We are seasoned travelers rarely stunned by our accommodations. As we proceeded down the dirt road to the villa, we wondered what awaited us. Suddenly the house appeared set among trees and Japanese gardens. The setting is magnificent — a meandering path leading to a swing, a Japanese rock Garden and a Japanese Garden with a wooden bridge and a pond with a waterfall. It is a magical place. The house has several outdoor porches and verandas and we had breakfast outside every morning enjoying the serenity of our surroundings. While the Villa seemed a world apart, it is well located and only 10-15 minutes away from Rhodes and most major attractions. The beds were comfortable and the pillows divine. The kitchen is extremely well equipped with more then sufficient plates, cutlery, pots and pans. Spyros’ eclectic music collection ranging from new jazz, Japanese and classical was greatly appreciated. Best of all were Spyros and Vivi who were gracious, warm, generous, thoughtful and helpful with many useful tips.
Harold and Nancy from New York April 2018
Our family (2 adults and 2 children (4 and 1 year old) were in Serene Retreat Villa in August - September 2017. It was our best vacation! Lovely huge house, which is located very close to the city of Rhodes, but is surrounded by a delightful nature. The house has a beautiful terrace where you can have a nice dinner. Nearby is a beautiful garden with fruit trees, the fruits of which you can try. An ideal place for a relaxing holiday with children and traveling through the magnificent Rhodes! To have complete freedom, of course, you need a rented car. We want to say that the wonderful owners of the house, ViVi and Spyros, have become real friends for us! Our children also made friends) We had some great parties together, went to different places on the beautiful Rhodes! They gave us a lot of useful advice. For example, upon their recommendation, we visited the magical island of Symi. ViVi and Spyros, many thanks to you once again for the delightful month spent in beautiful Greece, on the magical island of Rhodes, in your beautiful society!
Evgeni from Russia September 2017
Serene retreat is a most beautiful place! Surrended with a very peaceful and magnificent garden, the villa is very well furnished and offers everything you need to spend marvellous holidays. Vivid and Spyros are delightful hosts and would do the impossible to make your stay an unforgettable experience. They guided us in the island discovery and pampered us from the beginning to the end of our Rhodian stay. We highly recommend Serene retreat eco villa!!!
Isabelle from France August 2017
"My best Airbnb experience yet. The house not only fulfilled but exceeded our expectations. Driving down the road through the forest we already felt transported to a realm of serenity and quietness. All you saw was the forested hills and valley and all you heard were the sounds of nature, the birds and the wind above the background sound of the cicadas. That was something we hadn’t felt for a long time, since we usually dwell in big cities. At the house, we felt very far away from the hustle and bustle of the crowded cosmopolitan Rhodes city although it is actually only 5 minutes away from it and from the best beaches. The house, the gardens and the views are as beautiful as shown in the pictures and beyond. Everything showed the owners attention in every detail giving the house a warm and homey energy. Every time of the day there were always cool spots with shade to relax in the garden and verandas around the house. The feeling of the place was so relaxing that there were moments that we didn’t want to leave the house. We spent time appreciating the place itself either hanging out all together, or isolated in the separated spaces in the garden and verandas around the house ( we were two couples). The moon rising view from the veranda was just epic. I was a bit worried about the lack of AC, but it turned out that the house was cool enough by the breeze through the windows and the ceiling fans. The owner told us that the house was orientated and situated among existing trees so that it was kept cool by design, and it really was. An actual eco villa. Everything listed on the house description was accurate and the whole place was immaculately clean. The hosts were a pleasure to deal with, very warm hearted, helpful and very concerned about our needs. They were also an invaluable source of advice for exploring the island. We had a memorable experience and we highly recommend it. Thanks for everything Spyros and Vivi we will definitely be back."
Spyros from Greece August 2017
"When i first visited this villa, i was astonished by the location. It is a beautiful forest like environment, near the sea. It felt like I am in a movie set. It is very rare to have big, wholesome trees in your backyard. The name Serene is this case is very accurate. There is no noise around you whatsoever, you just immerse into peace while you hear the subtle noise of the tree leafs and the distant sound of the sea in the background. The house is very practical, with Japanese touches and has all amenities needed to enjoy the nature. Here is Nature first, House second. I would recommend this place to anyone who wants to have quality time in Rhodes, far and away from the noise pollution of bars and clubs but very near to the most significant, "must see" places of the island. Highly approved and highly recommended."
Yiannis grom Greece July 2017
"Unspoiled piece of heaven
Amazing place in the middle of a natural forest, a true oasis of tranquillity ideal for relaxation and meditation. The garden is a marvel and the hosts are truly friendly and accommodating - they will go out of their way to make you feel at home. The cats were an added bonus for us! The property is ideally positioned very close to the town of Rhodes, with plenty of gorgeous beaches within a couple of minutes drive. It was an unforgettable stay - we're looking forward to get back!"
Cristian from Romania July 2017
"Perfect house for vacation
We enjoyed our holidays here very much. The hospitality was beyond any expectation, and anyone of us found its favorite activity here: contemplating the beautiful Japanese garden, playing table tennis, drawing, listening music etc. Although only within several minutes from Rhodes town center, the place is very quiet and calm, nothing disturbed us. I would definitely recommend such a special place for holidays."
Mark from Israel October 2016
"Great family and excellent villa
Mr Sypros and his family was very kind and helpful. They had thought about our needs and our children's needs beforehand.They share their own villa, their field and garden with you. It was very enjoyable to have a holiday with sincere people in such a natural environment.There are all kitchen equipments, music CD's, children's play area and toys inside the villa. We will definitely go again if we have the opportunity."
Lydia from Turkey September 2016
"Everything was perfect, the owners are very friendly, villa is so cool, the garden is lovely.."
Harun from Turkey August 2016
"Wish I lived there!
Beautiful quiet villa with stunning surroundings. Only 10 minutes drive from the center of the city of Rhodes and the Old Town. Owner very polite and helpful, has put a lot of effort to make our stay as close to paradise as possible. Very clean and with all comforts, I would highly recommend it for people who seek calm summer vacations and families with small children."
Marili from Greece August 2016
A real gem
Our journey began with our rental car’s non-functioning navigator, but Spyros came to meet us and so we finally found the remarkable Serene Retreat Villa. From the first sight it turned out be the most wonderful and perfect place for a total relaxation. It was amazing to be so close to Rhodes City but at the same time in the middle of nature. The house was so beautiful and well-functioning in every way and a cooling wind flowed through the whole house making the atmosphere indoors very pleasant. We didn’t feel the need to use the air-conditioning nor the fans even though the temperature was about 28 degrees Celsius every day during our stay. Sounds of nature were present making a total contrast to Rhodes city and other places crowded with tourists. Our hosts Spyros and Vivi and their children were wonderful and genuinely warm-hearted. They did their very best to ensure that our stay would be perfect. We were treated with delicious home made food and local delicacies as well as vegetables from their garden. Our hosts wanted to make sure that everything was alright during our stay and we felt that we could always ask for their help if needed. Serene Retreat is a real gem for families travelling with children. Our one-year-old truly enjoyed running around the amazing garden, exploring the abundance of flowers and other plants and bugs, playing with the cutest little kitten and watching the other animals of Serene Retreat. Living in the Villa with a toddler was very easy and comfortable because the house is fully equipped for families with children (baby cot, high chair, bath tub for a baby, a potty and l ots of toys and books for children). Thank you so much, Spyros and Vivi, for your genuine and real hospitality and kindness. We have travelled quite a lot but the atmosphere in Serene Retreat Villa is something unique and harmonious. Please let us know if you ever plan to visit Finland and Helsinki.
Jouko and Anna from Finland. June 2018