Arrived back yesterday from a weeks holiday with my partner and 5 year old daughter, staying at the Papantonia Apartments between Pernera and Protaras, South East of Cyprus.
Had read reviews with regards to the complex, and we were a bit dubious before we arrived as they ranged from good to bad.
We arrived at the Papantonia following a 1.5 hour transfer from Larnaca Airport (only takes 45 minutes, however there were a few drop offs to various hotels on the way).
The reception/lounging area was pleasant, complete with internet and gameboy facilities (charge payable - not sure how much as we didn\'t use them), pool table and large flat screen tv. The receptionist was equally as pleasant and in no time at all we were opening our 1 bed apartment door with one of those credit card type keys ...
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The apartment was clean and we considered it to be spacious, however would agree there is little wardorbe space if you have full capacity. Air con is welcoming in the bedroom, although a little bit too noisey for me during the night. Could have done with air con in the lounge for the sake of my daughter during the night as it was pretty warm.
Maid visited every day apart from one day part way through our week. Beds made on each visit, clean towels and linen every other. The maid even washed a couple of glasses we had left in the sink, which we had intended on washing later in the day!
We had originally booked our holiday as self-catering, however we decided to go all-inclusive while we were there as we had heard Cyprus as being very expensive. It was definitely value for money (cheaper than the brochure price, so worth book while you\'re there and the added bonus of this is that the minimum is 3 days, so you can have a day off like we did and go and check out the food in the local restaurants (yes it was quite expensive, so decided to go all-inclusive for the rest of the week!). The downside you do miss out on the culture, atmosphere, sights and smells. On the upside it was convenient as we had decided while we were there, to enjoy our week relaxing by the pool in amongst the palm trees as the Papantonia is situated in a quiet location. Food was good, although oddly mixed some days and a little repepitive with regards to the deserts. Children are catered for e.g. beans, mashed potatoes, spag bol, chips, nuggets etc, etc. Local drinks (alcoholic and soft, water) on tap whenever you want. Bar snacks are also inlcuded.
The restaurant and bar staff did there job\'s well, and a few went out of their way to in terms of politeness and friendliness.
The Papantonia\'s location is ok. Pernera is a 10 min walk and Protaras is a 25 min walk. Pernera has a handful of restaurants, bars and souvenir shops and stretches over a broken 30 minute walk. Protaras is a much larger version. Taxis\', buses and car hire are readily available though.
Childrens entertainment was very good and staff worked hard to ensure they were having a fab time. Adult entertainment was ok, if you\'re into that type of thing, however the staff worked very hard to deliver.
Would definitely visit again!
The Papantonia made our holiday!
Tour Operator: First Choice