Casa Cook Rhodes, Greece
From 101 euros (about $120).
Casa Cook Rhodes opened a year ago as the first Greek hotel by Thomas Cook, a tour operator based in Britain. With the rugged Tsambika Mountain as its backdrop, the 95-room bohemian resort for adults only has a minimalist, contemporary style. A garden with bright flowers, fruits and vegetables is outside of the guest rooms. We were greeted with glasses of lemonade when we arrived.
The hotel is in the low-profile resort area of Kolymbia in the southern part of Rhodes, about a 30-minute car ride from Rhodes International Airport, on a quiet road with little tourist traffic. Kolymbia Beach is a 15-minute walk from the hotel.
We were pleasantly surprised with an unexpected upgrade: the top-tier, split-level suite with a veranda, which we were taken to by golf cart. The suite was a five-minute walk from the lobby, a bit of a hike even for this native New Yorker. It was furnished in earth tones with a large gray couch, hammocks, wicker lamp shades and wooden stools. We were advised in a note that the poncholike towels hanging on the walls were purely decorative. (Much of the furniture was available for purchase at a showroom in the lobby area.) The suite, with its cool-to-the-touch stone walls and recessed ceiling lights in the living room area, had the feel of a tastefully decorated cave. The suite’s back door opened to a private terrace and a large shallow pool that is shared among the suites.
Waiting in our suite was a small complimentary bottle of tsipouro (a Greek brandy), along with bar snacks including dates and nuts. However, the bottled water came with a fee. The resort lends vintagelike Electra white bikes to guests. In addition to the pool by the suites, there is a communal pool outside the restaurant and bar. Near this pool is a…