The Ixian Grand
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... clothing and vests and cameras still scream “tourist” we tried to explore the parts of the city where the locals live to try and observe how they live their daily lives.
The restaurateurs have this annoying habit of standing outside, yelling and beckoning as you walk by to come inside their restaurant, which is only magnified now due to the current economic crisis in the country. We feel bad ...
... be going. While selecting various excursions for this cruise, I really tried to have the long 10 hour days spread throughout so we had some shorter days in between. Also, none of the excursions were moderate activity level (one little person). They started with 2 little people and got more active. So, as we get on the bus for our tours I review all the other people on the tour with us to see if we will be the slowest and have trouble keeping up. We are in luck with ...
... roamed the Old City early when most of the shops and restaurants were closed, so the streets were rather quiet.
Felt a bit sad having breakfast, knowing that this time tomorrow we would be back home in cooler climes.
We had a few hours snorkelling and sunning at Tsampika beach, then on the drive back to the hotel we stopped at a good vista point for some last minute pictures.
Had a brief siesta on returning to the hotel, we have a horrible late night/early morning flight (kinda ...
Our last full day :-(
Had such a lovely relaxing time though. Our last day was spent relaxing at Tsampika beach, be rude not to really lol.
We got to the beach about 11ish, then immediately hit the water for some more snorkelling/fish watching etc. Most of the day was spent snorkelling, sunning (made good head-way with my next Kindle book).
When the sun started to go down, we called it a day with the sun bathing - we went for a walk ...
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Fantastic holiday would no hesitation in recomending this hotel and cannot wait to go back.
Terrible for children
I stayed in this hotel with my huband and two children 3 and 14 month old. The hotel was lovely and clean we couldnt fault it in any way, exept it doesnt cater for children at all. At meal times it was a nightmare the food was lovely but not for children. if my fourteen month old baby dropped food on the floor the head waiter would be on the floor cleaning it up moaning about it, eventually my husband went to speak to the hotel manager as it was embarrasing he got in reply 'look after your children better then' Other than that it is a lovely hotel and the animation team are absolutly fantastic the only other thing the night time entertainment is outside at the side of the pool so if youve got young kids you will have to have eyes in the back of your head
We spent a really relaxing week at this hotel. There was a personal welcome at reception where we were ushered to a seat and given a drink before completing forms and handing over passports.
The rooms were very clean and comfortable as was the rest of the hotel. The selection of food at the buffet restaurant was good. Swimming pool facilities were good, although there were perhaps not enough sun beds for all.
The animation team were very hard working and friendly. We had a very nice holiday and would reccomend this hotel to our friends. Can't wait to go back!
Excellent Hotel - Couldnt fault it
We have just returned from our first holiday to Greece on the beautiful island of Rhodes. We stayed at the 4star Hotel Elina in the resort of Ixia. We found it to be a first class quality hotel - well presented clean, tidy and well maintained. This hotel is to be 5star in 2006 and is to be renamed the Ixian Grand. The welcome is a pleasant experience and not the usual hustle and bustle associated with checking in - it was very sedate and calming with a nice cold drink awaiting. Could have done with that drink being an ice cold alcoholic long one though. Porter service was good too.
The room was a family room and was spacious and clean - more than big enough for our family of three (two adults and a 16 year old lad). The room was equipped with air con which worked fine albeit not as cool as we would have liked but it did work. (NB we had room 153 which had a separate magnetic key fob so that we could leave lights and air con ON all the time...nice and cool after a long day in the sun). The ground floor terrace we had overlooked the garden pool/bar and was very pleasant first thing in the morning with tea/coffee and a few of the hotels marbled or choc chip cookies - wow you must try them. It also overlooked the animation entertainment area as well and although noisy till midnight it wasn't too intrusive as we were up till 1-2am each night anyway. The bathroom was of a good standard and supplied with a decent shower, loads of hot water, fresh towels and shampoos etc every day, even a shoe shine and sewing kit, bathrobes too (although only avail in a small XL) You are all supplied with beach towels but it is a bit of a hassle to get them changed ....? Our room was cleaned and beds made daily too.
The three restaurants were good and consisted of a main, an ethnic and an a la carte. The food served was of way above average quality for all inclusive fare. You typically had a choice of a soup of the day, fish, pasta, potatoes, chips, turkey, chicken, beef, pork, a Greek dish and a chef special supplemented by a good range of salads and fresh cheeses. Followed by a range of desserts to make your mouth water. The ethnic was our favourite as in here they serve lunch and this could be anything from Spanish, Greek, Mexican, Indian, Chinese, Lebanese, to Italian and was of very good quality. So much so I personally complimented the chef on more than one occasion. (No real choice for really young children - ie no chicken nuggets fish fingers etc). The main restaurant is controlled by Costas and he's a gem very polite and always "happy" or was it "Be happy" . Be aware there is a half hearted attempt at a dress code in the evening for the guys, full length trousers or jeans (and t-shirts allowed) for evening meal - children and ladies are allowed three quarter lengths. The other meals shorts and t-shirts are fine
The location of the hotel is on the outskirts of Ixia and has a nice stretch of beach but beware it has a 5meter band of large shingle/pebbles to breach before you can get into the sea - I suggest you get some beach shoes such as the divers wear...unless you want very sore feet or are used to beaches in Wales... well worth it or buy them there as they're only about 6-8 euros. Ixia itself is within walking distance but for those who don't walk its about 4 euros by taxi, Rhodes is about 6-8 euros and the taxi fare to the airport is about 10-12 euros. Taxis are freely available from the road at the top of the hotel drive. (Nb: they charge extra if its booked via the hotel or if you flag one down and want two taxis) If you fancy a real pint there is a canny bar called Fat man Slims - typically British but he has the full selection of football, pool table, darts, and a PS2 oh and some real beer too. Ray (the owner) and his staff Kate, Ashley and Alex work really hard to ensure you enjoy yourself; whilst there. And if you're a tad hungry try the Combo (a meal of spicy chicken wings, wedges, drumsticks, onion rings, garlic bread and dips at 5 euros per person - WOW) There's an ATM and a card phone within walking distance from the hotel. Just turn left out of the hotel drive and keep walking till you hit the shops (Card Phone) then a little further towards the Y junction after the two or three small shops (ATM). The shops by the way are more than reasonable and fare rather well in comparison to the Rhodes old town shops and markets.
Watch out for the friendly "Hun" as this is a predominantly German guest hotel - you need to be up early (645am -730am) to beat them jerry's to the sun lounge sin all beach and pool areas. And they don't queue for nobody they just jump straight in and get their food or order their drinks We had the experience of seeing two German "book" their beds by placing their towels on them at pre 8am and they didn't return to them till 330pm - oh how we chuckled on their return when they found their pads missing - we took them as we didn't have any. There were a few "loud" Italian guests too, why do they shout?
The entertainment is the usual animation team mix of slapstick comedy and song, but all the team worked hard to keep the adults and children busy. Notably Thys and Lenka. The other facilities consist of two freshwater pools and one seawater pool. There's a limited gym including a table tennis table, but it is very cool inside, the games room consists of a pool table and some games machines. There is also a very small crazy golf area - only four holes......a couple of tennis courts and a couple of French boules areas. The animation team make regular trawls round the guests to encourage involvement but are always polite and never force anyone to join in. The highlights of the day being the regular "roll call" of the hotel anthem at 11am 1230pm and 4pm for pool volley ball, darts and a quiz. There's lots to do and to prove it we never saw our 16 year old son till evening meal time, then he disappeared again till 1am ish as it is very easy to make friends here.
We met some lovely people there notably Chris and Karen from Liverpool, (thanks for Owen by the way) , Mark and Eve from Suffolk (looks like we need a miracle for the ashes), and not forgetting our Norwegian friends Solvay and Jorgen (don't you just love that German salmon). Thanks for your company mate's, enjoyed meeting you all and hope you will stay in touch.
We have now tasted Greece and will definitely be going back there and Rhodes too. We personally wouldn't hesitate to go back to the Elina or Ixian Grand as it will be in 2006.
stayed in this beautiful hotel for our 28th wedding anniversary.
We returned to our room after lunch on our anniversary to find a bottle of sparkling wine ( in ice bucket) and a bowl of fruit. That night we went for our evening meal in the al a carte resturant to have an anniversary cake sparkler and all very nice.
rooms are very clean an well maintained bath robes could be larger.
Beach towels are good but they need a better system for the changing of same.
Had no problem leaving our belongings in our room or by the pools!!!!
Elina hotel was brilliant
the elina hotel was beautiful, the food was great and the staff were friendly and helpful. The animation team were great fun and good with the kids, we will definitely be going back!
Loved the Elina it is in a superb setting
We had a superb holiday at the Elina. we were there from the 6th July until the 21st .The hotel is excellent clean and well looked after. The food was plentiful and above average. Lots to do for children and adults alike. The pools are fabulous and there are plenty of sun beds to go around. the second week was busier so you had to be up and about early to get the best spot. Not once did I hear of anyone having anything stolen. We felt very safe during our stay.
Beautiful hotel but beware of staff that steal.
myself,my wife and my 3yr old son have just returned from 2 weeks A.I.at the hotel elina.very classy hotel,good food,beautiful cocktails,good standard of accomodation.the first 10 days were bliss,we were going to re-bookagain for next year until we arrived back in our room one early evening to find that our camcorder,the carry bag that it was in and the charger had been taken from our room.the charger was at the other end of the room,so the thief obviously had seen this prior to the theft.there was no forced entry as the police were called,so the only other way in was with a key,as the door was not left open.there was nothing else stolen,not even sunglasses or some euros that were left in a drawer under the camcorder.i spoke to the manager the following morning after a sleepless night and he refused to believe that a member of his staff had stolen my property,and even questioned if i had owned the camera to begin with,we promptly moved to another hotel!
how one thieving monster can ruin a holiday that is worked hard for all year is beyond me.the manager even suggested that he would charge me for the remaining 3 nights of my holiday!this mans cheek has no end!
On of the best in Rhodes
It's the second time I've visited this beautiful hotel. Friendly people and atmosphere, perfect location(beachfront) for exploring Rhodes and beautifully renovated rooms and public areas. Great food and beverage quality and superb animation team. Strongly recommended to those wanting to enjoy a luxurious stay at the best price.