September 26th - October 10th 2012 This was our first visit to the Nathalie but won’t be our last. We usually book self-catering in Ixia we have previously stayed at Sunny Days which is now closed we did try the Solemar last year but were very disappointed.
This hotel is in a very quiet location down a back street which is is not accessible by bus so if coming from the airport late at night I would advise getting a taxi to the hotel and also on day of departure as you will have to wait by the roadside for a bus pickup taxi cost is €18.
First impression of the hotel was very good communal areas are well furnished and we received a very warm welcome from Maria who was on reception when we arrived.
There are 3 floors with no lifts so ask for a lower floor if you have any mobility problems. We were on the second floor overlooking the pool. The room was basic very clean, rooms were cleaned daily and best of all the bathroom was not flooded every time we had a shower. The air conditioning was extra at €6 a day 42 euros per week which we thought was expensive, it would have preferred if this cost has been included in the overall holiday price, there was also an option to hire a fan for €8 per week. The room was equipped with a fridge kettle and hair dryer a clothes drier would have been handy on the balcony to dry towels and bathing costumes. A safety deposit box in reception can be hired for €10 there is also internet access at a small charge and free Wi-Fi connection.
The breakfast was served from 7.30 – 9.30 and there was a very good choice my only criticism is that I would have preferred a better orange juice.
The pool was lovely very clean with plenty of sunbeds which thankfully no one was allowed to reserve in advance snacks were available poolside at very reasonable prices.
I would strongly recommend this hotel and would like to thank all the staff for making our stay so memorable especially Emma and Maria on reception who were extremely helpful and friendly. Excellent service.
Ixia is not the prettiest part of the island can be very windy good for wind surfers. This is a very good base to explore the island as Rhodes town is nearby 10 minutes in the bus €2.10 and taxis €9,. There is a good local bus service to all parts of the island. A word of caution when crossing the busy main road you need to be quick this could be a problem for anyone with mobility problems or using pushchairs.
Sigma travel nearby offer value for money trips a lot cheaper than the holiday companies alternatively boat trips can be booked directly from the harbour there are daily sailings to Lindos and Symi.and day trips to Marmaris in Turkey.
Rhodesland - Akti is a nearby pool bar by the sea and for the price of a drink you can hire sunbeds for the day very relaxing just press a button by your sunbed for service, the beach is pebbly so if swimming in the sea it is advisable to wear beach shoes.
There are numerous restaurants to choose from my particular favourites are Demitris and the Coconut there are many bars my favourites are My Place, Philips (the oldest tavern in Ixia) both these are across the road from the Hippocampus leading to a back road which is also a pleasant 30 minute walk into Trianda (dark at night will need a torch). There is a lack of entertainment most bars do show sport bars I would also recommend the Luna and Keep it Simple a short walking distance towards the main restaurant /shopping area in Ixia...
Old Rhodes Town is wonderful beware the holiday touts down by the harbour area my advice walk away. Take time to explore the back alleys you won’t be disappointed wear comfortable shoes as the cobbles can be hard on your feet, You will be charged more for a drink in roof bars with panoramic views but it is worth it for the views, try to visit the Starlight Hotel Stavros’s bar he is quite a character. (top of Socrates street turn left down the alley)
We hired a motorbike to tour the island 150 euros for 11 days unleaded petrol €1.83 the driving standards are not good so would not recommend for a novice also wearing a crash helmet is law but not enforced, if involved in an accident insurance would be void if not wearing a helmet.
The Filermous cross is perched on top of the hill looking down over the island, this beautiful spot is a real find not far from Ixia, the view from the cross is quite spectacular as you can climb to the top of the cross. There is a monastery and small church close by.
Antony Quinn Bay – is a gem difficult to get to unless you hire a car or bike. There are 2 bays Antony Quinn and Flaka beach - crystal clear waters very rocky you will need beach shoes costs €4 to hire a deck chairs. These bays are favourites for boat trips which stop to allow swimming. There is a café on site very reasonable prices and toilet facilities. Flaka beach is quieter more suited to adults access to the water is via steps from a rocky small pier not as crowded as Antony Quinn which is more suited for families and has a sandy beach.
Lindos is a must we decided to stay overnight, Emma at the Nathalie arranged accommodation at the Lindos Sun BB and evening meal (air con included ) cost 50 euros this is a lovely hotel our room overlooked the pool and the Aegean sea it is approx.20 minutes’ walk into Lindos. The lindos taxi is the donkey which will take you up to the Acropolis or down to the beach, streets are narrow, steep and cobbled the sea is crystal clear and the beaches sandy can be extremely hot in July and August. At St Paul Bay there is a charming church very popular as a wedding venue for tourists and locals getting married. (Note access to beaches in Lindos will be difficult for anyone with mobility problems).
At the southernmost tip of the island is Prasonisi this is where the Aegean and Caspian Sea meet not a lot there but whilst passing through small villages we called at a local taverna at the crossroads in Kattavia just before reaching Prasonisi they served traditional greek food at reasonable prices the food was delicious. Iit would be very easy to miss seeing this delightful village as you head for the coast road towards the tip of the island to Prasonisi.
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