Los Olivos

Reviewed September for a stay in August
I worry if I go public about this place it’ll get so booked I’ll never be able to rent it again. But, fortunately for you, I’m no good at keeping secrets. Los Olivos has a view of the sea and the islands off Rhodes’ west coast no Madison Ave advertising agency could conjure. Watching the sunset by the pool
is mesmerizing, glorious experience worth however far you’ve traveled, however much money you’ve spent. And while it’s the sea view that astounds, there are visual treats everywhere. Mornings I sipped coffee and watched the sun hit medieval Kritinia Castle from the patio outside my room. Then I ate breakfast at a table bordering a courtyard planted with geraniums, trumpet vines, palms, and an olive tree. The house has an open, Spanish-style design with living quarters opening out onto both the courtyard and various terraces and patios. It feels lived in and stylishly decorated without being fussy. It’s also equipped with everything you’d need for self-catering, including a generous supply of condiments and kitchen staples. Los Olivos’ location, off a network of dirt roads that at first seems daunting, is removed without feeling remote. It’s ideal for day trips to Halki, exploring the wineries at Emponas, the ruins of ancient Kamiros, and the Castle at Monolithos. Lindos and the east coast is a little over an hour away. Ana, the owner, was responsive and helpful. The internet can be a little spotty here, but there’s Wifi at nearby restaurants if there’s an outage. That said, I can’t think of a nicer place to unplug.