This has been the best family hotel find for a long time. Even the grandparents who are used to staying in more upscale hotels, were more than happy with it. Our second hotel choice during our 2-week holiday in Rhodes island was Amada Colossos Resort. The resort is located along the Rodos-Kallities mainroad and was chosen by us due to its new, fresh outlook and proper waterpark.
FACILITIES FOR THE KIDS
This hotel is perfect for kids and you can see that they are really paying attention to the little ones. What we especially liked was the fact that it is suitable for children in various ages. Our 2-year old and 8-year old found plenty of different kind of activities they enjoyed. The smaller one tried the kids club many times (other parent accompanying him) and enjoyed the sailor themed playarea build by a respected children playground company, Lappset.
The highlight for the holiday however, was the hotel waterpark. There is a separate part for younger ones with splash-area, tipping bucket and smaller slides. Proper slides for older ones (over 140 and 10 years old) include e.g. a slide called the Black Hole. These have been the best hotels slides for us so far and to be honest, it was hard to get me out of these slides once I dared to take the dip (and that’s the mummy talking..). One very important thing was that the lifeguard crew was doing a great job. They didn’t hesitate to guide children or even adults if they were breaking the rules. Big thanks to the team! I recommend to go early to the waterpark area since the sun loungers were reserved right after they opened the gates. There was always a queue before they opened.
Another team that deserves praise is the entertainment folk who were organizing everything from football tournament to dance shows. Our older son took part into probably every single activity they offered (from Darts to aquagym and everything in between). They could very easily memorize kids’ names and even if the entertainment was mainly held in English, it didn’t slow the children down who couldn’t speak it. If the highlight for mum were the waterpark slides, the highlight for our son was the minidisco organized almost every night around 8.30pm. 2 weeks after our holiday I still had “I’m a music man…” and “Opa, opa” playing in my head. But the kids loved it, so it was a small suffering.
ULTRA ALL INCLUSIVE
Amada Colossos Resort is an all inclusive resort so drinks, snacks and meals are included. The hotel advertises itself as an Ultra All Inclusive resort and normally that would mean premium drinks and not just the cheapest local liquid. The wines were actually quite ok but the quality of drinks at the bars were not ultra. I had to specifically ask Bacardi if I wanted to get a Bacardicola and in the beach bar they only offered some cheaper stuff.
However, the food was extremely tasty and the selection plentiful. Children have their own small buffet with the normal meals like French fries, chicken nuggets etc. The hotel also offers Greek, Italian and Asian restaurant but the normal buffet was easiest with the kids so we didn’t dine in those. Snacks (hot dogs, toasts etc.) were available at the beach bar and water park area. All in all, the all inclusive concept worked well even though at times the queues at the poolbar were quite long. Amada Colossos is a huge resort and was fully booked during the week we stayed there, so taking that into consideration, they managed the all inclusive concept more than nicely.
We stayed one week in a family room and grandparents in a normal double room. Both of them had partial seaview which meant view towards Faliraki. The rooms were recently renovated, clean and fresh looking but do not expect boutique style details. We had a room with sliding doors where the kids had 2 separate beds. The bathroom is one big space without a door which might be a problem if you are not traveling as a family and want to have your private space. The bathroom had plenty of space to place your toiletries. Simple thing but in so many other hotels this has been neglected. You will also find basic bathroom amenities including a hairdryer. Both of our rooms had coffee making possibility, bathrobes and safety box.
If the basic rooms are not your thing, Amada Colossos Resort has a good selection of other room types from junior suites to villas. The price of a villa was quite steep but the suites with club benefits seemed inviting. The club room was empty almost everytime we walked past.
SERVICE AND LOCATION
Amada is a big hotel but as mentioned above, I was surprised how smoothly things worked. We were able to check in before the official check in time and all the details were given to us during the check in. What a pleasant suprise it was the we didn’t have to wear those nasty all inclusive bracelets, whoop, whoop!! The service in general was polite and everyone we had contact with were friendly and helpful. Like previously mentioned the lifeguard and entertainment crew deserve a praise. In addition our cleaning lady (whose name I have forgotten) and Zoi, the waitress deserve big thanks.
Amada Colossos Resort is located on the Rodos-Kallithies road which has similar kind of all inclusive resort side by side. There are no restaurants, bars or shops right next door but in both Kallithea and Faliraki you can find more places to dine. Shopping I recommend to do in Rhodes town. The beach in front of the hotel is a mix of sand and small pebbles. Personally I prefer the main beach in Faliraki better but I did enjoy my time by the beach here as well, especially since the sun loungers are free of charge and you can fill your glass easily from the beach bar.
4 different size swimming pools guarantee that you have enough swimming options to choose from. Adults have their own Adults only zones, if you need peace and quiet. Even though the hotel is a familyhotel, the children were behaving well. I can’t remember anyone screaming or running around like a headless chicken. This is actually where Amada succeeds well and differs from all the other all inclusive resorts we have stayed in. It has a sophisticated family wibe.
The hotels also has a supermarket inside the hotel. We used this supermarket a lot since the prices were surprisingly reasonable and personnel friendly. There is also a souvenir shop and two boutiques selling bags and clothes. If you need more variety, Lidl and other bigger supermarket can be found after Kallithea when you drive towards Rhodes town. If you get bored with the hotel waterpark, a bigger Faliraki Waterpark is close by. My mother tried the hotel spa and booked a manicure and pedicure. She was extremely happy with the results. I honestly regret I didn’t book a time myself. The time I could have used in the spa was spent touring aroung Rhodes with the scooter we rented from the car rental inside Amada Colossos. The hotel offers doctor-on-call service which we had to use since the little one caught ear infection. The doctor arrived in 30 minutes, we paid him 100 euros in cash and got a receipt we later claimed back from the insurance company.
Our holiday week in Amada Colossos Resort was so succesful that our kids informed that they want to go to the same hotel next year. I had a plan that next year we will make an island hopping but probably need to go with the flow and book a new holiday to Amada Colossos Resort. It does offer an easygoing holiday for a family.
Destination LOMA provides Amada Louis Colossos hotel with 4,7* rating. Well done!
+ Good selection of entertainment
+Sophisticated family wibe
+All inclusive concept works well and the food was tasty
+Supermarket with good selection and reasonable prices.
+- Rooms are clean and fresh but do not reach the 5* rating
-The beach restaurant could be more inviting looking