Melenos LindosRhodes, Greece
On his mythical voyage through the Aegean Sea, Ulysses could never have foreseen the magnificent possibilities of a luxury hotel resting gently below the acropolis of Lindos, overlooking the white sand beaches and deep blue waters of the island of Rhodes. This awe-inspiring creation, however, is precisely what has been accomplished with Melenos Lindos, a member of the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World. With twelve rooms each offering traditional hand-carved wooden sleep platforms, beautiful hand-painted ceilings, and a fantastic blend of Mediterranean architecture, you are immediately immersed in the culture of classical Greece while still having access to all the modern and technological accommodations desired. Each room also features a private terrace overlooking the azure waters of Lindos, which beckon even the most active of vacationers to sit for a minute and admire the surrounding natural beauty.
To complete the tranquil atmosphere of Melenos Lindos make your way to the rejuvenation area for a massage with natural herbs and oils, or recline in the garden lounge where soft sofa beds - placed enticingly under the sun - are the perfect place to sip a cocktail while sampling gourmet hors d'oeuvres. For those who are excited by history, it is a brief hike up to the acropolis where remnants of the Temple of Athena, built in 300 BC, can be seen within the Fortress of the Knights of St. John. If complete relaxation is what you desire, the resplendent beaches are a quick walk east, and with three to choose from there are options for singles, couples, and families alike. At the end of the day be sure to experience the restaurant at Melenos Lindos, where fresh natural ingredients and the culinary traditions of the Mediterranean will truly delight your palate. If simply tasting this fine cuisine is not enough to satiate, you can participate in a cooking lesson from the head chef and then relax in the open air patio as you enjoy a dinner crafted by your own hand. Whichever path you choose, Melenos Lindos provides a perfect sanctuary for your own personal odyssey through the Greece.
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