A week of Greek sunshine, good food and all the comforts of a small, friendly, family-run hotel.
I love the Greek Islands, they really are one of my favourite places to holiday. I’ve visited quite a few but for me Rhodes is up there as one of the best. It’s a cliche I know, but how can you not lose your heart to white washed buildings steeped in history, turquoise seas, volcanic landscapes, vivid flora like bougainvillia and more beautiful doors and pretty courtyards to keep even the most snap-happy blogger busy. And that’s before I even begin to mention the food, the warmth of the hospitality, the friendliness of the locals.Back at the end of September, we took an all too brief week on holiday in Rhodes (our first foreign holiday as a family of five). We stayed in Lardos (near the picturesque village of Lindos where the photos above were taken) in the small, friendly, family-run Sunshine Hotel.
We’ve done hotels in both the UK and abroad and they’re fine, but now that we have 3 kids it gets harder to find family-sized rooms and we really need a cottage or villa with catering facilities to make things a little easier when we’re on holiday. The Sunshine hotel offers both rooms and larger apartments, while still being just that little bit smaller and quieter, which we like. It was like having all the comforts of a private resort but on a smaller, more exclusive scale. As well as a lovely mid-sized pool (which the kids spent most of the week in) and adjacent bar area, there’s also a beautiful garden restaurant. Thankfully the weather was still really warm, so we ate our breakfast there every morning and the food was so good, we happily dined there each evening too. As night begins to fall and the cicadas come out, the pretty lanterns are lit and the place takes on a relaxed feel, almost like you’re eating in someone’s private garden.
Greig and I really enjoyed the modern cuisine available on the menu, which gives some traditional Greek dishes a real twist like the calamari shown below, presented in a fun, innovative way and the deep fried feta, coated in sesame seeds and served with thyme honey – delicious! There was, of course, a children’s menu too with great quality favourites like fish or chicken goujons with chips and veg (in case you have any picky little eaters).And if you grow tired of the pool, the local beach is just a five minute walk away. Either way, it was so nice to know that at any time, we could go back to our apartment just nearby to chill out, fix ourselves a snack, shower, take a break from the sun or a have a nap; which we all needed at some point. We stayed in one of the larger, deluxe apartments that can sleep up to 5 and loved its modern facilities and bright, airy, open-plan design, which meant we could relax and have our own space without being separated from the kids. Having said that, our bed was so massive, the kids still liked piling in with us for a siesta while we read our books!
However if you just need a double room, there are some great options available too (see below), furnished in the same modern way with high-spec bathrooms and their own private verandah over-looking the gardens. Don’t you just love all the beautiful tiles and the fabulous beds!?
As I said, a week zoomed past all too quickly and we would have loved to tag a bit more time on especially as the weather was still so glorious. Going on holiday with 3 kids can be quite tiring but our week in Rhodes was a lovely way to round off the summer in style and give our vitamin D levels a boost ahead of winter.
I would also like to add that the family and staff who work at the Sunshine hotel are amazing – so kind and helpful! They were fantastic with our kids and very attentive to anything we needed which really helped us all to relax and have fun.
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Disclosure: We were given our apartment free of charge for the purposes of this review. Flights and all other expenses were paid for ourselves. As always, all words and opinions are my own.