My mum, brother and I have just returned from a two week stay at the Helios Bay Apartments and we really have had the best holiday we could have wished for. The reviews on Trip Advisor are very positive and I can totally see why. On arriving at the Helios, we were warmly greeted and escorted to our hotel room, which exceeded our expectations. We had a third floor room, 312, with the most stunning view of the sea and the beautiful sunsets every evening. We requested a sea view by email which Nicos the manager responded to personally, and it was just exceptional!!
Our room was spacious and modern, with a large living area, kitchen area and one large bedroom and bathroom. The decor was lovely and airy with much more room than we needed. The living area has two sofa beds, a coffee table, a flat screen TV and a glass door leading to the balcony. The kitchen is well equipped for self catering and spotlessly clean. The bedroom has laminate flooring throughout, a massive wardrobe, dressing table and patio doors also leading to the balcony. The balcony was a good size with a clothes airer and table and chairs. The bathroom was very modern with a lovely bath/shower. Air con is free of charge and works very well, very welcome in 40+ degree heat! There is also a safe, that you can hire for 8.50 euros a week. Wi-Fi is free in Reception and works very fast. However for 15 euros, and 7.50 euros for extra devises, you can have Wi-Fi anywhere in the hotel and it's grounds. The maid service was excellent, they cleaned our room every day, cleaning the windows, doors, floors and surfaces thoroughly. Towels are changed 3 times a week and our bed linen was changed twice a week. If we were in our room, the maids would quite happily come back later. All of this, along with our fantastic view of the sea and coastline made our stay perfect!
The grounds of the hotel are immaculate with palm trees and lots of greenery. The pool area is large and clean, with plenty of sunbeds for everyone. My pet hate is having to get up at silly o clock in the morning just to get a bed, but at the Helios there is no problem at all, even though the hotel was fully booked when we went. The pool is large with a shallow and deep end, as well as a smaller child's pool, perfect for all ages. It is so warm, almost like a bath, delightful! The pool bar serves fantastic food and drink at a very reasonable price, we ate there at lunch most days and what the menu called 'snacks' was equivalent of a main meal in England!! The girls who man the bar are lovely!!
For those people wanting a hotel that has entertainment every night, this is not the hotel for you. The Helios is a low key, family run hotel with a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere; those wanting entertainment would be better staying at one of the larger hotels. However, the barbeque on Monday nights is a must, the food is wonderful and the Greek dancing and singing is great fun.
The location of the hotel was perfect for us, far enough from the hustle and bustle of Paphos itself, but close enough if you want to catch a bus in to the harbour of an evening. The bus stop is directly opposite the hotel and any journey, whether you want to go 2 stops or 20 stops, is only 1.50 euros. Very efficient and always on time, running every 10 minutes!! They are also air conditioned. There are a number of exceptional tavernas within 5 minutes walking distance of the hotel, our firm favourites were Sienna and Wisdom, the guys in Wisdom remembered us every time, and when we left they gave us a nice farewell! There are also supermarkets on the same strip, which sell everything you might need.
There is plenty to do on the island, near Paphos. We hired a car for 3 days and went to Pafos Zoo and the Akamas coastline, however all of these are also accessible by bus. Coral Bay is only 10 minutes up the road and Paphos harbour and Tomb of the Kings is 10 minutes in the opposite direction. We found the Helios Bay was in the perfect location, everything we needed we had.
Overall, this holiday at the Helios Bay was faultless. The staff in the hotel, Nicos the manager, are all very friendly and will do anything to make your stay the best it can be. All aspects of the hotel; the food, the pool, the staff, the room and even the weather were all absolutely perfect! We asked Nicos for late checkout as we weren't being picked up until 9pm, and he sorted this out for us straight away.
This exceptional hotel is perfect for families and couples alike, and is very child friendly. A truly wonderful hotel in a wonderful location!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Helios Bay Hotel is located on the beach between Coral bay and Tombs of the King. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Helios Bay Paphos
- Hotel Helios Bay