As anyone who follows me on Instagram will know, I have recently just got back from a trip to Rhodes. I have never needed a break so much in my entire life, you could have stuck me in the middle of Siberia without a coat and I would have been happy to be away from the norm.
We chose Rhodes because my friend is out there for 7 months dancing in hotels and I really wanted to go and visit her. To be honest, it was seeing her that made the trip so wonderful. We stayed in Faliraki and it’s not somewhere I would have personally picked but as it was close to where my friend was living, it made sense.
We flew with Jet2 Holidays, I’ve only ever done one package holiday before and have never tried Jet2 but where they are so cheap, and we were on a serious budget (houses don’t buy themselves) we thought we would give them a go.
Our flight was delayed on the way out (as well as the way back) but planes get delayed, it’s a fact of life. However, when you arrive at your hotel at 1am and they tell you your room isn’t ready so they stick you in what can only be described as a prison cell without a single window and you aren’t given access to your actual room until 12pm the following day, a budget holiday provider kind of loses its appeal.
We were offered a free Wifi pass, £30 back and a free safety deposit box but not until the Friday and we left on Sunday, so only had one full day to make the most of it. Also, a free safety deposit box? That’s exactly what I wanted in return for spoiling a night and half a day of our holiday! We left feedback but are still waiting to hear back…
I won’t bore you with the logistics/my rant about our hotel anymore. Moving on to what Rhodes is like as an island. It’s certainly worth visiting, the Old Town is beautiful and, if you don’t have a boyfriend like mine who can’t walk 10 mins without complaining about a backache, you could walk for miles all around the cute streets. It’s Instagram heaven.
There is a clock tower that costs €5 to go up but that includes any drink you want. The views are amazing but, in that heat, the steps would even make Mo Farrah get out of breath – not that I am in the best shape myself.
No matter where you’re staying in Rhodes, make sure you visit the old town – and take some comfy shoes!
I would also recommend at least one night out in Faliraki. It’s a bit tacky but it’s the perfect place to let your hair down and get incapacitated. Bear in mind that they have no measures, give free shots and they use cheap alcohol. Before you know it you will wake up with an angry boyfriend and no recollection of what happened the night before. Obviously, that didn’t happen to me…
Food was reasonably priced. There were loads of places to eat, loads of traditional Greek and Italian food. I wasn’t expecting the Italian food but geography isn’t my strong point and I didn’t realise the countries are so close. The Italian food is just as good as you get in Italy to be fair.
The best part about where we stayed was the water park. I hadn’t been to one in years and it was the best fun. They have double rubber dingies so you can go down slides as twos and OMG, I haven’t laughed so much in ages. We ran around that place like children at a… well, a water park. Who would have ever thought that getting wediged, having your nipples fall out of your swimming costume and flying off slides sideways would be so fun?
Despite also being delayed on the way home, it was a wonderful holiday and exactly what I needed. I would certainly recomend it as the perfect spot for a week away with you significant other. The sun, the food, the beach, the waterpark, the pool, the relaxing, and of course seeing my bestie made me want to give up the rat race and live the simple life. Now, can I just retire and be on holiday all the time already?