I’ve just returned from a week with the family, on my first all-inclusive holiday. It was absolutely fantastic – just what I needed after months of exam and dissertation stress. Although we wanted the relaxing beach resort vibe, we were also keen to head somewhere with a bit of history and culture (personally I’m not keen on the beachside tourist enclaves where you could be literally anywhere with a tropical climate) – and for that the Greek island of Rhodes had plenty to offer. I’d highly recommend the Mitsis Rodos Maris Resort & Spa. It was great value for money and the staff were very friendly and hospitable (and able to speak a multitude of languages). The resort boasts a private beach, multiple pools and gloriously extensive buffet options. Our first few days were spent making sure we ate and drank our money’s worth; soaking up the sunshine on our beach side deckchairs, whilst working our way through the cocktail menu… so many pina-coladas! Our first excursion was to the picturesque ancient town of Lindos. Situated next to St Pauls bay, under the ruins of the acropolis, Lindos consists of narrow cobbled streets, and little whitewashed houses, nestled into the hillside. It has a wealth of bars and restaurants to choose from, many with rooftop seating and gardens. Rhodes old town (located within the island’s capital) is one of the most extensive and best preserved medieval towns in Europe. Within it’s fortressed walls, the streets are packed full of charm and tourists; the highlight being the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, which is basically a giant and brilliantly preserved castle which will transport you to Camelot. Inside you can find ancient mosaic floors and Greek artefacts.
We loved our time in Rhodes and, with a bit of water sports to round off the week, it was the perfect combination of sun, sea, culture, and activities.