I’m quite picky when I go on holiday. I want to stay in a modern, stylish hotel, which is also in a good location. If I’m going to spend money on going on holiday, it has to be as good, or even better than my home comforts, otherwise it’s not really worthwhile for me.
When looking to book our holiday, I came across the Amada Coloss0s Resort in Rhodes, an all-inclusive hotel which was relaunching in July 2017 with brand new rooms, facilities, and basically everything you can think of. With it being new, there was very little for us to go on when researching. There were barely any Tripadviser reviews (which can be one extreme to the other), and most of the images were renders, rather than photographs.
But we decided to take a risk when booking to stay at the Amada Colossoss Resort – and I’m pleased to say that it majorly paid off.
A great location
I’ve stayed in Rhodes before, at the south of the island. It took us nearly 2 hours to get there from the airport, and we were far away from anywhere of interest. Thankfully, the Amada Colossos Resort is the opposite.
A resort in the works
As I mentioned earlier, the Amada Colossos Resort reopened in July after a huge refurbishment. There are restaurants, plenty of bars, a huge pool, and even a water park. But it’s worth noting that the hotel was not finished, with work scheduled to finish in 2018.
It’s most notable in the bar areas – the most important places, obviously! Although the terrace for the cocktail bar is nice, the inside of the bar looks like its straight from the 90s. The beach bar is in a similar situation, where although it’s open, it’s in desperate need of attention.
The ultimate hotel room
We decided to be a bit extra when booking to stay at the Amada Colossos. That’s right – we upgraded to a swim-up room. I genuinely couldn’t recommend it more.
The swim-up room gave us a full terrace to enjoy, including our own sun loungers which were in the sun for most of the day. The main event was obviously the swim-up pool though. The pool was shared between 10 rooms, but still felt incredibly spacious and private – we only encountered our neighbours a handful of times during our stay. Just knowing that you have your own space and you don’t have to fight for a prime spot by the pool was well worth the upgrade.
The rooms have all been updated as part of the hotel’s refurbishment, and they’ve all been finished to an incredibly high standard, with plenty of space and storage. I have to talk to you about the bed and shower, because hot damn they’re amazing. The bed and pillows were without a doubt the comfiest I’ve ever slept in, and it made it impossible to get up in a morning. Thankfully, there was an incredible rain shower awaiting me when I eventually did get out of bed, which definitely helped me wake up.
Food for thought
The Amada Colossos has multiple restaurants to choose from – a main restaurant for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as Greek, Italian, and Asian restaurants. When staying in an all-inclusive resort, everyone always wants to know about the quality of the food. To put it simply, I had the best meals I’ve ever had abroad at the Amada Colossos, but I also had the worst.
Although it’s in beautiful surroundings, service in the main restaurant was all over the place since they don’t actually seat you when you arrive. If you want to sit outside you have to find your own table, before probably waiting for it to be cleared and reset – something which can sometimes take up to 10 minutes. I found that the food in the main restaurant was quite repetitive throughout my stay, but that’s hardly surprising for an all-inclusive. Supposedly there were themes for each night, but unless the theme was 3 different ways to cook perch, then you couldn’t really tell. My main issue was that the food wasn’t always hot enough, unless it was literally fresh out of the oven. Whilst it wasn’t off-putting, I think the hotel could definitely invest in some better heat lamps.
I didn’t visit the Greek Taverna during my stay, but we did try the Italian and Asian restaurants. These fill up quickly, so we made sure to book a table on our first day. I expected both restaurants to offer a menu to select from, when actually both had a set menu with no starter choice, 3 mains, and 2 puddings. If the menus were going to be so restrictive, I’d have preferred them to be on show earlier, rather than waiting until we’re sat down at the table. It’d certainly have saved us wasting time at the Italian.
Honestly, the Italian was one of the worst meals I’ve had. The food was just terrible. The highlight of the starters was bread sticks, whilst I went with sea bass for the main course which was undercooked. We left and went to the buffet restaurant before my pudding of fresh fruit arrived.
What’s the verdict?
The Amada Coloss0s Resort is a beautiful hotel, and I’m so happy that I took a leap of faith and booked to stay. The staff is excellent, and they have some fantastic services like offering a courtesy room for 30 minutes so you can freshen up before your flight.
Whilst the hotel might not have been 100% complete when I visited, it’s already one of the nicest all-inclusive hotels I’ve stayed in, and the idea of further improvements make me want to rebook in the coming years just to see what else changes – in a swim-up room, of course.
If you’re looking for a beautiful and relaxing stay in Rhodes, the Amada Colossos Rhodes definitely needs to be on your list.
What do you think of the Amada Colossos Resort in Rhodes? Have you gone all-inclusive before? Let me know in the comments!