“For quality chill time and personalised service, this small but perfectly formed sleeperie - just steps from Rhodes' historic centre - is hard to beat”
Comfortably rustic with retro and modern touches, all 3 rooms have chunky, locally crafted iron beds, fitted with posturepedic luxury mattresses from top American bed company, Sealy. You also get satellite TV, high speed WiFi and sleek, iPod-compatible Model One radios made by award-winning acoustics company, Tivoli. Bathrooms are great too: roomy bathtubs, monogrammed bathrobes and Korres toiletries.
If you want to skip out of bed into the sunlit courtyard, Giardino on the ground floor is the best bet. But if you want a tad more privacy, go for a room on the first floor. A small flight of stairs leads up to these, and the 2 rooms face each other across a corridor decorated with an eclectic melange of mementos from John’s childhood in Zimbabwe.
With its large living area, Jacuzzi bath and canopied kingsize bed, the Gran Maestro suite is the top pick at Zacosta. It also has a double pull-out bed, so if you're travelling with older kids, this is ideal. Couples who'll spend most of their time exploring Rhodes but want a nice base will love Raimondo, with its old-fashioned beams and romantic views of Hamsa Bey mosque.
Picture a table groaning with honey-spiced melomakarona and Greek pastries, jams made by the local women’s co-op, fruit fresh from John's garden, and rizogalo (cinnamon-dusted rice pudding) and other delights from the Turkish dairy... breakfast at Zacosta is definitely a meal to linger over. Best of all, it can be served at whatever time you like; just let John know the night before.
For other meals, most of the Old Town’s best restaurants are within easy reach, huddled around Menekleous Street and Sokratous Street. For great Greek atmosphere and good-value food - especially the mixed mezze snacks - try Ta Kioupia. If you fancy more of a stroll, head for the restaurants along Mandraki harbour, just beyond the city walls. If you fancy a more upmarket setting, dine aboard Kontiki, a floating restaurant that has been dishing up Greek cuisine with a modern twist since 1964.
Night owls should visit the streets radiating out from Athinas square, where dozens of hole-in-the-wall clubs compete for attention in a racket of music ranging from classic to acid house to jazz.