This was a second visit to the Thalassa having previously visited the neighbouring Coral Beach prior to its slow, inexorable decline into three star mediocrity.
The hotel is 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 unimpressive... however, once inside, it reveals its true quality. The hotel itself has a peaceful and relaxing ambience, the fact that children are generally discouraged being a big part of that, is spotlessly clean and the bedrooms are nicely appointed without clutter – they were actually designed as interconnecting rooms and have been made into bedroom and separate living room with two bathrooms which is always a bonus. 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 surrounding area itself is generally okay, about 10 minutes walk up a hill can be found Coral Plaza where there are restaurants and bars.
Back inside the Thalassa, the breakfasts were generally excellent, with a good choice – though surprisingly lacking low-fat yoghurt. We had a superb meal at the Psari fish restaurant, which I’d not been too impressed with on our previous visit, but was eminently so on this occasion. However, the Ambrosia restaurant, which had been decent last year, was disappointing this time ‘round, exacerbated by our misjudgement in visiting it on our last evening [which on vacation always has the effect of making something good feel excellent, and something bad feel dreadful]. The menu seemed more limited than I recalled, though the food was good, but the service was appalling – to describe it as inefficient would be kind. We waited lengthy periods of time between the initial courses (despite the fact that the restaurant wasn't busy) with waiting staff seemingly appearing and disappearing at random, and by the time of another interminable wait for the sweet our patience was exhausted, so we up and left. It must be said that the Management of the Hotel dealt with this issue graciously and efficiently the following day, only reinforcing my generally positive impression despite this hiccup.
To end on a positive note, which is far more representative of our overall vacation experience at the Thalassa, the staff are generally very agreeable and helpful, particularly Ewan on the front desk who’s very efficient and extremely personable – many a late half hour was spent discussing sports or putting the world to rights, Thomas, Alina and Pambos Michael, The Manager.
- 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