We stayed at the Dionysus Hotel in Ixia for 14 nights in May 2009 on our honeymoon. In short, it is a clean, quirkily decorated, cleverly laid out (three separate relatively low rise buildings rather than a single high rise one) and well run hotel with well maintained grounds, an excellent pool, two superb restaurants and friendly, efficient staff - probably the best hotel we have had the pleasure of staying at anywhere in the world.
I read that Ixia has been described as the 'Monte Carlo of Rhodes' and I can see where whoever said/wrote that is coming from. Unlike the many of the other resorts in Rhodes, indeed most of the other Greek Islands I have visited, it is rather unusual as it has a number of very large four and five star hotels located on the busy (and noisy?) main road that forms the basis of the resort. The views from these, particularly the Rodian Amathus (which has a small number of impressive looking sea view rooms with infinity pools) and the Imperial Rhodes (which is huge and resembles the futuristic mountainside lair of a Bond film bad guy), are stunning. The reviews of these hotels that I have read are not great, however, and their bars were unsurprisingly expensive when we visited them.
Ixia's beach is nothing to write home about, at least with anything positive, with only the area directly opposite the aforementioned Imperial Rhodes picturesque in anything other than a rugged sense. I'm not sure whether their sunbeds and facilities (toilets, shower etc) are open to the general public. That the beach wasn't great neutered the fact that, unlike many of the other big hotels, the Dionysus wasn't on the main road but a two-three minute walk off. We requested a sea view and got one from our 4th floor room, albeit one that was partly obscured by another hotel.
Regardless that the beach was below par, we might well have spent most of our time around the Dionysus poolside anyway because it was excellent, with plenty of sunbeds surrounding a regularly cleaned, relatively shallow large pool that was divided into various sections by two or three small footbridges. The only downside was the relative lack of umbrellas and therefore shade (despite a few overcast days at the start it was hot – high 80's).
There were plenty of bars and restaurants lining the main road towards the resort centre, the majority of which were 10-15 minute walk from the Dionysus. The restaurants were MOR to be fair – neither fast food or cordon bleu. So long as you like Italian or Greek cuisine then you were OK. The Dionysus had two restaurants, both of which were excellent, and we ate at the hotel several times. Breakfast was buffet style, with a wide variety. Most of the guests were German, Dutch or Swedish (in fact I think we may have been the only British there) but they had bacon, scrambled & poached eggs as well as continental offerings.
The room was spacious with a decent sized firm bed, free air conditioning, a reasonably priced safe, a decent shower and fridge. It was cleaned to a high standard daily. Only downside was that of 50+ TV stations, only two of them were English speaking (BBC World and Euro News). As stated, we were honeymooners and a bottle of red wine, flowers and fruit were waiting for us on arrival.
Ixia a decent base to explore the island – we walked along a newly constructed coastal path to the bustling, historic port of Rhodes Town (which has a better beach than Ixia). Took us about 1hr 30min to get there and taxi back cost only 7 Euros. We also hired a car for a couple of days although the island can be navigated in a day. The gorgeous beach at Tsabikas and the views from the derelict castle at Monolithos well worth visits.
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- Also Known As:
- Dionysos Hotel Ixia
- Dionysos Hotel Rhodes/Rhodes Town