Riveting Rhodes: enjoy the Greek island at its best
Enjoy the tranquil beaches and historic heart of Rhodes with all the advantages of an adults-only or couples-only five-star resort
It’s a kind of natural magnetism. Across the centuries, Rhodes has had a pull that has seen all sorts of travellers find themselves on this storied Greek Island, which sits on a strategically and culturally significant crossroad between Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. For many holidaymakers, Rhodes stands out for its a winning combination of island paradise charms – with a glut of flawless beaches, romantic coves and wooded hills – with the culture and convenience of an urban centre and well-preserved historic heart. Nor has consistently brilliantly weather ever hurt its reputation – indeed, Ancient Rhodes worshipped the sun god Helios. Surrendering to some indulgently idle beach time is all part of the appeal, but knowing that you have other sights and stimuli in easy reach gives Rhodes its X-factor.
Rhodes is a destination that inspires repeat visits. Whether sampling different beaches, absorbing the lively atmosphere of Rhodes town, or walking the streets of the Unesco-protected mediaeval old town, there is no shortage of appealing ways to while away your time on the island. Must-dos include a trip just 3km from the city centre – but thousands of years back in time – to the Acropolis of Rhodes. Meanwhile, the architecturally distinct and supremely tranquil Filerimos monastery, on a hill above Ialyssos, is another excursion that is well worth devoting a peaceful afternoon to. It’s only about 10km from Rhodes Town, though you’ll feel worlds away from anywhere.
The Ixian Grand
For those visitors to Rhodes who appreciate the next-level calm of a chic, adults-only hotel, The Ixian Grand is a five-star, all-inclusive resort on Rhodes’ Ixia beach that offers total respite from real-world responsibilities. A sea-view, beachfront hotel – instantly ticking two big ‘yes please’ boxes for most of us – its guests enjoy direct beach access and a choice of two swimming pools (one freshwater, one saltwater) and a Jacuzzi. Just pick your sun-lounger and you’re all set. An all-inclusive resort set-up takes all the effort out of planning meals, at a notably high culinary standard, and with the option of à la carte restaurant dining. The main restaurant, which was recently renovated, offers on-trend nikkei cuisine.
The Ixian All Suites
The Ixian All Suites is a suites-only and couples-only hotel on Rhodes that – like its sister establishment The Ixian Grand – is a beachfront, five-star resort on Ixia beach, just over three miles from the centre of Rhodes. Guests can choose a garden view or a sea-view suite, and will enjoy the convenience of an all-inclusive stay in a sophisticated setting. Varied, high-quality dining options include traditional Greek delicacies that can be enjoyed poolside. To make the most of a stay, one distinctly tempting option is to upgrade to a spacious Beachfront Grand Suite Pool for a private section of a large pool overlooking the sea, with a Jacuzzi bath. That might be the perfect place to pop open the bottle of sparkling wine provided in room on your arrival.
A better way to stay
There’s something about sunset views with your evening meal that really helps good conversation flow, and evenings in Rhodes can linger long in the memory. Whether you’re taking a brief holiday from the responsibilities of caring for children or grandchildren, or simply prefer an adults-only holiday environment, a kids-free resort can be a real tonic. Throughout your stay at The Ixian Grand or The Ixian All Suites, you can also be sure that the attentive, knowledgeable staff on site will take pride in delivering first-rate service, which allows guests to fully relax in the comfort and natural beauty of the setting.
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