The hotel felt like a much needed gulp of water in the desert for myself and my guest – desperate for a kid free vacation after two years locked up with kids. every part of Greece is beautiful, and the Ixian Grand hotellocated right on the beach in Rhodes, was no exception.
We fell for a suite, which I couldn’t recommend more highly. First, they are huge, with one of the largest hotel beds I’ve ever enjoyed, a spacious living room and a bathroom with a sunken bath and separate shower.
But the real draw is the private pool. Facing the sea, the view from our private terrace was one of endless blue – a real tonic from the gray London skies. Plus, having your own pool means you don’t have to rush for a bed on the main beach and pool.
As we walked around the property we noticed that rooms all seemed to have balconies or sea views (or both), so every guest is spoiled in some way, even if a suite is out of your budget.
However, if you can afford it, a suite is definitely the best option for privacy, pristine views and total luxury – I can see why the suites seemed popular with honeymooners and couples.
Food is one area where the hotel really excels, especially if you’re in a suite and have access to the all-suite Alazonia Suites restaurant. This was my personal favourite, with a delicious array of a la carte options at breakfast and dinner. Everything was beautifully presented and lovely staff were only too happy to talk through the menu and make recommendations.
That’s not to say other restaurants around the hotel were slack – there are several fantastic options.
Milonges serves traditional Greek cuisine, overlooking the large swimming pool, for lunch and dinner. Portions were generous, and we definitely ordered too much in excitement.
For something unusual, don’t miss Muza Htista, which serves Japanese and Peruvian fusion. The sushi was excellent, and again, portions generous.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served buffet style at Vis a Vis, and there was plenty of choice with every meal, from pancakes for breakfast to fresh pasta for dinner.
As mentioned, the suites have a private pool. For non-suite guests, there is the quiet pool or the large pool adjacent to the beach. The most popular place to lounge is of course the beach. The beds are on sand although it is worth noting that this turns to pebbles as you enter the water – many returning guests were outfitted with beach shoes.
There is also a spa, although neither of us wanted to tear ourselves away from the sun for a treatment, but it looks lovely, and if anything like anything else on offer here, it will be of a very high quality .
One of the best perks the hotel offers is the chance to explore. Greece is steeped in history and the front desk is happy to organize day trips for guests (at an additional cost).