Luton airport seamless booking in and left 20 minutes late but made up time, so arrived after 3.5 hours. Thompsons really do pack you in, no leaway for anyone over 5' 5", so book isle seats, talk about no frills travelling, it is just sell, sell, sell, but the crew work really hard.
Luggage retrieval at Rhodes seamless and fast, striaght out to a taxi which costs 15 Euro.
Met on arrival by a smiling Michael, very welcoming. We had requested an upper floor but were told they were booked out (there are only 11 apartments) but he would move as as soon as one became available. Our apartment initially was no 1, 5 steps from the bar!! clean and comfortable but basic, but that was we expected. We moved to apartment 8, 3 days later!
We then proceeded to the bar, (as you do) and enjoyed the best Calamri we have ever had! superb.Within an hour, and what normally takes us 3 days to achieve we were relaxed and in total holiday mode. Michael is a fantastic host and nothing is too much trouble. His Mother, Iro, is a legend in the kitchen and we ate every single meal in two weeks here and were not ever dissapointed. The menu appears to be limited, but ask for the specials that Iro makes,Liver & Onions in a red wine sauce, Beef with aubergine, kleftiko, lamb with mashed potato, the slouvaki and meatballs were also to die for! Breakfast you can request a bacon and egg, or sausage and whatever roll, although this is not on the menu, needless to say I am glad they did not weigh us on departure!
There is no draught beer, but you can get the usual Mythos, Alpha and Amstel, plus strongbow, Magners etc.
The pool area and gardens are beautifully maintained by Antonio, the father. The pool is large for a complex this size and very clean, ample sunbeds but sadly some regulars still felt the need to keep the same beds, it isn't necessary and some days there may only be 3 couples there!
The beach is okay, you do get a constant breeze so better for windsurfers and kite surfers than swimming. There are a few bars and a coulple of Tavernas but none as good as Iro's cooking. The area has been largely decimated by the All inclusives, shame it is allowed in such a small village, and there are lots of empty units, such a shame.
We booked late due to the foul English weather, we wanted a relaxed holiday to just read, sunbathe and swim, but this exceeded all our expectations, a wonderful warm welcoming family, good food, lovely apartments and just so relaxing. We were the only couple who were not repeat bookings, unheard of, some had been returning for 12 years +, you think get a life, until you experience this, and now I understand why you would return, we certainly will be, I have never had such a brilliant holiday, and we are well travelled.
We had such a laugh with Alex and Jackie, Bob and Judith, Con and Jackie, Michael is simply a star.
We asked Michael to book us a cab the night before we left, to which he said I will take you and he did, with gifts for us from the family, I have never experienced this before! We always take a gift to our hosts, but never have we been treated as VIP's which Michael and his family make you feel you are.. I know I'm waxing Lyrical, I shouldn't because you will all want to go and we may not get booked! The sign above the bar reads "warm beer, lousy food, rubbish service, welcome!" Nothing could be further from the truth!
One last word, this is mainly for the over 40's traveller or family, it is not for the young and trendy seeking the Faliaraki experience. It is quiet, relaxing and I wish I was sipping an Ouzo on the balcony looking at that fantastic view of the Med now, and looking forward to Iro's cooking tonight. Efharisto Michael, Iro and Antonio for our big Greek hug. x
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- Sea View Hotel Tholos
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