Sheraton Rhodes Resort, Rhodes, Greece
What’s so great about this pool?
Rhodes is a wonderful island in the Middle of the Mediterranean. It has stacks of wonderful sights, and an incredible history, but it can also be very hot – so you need a great pool to cool down. This hotel has not one but five pools. The main pool is great for splashing around with the all the family, but the others are more secluded – ideal if you just want to relax, get a few rays of sunshine or catch up on your reading. And the indoor pool ensures that you can swim at all times of year and in all weathers.
- There are five pools. The main pool and the kids’ pool are together on the ground floor.
- The main pool is fringed with palm trees, there are heaps of recliners and parasols so everyone can enjoy their poolside fun.
- The first floor pool is 23 metres long and 12 metres wide. It is ideal for singles and couples who just want to relax, but it is a great size for anyone who wants to do serious exercise. The pool has a poolside bar, where you can order drinks and light snacks.
- The sixth floor pool is 16.4 metres long and 16 metres wide. It’s another great place to relax.
- The indoor pool is 11 metres long and 9 metres wide. It is part of the spa complex. Next to the pool is a Jacuzzi and sauna and the spa offers a full range of treatments to revitalise and reinvigorate you. There is also a first class exercise suite.
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So the pool’s fab – what about the hotel?
The Sheraton Rhodes Resort has 401 rooms and suites, with great views of the sea, mountains or gardens. It’s a five star, family-friendly hotel, with a children’s playground and a private beach, which is just a short walk away. It has four restaurants: the Onda, which specialises in Italian fine dining; the Thea which does Greek food; the Mediterraneo which has a variety of regional dishes and the Castelliana, the main restaurant, which does a first rate buffet dinner. If you’re feeling active, there are squash, tennis and basketball courts. The hotel closes in winter and reopens after Easter every year.
What else is there to do around there?
Rhodes is a stunning island, with an incredible history. In Medieval times it was the base for Christian Crusader knights. The historic centre of Rhodes, built by the knights, is a world heritage site. Within the centre, there is a great archeological museum and you can walk around the old city walls.
There are also ancient Greek ruins dotted around the island and lots of small villages where you can sit in the sun and enjoy a Greek coffee or a meal in a taverna. If you’re feeling adventurous you can hire a car or a motorbike and just explore the island. And there are plenty of boat trips around the island. And if you’ve got time, you can take a ferry to neighbouring historic islands such as Kos. And the sea around Rhodes is stunningly blue and clean. So if you get tired of beautiful towns, friendly locals and great views, you can just find the nearest beach and jump into the sea.