They say that you should never go back, as comparisons are always difficult and you run the risk of disappointment. In this case, however, there was no disappointment and Pefkos Village Resort is still as good as it was 2 years ago. This was my second visit to the resort with my daughter, having first stayed there in 2006. We stayed in room 123 (descibed elswhere on here as "the worst room in the complex", but perfectly adequate in my opinion. You do have to pay for the aircon, but we knew this in advance and it is essential. True, there is no view from the room, but we were really only in there to eat (breakfast), sleep and change. The couple in the room next door to us were disappointed that they didn't have a view & were given a different room within 2 days - so there is a way round things if you ask. Its also true that your key-card controls the electricity supply (including the fridge), but there are plenty of ways around this too. Probably the easiest is to ask for two cards & leave one in the socket when you go out (most people did this, but I'm not sure if there's a charge). The other way is simply to use another card of the same size (I used my library card!!). Its also true that the crickets wake up at 4:30, but thats just something you have to expect in Rhodes in June - there's really not much you can do about it! Ok that's enough on room 123 (I've included a photo for reference) - now onto the other parts of the resort. The pool is still great and I'm pleased to report that you could still get a sunbed at 10:30 most mornings. After this it could be a bit tight, but there were usually a few spare away from the main shaded area. The bar area and restaurant are still good, but the menu is a bit less extensive than it was two years ago and the cocktail list has disappeared, This I found a tad disappointing as they made one of the best "Old Fashioned's" I've ever had. That said, it still represents good value if you want to dine there. They've also introduced a barbecue on Tuesdays which is excellent value at €10 for adults and €6 for kids. This is followed by a Karaoke - not everyone's cup of tea I'll grant you, but great fun if you're into that sort of thing. My daughter and her new found friends thought it was great - and so did the majority of the people we met there. Now to a real disappontment - they've decided to hold a "games night" on Fridays. This consists of a very poor quiz, bingo (oh dear!) and a raffle (unnecessary). The last time we stayed here, there was a quiz which was genuinely fun and generated a bit of banter between the guests. This time we were presented with a sheet of A4 paper with a set of drawings on it. When we had finished this paper - that was it and we were on to the bingo. Don't get me wrong, I know a lot of people like the game (particularly kids) but there's no need for it here. My advice to the resort managers would be to ditch it quickly. Enough moaning!! The staff are still great and attended to everything we needed. My daughter managed to pick up an ear infection and they arranged for a doctor to come out to us within the hour.
We ventured down to the little beach at the end of the road and were pleasantly surprised. It's very quiet, very clean and shelves away gently so it's perfectly safe for kids. If you're brave enough to swim across the bay you'll get to see a few fish around the rocks too. The other beaches in Pefkos are just as good, but it take more of a hike to get there. It can be done in the middle of the day too - just take plenty of water and trust me, the hardest part is getting up the hill at the start! After that its much easier.
Our favourite restaurant this year was the Nikolas Taverna which is just round the corner from the resort. Good food, easy location, friendly staff and good value for money. Three courses plus drinks will set yo back around €40 for two people. Others I'd recommend in Pefkos are Georges, Nostalgia, Terpsis and Spitaki, the latter being particluarly good. Don't be tempted by "Kavos on the Beach" which is only 100m from the resort. Aside from the location, it offers nothing. Slow service, over-priced and probably the lowest quality we had in the two weeks we were there.
We hired a car for three days from Marathon at €125. There's plenty to explore on the island. Rhodes Town is a must for shopping. Lindos is good but can get very, very hot during the day. Kritinia, Kamiros and Monolithos are all worth a visit if you like history.
Well, I guess thats it. I wasn't disappointed by Pefkos Village Resort and I'll be back there again in the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on the outskirts of the resort and just 20 meters from a fantastic sandy bay, the Pefkos village Resort is the ideal place for a relaxing and unique holiday. The hotel is recently renovated and built in a traditional Greek style. The rooms are comfortable and nicely decorated. The complex is within a walking distance from the center of the resort and only 5 km from Lindos. most importantly the staff here will be more than happy to make sure you have a great holiday. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pefkos Village Hotel Pefkos
- Pefkos Village Resort Rhodes