Went for a 11 night break with my husband, 7yr old and 13 yr old daughters.
As mentioned in other reviews, we had orange juice and some sandwiches and crisps on arrival (arrived around 11:30pm) which was welcoming.
A colleagues daughter had just visited the hotel and recommended that I email ahead and request a pool view room, which I did, but on arrival we were allocated a restricted sea view. I had half a mind to go back to reception but to be honest the room we had was so nice so I decided to stay there. We had 2 rooms, one was a double bedroom (huge bed, really comfortable), and the other had bunk beds and a sofa/lounge area. The decor was very modern and fresh and full a/c. Also a bath/shower room. The shower wasn't very powerful but it did the job.
Both rooms had a flat screen TV with some english channels (BBC news, The Chase, Eastenders etc). Both rooms led onto the same balcony which overlooked the entrance and the Nags Head pub.
There was a bottle of water when we arrived and also a small fridge which we don't normally experience on all inclusive. Nice touch.
There was absolutely loads of storage space, i couldn't fill it all. 2 big wardrobes, loads of drawers, a long pull out cabinet under the TV perfect to hide all the toiletries.
One thing I didn't realise is that they have the same plug sockets as UK so we didn't need adaptors.
The hotel is quite big. A few different blocks. One main lagoon pool, quite large. A childrens splash pool, adult only pool and indoor pool with jacuzzi and sauna. A gym which I used about 6 times (not bad, 2 runners, 2 bikes, 1 crosstrainer, 1 stepper and a variety of weight machines and free weights, was never full, max I saw was about 6) There is a spa and you can book treatments (roughly 1euro per minute going by the price list - 30 min massage approx 30 euros, manicures, facials etc) but we didn't use it.
Kids enjoyed the lagoon pool so we stayed there most days. We always managed to get a bed although if we slept in, we stayed by the bar on the tables, until someone left, kids still went into the pool and my husband and i had a few drinks and read the paper or a book.
We went out for the day 1.50euro each (half for kids) to go anywhere on the no 30 bus route (usually along the coast) runs every 15 mins. The old town was quiet, the usual tat shops but also some nice ones and also mainstreet shops, topshop, coast and debenhams further down.
On our way back there were no beds so we went in the indoor pool which very rarely had more than a dozen people there. The jacuzzi is lovely, but the pool is colder than the outdoor one. Kids under 14 are not supposed to be in there without adults but there was a group of boys unsupervised playing around with the sauna, getting water from the pool to pour on the coals, back and for, swearing, throwing water about. Very annoying but thats the parents fault not the hotel.
My youngest went to the kids club most days. Bit confusing at first as there is the hotel run one, and a Thomson one. Thomsons is 1:30 to 3:30 daily (free) and some themed evenings which you had to pay for. PJ party 10 euros, chocolate party 5 euros. They would justify the price saying that it included a meal in the hotel but we were all inclusive anyway!!, but my daughter enjoyed going so it was worth it for her.
The hotel run one was 3-4pm by the pool bar so overlapped the Thomson one which was a bit weird but my daughter would come out of the Thomson club and catch the last half hour of the hotel run one, no problems.The hotel entertainment staff are predominantly english and are all very friendly and helpful. Jess was lovely and her aqua aerobics (daily 12pm) is worth doing. There was plenty of daily activies, and they don;t hassle you to join in if you don't want to (water volleyball, quizzes, even a management versus guests football match which was fun ....beware they have a female pro on side and they play dirty but all part of the fun!!) The evening entertainment is not the best, but its not the worst i;ve seen. Kids disco 7:30 to 8, then bingo (not bad cash prizes, saw one win 250 euros), then the in house team do some sort of cabaret act. Once or twice there is hired entertainment. magician - quite funny, and acrobats - ok. The in house team work extremely hard though and smile throughout and my kids enjoyed watching them so thats all I cared about. Theres not much outside the hotel, The pubs and restaurants are a plenty, but empty.there is a small fair a few 100 yards next to Mcdonalds, its a bit pricey though. The Nags Head gets full of an evening (usually from the hotel when all inclusive stops at midnight) and we can hear them on the karaoke into the small hours but I dont mind that. would rather hear it at night than be woken up early hours by pool cleaners etc. We stayed on the balcony and laughed at the singing attempts actually.
Wifi is a bit weird. you have to sign in depending on where you were (pool, lobby, bar, restaurant) kept my teenage daughter happy apart from there is no signal in the room. On the last day however we found a signal if you stood at the far end of the balcony!
Thomson run a few excursions (water park, 4x4, boat trips) but our kids were happy to say by the pool so thats what we did.(trips were quite expensive anyway 250 euros for boat ride for the family)
The food is exceptional in this hotel. The variety is huge. One thing that stood out for me is that you wait to be seated, and shown your table by the waiter/waitresses so there is no need to worry about grabbing a table, or losing one when you get up for food, which is usually my experience in other hotels. its all run very smoothly, definately stress free. There is a kids section which is lower, so they can select their own. Plenty of fresh fruit and the cakes are to die for (hence the trips to the gym). There is also an outdoor BBQ or A La Carte on selected evenings which you have to put your name down for at reception. Both excellent. You are only supposed to go once to both but we were invited 4 times to the BBQ and always said yes.
There is also a cafe above the indoor pool and snacks and drinks are included here. we used them once when we missed dinner after going out for a few hours, but to be honest, never needed to snack in between meals because main meals were so plentiful. The adult Zeta bar opens when the cafe and pool bar closes at 6pm so there is always somewhere to get a drink. Kids can sit outside by the outdoor stage and there is usually a film on in the outdoor cinema to keep them quiet (frozen, Despicable me 2, Gravity, Hobbit etc).
All in All a lovely hotel. Very clean, and the staff can't do enough for you. The cypriots are very friendly people in and out of the hotel. My youngest cried going home. I would definately go back.
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- The Atlantica Oasis Hotel re-opened its doors in 2007 with a partial face lift. Located in the centre of Limassol just a few steps away from the beach, the hotel is the perfect place to live your dream holidays. An excellent range of facilities offer families and couples endless hours of fun. Only minutes from the wild nightlife of Limassol, surrounded by bars, restaurants and clubs. ... more less
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