We have just returned from The Atlantica Bay, we had booked this hotel for our delayed honeymoon, and we were left feeling disappointed. The hotel staff are wonderful and can't do enough for you. The public areas of the hotel are great and very clean., but our room had damp patches on the walls, broken lampshades, and broken chairs on the balcony! Not much to quibble about really but when you've paid to upgrade the room, it sorta stings a bit! When we booked this hotel we were led to believe it was 'exclusive' to Thomson Gold, thinking rightly or wrongly that it would be child free-wrong! On our 1st morning there were screaming children in the restaurant, and later in the week, jumping in and out of the pool, which for a relaxing holiday isn't good!
The food although nice gets very repetivite and boring, we went all inclusive. But another option is to upgrade to a drinks package. There is nothing around the hotel, a few bars about 10 mins away but thats it! The hotels private beach is awful, and not well looked after either. The entertainment is good, but there is no escape from it, if you want a drink on the terrace you have no choice but to listen to the entertainment! If you get the chance to catch an act called Operatunity do it because they were fabulous!
A few have said this hotel is quite it isn't the surrounding areas outside of the hotel are but not the hotel itself.
The Gala Dinner didn't impress us either, the only difference to a normal night is that you eat out by the pool, which when it's warm isn't very comfortable, and you don't get the choice of joining in with the Gala dinner, you sort of get held to ransom, you either join in or don't eat, unless you're willing to pay for room service, which isn't cheap!
This hotel does have it's plus points, the waiting staff are excellent, both in the bars and resturant. Debbie and Jamie, the entertainment team do a sterling job but again there is no escaping the noise coming from the entertainment as most of it is centred around the pool, and trying to relax with a water polo match going on isn't great. Sunbeds-what fun, if your idea of a relaxing holiday is getting up at 6.30 for sun loungers then this is the hotel for you! If you didn't get up early to put towels on the sun loungers, you didn't get one! The hotel allow the towels to be left on loungers ALL day without anyone on them! The hotel has apparently told the Thomson reps NOT to remove the towels on loungers!
We went on an excursion 'Cyprus Uncorked', please avoid this trip, it is 122 euros, and we were fleeced is all I can say. We spent 7 hours in total on this trip,on a bus with very limited air conditioning going around in circles. We booked on it because we had wanted to visit the Kurion, we spent 15 mins there, very disappointing as all the guide books say it's a great place to see, such a short time that we didn't see all of it. This trip takes you to the foothills of the Troodos mountains, why I still don't know, then lunch is in the roughest, dodgyest part of Limassol old town, just don't beleive the hype on any information about this excursion! We complained about this trip to the rep, and all we were told is she'd pass the information on, but i really doubt that will happen I got the feeling from the reps, that all they wanted was their commission from selling the trips!
We enjoyed the holiday and it's is the little things that let this hotel down, and that is mainly because of Thomsons I think, they make the hotel feel like a holiday camp,and it's not what we paid our money for.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on a hillside looking out to the sapphire-blue seas of Limassol Bay, the Atlantica Bay is a truly luxurious retreat. The hotel blends superior service with superb facilities, providing guests with memorable experiences. Close to the ancient ruins of Amathus, in a spot that was made for peace and quiet, it really does set a perfect holiday scene. With the local bus stop just opposite the hotel, you can take a short ride into the old historic town approximately 10 km away. The hotel features 201 modern rooms, the main dining area “Leda Restaurant”, “A la Carte Restaurant”, “Olympus Lobby Bar” with a chic outdoor terrace, “Pool Bar”, Hermes Fitness Center, The Bay Spa and 2 outdoor pools (1 pool covered & heated in winter season only). May to October (weather permitting) enjoy the facilities of our Sands Beach Bar & Tavern surrounded by our own private garden area. Free WiFi in all rooms and all public areas. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Atlantica Bay Limassol
- Hotel Atlantica Bay
- Atlantica Bay Hotel Limassol