Villa at Glystra Beach, Nr. Lindos, Rhodes, Greece - Perfectly Situated Close To The Beach
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 10:00 am
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
We arrived with high expectations following good communication with the villa owner. On arrival the location and villa was as first described but we soon discovered all was not what it seemed. For 4 days we had no running water to the villa and could not use the toilets or take a shower. Despite reporting this to the villa manager Charlie and the Villa owner Julie we remained without water for 4 days of our 7 day holiday. We constantly asked for updates and solutions from both the villa owners and property manager and were fed false hopes that water was going to be delivered to us. After day 2 we had to use water from the swimming pool to flush the toilets and go to the local beach to take a shower late at night. This was well below the standard of any villa and we had paid a lot of money and expected the very basics of running water. We were told constantly that it was a localised water problem but later found out that this problem had been going on for many months and we should have either been notified of this issue before we travelled or every least when enquiring about booking the villa. This we feel was a breach of our contract and request compensation for the suffering we experienced for 4 days of our holiday. On day 4 we discovered that one of the villa toilets was faulty and was constantly running water and this impacted on keeping any water pumped to the villa by the local water pipes. The villa is also described to have wifi and we found there was no connected wifi during our stay. After complaining about the wifi and water issue eventually the property manager Charlie arrived at the villa but this was 4 days after we arrived. We are so disappointed with the villa which had potential to live up to its description but lacked care and attention from the villa owner and property management service. I am so disappointed to have to resort to writing this negative feedback but the villa was just not fir for purpose and a health hazard. Please negotiate our compensation as part of your quality assurance.
Great villa in a fabulous location
This is a really spacious and well equipped villa, in a wonderful location near to the best beach we have been to in years. Julie was very helpful, giving us recommendations for car hire and lots of very useful information about places to visit and eat. The car hire firm was Rodos cars and everything was extremely efficient and easy to arrange/find at the airport. The villa was easy to find, too, with very clear directions and spotlessly clean when we arrived. Possibly the best aspect for us was the huge outdoor area and large pool, where we set up camp during the day and evening, as it is well lit and has comfy sun beds during the day and comfy sofas on a night. It is an easy drive/taxi to Lindos, Pefkos and Lardos and we loved all three, eating out virtually every night. In particular we had very nice meals in Valentina's place in Lardos and Stefano's fish restaurant right opposite the beach in Kiotari. Also the beach at Glystra was very much our favourite - it is a small crescent, very safe as it shelves slowly and there are a little cafe and loos. We had a really lovely stay in Glystra Villa and would definitely recommend it and hope to return.
We've booked a few villas through Owners Direct but this one was by far the best! We hadn't visited Rhodes before and so didn't know the area. When I phoned Julie the owner she was incredibly helpful and gave me lots of information about places to visit and told me about Glystra beach (a beautiful, uncrowded beach) which was a few minutes walk from the villa. When the eight of us arrived we were very happy - the villa was spacious, light and airy and very well maintained. The pool was cleaned every day and the friendly management company were on hand to answer any questions. Lardos and Lindos are very close by and there is a very handy bus stop within metres of the villa to take you there. The taxi drivers were also incredibly helpful and even went to pick up some charcoal for us one afternoon when we'd run out! A great place for a quieter family holiday, but close enough to all the amenities, even if you don't hire a car.
Lovely Villa, Great Location
We stayed for 2 weeks in this fantastic villa. It was in a great location, with one of the best beaches we found on the Island only a five minute walk away. The villa was exceptionally well kitted out and we found everything we needed. There were four adults and four kids and the kids had lots of fun all sleeping in the same room in the basement. The outdoor area and the swimming pool were lovely. There is a handy bus stop 5 mins walk away which will take you into Lindos and Lardos. There are some great restaurants in Lardos -Valentinas and Savvas being our favourites and really reasonably priced as well. We hired a car for a couple of days which we hadn't pre-booked and we got this from the Hotel down the road. If you have children over 6yrs old, a visit to the waterpark is well worth it. The couple who looked after the Villa were really friendly and helpful.
Beautiful Spacious Villa
We really enjoyed our stay at Glystra villa which has to be one of the best villas that we have stayed in. The villa is very spacious, well equipped and furnished to a high standard and will sleep 12 comfortably. The pool is big and has a lovely seating area, in addition most of the bedrooms have their own balconies so even if 12 were staying in the villa there are plenty of places to find some peace and quiet if needed. The lower ground floor has a TV/ games room complete with table football which was a big hit with our young son especially during the hottest part of the day as it was always cool down there.
The location of the villa is ideal with Lindos and Pefkos an easy drive away. The village of Lardos is also close by and is more of a traditional Greek village with a number of good inexpensive tavernas. You do need a car but the roads are good and everywhere is well signposted in English as well as Greek.
The nearest beach is a ten minute stroll away and is ideal for children as it is sandy and you can walk out into the sea for some distance before it gets deep. The beach does not get crowded and it has a lovely café that provides cheap lunches and a good selection of cold beers when required.
We had a wonderful holiday on Rhodes and have no hesitation in recommending Glystra Villa to anyone looking for superior accommodation in an excellent location.
Fantastic location for touring the island, set back from the main road with good access to villages Lindos, Lardos and to the south Presonisi.
Handy for Carrefour Express just a few mins drive away or local shop a few mins walk (tip: tell shopkeeper if there is something you want and he will stock it for you).
One of the nicest villas we have stayed at, clean, nicely furnished & decorated, my wife thought the gold paint highlighting on the black gates was very tastefully done and I found it useful for identifying the villa when giving directions :)
Although we there was only 8 of us (3 couples plus 2 teenagers), the villa is plenty big enough for a large group of 10 with ease and maybe few more if you include the lower ground lounge.
Never felt crowded as plenty of options for sitting together at pool or under the pergola and in own space around grounds.
The management company greeter, who we understand have recently taken over responsibility, was very welcoming and informative.
We found the nearby Glystra beach a delighful unspoilt family-safe bay with a no frills beach cafe catering for all tastes and very reasonable pricewise unlike some other beaches we visited.
Feeling adventurous we booked a full day tour by quad bike (take lots of sunscreen and extra water) which was a wonderful family day out sight seeing and swimming at a secluded cove.
A memorable holiday - definitely recommended !
5 mins walk to Glystra Beach, described as one of Rhodes best sandy beaches, ideal for young children as it is a gently sloping beach and quite shallow, with its own beach bar and water sports and is a favourite with the locals. 3 mins drive to Kiotari beach which has great water sports facilities. 10 mins drive to Pefkos and the 3 bays in Lindos. Venture further south to Prassonissi where the rough Mediterranean sea meets the calm Aegean - a windsurfers paradise.
Close to supermarket just around the corner, Spa and Health facilities at the hotels Lindian Village and the Miramare, where you can fully utilise their restaurants and bars just 5 minutes walk away.
Excellent flight connections from all major cities to Rhodes Diagoras Airport, less than 1 hour drive away. Car hire is recommended to explore what this wonderful island has to offer. Cars can be pre-booked and arranged at either the airport, port or villa. For those who do not drive there are taxis available on call and there is a bus stop approximately 20m from the villa which runs every 20 mins to Lindos, Faliraki and Rhodes town or south to Gennadi and Kiotari and to Prassonissi.
2km Kiotari. 3km Lardos. 4km Lardos Beach. 5km Pefkos. 7km Lindos. 32.3km Faliraki. 43.5km Rhodes town.
Minutes walk from the luxury 5 star Lindian Village Hotel which has several international restaurants and fantastic spa facilities. Glystra Beach is a small crescent shaped bay with golden sand surrounded with pine trees and sand dunes and has a small friendly beach bar serving food - a favourite with the locals.
The bus stop is just at the end of the road and will take you south to Kiotari/Gennadi or to nearby villages of Lardos, Pefkos and Lindos. Lardos with its traditional greek square surrounded by shops and taverns very popular with the locals as it has a fishmongers and 2 great butchers ideal for those BBQ's. Lardos Beach (not to be confused with Lardos) is on the way to Pefkos and has a string of shops and restaurants and bars for you to enjoy whilst looking over the bay. There is also the Go Kart track and Crazy golf for the kids at Lardos. Pefkos with its peace and tranquillity in a lovely sandy bay surrounded by pine trees and well known for its popular bakery which opens long hours, to the lively restaurants and bars in the village. Lindos with its suger cube houses nestled at the bottom of the Acropolis and medieval castle, with its sandy beaches and lots of bars and restaurants to entertain you, and don't forget to have a ride on the donkey up to the top of the Acropolis the scenery is magnificent.
Other places of interest include: Faliraki - miles of golden sand and ideal for water sports and sunbathing there is also the Waterpark which is great for the kids.
Rhodes Town - wonderful place to visit the medieval Castle and do a bit of bartering in the old town market held every day.
Valley of the Butterflies - a beautiful valley with waterfalls and fantastic scenery with the pretty butterflies flying around.
Ancient Kamiros - an ancient town that was destroyed by an earthquake in 227 BC.