This is the first time as a family of three that we had stayed in Cyprus. We choose the hotel based on its location and very good reviews from Trip Advisor. We booked with First Choice and flew out on a Thomson flight from Gatwick.
On arrival at the hotel, which is about an hours drive from the airport, on an air-conditioned coach, we were greeted by the First choice/Thomson rep and pointed in the direction of the check in desk. We were checked in very quickly and given good instructions on how to get to our room, but more importantly information about the hotel, beach towels, restaurants and timings for breakfast lunch and dinner. We stayed in room 155. There are no ground floor rooms. The room we had was a family suite with a large balcony. Unfortunately our view was of a supermarket and what looked liked an abandoned building site. Having said that we don’t normally use our balcony, unless we need to dry some clothes, so the view wasn’t a deal breaker. The room itself was nicely appointed, very clean and modern. We had a kettle, TV, bath, shower and a box next to the bed, which controlled all the lights, which meant no one had to get out of bed to turn the lights off. A nice touch. Rooms are cleaned daily and sheets are changed twice a week with towels being changed every three days.
The hotel itself is kept clean and tidy and there is a modern feel about it. Some areas need attention, but like most hotels nothing is ever perfect.
The pool area is kept clean and tidy. Pool/beach towels are changed every three days. You are requested not to reserve sun loungers, but this seems to be ignored! If you have not been down to reserve a sun lounger by 8am, the chances of getting one are slim. It seems people reserve them very early. You will see them not being used until around lunchtime, which is very frustrating!!
Even though it has “beach” in the title, don’t be fooled! The tiny piece of beach they own is very small and holds only a very small number of sunbeds. Getting into the sea from the beach is not easy, as you have to cross some very rocky areas. There is a sort of slipway down to the sea, but again this gets very hot and is also quite rocky and slippery. The best beach is Pernera beach itself, which you can use, but you must pay for any sun loungers and parasols (these are the blue ones). Here you will find a nice sandy beach, although its not white sand and therefore the beach gets very hot to the touch. The sea is lovely and warm and very clear. There is a watersports center, on Pernera beach, where you can pay for a whole host of activities, including jet skies, para sailing, banana boat rides etc.
Breakfast is good. There is plenty to choose from. They have hot porridge, pancakes, an assortment of Danish pastries and cookies, yoghurt, sliced meats and cheese, cereals and plenty of fresh fruit. You can also help yourself to tea, coffee and fruit juice and soft drinks. Breakfast is also open until 11am when a continental breakfast is served.
The pool bar is where you will get the majority of your drinks from and this is open form 10am until midnight. From 11am the pool bar serves snacks until 6pm. These include, chips, warm pitta, toasted sandwiches, nuggets burgers and pizza slices.
The buffet restaurant was good. There was always plenty of variety on offer. One report suggest that it is pork every night, well that might be the case, but there was always fish, pasta, lamb, chicken, beef and turkey to go with it. We found that each night there was enough of a varied menu to provide choice as to what to have. There were also plenty of fresh salads and soups. They also provide plenty of desserts and fresh fruit with cheese and biscuits.
We had the opportunity to dine in the Thallasa restaurant, which is the a la carte restaurant on site. We were given a complimentary meal and we found it very enjoyable. Its nice to have a sit down meal and get waited on now and again. The food was good, the service was good and I would recommend giving the Thallasa restaurant a go.
There is a supermarket on site, which sells a broad range of products from newspapers to drink, ice creams, snorkeling masks, hats sun cream and many other items. If you want to venture out, just up the road is a small town with plenty of bars and restaurants, along with supermarkets, (not big ones and they all sell the same and the prices are very much the same too). There are also several souvenir shops, a Doctors and a pharmacy.
The town of Pretoras is a short bus ride, which is around €1.50 or you can take a taxi for around €7-10. The hotel will arrange a taxi for you.
The hotel caters mainly for UK visitors and those from Russia. The split seemed to be about 55% UK 40% Russian and the rest are from Europe and some locals, who manly visit at the weekends.
Wifi at the hotel is free, but its best used in the morning or early evening. You can get coverage in the main reception and by the pool bar. I did manage to find a spot around the pool where coverage was excellent, but again this is during the daytime.
The entertainment team are great. They do a great job of getting people involved, but there is no pressure. They are happy to stop and have a chat about your holiday.
All in all we had a great time. The weather was fantastic and we meet some really friendly people.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This charming hotel is located in "Pernera", a small area on the outskirts of Protaras, which has developed into a resort of its own. The hotel is right on the sandy beach of this quiet resort with restaurants, bars and many shops nearby. The Pernera beach hotel has a rich variety of sport and leisure facilities including:supermarket/souvenir shop, conference room, hairdressing salon, squash court, whirlpool bath, sauna, gym, massage room, two floodlit tennis courts, volleyball court, mini football ground, darts, games room, sun terraces, lounge bar, children playground, indoor swimming pool, a large outdoor swimming pool, children's swimming pool, a scuba diving center, water sports and a great variety of in-house entertainment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Pernera Beach
- Pernera Beach Protaras