We travelled as a family - 2 adults, 1 child at the end of July and had a great time - although some aspects could be improved on:
The hotel is beautiful, very modern and clean. We arrived at 10.30pm and were met by a friendly porter and receptionist. We were shown to our room and given a tour and shown how everything works (including shower) The room was a standard room with a pool view and was very impressive - plenty of room for 3 - comfortable beds, great bathroom / shower. As all the evening entertainment happens by the pool if you want an early night it could be noisy but all
quiet at 11pm which isn't unreasonable. Mini fridge was well stocked - safety deposit box free and hair dryer and large tv, bathrobes and some toiletries supplied. Cleaners are good - but come into the rooms very late sometimes - latest for us was 6pm when we wanted a sleep before dinner! We also had to complain about glasses and fruit peel left on windows which wasn't moved - although to be fair this is probably more of a reflection on other guests ( why would you do that?) rather than hotel staff - it was cleared when we mentioned it.
The pool area is gorgeous - very warm water and the in-pool jacuzzis are lovely - towels provided (it would have been nice to know this before we travelled!) and no fighting for sunbeds at 7am. Plenty available throughout the day. The pool bar could be slow - the girls serving seemed to fall out a lot and one was quite scary but we found is amusing rather than annoying - there was waiter service if required and the guys bringing drinks were lovely - ice cream milkshakes and soft drink cocktails available for kids - and all drinks and cocktails available on AI which was good. The service could be slow which was frustrating at times. There was a shaded area in the pool under the bridge of the bar which the kids seemed to like.
Big improvements need to be made on the food side - it was all a little bland in the main restaurant and not always hot - having said this the salads / fruit / bread etc we're lovely as was the fresh cooked omelettes in the morning - I feel it is missing some kind of fresh cooking area where steaks, fish, kebabs etc are cooked to order at lunch and dinner - and fried eggs, pancakes etc should be cooked fresh in the morning not let standing to go cold and rubbery. Availability of some items was also sporadic - the feta cheese was amazing but kept running out! The hot vegetables were either very over or under cooked and there were too many stews. But we always found something to eat that was acceptable. We found the service in the restaurant to be good - the waiters were always polite and friendly - maybe a little over enthusiastic in clearing plates but I think that's down to them wanting to be helpful. The Italian restaurant was lovely as was the Greek TAverna - we didn't try the Mexican as the menu didn't really seem Mexican at all and we had mixed reviews from other guests. We booked early in our holiday and had no problem getting a table.
Entertainment was mixed - there was always something happening during the day around the pool but we were happy not to join in - aqua aerobics, water polo and poolside games - they didn't impact on our relaxation as the pool was big enough. Evening entertainment was not really great - but no worse than any other hotel we've stayed in - kids liked bingo - this would have been better earlier and the act of the night after - one or two acts were ok but they could probably be improved on. Service in the evening was great by the pool but very slow in the lobby - day time staff in the lobby were great - it went pear shaped in the evening.
We took advantage of the water park and got in free as Jet2 travelers - we also got drinks and towels - if you arrived at 10am it was really quiet and we had the pool and slides to ourselves for half hour - kids loved it.
We want into paphos a couple of times - bus was €1.50 and took about 15 mins - the promised free scuba diving lesson proved to be a taster session in the pool when cydive visited a couple of times a week - not as advertised- although we went on a Discover Scuba course with them and it was good.
Don't go if you're looking for a beach holiday- this is none existent - hopefully the area will be developed in time as it's a little scruffy - empty bottles and rubbish laying around - the pool area was beautifully clean though so we didn't mind not having a beach.
Anyhow all in all we enjoyed our holiday - I wouldn't say its a 5* - the surroundings are lovely (except the beach) but the food needs improvement. But we had a lovely holiday, met some lovely people and would go back - especially if the management take note of the reviews and improve the food.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel enjoys extensive well cared exotic landscaped gardens of 100,000 square meters. This deluxe hotel offers luxury superior rooms, family rooms, swim up rooms, junior suites, presidential suites and suites with private pools. Stylish and spacious interior as well as modern amenities will ensure your deluxe stay. Offering a combination of high quality service and true Cypriot hospitality, the King Evelthon Beach Hotel & Resort is a dream hotel for all ages. The vast array of facilities and services make this hotel ideal for families and couples seeking prime location, contemporary accommodation, delicious cuisine, sports and entertainment, peace and relaxation. Enjoy the Premium All Inclusive (PAI) for the most treasured moments in a magnificent spot by the Mediterranean sea for a relaxing stress free holiday.This luxury hotel is located on the seafront , a truly quiet setting with easy access to local bars, restaurants, taverns and shops. The famous Medieval Paphos Castle, Tomb of the Kings ancient site, Coral Bay and the Akamas Peninsula nature preserved area are all within easy access of this new hotel. ... more less
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