Let me start of this post by first of all saying that I certainly did not expect to be able to sit down and write this post given the current climate and the uncertainties this year has presented us with. If you are following me on Instagram you will have seen my holiday pictures, as I have recently returned from a week away in sunny Rhodes. It was a relaxation break – the type of holiday where all you want to do is enjoy the sunshine, relax and unwind – and it was wonderful. It was also great to spend time with my loved ones.
It was only a matter of days before we were due to jet off that the news broke in the UK that several Greek Islands were placed under the quarantine period, but thankfully, Rhodes was one of the few that weren’t considered necessary. I was cautious about travelling in the current climate, understandably so, but I put faith in the precautions the airline and hotel would take, and wanted to make the most of the opportunity as it was pre-booked, and with local lockdowns springing up here and there and the government guidelines changing, who knows when the next time I’ll be able to do something like this again.
The Hotel: Port Royal Villas and Spas, Kolymbia
We stayed in the beautiful 5-star resort, Port Royal Villas and Spas, which is based in Kolymbia. The hotel was right on the beach front with stunning sea views, there was a selection of bars and restaurants right by the hotel – so certainly within walking distance, and the resort was about a half an hour drive away from Rhodes old town.
Our rooms had a beautiful sea view, and the rooms were spread across the resort over 25 blocks – making it a scenic resort full of outdoor space. The hotel has 201 rooms in total, but was only at around 60% capacity during our stay due to the current situation, so overcrowding definitely wasn’t an issue. The hotel has 3 bars, though one was closed due to the current situation and a reduced capacity. 4 restaurants; one buffet and 3 a la carte, 2 pools, and a beachfront location so you can sunbathe by the beach if that is your preference.
I was impressed at the service and attentiveness of the staff, and their precautions to follow guidelines and maintain safety in the current climate. I had no doubts over the hotel’s procedures in prioritising their guest’s safety and wellbeing.
Places to Visit
While most of the week was spend relaxing, we ventured out to both Lindos, and Rhodes old town throughout the week. I have been to Rhodes old town two times prior to this so I was familiar with how to get there, and knew what I would find there. But visiting Lindos was more of an adventure. We hired a car to visit Lindos which was a great experience – it was lovely to explore the scenery. Once there we walked around the shops, streets filled with gorgeous white buildings, and had some lunch. On the drive back to the hotel we stopped at a vineyard and bought a bottle of white wine to bring home and remember the holiday by.
Rhodes Old Town
Our trip into Rhodes old town was in the late afternoon / early evening so that we could enjoy wandering round the shops after the heat had died off, and then enjoy an evening meal at a restaurant we had visited the last time we visited Rhodes a few years ago. I picked up an Olive board to bring home, again as a memorable souvenir.
I thoroughly enjoyed my week of relaxation, time to switch off my brain, and spend time with loved ones. I am extremely thankful that I was able to have this opportunity in such an uncertain, and tough year.
Have you ever visited Rhodes before? If so, what did you think of it?