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Looking for non-smoking hotel/pool area in Cyprus

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Looking for non-smoking hotel/pool area in Cyprus

Apologies to those who smoke, but I just can't stand the smell of it, indoors or outdoors, and neither can my kids!

We've booked flights to Paphos in Oct, and now looking for accommodation. Are there any hotels or other resorts on the island that have taken the step to ban smoking in the pool areas (I hate watching the kids splashing through all the fag-ash on the ground) and/or outdoor bars/restaurants (as I'd rather not sit down to a meal and have someone light up at the table beside me)?

We stayed at a campsite in Spain recently and the pool area there was designated non-smoking, although it wasn't really enforced, but it was a great improvement, and a surprise as I hadn't expected that in Spain. Unfortunately the people in the caravan next door were chain smokers so we couldn't sit out, and the restaurant was completely outdoors, therefore a no-go for us too. I sympathise with smokers, but don't think it's unreasonable to want to stay somewhere without our entire holiday being spoilt by other people's smoke. However given the culture in most Med countries, I'm not especially hopeful, but it's always worth asking!!

Thanks for any advice :)

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1. Re: Looking for non-smoking hotel/pool area in Cyprus

It varies a great deal here. By law, smoking should not be allowed indoors now but many restaurant and bar owners choose to turn a blind eye, and it is allowed outdoors. So you end up with outside dining areas being unpleasant as that's where the smokers want to sit. As for a pool area being designated "no smoking" - not a hope!

It's worse in the winter when people are reluctant to go outside, and usually the bar owner will say "don't worry, smoke inside its's ok"!

Trisha

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2. Re: Looking for non-smoking hotel/pool area in Cyprus

Thanks. Really frustrating, isn't it?! Smokers have every inch of outdoor space allocated to them...all I want is one little swimming pool so that we can sit as a family without the stench of someone else's smoke. You can have an area with 100 non-smokers in it, and it just takes one person to light a fag and we all have to smell it. I might start bombarding the UK tour operators who specialise in family holidays and see if any of them have plans to have a non-smoking pool at any of their resorts in the future... a lot of these hotels have half-a-dozen pools... would it really be SUCH an inconvenience to smokers if just one of those was designated as non-smoking so families could actually enjoy the holiday they're paying thousands for?!! Rant over lol

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3. Re: Looking for non-smoking hotel/pool area in Cyprus

The USA is the place to go for consideration towards non-smokers - particularly Florida.

Good luck with your planned communication with the tour operators.

Trisha

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4. Re: Looking for non-smoking hotel/pool area in Cyprus

Absolutely - I've been reading about that already, definitely the place to go! We're looking at Florida for 2015 when funding permits, but unfortunately in the meantime it's Ryanair and cheap hotels for us until we can afford it!

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5. Re: Looking for non-smoking hotel/pool area in Cyprus

In defence of smokers (I'm a non-smoker) they do have to stand outside in the cold during British winters if they want a fag. I agree that non-smoking pools is a good idea, but then again I've always believed that allowing smoking in a limited number of pubs in Britain would be good idea too.

Cyprus hasn't adopted the anti-smoking mentality as strongly as the UK or USA and you will sometimes find indoor bars with ashtarys on tables (which I do think is wrong - and is illegal). Certainly worth pursuing your idea though as I'm sure there are a lot of people who'd like smokeless zones on holiday.

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6. Re: Looking for non-smoking hotel/pool area in Cyprus

There are no 100% non smoking hotels in Cyprus that I am aware of, indeed smokers are not villified here as they are in UK. I see you have also posted this question on T Cooks Facebook page. Operators share their hotels with other operators, not just from UK so they would have to contact each hotel individually to check their policy.

I found this in 5 seconds:

http://www.nonsmoking-hotels.org/

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7. Re: Looking for non-smoking hotel/pool area in Cyprus

The site doesn't have a very comprehensive list of countries - Cyprus isn't on there.

Trisha

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8. Re: Looking for non-smoking hotel/pool area in Cyprus

Probably because there are no none smoking hotels in Cyprus.

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9. Re: Looking for non-smoking hotel/pool area in Cyprus

You will probably be best to find a little apartment complex that has a pool as they tend not to be very busy so less likely to encounter smokers.

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10. Re: Looking for non-smoking hotel/pool area in Cyprus

Whilst I applaud you potential stand against smokers ruining your holiday, be advised that all of the hotels that my wife and I have stayed in over the years have always had a mixed clientèle from many countries. Eastern Europeans in particular appear to see smoking indoors and with and after their meals, a right. Cypriot hoteliers are reluctant to upset their customers and a blind eye is invariably turned to the smokers. When I complained about the clouds of cigarette smoke polluting my air and my meal, it was my wife and I who were brusquely moved and not the smokers who were breaking the law. good luck.