Before I write my review about my wedding/holiday i want to make sure that everybody knows how fantastic the reps/staff are at this village. Dave/Kayleigh/Sarah/Alan work harder than any other reps that I have ever met and the proffesionalism and committment that they put into their jobs is fantastic!!!!!
The village itself is fabulous and the quality of the food is excellent considering the numbers that stay their. There could be more choice in the buffet restaurant but the kids seem to love it. I liked that fact that not only did the reps keep the kids entertained but also the adults with some great activities. As you can see I thoroughly loved the place!
Now the negative stuff
We went for our wedding booked through first choice and was looking forward to the day very much. Everything booked and paid for we turned up at the hotel and got taken to our upgraded Deluxe Studio whilst our friends went to their Deluxe Apartment....not knowing what the difference was before we arrived we believed we would have a spacious room as we had our 8yr old son with us. The room our friends had was far more spacious and private than our. Had first choice explained the difference we would have upgraded ourselves but we were more than happy!
We met with the wedding planner and went through all the details and she advised us a car would be picking us up at the hotel to take us to the town hall to go through the legal stuff at a cost of £32. The town hall is 3 minutes away from the hotel and the normal taxi service costs £8......dont let them force you into taking their own taxi.........
We expected the extras that they offered to us and whilst expensive we agreed that we would take up some extras eg. flowers/extra champers
Then 2 days before the wedding we got a call from the planner advising us that the hotel wanted 50 euros per guest to allow them to come into the hotel for the wedding to cover drinks costs etc........with 20 guests attending the wedding you can imagine the horror. We had written to first choice back in february asking whether we had to pay for a day pass or can the guests just pay cash at the bar which they confirmed that they could do.
We spoke to the planner who advised she would speak with her boss and sort it out, She then rang back and advised that the hotel would do it for 30euros......still not having it we threatened to cancel the wedding as we didnt have the money...you can imaging how my soon to be wife was feeling now. The hotel manager asked to speak to us in person which we did and he sat us down in his office behind his desk and proceeded to explain (lecture) the reasons why they are charging us.
We explained that we would not be paying anything extra as the guests were only at the hotel for a matter of 30 minutes before we went to the reception down at the harbour. He then stated that our guests were only allowed in the hotel from 1:30pm until 2:30pm and we then had to leave.............not very accommodating but we were happy with it.
Upon leaving the hotel we heard many more stories of the hotel management trying to obtain extra money from wedding parties which were totally unexpected, I believe they try this to get a little bit more from people as more people will pay it that challenge it.
make sure you understand what charges you may incur and always challenge when they try to charge you for extras. We were told that we were the only couple who didnt accept the charges and now they have agreed a special rate of 15euros for guests attending the wedding who are not staying at the aliathon.......
Apart from this the wedding day was amazing and the staff made us feel like celebrities. Another tip is book your reception/meal down at the harbour in one of the fantastic restaurants (posedonis) as as your walking through the people you get cheered/clapped anc congratulated and is makes you feel so special
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Aliathon Holiday Village Hotel Paphos
- Aliathon Village Paphos
- Holiday Village Aliathon