Why scorching Rhodes makes a last minute getaway well worth your time
If the bright beaches, mysterious ancient structures and cosy towns with their narrow streets weren’t enough, it’s Rhodes’ ease of access that really makes it shine. At just four hours direct from the UK, there’s enough time to unwind on the flight while still keeping excitement high for your spontaneous escape.
Although it’s a popular holiday destination, Rhodes also has plenty of secluded communities for you to lose yourself in, like the Mediterranean chic to be found in Kalithea and the hillside town of Kalathos. Beaches, boating and quad-biking through the back country are all part of the fun in the more active Kiotari, although for a true city break, consider Ixia. Rhodes’ capital is close to the more suburban Ixia, meaning you can explore the UNESCO recognised sights of Rhodes Town while still keeping your own corner of serenity at hand.
The best time of year to book your last minute holiday
When you’re thinking about your last minute holiday to Rhodes, remember that it’s much like anywhere else in the Med, experiencing high and low seasons depending on the time of year. If it’s summer at home, chances are it’s high season in Rhodes, complete with blazing hot days and crowded beaches. Low season coincides with autumn and winter, making for cheaper deals that still keep the sunny days in pride of place.
With so many deals out there, it could feel daunting trying to find what’s best. Deals change all the time, so stick with us as we showcase the best and the brightest. Remember, a last minute holiday is classified as such for up to eight weeks before the departure date, so you’ve got some wiggle room in figuring out when you’re ready to jet out with us.
Other popular holidays in Greece
Rhodes is just one of the thousands of Greek islands, and that’s before you even consider the mainland. Luckily the whole country is massively last minute holiday friendly. Great times in the sun are yours to savour on Corfu or Crete, although the mainland also has plenty of beaches, ancient stories and modern delights. In fact, Halkidiki is a Greek region where tourism has really hit its stride, although if you’re decided that Rhodes is for you, clue yourself up with our travel guide. Here are our top last minute Rhodes hotels to consider.
Hidden away in Kalathos Bay, this hotel is five minutes' walk from the beach and styled like a secret garden retreat. The relaxing surroundings don't come at the expense of fun though, as you've got snooker, tennis, mini-golf and even scuba diving to fill your days with. Of course, reclining by the pool is also a fine way to spend your time, and with six of them to choose from, you could lounge by a new one almost each day of the week.
This hotel features five pools, one of which is a winding river that connects you to the complex's various amenities. Exclusivity is a given here, with access to Kalithea Beach made possible by an underground passage from the hotel to the shore, as well as a rooftop pool and a spa. Tennis and basketball courts, together with a mini-golf course, keep you entertained by day, although shopaholics should definitely check out the boutiques on site too.
This Ixia hotel has the beach just over the road, less than five minutes' walk away, with the town centre waiting in the other direction. Views are best enjoyed from the rooftop cocktail bar, although if you fancy a city break there's a bus stop right outside, ready to take you on a spontaneous Rhodes Town trip. There's plenty to see and do within the hotel grounds though, with a full 18-hole golf course and daily live performances. Weekly Greek themed nights round out the performance, so you can show up and let the Olympic Palace Hotel take care of your every whim.
If a private beach in Kiotari sounds like your kind of secluded last minute break, Lindos Imperial is a superb place to settle in. Alongside that strip of shore onsite, this village-style complex hosts three swimming pools, one of which features its own series of waterslides. Basketball, beach volleyball, football and tennis rank among the activities to be had here, alongside a games room and an ampitheatre. And if the onsite boutiques aren't enough to satisfy your love of shopping, take a 20-minute stroll to the town centre for some further bargain hunting.