bed dreading the next morning but I needn't have worried. We got up to see the most beautiful garden outside our room. It was surrounded by railings and screened by red bouganvillia flowers. We were in a very private spot on the ground floor and even had our own terrace, sunshade and chairs outside.
The room was sparsley furnished but comfortable. The beds were a little bit hard but appeared to be new. The bathroom included a shower but no bath which apparently was designed to save water. The Island of Rhodes is very short of water.
We discovered that we could upgrade to an all inclusive package for just 70 Euros each. (That's about forty nine pounds.) This included all our drinks, ice cream, lunch, snacks, safety deposit box, sunbed hire and the use of five swimming pools, three restaurants and crazy golf, to name just a few facilities.
The complex actually has 300 rooms which are spread our in garden complex on the side of a hill. We were just a few steps down from the nearest restaurant area and we had to go upstairs to the outdoor pool.
The place was spotlessly clean and the staff were friendly and helpful. The pools and the beach area were all very well maintained and there were a selection of shops and bars just a few hundred yards up the road.
The hotel provided entertainment in a Greek style amphitheatre each night but it was still nice to take a walk to the local bars sometimes. The vvillage of Lardos is about 15 minutes walk from here and Pefkos which is a bit more lively is around 20 minutes in the other direction. Taxis are cheap but walking was very easy too.
A few hundred yards across the road there is lothiariki beach which is mostly gravel and shingle and not very kind to the feet, but there are two excellent swimming pools on the beach which are part of the Hotel and complex and an excellent pool bar.
There is another beach about ten minutes walk away at Lardos and three beautiful beaches at Lindos if you fancy a day out. Don't miss Lindos. It beautiful and the colour of the water and the white-washed houses will make a lasting impression on your memory. Wonderful!
The only thing that let this hotel down was the food. It varied from day to day in quality and at times we were not sure what we were eating. However, once we spoke to the restaurant manager, the different dishes were labelled so that we could see what they contained.
The all inclusive package is great if you are a fussy eater because you could get burgers, pizza, hotdogs and even cookies and cakes at all times of the day. Icecream and drinks including the alcoholic variety were also included.
This was an excellent holiday and the hotel staff did everything they could to accomodate us. Suggestions were accepted and acted on which really impressed me.
I would certainly recommend this holiday complex (it's not just a hotel) but I would suggest that you only book half board as it is cheaper to upgrade to all inclusive when you get there.
Incidentally, I usually stay away from cheap all inclusive packages as the hotels tend to get full of drunks but I never saw anyone causing any problem here. We were all very merry but no one caused a problem.
Certainly a great place for couples, or families.
Filimon Hotel Pefcos, Rhodes. Greece. Airtours This AA+ hotel is family run who cater for your every need. There are about 50 rooms some are self-catering the rest bed and breakfast. Ti used to be in Thompson Small and Friendly. There is a large pool with sun beds and a bar with a terrace the bar usually stays open as long as you are drinking. There is entertainment twice a week (karaoke and Barbecue). The Barbecue is fantastic Angela?s Keftedes (meat balls) are the best I have tasted. There is also a snack menu in the day. Breakfast is served on the terrace, which is covered with Bougainvillea entwined with vine the smell is gorgeous and very refreshing. It is a very pleasant hotel in a very quiet out of the way place. We have been back to the resort a number of times and we always seem to gravitate to this oasis. I would recommend it to all. The down side is the distances from the village about 800 meters down hill. This, after the walk up makes the pool even more inviting.