REVIEW: HIPOTELS MEDITERRANEO

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In vacanta din Sa Coma am stat la Hipotels Medieteraneo, un hotel minunat doar pentru adulti, clasat la patru stele. Gazdele noastre s-au asigurat ca totul e perfect si ne simtim ca acasa.
Hotelul e urias – are 397 camere si pana sa ajungem eram sigura ca va fi o experienta cam impersonala, avand in vedere cati oameni sunt cazati. Si cat de tare m-am inselat … de cand am ajuns la check in, stafful a fost atent la nevoile noastre si interactiunea cu ei a fost extrem de placuta. Recomand o camera cu vedere la mare si cum o poza face cat 1000 de cuvinte o sa las peisajul sa vorbeasca.
While I was vacationing in Sa Coma, I stayed at Hipotels Mediterraneo, a wonderful adults-only hotel, rated at four stars. They made sure our stay is perfect and feels like at home.
The hotel is huge – it features 397 rooms and I was sure prior to arriving that the experience was gonna be a bit impersonal, considering how many people they have to tend to. Boy was I wrong … since the moment we arrived at the reception for the check-in the staff was incredibly warm, inviting and helpful. I do recommend a sea view room and since a picture is worth 1000 words I’ll let the view speak for itself.
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Hipotels Mediterraneo

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PLATIS GIALOS, A BEACH PARADISE

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Mykonos ofera multe plaje incantatoare, de la cele ascunse si mai putin frecventate, la cele luxoase, unde un sezlong pleaca de la 50 de euro in sus. Loc este pentru toata lumea, indiferent de gusturi si asteptari.

Noi am fost lenesi si din varietatea de plaje, printre plimbarile pe Delos sau in oras, am mers doar la plaja Platis Gialos, chiar langa hotelul nostru.

Mykonos offers many lovely beaches, from hidden gems, not over-crowded to luxurious ones, where you can get a sunbed for 50 euros and even more. There is a place for everyone, no matter the expectations.

We were lazy and between our walks in Mykonos Town and  Delos, we only visited the Platis Gialos beach located close to our hotel.

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Platis Gialos Beach

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THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND OF DELOS

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Faimoasa pentru stilul de viata decadent si petrecerile pana in zori de zi, Mykonos nu exceleaza si la capitolul istorie. Exista cateva povesti celebre, iar mitologia greaca ne spune ca Mykonos e locul unde Zeus s-a luptat cu titanii; insa istoria nu este la fel de bogata ca in Rodos, destinatia noastra de anul trecut.

Chiar si asa, la 30 de minute cu barca gasim insula Delos, o fosta civilizatie cosmopolita, care a prosperat timp de aproape un mileniu, inainte sa reintre in anonimitate. Recunoscuta ca fiind locul de nastere al zeilor Apollo si Artemis, acesta insula devenita loc de pelerinaj a fost de asemenea si un cunoscut port inclus in cele mai importante rute din antichitate. Comertul era principala activitate, multi oameni bogati, din toate colturile lumii au ales sa locuiasca aici, existand dovezi ale civilizatiilor grecesti, romane, siriene si egiptene, toate convietuind impreuna pe aceasta insula mica, dar foarte populara.

Pavata cu gnais, Delos e unul dintre cele mai stralucitoare locuri de pe pamant. Multi au mers mai departe si au spus ca, localizata chiar in centrul cicladelor, acest loc este unul in care energia cosmica are puteri nebanuite.

Famous for the decadent lifestyle and night long parties, Mykonos does not offer much in terms of history. There are charming stories and the Greek mythology places Mykonos as the place where Zeus fought against the Titans, but it’s not nearly as rich in history as Rhodes, our destination from last year.

Even so, 30 minutes away by boat from this lively island lies Delos, an ancient cosmopolitan civilization, that flourished for nearly a millennium before slowly descending into anonymity. Recognized as the birthplace of the two gods Apollo and Artemis, this cult island slowly became a rich port and an interesting location for powerful civilizations. Trading was a popular activity here and many rich people from all the corners of the world settled here in ancient times. There are traces of Greek, Roman, Syrian and Egyptian cultures, all merged into this tiny yet amazing island.

Paved with gneiss, Delos is one of the brightest places on earth. Many have gone further to say that being in the center of the Cyclade Islands this is also a powerful spot, filled with immense cosmic energy.

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Arriving on Delos Island

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RHODES, DAYS 7 & 8

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Am renuntat sa mai detaliez ziua a 7-a si asta pentru ca a fost o zi de leneveala, plaja, fructe proaspete si balaceala in mare. Ne-am luat adio intr-un mod perfect de la insula Rodos. Mi-a placut mult ca grecii au fost prietenosi si mai ales comunicativi. Te trezeai pe strada sau in restaurant cu cate un localnic care te intreba de viata. Daca iti place aici, de unde esti, daca iti place mancarea si ce ai vizitat … si tot asa. Desi duc o viata boema si la pranz ii vezi pe toti cum lenevesc la siesta, am observat ca sunt extrem de corecti. Mi s-a parut foarte amuzanta o intamplare petrecuta cu vanzatorul de la care ne-am luat zilnic portia de fructe pe plaja. Chiar in ultima zi de plaja am cumparat printre altele si o caserola cu pepene galben. Pana acum toate fructele au fost delicioase. Ei bine de data asta nu, pepenele avea un gust oribil asa ca ne-am indreptat cu el spre cel mai apropiat cos de gunoi. Nu aveam de gand sa mergem sa cerem banii inapoi pentru ca nu am considerat ca am patit o paguba atat de mare si oricum eram atat de relaxati incat nu prea mai conta nimic 🙂 Ce credeti? Vazatorul ne-a ochit cu caserola plina langa cosul de gunoi si a venit sa ceara detalii. I-am explicat ce s-a intamplat si am primit o caserola noua cu pepene delicios. Reactia lui a fost una normala, dar avand in vedere ca in Romania multi sunt obisnuiti sa incerce sa iti fure fure chiar si un leu mie mi s-a parut tare dragut din partea lui. I didn’t write about our 7-th day here, and that’s because we had a very relaxing time at the beach, with fresh fruits and many baths in the sea. It was a perfect goodbye. I enjoyed very much the fact that the locals were friendly and communicative. They would just come up and ask about your day or if you like it here, where are you from, if you like what you saw, how was your day … and so on. Even if they lead a bohemian life, with a daily lunch siesta, I noticed they are very fair. And to prove it here’s a story with a very nice salesman from which we bought our daily dose of fruits on the beach. On our last day, we bought amongst others, a cantaloupe casserole. Until now, all fruits were delicious. But not this time … it tasted horrible so we headed straight to the trash bin. We were not planning on demanding our money back or something like that because it was not that big of a deal. Also, we were so relaxed that nothing else mattered 🙂 But what do you think? The fruit salesman saw us with a full casserole right next to the trash bin and came to ask for details. When we told him what happened he went and got us another casserole with a delicious content. His reaction was the normal one but considering that in Romania many people only think about stealing even a single penny, I found his reaction really nice.

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RHODES, DAY 3

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E pacat sa ajungeti in Rodos si sa nu explorati o parte dintre locatiile fenomenale pe care insula le ofera. Am inceput usor azi, cu o vizita pe zidurile orasului. Turul incepe din orasul vechi, de la Castelul Marelui Maestru, chiar din curtea interioara. Daca veti dori sa explorati Rodosul atunci aveti grija sa va incaltati corespunzator, multe dintre strazi sunt pavate cu pietre de mare asa ca adidasii sunt de departe cea mai buna varianta. Plimbarea pe zidurile cetatii dureaza cam o ora; veti avea parte si de cateva peisaje fabuloase. Aveti insa mare grija, zidurile nu sunt imprejmuite de bare de protectie, iar sfatul meu e sa nu va aventurati pe margine pentru un selfie spectaculos. Turul e deschis doar intre orele 12 si 15 (2 euro), si cel mai bine e sa aveti la voi apa si o palarie, vor fi arme importante in lupta cu razele soarelui.  It’s a shame to come to Rhodes and not explore the phenomenal locations offered by the island. We started with something easy today: a walk on the town walls. The tour starts from the old city, right in next to the Grand Master’s Palace. If you want to explore the city, please wear proper shoes, many of the streets are paved with stones from the sea and sports shoes with a thicker sole are the best choice. The walk on the walls takes about one hour and you can see some beautiful sights. Be careful though, the walls are not surrounded by protection bars, and you should not come near the edge for a daring selfie. The tour is open only between 12 and 15 (2 euros) and its best to take with you a hat and water, these are important weapons in the fight with the sun. 

 

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