Although I am a regular contributor to the Rhodes TA Forum, this is my first review so here goes. First of all, I would like to make it clear that this was my first stay at the Coralli as I always stay in Lindos, so on account of this, this is a totally unbiased review.
I booked the Coralli independently after reading the numerous fantastic reviews on both the accommodation and the restaurant, as I was looking for somewhere outside Lindos for a change. I got a brilliant deal for £160 for 17 nights.
I arrived on 27th April late afternoon and was greeted by Jimmy (one of the restaurant and bar staff). I was shown to my room at the back of the property situated over the road by the cleaner. I mention this as a previous reviewer deemed it necessary to mention being led to their room by a cleaner and clearly thought this was an issue??. Not an issue with me, I dont care if its the cleaner, the bloke who delivers the fish or the guy who collects the money for the sunloungers on the beach!!
Anyway, pleasantly surprised with the size of the room, I am a solo traveller and the room was more than sufficient for me and is a lot bigger than equivalently rated properties in Lindos. It was clean on arrival and was cleaned every day throughout my stay with a regular change of bedding/towels. Facilities are typically 2/3 star self catering but does include a kettle, which you dont always get in Lindos. Sufficient utensils and kitchen items but to be honest I was always out. Large wardrobe and good sized fridge for all self catering needs. Air conditioning unit and safe if required (payable locally), I didnt need either.
Now for the bathroom, recent reviews have expressed disappointment with bathroom facilities. Lets keep it real, this is classed as 2 star accommodation and the cost is unbelievably cheap. Yes there is no shower curtain over the bath and the shower can spray over the edge of the bath onto the tiled floor area, so what, its Greece and wet room accommodations are the norm in this type of accommodation. If I was not happy with this I would dig deep and pay for 4 or 5 star accommodation! Not a problem at all with me, maybe because I have got used to self catering facilities I am happy to accept a bit of water splashed around. I accept that this may be an issue for young children and care needs to be taken. The toilet was close to the bath but again I cant see the problem, it was clean and was cleaned each day and the bin emptied.
All in all, no problems with the room and facilities.
Tsambika who owns the property greeted me the following morning and went out of her way to introduce herself and spent 20 minutes sitting chatting about everything I may need to know. Expenses in the bar/restaurant can be paid as you go along in Euros or you can open a tab. A number was allocated to me and everything I purchased went onto this tab number. Tsambika offered me full flexiibility to pay this off daily, every few days, each week or whenever I wanted. She was happy to check the running balance for me whenever I asked her to so I could keep an eye on expenditure. She also provides a fully itemised receipt for me to view whenever I wanted. This was so handy and meant I didnt have to carry cash around when I was in and around the Coralli pool, bar or restaurant. I asked if I can pay a cumulative tip at the end of my stay depending on what I thought was right and she was happy with this.
The Coralli is a 10 minute leisurely (flat) walk from Pefkos main drag (Pefkos by Night/Eclipse). The walk along the road is easy enough but their are no pavements as such, however, there is plenty of room to walk at the side of the road. Just walk facing oncoming traffic and hold kids hands. Loads of people doing this and not an issue.
The Coralli swimming pool area is elevated slightly and overlooks a long stretch of beach. The pool area is very clean and has loads of sunloungers and parasols but not overcrowded. No matter what time of day, I could get a lounger. There is a lounging area next to the bar and pool with a choice of comfortable seating areas for more relaxed eating and drinking. The bar staff will all come out to the pool area to serve drinks/food as required. There is a pool table and a couple of 'pay as you go' internet terminals (1 Euro for 15 mins). I believe they offer money exchange facilities but I did not use it.
The Coralli restaurant which is situated at the front of the property is the jewel in its crown. Lovely setting with small nooks and crannys and more private eating areas dotted about. The food is fantastic! I have regularly eaten in the 'high end' eateries in Lindos such as Ambrosia, Arhontiko and Mavrikos which are fabulous. Seriously the Coralli food is just as good, if not better! The menu is so extensive but the surprising thing is the reasonable cost bearing in mind the fantastic food. The fact that locals from all over the island come to eat there each day says it all to me. Many holidaymakers staying in Pefkos, Lindos and Lardos also make the effort to dine there and often return after experiencing it.
From the swimming pool area, there are steps down the side which leads directly onto the beach area. The beach is an extension of Pefkos beach and extends right the way down to Lardos. There are no loungers etc on the beach by the Coralli and parts are rocky/shingly. However there are little nooks and crannys where you can take a towel and sunbathe, relax with a bit of privacy. Because of the lack of loungers, the beach is very quiet and peaceful. If you turn right on the beach by the Coralli and walk about a 100 metres, you will find a part of the shoreline which is all sandy and great for swimming. If you turn left on the beach by the Coralli and walk for 10 minutes, you will come across another small beach with sunloungers/parasols with great swimming. Cost 4 Euros a bed. There is a very basic Kantina at the back of the beach which sells very basic snacks ie burgers/ baguettes/toasties/ice creams /soft drinks and beers. There are little wooden tables under a thatched roof with a sandy floor. The simplicity is the attraction. Toilet facilties also. You can also carry on walking along the beach into Pefkos rather than using the road.
Regarding the staff at Coralli, Tsambika is a lovely lady and looks after you. Nothing is too much. I often spent a day or two on local beaches and would eat where I was and quite often wouldnt see Tsambika for 2 days. When I next went in she was really worried that I did not like the facilities and wanted me to tell her if anything was wrong. Bless her. I had to explain that because I know the island very well I do get out and about a bit, however I did spend equal amounts of time at the Coralli. Jimmy and Billy who serve the bar and restaurant are brilliant. So friendly, fun but also very professional and speak great English. Once again, nothing is too much trouble for them and everything is done with a smile on their faces and always with courtesy.
Regarding Pefkos itself, some great restaurants including Spitaki, Dama Dama, Philosphia and Kyma. Bars including Pefkos by Night, Rock Bar, Caprice Bar and The Rock Garden. As said earlier its an easy walk into Pefkos and there are a number of great child friendly beaches there with a variety of watersports. Pefkos bakery is worth a visit and the taxi rank is centrally located. Having said that, if you need a taxi Tsambika will call one for you. There is a bus stop outside of the Coralli heading in both directions, either towards Lindos or Lardos. It is a 15 minute bus ride to Lindos costing 1 and a half Euros. It is 5 Euros 50 cents to Rhodes Town and can take an hour or more.
In summary, this is a fantastic property, well situated with good facilities including a top class restaurant. Staff are fantastic and genuine and other holidaymakers so friendly and chilled. I would recommend this place to anyone and everyone. It is very good value for money. One of the recent reviews makes the statement that they 'they simply do not believe that all the previous good reviews are genuine'! Hmmmm. This review is entirely genuine and dare I say that the last 2 reviews have been the exception rather than the rule. This suggests to me that all the great reviews ARE entirely genuine and that the authors of the last 2 reviews have unrealistic expectations. Just my opinion, thats all! Either that or they have been very unlucky with their room experiences.
As an established Lindos fanatic, I would definitely return. So much so I extended my stay for 7 days
Hope this review helps
Tsambika, Jimmy and Billy, THANK YOU
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