from lazy beach days to sultry summer nights
Life is sweet at Cook’s Club Ialysos. Pitched close to the lively village of Ialysos on the Greek island of Rhodes, this hideaway draws fun-loving guests keen to strike out to hazy beaches by day and hip bars by night. Explore seas a glittering shade of azure and swoon over plates of just-caught fish or ouzo and olives at tucked-away seafood joints.
If you’re in need of wilder thrills, get a dose of adrenalin whilst breezing over the waves of the Aegean by kite surf or windsurf. And as dusk descends, dip into the area’s bars, restaurants and achingly cool clubs. As for Cook’s Club Ialysos, it’s enduringly fun but mellow: dangle your legs in the pool and feel the sun on your face; linger over cocktails by a resident mixologist with globe-trotting credentials; and gawp over impeccable dishes prepared in its live cooking stations. All this plus there are live DJ sets, theme nights and parties to ensure the scene morphs from laid-back to ultra-hip as the day drifts to night.
Cook’s Club’s pristine pool is the hub of the action. Nab one of the pillowy loungers and wallow poolside to a soundtrack of laid-back beach tunes, cooling off in the water and dozing in the shade of a palm or pine trees. If you like to flow, stretch out in a yoga class held in the serene pavilion; take time out to breathe in the meditative courtyard; or work up an appetite in the gym. And there’s a whole lot of thrills for adventure-seekers, from hiring bikes and insider cultural tours to snorkeling trips in water as clear as glass.
Expect poolside dining with panache at Cook’s Club acclaimed restaurant, Cantina. Helmed by a team of young and ambitious chefs, the open kitchen whips up street-style-food with a focus on big-hitting flavors plucked from around the world, whether you’re craving international-inspired plates or comforting Greek dishes. Open for breakfast from 7am till 10:30am and from 12 till 10pm, its menu is a collection of quick bites, inventive vegan and veggie dishes, languid lunches and dishes made for sharing after long hot days on the beach.
Pitched next to the pool, Captain Cook’s Bar is a lively spot to order a cocktail or three with a curated collection of drinks from around the world and a resident mixologist. From aperitifs to inventive cocktails and classic Cook’s Club signature drinks, the bar is open all day but truly awakens as the sun goes down.