With this pandemic and work commitments, it’s been what feels like forever since I’ve had a proper break …so much so that I’ve found myself with a surplus of leave at this time of year. Despite not having anything planned, I booked a week off work for the sake of it – figured I’d at least be able to chill in the garden, if anything…
Until the Friday evening when I checked the weather ahead of my week off….rain forecast every single day – what a depressing thought! That’s what spurred such a spontaneous trip to Greece. A quick flick through lastminute.com landed me a 5* all-inclusive stay in Rhodes. After booking transfers either side and numerous covid tests, that ‘bargain’ I initially thought I nabbed, turned out to be quite a lot for only 4 days and 3 nights. Heck! Wall to wall sunshine here I come!
My trip got off to a great start when I was upgraded to a seaview room at Mitsis Faliraki Beach Hotel & Spa – shoutout to the lovely receptionist and the entire team who made my stay all the more enjoyable. Nothing quite like waking up to this view.
Brekkie is available at the buffet which has a huge selection but can get busy at times. There’s also an option to have brunch by the pool, provided you book ahead.
The hotel is perfectly situated near town, with Faliraki beach at its doorstep. Although not the most beautiful beach…it’s private, sandy, clean and seaweed free – that’s a plus in my books! Late September still saw temperatures of 27 degrees, which made for pleasant dips in the sea. Drinks are served in paper cups (for safety) and brought directly to my sunbed by hotel staff, giving me the luxury to fully relax, unwind and soak up that glorious sunshine.
Played a couple of games of beach volleyball and to say I’m an amateur is a complete understatement. Could barely manage to serve the ball over the net at first but I wasn’t the only newbie around – there were a few funny characters who had me in tears. My competitive side and the spirit of my team mates kept me going – so much laughter, so much fun!
Beach time was followed by various meals at their selection of a la carte restaurants ranging from traditional Greek, Italian, Asian and Mexican cuisine – very impressed with the quality.
The buffet operates 24/7 so two dinners were common – very gluttonous of me, I know!
Booked myself in for a proper pamper sesh but the massage was sadly underwhelming. Although I requested it to be “stronger”, she carried on lathering oil over me with no difference to the tension. It wasn’t cheap at €60 for 40 mins but hey, ho! You can’t win them all!
Ventured out of the resort one night to see what else Faliraki had to offer. Lively bars, restaurants and souvenir shop after souvenir shop, all selling similar things – no doubt I picked up a few memories to take back home.
Amazing weather, great accommodation, delicious food and super friendly locals. My trip was over in a flash! A short, albeit much needed break! Already thinking about planning my next holiday….
Till next time…