It seems fitting that the first person apparently to write about ‘Celiac disease’ or intolerance to gluten – was a Greek doctor called Arctaeus back in the first century, as Greek Hotel chain Aldemar Hotels (www.aldemarhotels.com) is about to launch ‘gluten-free holidays’ at two of its luxury properties.
The hotel group is one of Greece’s leading hotel groups, offering eight four and five star properties in Crete, Rhodes and the West Peloponnese and has reputation for offering healthy lifestyle programmes in conjunction with its Thalassotherapy Spa Centres that cater to travellers with specific health and dietary needs, as well as holidaymakers looking for pampering and relaxation
Now they have gone a step further by catering for the ever increasing number of people that are gluten intolerant with a new range of menus, which will launch in early 2011 at the five star Royal Mare in Crete and the five star Royal Olympian in the West Peloponnese.
Aldemar Hotels Launches Gluten-Free Holidays In Greece
New menus available at Royal Mare in Crete & Royal Olympian in the Peloponnese
Specific menus have been established in collaboration with the dieticians, doctors and chefs at the Thalassotherapy Spa Centres and will be available at no extra cost to guests from next year as long as they inform the hotels two weeks prior to arrival that they will require gluten-free meals.
The deluxe Royal Mare is the flagship hotel for the group and offers the Royal Mare Thalasso Spa, the first Thalasso spa centre in Greece. The hotel has 341 rooms, 97 of which have direct access to the thalassotherapy centre and 10 specially tailored for those with mobility problems, plus 43 deluxe suites in building complexes.
The Royal Mare Thalasso Spa is one of the top ten thalasso spas in the world and has won numerous awards for its innovative treatments. The hotel is also renowned for its tennis facilities and offers seven tennis courts including one central court and six international standard courts. The Aldemar Tennis Club is open from April until October and novices to professionals can enjoy the facilities and expert tuition.
The five star Royal Olympian on the mainland offers the Royal Olympian Spa and Thalasso Centre and features 143 rooms and 63 Suites housed in building and in bungalow complexes. The luxury suites range from one storey pool to seafront suites to two-storey sea view suites for two to four people.
Earlier this year the group created “healthy corners” in all of their main restaurants that offer diners sensible-eating choices for those looking for a healthy holiday, plus guests can also request ‘spa cuisine’ meals as part of specific programmes at the Thalasso Spa Centres.
A week’s stay in early May 2011 costs from €938 for seven nights based on two people sharing a garden view bungalow and including breakfast at the Royal Mare in Crete. Flights can be booked direct with Easyjet (www.easyjet.com) from around £115 per person in May 2011.Preices at the Royal Olympian start from xxx and flights can be booked through Thomas Cook Flights from Gatwick to Kalamata. Car hire is advisable for the holiday at the Royal Olympian.