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Aliathon Holiday Village
Ranked #27 of 85 Hotels in Paphos
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 23 April 2009

Accomodation: we booked a 2 bedroomed deluxe apartment for our family comprising 3 children ages 14, 12 & 2. We had booked for the Fishing Village but ended up in the Aegean Village. Apart from feeling like the poor relations, as the fishing village is lovely, our apartment was actually very spacious, clean and modern, and we were very pleased with it. Probably the best accomodation we've ever had.
Food: the buffet is fine. Plenty of choice but not fabulous food. Some weird things like pink saffron rice (thought saffron was yellow) and sprouts at breakfast but there's something for everyone and we did eat well. The snack bar has a good choice if you dont want to go the buffet again in the middle of the day. Not just burgers and chips but also salads, pastas etc. The mexican restaurant was terrible. They obviously dont know how to cook mexican cuisine and played indian music. When asked what kind of fish reply was "dont know, some kind of seafood!" We never went back but then we didnt go to Cyprus for mexican food. We went to the Greek restauarant 3 times. Food is good but service is a bit sloppy.
In2Action: These guys work really hard and are great with the kids and the adults. There is a range of activity throughout the day and its upto you to join in if you want to. Kids loved it. The evening entertainment grows on you. its not fab like on cruise ships but it is amusing and the entertainment team deserve 10/10 for effort.
Service: pause for breath and they'll snatch your plates away in the restaurant and the staff there dont really interact, but nothing really to complain about.
Location: 20 minutes easy walking to Paphos harbour area. Bus stop opposite hotel runs frequently and also goes to Coral Bay, the only decent beach in the area. Bus also goes to Tombs of the Kings, worth a visit and kids enjoyed.
Hotel: There are 4 pools. 2 in Aegean village are quiet if you want space, but the main pool is fab and very big. The children's splash pool is great with pirate ship, slides etc. great for children of all ages. playground is also very good. The Fishing Village area is beautifully designed and the seating area around the lighthouse is lovely. Never felt crowded and could always find a sunbed. Everything still looks new, clean and smart.
The Aegean Village area has more gardens and is quieter and is very nice aswell but pales against the new area and the 2 areas look like 2 different complexes and dont blend together well. (But that is just a comment and makes no difference to the enjoyment of the holiday)
We had a great holiday. Would recommend to other families with young and older kids. We never go anywhere twice but would definstely recommend and we would definately try another holiday village..........

  • Stayed: April 2009
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Reviewed 16 April 2009

Stayed in a so called SUPERIOR apartment in the old part of the complex to attend the wedding of a friend(thats another story). Found the apartment to be no more that a basic self catering flat with a T.V. in both the living area and the bedroom. The furniture was old and dirty and yes there were ants. The food in the dining room was adequate and there was plenty of choice but however it was either cold or lukewarm. Only had ONE decent hot meal in the two weeks we stayed there. Childrens activities were excellent as we had three in our large party. Entertainment at night consisted of Childrens Activities followed by Bingo and then a show performed by I presume members of the entertainment staff. Drink was local alcohol and the beer was served in half pints. Staff in the bars were hard working as there was only one of them there.

  • Stayed: April 2009
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Reviewed 10 March 2009

We really enjoyed our holiday at the First Choice Holiday village but the first 24 hours were a nightmare. We had paid for a Superior room but it wasn't superior at all. It was located in the older part of the resort and terrible. The room was large but very basis and had ants crawling all over it. Not 4 star and only possibly 2 star.

We complained and after many attempts managed to move on day 2 to a deluxe room in the new fishing village. It cost us around £140 to upgrade for the 2 weeks but was well worth it. The new fishing village is so different to the older Aliathon hotel you wouldn't believe it. If you go here then book for the Fishing Village and I think the only way you can guarantee to get this is if you pay for a deluxe room but believe me you won't be disappointed!

One member of staff in particular was very helpful and a credit to the Aliathon. Her name was Lorraine and excellent. I was surprised that she was a receptionist and not the hotel manager she was that good. It makes a real difference to have someone so knowledgeable and helpful on the front desk. First Choice staff were good in the main but Lorraine was by far the best. I just hope she is still there when we return as she made a real difference to our stay.

We have booked to go again in July but this year will be in a deluxe room!!!!!

By the way book all inclusive as the food is wonderful. We are veggies and had no complaints. Eating out in Paphos can otherwise be very expensive.

ENJOY!

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled with family
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3  Thank CazzaWestMids
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Reviewed 1 March 2009

Fabulous big pool, beautiful modern rooms...lazy miserable staff, terrible food and no beach!!

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 January 2009

I booked this holiday with my boyfriend as a last minute deal, about 3 days before we flew out. We went with only the brochures as a guide and it was absolutley wonderful.

We flew from gatwick and the flight was OK. Despite booking at the travel agents I couldnt get a vegetarian meal on the flight and had to go without. The flight attendants took my details and we paid extra money for pre-booked seats under the impression this would give allow me to get a meal, however on the way back I found out there had been no time for them to sort out the meal as we had booked at last minute. I appreciated this, but would have liked them to have told me from the start. I would have bought sandwiches at the airport and not had to go hungry on the way back.

Appart from the flight the holiday was brilliant. This was my first AI holiday and i was not dissapointed. All the staff are lovely too. Just dont give them free reign with the alcohol when you first arrive dehydrated from the plane - they do make the drinks strong!

The meals were brilliant. Breakfast involved pastries, breads, cereals and fruit as well as a full English with eggs cooked to order. Lunch and dinner have a range of salads, soups breads and pasta, as well as meat and seafood dishes. There was always nuggets and chips available too, which seemed popular with the chidren. There were also a range of desserts too- equally delicious.

During lunch and dinner wine and beer were self service in the restaurant. We heard a few people complaining that this wasnt extended to breakfast too, however! Snacks like pizza, cake and ice cream were available all afternoon until almost dinner time!

Each week you are given a token for one meal in each of the Greek and Mexican restaurants. While they did make a nice change to the main rastaurant, the greek restaurant was a personal favourite. The choice of food was amazing and staff were very accomadating.

The bars were great and there was a range to choose from. Personally, we enjoyed the adults only bar, especially just after dinner while the childrens activities were going on. There were a range of cocktails included on AI which suited me as well as beers, and spirits and mixers.

In the day and the evening there were also a range of activities on offer for free. While the majority of the day activities were aimed at children and families there as a cheese and wine tasting afternoon which was good for mixing with other guests.
In the evening, after the childerns music there were evening activities like bingo followed by a show. Most of these were performed by the very hard working and hillarious entertainment team, although there were also nights with a magician, a sword juggler - not to be missed, a comedy show and traditional dancing.

The entertainments team also organised a competion between one guest and a member of the team each night. Activities included anything from keepy-uppies to marshmallow eating (which my boyfriend won - gaining us a bottle of wine!)

We were located in rooms not in the fishing village. While these rooms did look nicer the older rooms were also lovely. If your AC isnt working shut your windows and doors tightly - we spent a night melting before we had reception tell us this! There were a few ants in the bathroom but they wernt a bother and didnt seem to bite. And I would gladly have a few ants in a resort where I saw one wasp the entire week and didnt come home covered in mozzie bites. Next time we would probably ask to be put in the fishing village - if you get the chance do ask your travel agent.

We spent very little, with everything we wanted available on the AI menu. The only thing we spent out on was souveniers and a taxi to the main town - not expensive at all - we walked back however, in about 20 minutes down a street lined with shops and bars.

It is very hot in cyprus - part of the reason I booked. I came back with a brilliant tan, but those who dont like the heat might not appreciate it as much.

All in all it was a brilliant holiday. We went with very low expectations having paid a fraction of the brochure price, but came home fully relaxed...well, untill we got to paphos airport! Full of the traditional long waits, over crowinding, boiling hot - awful. Apart from that we had a great holiday!

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 December 2008

We stayed at the holiday village in Oct 08 and had the best family holiday.
Make sure when you book your holiday that you request to stay in the fishing village area.....
The complex had a huge extension earlier this year, the old part of the complex looks tired, we stayed in the new part......

When we arrived, our luggage was taken straight to our apartment and we were taken on a 'golf caddy' type vehicle - brilliant when you have children and are all tired from travelling all day.

Our apartment was great, really spacious, had a flat screen t.v in the lounge AND bedroom, dvd player in lounge, a big balcony, great air con, fridge, kettle, toaster, hob(not needed) all nicely furnished, big bed and bathroom was fine.
We did have a problem with the toilet not flushing 1 night, but reported it to reception and by the time we had finished dinner, the maintenance guy had come in fixed it and gone! - Brilliant.
We could not fault anything.

The pools were fab, especially the pirate ship for the children.
The water is very shallow so you can relax a little with non swimmers, and there are water slides, jets and buckets that drop water out from above - great fun for the children.
If thats not your thing there are 3 other pools to choose from (2 on the old complex but fine)

All staff so friendly (evening and daytime staff good fun) and the reps were always available if needed. (unusual on so many previous holidays we've had with other tour operators!)

We went all inclusive and would def recommend as Cyprus is very expensive. The choice of food was huge, - Breakfast especially lovely!! You do get vouchers to go to the mexican and traditional greek restaurant. The mexican wasn't very good but the traditional was great and food fab.

We heard that the evening entertainment was a really cheesy and although maybe a little cheesy sometimes, on the whole, great fun and the entertainment team worked really hard to put on some good entertainment every night.

We do't normally put our children in kids clubs but they asked if they could go in one afternoon (There are three sesions a day!)
They had a great time and we could sunbathe right next to the club, so didn't have to worry. It was free for them to go and they came out having had a fun session with a first choice 'dap' type bag with a sunhat, water bottle and tee shirt All free - Nice touch!

The only thing I wouldn't recommend is booking the car hire through first choice ( they use Sixt) we found them very expensive and had a few problems with our car which meant exchanging it and wasting half a day waiting for them to do so.
But this was an extra thing - the actual holiday was fantastic.

WELL DONE FIRST CHOICE!

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 November 2008

When we booked online we misread the ratings for this holiday village and believed the apartments to be 4 star, when in reality it's the SITE which is rated 4 SUNS. The site rating reflects the quality and quantity of the food outlets, general cleanliness, quality of the swimming pools etc and does not reflect the quality of the individual apartments. Subsequently, when we were shown to our basic apartment (kitchen / bedroom / lounge all in one room) we were very disappointed. I would personally rate the basic rooms as 2 star.

The apartment (room) was a lot smaller than we expected, bare wires hung out from a light fitting (this was rectified after a complaint to the management) and the shower was coming away from the wall (again, this was fixed within the hour).

There was no lock for the toilet door. This didn't bother us but some people may wish for more privacy.
There were complimentary soaps and lots of toilet rolls. Clean white towels appeared frequently, due to the efficiency of the on-site cleaners.

The beds were very hard, but we found that if you take the big blankets out of the wardrobe and fold them in half, you can use them underneath you for some light relief. The stone floors however mean that even small amounts of movement will send the beds sliding across the room. The novelty of getting out of bed to put it back against the wall wears thin after the 4th or 5th time.

The wardrobe was big enough for the two of us, and a few wooden coathangers were provided.

The small, portable tv had a good selection of channels, but the remote control was awkward to use.

The sofabed looked like it had been dragged out of a skip! It was stained and wobbly, with bits of foam hanging out of it. I would not have wanted to have to sleep on it!

After complaining to our rep, she showed us the deluxe apartments in the fishing village. Although they looked quite nice it didn't justify the extra £20 a night, which would've taken an extra £140 out of our spending money simply to get the quality of room we had been hoping for before we arrived.

The manager put a basket of fruit and a bottle of wine in our room by way of an apology, which was a nice touch.
We actually found that the staff were efficient and friendly.

On arrival we discovered that there was a welcome plate in the fridge, with tea, coffee, sugar, milk, crackers and jam. This was another nice touch.

The kitchen was adequately equipped, and clean. I was impressed with the microwave/grill. A cleaning cloth and scouring pad were provided, which was useful. Thankfully, the fridge was not a noisy one (a blessing when you sleep in your kitchen/lounge).

There was a storm during our first night and water poured in under the door. Luckily, I'd put a towel down but some of our things still got wet.

The next day we started getting overrun with ants, but once the cleaning staff had sprayed in there the problem was solved. (Tip: if you want to buy your own ant spray, buy the stuff in the green can from the supermarket).

It was my partner's birthday during our stay, and hotel staff put balloons and a birthday card in our room, which was a nice gesture. (Tip: If you are going to be having a special occasion during your stay, just mention it when filling out your registration form on arrival).

The balcony was relatively large, and the view was pleasant. We had room 413, on the 3rd floor overlooking a pool, close to the main reception.

The pools on site are fabulous to look at, but were far too cold to swim in unfortunately. There were a few brave souls in there midday, but generally they remained unused (there is aparently an indoor pool on site but we did not bother looking for it).There are plenty of sun loungers around the pools, and it was warm enough to get a tan in mid-November.

The food outlets were good. We were self-catering but for just 5 euros per plate you can help yourself from the Lighthouse buffet (Tip: pile the plates high). We did not use the main food hall which the all-inclusive people use, but I took a small peep inside and it looked really lovely.

The Aliathon Village has many, many cats (this seems to be the case all over Cyprus). They tend to pester you whenever you sit outside to eat, which is offputting. If you have issues with cats, maybe Cyprus isn't the best choice for you.

As for the entertainment.....well.....they did their best!
The music in the evening is very loud. If you are hoping for a quiet night in, you'll be out of luck. Even with the tv up high we could still hear the singing until about 11pm.

The actual site is quite stunning, with many different kinds of trees and flowers. It was wonderful to wander around the gardens, seeing fruit trees, grapevines and an abundance of blossoms.

Local buses run regularly to the Harbour and are cheap (1 euro 30 cents), but be warned. After 7pm you'll be very lucky to see any buses at all. We waited for about 40 minutes one evening until a nice couple informed us that bus inspectors go home at 7pm and drivers 'do their own thing' after that! (They'd spent the previous evening waiting for a bus). It cost us 10 euros for a taxi back to the Aliathon. (Tip: you might want to ensure you catch a return bus before 7pm unless you fancy a walk or are prepared to pay for a cab).

We booked 3 excursions via our First Choice rep. We were allegedly the last group of the season to walk on the seabed under the water and feed the fish (fantastic!). The half-day cruise to Coral Bay was superb value for money. The day trip through the mountains was lovely but we were not informed beforehand that we should wear long trousers when we visited Kykkos monastery (luckily they supplied robes for us to cover our legs, or we would have missed the highlight of the day).

Paphos airport has a brand new terminal (opened this week). It is clean and efficient, but there are very few shops in departures (you can buy duty-free and food but I couldn't see anywhere to buy postcards).

Overall, this was a reasonably good holiday but it could've been better if the accomodation was nicer.

  • Stayed: November 2008, travelled as a couple
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Address: Theas Afroditis Avenue, Paphos 8063, Cyprus
Region: Cyprus > Paphos District > Paphos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#15 Family Hotel in Paphos
#15 Spa Hotel in Paphos
#19 Luxury Hotel in Paphos
#23 Romantic Hotel in Paphos
Price Range: £56 - £138 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Aliathon Holiday Village 4*
Number of rooms: 270
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Aliathon Holiday Village in Paphos, Cyprus is an oasis of beauty and tranquillity oriented towards families and couples interested in high quality holidays. The Aliathon Holiday Village comprises of two themed villages, the Aegean and the Fishing Village, set in an estate of 14 hectares, as well as the Aliathon Plaza collection of restaurants and bars. We are very proud of taking care of our guests in an exceptional way and we are the winners of the Gold Choice Award by TUI/First Choice UK for the best Holiday Village in the world in our category. The Aliathon Holiday Village is ideally situated in the resort of Kato Paphos, Cyprus, just 15 minutes from the Paphos International Airport and only 150 meters from the beach. The picturesque fishing harbour and the historical fort of Paphos are within a short stroll from the Aliathon Holiday Village. During your stay at the Aliathon you will be hosted in one of the 287 elegant apartments consisting of studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom independent apartments designed using traditional Greek island architecture offering a total capacity of about 1000 guests. The rooms include amenities such as air conditioning, fully-equipped kitchens, private terraces and balconies, Wi-Fi internet connection and secure parking. The rooms are set among gardens planted with orange, lemon, olive and palm trees, as well as roses, bougainvilleas, lilies and other Cyprus plantings. The Aliathon Holiday Village distinguishes itself in terms of the quality of its recreational and leisure facilities. Guests can swim in four outdoor pools, including the largest pool in Cyprus sized at 3,000 m2, and a mini waterpark (splash pool) featuring a variety of water slides which is always a great hit with the younger visitors. They also have available kids club, creche and Teenagers Club with different activities and animations. The athletic facilities at the Aliathon include two Bowling Green courts, floodlit tennis court, mini-football court, archery range, on site scuba diving, table tennis and game rooms. A unique feature of the hotel is the High Rope Park, the only one in Cyprus--where guests can try their hand at rope climbing and acrobatics, under trained supervision. The Faros Spa offers intense relaxation with a fully-equipped fitness centre that includes a steam bath, sauna, hair salon, three spa treatment rooms and an indoor swimming pool with Jacuzzi (whirlpool). The Aliathon Holiday Village provides a full range of dining options. The Holiday Village include two restaurants-a main Pantheon Buffet Restaurant and The Karnayio Snack Bar - as well as four pool bars offering a variety of snacks, drinks and cocktails. Three night bars are also available. The Aliathon Plaza located at the front of the Holiday Village and operates four of the best restaurants in Paphos, including the Aegeon Greek Restaurant, the Mezedogonia Cypriot Taverna, the Poco Loco Mexican Cantina and the "Mare e Monti" Italian Restaurant. It also offers two pubs and two bar-clubs where the Aliathon Holiday Village guests and local residents are welcome. ... more   less 
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