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Holiday Village Rhodes
Ranked #4 of 33 Hotels in Kolimbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2011

arrived back after a week and must say we had a great time. It was one of the best holidays we have had . The staff were extremely helpful and the food was exellent. We have booked to go back for 2 weeks next year I would highly recommend this holiday village

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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2011

amazing stay at Holiday Village Rhodes, arrived very late and greeted by the hotel manager with a glass of bubbly and a late buffet. Room overlooking the pool area was amazing. We were staying in the activity area. Ideal for families. My daughter made many friends and was thoroughly entertained both in the day and night. First choice staff were excellent (especially Shep and Shaun) and worked tirelessly to ensure we had a great time. Food and drink excellent. We will definitely be going back.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2011

Every moment of this holiday was exceptional, starting from the arrival with a greeting from the Hotel Manager handing us a glass of sparkling wine, to the departure with the management team shaking our hands and handing us a bottle of water for the coach journey. We experienced first class service at all times from both the hotel staff and the First Choice team.
The buffet food was amazing - great variety, themed evenings, children's corner - we were spoilt for choice! We ate once at the Greek A-La-Carte but were not as impressed with the quality or menu choice there compared to the buffet! During the day you can eat at the buffet restaurant or snack bar and can either help yourself to drinks at the self serve points or use bar service from the pool, sports or atrium bars. The kids ate endless amounts of ice cream and popcorn!
The Splash Park was great for our children (aged 5yrs and 2yrs) - and we enjoyed the lazy river and larger slides. The Activity area has fantastic pools and plenty going on throughout the day including, quiz, water polo, wine tasting, poker, aqua fit etc.. The swim up bar in Relax area was lovely and if you want peace and quiet, head to the Deluxe area. We stayed on the Activity side which i highly recommend for families. If you stay in relax or deluxe area it is a short walk through an underground passage to get to the main area. The room was very modern and spacious with 2 very comfortable queen size beds. Our apartment was on the 2nd floor giving us a lovely view and we had daily maid service.
The entertainment team were fantastic - Shep and Shaun were a very funny act together, Amy & Billy exceptionally good in Grease and Lucy & 'Jock in the Box' did an outstanding rendition of Fireworks. We loved the evening entertainment and I would say that the First Choice evening entertainment team were far better than the other external acts who made an appearance. Since we have come home, we can't stop singing the 'Chocolatte' or 'I-5-Live' songs that are played throughout the day.
Our 5yr old participated in Razzamataz and took part in a show during the evening entertainment- Sophie and Kat were great with the kids. The creche facility was perfect for our 2yr old and all the staff were polite and friendly.
The resort of Kolymbia was about 20 minutes walk but there is not much to look at. There is a beach just outside the complex which offers water sports.
Overall we would highly recommend the HVR and it certainly lives up to its 5 star rating. It is very clean and safe, plenty to do, very friendly staff, great entertainment, superb quality and choice of food, Will definitely go there again!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2011

Wow is all I can say! To those checking trip advisor every day before they come, Relax and don't worry.. You will have a truly wonderful holiday! From start to finish everything was perfect! First choice staff work their socks off.. And the greek staff are amazing! Food brilliant, rooms great (ESP swim up relax) pools good, facilities amazing, the list is endless! Weather was very hot but made bearable by the lovely breeze in the evenings. My kids of 8 and 5 used the kids club every night which they really enjoyed a different theme every night! Any questions I'd be happy to answer! Seriously I didn't meet one single family that wasn't happy while there!!

  • Stayed August 2011
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2011

Holiday Village Rhodes was recomended to us by friends. We travelled as 3 families and had a fantastic time. The staff from reception to Kids Club Reps are just amazing,.! I have never seen such energy in hotel staff ever.
We had a Swim-Up room on the seperate activity pool - room 2204 gorgeous. Right on the doorstep of all the activity and restaurants yet quiet enough to relax day or evening.
Our friends had a Swin Up in Relax side 5504 and 5702 both fabulous rooms too.
Relax area has the advantage of swim-up pool bar etc. however the walk over to the restaurant for every meal and the activites, waterpark etc wasn't always welcomed.
I would be happy to stay anywhere on the complex. Activity or Relax area.

Kids clubs were amazing too, our 4yr old and 7yr old had such fun with Rachel 'Mash Potato' , Leanne, Rosie, Ross Lucy to name a few.. the whole team were excellent thankyou to you all.
Our son 7 - did some amazing activities - snorkelling, archery, canoeing and of course the high wire ropes - his confidence grew with every one, a great way to experience new sports or activities in one place.
Our 4yr old loved the reps in 'Little Stars' doing some lovely activities suitable for their age group.
The chocolate party and movie night were the highlight for all the kids great evening fun..

The activity pool was always fun with the 'chocolatte' and 'I 5 Live' dances - you just have to join in - its fab...lots going on through the day - but never in your face. The variety of activities for kids and adults throughout the day kept the balance just right.

I normally go 'stir-crazy' in one place but can honestly say didn't feel the need to leave the resort - but if you do - the local bus service is great 3.5euro to Rhodes Town ensured we saw a bit of the island which kept me sane..better than the 56euro charged for the tour operators version! Do-it-yourself was more fun too. Jump on the bus to the sandy beach too or walk 5 mins to the pebble beach where the sea was warmer than the pools..gorgeous.

I was dreading the 'butlins in the sun' entertainment that I'd previously read - utter rubbish!! The bingo was fab and was early so you need never see it your choice. I'd have liked it better if we ever won the 190euro Fullhouse that some did but hey you can't have it all..

Evening Entertainment stars - Shep and Sean - HVRhodes version of Ant n Dec were great - kept the kids amused all day and early evening, then took u through the night for the adult shows. Some said certain acts were boring/repetative - to be honest 14 nights of going out is boring when you're used to once a month at home with the kids - its All Included what more can you ask for....I'd give them 15 out of 10 for sheer energy and stamina alone. Well done guys...*****

The restaurants were lovely the main buffet was fantastic best we've ever had AI. Great choice and quality, never waited for tables or food at any sitting. The staff were attentive, friendly and fun making you feel really welcome. Visit the Greek and Italians too. lovely atmosphere and excellent service in the Greek and lovely to have full waiter service twice a week as an option.

Now for the 'constructive' feedback - not complaints - enjoyed it too much to do that.
Sunbeds on activity area were limited the weeks we were there - moving some over from Relax side would've helped as alot. As alot of the relax families stayed all day in activity side which makes sense.
Late Manchester flight - cost 90euros extra to keep our room until 2am - with small chidren this should be discussed at time of booking - come on FirstChoice if a family is paying around £4500 another £90 at time of sale will be much better than a shock when you are on your holidays. Plus the poor hotel staff are left to deal with the backlash.. totally unfair to spoil the 5 star experience at that stage. Its not the hotel's issue our contract is with FirstChoice.

We will def be coming back to Holiday Village Rhodes - please keep the maintenance up and the standards as they are and I'm sure it will be a resort full of repeat customers for years to come.

Thanks to ALL the team a thoroughly great holiday......xx





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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2011

We are returning home as we speak with our 3.5 year and 18 month old children after a week in a luxury family room in the Delux area.

This was simply the best family holiday you can imagine. Although every aspect of the facilities we used were of the highest quality I would probably not recommend unless you are bringing children - this is not a couples resort.

I cannot tell you anything about the surrounding area as we never set foot outside the Hotel!
As we suddenly pulled up at the main entrance on our arrival we were a little nervous as the immediate area is not what you would call 'pretty' (our usual destinations being Sardinia and South of France) however once inside the resort, the surrounding mountain range make a fantastic back drop as you relax by the many, many, many pools. You cannot see the immediate surrounding area from anywhere inside the resort and only the crescent shaped mountain ranges rising into the bright blue skies.

Although there is a massive choice of small eateries around the resort we stuck with the main buffet every evening. There is everything you can imagine to eat and although maybe Gordon Ramsey may raise an eyebrow at some of the selection, kids are not going to eat caviar or the like anyway. We never ate the same dish twice all week. Breakfasts were enjoyed in the private morning resteraunt for Delux guests and again there was everything you could want or imagine to eat.

We split our day time between the Delux pool (which was probably the cleanest pool I have seen in my life) and the Splash Park over in the communal area. I and other Dads enjoyed the two kamikaze slides (my wife is still searching for parts of her bikini....) There were slides just for toddlers and some for bigger kids. There are a few comments here where parents moaned that small kids were not allowed on the big slides (probably the same parents that let their kids run wild all day and expect the life guards to take care of them.....)

We opted for a 2nd floor bedroom rather than swim up, partly due to saving a few pennies but mainly due to our 18 month old being somewhat of an escapologist - however on arrival we did see safety gates in front of all swim up rooms. To be honest though we only had to walk down 11 steps and we were poolside anyway... Not once did we struggle for 4 sun beds together and luckily the resort has a policy of no sun bed reserving early in the morning.

I think the benefit of the Delux rooms for us being the TV / DVD in the kids half of the room, when they woke at 7am I flicked on the Peppa Pig DVD's and this gave us an extra half hours peace! The room divide is only a divide and not a solid wall, but did its job

Lastly the staff at breakfast / dinner were out of this world. They are all either paid very well or just love their jobs. Little touches like 'high 5ing' the kids as they came into the resteraunt and how they remember their names is beyond me.

Shep and Sean who run the evening i 5 Live probably made the holiday for me - they were so, so funny (on a parents level as well), imagine SMTV from a few years back, on stage, live and with Shep and Sean who could run rings around Ant & Dec.

Fairwell HV Rhodes if only for 6 months.

We are going to book exactly the same next year but give May a try.

  • Stayed September 2011
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Carnoustie, Scotland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2011

I would just like to say on behalf of my husband and I (and our little boy) how great a time we had at the Holiday Village - all of the hotel staff were so friendly efficient and it just made the Holiday Village a lovely and safe environment for a fantastic holiday. Everything from the dining, entertainment and fun for all ages was just right! The size of the complex is just right and just has something for everyone.


The location is great - really beautiful and not long to the lovely places like Lindos and Rhodes Town.


Thank you to Thomson and First Choice for a wonderful holiday and I have already been recommending this as a great family hotel to friends and family.


See you next year!!!!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Holiday Village Rhodes
Address: Kolymbia, Kolimbia 851 02, Greece
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Dodecanese > Rhodes > Kolimbia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Kolimbia
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Kolimbia
#2 Family Hotel in Kolimbia
#4 Romantic Hotel in Kolimbia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 274
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