To get to Symi you have to fly into Rhodes and take a boat over.
I had planned to fly in, stay the night in a very simple hotel up in Rhodes Old Town and catch the first ferry out in the morning.
That all changed when I found Melenos Lindos.
A little boutique hotel way down the coast of Rhodes with views out over Lindos Bay and floors made of pebbles.
How could we not stay a couple of days and experience it for ourselves?
Spread over the hillside that leads up to the acropolis, it’s a warren of pretty little rooms, pebbly streets and blossoming gardens.
Even the stroll to breakfast in the morning feels like its own adventure.
We took a table beneath the vines, looking out to sea.
Indulging in the first two (of many) iced coffees we’d enjoy on our trip!
We got stuck into choosing favourites from the menu…
…only to be informed that you don’t choose.
They bring them all!
As I’m sure you can imagine I was delighted, and we settled in for our luxuriously long breakfast.
Thick Greek yogurt with fruit.
Some sort of eggy, bready combo with herbs and slices of sausage.
Thick Greek yogurt with honey and nuts.
My new favourite breakfast dish. ‘Kagianas’ – eggs with tomato and olive oil in a sort of scramble.
Must try and recreate this at home!
We made our way through most of the menu, only faltering on the profiteroles which I’m ashamed to say we couldn’t quite manage at breakfast time!
We explored more of the hotel grounds in an effort to work off the warm croissants and cream pies with cinnamon.
Blue polka-dot dress
Pom-pom basket // Braided sandals
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The rooms with their pretty terraces are lovely, but the hotel bar is where we truly fell in love with the place.
A tented terrace in all of the Greek blues.
Where Stellios treated mum to a rose, much to our utter delight.
Blue linen shirt dress
There’s a little shop, too.
An Aladdin’s cave of treasures.
Even if you don’t stay at the hotel, this is well worth a visit.
Our room was slightly set apart from the others.
On the very edge of the cliff, with its own grand entrance.
A terrace big enough for friends to join for drinks.
A kitchen, a sitting room and two very simple, very comfortable bedrooms.
And that view…
We spent only a little time making the most of our terrace during the day, preferring to explore the island.
But at night it really came into its own.
Polka-dot wrap dress
It turned out to be the perfect place to watch the sun set and escape the madness of the hotel, where a wedding was in full swing.
We ordered room service and enjoyed our own little private party.
White shirt (similar) // Mustard trousers
All jewellery her own designs – Silver May
Though I must admit I did treat her to a new design.
One we found in the shop I mentioned. A pomegranate.
That opens to reveal its seeds.
We toasted to a new adventure together.
Best friends on the road again!
And had a Greek supper overlooking the Greek sunset.
Shrimp saganaki – my all time favourite. Try it at home!
A very fancy looking moussaka.
And fresh fish in herbs.
We finished the bottle sitting shoulder to shoulder, watching the stars twinkle into life.
The perfect start to our travels.
Should you feel the urge to go to Symi (and I promise you will when you’ve finished reading my posts this week!) I thoroughly recommend a stop off at Melenos Lindos. It’s one of the prettiest hotels I’ve ever stayed in.
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