We just got back from the Lindos Mare this morning having spent two wonderful weeks there.
Everything that has been said about this hotel before is absolutely true – the staff are exceptional and will go out of their way to make your stay as good as it can be. For example, we asked for a coffee at the reception bar which they don’t normally offer there at the late time we wanted it but they then ordered this from the pool bar and brought this up to us – another night they bent the rules to allow us room service out of hours. Only one tiny wee issue is that the waiting staff in the restaurant could benefit from a teensy bit more finesse to raise the bar even higher. For example leaning over you while eating to remove plates or removing plates when the other person hasn’t finished. That said, it’s a very minor issue given the hustle and bustle of a busy restaurant where the staff do an otherwise great job.
For those with mobility issues...
A word about the stairs – there are a lot! You should be aware of this however it isn’t really an issue even if you do have mobility issues. My partner uses a walking stick and has difficulty with stairs but this hotel presented no major issues for her so you shouldn’t let this put you off too much if you can normally handle a few steps at a time. There are many lifts available which we always used. Using the lifts, you only need to negotiate a few steps here and there and a few metres of flat walking to get around. The layout is a bit confusing at first but after a day or so, you get used to it. The only thing you may find more difficult is getting down to the beach and back. There are about a dozen steps down from the bottom pool area to the gate, then quite a steep slope, then about a dozen uneven steps to get on to the beach.
Location-wise, the hotel is well placed as it is outside the more ‘touristy’ areas which suited us as it was nice and peaceful .
There is a shop selling beach toys, water etc in the hotel but this can be a bit pricey. A short walk along the beach will take you to a small ‘mini-market’ that’s a bit more reasonable and has a wider range of stock.
We had a twin room, overlooking the bay, with a balcony – not the height of luxury but well decorated/cleaned and the fridge and safe were welcome additions although the air conditioning could have done with a bit more ‘grunt’. As an aside, the shower in our room (512) was the most powerful I’ve ever experienced!
Beach and pools
When we went (from 1st – 16th June) it was not that busy which meant that there were always sun beds available at both the large and small pools and at the beach. The beach itself is very child friendly – if you go down and turn right, it is a sand beach and slopes very gently – the sea is clear and clean and offers good snorkelling opportunities - especially by the rocks. Excellent beach service is provided by guys with considerable stamina, given the heat and the amount of stairs they have to climb up and down! A word of caution, the last few days we were there, it got VERY hot – 45 degrees on the beach! So take loads of strong sun tan lotion and use shade often, as the sea breeze can be deceptive.
I have a Berlitz pocket guide to Rhodes dated 2010 which recommends this hotel but states that there are no watersports. But there IS now a fully equipped watersports area a short distance along the beach with jetskis, waterskiing and those big banana things etc available.
The food was always excellent consisting of a buffet for starters and a main/dessert course. Desserts here deserve special mention - WOW!
You could just fill up on the extensive excellent buffet without taking a main course if you don’t fancy what’s on offer – I did this on a couple of occasions. Only real issue is that the main restaurant can get a bit cramped.
Breakfast also deserves special mention - only slight downside was the quality of the fruit juices that were not to my taste,
Out and about
Lindos is a beautiful village nearby which has lots of shops and bars –ten minutes and 8 euros in a taxi. We had lunch at the Melenos hotel in Lindos –the dining area is built in a quiet sophisticated garden area around a tree with grape vines draped all around - highly recommended although you should book if you want dinner there.
I’d say it’s essential that you should hire a car. You can do this at the hotel reception or book online in advance – we used ‘George cars’ who allow you to pre-pay via paypal – an advantage for us. We headed to the south and west which is off the beaten track and offers isolated beaches, genuine traditional villages and phenomenal vistas – Monolithos on the west coast is a must, must, must see.
Normally, after two weeks, we feel it’s time to go home – not this time, we genuinely wanted to stay another week! A fantastic hotel in a quiet location where they make service a top priority and it really makes a huge difference. Perfect for a relaxing, hassle free holiday in Rhodes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lindos Mare, is a boutique hotel which is built on many different levels on a sun-kissed hillside with panoramic views of beautiful Vliha Bay, only 2,5 kilometers from the picturesque village of Lindos. A series of lifts, including a cable car, link the complex with the beach front. Recent renovations to all areas of Lindos Mare, together with impeccable service and excellent cuisine , create an atmosphere of discrete luxury and tranquillity in which to enjoy the perfect leisurely holiday. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lindos Mare Hotel Rhodes