Naturist Angel Hotel
Rhodes, Greece

The resort caters to adult couples where singles are also welcome and accepted.

Generally, nudity Is found outside around the pool, patio, terrace and Jacuzzi while clothing is the norm for dining inside.

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Resort OverviewGetting There • Services • Ambiance • Group Trips
Sightseeing • Dining  Rates • Impressions • Photo Album • Trip Reports

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Resort Overview

Naturist Angel is a simple 32 room, 3 star clothing-optional hotel opened in 2014 for adults located on the Greek island of Rhodes in the Aegean sea (eastern Mediterranean) just 11 miles from the southern coast of Turkey.   Rhodes is less than an hour from Athens by plane….figure 45 minutes or less.

This neat-as-a-pin property is owned by Nick and Elena who operate the resort from late April to mid-October each season. The balance of the year, they live in Athens where Nick has owned an architectural firm since 1989.  His wife, Elena, is a stunning Russian beauty.  Nick told us he and his family are nudists and it’s generally accepted by most Greeks as a fairly normal way to enjoy the sun and beach.

The small staff at the hotel work very hard and seem to enjoy serving their guests.   There’s no wasted motion as staff members always seem to be cleaning, doing chores or waiting on clients, serving meals or mixing drinks.    A few are multilingual and welcome a chance to visit with guests.

Here’s our impressions of the staff and hotel:

•    Owners and staff are passionate about serving their guests
•    The hotel is spotless and well maintained
•    Dining, the menu and meals, while fairly plain were better than we expected and we enjoyed every meal, every drink and every dish
•    Guest rooms are simple, in good repair and functional; but don’t go expecting amenities like the Ritz or Four Seasons
•    Hotel room price is a bargain
•    The hotel attracts an international clientele.

The resort caters to adult couples where singles are also welcome and accepted and on rare occasions, a child may accompany its parents for a clothes free holiday, although it’s not advertised as family friendly. Nick indicated he does not specifically cultivate family visitors.   Generally, nudity Is found outside around the pool, patio and Jacuzzi while clothing is the norm for dining inside.

Nick told us his customers during high season are guests from:   The UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Scandinavia as well as Greek nudists plus a few visitors from other countries including North America, South America and Africa.

NOTE:  The hotel is not located on a beach, but it’s not far from the resort.

Naturist Angel is conveniently located about 10-15 minutes or 4 kilometers southwest of the airport and about 25 minutes or 18 kilometers from the city center of Rhodes town along the main northeast coastal road.  Rhodes greets over 5 million visitors annually most of whom spend their vacations at one of the numerous beachside resorts dotted along the coast of this holiday island.  Rhodes’ one official nude beach in Faliraki across the island is less than a short 20-30 minute ride from the hotel or airport by car.    The island itself and the main town on the north tip are both called Rhodes and the ancient walled city is usually called Old Town.

We’ve been to Rhodes several times and found some of the best tourism infrastructure in the Mediterranean there with good highways, excellent road signage, plenty of interesting diversions for travelers, a good mix of daytime activities and a bustling nightlife in the towns that serve the tourist trade.

Comments about Greece and nude beaches located throughout the Mediterranean:
You will find a bounty of nude beaches throughout the Greek islands where tourism is usually the # 1 industry on some islands.   There are really far too many beaches to mention here.   Two other naturist resort hotels are located in the Greek isles:  On Kefalonia at Vigla Natura and on Crete at Vritomartis.*   We’ve sent clients to both properties, we’ve visited nude beaches in Crete, Mykonos and other Greek islands but not Kefalonia.

Vrtiomartis Trip Report from one of our clients:  June 2016: Vritomartis – Crete  “Hotel Could Do a Lot More”

We stayed at the Vritomartis for two weeks (June 15-29) and found the place to be somewhat Spartan and the food pedestrian. The grounds and pool are lovely, but the rooms in the main hotel (among 85 rooms and bungalows on the property) are small, with low beds and poorly lit and designed bathrooms; ceiling fans would have helped. They need more of the comfortable, wooden chaise lounges with mattresses around the pool, and should replace the umbrellas with ones offering SPF 50 protection. The hotel also needs an ice machine for the use by guests. The hotel operates on a European Plan, offering buffet breakfasts and dinner. We never understood why, on an island renowned for its melons and peaches, there never were any at breakfast, and the fruit that was offered was not usually ripe. In two weeks, we never were served grilled lamb or goat — in Greece — or other than fried fish! Aside from the accommodations and the included breakfast and dinner, everything at the hotel must be paid for in cash, which we found annoying, particularly at a naturist resort. The Vritomartis should consider going all-inclusive or at least offer a Full Meal Plan and advise its guests at reservation time (we had to pay our deposit by bank wire transfer) that it prefers cash and does not accept credit cards. The hotel offers shuttle service to nearby Chora (Hora) Sfakia, where we thought the beach side Samaria Restaurant served the best food, and to a naturist pebbly beach. On the plus side, the staff is fantastic, friendly and professional.  Room Tip: We enjoyed the terrace on our “Superior Seaview Room.”

If you’ve surfed the net for clothing optional beaches or Googled nude beach, you already may have found this resource which is one of the most comprehensive, free websites about Greek island nude beaches.   However, Castaways in no way guarantees the information, accuracy or timeliness of the data but the site is a place to start if you want to do your own planning.   Take a look at this resource called:  http://www.capnbarefoot.info A site for a guide to numerous nude beaches in Greece.

Getting There

Perhaps one of the best features of the hotel is its location:  About 2 miles southwest of the Rhodes airport, one of the busiest in the Mediterranean and 4th in volume of passengers visiting Greece.  ¬ The hotel is right on the main highway south of the airport.
Rhodes is serviced daily from worldwide locations with excellent non-stop air service from most major European airports with frequent service throughout the day with air connections via Athens, less than an hour away by jet.   The resort is located on the beach road between the villages of Paradeisi and Theologos, a popular tourist location with bistros, tourist hotels, beach bars, parasailing and sail boarding popular.

The hotel can be reached by taxi from the airport in about 10 minutes.  A bus stop is near the hotel with frequent service to Rhodes town (same name as the island) and airport.  NOTE:  Service, frequency, schedule andbus routes subject to change without notice).

TIP:  The hotel is small, diversions are few so if you enjoy discovering the countryside and exploring the islands, rent a car during your stay.  All major rental /hire car companies are at the airport and in Rhodes town.

TIP:  If you rent a car, a gas station is about 100 meters south of the hotel.

Services

The hotel operates with a small staff who seem to be everywhere at once …. In the morning, noon and night … and all the same employees.  We don’t know when they sleep… they remind us of the crews on a cruise ship.   They’re “ON” all the time.   We emphasize this to call attention to the tip box near the reception desk.   The collected tips are shared with the hard working staff so make sure you share your generosity with them.   Naturist Angel Hotel services include:

Free Wifi
Free satellite TV
Breakfast included daily
Exercise bike
Ping pong
Fresh water swimming pool that is pure water cycled daily from a deep underground spring that produces 100,000 gallons/day.
Heated Jacuzzi
Beach towels
Limited Room Service
Archery
Sun beds and chaise lounges
Bar and meal service around the pool
Restricted access 24 hours/day, admission by approval only.

A beach without facilities is about a 10-minute walk from the hotel.   Although it’s not officially sanctioned as a nude beach area, Nick indicates the locals don’t care and don’t frequent that part of the island’s beach as numerous other recreational beaches are nearby that include facilities, beach bars and restaurants southwest of the resort near Theologos about a mile away.
Nick also mentioned a nude sailing trip departing from the southeast side of the island can be arranged in advance with adequate notice and minimum number of guests required.  Rates start about 60 Euros/person and includes a catered meal and one drink on board.

TIP:  Take plenty of Euros although the hotel accepts both Master Card and Visa Cards to settle your room and board bill.
TIP:  Do not expect to exchange your dollars, pesos or other foreign currency at the hotel.  There’s no provision to do so.
TIP:  In Rhodes town and in also in Old Town, ATM machines from Alfa Bank or the Bank of Athens dispense Euros.
Long term, once the hotel has gained maturity and steady clientele, Nick indicated he wants to locate land with beach property to build a custom-designed naturist hotel.  The current property was purchased as an existing hotel which Nick completely remodeled.

Ambiance

About twice a week, Nick organizes special entertainment coupled with special Greek dining selections.   While we were there, a great Greek musical group entertained for the evening and got the crowd on its feet for classic Greek fun and dancing.  Also the resort can organize a clothing optkional sailing trip for the day complete with food and drink.   Additional bar drinks are extra in addition to the standard package.

The hotel can be pretty laid back or active….totally dependent upon the crowd and guests that are there.    Don’t be reluctant to strike up a conversation.  Just about all visitors, guests and staff speak multiple languages and half the fun is getting to know each other.
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Group Trips

We don’t have any scheduled trips to Naturist Angel Hotel.  But that doesn’t mean its not a great place for two, three or even dozens of couples to get together for a group trip.  If you have other couples that might want to join you, please contact us and see what kind of group trip deals we might be able to package especially for you.

Sightseeing 

Lots to do and see on the island with most activities concentrated on the beaches and beach concessions and entertainment.

Faliraki nude salt water beach, the islands official nude beach is about 20-30 minutes southwest across the island from the hotel.  There is no admission and the beach is fairly small with both a sandy bottom in places as well as smooth pebbles inter mixed on the beach as well as the beach floor.  Both dining, drink and bathroom facilities are located at the beach and services are provided including beach chairs and sun shades for rent.  This is a family beach so don’t expect Florida type beach activities for adults only, although few children are usually present.  This can change depending upon the crowd and services are not necessarily guaranteed.

TIP:   Take Aqua shoes to wade in the water or beach comb.

One of the prettiest coves we found was called Anthony Quinn Beach which is really a small, picturesque bay just south of the tourist beach town of Faliraki, and very near the nude beach.   In addition, between Anthony Quinn beach and Faliraki town is arguably one of the more unique tourism spots on the island called the Astronomy Bar and Restaurant and adjacent guest apartment building.  The establishment is the creation of the owner,Stergos Manolakas, a young Greek man who became fascinated by astronomy at an early age and so built a complete observatory with powerful telescope and very interesting astronomical display and garden located on the mountain top cliff above Faliraki town.    We toured it and had a beer there during the afternoon; don’t miss it at night when it’s lively with both tourists and bar hoppers alike.  An adjacent apartment building rents accommodations by the week or month.

Side story:   Stergos’ grandfather once owned the property at Anthony Quinn beach.  When Anthony Quinn, a famous Hollywood actor in the 1960s and 1970s who was originally from Greece, tried to buy the land and bay from Stergos’ grandfather to film movies, he was unable to cut a deal.  You see, his grandfather didn’t believe in money or cash so Anthony Quinn bought the adjacent larger tract of land where the Astronomy Bar and apartments are now located ….and traded it for the bay location from Stergos’ grandfather.   If you visit Anthony Quinn bay, you will see “Anthony Quinn” he etched in the concrete walk that surrounds the bathrooms and facilities that Quinn built for the workers who constructed all the walkways, restaurant and bar at the location now called Anthony Quinn bay.

Another fun diversion, if you have a rental car, is to motor around the island to see the beach scenes as well as the extensive infrastructure of resorts on the island, especially on the southeast side of the island where most of the major hotels are located.
Further down the island’s coastal road on the southeast side are several tourist and hotel regions including Lindos, Faliraki and other major areas.

Other diversions on the island include, snorkeling, SCUBA, water skiing, jet skiing, swimming, sun bathing, visits to water parks, casino gambling, biking, touring the island, bar hopping and club hopping at night in Rhodes town and more.
Of course, one of the highlights of your visit should include a walking tour of Old Town inside the walled city of Rhodes.   Numerous nooks and crannies greet you at every turn inside the walled city with a flood of shops, restaurants and tourist junk competing for your dollar.  It’s still great fun to explore and see folks from all parts of the world having fun on their holidays.  In addition, the main cruise ship port is a short 5 minute walk to Old Town so it can get crowed when more than one vessel is in port.

At the hotel, a nude sailing trip departing from the southeast side of the island can be arranged in advance with adequate notice and minimum number of guests required.  Rates start about 60 Euros/person and includes a catered meal and one drink on board.  Additional drinks are extra.  Ask Nick at the hotel about a cruise.

TIP: If you spend any time in Old Town, for a bathroom break, take some money and change with you for coin operated public bathrooms or visit a bar, buy a drink and relieve yourself at the facility inside the establishment.  Public bathrooms are conveniently located along the perimeter of the old city walls.

Dining

The hotel does not provide an all-inclusive meal plan but breakfast daily is included in the room cost. Other meals and bar drinks are extra but affordably priced.   We found the menu quite budget friendly and the selection of local Greek wines excellent choices.  If you have specific tastes for fine wine or alcohol, take it with you or buy it duty free before you arrive.  Or visit the local market for other choices.

A full breakfast served daily is part of your room cost and includes all types of baked goods, cakes, pastries, toast, egg dishes, fruit, ham, bacon, cereal, coffee, tea, milk and water, both still and sparking.

Lunch is usually served outside on the patio al a carte and can be ordered from a fixed menu.   You can dine nude around the pool and also outside on the patio.  Both Greek dishes and typical grilled and standard meats and meals are also available.  The menu choices can be somewhat limited but a good selection and variety of options that are well prepared assure you won’t go hungry.  We found the lunch and dinner quality to be excellent, filling and tasty although not gourmet.  The mixed grill of meats such as steak, chicken and lamb with Greek spices was wonderful and well prepared with just the right amount of season and texture.

Prices for a typical lunch salad was equivalent to about USD $6 to $8 while a full plated lunch or dinner varied between $10-$20/person.   Good Greek wine – $15-$20/bottle.   Bar drinks range from $8-$10/drink.
Some nights, a special dinner is prepared with local dishes featuring Greek specialties.  Deserts offered are basic but also feature basic Greek tasty options such as souflaka, figs in honey and other local specialties.

A nice bar and lounge area in the lobby graces the ground floor entrance.

TIP:  Occasionally, special fish or Greek dishes may be a specialty of the day (off the menu) for lunch or dinner.  If anyone on the staff talks with you about a” special” for lunch or dinner, be very specific if you want to order it….or not.  We found a couple of occasions where one of the staff or Nick told us about the special of the day and assumed we wanted it.    When a fish dish showed up for lunch one day, we were surprised it magically appeared and realized our mild interest earlier was taken as a positive order.

Dining Hours (subject to change)
•    Breakfast 7:30-9:30 AM
•    Lunch Noon until 3 PM
•    Dinner 7 – 9 PM

TIP:   If you want to sleep in late to recover from jet lag the next morning after you arrive, tell Nick you want coffee and/or breakfast in your room later in the morning as breakfast is served usually from about 7:30-9:30 AM.
TIP:  Have a banana….really.   Nick planted and lined the pool perimeter with mature banana trees.    Yum Yum….they’re sweet and tasty, far better than store bought bananas.
TIP:  Typically, meals for lunch and dinner are served al a carte with bread provided.  Bread is charged extra for some reason so tell your server if you wish to dine without bread.   Bottled water is cheap but specify if you want water with gas (sparkling water) or plain water (still water).

Rates & Rooms

Room rates are approximately Euros 80/night for a spacious standard room with closet, outside balcony with chairs, queen bed, A/C, fridge, telephone and bathroom.  NOTE:  Bathrooms are small and functional with a hand held shower head in the shower stall that you can barely turn around in.

TIP:  Plan you showers for morning or evening.   To save on expensive electricity, the hot water system for each room is turned off during the middle of the day and middle of the night.   Check with Nick for exact times to be sure.  Take it from James who discovered this unique energy saving plan after a really cold shower, guaranteed to wake you up.
TIP:   There’s no coffee maker or hot water pot for instant coffee. If you want coffee service in the morning, call the front desk or order it the night before.   In case they forget to record it, always call the next morning to reconfirm once you awaken.

Impressions

 Uppers-Downers

▲ Frequent daily air service by both scheduled and charger air carriers from numerous international gateways 

▼  No direct beach access. Hotel is not on the water, but it’s located very close by an unimproved stretch of beach.  Guests can reach it in about a 10 minute walk from the hotel down a road adjacent to the hotel.   No facilities of any kind.  For a nude beach, visit Faliraki beach across the island about 20-30 minutes by car and very easy to reach with a rental car but parking can get crowded during peak periods.  Ask Nick for directions.

▲ A friendly, helpful, multi-lingual staff and management

▲ Better than expected meal quality although the menu is somewhat limited, not surprising for a small hotel

▲   If you visit Old Town, do the tourist scene:  Enjoy a nice dinner at a sidewalk café for a fun meal, a cold beer or bottle of wine and plenty of people watching.

▲▼  Beaches are typically filled with both sand and smooth pebbles. Don’t expect perfect white sand everywhere….it’s not there but many nice beaches are on Rhodes to chose from.
TIP:  Take Aqua shoes if you wade into the beach water.

▼ Don’t expect cultural diversity, visits to ancient Greek architectural sites or medieval churches as you would encounter on the mainland …..Rhodes is set up for tourists looking for typical Greek holiday getaway.

Age Ranges

Adults only….but very rarely, the owner indicated someone might bring a child.  Therefore, it’s no guarantee to be 100% Adults only or 100% Families.

Best Time To Go

You can visit Greece almost year round but for beaching, night life and relaxation, “high season” runs from about mid-April to October.

Wish List

Wish the hotel was located right on the beach.
Wish the bathroom shower stall was larger.
Wish shower had hot water day and night but we understand the need to save on electricity.
Wish guest rooms included a coffee maker.
Wish there was a roof top bar for night life and to enjoy the killer sunsets at the hotel’s location

Photo Album

We have a few photos of the Naturist Angel Hotel and the surrounding area, but we could always use more. So we’d love it if you’ve been and have some you can contribute . To contribute you own photos (or trip reports), go to our Contribute Trip Report / Photographs page.

 

Trip Reports

If you’ve visited Rhodes or used the nude beaches there, please send us your experience.  f you have recently visited Naturist Angel Hotel, we would appreciate you contributing a trip report. You can contribute to this section buy using our Contribute Trip Report / Photographs page.  ALERT:  You may remain Anonymous, too.  Here are a few we have from  recent visitors.


April 2016  James & Champagne

Our comments and impressions – uppers/downers – are posted in the resort report above.


June 2016  A couple staying at Vritomartis Nude Resort on Crete

Castaways note:  The reason this is included here is visitors to Greek nude beaches and  nude resorts often stay at a couple of properties in the Greek Islands.

We stayed at the Vritomartis for two weeks (June 15-29) and found the place to be somewhat Spartan and the food pedestrian. The grounds and pool are lovely, but the rooms in the main hotel (among 85 rooms and bungalows on the property) are small, with low beds and poorly lit and designed bathrooms; ceiling fans would have helped. They need more of the comfortable, wooden chaise lounges with mattresses around the pool, and should replace the umbrellas with ones offering SPF 50 protection. The hotel also needs an ice machine for the use of guests. The hotel operates on a European Plan, offering buffet breakfasts and dinner. We never understood why, on an island renowned for its melons and peaches, there never were any at breakfast, and the fruit that was offered was not usually ripe. In two weeks, we never were served grilled lamb or goat — in Greece — or other than fried fish! Aside from the accommodations and the included breakfast and dinner, everything at the hotel must be paid for in cash, which we found annoying, particularly at a naturist resort. The Vritomartis should consider going all-inclusive or at least offer a Full Meal Plan and advise its guests at reservation time (we had to pay our deposit by bank wire transfer) that it prefers cash and does not accept credit cards. The hotel offers shuttle service to nearby Chora (Hora) Sfakia, where we thought the beachside Samaria Restaurant served the best food, and to a naturist pebbly beach. On the plus side, the staff is fantastic, friendly and

professional. Room Tip: We enjoyed the terrace on our “Superior Seaview Room.”

Addendum

I had not seen the somewhat negative review you already had. We did our entire trip in cash to avoid high foreign credit card fees, so paying cash at the resort was not an issue for us, but I’m quite sure I saw other guests paying with credit cards at check out. The resort really caters to its European guests and is quite a bargain for them with the cheap Ryan Air flights from all over Europe. We were there the last week before the high season began and there were no children at all, so the sun bed situation may have changed later in June as the occupancy picked up. With a medium priced room, lunch, wine at dinner, and a drink in the bar at night it still cost way less than half the price of a stay at HB.  The wifi worked well throughout the resort the ATM in the village was out of money the day we were there.