The hotel felt like a much-needed glass of water in the desert for me and my guest – desperate for a child-free break after two years locked indoors with children. Any part of Greece is beautiful, and the Ixian Grand Hotel, nestled directly on the beach in Rhodes, was no exception.
We opted for a suite, which I cannot recommend more highly. First, they are huge, with one of the biggest hotel beds I’ve ever enjoyed, a spacious living room, and a bathroom with a sunken tub and separate shower.
But the real draw is the private pool. Facing the sea, the view from our private terrace was endless blue – a true toning of gray London skies. Plus, having your own pool means missing out on any rush for a bed in the main beach and pool area.
As we strolled through the park, we noticed that the rooms all seemed to have either a balcony or a sea view (or both), so every guest is spoiled in some way, even if a suite exceeds your budget.
If you can afford it, a suite is definitely the best option for privacy, stunning views, and total luxury – I can see why suites seemed popular with honeymooners and couples.
Food is one area where the hotel really excels, especially if you’re in a suite and have access to the suites-only Alazonia Suites restaurant. It was my favourite, with a delicious range of a la carte options at breakfast and dinner. Everything was beautifully presented and the lovely staff were only too happy to discuss the menu and make recommendations.
That’s not to say the other restaurants around the hotel are slacking off – there are several fantastic options.
Milonges serves traditional Greek cuisine, overlooking the main pool, for lunch and dinner. Portions were generous and we definitely over-ordered in excitement.
For something more unusual, don’t miss Muza Htista, which serves a Japanese-Peruvian fusion. The sushi was exceptional, and again, generous portions.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served buffet style at Vis a Vis, and there was plenty of choice at every meal, from pancakes at breakfast to fresh pasta at dinner.
As mentioned, the suites come with a private pool. For non-suite guests, there’s the quiet pool or the main pool adjacent to the beach. The most popular place for lounging is of course the beach. Beds are on sand, though it’s worth noting that this turns to pebbles when you enter the water — many returning guests are equipped with beach shoes.
There’s also a spa, although none of us wanted to tear ourselves away from the sun for a treatment, but it looks wonderful, and if it’s anything like anything on offer here, it’ll be very high quality.
One of the best extras the hotel offers is the ability to explore. Greece is steeped in history and reception is happy to organize day trips for guests (at an additional cost).