My Girlfriend and I were at the iris on Sept 19th 2012 for a week. Reviews always make you nervous but the "hill" people talk about to the hotel is just their driveway that has an incline. On arrival we were greeted by "Poppy". This wonderful lady is a machine. Reception, maid services and waiting on and always with a smile. We booked a twin but asked for a double on arrival and were handed 2 sets of keys to pick our preference. Spacious and very clean with great views. We headed down for evening diner and met the manager "George" and his beautiful wife "Isabella". They were very friendly and welcoming. Great salad bar, lots of fresh bread and 3 main courses to choose from and help yourself to as much as you like. I'm sure if it wasn't to taste George would get Chef Ramsey to knock you something else up. The bar opens for alcohol at 17.30 (12.30-15.00 for beer n wine during the day as well) with a beer pump and wine to help yourself to. Local spirits served at the bar by George's generous hand. All soft drinks from a machine available all day. Afandou town is a short and pleasant walk and has a lovely feel about it. Shop keepers very friendly and chatty. No pressure sales like you get in Turkey/Egypt. Some great restaurants/ pizza shops and bars. Acopolcos cocktail bar is a must for all ages. Owner Captain Mike and his brother and Mixoligist Dametre make a very entertaining night for all. And at 4€ a cocktail laced with booze you will smile all the way home. I mentioned to George we fancied a day at Lindos. He booked us a trip for just 24€ each. We walked to the local beautiful beach, had a coffee at the beach shack coffee shop and when we saw the cruiser coming towards shore we made our way to the waters edge. A speed boat came in to pick us up and take us to the boat. It took about 1hr 20 mins to Lindos with an absolutely amazing coastline. Lots of photos taken. We had 3hrs in Lindos, did some shopping in the great querky shops and had a beautiful meal at a rooftop restaurant to take in the amazing views. Back to the boat and half way back to Afandou we stopped off at a cove to dive off the boat and cool off in the clear blue warm waters of the Med before returning. Great day out and Recomended it to other guests who went 2 days later. They said they felt like celebs being picked up and dropped off by speed boat. We used the local bus service to go to the water park in Falaraki. This place is also Amazing. Slides like I've never seen 20€ each to get in and food and drink is cheap unlike most attractions. Got a taxi back as struggled to find bus but was only 7€ to get back. Haggle with taxi drivers if they quote more as they trying to make a living so often give a higher price when first asked. I asked George about scooter hire and he organised an 80cc bike for just 24€. He had the bike dropped to the hotel at tea time the day before. We used it to go to Rhodes old town which is a must. We also went to Anthony Quinn Bay with is the best place to go for snorkelling which was fantastic. We got back with the bike around 8pm and George sorted getting it picked up. Brilliant service. We went out into town on Sunday evening to enjoy some local cuisine. Great meal. Proper Greek meal with continuos plates of food and as much as you can drink for 10€ per person. Don't know how they did it. The next morning the Hotel Manager George asked where we were as he kept the chef on the night before waiting for us to come down for evening tea. When I told him we went out he said Sunday nights were Greek food night. I was gutted. Because I missed it and the other guests enjoyed it so much he did it again just because we missed it. Two other guests Emma n Lisa came back early from a day trip when they heard it was back on the food was that good. Finally the pool area is great. Lovely and clean and plenty of sun loungers. Temp in Sept was mid 30s all week at least. Tempeture gauge showed 30oC in the shade at 9am but was comfortable. Met loads of guests who have been back several times and George, Isabella, Poppy, chef Ramsey and the other staff cannot do enough for you. Thank you George and Isabella if your reading this for a great holiday. You will be seeing us in 2013. Happy new year and enjoy your break. Much love Martin n Kat xxx
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