Monday, May 30, 2011

Glorious Greece :: Lindos

When Richard and I planned to visit Greece this past fall we turned to a company who specializes in designing luxury vacations; travel2greece (Travelive).
I discovered the VIP concierge travel service while researching options for our trip online. They offered five-star accommodations in each location and the opportunity to put the itinerary together from our selections; then they arranged transportation to each new location. It was seamless with the airline, hydrofoil and taxi transfers arranged and waiting for us. Trust me, this is the way to go.

Our final destination following Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, OIA , was Rhodes. We arrived at the luxury boutique hotel Melenos-Lindos, and suddenly felt the transformation from the previous stops in Greece.

The patio outside of the room at Melenos-Lindos Luxury Hotel.

One of the casual dining area's at Melenos-Lindos.
Referred to as the Rose of the Aegean, Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese islands in Greece. The island is different than the previously visited destinations we had visited in Greece. Located only 18 kms from the coast of Turkey, the influence of  Turkish culture intermingles with traditional Greek way of life. The unique selections at the Melenos Hotel showcases the intermingled culture.

Inside Dining room. Note the globe glass chandelier.

Richard and I purchased one of the these glass globes while in Santorini. It's a pretty Aegean Sea blue/green and pulls down at the base to easily insert a tea light. But, I'd love to have a chandelier of these glass lamps under an outdoor canopy on the patio. 

Lindos is a heritage archaeological site with building restrictions; the architectural blending of new into the existing landscape was carefully considered when designing the hotel. The build was a substantial undertaking that took twelve years, much of that do to the craftsmanship of the unique installations. 

Stone walls and smooth pebble walkways were painfully crafted by hand.
Outdoor canopied restaurant overlooks the bay and the Aegean Sea. Lindos Acropolis sits high on the hillside. 

We enjoyed breakfast and dinner on the outdoor dining area. The chef at Melenos-Lindos is incredibly talented, the staff was personable and entertaining. Notice the mosaic style pattern on the patio floor; it is produced with individually inlaid smooth pebbles in various colours. 

Silver tray and jam containers were on the table at every breakfast ..... I really wanted to bring a set home.

When we arrived at the town square of Lindos, we were met by the hostess and bellman. Our luggage was loaded into a narrow wagon car that could pass through the cobbled streets up to the hotel. We followed our hostess up to the hotel along the path, which is the processional route up to the acropolis of Lindos. 

The hotel offered the most incredible views of the bay.
The rooms are unique with the unique Turkish woodworking and stone masonry. The beds are elevated on traditional Lindian raised platforms, and are for the agile traveler. The extensive use of wood and stone and the open windows with breeze blowing in off of the water at night reminded me of times at the cottage. 

Angel on water tin in the garden area.

The Lindos Acropolis sits high on the cliff and could be seen from the hotel. Below sits the cobble street village and the beach community. It is a combination that provided a comfortable and romantic stay for us in Lindos.

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