We paid a lot of money for our holiday and from speaking to a lot of guests at the hotel, we probably subsidised their holidays.
The first couple of days there were only 34 people in the hotel, and this number did not increase significantly for the remainder of our holiday.
The staff worked very hard and did everything they could to please.
Spa excellent, used it twice, Spa reception does not do it justice.
The evening meal setting was very nice on the terrace (waiter service), in the amphytheatre I did not like the fact that you had to go down steps to get food, and then carry it back to your table.
Travel operator: Argo
The Air conditioning was very good, keeping the room at just the right temperature, we even had to turn it down later in the week, as we got more used to the heat.
The only problem I had with the room was that there was no plug socket near the mirror. However I asked the engineer for an extension lead and within 10 mins 1 was in our room. The room was cleaned every morning and the maids came round again in the evening to turn the bed down and leave more shampoo etc...
It wasnt only the rooms that were clean, the pool was cleaned every day, while we ate breakfast and the public areas and gardens were immaculate.
We were only bed & breakfast at the hotel, with which there was lots to choose, ranging from cold meats and cheese to a full fry-up with plenty of fresh bread and rolls. If you want toast, it is best to get that first, as the conveyor belt toaster was a little slow. The only other meal we had in the hotel was a carvery buffet, which was really good, especially eating outside by the pool. We thought that 14.50CYP per head was very reasonable and the chefs were very generous with the food.
We also ate at the pool bar which was nice, with food ranging from salads to burgers and chips. The swim-up bar was very refreshing and the staff were very friendly, a really nice touch!
Although on first arrival the hotel seemed a bit far from anything, most places are easy to get to. There are 2 bus stops just outside the hotel, one over the road which goes to the harbour and the other, on the same side, goes to Coral Bay. All bus rides, no matter how far you travel, are 70 cents. We did hire a car for four days and found that the driving in cyprus wasnt as bad as we had heard, quite civil in fact.
There are a few restaurants right next door to the hotel, along with a pub and a cocktail bar. Then down Tomb of the Kings road on the way to the harbour, there a lots more restaurants. Fat Mamas and Sisyfos roof Restaurant, were favourites of ours as the food was lovely and was excellent value for money.
The evening entertainment was quite good. There was 3 or 4 people which we saw maybe twice during the week, each very different. But if you wanted more nightlife then barstreet is only a cab ride away, costing approximately
Travel operator: Olympic
The staff were friendly and helpful, and very attentive around the pool and garden areas. The room was a bit basic, and the common parts a bit dated, and I gather that the hotel is to be refurbished after Xmas, when it will be closd for 3 months. This should make it a really fine hotel, provided they do it right!
It is located about a 15 minute bus ride from Paphos, and that suited us fine, the town being a bit 'touristy' for our taste.
Around the hotel are a number of bars and restauaurants, some better than others, but all of a reasonable standard. Yes the hotel is expensive but it is 5 stars.
The only thing that drove us bats was the poor quality of the 'entertainers' in the bar in the evening, although I should say that some of the older residents seemd to have a whale of a time! Be warned!
Travel operator: Lastminute.com
Staff around pool area are lovely and efficient and will try their best to help. Free frozen handtowels and fresh melon are handed out regularly - a welcome refreshment. Staff in main restaurants are also friendly although rather swift to take away plates, although restaurants were half full they made you feel at times, that they wanted to feed you and get rid of you.
As for staff in reception, not impressed! They are too inward thinking and not customer focused enough. If you have a slight problem they are too quick to blame you and then later after a lot of hassle finally admit the error was theirs! No apology.
If you stay half board, and want to have lovely music whilst eating or attend Greek nights etc you must pay suppliments. Also bar prices are ridiculous, you pay 2-3 times as much as anywhere else.
There is a bad smell near the tennis courts ie. septic tank problems.
I strongly recommend visiting local amenities for food and drink, there are some good places, with good prices, ranges of food and drink and extremely friendly staff.
This hotel is not in walking distance of Paphos centre.
Evening entertainment is rather boring, repetitive and stops very early as bedrooms are within region of main hotel bar.
Travel operator: Cyplon
We cannot recommend this hotel highly enough! Our two small boisterous boys had the time of their lives and the hotel was so child friendly.
The staff were delightful with the children and the wedding was handled beautifully.
The food was of a fabulous standard and apart from the evenings we barely left the hotel.
We chose not to use the beach as someone warned us that the currents could be quite nasty....this wasn't a problem as the pools were excellent for the children with huge areas that were shallow and plenty of shade.
Local bars and restaurants were child friendly and offered great menus.
The hotel standards of cleanliness were faultless and I would stay here again like a shot.
Travel operator: Olympic
The hotel staff were perfect, and although the hotel got a little busy at times it was all a very pleasant experiance. The food was great and they offered a wide variaty of fresh courses throughout the day. Yes, although the porices are a bit high what do you expect from a 5*? We had fresh sheets everyday and all the toiletries you could possiably want! The outside was great and the pool MASSIVE. It closed early in the evening but that was only to clean it so that it would be made as nice it was the next morning. The perfect green and colourful gardens were beautiful and the gym and sprts facilities fantastic. Defenitly worthy of 5*s the best holiday ever, looking forward to coming back next year! Reccomend it to all of you!
Travel operator: mytravel
Remember to ask for childerens menu when you sit down in the evening otherwise thay assume kids will have the ala cart menu.
Staff polite and always very helpful
Just be aware men must wear long trousers for evening meal,no shorts allowed.
Just shame there wasn't more local bars to walk to.
Travel operator: Oylimpic
We were given a room in the premium wing, but they forgot to give us the pass to get into the premium lounge. The third bed in our pleasantly large room was a Z bed which had seen better days, and which collapsed under our daughter on the third night - as the rest of the beds available were no better, she opted to sleep on a mattress on the floor for the rest of the week. The sheets and towels were changed daily, and there was a plentiful supply of toiletries provided. However, the maids could be over zealous, as somehow my travel size freebie of Estee Lauder face wash was thrown out whilst still half full.
Our main niggles were
1. the fact that the airconditioning was controlled by the keycard, and it wasn't that pleasant walking into a hot room and having to wait for the temperature to drop - however - we discovered that any credit card sized piece of plastic triggered it and providing the maids had serviced the room, we could safely leave the aircon on.
2. The mini bar - prices for the contents were extortionate, and if you wanted to use it for your own supplies, you could for
Travel operator: Independent
Customer service was poor. We tried to upgrade room to make our honeymoon that bit more special, but the full upgrade price of
Travel operator: Unknown
You can also go and visit many places throughout the whole island - and there is a lot to be seen for everybody. If you are not a "culture vulture", you'll definitely become one.
The other thing about the so called "hotel's beach" and Cyprus as a whole is the beaches - there are only one or two sandy ones so stick by the pool and you won't regret it.
And one last thing - do not go for half/full board. You can be spoilt with choice and we would definitely recommend the famous "meze" - you will put at least 2-3 kilos while staying in Cyprus.
Travel operator: Argo
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