Hotel Labranda Blue Bay Hotel 4 star
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Leoforos Ialyssou Rhodes, Greece
Amy Adejokun Section editor

The Blue Bay hotel is set in lush, verdant surroundings a stone's throw from the beach. The green of nature and the blue of the sea offers a pleasant mix for holiday-makers who just want to laze around, or conversely, partake in the various activities on offer. Unfortunately, many of the latter are proposed in German, but then again they do provide the perfect opportunity to take up a foreign language!

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      Labranda Blue Bay   -   © Wael Ladki / LABRANDA

    • Hotel Labranda Blue Bay

      Labranda Blue Bay   -   © Wael Ladki / LABRANDA

       
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    Location 3.67 /10

    The Blue Bay is located on the western coast of the island, just over a mile from the centre of lalyssos, 6 mi from Rhodes and 2 and a half mi from the airport. The entire bay is lined with many modern hotels, making it a rather upmarket holiday destination, and the hospitality you'll experience here is second-to-none. The gentle breeze of the Meltem blowing in from the sea is also very pleasant and the sea itself provides both a real challenge for sailing enthusiasts and refreshing relief for others, particularly during the summer. The nearby Filerimos Hill, home to the ruins of the Ancient Acropolis of lalyssos and the Monastery of Panaghià, dominates the region, and is the ideal place for taking a stroll and enjoying the beautiful scenery, with its variety of panoramic views right along the coast.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    The hotel has a total of 520 rooms and bungalows spread between the main building and the grounds, half of which have a sea view, the other half of which overlook the gardens. All have a sofa-bed, a direct international telephone line, a balcony or patio, central air-conditioning, a satellite television, a refrigerator, a safe (?14 a week) and a bathroom with hospitality products, a hair-dryer and a bathtub. Some of the bungalows also have direct access to the pool, a privilege they share with those in the neighbouring rented properties! As for the decor, it is as basic as it comes: plain red bedspread, wooden furniture, tiled flooring and white walls adorned with uninspiring paintings.

    Overview 8.45 /10

    The hotel consists of several bungalows dotted around a peaceful garden and there is a main building which houses some of the rooms, most of the facilities and the lobby. Unlike other resorts on the island, the lobby tastefully combines traditional materials (such as the inevitable marble) with a number of more contemporary pieces such as modern lamps, blue lighting, open-plan areas and brick walls. The Blue also has no fewer than 6 swimming pools - three for adults and 3 for children - not to mention the pools in the water park! As for children's activities, there is a spacious mini-club for children, giving parents the perfect opportunity to make the most of the spa, massage room, jacuzzi, gym and indoor pool. You certainly won't get bored here, but the option is always there for you to relax and do nothing anyway!

    Food and drink 7.20 /10

    Evening meals and snacks are served as a buffet in the large main restaurant, which can accommodate 500 diners. The cuisine is decent and the menu, which changes every night, generally consists of meat dishes and Greek and Chinese specialities. Be aware though that there is also an outside tavern which serves a Greek buffet and an a la carte restaurant that serves fish dishes, salads, etc. Afterwards, why not enjoy a refreshing drink in one of the hotel's 3 bars - the main bar, the pool bar and the brand new 'Igloo' bar, which provides rather pleasant surroundings with wooden tables, different coloured chairs and beautiful views across the sea.

    Beach 7.45 /10

    The beach, which is the same one the manager used to walk along as a child (and on which he dreamed of one day being a manager!), consists of black sand and pebbles, making it difficult to walk bare-foot! The waves are also rather violent in this part of the island, so extra care should be taken in this respect. As is the case in most of the resorts in Rhodes, deckchairs can be hired for an additional fee, and the beach also has 200 sun-loungers dotted around the place for your convenience. The beach also has a water sports centre located close to the hotel, but activities do, of course, incur an additional charge as the centre is an entirely private entity and has no commercial agreement with the Blue Bay.

    To know

    This recently renovated (2008) four-star hotel could, like others, have been content with one single slide running into the hotel's swimming pool, but the Blue Bay Group, which also owns two other hotels, has really pulled out all the stops here! Across the road you will find a small water park with several pools and slides offering many a fun afternoon for young and old alike. The hotel also offers an all-inclusive option, and those who so wish have the option of spending 2 days at one of the other two establishments of the Blue Bay Group.

    Equipment

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

      massage, sauna, hammam, spa, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, gym, aqua gym, aerobics, beach volley, mountain bike, water-polo

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe

    advantage

    • The stylish aspects of the decor
    • The water park
    • The bungalow option

    disadvantages

    • The total capacity - 1,600 guests!
    • The aircraft flying over

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