A beachfront retreat for all the family, a short hop from Rhodes Town
It’s all about the gleaming Aegean views at Electra Palace Rhodes. The hotel is right on the water’s edge and a handful of loungers are peppered along the manicured gardens, all the way down to the shore – the perfect perch for sun-seekers. For all the relaxation, none of the sand, hotfoot it to the lagoon-style pool, which is so spacious that two bridges curve over the water. Despite its size, it feels fairly intimate thanks to olive trees and fanning palms creating a few shady little nooks.
Escape the midday sun with a soothing spa session, looping around the indoor pool, hammam and sauna, or take a seat at the poolside bar, cocktail in hand. And if you’re holidaying with small travellers, you can relax safe in the knowledge there’s plenty to keep them occupied, from a kids’ club to a jam-packed activity programme (there’s also a crèche for tiny tots). As the sun sinks, hop into the outdoor whirlpool bath – the best place to catch epic Mediterranean sunsets.
Restaurants span from Italian favourites at Al Convento to eastern specialities at Asian Fusion, while six bars and cafés include a French pâtisserie, hip poolside haunt and breezy beach hangout. If you want to mix beach hangs with a dose of culture, you’re only a 20-minute drive from Rhodes Town, with its dizzying mix of Byzantine, Ottoman and Italian influences. Wander the cobblestoned alleys of its UNESCO-listed medieval old town to stumble upon ancient buildings built by the Knights Hospitaller.
On the north coast of Rhodes, a 20-minute drive from Rhodes Town
Good to know
Minimum stays apply. Minimum age 16 in the spa and gym.
• Take advantage of your one-day complimentary car hire with a trip to Ialyssos, home to ancient ruins and Byzantine churches • Visit the sugar-cube town of Lindos, crowned by an ancient acropolis • See the haunting ruins of Kamiros, dating back to the 5th century BC • Go hiking in Butterfly Valley, where tree trunks are cloaked in millions of zebra-patterned Jersey Tiger moths.
4 restaurants, 6 cafés and bars
Premium All Inclusive • Signature breakfast at Cuisines of the World or late breakfast at Sugar Cube (10am-midday) • Lunch at Cuisines of the World, Al Convento, Orientalista and Sugar Cube • Dinner at Cuisines of the World • 1 à la carte dinner at Al Convento per stay • 1 à la carte dinner at Asian Fusion per stay • Picnic basket for excursions • Selected local and branded international drinks including certain beers, soft drinks, teas and coffees, and selected local wines all served at bars, restaurants and the beachfront and poolside areas until midnight.
*Denotes local charge