You have no idea how much I need a holiday. After an intense ten months on my course, 750 placement hours working in emergency, in a nursing home, and a mental health inpatient setting, as well as a 3500-word essay, 20-minute presentation, 75 question bioscience exam, 80% pass rate medical calculation exam (and all the extra hours put in on evenings and weekends) it’s fair to say I’m exhausted.
As our anniversary falls on my allocated annual leave time at the end of August, David and I decide to treat ourselves (with the help of our credit cards and an incredible deal) to an all-inclusive, adult-only, luxury break somewhere warm. Celebrating our anniversary in adult’s only style at SENTIDO Ixian Grand in sunny Rhodes.
Several years ago we enjoyed an amazing time at Kos’ SENTIDO Carda Beach, and although I found the weather to be a bit chilly in May to fully enjoy the pool, we loved the relaxed atmosphere, the gorgeous pool, great staff, amazing food and super comfy bed. The Carda Beach Resort is no longer adult-only, though, which was a bit issue for us. The last thing we want is screaming kids battling for sodas and bombing into the pool as their stressed-out parents try to drown out their screams with another house wine, make it a double.
We also were lucky enough to stop at Mykonos when we were ambassadors for Celebrity Cruises on our Med-inspired trip, and we loved the food, the friendliness and of course, the fun things to explore. While we couldn’t find the right hotel on that island, we knew we were on the right track.
So, why did we pick the Ixian out of all the others? In case the photos didn’t sway it enough there were several other reasons…
It’s only four hours from London to Rhodes, which is quicker than travelling to Devon or Cornwall and guarantees a lot more sunshine. Our trip includes transfers too, so there will be no hassle in getting from A to B… we hope.
I’m not a huuuuuge fan of Greek food after being force-fed salty, stodgy stuff for longer than I care to remember, but if there’s anything Mediterranean types do well it’s fresh salads, fish, and fruit. We wanted to head to somewhere a bit healthier (I mean, our last trip to NYC was with the entire goal of cramming as much sweet stuff into our pieholes) and as we’ve a trip to Sicily planned next year, a Greek island was the natural progression.
The Ixian has two restaurants, and as we’ve plumped for all inclusive, we can make the most of the bars and snack stops dotted around, as well as indulge in some afternoon tea too.
With a freshwater and saltwater pool, jacuzzi, incredible suites with bathrooms overlooking the beach, huge sun loungers to relax and the beach a short hop across the sand, it seems ideal for slouching around and catching up with the best reads of summer. Only light entertainment is provided each night, which suits us fine, and it seems like it’s super chilled out. If we do fancy a rowdy one, Rhodes is only about 3 miles away. Honestly though, my priority is sleep. Sleep, sun and sand.
Ok. Want to know what really tipped this one as our favourite? Yes yes, we’ve stayed with the same brand before. Sure we got the week for a decent price. But it was one review on Tripadvisor that won it for me. You see, Tripadvisor’s our final stop when we’re comparing hotels. And some reviews are hilarious. Oh, you decided to book a stay during monsoon season and you’re shocked it rained 75% of the time? ONE STAR. You’re a super hard core vegan and check in to a dairy farm? ONE STAR. You get the drift.
One review was about cats. In Kos, David bought me a Cats of Kos calendar. It featured twelve scabby street cats, one for each month, each more scabbier than the last. It was such a funny little in-joke. So when one lady gave the place two stars, accompanying her review with a glorious photo of a cat sitting at one of the tables enjoying some healthy leftovers, it was a must.
We leave on the 30th August for a full week. So while we have a house sitter looking after our fluffy felines, they’ll be furthest from our thoughts as we fly to out little paradise island and celebrate three whole years of married
All images courtesty Thomas Cook and copyright SENTIDO (obviously, as we haven’t been there yet).