Have just returned from Le Meridien, Limassol - a real five-star deal all the way with the most pleasant staff I have ever encountered. We went on a Times newspaper offer which included flight and free half-board. Air Cyprus is a good, old-fashioned airline from uncrowded Terminal One at Heathrow, open bottles on the drinks' trolley and peanuts - remember them? Taxi transfer was waiting at Larnaca Airport and took about 40 minutes to Limassol. The Meridien is very large and spacious, set in beautiful grounds (the power station is some miles away and you don't see it.) We changed rooms to a sea and pool view as these are south and west-facing and get the sun. Some standard rooms are north-facing. Rooms are very large, huge bed, beautifully-appointed - yes, the bathroom is divided into three by sliding doors for convenience of use by two people, not at the end of a corridor! We had free bottled water and fruit every day - and you can get BBC1, BBC2 and ITV1 on the TV if you want; it's nice to keep up with the news. Our half-board entitled us to either table d'hote in Le Nautile restaurant, four course and very high standard of food and service, or themed buffet in Le Fleuri, the more popular restaurant. If you've experienced Spanish hotel buffets, forget them - this was a totally different experience. Beautiful hors d'ouvres, soup, main course, dessert, help yourself. We tended to eat about 9pm once the families had finished, and the excellent waiters were still putting out fresh trays of food at 10.15 pm. The food varies from French to Italian to a wonderful seafood night and a Cyprus night with dancing. Watch out for the 'Dance of the glasses'!Breakfast is a wonderful hot and cold buffet, with omlettes to order. Other restaurants were closed until summer - but you didn't really need them and the lack of crowds more than compensated. I should imagine the hotel gets very busy in high summer - but do you really want a Cyprus summer? There were plenty of children there, but the hotel is large enough to avoid them if you want to. We didn't sample most of the amenities - Penguin Club, tennis, archery etc, we were just happy to swim in the huge heated outdoor pool, the smaller indoor pool and the unheated saltwater pool - chilly but bracing. You catch a number 30 bus down into Limassol, if you really want to - castle is OK but limited, and 'old quarter' is small. We walked along the beach and boardwalk to the Amathus archeological site and then had a beer in the fish taverna nearby. We heard complaints from other families - no kareoke, nightclub or bingo - it's simply not that kind of hotel. Some teenagers were 'bored' - isn't that a job description of being a teenager? There is a wealth of activities - we were happy to swim, walk, over-eat!, sunbathe, read and simply be with each other. And the hordes of wild cats? There's several families of pampered moggies which have been there for ten years, beautiful cats which are checked by a vet every year and enjoy five-star luxury! I intend to be one in my next life! We'll definately return, probably in May or October when the wind drops, the temperature rises a little and the schoolchildren are in school.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The resort lies on 100,000 square meters of land by the beach being the only international 5-star hotel chain in Limassol. An excellent choice of spacious accommodation to choose from, and ‘adults only’ spa wing for couples to enjoy full privacy. It has 8 restaurants to suit the most discerning tastes and has 5 outdoor swimming pools. Its renowned spa & Thalassotherapy Center has over 125 treatments to choose from. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Meridien Limassol Hotel Limassol
- Le Meridien Cyprus
- Limassol Le Meridien