Lindos Grand Resort & Spa is perched just above Vlycha Bay, one of the most peaceful pebble beaches in Rhodes. On arrival to the hotel, guests are welcomed into a bright lobby and outside terrace with soaring views of brilliant skies and large infinity pool, one of the largest on the island – which takes eyes directly to a vast stretch of the Aegean beyond. The property is the fifth and latest from the Minettos family owned high-end chain, Lindos Hotels Group.
Chic, contemporary and sparkling white, the five-star hotel offers an ethereal feel on the hilltop with plenty of room to roam, beautiful manicured gardens to unwind in and a tranquil spa. Rooms and suites are modern and relaxed, with hugely comfortable beds, a muted colour palette in the well-appointed bathrooms and floor to ceiling windows allowing the natural light to stream into the space at sunset. For the majority of the 189 rooms at the adults-only hotel, the turquoise private pool that curves around each offers a complete slice of heaven. The rooms are designed in such a way that guests feel like they are in their own secluded villa with complete privacy but yet are just moments from the hotel’s sensational restaurants, two buzzy bars and expert concierge services.
The dining at Lindos Grand Resort & Spa is famed throughout the island and is the envy of other hotels in the region. The key component being the skill and artistry of Executive Chef Stavros Manousakis. Chef Manousakis has been a part of Lindos for 11 years, truly a family affair. He has travelled extensively and works with local children in addition to his work at the hotel to ignite a passion for all things culinary.
Three à la carte restaurants offer an exquisite variety of cuisine and there are plans to open other concepts in 2022. There is the Mediterranean-focused Acqua e Sale and the fine dining Greek Restaurant, Thalatta which explores the rich culinary heritage of the Dodecanese Islands. Time honoured recipes are given new life thanks to the creative flair of the expert chefs in the hotel’s kitchen. Fresh produce from the island is cooked to perfection and all washed down with wines so local and golden, it is unlikely you will ever sip them again, unless you sought them out. The Japanese Yume Mou is an omakase experience that is simply breathtaking with the cobalt sea in the foreground and the chef preparing delicious morsels in front of your eyes. Chef Manousakis will take epicureans through each exquisite dish and his culinary journey as to why each ingredient is served on the special menu, from dashi to Red Snapper, sushi and fresh oysters. The main restaurant, Terra Mare offers views of the ocean and serves up breakfast from 5:30am – 11:30am, for those early birds or late risers and a buffet-style, laid-back dining experience in the evening. Guests also have the option to order breakfast directly to the room, at a small surcharge.
Just a stone’s throw from the relaxed vibe around the pool and chilled music at Atmos Lounge is Vlycha Beach where there is a dedicated section of hotel-owned loungers just by the lapping shores. If a spot of culture away from the hotel is on the agenda, the property is just minutes from Lindos Old Town located at the foot of the acropolis that dates back to 300BC. To burn off all the delectable food served by the charismatic Chef Manousakis, guests can ascend to the top of the hilltop and enjoy otherworldly views of the Aegean, as far as the eye can see that will truly make your soul soar.
Also not to be missed is the Medieval City of Rhodes which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best-preserved and largest inhabited medieval towns in Europe. Visitors can immerse themselves in a bygone age and explore the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, get lost along quaint cobbled streets, dine in the flower-filled gardens of unassuming restaurants such as the superb Marco Polo Mansion and browse artisan market stalls selling local wears. Back at the hotel, Lindos Grand will be hosting Ceramic and Cooking classes this summer and offering guests the chance to immerse themselves in the local culture of Rhodes and return home with a traditional Grecian skill.
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Rates for Lindos Grand Resort & Spa start from £200 a night on a B&B basis staying in a Deluxe Double Room, Garden View. To book, visit www.lindosgrand.com