Greece resorts honeymoon
8. Re: 5 star all inclusive for honeymoon - any suggestions?
Helen0077, are you hoping to find a 5+ AI resort along the lines of the high-end AI resorts in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean? If so, I'm afraid you won't have much of a selection to consider for your honeymoon in Greece. Though there are many top-tier luxury hotels all over Greece, it's just not a popular destination for all-inclusive resorts.
I can give you some suggestions to add to those already provided by others; however, I haven't stayed at any of the properties myself, so I can't tell you first-hand whether they offer five-star quality and services.
The Aldemar luxury hotel group advertises one AI property on Crete, the Cretan Village, and two on Rhodes: the Paradise Mare and the Paradise Village. Further information about the chain and these properties is available on the company website - - and of course you can research traveller reviews about those hotels here on TA.
Within 60 km of Athens I'm aware of two AI hotels, but they are billed as only 4* in a tour package brochure published by a Canadian charter travel company. They are the Kinetta Beach Resort and Spa in Kinetta - - and the Eden Beach Resort in Anavyssos -
There also are some higher-end hotels in Greece that are "almost" all-inclusive, offering two meals daily (breakfast and dinner) but not typically including alcoholic beverages in their AI packages. Harmony Resorts describes three Greek hotel properties at their website:
I am personally familiar with one of those hotels, the Rodos Palladium at Kallithea, Rhodes. When we stayed there in 2004, the room packages included breakfast and dinner each day, both of which were buffet meals (though dinner also included featured main dish selections from a special daily menu, served by waiters and waitresses). As is so often the case with an all-inclusive resort, however, the food was nothing to rave about - it was OK, but not wonderful - and apart from a few traditional, local desserts did not include much in the way of authentic Greek fare. The hotel and its grounds were quite nice, but we didn't think the Palladium was anywhere near a five-star property, and definitely didn't offer five-star service. That was over five years ago, though, and perhaps things have since changed for the better. Check recent reviews to find out.
Some other Rhodes hotels that offer "almost" all-inclusive packages (i.e. breakfast and dinner included in the room rate) are Rodos Palace in Ixia, The Mediterranean near Rhodes Town, Eden Roc Resort Hotel & Bungalows at Reni Koskinou, and Olympic Palace at Ixia. Those properties are billed as just four or four-plus stars, though, and I'm afraid I can't offer any personal knowledge about any of them.
On Crete, the Silva Beach at Hersonissos is billed as all-inclusive, but only 4*. Some other hotels offering either two or three meals daily include the Neptuno Beach Resort at Amoudara, the Grand Hotel Holiday Resort at Hersonissos, the Apollonia Beach at Amoudara, and Movenpick Resort & Thalasso near Heraklion-Amoudara (the latter of which is billed as five-star). It seems the Movenpick property is the former Candia Maris resort, where we stayed for three days in 2004; I wrote a review of that hotel, and my review now appears in the reviews for the Movenpick Resort. In 2004 the hotel was nowhere near even four-star quality, but perhaps Movenpick has made substantial improvements since taking over management of the resort. You would have to check recent reviews to determine that.
Though I'm a fan of AI resorts for winter sun vacations to the Caribbean area, I wholeheartedly advise against even considering an AI for a honeymoon in Greece. In my opinion, AI is definitely not the way to experience Greece. You will enjoy your honeymoon on the islands or the mainland much, much more if you venture away from huge chain hotels to experience the wonderful food, ambience and character of traditional Greek tavernas, villages and historic sites.