Melenos Lindos

Lindos, Rhodes, Greece Book from Book from £189 per night

An exquisite boutique hotel on the quiet side of medieval Lindos with succulent views over the bay
The tiny town of Lindos hugs the hill; mansions built by the Knights of St John bask beyond stone walls (catch a glimpse though open doors), while the bluest of seas shimmers down in the bay (St Paul came ashore 2,000 years ago). A magical place – timeless, untouched. No cars, just donkeys that ferry tourists up to the Acropolis. Follow them up to the mellow stone walls of Melenos, where they stop to drink from a water trough at the front door.

Twelve years in the making and built over 4 terraces with the sea below and the Acropolis above, you arrive to find staggering beauty at every turn. The outside space is magical - the air is perfumed with jasmine and lavender as you explore a jumble of terraces, stairs and courtyards. An open-air bar is lit by paper lanterns at night; the restaurant is shaded by Moorish tents to keep the sun at bay. Enormous bedrooms defy superlatives, with wooden platform beds that hold the comfiest mattresses in Greece. All rooms open onto private terraces; some have padded stone benches, one has a huge sofa, another has views that tumble down to the beach.

Highs

  • Lovely hillside setting, away from the hustle and bustle and very soothing architecture - soft yellow stone and pots of colour
  • The rooftop restaurant has some of the best food on Rhodes, as well as gorgeous watery views
  • Gracious, welcoming and highly professional staff
  • Lindos itself, an ancient, largely unspoilt village. It's a warren of twisty cobbled alleyways, so bring a ball of string
  • Gorgeous suites and a 2-bedroom villa for those wanting added space and privacy

Lows

  • Not an ideal place for toddlers as there are some high drops on the property
  • No pool, although the beach is a 5-minute walk away
  • Ultra-cool hotels come with ultra-high prices
  • Lindos can get extremely busy in high season, but many visitors are day trippers from Rhodes Town who leave before sunset

Best time to go

The island is one of the loveliest in the Mediterranean and if you avoid high season (mid-July to the end of August) when Lindos heaves and the weather can be exceptionally hot, you’ll have it mostly to yourself. May is probably the best month to come; you can swim in the sea from then until early October.

Our top tips

If you want to escape the crowds, take a day trip to the satellite island of Halki (1 hour by boat from Kamiros Skala) where you'll find beautifully clear waters, a lovely village and an end-of-the-world atmosphere. You might even combine it with a visit to ancient Kamiros, our favourite archaeological site on Rhodes.

Great for...

Beach
Honeymoon
Wedding
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 12
  • Restaurant + bar
  • All ages welcome
  • Closed: 1 Nov 2018 - 30 Apr 2019
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
Room:

Rooms

Spread over 3 terraces, mosaic pebbled pathways lead to stone steps that drop down to the 12 romantic suites. Terracotta pots spill with colour, views look out over the bay.

Suites vary in size but the style is exquisite throughout: 17th-century inspiration meets 21st-century design. Moorish-style latticed woodwork is complemented by huge cushioned sofas and traditional island platform beds with super-comfy Coco-Mat mattresses. Sensational bathrooms come with cymbal-sized shower heads, luxury Frette linen bathrobes, Korres smellies (the very best) and hand-painted tiles.

We stayed in a Superior Suite and loved the breezy bohemian décor, huge open-plan living space and terrace with magnificent views over Lindos Bay. Nearby, 2-bedroom Villa Melenos also has stunning views. Lovely hohlakia (pebble motifs) run from the terrace into the lounge. Rooms are simple but traditional and cosy with wood panelling and pretty fabrics, and there's a kitchenette too.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Cots Available
  • DVD player
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • TV
  • WiFi

Eating

At night, the candlelit rooftop restaurant is enchanting and much-loved by wealthy locals. The menu highlights local seasonal produce - expect treats such as linguini pasta with figs, chili, lemon and sesame; lamb chops with artichoke puree; or whole fresh fish, filleted at your table. For added romance, request a place on the alfresco precipice to dine under starry skies with uninterrupted views of the bay.

Breakfast is served on a separate terrace, with whitewashed wooden tables and cushioned benches shaded by a covered pergola. Feast on bowls of fresh fruit, yoghurt, honey and nuts, freshly baked Greek pastries, a selection of eggs and cured meats, and good strong coffee. They’ll also bring breakfast to the terrace outside your room if you prefer.

Lunch options are light (pastas, salads and sandwiches). Alternatively, in town try old-fashioned Mavrikos for local seafood prepared with a creative twist or Tambakio in St Paul's Bay, where you can dine with you feet in the sand.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu
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Activity:

Activities

  • Walk down to the sandy beach (2 minutes down, 5 minutes up) and hire sun loungers and a parasol. Or walk to the end of the small jetty and plunge into clear blue water; a very Mediterranean spot, with echoes of the Cote d’Azur, circa 1965
  • Take a boat out for the day, or go diving, kayaking, snorkelling, waterskiing and fishing in Lindos Bay
  • Hike up to the Acropolis before breakfast to beat the heat. Home to an ancient temple, this stunning citadel was fortified successively by the Greeks, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Knights of St John and the Ottomans
  • Visit Rhodes old town, a stunningly preserved Crusader fortress (50 mins' drive), with cobbled alleys and magnificent medieval architecture
  • Drive to Prasonissi, on Rhodes' southern tip, much-loved by windsurfers
  • Take a cooking course at the hotel - prepare traditional Greek cuisine and then sit down for dinner together (lessons in English & Greek, in groups of up to 8)

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping / markets
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming
  • Traditional cultures
  • Windsurfing

Kids

Melenos Lindos is not an ideal place for very small kids as there are lots of steps and some high drops. That said, children under 2 years old stay for free.

Family friendly accommodation:

Two-bedroom Villa Melenos is a good option for families thanks to the kitchen, added lounge space and large terrace. There's also a sofabed so it can sleep up to 5 people. Most suites can hold 3 guests plus a baby cot.

Babysitting:

Babysitting available by arrangement

Baby equipment:

Baby cots available on request

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kid Friendly:

Location

Melenos Lindos is set in the idyllic car-free village of Lindos, 50km south of Rhodes town on the Dodecanese island of Rhodes.

By Air
Rhodes (Diagoras) (45km) is well connected with Athens, Crete and other Greek airports, as well as with major European capitals and cities (mostly charter flights).

From the Airport
The hotel can arrange a transfer or you can jump in a taxi. The air-conditioned bus from Rhodes town takes about an hour.

By Car
If you want to hire a car, you can park at the entrance of the village (10 minutes' walk from the hotel). Staff will bring up your luggage.

By Boat
Rhodes has 5 ports; the one near Lardos (on the east coast) is closest to Melenos Lindos, but there are also 3 in Rhodes town and one near Kamiros (on the west coast).

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.

More on getting to Greece and getting around

Airports:

  • Rhodes, Diagoras 45.0 km RHO

Other:

  • Beach 0.2 km
  • Shops 0.1 km
  • Restaurant 0.1 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 2 independent reviews from i-escape guests

10/10
Room
7/10
Food
10/10
Service
9/10
Value
9/10
Overall

This is a beautiful hotel. Our room had superb views of Lindos bay and the walls of the Acropolis. The service was very attentive but not obtrusive and the housekeeping staff were exceptional.
Breakfast was good, we did not have lunch but the two evening meals we had were disappointing. The menu was over engineered and really very expensive for what it was. Having said that, we had a really good week and would recommend the Melenos for a stay in Lindos.

9/10,

When we first arrived, we thought the room a little dark but then realised its merits in the heat of the day and as we became aware of the beauty of its position. We stayed in a senior suite (no 10) and adored the privacy and silence of the tucked away, partly shaded terrace. Melenos Lindos is a haven of exquisite, flower filled tranquility at the end of the lane away from the crowds who spill into Lindos during the day. Mattresses wonderful, service delightful. Walk past the primary school to beach below (the most perfect water in May). Down on the beach by the jetty, we ate at the tables at the far end of taverna Skala (best hummous and vine leaves). Also several evenings at Broccolino, Tampakio in St. Paul’s bay and only one evening meal at the hotel, where the food was great but the service a bit overwhelming with four waiters dancing around (probably doesn’t happen in high season...).
Tip: get up early and arrive at the Acropolis as they open at 8am. We had the place to ourselves, utterly breathtaking. On our descent we were met by a mass of humanity on the back of donkeys.
We also asked the hotel to organise the private keys to the two lovely chapels nearby (St Demetrius and St George). It’s also worth spending a little time (in modest dress) in the main church, with the sealing ablaze of expressive frescoes/icons (check the Saved and the Damned by the exit!) and the impressive little church museum beyond.

10/10,

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