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Mondi Club Sunshine Vacation Club Hotel 4 star
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1, Rapti Square, Ialyssos Rhodes, Greece -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

Located on the banks of the wild and beautiful Aegean Sea, the Sunshine Vacation Club is a rather charmless establishment which is nevertheless ideal for families looking for somewhere with sports facilities, organised entertainment and plenty of opportunity to laze around. Having said that, the hotel should improve over the coming years, with two new buildings planned for 2010. The 20 new guest rooms already available set the tone for the rest of the complex: refined and contemporary!

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      Mondi Club Sunshine Vacation Club   -   © Easyvoyage / Julien Ferret

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      Mondi Club Sunshine Vacation Club   -   © Easyvoyage / Julien Ferret

       
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    Location 6.0 /10

    The Sunshine Vacation Club is located on the west coast of the island, near the village of Ialyssos and just over 4 mi from the airport. The entire bay is lined with many modern hotels, making it a rather upmarket holiday destination, and the hospitality you will 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, with its ruins of the ancient Acropolis of Ialyssos and the Monastery of Panaghia, dominates the whole region and is a great destination for walks, offering a variety of panoramic views along the coast.

    Accommodation 6.20 /10

    The hotel's various buildings house a total of 361 guest rooms, more than 60% of which have sea views. The remainder overlook the gardens. All rooms have a bench seat, individual air-conditioning, a refrigerator, a free safe, a telephone, a television, a balcony furnished with a plastic table and chairs, wooden furniture and rather basic decor consisting of white tiled floors, white walls, a painting or two and a blue bedspread and curtains. The bathrooms could also do with a make-over, as the bathtub, washbasin, tiling and marble all look very worn, but on the plus-side, hospitality products and a shower gel dispenser are provided. Whilst waiting for the new rooms to be completed, a few of the old ones have already been renovated and the hotel now has 20 brand new rooms that it reserves for special occasions. The decor and furnishings are minimalist but decidedly trendy and include a comfortable bed, a duvet, an original bedspread, a colourful modern picture, a green washbasin, a new toilet, and mosaic-tiled walls, etc.

    Overview 7.00 /10

    The complex consists of seven 3 and 4-floor buildings set amid vast grounds, with 5 of them housing the standard rooms and the other 2 the family rooms. Two new buildings, providing a total of 150 additional rooms, are expected to be built in 2010. The all-marble lobby is a little out of the way, near the car park, but it pays tribute to the host country with its display of Greek engravings. If you are travelling with children, you may also be pleased to hear that there is a children's club located on the ground floor of one of the buildings housing the family rooms. The hotel offers its guests a choice of no fewer than 3 swimming pools and 3 children's pools, perfect to cool off from the summer heat, though more athletic guests may prefer to head to the outdoor gym (so that you can top up on your tan as you work out!), the sports pitch, the mini-golf course, the tennis courts, beach volleyball courts or even the archery area, such is the variety of facilities on offer here.

    Food and drink 6.50 /10

    The staff at the bars and restaurants here bend over backwards throughout the day to feed the 1,000 or so guests that the hotel can accommodate, with the main restaurant serving a buffet of international dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are also two a la carte restaurants for those who are fans of Italian and Greek cuisine, but these are only open for dinner and a reservation is required at least a day in advance. For those who are feeling peckish (or thirsty!), head to the bars! The Thalassa pool bar and the Poseidon lounge are open until 1:00 am and serve a variety of beverages and cocktails, whilst the Aphrodite bar, which is only open in the summer and until 6:00 pm only serves non-alcoholic beverages.

    Beach 6.75 /10

    The beach itself is a black sand and pebble beach, which means that it can be quite tricky to walk around without proper sandals. This being the case, guests generally arrange their cushioned plastic deck chairs a little further away, on the sandy part of the beach. In this part of the island the sea can also get a little rough, which gives the opportunity for some to enjoy the waves, while others indulge in the water sports which are available (for a fee). As is the case in many other resorts though, the water sports facilities are separate from the hotel.

    To know

    The hotel operates on an all-inclusive basis, making it ideal for those who don't like to have to keep dipping into their pockets every quarter of an hour, particularly in the summer, when it'll be so hot that you'll constantly want to have a drink in your hands. In addition to the many activities on offer (and nightly shows in the large outdoor theatre), the entertainment team also organises a free cycling trip.

    Equipment

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

      sauna, massage, stretching, Turkish bath, beauty salon

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, beach volley, archery, mountain bike, aqua gym, water-polo, dance, aerobics, fitness, gym, golf, sports

    • Hairdresser
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe

    advantage

    • The 3 swimming pools
    • The sports facilities
    • The new guest rooms

    disadvantages

    • The bathrooms are a little outdated
    • The size of the hotel

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    • Overall Score 7.98/10
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