Fifth visit to the Thalassa, which speaks for itself. Having previously visited the neighbouring Coral Beach prior to its increasingly rapid decline into absolute mediocrity, the Thalassa remains a beacon of excellence for the Leptos Group.
Situated on a peninsula in a quiet location with either side of the hotel facing sunrise or sunset – go for the latter as the views over the bay are pleasant and not interrupted by the older Coral Beach Hotel.
From the outside, however, especially from a distance, it looks distinctly unprepossessing... however, once inside, it reveals its true quality. The hotel itself has a peaceful and relaxing ambience, the fact that children under 12 not generally allowed being a big part of that, is spotlessly clean and the bedrooms are nicely appointed without clutter – most were were actually designed as interconnecting rooms and have been made into bedroom and separate living room with two bathrooms which is always a bonus. We had a suite on the 6th floor with outstanding sea views from two sides of the room and two balconies. The rooms are spotlessly clean with bed linen and towels changed daily – the housekeeping staff are beyond reproach. Now, I grant you folks don’t visit the Med to watch TV, but during the late evening and first thing in the morning it would’ve been nice to’ve had more than two English-speaking news channels! The hotel needs to address this as a matter of some import – perhaps by investing in some upgraded digital equipment. Also, the wi-fi whist free [as it should be in a 5-star establishment] was temperamental and kept ‘dropping out’ which was annoying when one wanted to use the ‘net. This needs addressing/upgrading, also. The pool area is neat, tidy and excellently located for views of the surrounding area and well designed as a sun trap for the sunbed-inclined, with a nice beach bar on a lower level and stairway access to the sea. The Spa is quite expensive but you get what you pay for, which is all one can really expect. The gym is small, was not effectively air-conditioned during our stay and needs some upgrading.
The nearby beaches are nice enough, the surrounding land area at best 'okay' - a typically Cypriot mixture of villas, desolation, tipped rubbish, half-built structures and tourist establishments, not exactly alluring but classic coastal Cyprus - from the sublime to the ridiculous all in a mile. We’re biased, we love the place – but it does have a ‘character’ all of its own, not for all tastes, perhaps. About 10 minutes’ walk up a hill can be found Coral Plaza where there are restaurants and bars. It's tacky and something of a neon-nightmare after dark, but safe and not short of eateries - not many of them very good, unfortunately. I highly recommend Trattoria La Vigna, Emelios the owner is a charming host and splendid chef - and warn the discerning eater off the Tex Mex opposite - Rio Grande -- beyond abysmal.
Back inside the Thalassa, the breakfasts are excellent; with a very good choice – though surprisingly lacking bread loaves - the bread mainly consisted of dry rolls and batons - not at all impressive and the one black mark. Hugely disappointingly, the Psari fish restaurant remained closed throughout our stay, about which I was not too impressed. The Ambrosia restaurant is the other [decent, albeit costly] option if you plan to eat in - but the menu needs an overhaul.... the food is terrific but there is not enough to choose from desert-wise. If you're able to do so, book some nights Half Board direct with the hotel before you go - it's cheaper.
Our overall vacation experiences at the Thalassa have always been that the staff are very agreeable and helpful, and this time was no different - particularly but not exclusively the following: on the front desk Euan who is ever efficient and personable, Penelope [Popi] who's diligence and charm are always to the fore, and Nicholas, plus Thomas of course; in the restaurant Aristos the knowledgeable and cheerful Matre'd, both Olga’s who were engaging as always, cheerful-George and Andreas, and at the bar, Mario. In overall charge, Pambos Michael, the former Manager who's now GM over the Coral Beach as well as the Thalassa who has always been willing to our observations and address any issues swiftly and positively, and once again [ably assisted by his PA Christina] dealt with an annoying matter relating to IT - it wasn’t solved but it was addressed swiftly and timely feedback provided - I am confident it will be resolved by our next visit. We met the new Ops Manager of the Thalassa – seemed like a pleasant chap, and finally a mention for Apricot-the-cat – one to melt the heart and bring a smile.
Would we return? Yes. Will we return? Yes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- SENTIDO Thalassa Coral Bay . Location: Quietly nestled on the Maa Peninsula, an ancient Greek archeological site and surrounded by the crystal waters of the Mediterranean, Thalassa overlooks the beautiful golden beach of the Coral Bay where the radiance of the setting sun has mesmerized guests with majestic beauty and tranquility. The property borders the Akamas National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty, and ecological significance, which is protected by UNESCO and also encompasses the endangered turtle breeding site of Lara Bay. Lobby: The moment one enters the gracefully designed Lobby with breathtaking views, the mood set for a never to be forgotten experience. Accommodation: All rooms and suites are beautifully designed, all with sea view. Every room is as chic as it appears and includes; full marble bathroom, certain suites even include Whirlpools and personal saunas, lavish bathroom amenities, balcony, IDD cordless telephone set, internet access, satellite TV, Hi FI- DVD system, mini bar, and electronic safe to name a few. Anagenisis Spa at Thalassa is the first holistic spa in Cyprus. The spa features an array of signature treatments inspired by the four corners of the earth and from the past of ancient Greece. The spa reflects our philosophy of complete serenity and relaxation while highly qualified therapists offer personalized service focusing on the guests' individual wants and needs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Thalassa Boutique Hotel And Spa
- Thalassa Boutique Hotel Paphos
- Thalassa Hotel Paphos
- Thalassa Resort Paphos