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“Excellent Hotel - a fantastic holiday!” 5 of 5 stars
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Miraluna Village & Spa
5.0 of 5 Condominium   |   Kiotari Beach | between Lardos and Kiotari, 85109, Greece   |  
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Ranked #158 of 299 Specialty Lodging in Rhodes
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“Excellent Hotel - a fantastic holiday!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2009

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').

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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carlise
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2009

just been miraluna hotel for 10 nights, its not what the holiday company says miraluna is 5*, kiotari hotel4*, blah blah blah its all 1 complex now . 1 restaurant which is 4*, 1 snack bar open 12pm till12 am ,1 cocktail bar free if you,ve booked 5* 1 pool bar ,1 bar near park, 1 al a carte restaurant not free ( you have to complain that you,ve booked 5* etc and then you get this free ) the beach bar is not free and you have to pay for sunbeds on beach 6 euro per day bit comfusing when you ve been sold 5* al but saying that this complex is great think theres 4 quiet pools for relaxing round ,4 active pools games and music all day good fun for the kids and big kids lol pirate ship kids pool my 4 yr old son loved this, loads of sunbeds at every pool all day so you can move about to differant pools depending on your mood , kids park, games room good for teenagers, computer stations, shop , spa, kids clubs,car hire (3 days 70 euro ) drinks ok red and white wine and beer coffee etc self service al day and night ice cream and snacks all day and night , food in al a carte v good and free branded soft drinks with your meal ,4*restaurant good but after a week does get abit boring ,entertainment some ok some not but i must say the team put there heart and soul in to every thing they do . word of warning coach tranfer from air port 2 hr 30 min we are the last drop off and 1st pick up so book a taxi not that much more and only 45 mins .my family had a great time here would i go back yes

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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DEVON
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2009

I stayed at miralunna village with my parents and my three children aged 11,5,3 i had read many reviews and was a bit worried first the rep who met us at the airport left us in lardos leaving us to check into the hotel ourselfs,
ROOMS: very basic no draws to put ur things in MONEY LEFT ON THE SIDE WAS TAKEN BY THE CLEANEERS THINKING IT WAS A TIP!
POOLS: children pools were brillant my kids had lots of fun in them but the other pools were to deep for my mother to go swimming in
KIDS CLUB : BRILLANT the first choice girls are lovely and very friendly
FOOD: good choice of food
DRINKS : VERY FLAT WE DID ENJOY GRENADINE AND LEMONADE
ANIMATION TEAM : BRILLANT a few friendly ones who involved my dad in french balls and darts and evening entertainment very good

the only problems i found was it catered alot for the germans and found some very rude

  • Liked — FIRST CHOICE KIDS CLUB
  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Kent
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2008

I would say the Miraluna Village resort is 4 star plus (compared to London hotels). We were very happy with our room that had a nice balcony overlooking the pools and a side view of the sea (we paid £10 extra to guarantee a seaview). The room and bathroom were both spacious, modern and very clean; the furniture all seemed to be new.
I agree with everything in the review below - right down to the drinks and the entertainment being geared towards the Germans! Being a wine drinker, I was dying for a decent glass after a couple of days. The local shops only seemed to stock Greek wine, but I managed to find a couple of nice bottles and the restaurant manager at the resort very kindly corked them for us and even brought out an ice bucket to put by our table. We saw him later on DJ-ing at a very trendy Kiotari bar called Shimba's which is a 20 min walk away via the highway or the beach (good Cosmopolitans can be had here, but cost 8 Euros each).
Overall we were very happy with the whole deal - enjoyed all the food and thought there was a good choice at each meal.....BUT I do have to point out that on the last evening, my partner contracted Salmonella food poisoning and was laid up for the next 2 weeks! The only things I didn't have that were on his plate were the rice and the lamb curry. I didn't hear of any other guests being sick, but we left the next day. Many people commented that the food at lunch was used again for dinner, so maybe this was the problem. Losing over a stone in weight in a week, every female he knows commented that it sounded like a great diet, but he failed to see the funny side of it, poor thing....

  • Liked — Spacious, clean, modern
  • Disliked — Bathroom light leaked water during a severe storm, but front desk offered us another room
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2008

As is the general theme with reviews of this hotel, I will say again that it is not my definition of 5 star, however hotels are now getting smart with 'achieving' 5 stars through the official definitions without meeting general expectations. In my experience, I would therefore give this resort 3 stars, BUT a definite thumbs up.

We booked the holiday through a TravelZoo offer (Qwerty Travel) and paid around £350 each for a week all-inclusive. We flew by EasyJet and had our transfer arranged via Transfer4U (all part of the package). At the airport we had to find the kiosk for 'Zeus of Rhodes' who took us to the resort by coach - a 1h15m journey, arriving at the resort just before midnight.

ROOMS
We had a large, clean room with two single beds pushed together (as I think everyone did) a nice balcony overlooking the pool and a TV with dvd player. The TV had more than a dozen channels but only one English-speaking (BBC World News). All in all, very nice.

RESORT
The Miraluna Hotel is part of Miraluna Village, which includes the Kiotari Bay Hotel. If you're staying at the Miraluna Hotel, or Miraluna Village then you can use the entire facilities of both. Both hotels have a restaurant, a cocktail bar, internet access and comfortable lounges. The Kiotari also has a shop and games areas. Both parts of the resort have a snack bar, though the Miraluna one is away from the main hotel, near one of the pools. The Kiotari Bay also has a swim up pool bar, kids play pools and crazy golf.

POOLS
There are numerous pools around the resorts and it seems that you are free to come and go and use whichever pools you like. There is also an indoor heated pool in the Spa, which is free to use, but only open at certain times.

SPA
The Spa contains the swimming pool, gym and sauna/massage areas. We used the gym. It is ok but very basic and not in great condition. We didn't use the pool but it looked very nice. We had a massage and a whirlpool treatment, which was very relaxing and romantic.

FOOD
The food was always buffet style, with a wide choice and if you didn't like the selection in one restaurant you could always choose another. I would say that, for the money we paid, the food was excellent. Far better than I have experienced at other 'budget' All Inclusive resorts.

DRINKS
The drinks were basic and the AI element included only local beer, wine and spirits, but you could also pay for premium brands if you wanted to. We did this a couple of times and the prices were like a typical UK bar. Generally we stuck to the local 'free' stuff and made the most of it. Anastassos, the barman at the Kiotari was a fantastic host and very helpful in us finding our bearings.

ENTERTAINMENT
Not a lot to say really. Although they did try to accommodate for the English, it was clear that the underlying theme was German. There wasn't a lot of Entertainment to speak of, day or night, but that suited us just fine. As we went out of season though I imagine it wasn't truly representative of what to expect in the main season. What we did see was ok.

BEACH
Sand and pebbles. Not very nice, so we stayed away. There were other beaches around 15 minutes walk away which are supposed to be better.

LOCATION
Kind of in the middle of nowhere, but only a short taxi ride to other areas to explore if you feel the need to go off-site.

STAFF
Bar staff were great, waiters, cooks, management, just about everyone was 'at least' amiable, if not friendly and welcoming. Stavros on reception was the only let-down behaving as though he had a long season behind him - either that or a serious attitiude problem.

CONCLUSION
Great for a nice cheap relaxing getaway. Clean, comfortable with good food, ok drinks, lovely pools and friendly staff.

  • Liked — Value for money, clean and comfortable
  • Disliked — Not enough English entertainment or TV channels.
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2008

We stayed here for the first week of October 2008.
We just grabbed this all inclusive holiday as a last minute deal through travelzoo. we are not resort "types" so thought we would keep an open mind.
We flew with FirstChoice from Manchester which was overall a nice flight and landed around lunch time in Diagoras Airport.

TRAVEL FROM AIRPORT:
Taxi is the best - it takes about 45 minutes and costs 49 euros.
The bus takes about 2 hours.

THE HOTEL AND ROOM:
Reception were helpful and welcoming. The hotel was very clean. the room was spacious with a sea view and lovely patio doors that opened onto a balcony which overlooked a small zig - zag swimming pool. The room had air con, a nice sized bathroom. It also had a tv, fridge, telephone and kettle - but oddly enough no tea, coffee, cups, milk or sugar / sweetener. BRING YOUR OWN COFFEE !
There was a basic gym to use which was free. There was also a spa. The hotel is very good for young families with kids. One gets the impression that this is a firm favourite with the German speaking tourists - and I had ample oportunity to pick up a bit of german as well as practice my Greek.

FOOD:
Was good - it kept you going. It was buffet food and often very nice. There was a seperate kids buffet too.
One of my main disappointments was that the complementary drinks were pretty horrible. The cola was very foamy and tasted bad, the wine never really tasted nice, the spirits were auwful. For anything remotely palatable you have to pay your own way and forget the all inclusive thing. The food is good. And I know its a strange one but the chilled water was lovely.
The hotel is a short 20 euro trip to Lindos or Lardos where there are some nice places to try some good traditional Greek food. Two that I can recomend in Lindos are Dionisos (excellent view of the acropolis by night from their roof top restaurant tables) and also for a place I found the locals loved - "Arhontiko" which seems to have won many good reviews. I have eaten at both these and think they were good if you wanted to escape to something more like Greek food with some atmosphere.

BEACH:
There is a nice pebbly beach 5 minutes walk away which is free to guests but you have to pay a euro for a sun lounger. There is a little taverna there that does nice coffee.

LOCATION:
The location is great for trips to Lindos, Lardos, Pefkos and the south of the island. Heading to Rhodes is a long trip by bus especially on one of those tour buses.

  • Liked — It was very clean, spacious with a nice view, air con and fridge.
  • Disliked — It is a long way from Rhodes town and there are so many kids running around.
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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london
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2008

My boyfriend and I booked the all inclusive 5* Miraluna as a last minute cheap deal and weren't dissapointed. The resort most definately is not 5* but is fine for the money and particularly good for children. All of the beds are singles pushed together with badly fitting sheets which can be slightly annoying but the sea views are increadible. There is another 3* hotel in the complex which you have access to and is much busier with lots of lively games and entertainment.
There is entertainment in the evening but you really need to get a cab or bus to the next town for a good night out.
The hotel is right next to the beach which is pebel and the sandy beach is a short walk around the corner.
The sea is so clear and still-great for water sports.
The food is really great if you like meat but a bit samey for vegetarians or fish eaters.

  • Liked — The food, sea view and beach
  • Disliked — Single beds, some of the wine/beer
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Kiotari Beach | between Lardos and Kiotari, 85109, Greece
Location: Greece > Dodecanese > Rhodes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #158 of 299 Specialty Lodging in Rhodes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Miraluna Village & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 179
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