Amathus Elite Suites
What We Love
- An all-suite retreat on the island of Rhodes, with breakfast, dinner and much more Staying in a super-sleek suite with a private pool, a wooden deck and a Jacuzzi
- Skin-specific facials, massages and body polishes at the supersized spa
- The superb al-fresco restaurant that overlooks the dazzling Aegean Sea
What To Know
- There are three outdoor freshwater swimming pools, one of which is on the 11th floor overlooking Ixia Bay
- Book a treatment at the 14,000-square-foot spa
- Some suites have a romantic private pool and garden
Raising the bar for boutique-style beach stays, this five-star charmer on the Aegean-facing Ixia Bay is the all-suite offshoot of the island’s swanky Amathus Beach Hotel. So it’s no surprise that it ticks the boxes for upscale luxury, uninterrupted sea views and glossy aesthetics.
Built in 2010, each of the 37 spacious suites claim wondrously sleek design and decor throughout; think bold pops of colour, wooden and marble flooring, lovely bathrooms with bathrobes, slippers and Bulgari toiletries, and in-room gadgetry galore. Most fabulous, though, are the ones that up the ante with a sizeable wooden sun terrace and private pool with Jacuzzi.
Sunny days can be spent lounging by the outdoor pool, being pampered to perfection at the huge spa, working out at the state-of-the-art gym, and sinking a fair few refreshing cocktails and smoothies at the bar. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head to the al fresco restaurant overlooking the sea for international cuisine and delicious Greek and Cypriot specialities.
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Just back from Elite Suites .... very clean and very well furnished. Pools freezing but it was mid October so not surprising I guess. Lovely spa. Half board package; breakfast excellent, ate in Varkarola restaurant and food was excellent quality although after a week, let alone two, the menu was limited and repetitive. Restaurant staff superb especially Emy and her team who were very efficient and very friendly (Emy, remember to feed the cats!). Thanks also to Vasili, Nikos, Dimitris, mouchoula and risine. 👍
The Suites were not as expected from the Jet 2 write up.We expected them to be in a quite cove,not overlooked by an 11 story Hotel,with drunk guests climbing over balconies and naked tourists hanging over balconies.The Suites were located on a Main road with the Beach over the other side.It was not a private Beach just a piece marked off for the Amathus.The Resurant served the same menu daily,we were on half board but went out 2 nights and had room service one as we could not bear to go to the restaurant again.The entertainment was 'embarrassing' for the performers.Our Room was as far from Reception as it could possibly be,we never got sun on our balcony.The only Bar closed after 2 days into our stay,so nowhere to have pre-post Dinner drinks.The Spa was used by the Guests at the next door Hotel,so noisy and busy.Spa treatments we had were poor.Yoga classes finished as end of season.The staff were friendly and service was good.
This complex is amazing, we were pampered from beginning (champagne welcome) to end (gifts and personal farewell from staff). Everything is personal service we enjoyed the privacy of a private pool and a private garden but also found the large pool and terrace reserved for Elite Suites was quiet and attracted nice guests.
The menu was varied and well prepared, there was always a good table for everyone in The Suites, both breakfast and dinner were in the exclusive restaurants.
Nothing was too much trouble and this made for a very special Golden Wedding fortnight
Cannot praise this memorable experience too highly.
We decided to come back to the elite suites in October after a lovely stay with the children in June, so booked a couples holiday with my brother & wife.
There are a few things that we felt disappointed with. I agree that the staff are lovely, helpful and friendly and the hotel & elite suites are clean and impressive.
As we were half board we asked for a drinks package, this is 18 euros each per day but we agreed would be worth it, sadly it’s very limited with only local wine ( I couldn’t drink it as not my taste), beers, cocktails with no sparking wine offered, also the drinks package finished at 11.30pm and the bar stays open untill 1pm so a night cap after being out for an evening adds to your bill.
The pools are so cold you can’t swim in them, they are obviously heated by the sun so although in June we spent most of our time swimming this time we couldn’t, the only pool warm enough is the indoor pool.
Half board menu is different from full board ! We really enjoyed the steak here and told my brother and his wife about it, saying it’s so good we will probably have most nights, sadly, half board you can’t have steak, you have a lower grade menu, we were very disappointed with this and couldn’t understand how, when you are paying the same as full board but choose not to eat so often the menu changes ? If you decide to have a theme night it’s an additional 30 euros a head even though you have already paid for a meal in the restaurant, that doesn’t make sense .
My brother enjoys the gym but complained that children were using the equipment and some apparatus were rusty and old.
Overall they haven’t got it quite right, it’s not cheap to stay in the elite suites and you would expect higher standards / superior choices generally.
We have just returned from a 10 night trip to the Elite Suites. Overall we had a fantastic stay but unable to award 5 stars as there are a few areas that would need to be addressed.
As others have said the best part of the Elite experience is the service. From arrival to leaving they were fantastic. Nothing was too much bother and they certainly know how to look after their guests.
Our Suite - We were on the 5th floor (room 155) and had lovely sea views. The suite was very well equipped and furnished to a decent standard. The box/sea in front of the bed had a stain on the cover and I wouldn’t expect that from a 5 start establishment.
We had a private pool and unlike some on here I didn’t think the temperature was too bad – not warm but after a minute or so and in the sun it was fine. The Jacuzzi jets were a good addition to allow some swimming. The biggest disappointment however was the lack of sun on the decking. Although we were on the 5th floor there are suites on the 6th floor with a pool. Their balcony overhangs the decking thus meaning you only get about 1 hour sun per day on the front part of the decking (about 4 till 5) – the only way to get sun is to but some lilos and go into the pool. It wasn’t a massive problem for us and I did think about asking for a move but didn’t bother in the end. However if your plan is to sit in the sun without being in the pool these are not for you.
The decking had a couple of loose / broken boards that could do with getting replaced..
There was a small patch of land on front of each pool. A bit of initiative could see this easily (IMO) transformed into a place where you could sunbathe (like the garden suites with a walkway) thus eliminating the issue of limited sun on the decking.
Varkarola Restaurant - The quality of the food here is excellent. The choice for breakfast is really good and service spot on. Could not fault any of the service staff or managers and they ensured you were well looked after.
Being on a half board basis we changed evening dinner to lunch 4 times, primarily to allow us to eat out i Rhodes town. The lunch / evening menu was pretty much the same for our duration (bar a couple of specials). So although the quality of the food was excellent we quickly got bored with the choice and were happy that we could exchange dinner for lunch. We tried the lobster night which was good although some might say a bit of a pricey upgrade considering you are expecting 5 star service / food anyway. A band also plays at these themed nights and they are pleasant on the ear. Overall whilst I enjoyed the restaurant they really need to start making the menu more varied and flexible.
The Spa and last day - We managed to get extended (free) checkout till 3pm on the day of departure so that was a plus point. We used the spa to get changed and shower and were very disappointed in the facilities. One shower in each of the male / female changing rooms and what was there is in desperate need of some improvement / refurbishment. The shower area is tiny with a fair bit of mould and this is a good reminder that although you paid extra for the Elite suites / service there are some parts of the hotel that are a good bit away from 5 stars.
The gym - Decent but too many machines not operational (1 cross trainer working, 1 not working and the other needing some work to remedy the constant squeaking) or working properly – again not what you expect from 5 stars.
The pool area - We spent most of our time at the main pool below the restaurant. Sunbeds were always available although if you wanted the extra padded ones you probably needed to be there no much later than 8am. The hotel could remove some of the issues here by replacing all the beds with the extra padding (probably about 20% have that just now) which would eliminate some of the sunbed reserving that goes on. We tried the black pool once and it was noticeably warner than the main pool – although it was quiet and I prefer more of an atmosphere. Staff taking drinks orders round the pool very efficient – when I did venture to the pool bar (the seats that are in the pool) it was sometime a struggle to get served as they are obviously constantly making lots of drinks for the all-inclusive guests and the service didn’t seem quite as friendly as what we were used to in the Elite restaurant.
I would say that I found the quality of the cocktails average - maybe again linked to being suitable for the all inclusive guests but had far better.
Special mention to the girl who organised and took the aqua aerobics – she knows how to motivate the guests and performed her role brilliantly.
The area / walks - Ixia isn’t a pretty town (main road cuts right through it) and we missed having some nice walks to go on. On the plus side you are very close to Rhodes town whether by taxi (approx 10 to 14 euros) or by bus (1.60 each). The snack bar (Annas) just along the beach from the hotel is great for lunch. Good quality pittas, souvlaki etc and very reasonably priced.
Overall we had a great time and would not deter others from going there. The Elite Suites are lovely and if you want to spend all your day by your own pool and eating from the same menu then this might be ideal for you. The hotel itself is really nice but considering what you have paid for your holiday some of the facilities don’t quite live up to the suites themselves.