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A complimentary bottle of wine and fresh fruit.
CLINGING TO A HILLSIDE with fabulous views over the Aegean Sea, Melenos Lindos snuggles below the backdrop of the Temple of Athena. This cool, couples-oriented Rhodes retreat is chicest Greece.
Behind its whitewashed walls, pebbled patios and trailing bougainvillea, this Greek island boutique hotel’s interiors are pared down and chic, with flashes of Arabic and Ottoman in its arched doorways and polished tiles. It’s for those who like authentic Rhodes design with a decadent edge.
All 12 spacious suites at village-style Melenos Lindos are light and luxurious, with traditional arched windows and raised cedarwood sleeping platforms. Each comes with its own private verandah – perfect for sunset cocktails or an al fresco breakfast with sweeping sea views.
Individual wow-factor features abound: one suite has metallic needlework embroidery on its walls, while another its own harem-style couch strewn with bright silk cushions. Hand painted ceilings and big inviting corner sofas are set off by local ceramics or Aegean antiques. Bathrooms have hand crafted ceramic tile panels while bedroom treats include Frette bed linen, DVD players and wi-fi.
Honeymooners make a beeline for the three vaulted suites sharing an enclosed terrace. Each has a huge traditional sleeping platform, corner sofa piled high with cushions, elaborate cedar woodwork and a bathroom set behind ultramarine blue glass. These have big twin basins and a wet area with a marble hammam basin for adventurous soaks à deux.
Greek-inspired Mediterranean cuisine is on the menu at Melenos Lindos’ rooftop restaurant, with its tented awning and stunning views of the bay. Head to the terrace bar afterwards, with its lanterns and vine-entwined pergola, to lounge under the stars.
Cosseting staff are on hand to ensure you have the best time. You’ll love exploring Lindos, and for the best view around, climb the 10th century acropolis behind the hotel. Only a few steps away, the tiny centuries old chapel of Agios Demetrios is perched on a rocky hillside – perfect for those who plan to tie the knot during their stay at this tranquil and intimate boutique hideaway.
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Melenos Lindos was reviewed by Room for Romance