SENTIDO Ixian Grand

Ixia Beach, Ixia, Rhodes, Dodecanese, 85101, Greece | 5 star hotel
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This 5 star hotel, located on Ixia Beach, Ixia, is near Medieval City, Ancient Rhodes, Valley of the Butterflies (Peta Loudhes), and Ancient Kamiros.
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    Historical Traveler Reviews SENTIDO Ixian Grand

    Fantastic Holiday


    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

    Great holiday!


    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.

    Beautiful resort


    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 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.

    TripAdvisor Reviews SENTIDO Ixian Grand

    4.00 of 5 stars Excellent

    Travel Blogs from Ixia

    Good bye Kos hello Rhodes

    A travel blog entry by ruth.donald on Sep 12, 2014

    4 photos

    ... Evelyn could not do enough for us, we have maps showing us the best places to eat and shop and making sure we are happy with everything our rooms have a little balcony and you can leave your balcony doors open even when you go out. We headed out to find breakfast at about 10:30 not liking our chances but here's hoping ..which paid of! Evelyn had marked a hotel that did 6€ breakfast we asked ...

    It's still dark

    A travel blog entry by shirley.wells.3 on Sep 12, 2014

    7 photos

    Up waaaayy to early to catch the ferry to Rhodes. It's huge. Semi's driving in and pulling trailers off. About 8 of them and most of them went back 2 or 3 times. Sitting at the back of the ferry watching Kos and Turkey disappear. Very bumpy. It's almost like we can feel the engine vibrations.
    Well as it was still dark decided to do like the locals and sleep on the free couches. Note to ...


    A travel blog entry by tommy1982 on Sep 10, 2014

    4 comments, 69 photos

    ... of various Greek temples, theatres and stadiums. After a long, hot and tiring day I caught the bus to ilaysos a town further down the west coast where I was staying. Staying in Ilaysos was a bit of a mistake, as it's not a very pleasant place,the town itself is ugly, the beach is terrible and the number of big resorts means that people end up staying within the resort confines and leaving the town to somewhat wither. However, the people running the little ...


    A travel blog entry by tommy1982 on Sep 07, 2014

    4 comments, 65 photos

    ... stories, she translating for her husband, and welcomed a procession of cousins, neighbours and the mayor who dropped in for a chat as we watched the sun set over the most spectacular view you can imagine. I had once again hired a scooter for my time on the island, which seems excessive when the island is only 22 km2 and only has one main road, but it was definitely a worthwhile expense. I made the journey over the mountains, alternating from rocky fields to pine ...

    The hot and windy Rhodes

    A travel blog entry by alexvarelas on Aug 22, 2014

    48 photos

    ... a valley that had a little river and waterfalls. At first we couldn't see many butterflies, but then we noticed hundreds resting under trees or on rocks. They were black and yellow, but when they were flying you could see orange on their wings.
    One day, Dad, Tom, Poppy and I went to the Archeological Museum, which was once a hospital for the Knights of St John. It was built in the 1400's. The museum displayed alot of vases and pots from Rhodes and other nearby ...