Gennadi Grand opened its doors in 2018 on the south-eastern coast of Rhodes. The family-friendly resort is one of five properties under the Lindos Hotels brand, a family-run venture. The five-star hotel has a strong focus on sustainability and is also a “forest ambassador”.
All Lindos Hotels were unaffected by the wildfires of summer 2023 and the brand has started a new initiative that for every booking made they will plant a tree in the affected areas.
Gennadi Grand is located on the quieter south side of the island, an hour and 20 minute drive from Rhodes Old Town and 20 minutes from popular Lindos Town. The location is perfect for those that want to escape the usual crowds. The sprawling resort allows for plenty of space and is surrounded by rolling hills, which at the time of my visit were still blackened from the summer wildfires. The Gennadi area has a small village feel with plenty of local restaurants, however the seemingly never-ending Gennadi beach is the main selling point. Just steps from guests’ rooms, the beach is also a backdrop to many of Gennadi Grand’s restaurants.
Guests will be instantly impressed by the vast reception area. High ceilings, floor to ceiling windows and towering white pillars flood the space with light, while comfy chairs and a grand piano add a touch of elegance. The check in was swift and my bags were whisked off to my room on the other side of the resort, about a 10 minutes walk!
I was welcomed to my room – a garden view double room with private pool – by a giant bowl of fruit and a bottle of local wine. I quickly noticed how spacious the room was, seemingly separated into three sections; the open plan bathroom with separate toilet and rain shower, featuring fluffy robes and slippers; the double bed with crisp linen sheets – pillow Menu on request and Flat screen LCD Smart TV 43’’; and the lounge area with comfortable sofa, Nespresso Coffee & Tea making facilities. The star of the show is the terrace with private pool and lie flat luxury loungers. It’s clear that every effort has been made to minimise plastic.
Restaurants and bars
The resort has an impressive 13 restaurants and bars, serving everything from casual Medditeranean fushion at Ten2One Restaurant to fine dining pairing at Edesma. The Ouzo beachfront restaurant, Gennadi’s take on a original Greek tavern experience, our spread included started with fresh greek salad, calamari in a balsamic glaze, shrimp and cavier toast, sea urchin, grilled prawns, followed by seabass in a tasty garlic butter sauce, finished with a mango merangue with a sprinkling of berries and gold leaf. It was upscale beachfront dining at its finest.
Edesma, which is not part of the all inclusive offering, is located on the rooftop. A five-course and two -dessert degustation menu put a modern twist on Greek classics. All dishes were beautifully presented and created using locally grown ingredients. It is a dining experience and the chefs contemporary techniques show off their skill.
A gin tasting at Grevin Bar is also a highlight and offers 25 premium brands of gin. The Basil Yard was a personal favourite cocktail.
The resort has three outdoor pools each surrounded by deep cushioned sun loungers. There is plenty of space between loungers and there’s the option to join in with aqua aerobics. There’s also a heated indoor pool at the spa, a children’s pool and an outdoor hot tub.
The resort spa Kozeen offers treatments focused on locally sourced ingredients, that change depending on seasonality. Guests can book in for a massage, facials, hair and makeup, waxing and then relax in the Heated Hydro-massage Jacuzzi or Sauna –Steam Bath.
For active guests there’s the option of yoga, fitness classes, water sports, guided hikes, tennis, boccia, beach volley ball, private sailing boat trips as well as cooking classes and weekly traditional ceramic classes.
Gennadi Grand has everything guests need for a relaxing beach break without leaving the resort – which is ideal as it is a drive from the main tourist hotspots. There are some lovely homely touches when it comes to soft furnishings and décor that have been chosen carefully to give the resort character and warmth. Guests are spoilt for choice when it comes to restaurants and poolside lounging and the rooms with plunge pools offer an extra level of privacy. The cooking class is a lovely way for guests to interact with staff and learn more about local ingredients and dishes.
Rooms start from £206 per night, including breakfast.