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12 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog

Lindian Village - Highly Recommended

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Reviewed Mon 19th of November 2012

"We have just returned from a stay at the Lindian Village and would highly recommend it. Go there if you are looking for peace, privacy and excellent service.

We were welcomed in reception with a cool lemonade after the taxi ride from the airport, then given a tour of the facilities in an electric golf cart. The site is beautifully laid out along a fake stream and gardens, suggesting a traditional Greek village. We stayed in a suite with private pool and didn't really need to move from there all week! Complimentary wine and fruit were in the room. Complimentary water was delivered each day and the room was serviced at least twice a day. The level of service at the Lindian Village is excellent and the staff are efficient and friendly. Only complaint - as in most hotels the minibar prices are vastly inflated - bottled water costs 10 - 12 times the supermarket price.

The hotel has a main pool and a children's pool, a private beach (albeit gritty) with loungers and four-poster beds! There is also a spa, an outside gym, a couple of bars and a small shop.

One drawback is that the hotel is not within easy walking distance of Lindos, the nearest resort - a taxi ride away if you want alternative restaurants or shops - and a rental car is needed if you wish to explore elsewhere in Rhodes.

There are four main restaurants - International, which serves as the main restaurant, and specialised Greek, Thai and a Fish restaurants. All were good, although the specialised restaurants were relatively expensive.

Buffet breakfast is served in the International restaurant and was excellent - a large spread of hot and cold food.

Don't go to the Lindian Village if you want organised activity and a lively night-life. Go there if you want peace, privacy and good service."

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  • Travel date: Wed 4th of July 2007

an oasis of relaxation

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Reviewed Mon 5th of November 2012

"Our second stay in Lindian Village after getting married there last year. The hotel, service , food and staff are all great.We again had a private pool suite ..impeccably clean .Hiring a car took us around the island. Falarimos and Tsampeka and of course Lindos aredefinatley worth visiting. Everything about our two weeks was exceptional...we would gladly return to escape the rat race of Britain...Three wedding s when we were there. The two brides we spoke to had a wonderful day. Yes ,the service is short but very special. The weddings tend to take place later during the day as it is too hot during the miday sun ...And the photos look wonderful with the sun setting casting a red glow. The All in all only disappointment was that the watersports centre was just being finished when we were there. Cant wait tilli go back...."

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  • Travel date: Thu 21st of June 2007

The superb Lindian Village

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Reviewed Tue 4th of December 2012

"Lindian Village, where do I start. My girlfreind and I are in our early 20's and chose Lindian Village for our first beach holiday together and our longest time spent together too (a whole week!).
We arrived at Lindian Village in the dark, but were greated in the main reception with a cold drink and a warm welcome. Our bags were whisked away while we were taken on a tour of the hotel, all lit up it looked amazing. With its man made river, starting from a small waterfall, leading all through the resort it gave such a relaxed atmosphere.
We arrived in our room welcomed by a bottle of wine and fresh fruit.
The next morning we sampled the breakfast, a lovely well laid and well presented buffet, occumpnied by superb waiter services. All the breakfasts we had, everyday, was brilliant, you could not fault anything.
There is everything you need on the resort, a small shop, 4 restaurants, 2 bars, entertainment, etc... For lunch we went to the 'beach bar' where we received excellent and freindly service. The pool side was very clean, the beach boy a novelty of our hotel, real nice fella and would do anything to keep you happy. You can receive waiter service whilst on your sun lounger or if your on on of the 4 poster beds dotted around the beach of swimming pool, yes 4 poster beds! They were excellent!
No problems with the rooms, spotless all day long, the cleaners I think come in about 3 times a day, making sure you had fresh towels, your bed sheet was pulled back for the evening, your pyjama's folded nicely... you could not fault the maid/room service. Staff overall spoke good English and were so helpful, anything you wanted they would do their best for.
We both enjoyed our stay at the Lindian Village, and said one day we would like to return there as it was so brilliant and we enjoyed ourselves very much."

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  • Travel date: Wed 6th of June 2007

beautiful location but not 5* service

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Reviewed Tue 20th of November 2012

"have just returned from 1 week honeymoon the holiday was originally booked to include our wedding but we got married at home the week before. saw two weddings whilst there and were glad we had changed our plans. Pool venue was beautiful but choose late evening due to people lying on sunbeds where the bride walks! The wedding ceremony was over in minutes registrar skipped off to next one! all seemed impersonal.
hotel and grounds spacious and immaculately maintained, we were on half board but ate out 5 out of 7 nights restaraunt bar prices are obseen, overpriced and although food was good portions were very small, the shop provides no drink in any form not even water so you have to buy at the bar paid 28euros for two small ice creams 1 juice and 1coke, even though we were on our honymoon we didnt like being ripped off . The hotel is situated in an isolated position so car hire is a cheaper option than taxis which vary in price. We were happy to do our own thing being on our honeymoon and this place was a great choice for total relaxation and quiet, the beach is simply heaven. Hired car so travelled the island Lindos and Rhodes town are a must, the nearby village of Lardos has the best taverna on the left just before the square it is celebrating its 25th year and is excellent. Although it wasnt all we expected overall we had a wonderful holiday!"

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  • Travel date: Tue 5th of June 2007

Lindian Stay

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Reviewed Mon 19th of November 2012

"We booked our stay with TUI Germany. On arrival we were taken by a cab to the Hotel (free of charge). On arrival friendly staff check us in and escorted in the little buggy to the room. We booked a Suite. Well, we arrived in a 30C/82F heat. The AC in the room, was not turned on, which in my opinion should have been done on the day of the arrival, especially at a price of E6,000 for 7 nights for family of 3. One of the AC outlets was not working, so after we called the front desk, it was repaired. The swimming pool Jacuzzi was not working properly, so we had to call again. Staff in the main restaurants was very friendly and the little shop by the restaurants where one can get smokes, sunscreen and WATER was very convenient. One thing is WATER - every night we got a free bottle of Norwegian water on the night table, ICEBERG water, that retails in mainstream European shops at E10 a bottle - here comes the fun part - ICEBERG WATER FOR FREE, but a 1L SPRING WATER for E5 at the restaurant with the meal - don't ya think somethings funny with that picture. The beach has some BIG stones, so beach shoes, those rubber pull ons would make walking in to the water much easier and not so painful, however a WILD beach which is a 5min walk away from the hotel is nice and sandy, so why this beach has stones on it, is a mystery. Will gladly stay again next year but giving 4 and 3/4stars for the lack of the room being comfy ready on arrival."

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  • Travel date: Sat 27th of January 2007

Beautiful hotel but horrible service

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Reviewed Fri 7th of December 2012

"We stayed in the Lindian Village for two weeks in October 2006.

The whole premises are just beautiful, so was our junior suite, the room was spacious and very nicely designed, so were the restaurants and the pool area.

Unfortunately the service was not what you can expect of a hotel which wants to be the number one of Rhodos. Staff was mostly unfriendly, their English is often hardly understandable.

We booked half board and tried also the Thai and Greek Restaurant. They are both very nice, although the surcharge for eating there seems a lot too high to us. The quality of the food in the halfboard restaurant was very variable, such is the service. One evening we ordered for examples two glasses of wine and got two glasses of different white wines, or when we came for breakfast one morning we had to order coffee, than milk, than sugar and than a spoon - so it took about twenty minutes until we cood start our breakfast.

Housekeeping was also quite unprofessional, every day there was something missing in our room, tissues, matches, towels, etc. One day they even burned our sleeping clothes because they put it on the bedside lamp!

Moreover, our private jacuzzi was broken for about three days (we were woken up in the middle of the night because they feared that it would flud our room). Moreover, the lock of our door was not working for days because it got wet in the rain. So we had to walk up to the front desk each time we wanted to enter our room (so had different other guests, which also complained about the staff`s attitude and strucutral failings in the hotel). It seemed not possible to fix the lock during our stay.

What disturbed us most was that the hotel management did not take any actions when we were indicating that this was not what one could expect from a five star hotel - particularly if it is clearly asking the guests to pay more than five star prices. A Martini costs for example approx. 12 Euros!

After our travel agency complained, they finally agreed to substitute the costs of our sleeping clothes and assured to pay us an extra dinner in the Thai Restaurant, moreover they wanted to deliver fruits and wine to our room. Needless to say we waited in vain for the last two things......"

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  • Travel date: Mon 1st of January 2007

Splendid

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Reviewed Tue 4th of December 2012

"We stayed in this hotel for a week and it was great. Nice hotel in a quiet location, almost no noise. Perfect service, staff was helpful and friendly. Very good meals. We can recommend this hotel.
Dostalovi Czech republic"

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  • Travel date: Wed 16th of August 2006

Excellent

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Reviewed Mon 5th of November 2012

"Been there in the first week of august: it's a beatiful resort.
It's a real village with white two story greek style buildings amid mediterranean gardens. My room, elegantly furnished with dominant green and white colours, had a bath with bisazza style mosaics. The complex appears to be very recent and well mantained. The free buffet (I was on h/b) at the international restaurant was the best I've ever tried in a resort: many choices, especially of vegetables, only be aware of the extras, like wine, that are quite expensive (1 bottle of wine costs some 40 euros, the glass 6 euros). The staff is extremely attentive and helpful. All it's organized to let you feel at home and relaxed: no hurry for the restaurant or the beach beds: there's place for everybody. The beach is spatious and the water warm and clean. Also the pool was big and sorrounded by greek style elements and pavillons.
For sure I'll go back. But the next time i'll remeber the plastic shoes for the beach: it's made of little rocks."

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  • Travel date: Sat 5th of August 2006

Loved this stylish contemporary hotel

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Reviewed Tue 20th of November 2012

"Stay 28th June 06 for 14 nights.

Weather: arrived at 37 degrees C, very hot, can get slightly cool in the evening. My wife would recommend a very light pashmina or fine light cardigan.

This hotel is so cool, stylish contemporary chic. A very lovely 5 star. I was half expecting it to be cold or unfriendly but not at all; the staff make it friendly and warm. Junior staff were mostly university students from around Europe but were well trained. Staff couldn’t have been more polite and helpful. There is a happy atmosphere. When we arrived we were invited to sit down and were given freshly squeezed orange juice to drink whist checking in. We were then taken on a tour of the hotel by riding in an electric golf buggy. Whist we were being shown around our cases were delivered to our suite.

Standard rooms are in a traditional village style with narrow cobbled paths covered in lush flowering plants, canopies of bougainvillaea flowers, hibiscus and banana palms. Located between the beach/pool and ‘village square’. Suites are two years old and located further back but it is a nice walk next to the stream. Suites are arranged in blocks of four full suites downstairs and two junior suites on top. Junior suites have a very large terrace with furniture under a pergola, sun lounger, parasol and a Jacuzzi. Surrounded by high walls they are very private. The full suites are amazing, loads of space; the garden is a lot larger than it looks on the photos, a terrace with large table, armchairs and a huge sofa, all very stylish but very comfortable with a pergola for shade and obscures view from the junior suite above. The swimming pool is bigger than I expected, you can swim six strokes. The integral Jacuzzi is the real deal, has plenty of vigour. The garden is surrounded by eight-foot walls, part trellis covered in climbing flowering plants. The audio system pipes music to speakers on the terrace; it is so luxurious to lay outside at night on the sofa with a glass of wine under the stars listening to your own cds in total privacy. We have since looked for other hotels with similar private facilities but they are scarce and you have to pay a lot more money (e.g. Elounda in Crete).

You get to choose the times for maid service and what time your pool is cleaned. The pool was cleaned ever other day. Turn down service early evening brings fresh towels and water (from Norway!).

Great food. The buffet restaurant has a wide choice varied each day and plenty for my vegetarian wife (eats fish); good quality considering volume food e.g. crisp vegetables. Service was very good, drinks coordinated to your food, staff willing and friendly, easy to talk to. Only slight niggle was that plates were not cleared promptly between courses. The restaurant operates a Cat Café where cats are fed before guests eat so that they are not bothersome, staff dissuade you from feeding the cats, but a mother and her kittens were regular visitors to the outdoor tables. ‘Paul’ the ginger kitten would sit on your lap if invited. The a la carte restaurants are excellent, the service prompt and personal and the waiters knowledgeable about the wine menu. The Fish restaurant is so romantic. The chef came to see us personally to discuss our meal and ended up smoking a fish specially for us on a smoker downstairs. It was the best tasting fish I’ve ever had. Cost about 45 eur each plus wine; you get a 15 eur discount for HB. Wine costs around 34 eur per bottle; you can bring back what you don’t drink to any restaurant and take it back the next night.

The main pool is huge, another pool on a lower level has water gushers. The water was pleasantly warm like the sea in June. All are FRESH WATER and don’t taste of chemicals. The four-posters on the beach and around the pool are for real and not just for show; they have drapes that you can draw and people go and take a sleep in them. Most people go to the loungers on the beach, which leaves the pool area sparsely populated even when the hotel was nearly full; which was great for us because we would arrive at the pool at 11am and have free choice of where to lay. There is rarely more than two couples in the pool at once. They beach boy changes the lounger covers regularly. You can get fresh pool towels from him as often as you want. The pool waiters are as attentive as you want them to be, they are always available by the pool and beach. The cocktails are great as well as the fruit punch made from freshly squeezed fruit. Typical costs are 3.50 eur for beer, 5.50 large wine, double baileys 7 eur, cocktails 12-14 eur. Greek salad (large) 12 eur. This is a 5-star hotel, you expect 5-star prices.

Spectacular place to get married. There are several places a wedding could take place, in the small chapel in the grounds, very beautifully authentic, in the pool gazebo (in all the pool photos centre of the pool) and in a romantic island setting by the stream near the suites. (the hotel decorate the ornate iron work; the climbing plants are immature at present). The an a la carte restaurant would be wonderful for a reception. Pricey but hopefully you will only get married once.

It was my wife’s birthday whilst we stayed at this hotel, not only did the hotel manager send her a card and bottle of wine, but a beautiful cake was presented to her whilst we dinned at night.

Entertainment is at the pool at night, not well publicised. Good quality, tasteful performances.

Few kids; good for little ones but teenagers would die of boredom.

The shop on site is small but sells most things. Water is 80 cents for 1.5 ltr. Can of coke 1 euro. Huge bag of crisps 3 euro.

George who ran the water sports was an excellent teacher. On the wind surfing course he accompanies you one to one, him in a motorised boat giving instruction.

Small niggle, you cant leave your air conditioning on all day if you leave your suite but it works well, the rooms are cooled very quickly.

The hotel is about 300 metres to the nearest bus stop. 1 – 3 euros to Lindos or Lardos. Taxi fare back is approx 8 euros from Lardos and 10 euros back from Lindos. The hotel is well away from tourist tack. Car hire would be useful from 1 to 3 days. The rest of the time you don’t want to leave the hotel.

Would we stay again? Having looked carefully at the competition this hotel is very good value. We have booked again for next year. This year within the first day of sales we couldn’t get the dates we wanted, it is obviously getting more popular. We cannot wait to get back.

This guy’s account is very good: submitted on Jul 11 from Essen, Germany."

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  • Travel date: Mon 31st of July 2006

Beautiful and relaxing but urgent need to hire a decent chef!!

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Reviewed Sun 28th of October 2012

"I just came back from the Lindian hotel.
And the beach with these beds are absolutely wonderful! So relaxing! The rooms are fine, clean and great with the little terrace.
All you need is there. It is not flashy which I like and the village has incredible flowers and trees. The property is new , well kept and very clean overall.
The staff is nice ( except the towel man who does not seem to like his job much and is quite scary if you did not bring back the towels to him even if he was not around...)
Anyway that was for the little story, I think the pool was wonderful you can waterski with the nice english guy on the next beach who would pick you up and drop you in front of the beach for a cheap 20 Euros for a tour.
Now here is the real break down, the food is really bad, and yes really expensive. I do not understand how after a week we did not have once a decent sandwich and a good meal by the pool.
I do not mind paying if it is good but it was really really bad, and the ladies on the beach are lovely but need to understand a bit more english.
As for the restaurant we try 2 the Thai and Greek, Some dishes are good others quite average still very expensive.

So here are my recommendations.

Rent a car and DO NOT MISS Lindos it is spectacular and 15 minutes drive, the food is real greek amazing and cheap food.
The service is lovely as they are trying hard to make visitors happy.
Go to Pefky and try the restaurant called TERPSYS again cheap and great food!


Overall

The hotel is wonderful to chill out on the beach ( bring your own food) and the pool is great to refresh yourself!The hotel has everything to be really 5* but they have to cook their home food serve it on the beach and really invest in the quality of the ingredients.
I will hope they will improve this and will definitely return because it is really a beautiful peaceful place.
Now note they are some constructions next to it not that loud but you will notice it. That shall pass too!

Good luck and enjoy Rhodes! Try the Demetriades restaurant in front of the port under the arcades the old man serving there is wonderful and the food so cheap and great original greek food.

Thank you for reading!"

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  • Travel date: Sat 29th of July 2006

Prologue: After six years of other trav...

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Reviewed Fri 21st of July 2006

"Prologue:

After six years of other travels, we once again planned for a holiday in Greece which we wanted to take in June 2006. First considering to go to Crete – an island we have already visited twice – we finally decided to go to Rhodes because we have not yet visited the island and from all information we gathered we could expect Rhodes to offer not only beautiful beaches but also many possibilities for hiking in an extraordinary landscape.

We enjoy hiking trips of several hours and thus do not stay within a hotel area for the whole day, but nonetheless we prefer to stay at first class hotels since this usually guarantees a most enjoyable holiday without the usual problems of defunct equipment, noisy neighbours or un-tasty food. Having read varying reviews with praise and criticism about the new Lindian Village Hotel in the Vogue Magazine and at several websites, we finally decided to stay at the Lindian Village for our trip, since it looked marvelous in the travel agent’s brochures and seemed to be exactly the quiet refuge we prefer. Thus, we arrived at the hotel for our ten days of holidays in the second half of June, and we now want to share the experiences we made with this hotel:

Hotel Design:

Although travel brochures and photographs tend to be sugar-coated and show hotels in undeserving bliss, the Lindian Village really looks as the pictures of the hotel suggest: a nice, spacious area with an artificial river and lake, a great pool area and a clean gravel beach with design sun beds.

When you enter the hotel area, you first come to the river and the bungalows housing the suites, followed by the lake which is framed by the Kafenion and the International, Greek and Thai Restaurants. Then follow the double rooms, which are located within a small “village” of Greek-style two-storey houses, followed by the pool (with Fish and Oyster Restaurant and Bar) and Spa and finally the beach. The whole layout is quite beautiful, with both the suites and the double rooms having their special charms. As indicated, the houses with the double bedrooms have been built like a village, and you find lots of green, wells and even a chapel within this village. The suites on the other hand stand apart and are clustered along the river, with usually six suites sharing a bungalow. Four suites of a bungalow are Senior Suites with their own gardens and pools, whereas two Junior Suites are on first floor with their own large terraces and Jacuzzi.

Accommodation:

We stayed in a Junior Suite, giving us the possibility to enjoy our hiking till early afternoon and then staying on our own terrace with sun beds and umbrella for the rest of the afternoon. The Suite was well–spaced and furnished with stylish, well-chosen furniture. The beds were quite comfortable, and special praise needs to be given to the air-conditioning which was no rattling simple on-and-off machine but instead quiet and equipped with a well-working thermostat which allowed a quite good regulation of the airflow.

We could let it turned on even over night, enjoying a good sleep without catching a cold or headache, and that should say something about its quality! The bathroom also was very stylish with two basins and both a shower and a bathing tub. The balcony/terrace of our suite was really large, equipped with two sun beds, an umbrella and some comfortable wooden furniture. The final touch was added by the Jacuzzi, although we were a bit doubtful about its hygienic standard. However, the cleaning was done well and the filters were running all day through, but since the whirlpool was exposed to the sun all day the water got rather warm (not to say hot) and thus was a possible hygienic danger.

Beach:

The beach looks rather spectacular with its design sun beds. The water was clear because of the missing sand, and since the hotel is located at the eastern coast of Rhodes the beach is not exposed to any surf worth mentioning since the island offers protection against the Meltemi-winds. Service at the beach is good with waiters from the pool bar standing by, and also beach towels were available in abundance. When going to the beach, you exchanged a pool card for a towel, and upon leaving you returned the towel to get back a new pool card.

Food:

We were on half-board and thus enjoyed both breakfast and dinner at the hotel. Both were served at the International Restaurant, offering about 20 tables on an outside terrace and enough spaces for all other guests in the air-conditioned dining hall. The eating times were tolerant, with breakfast being available from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM and dinner from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM.

The breakfast-buffet was well stocked, with many kinds of bread and coverings available. Eggs, cereals, milk, yogurt, fruits and warm breakfast components also existed in abundance, and thus we enjoyed a rich and varied breakfast each day. Really worthwhile also was the freshly squeezed orange juice!

Dinner consisted of an international buffet. It offered a good variety of salads, main dishes and desserts, and the available main dishes were changed on a daily basis. The food was good, although we were a bit disappointed by the fact that “international buffet” really meant an absence of Greek-style dishes. Especially Greek desserts are a delicacy, and here it was a bit disappointing to find lots of cakes but no “typical” Greek creations on the dessert-buffet. This only changed on the “Greek Evening”, happening once per week, on which different Greek dishes were available in a broader choice. There also was one more evening with a special gala-dinner, offering a 5-course-menu instead of the usual buffet. All in all, the food was very tasty and obviously a good deal of time and effort were spent for the half-board guests.

Not to forget: There also exist three special a-la-carte Restaurants in the hotel. We did not try the Fish and Oyster Restaurant because we are not that enthusiastic for seafood, but we went to both the Greek and Thai Restaurants several times. The food in both restaurants is especially good and offers a great variation to the International Restaurant, and what is more the menu refreshingly varies from “main stream” restaurants usually found around the globe. Especially the Greek Restaurant offers gourmet-style dishes which are totally different from the food you can find in Tavernas all around the island, and thus you get a good insight on what Greek people consider to be extraordinary food.

Mixed observations:

The hotel is situated some kilometers from the next town (the beautiful city of Lindos is about 10 kilometers away). We would strongly recommend hiring a car for the whole stay. It offers you a good possibility to explore the island, to go for shopping and to trim down the about 100 minutes of transfer from the airport to a 60-minute-trip.

The beach is not sand but pebbles, but this ensures clear water for good swimming. However, do not forget your beach sandals since the stones get HOT!

Housekeeping services were clean and well-timed. The suite always was cleaned during our absence, and the cleaning was done very well. The only thing we had to ask for were new glasses for the minibar, but after asking once the glasses were returned each day.

It is possible to have a wedding at the hotel. The ceremony is held on a small island in the river, and the dinner then takes place at a grove of trees at the beach. We have witnessed a wedding, and everything seemed to be done very professionally and well organized.

The pricing for additional food and drinks within the Hotel seems to be a bit high. Okay, it is a five-star hotel, but it still can be booked as a package holiday so that it seems a bit steep to charge 30 Euro for the cheapest bottle of wine on the menu, and having Dinner at one of the special Restaurants (Greek or Thai) usually resulted in a bill of about 90 Euros for two people (excluding drinks). Guests on half board get 15 Euro credit in the special restaurants.

The standard of service at the Restaurants varied. The waiters at the special Restaurants were good to very good, whereas the younger waiters at the International Restaurant still need to learn a bit about proper service. Especially some male waiters often were seen frowning and did not seem to be too enthusiastic about their jobs. However, particularly the service at the Thai-Restaurant was really outstanding. On our first day we arrived late (11:30 PM), but the Thai-Restaurant still was open and the young waiter there was very kind and professionally assisted us with counsel what to choose for such a late dinner. Also, he did not seem bothered at all to have guests at such a late time.

It considerably adds to table culture if restaurants such as those at the Lindian Village choose to use sterling cutlery. However, in such cases the Restaurant should make sure that this kind of cutlery is well maintained. Unfortunately, the International Restaurant (again) has deficiencies in this regard. Time and again, the cutlery displayed stains from the dish washer, was not well polished, blunt and tarnished. Unfortunately, this deficiency did impair the dining atmosphere at the International Restaurant.

On the whole, the International Restaurant seems to be the “weakest” of the five restaurants – unfortunately, this is not due to the quality of food in the first place but mainly to a lack of friendliness and readiness on part of the service personnel and of the maintenance and decoration of tables and dining equipment

We did not visit the Spa, but what we could gather from a brochure in our room it offered a broad choice of services. The Spa is situated close to the beach, including an open-air gym and an outside treatment area which could be separated from other guests’ looks by silk curtains. Other guests seemed to be quite pleased with the professionalism of the offered services.

We rather liked the total absence of an animation programme. The hotel was just as quiet as the advertisement promised, with only some decent live music in the evenings at the pool. As far as children are concerned, they have a small playground but it did not seem attractive at all due to the fact that it was well away from the beach and exposed to full sun all over the day.

A question of style: our travel arrangements included a free bottle of wine in our suite on arrival day. Is it necessary for a five-star hotel to welcome its new guests with the cheapest bottle of wine which can be found for 2 Euro at a local Supermarket? There exist good Rhodian wines for decent prices, so the hotel would not need to go for the cheapest alternative available. Likewise, we had a “Candlelight Dinner” included which we could enjoy in one of the special restaurants. For this dinner the hotel had composed a reduced menu, skipping all of the more extraordinary dishes. It is understandable that they do not want to include a free lobster-dinner or anything comparable, but removing about half of the dishes from the menu seemed a bit avaricious. Being a five-star hotel is not just a decoration for nice rooms, but it is also a responsibility as far as taste and style are concerned!

Although the hotel is situated by the Sea, almost none of the guestrooms offers a direct view of the Sea. If you are lucky, you get a glimpse of the blue Aegean, but in most cases a sea view is not available. This is due to the fact that the whole hotel is situated on a flat area and because of the low buildings. However, you do not really miss the sea view, because the surrounding landscape offers a fascination on its own.

Some double bedrooms are situated close to generator houses. It’s a bit strange to meet this kind of machinery close to the bedrooms. The humming might be a bit unnerving, especially if you want to enjoy sitting on the balcony.

High class restaurants are great – but some dishes should be banned from a menu even in these kinds of restaurants. Thus, Shark-Fin soup is not a delicacy but an unnecessary display of pure luxury and disregard for an endangered species.

Even five-star hotels should have learned a bit about environment protection. The full set of towels within the suite was exchanged two times a day. A policy of exchanging towels dropped to the floor should decrease the towel consumption considerably.

A conclusion:

Despite of the critical thoughts we issued in the last paragraph, the Lindian Village deservingly is a five-star hotel which greatly contributed to the fact that we enjoyed stunning holidays on Rhodes. The island is rather beautiful and much greener than any other Greek island, and equipped with a proper hiking guide which we bought in advance of our trip we were able to make great tours all over the island. True, temperatures were up and you might consider it a bit hot to go hiking, but the constant sea-wind kept the heat bearable and we were compensated with spectacular views.

Returning to the hotel in the afternoons, we greatly enjoyed a good swim in the Sea followed by a quiet afternoon of sunbathing on our terrace and dinner later in the evening. For us, the Lindian Village was the perfect resort, making each day of our holidays a perfect day."

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  • Travel date: Fri 21st of July 2006

This really is a 5 star resort and with...

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Reviewed Thu 10th of November 2005

"This really is a 5 star resort and with definite 5 star prices! Even the Americans raised their eyebrows and almost everyone at dinner only drank water with their meal - 15 euros for a water and very small beer!

The food is pretty good on half board too, all buffet style but usually a very good choice for breakfast and evening with hot and cold menu options and cook to order. If you want to eat in any of the other restaurants whilst on half board you receive a 25 euro credit but you will need to book via reception first.

The resort itself has beautiful well kept gardens and beach, although there is a definite pong near the swimming pool area but we noticed that a lot in Rhodes generally. The rooms (we had a suite with own swimming pool) are lovely although the sofas despite being relatively new needed a good clean. The staff are very helpful and standard of service is excellent. You'll also enjoy the buggy ride when you arrive to show you around the resort!

Be warned you will need to hire a car if you want to explore. The resort hotel is literally in the middle of nowhere - a good 40 minute walk to the nearest taverna one way (I know I walked!) and probably an hour or possibly more walking to Lardos Village.

Places to visit include Lardos Village for a meal at one of the tavernas, Lindos (especially at night) and the acropolis, Rhodes town itself, butterfly farm, Prasonissi, plus lots of castles, and archaeological sites. None of these are too far with a car as Rhodes is quite a small island. Do venture out of the resort.
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  • Travel date: Thu 10th of November 2005

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