Amathus Elite Suites, Ixia Rhodes
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Part of the Amathus Beach hotel which is a member of the renowned Amathus hotel chain in Cyprus. Perched on the hillside, the rock face and forested mountains offer unique character with the formation of attractive gardens, creating an intimate ambience.
These exclusive suites offer fine touches of hospitality such as French champagne, strawberries and fresh flowers on arrival and guests have their own private reception and dining area.
The facilities that it does share with the Amathus Beach display more of a classic 5-star that would suit couples and families looking for traditionally styled accommodation with generous spa facilities, some that are complimentary to Elite guests and a relaxed resort feel.
Although the beach is situated in close proximity with a water sports centre and clear waters, it is narrow, stony and untidy in places, with noise from the busy main road behind.
Staggered over 4 levels and built into the mountainside it is a well presented, concrete block with some use of local stone and arched terraces that adds character.
31 of the 36 suites have a cosy private pool on a wooden decking with wooden garden furnishings and padded sun beds complimenting it.
The main building that hosts the majority of the facilities is a large angular block also built into the mountainside that cleverly disguises the 11-storeys that it features.
Property type: Hotel
Balcony/Terrace: Most rooms
Built Year: 2003
The private reception area housed in the same block as the spa is modern and minimalist. The vacant, spacious lobby has terracotta stone flooring and a wooden reception desk.
A minimal seating area is at the far end with velvet and rattan chunky furniture and floor to ceiling windows looking out to the pleasant garden area and the mountainside.
A mezzanine floor features a cafe bar and internet area with wicker and red cushioned furnishings adding welcoming touches of colour. The main restaurant, decorated in neutral and pastel tones is located on the 10th-floor and is bright and airy with panoramic windows.
An outside dining terrace offers spectacular views across the bay of Ixia and towards Rhodes Town with a similar sized terrace a floor above at the main bar.
The spa, located in the Elite Suites block, is fashionable furnishings with a functional indoor pool and well equipped gym. Water features adorn the walls creating the calming ambience with the sound of flowing water.
The 100m driveway from the main road houses the sizeable private parking area and separates itself from neighbouring properties by high hedges and mature trees. Landscaped throughout, the gardens are neat and thoughtfully designed offering well maintained lawns, rockeries and flower boxes.
The larger pool is formed over two levels with a gradual step entry at the upper level and gradual sloping beach type access at the lower. Wooden cushioned sunbeds, decking and a centrally placed bar with sail shadings complete the stylish appearance of this area which may experience traffic noise due to its location close to the main road.
The upper pool area on 11th-floor could be described as rooftop, however with its surrounding grounds does not feel in an elevated position. Featuring a nautical themed snack bar, it has a more tranquil atmosphere, although the tiled surround does not feature as many flowers and the sunbeds are metal framed.
Area Type: Built into the mountain side and located opposite the narrow, shingle beach of Ixia which is separated from the property by the main coastal road. A bus stop is situated directly outside with Rhodes Town 4 km away or Rhodes Diagoras Airport 10 km in the opposite direction. A selection of restaurants and minimarkets can be found within a 5-min walk.
Nearest beach: 20 metres (Ixia)
- Poolside bar
- Main Bar
- A la carte restaurant
- All-buffet restaurant
- Snack Bar
- Freeform (48 yards)
- Freeform (18 yards)
- Angular (10 yards)
- Public facilities
- Children’s daytime entertainment
- Children’s playground
- Evening entertainment
- Fitness room/gym
- Indoor covered pool
- Internet terminal(s)
- Tennis courts
- Turkish Baths/Steam Room
- WiFi Access
- In-room facilities
- Air conditioning
- Room(s) for disabled
- Tea/Coffee making facilities
- TV (English language)