To introduce this review, we had a fab time at the Miraluna Holiday Village (5*) and definitely recommend it!
My partner and I went there for a weeks holiday 26th Sep - 3rd Oct 2009. We flew from Gatwick and arrived at Rhodes airport 6pm our time, 8pm their time, and easily found our transfer coach (booked through A2Btransfers.com - £58 for two of us) outside the airport. Although there were only 8 people on the coach and there were only four stops (of which we were the last), the transfer journey along the coast from Rhodes airport to Kiotari took an hour and a half. Our only regret is that by the time our plane had landed, the sun had already set, and we missed what we later found out to be a stunning coastal drive that day.
The hotel's location is quite isolated (the nearest shops in Kiotari are approx a 15 minute walk away) but the hotel itself is huge and we found that we only left for a couple of day trips. We were in room 415 which we initially complained about as it was ground floor (no balcony) and didn't have a sea view, but we soon realised that our block had a private pool deck which was quite exclusive and this proved a real luxury. The room was spacious, modern, had a DVD player and great air-con controlled by remote (although the electricity only works when your key is inside the room so you can't leave it on when venturing out). The cleaners were friendly and came daily to make beds and change towels. We took an Ipod & speakers which we hooked up in our room, and could listen to on the pool deck without disturbing our neighbours. There is a safe in each room but use is at an additional cost of 20 Euros payable at reception. The hotel does lead onto the beach and you can see the sea from most areas, but not necessarily from your room/patio/balcony. There are plenty of sunloungers and parasols on the beach, and towels can be rented from reception. The area is mountainous and as such the large site is built on sloping ground, meaning there were steep slopes and steps to encounter, but the gorgeous setting meant we really didn't mind. The main reception has many multi-lingual staff always willing to help, and the main clientele were Germans but there were a few brits, italians, russians etc. In this main building there's a small shop which sells drinks, snacks, toiletries, gifts etc but was quite pricey; save your gift buying for excursions. There are two all inclusive restaurants downstairs which although named differently, we couldn't see any difference between. You can eat inside or if lucky, grab a table outside overlooking the pool bar and out to sea. The food was of a great standard and varied every mealtime - no pizza or burgers, but tasty chicken, pork, fish and lamb dishes with plenty of pasta, salads, potatoes etc. There is a greek corner where authentic foods are served and we tried these most days. There are chips and fish fingers, chicken nuggets etc for those who want that. Breakfast offered a great selection of fresh breads, croissants, pancakes, cakes, biscuits, meats, cheeses, bacon, eggs, beans, sausages, fresh fruit, cereal etc, and lunch had an equally good variety.
There is a bar behind the reception called Zeus bar which was nearly always empty (probably as this bar is not part of the all inclusive package) but has a gorgeous outdoor seating area with excellent views. On quite a few evenings we went there for the happy hour cocktails (7pm-8pm 3Euros instead of 6, and I recommend the 'Peaches N Cream' cocktail!) as it was the perfect spot to relax and feel the romance!
We booked in for one meal at the A La Carte restaurant on site which had a 5 Euro surcharge per person, but found this above an eerily deserted reception area in another building and wouldn't really recommend it; the limited number of staff although polite, prioritised people they knew, didn't light our candle, brought the wrong drinks and didn't bring some drinks at all. On check out at the end of our stay we had a shock when presented with the drinks bill for this meal as apparently these weren't part of the AI package, not that anyone mentioned this to us when booking, dining, or leaving the restaurant that night. There's a snack bar near the entrance to the site which has food and drinks all day until midnight with indoor and outdoor seating, and we often popped down for a snack and/or to take some drinks back to our pooldeck.
On check in we were invited to a meeting the next day where a rep discussed available trips, and we booked on a Rhodes day trip. A coach took us with a tour guide to Rhodes town (hour and a half journey) and we had approx 5 hours to wander round. The old town has fascinating history but is, in my opinion, spoilt by shop after shop selling fake designer gear and typical touristy tat. The trip was 18 Euros each, only 3 more than a regular bus and a quicker journey time. The tour guide Les wasn't great but going to Rhodes is recommended. On another day we hopped on a local bus (bus stop at the hotel entrance) for 2 Euros each to Lindos, and it was a fantastic day out. Although it was early October, the weather was hot and between 25-30 degrees most days with little cloud. We got the 8.05am bus to Lindos (timetables available at reception) and were there by 8:30am. We were so glad we got there early, not only to avoid the midday sun when exploring the Acropolis, but avoiding the insane amount of tourists that had turned up by the time we were leaving at midday. There is a donkey ride up to the Acropolis for 5 Euros but we walked it; it only takes about 10 minutes and isn't particulary challenging. Lindos is the authentic greek town i'd hoped to see; cobbled winding streets, tavernas and whitewash houses, although the fake designer gear on sale seems to be unavoidable. The Acropolis is well worth seeing, although the 1930s reconstruction, and current reconstruction work seems a shame. There's also an ancient amphiteatre to be found below the Acopolis when wandering the Lindos streets.
We spent most of our week relaxing by the pool, eating and drinking, with a couple of walks along the beach and thoroughly recommend this hotel if you're looking for a similar holiday. There was entertainment 6 out of 7 nights in a purpose built outdoor amphiteatre on site, and they held the last beach party of the season on the friday night, where a beach bar (not part of AI) offered cocktails with sparklers for 5 Euros, and a beach DJ along with a fire-show made for an enjoyable night. Evenings became cool by 9pm and we were glad we took a jumper.
There were lots of pools including a dedicated kids one, and some rooms had very small private pools. The pools aren't heated so expect them to be cold when the sun isn't on them! There was a Spa/Wellbeing centre on site which we didn't visit, but it offered a sauna/steam room, therapeutic treatments etc and had dance classes in a hall on several nights.
We really couldn't work out which, if any, part of the hotel was 3*.
Please take a look at our pictures, and go to Miraluna Holiday Village for a fantastic, relaxing pool/beach holiday. We saw many hotels on the transfer coaches to and from the airport that would have been nowhere near the high standard of Miraluna, and we felt that had we opted for a cheaper lower star venue, we would have been sorely disappointed. The Miraluna is of a high standard, worthy of its 5* (probably equivalent to 3/4* in the UK). We were very pleased and thought it was well worth the money. (Paid approx £350 for 1 week all inclusive for 'double superior room with side sea view').
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