Having returned only hours ago from a seven night stay at the Eleni, I had to get straight on Tripadvisor to share what a fantastic hotel this is.
I travelled with six other friends and we arrived at the hotel just before midnight. As a previous traveller has mentioned, the all inclusive does end at 2345, but as we had done our research, we were prepared for this and were able to purchase drinks at the bar (very reasonable prices too). We were also handed sandwiches and fruit to eat before we headed off to bed. I am a little puzzled why previous reviewers are shocked that all inclusive ends at midnight, as in my experience that is the norm.
The rooms were spacious and the beds were comfortable. One of our rooms has an issue with air con, but it was fixed as soon as we reported it. Requests for extra pillows were also dealt with in a flash.
The food was lovely. There was plenty of choice and I was happy to see lots of local dishes on offer. All the hot dishes were piping hot, there was also a large and imaginative selection of salads and soups at every meal. There was a thoughtful balance of local dishes (all exquisitely cooked, I found out the hotel prides itself on having its own butcher and getting their meat in fresh every day, hence the mouthwatering, melt in your mouth beef and pork dishes). The fish was excellent, too. The local lager, Keo, is lovely and there were a dizzying choice of cocktails on offer. The bar staff were, without exception, wonderful, I really cannot understand how anyone could find any one of them remotely unfriendly. Chris, Theo, Ana at the top bar were always cheerful, happy to chat and ready to accommodate even the weirdest drinks requests, and Adam at the pool bar was always smiling even through some of our awful attempts to order drinks in Greek! Speciality coffees are available on all inclusive if you ask for them with the local version of the liqueur in them. A previous reviewer complained that you could only get one drink per person at the bar on all inclusive, thus "forcing" the elderly and infirm to struggle up to the bar if they wanted a drink. This is not the case at all! Yes there are notices in place saying one drink per person, but the bar staff quickly get to know how many are in your party and are happy for one or two people to come up and "get a round in".
The entertainments staff were tireless and eager to make sure there was always something fun to do around the pool, but you never felt you were being badgered by them to take part, they got the balance exactly right.
Reception was 24 hours and the staff were great, no request too big or small.
After dinner entertainment was great - quizzes, bingo, discos, cabaret acts. Lets face it, this is not Las Vegas, but it was all so much fun to watch and almost impossible not to join in.
The weather was stunning, the pool large and immaculately kept. There is a separate infant pool, and also a separate water volleyball pool, which was hilarious. There are plenty of sun loungers and sun umbrellas that can be arranged in whatever formation you wish. There is a lovely grassed area overlooking the sea, and a massage and fish pedicure area (not part of all inclusive, but excellent prices).
Our rep, Lucinda, was excellent and made herself available frequently during our stay and was genuinely concerned that we should have the best experience we could. She gave us comprehensive info about the local area and all the activities available to us, but did not try to hard sell us loads of expensive trips. We did pay for one trip, the Half Day Heaven Ocean Flyer which is a MUST for anyone who likes boat trips but with a bit of luxury (limited numbers, luxury craft, all inclusive fabulous food and drinks) and excellent value for money.
We did not do any other trips or really leave the hotel at all as it had everything we needed. There was a wide mix of age groups amongst the guests and we made loads of friends around the pool and in the bar. As did our travelling companion, Pete the Pineapple, who became very popular with guests and staff alike.
As with so many things in life, the quality of your stay here depends on your attitude. If you are friendly and accommodating to the staff, then I promise that they will bend over backwards to make your holiday there as fantastic as ours was.
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- Also Known As:
- Eleni Holiday Village Paphos