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“Sunlight studios a real delusion!!!”
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Sunlight Studios
Ranked #1 of 2 Tholos B&B and Inns
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Rome
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“Sunlight studios a real delusion!!!”
Reviewed 29 January 2012

We arrived at Sunlight studios on august the 23th, and we were so enthusiastic for the good reviews read on trip advisor.
But when we reached Sunlight studios, we had immediately a bad impression, in fact the studio we booked was small and a dirty.
So we decided to ask for a bigger room and we payed an extra cost for it.
The other thing that we did not liked was the morning breakfast, in fact the “continental breakfast” was just an orange juice (or tea) with some bread, butter and jam, If you wanted something more you have to pay an extra cost.
Sunlight studios are out from the touristic center of Rhode, you can find here some good cheap restaurants where you can eat fresh fish and meat , on the road to Ancient Kamiros we recommend you To Spitaki and to Akrogiali (you can reach them only by car they are about 10-15 km far from Sunlight)
Another thing not good for us is Theologos beach (it is the beach in front of Sunlight), in fact Meltini wind blows constantly during summer, so the sea is always rough, if you want to see the best beaches you have to rent a car and go on the other side of the Rhode but it takes more than an hour.
The last thing we want to remark is that 2 km far from sunlight there is a big Electric central station, that blows out black stinky smoke from early morning until night!!!
That’s all!!!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 November 2011

Having read the many great reviews on TripAdvisor, we were SO looking forward to our week-long stay at the Sunlight Apartments (Aug 2011) and felt sure we would happily give it a 5 star rating. However, it didn’t really turn out that way.

First the good stuff:

Everyone in the family was really friendly and hospitable; we were made to feel very welcome as soon as we arrived (NB we didn’t get there till 11.30pm!)

Although our room was small and basic, it was perfectly acceptable. We were allocated a ground floor front-facing room which had a lovely view of ..the hedge! (No one’s fault, sure, but we did get a bit bored of the view!!)

The pool area was fantastic as was the pool itself; it was kept clean and we spent lots of hours either in the water or at the poolside

Irene’s food was first rate; we had 3 evening meals during our week-long stay, and nothing was too much trouble.

Now, the not so good stuff:

On arrival we were told that air-conditioning (which is absolutely essential in July when we were there) cost 7 euros a day. So, straight away, another 49 euros gone. We weren’t informed about this in advance.

We were a bit put off by the signs around the pool exclaiming that “NO food or drink to be consumed at the poolside (including water) unless it had been purchased at the bar”. This seemed very mean-spirited. I wouldn’t say, like another reviewer has, that everything at Sunlight is designed to get your money off you; after all, these guys are not a charity, they have a business to run and bills to pay. But to insist that that even bottled water MUST be bought from the bar (at 1.5 euros a pop) is a bit much. It just gave our stay a bit of an unpleasant edge – something which other guests remarked upon too.

However, the most annoying thing about staying at Sunlight was the music. George insisted on playing music LOUDLY!!!! all day every day from about ten in the morning till evening time. It was a complete pain in the neck. So, if you want a ‘quiet’ break then DO NOT stay at Sunlight. It got so bad that we spent four of our seven days taking a bus into Rhodes Town just to avoid having to put up with the noisy music. We know from speaking with other guests, that they also shared our opinion on this matter. Note to George: Not everyone wants to hear YOUR music!! We didn’t come to Rhodes for a pool-party, OK?!! Kostas really needs to decide who he is running his Studios for: George to practice is DJ’ing skills, or his fee-paying guests?

Because of these last two issues we won’t be back to Sunlight Studios. This is a great shame, because if Kostas could just sort out these issues, then our review rating would easily jump from a three to a five.

A note about Theologos / Tholos generally: there is NOTHING there. If you are looking for a get-away-from-it-all holiday, this is your place. The village itself is pretty much a non-entity; in reality it couldn’t even be described as ‘quaint’. There’s nothing remotely historic or visually appealing about it. The ‘famous’ church isn’t famous at all, and is very modern infact (est 1980s?). There is one SUPERB taverna (Drosia) at the very top of the village. But be warned, the helpings are HUGE – so you can easily do without a starter.

The beach is pretty grim, and best avoided.

The bus to Rhodes Town takes about 40 mins and was 2.60 euros each one-way when we were there (Aug 2011). But be warned, the published timetable bears no relation to reality whatsoever. It’s as if Rhodian bus drivers live in a parallel universe. Best to just turn up and wait it out ….

The highlight for us were our day-trips to Rhodes Town. Such a wealth of history and antiquity. The harbour is great. Take the fifteen euro / 2 hour boat trip: 40 mins out, 40 mins snorkelling and 40 mins back. Wonderful.

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Cheshire
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Reviewed 18 October 2011

Arrived at Sunlight to be welcomed by George (son) who made us a drink from the bar. I had requested an upstairs room if possible - George showed us our room downstairs offered to upgrade to upstairs apartment we decided to stay with the downstairs studio although it was quite small it was fine for our holiday.

Theologos is quite spread - most of the eating places are on the main road which is left out of the studios and right onto the main road, also a few supermarkets, the beach is reached by the same directions but cross over towards the supermarket and it is well signed.

We tried a few places to eat, and with every meal seemed to be served frozen chips (did not see much veg) we would have preferred not to have chips with everything. The main one we liked most (it had its own apts),was the Seaview which is off the main road down a side road, friendly people and the food was lovely, nice portions and 'proper' chips depending which meal you chose

There are two ways to the 'old town' - turn right out of the studios and follow the road round (there is also another supermarket just off this road) . The second way - out of the studios turn left and then left again walk down the main road until a sign saying Theologos, down this road the archeologists are still working which is quite interesting

buses to Rhodes are very regular 5.20euros each way for two, go away from the main tourist centre and there is still quite a lot to see

The Sunlight is run by a lovely friendly family and nothing seemed too much trouble for them Kostas, Irene, Lucas and George, The gardens and pool are well kept with lots of sunbeds and umbrellas

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 October 2011

Just returned from these studio apartments and we had a thoroughly enjoyable time nothing was too much trouble for Kostas and his family. We always book through low cost (in fact we are going in 6 weeks time to Tunisia with them) because everything goes smoothly no problems. Definitely be going with them again.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 October 2011

As previous reviewers have said Kostas, Irene and George are very friendly and welcoming. The bar area is a great place to relax - for a drink, a good chat and a laugh facilitated by George.

Sunlight Studios provides typical Greek budget accommodation. We had a room on the 1st floor which was very spacious; 2 beds (for 3 people), kitchen area with fridge, 2-ring hob and sink plus balcony & shower-room. There is enough equipment in the kitchen for basic self-catering. Lots of people eat at the Sunlight Restaurant - Irene's cooking is very good and better than a lot on offer in Theologos. It's in a quiet location and walking distance to the beach and the village, about half way between the 2.

The beach is like many greek ones; sand, pebbles and stones in varying ratios depending on which stretch of the beach you are. There are sunbeds available (for a price) by the little taverna. If you don't like the beach the pool at Sunlight is great with plenty of sunbeds (free, of course). We usually love to spend time at the beach but the pool area is so nice we spent several days there. Part of the pool is shallow for small children and there are lots of inflatables in the pool for anyone (children and adults) to use.

Theologos resort is definitely on the decline and very sad to see. There are not too many places to eat any more so if you're a real foodie this isn't the place for you. There are a couple of bars but it seems that most people stay in their hotels to eat and drink. The village is very greek and well worth visiting. There's only one taverna, 'Drosia', but it serves enormous portions and you can take away anything you can't finish - so excellent value for money; 2 meals for the price of 1.

Rhodes Town is a 45 min bus ride away, and a must see. We went there once and decided we'd go back and spend a night there too. It was well worth it to stay on a Saturday night when the bars open and the day-trippers leave. You can do this as a day trip because the last bus back to Theologos is at 11pm.

The airport is very near too and can easily be reached by bus. We booked a transfer but next time I would get a bus, or taxi if we arrived late.

Some reviewers have criticised the Sunlight family for being 'money-grabbing'. we didn't experience this but if you felt an undertone of this you must remember that this is their living and you probably paid a fraction of the full price for the room. I know we did.

Overall it's a nice resort for families or others looking for a quiet, relaxed time and Sunlight is a very good place to stay.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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Crewe, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 October 2011

Just returned from our 4th year's holiday at Sunlight Studios. The welcome from the whole family was as warm and friendly as ever and nothing ever seems too much trouble. When we arrived, by the time we had hugged everyone George had a welcome drink on the bar for us and within a few minutes it was just as if we had never been away. The family and also Rita constantly work hard to give you the best holiday they can and nothing ever seems too much trouble. Irene's cooking is excellent and she produced a delicious goat casserole one evening. We also had wonderful fish and chicken which Kostas barbecued on two nights. We have two adjoining studios for the four of us which are good value for money and we hire a car so we can travel around the island. We definitely hope to return again next year!

Room Tip: The studios are bigger, have a balcony and are on the first floor.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Wilmslow
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Reviewed 5 October 2011

Had a lovely Early September break with my friend at the Sunlight Studios. We were welcomed with a drink from Kostas on arrival and an opportunity to upgrade our rooms if we wished. The downstairs room was small but perfectly ok for us, clean and well maintained. As we spent so little time in there we felt it unnecessary to move to a larger room but we did take the option of air conditioning.
On recommendation of fellow guests and previous reviews, we attended the Greek night and were not disappointed. The Greek feast provided by Irene was fantastic, plentiful and tasty.
The whole family were so hospitable providing excellent service, entertainment and a warm and friendly atmosphere for the duration of the holiday. We spent many evenings in the hotel bar and must mention a special Thankyou to George for keeping us supplied with different drink concoctions and music which added to the ambience. We met so many other lovely fellow guests on these evenings. Indeed the resort of Tholos is extremely quiet but the bars and restaurants are of good quality . There are plenty of comfy sun loungers at Sunlight Studios and also at the beach. The beach is certainly not scenic but it is quite nice to have the sea breeze when temperatures are so hot and the beach cafe also provides great Greek Salads.

MANY thanks Kostas, Irene, George, family and staff for making our holiday so perfect. We will definitely be back

Janet x

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Sunlight Studios
Address: Tholos 85106, Greece
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Dodecanese > Rhodes > Tholos
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Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Tholos
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Sunlight Studios 2.5*
Number of rooms: 18
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