Atrium Prestige Thalasso Spa Resort & Villas *****
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Sophie, mum of Achille, 8, from Brussels
During the All Saints’ holiday, we spent a week at the Atrium Prestige hotel, and here are our impressions.
We had originally planned this trip for the Easter holidays, but for personal reasons we weren’t able to go and had to postpone it until the autumn holidays.
We were a little worried about the weather at the end of October in Rhodes and it was our first pleasant surprise: the mercury oscillated between 21 and 26 degrees every day! Just perfect for our son Achille and my husband, who don’t like hot weather. The second surprise was the beauty of the place. The photos available on the web absolutely do not reflect the magic of the hotel.
The architecture, the vegetation, the sea views… Everything about it is truly enchanting. There’s even a typical little Greek chapel by the pool. It’s very pleasant to stroll in the shade of the olive trees or along the many little flowering paths.
The hotel is on a human scale, far removed from impersonal resorts. It’s pleasant and reassuring. We sometimes let our son walk around on his own. Speaking of safety, I appreciated the presence of a lifeguard at the pool, even during this period of low occupancy.
The kids’ club is set in a green garden facing the sea. Our son, who loves football, used to go there every day to kick the ball around, as a goalkeeper had been installed on the lawn. In the kids-club garden, a secret passageway has been built, giving access to a large playground! Just next to the kids’ club, a pleasant air-conditioned indoor pool is reserved for families. We often saw parents with pushchairs and babies there. The kids-club staff, like many other members of staff, speak French, which is great.
The site offers plunging views of the sea, but the terrain is not too steep. It’s easy to get around with children and pushchairs. There are also lifts to help you get to the beach. We really enjoyed our games of mini golf, table tennis and giant chess.
The beach isn’t a wide white sandy beach, but it’s nice to swim in and the location is pretty. To swim in the sea, a corridor with a stone-free bottom has been designed. The few tiny stones don’t hurt your feet and a baby can play in the sand without any problem. If you’re feeling cosy, swimming slippers are on sale in the hotel shop (€11). This shop sells a whole host of toys and products (sun cream, nappies, etc.) that come in handy when travelling with children. The sea is shallow and very calm, so children can enjoy themselves without danger.
We had chosen the all-inclusive package, which also gave us access to the à la carte restaurants. Well done to the various chefs: as is often the case in Greece, the food was excellent.
During my stay, I particularly enjoyed the daily sports activities such as yoga and aquagym. The gym is large and very well maintained, as is the marine spa. Please note that children under 12 are not allowed access to the spa or the indoor seawater pool.
Prices for treatments are very reasonable, with €70 for a relaxing 50-minute massage. I also had a manicure and blow-dry to go home looking beautiful, and I was very pleased with the result.
During our stay, we visited the old town of Rhodes (1h30 drive) and the typical village of Lindos with its white houses (30 minutes). The surrounding area is full of beautiful coves, historic monuments and landscapes that are well worth a visit.
To sum up our stay in a few words, I can only recommend this magnificent hotel, which pleasantly surprised us with the quality of its facilities and service, for a very reasonable price!
A few final tips:
– Hire a car from the hotel (€50/day for a city car) and visit the charming village of Lindos, 35 minutes away.
– Visit the acropolis of Lindos, sanctuary of the goddess Athena.
– Hire a boat without a licence (€250/day for a 6-person boat) at Kalathos beach (30 minutes from the hotel) and explore the surrounding coves.
– Visit the historic centre of Rhodes. This very pretty place is 1h30 from the hotel, but it’s close to the airport, so you can take advantage of your journey to the airport to visit it.
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