“An exquisite boutique hotel on the quiet side of medieval Lindos with succulent views over the bay”
Spread over 3 terraces, delightful mosaic pebbled pathways lead to stone steps that drop down to the rooms. Terracotta pots spill with colour, views look out over the bay. Some rooms are bigger than others, but the same exquisite style runs throughout - design from the 21st-century, inspiration from the 15th. You get ornate latticed woodwork in the Moorish style, huge cushioned sofas to sink into, bowls of fruit, Frette linen bathrobes to pad about in.
Wooden steps lead up to extremely pretty pankas - traditional island platform beds (the mattresses of which gave us our comfiest night in Greece by a country mile - though the less agile may find it a bit awkward climbing in).
We stayed in Superior Suite 3, and loved the breezy bohemian décor. The huge open-plan bedroom included a kingsize platform bed, a comfy cushioned day-bed area and magnificent views over Lindos Bay. Superior Suites also have very generous terraces and allow for more space and privacy than many other suites, although all are charming.
Sensational bathrooms come with cymbal-sized shower heads, Korres smellies (the very best) and hand-painted tiles. If you want luxury and nothing but, you’ll have your fill here.
Nearby, 2-bedroom Villa Melenos has some of the best views in town. Lovely hohlakia (pebble motifs) run from the terrace and indoors to the lounge. Rooms are simpler than those in the hotel and the kitchen is rather basic, but they're traditional and cosy, with wood panelling and pretty fabrics.
The rooftop restaurant is one of the best on the island - locals come up for the view and to savour the creative cuisine, so book a table in advance. Once the sun sets, Turkish lanterns are brought out and candles flicker within. You get fillet of beef, grilled chicken, whatever’s fresh from the sea - you won’t go hungry. Staff are well-informed about their comprehensive wine list and the unique Greek wine culture. For added romance, request a table on the alfresco precipice to dine under starry skies with uninterrupted views of the bay.
Breakfast is taken on wooden tables and cushioned benches shaded by a covered pergola. The setting is so lovely that we spent a good hour or more sipping coffees and fresh juices over beautiful bowls of fresh fruit, honey and nuts, plates of freshly baked Greek pastries, and a selection of eggs and meats. They’ll also bring breakfast to the terrace outside your room if you prefer.
Lunch is served into the afternoon – pastas, salads, sandwiches, that sort of thing.
If you want to walk into town, try Mavrikos. Alternatively head down to St Paul's Bay, and dine with your feet in the sand at Tambakio (fresh seafood dishes and sublime pasta).
Melenos Lindos is not an ideal place for very small kids as there are some high drops on the property. That said, children under 2 years old stay for free.
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 available by arrangement
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking