We stayed in September 2011 for a week as all inclusive guests.
#Hotel and environment
The Hotel is located directly on the beach about 30 minutes per bus from Larnaca Airport
which was a plus for me since I don't like long bus transfers. There are two other hotels on
The bus stop to Larnaca city is across the street, the bus leaves every 30 minutes (on
the hour and half past) on work days and the fee is 1 € per person and tour.
There are some mini-markets and bars and restaurants around the hotel. The restaurants
are expensive I've been told (no need since the Hotel food is good)
You could see the planes approaching and leaving in the distance but there was no noise to be heard since they were far away enough.
I guess the target group of this hotel is an older and laid-back audience. There was a
kids-club and there were some families with toddler-aged children but most of the guest
were pairs or group of friends.
A plus: there were no noisy or annoying guests who stood out negatively.
The whole hotel was refurbished recently and is very nice looking. The air-conditioned
lobby is held in white-coloured theme and I loved the lounge like sofas and rocking chair
like seats with the cushions.
After we stepped into the lobby a bellman took care of our luggage.
The employees at the reception were very helpful. The safe for the room is not included
and about 12 € a week (17 € for two weeks).
A plus: the safe works with a customized pin code so you don't have to worry about
another key when at the beach etc.
As a all inclusive guest a beach towel who is changed every morning for each guest is
included (if they are not on the bed, ask the maid).
We haven't checked out the fitness club io the indoor pool but there is a ping-pong table.
After were brought to our room the bellman discovered that a lamp wasn't working, he
called a service technician who not only appeared after a few minutes to fix but also help
us setting up the safe.
Our room was located on the first floor on the non-pool side above the service area near
the front entry of the hotel. Other people have written that one's sleep would be
disturbed from the waste disposal and delivery cars but with closed windows we never
heard any trucks.
All rooms have a side-way view to the sea and beach and a direct view of one of the two
near-by hotels. On our side (facing away from the pool area) you may have trouble with
the rather noisy air-condition facility from the neighbour hotel, especially if your room
is located more to the sea-side. Since we were far away from sea side we had no problem
with this with windows closed (temperature usually never drops below 20 degrees Celsius
at night in September so you have to keep the windows closed and the air-condition on
anyway.) As I understand the rooms on the pool-side are more expensive. Here you will
hear the music played in the lounge if you go to bed early (music always
stopped at midnight, though).
#Food and Bars
There are two dining-halls. The main one is air-conditioned, the other opens to a nice
patio where you can look at the pool area and lawn. This is also were breakfast and lunch
is served. The pool bar is joined to this dining-hall. The snacks for AI guest are also
The dinner food was good. There was a selection of native dishes like Loukanika (Smoked
and spicy sausage)and Koupepkia (Stuffed vine leaves). There were different kinds of
pasta, fish, pork, lamb, beef, chicken etc. During our week we had lot of variety.
Breakfast is so-so, could use some diversification in the cheese and ham department. We
didn't go to lunch but enjoyed the snacks (fresh fruit, sandwiches, donuts and cakes
Be sure to book All Inclusive - it's worth it. Especially the beverages are very
expensive for non-AI guests. Be sure to the taste the local beer (Keo), though. Very tasty.
The staff at the bar and restaurants was very attentive. They even came to our table to
take our orders although were wore AI wristbands (never had this before, I was used to
always get my stuff myself at the bar as an AI guest). The bar(wo)men were Eastern European, yes but nice, the other staff were mainly natives.
The whole stuff is an asset for the hotel: efficient but not hectic, friendly, polite and obliging, never intrusive or with
artificial friendliness. You felt really cared for and welcome.
Entertainment was every evening in the so called Meltemi Lounge which included one of the
two outside bars and had very comfortably seating areas (mostly the the rocking-chairs
like seating). There was the mandatory country-typical evening on Tuesdays with a
musician and a folklore group who showed some Greek folk dances complete with the
traditional costumes (the "dance with the glasses" was really amusing).
The musician (who on some other evenings also appeared as an solo act and hat a nice
voice) played a bouzouki live to some backing music from this computer and played various
style of music: From the mandatory sirtaki and zorbas to pop-classics and some contemporary Greek pop-music.
Another evening a piano man was playing some really nice relaxing music.
On weekends there is special kind of Entertainment: As some people already wrote, the
hotels (as the other two next-doors) are used for weddings. But don't panic it is not a
bad as it sound, On the contrary this was quite a funny experience.
For us as guest this meant the pool attendants began to remove the sun beds and
umbrellas from the lawn on late afternoon. We were not bothered or chased away, they
simply removed the unused sunbeds. Some tables and chairs were put on the lawn. The beach and pool could be used as usual.
From my observations (which may be totally wrong) Wedding Cypryotic style goes like this: all wedding guest form a long queue. The bridal pair welcomes all their guests, they shake hand with each guest while the guests move forward like a cog wheel through the hotel's pool area. The wedding guest hand over an envelope with money to the bridal pair, weddings guests get a glass of champagne and some hors d'oeuvre and a wedding favour - and then they leave. A small group of wedding guest is invited to main dining-hall where a huge buffet is set up. The whole ordeal ends around 11 p.m.
During the preparations the hotel switched on some speakers near the beach to play some
cool, unobtrusive chill-out music. (the beach becomes almost deserted after 5pm). We sat
with our cocktails on the sunbeds, watched the sun go down while great music played. A
true Café del Mar moment...
another big advantage: Dinner was serve on the restaurant with the patio. If it were up
to me they should always serve dinner in this dining-hall this was way nicer than sitting
in the air-conditioned, closed dining-hall.
#Beach and Water
The beach is small but nice. It's raked everyday. If you see some plastic or cigarette
buts they have been thrown there by your fellow hotel guests during day. There are two
showers and two faucets where you can clean your feet after leaving the beach.
There are some pebbles on the water's edge but nothing one could not step over. The shore has nice sandy underground, the water is really shallow for several meters so great for people who can't swim. There are some nice waves and you can swim a few meters until your reach the buoy that limits the bathing area from the shipping traffic.
The pool area is nice looking and clean. There are two outside pool and a smaller indoor
pool in the fitness club. The outside pools seem to be filled with chlorinated fresh
water. The kiddie pool could use some sun protection since it's in direct sun exposure
almost all day.
There is also a lawn with sunbeds and umbrellas in addition to the umbrellas and sunbeds
on the beach. There was a lifeguard for the pool area and two pool attendants that
cleaned the sunbeds from sand. I haven't seen any broken umbrellas and sunbeds and there were plenty of them. There are also some shadowy areas (thanks to the palms) on the lawn for people who get sunburned easily.
A disadvantage: You have to check out of your room at 12 o'clock. There is a luggage room
and you can use all hotel facilities and AI until your transfer but the only (as in
really only one shower) possibility to shower is in the fitness club. It would be a huge
plus if the hotel could offer a temporary shower room where guests can shower and get
dressed before the leave for the airport. I've seen this offered in other hotels before.
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