Set amongst attractive gardens, pool areas, beach and sea views, the Golden Coast certainly looks the part. Extremeley clean both inside and out, good facilities and a generous number of sunbeds (very few, if any, towels at 6am), the hotel on first impressions deserves it\'s 4 star rating.
Unfortunately the hotel fails to deliver on the basics. Food and entertainment. Do not stay all inclusive (as we did with our unfashionable wristbands), heaven knows how many times the food was recycled. Chips at breakfast! Do me a favour. Most dishes were luke warm with very little taste. Breakfast was passable, lunch a complete no no and dinner very hit and miss.
We eat out for snacks at lunch to get more variety and better scenery.
However drinks on all inclusive were good value, very few restrictions and a good choice of local ...
Sorry, but the entertainment was very embarassing, poorly put together with very little ideas - from a Brits point of view, entertaining to a mixed number of nationalities does not work. Having stayed at a Thomson Gold hotel for Brits only, their shows are a different class.
The hotel service was very good, but lacked some warmth and familiarity. Twenty years ago, we first visited Cyprus (Sunrise Beach) and were absolutely bowled over by the local Cypriots and hotel staff. Now it seems that many of the staff are non Cypriot, which detracts somehat from being in Cyprus.
That said, all the staff worked their socks off, especially around the bar. Weddings are very popular here, so there is added pressure and the hotel copes with this very well.
One word of warning, access to the childrens pool is on a slope and can be very slippery!
Rooms with a good (front) sea view are worth the extra supplement, as side and rear accomodation have poor outlooks and tend to be in full sun during the day, making the rooms very hot.
All in all, the holiday will be remembered by the wonderful weather and excellent scenery. Entertainment and food especially, will prevent us from returning to the hotel, but certainly not Cyprus.
Tour Operator: Thomson