Travel Weekly’s Kate Rice was on vacation in Greece with her family. Her fifth and final dispatch follows. Click to read Kate’s first, second, third and fourth dispatches.
Every time we changed locales in Greece, I was always a little worried. How would our next hotel compare to the previous one?
I was solid on the Hotel Grande Bretagne, since I had stayed there before.
And, in the years between my last stay and this visit, it had become a member of the Starwood Luxury Collection. So I knew it would be in even better shape than it had been on my past visit.
Of course, it surpassed our expectations. We got a free upgrade to a suite on one of our two rooms. And that kind of benefit is something that travel agencies can get for their clients, either by participating in Starwood’s invitation-only Luxury Privilege Program or through the hotel programs of consortia.
From Athens we moved on to Santorini, where I held my breath as we clambered down the steps leading to Anemi House, our little yposkafo, or cave home, in the cliffside village of Oia.
Not to worry. Our industrious host, Dimitrios Mylonas, had transformed what had been a hillside stable for donkeys into a soothing retreat of pristine whites and soft, mottled blues.
The one-bedroom apartment had all the touches of a luxury hotel: thick bathrobes, slippers, designer bath amenities and daily housekeeping service.
Dimitrios had also stocked the refrigerator in the tiny kitchen with milk, orange juice, a few snacks and bottle of white wine. We sipped it every night as we watched the sun set from the yposkafo’s terrace.
(Note: Mystique, another Luxury Collection Hotel, is also on the cliffs of Oia).
It was hard to leave Oia. And I was more than a little worried about what awaited us in Rhodes.
The Nikos Takis Fashion Hotel was total fantasy, evoking thoughts of One Thousand and One Nights (perhaps better known as Arabian Nights or Tales of Arabian Nights) with its beds draped in pastel gauze canopies, richly colored oriental carpets, dark wood furniture and shuttered windows opening on to views of medieval ramparts.
It’s just steps from the Palace of the Grand Master and just a few blocks from Rhodes Archeological Museum, housed in what had been the hospital of the Knights of St. John’s.
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A previous version of this article incorrectly identified the second photo as a bedroom at the Nikos Takis Fashion Hotel.