Hotel Club Blue Horizon Palm Beach Hotel 4 star
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Rhodes, Greece
Amy Adejokun Section editor

The Blue Horizon Palm Beach Club opened in 1986. Thankfully, it was renovated in 2002 when it changed hands. As a result, it resembles many of the other clubs on the island, the only difference being that it has exploited three major assets: the wind, the waves and the F2 Pro Centre, a windsurfing centre which is only found in four other parts of the world. It is therefore the perfect haven for windsurfing enthusiasts!

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    Location 3.53 /10

    The Blue Horizon Club is located on the west coast of the island, a little over a mile away from lalyssos town centre, some 5 mi away from the centre of Rhodes and the airport. Lined with numerous modern hotels, the entire bay is a holiday destination offering high quality service. The level of hospitality here is very pleasant, as pleasant as the gentle breeze of the Meltem wind which comes in from the sea. The sea is both a real challenge for sailing enthusiasts and a breath of fresh air for others, particularly in the summer. Nearby Filerimos Hill with the ruins of the ancient acropolis of Ialyssos and the Monastery of Panaghià, dominates the whole region. Why not enjoy a stroll and take in the many breathtaking viewpoints along the coastline?

    Accommodation 7.45 /10

    The Blue Horizon Club 'only' has 151 rooms and 60 bungalows. However, this figure is quite acceptable by the standards of the island. The rooms cover the three floors of the main building. The bungalows are an interesting alternative for those who can't stand the sight of massive concrete buildings, and you have a choice of view: there is the sea view for the luckier guests (or at least the quickest guests), the pool view, and the garden view. The interior and furniture, however, remain unchanged from one room to the next. Each room has a balcony, wooden furniture, central air-conditioning (from the 1st till the 30th of September), a safe (?16 per week) a phone, a satellite television, white walls and a couple of uninteresting paintings (as is the case in most of the island's hotels). The bathroom is rather outdated but more spacious than in other resorts. It has a hair-dryer, hospitality products bearing the name of the hotel, a bidet, a phone, a bathtub and a washbasin. Ladies, don't count on the bathroom lights being any use when you're putting on your make-up. You'd be better off relying on natural light and the mirror in the room...

    Overview 7.45 /10

    The hotel includes a main building and an entrance hall that look just the same as the many other resorts on the island. The entrance hall is entirely covered in marble and has a couple of sofas and some 'typically' Greek ornaments, such as a Hellenistic statue. The building also houses the rooms, the main restaurant, a television room, a jeweller's and a hairdresser's. If you'd rather live like Robinson Crusoe, you can stay in one of the 60 bungalows scattered throughout the vast and lush park. The management takes particular pride in pointing out the presence of 240 trees on its grounds, of which 180 are palm trees. Since even Robinson Crusoe needs to relax from time to time, the establishment also has an outdoor unheated swimming-pool, a pool for children, and direct access to the sea.

    Food and drink 7.70 /10

    The club has only one restaurant that is open for breakfast and lunch. It seats up to 370 guests in an indoor room and on a sheltered terrace. Wine lovers will be delighted when they read the wine-list (and taste the wines!) which offers several locally-produced wines. The buffet meals are of average quality and include at least five hot meals which are mostly Greek and international cuisine. There are, as of our last visit, no themed parties, but the management is thinking of organising a few in the future. At lunch, guests can have a bite to eat at the self-service snack bar, which stays open until 6:00pm and proposes a variety of snacks. If you feel like a drink, head for the main bar...

    Beach 7.70 /10

    The sand and pebble beach will require you to wear a pair of flip-flops to walk around in though! You should watch out for the choppy waves if you decide to enjoy a swim in this part of the island. However, it is also part of the charm of the place - ask any of the many guests that come here for the thrill and excitement of wind-driven water sports. In addition to this, the beach also has another major asset: the F2 Pro Centre. Such a place can only be found in four other countries (Fuerteventura in the Canary islands, Hurghada in Egypt, Karpathos in Greece and Prasonisi in Rhodes). During the many competitions that are held here, the sea is filled with thousands of coloured dots, with all the wind-blown sails glimmering in the sun. As is the case in many resorts on the island of Rhodes, you have to pay for the use of a deckchair (?3 per day). These are scattered around all over the place, on the rocks, on the sandy beach and even on the beach front lawns!

    To know

    Guests may stay in individual rooms or bungalows and they can choose between full-board or half-board options. If you are looking for an all-inclusive option, this is not the place for you. All drinks are charged on your bill, but the manager takes the quality of his beverages very seriously. There is entertainment six days (and nights) a week. Why not bring the kids? They are sure to enjoy the (basic) mini-club and the (rather small) playground.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, beach volley, basketball, windsurfing, football, water-polo, gym, sports, fitness

    • Hairdresser
    • Safe
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The water sports centre, Procentre
    • The bungalow option
    • Good value for your money

    disadvantages

    • The noise from aeroplanes
    • The classical style of the interior decoration

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