Choose your luxury hotel for seclusion, history or nightlife
The largest of the Dodecanese islands, there are luxury resorts all along its northeast coast. After your four-hour flight the transfer will be around half an hour to Kalithea and 90 minutes to Lindos, with Kolymbia in between.
Kolymbia’s bay holds some seriously top-end hotels, and the acropolis and cobbled streets of Lindos are so charming they have a preservation order. Or stay in Kalithea for luxury resorts with access to some of Rhodes’ finest nightlife.
From minimal to sprawling and adults-only to family-friendly, the 4* and 5* hotels in Rhodes provide indulgent spas, fine dining and refined entertainment. Pools come with fountains, rooftop locations and even those reached by cable car, as well some just for you at your private suite.
Living the high life in Rhodes
You’ll feel like a king staying near the ancient acropolis ruins in Lindos. Not least as they lead down past whitewashed buildings to car-free cobbled streets that have a preservation order attached to keep them just as beautiful. You can use the watersport centre on golden sand Pallas Beach or lounge at Saint Paul Beach and swim in the natural harbour. There are lots of charming wine bars and chic cocktail bars in Lindos away from the sanctuary of the luxury hotels as well as a late night market selling crafts. Although smaller, nearby Kolymbia’s nightlife scene matches with classy cocktail bars on Oslo Road.
The ancient spa town of Kalithea has plenty of spa hotels to match, or visit the original bath house and dine amid the beautiful architecture. Just below here there’s a private beach for secluded sunbathing, or you can snorkel and dive at the underwater caves. There are around 100 nightclubs in Rhodes, but one of the biggest and most classy is Paradiso open-air beach club on Kalithea’s seafront. Listen to international DJs from an exclusive area right behind the console or head to the VIP bar.
Other popular holidays in Greece
For a dash of luxury elsewhere in Greece, you’d be wise to try Santorini, Mykonos or Skiathos. Rhodes definitely has glamour on tap though and to find out more read our destination guide and take a look at five hotels you can stay in during your luxury Rhodes holiday below.
Kresten Royal is a 4* hillside hotel offering amazing sea views from its main pool and bar that centres it. It's a five-minute walk to a secluded cove or stay at the hotel for water polo and volleyball or to indulge at the space-age spa area with indoor heated pool. A buffet restaurant is backed up by a poolside buffet for lighter meals, or you could dine at the smart Italian and Greek a la carte restaurants. Then be entertained with mini discos for the kids, regular live music and shows.
This 5* TUI Sensimar resort is reserved especially for adults and is right by Kolymbia's Blue Flag beach, with complimentary canoe and pedalo hire once per stay. The hotel has a lagoon-style pool or you stay in the exclusive Red Carpet area with its own pool where deluxe rooms and suites get swim-up or private pools. Other perks of Red Carpet are a bottle of fizz on arrival, coffee machines, poolside drinks service, priority spa bookings and two a la carte meals per stay. Or you can dine at the buffet restaurant with al fresco terrace then be entertained with live music, wine tasting or cocktail-making demonstrations.
Lindos White is a boutique hotel with just 100 rooms and a secluded feel. Completed renovated in 2011, newly-built suites and swimming pools in a higher level are linked to the rest of the hotel by a cable car. If you opt for one of the superior suites you'll get a separate lounge and two balconies with sea views. Both freshwater pools have a bar, and there are two more pools for kids. Activities include an introductory scuba diving lesson in the pool, which you can expand on down on Vlicha beach, five minutes' walk away.
One of the largest and finest resorts in Rhodes, the 5* TUI Platinum La Marquise hotel has freshwater pools that interconnect so you can swim beneath wooden bridges. There's also a rooftop pool, two in the adults-only area, plus 35 private pools if you opt for a sumptuous suite or bungalow. Right by the beach, you can reach it by a private passageway or hop on one of the regular club cars. A la carte fine dining includes Med, Asian, international and vegetarian and you can sip drinks in style at the Crystal lounge bar with live piano music, Luna panoramic sea view bar or beach bar. Either get active at the tennis courts or head to the large spa complex with pool and seven treatment rooms, for your complimentary visit to the sauna and hammam. Children also have plenty to do including their own clubs.
Another 5* beauty, this sleek hotel has a huge walk-in lagoon pool with fountains, and another indoors. There's a hotel bar and watersports on a private Blue Flag stretch of Kiotari beach across the road plus four more bars at the hotel including an exclusive VIP lounge. Dine at the buffet restaurant with show cooking, theme nights and a kids' buffet or select from a high-end a la carte menu. Be entertained at the amphitheatre or just chill out at the state-of-the-art spa and wellness centre then retire to your stylish room or suite, with space for families or private pools on their terraces.