Hotel review: Michelangelo Resort & Spa, Kos

Perched on the far southeastern corner of Kos, one of Greece’s Dodecanese gems, you’ll find Michelangelo Resort & Spa, with a steep mountain backdrop and views of the Aegean Sea that have to be seen to be believed. From their cliffside spot, the property’s buildings reflect traditional Greek cubiform houses with a refreshed colour scheme; natural earth tones replace the classic white and blue and the glittering sea peeks through the architecture at every opportunity. This picturesque setting, combined with an out-of-this-world pool, make Michelangelo Resort & Spa a real treat to call home.

Image courtesy of Michelangelo Resort & Spa
Image courtesy of Michelangelo Resort & Spa

The pièce de résistance is the resort’s infinity pool, an expansive cobalt-coloured affair that blends in seamlessly with the equally azure waters of the sea behind it, creating a never-ending expanse of water which only stops when it reaches the land mass of Turkey in the distance. Though it’s a little chilly, leaning over the edge and gazing out to sea is really an experience that shouldn’t be missed. Some of the best views arrive come evening when the poolside à la carte restaurant Mediterraneo becomes the perfect place to settle in for dinner and a spectacular pastel-hued sunset.  

Like any good all-inclusive resort (if you opt to go all-inclusive, that is), food is abundant and delightful, with an almost constant supply of dishes from 7.30am until 9.45pm. Breakfast consists of everything from eggs, bacon and cold cuts to fresh pastries, smoothies and delicious Greek honey. Expect a huge array at lunch and dinnertime too, with carved joints of meat, classic Greek salads, freshly cooked fish, cheese boards, fresh-made sushi and so much more. If you can even move after dinner, the main bar, Juliano’s, has sink-into sofas perfect for lounging off your dinner with a cocktail in hand. Speaking of cocktails; opting for all-inclusive board entitles you to as many as you want.

Image courtesy of Michelangelo Resort & Spa
Image courtesy of Michelangelo Resort & Spa

If you fancy a change of scenery from the infinity pool with its bed-like sun loungers, you could always venture down to the beach, just a short walk down a set of rosemary-lined stairs. There you’ll find a black lava pebble surface with more of the comfortable sun loungers and a beach bar for all-day drinks, as well as day beds and fatboys if you just feel like lounging in the shade and getting lost in a good book. Or, head to the swim-up bar to combine two of the best holiday pastimes: pool-lounging and cocktail-drinking.

Elsewhere, the hotel is home to the tranquil Therme Spa, where expert therapists are on hand to bring your holiday to a whole new level. Mood-lit treatment rooms combine with luxe essential oils and soothing musical tones to bring you complete de-stressing, unwinding, luxuriating relaxation, and the rest of the spa facilities are top-notch too, so tranquillity couldn’t come more easily.

Image courtesy of Michelangelo Resort & Spa

For endless ocean vistas and the opportunity to watch what we can only imagine is a fabulous sunrise (early birds, we are not), be sure to upgrade to a Premium Seafront room, which gives you prime sea-viewing potential as well as easy access to the famed infinity pool. In the evenings, your soft sheets will welcome you in, whether you’re tuckered out from a day of exploring the island or just spent horizontal by the pool.

Words by Rosie Mulford

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