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Malama Beach Holiday Village
Ranked #5 of 65 Hotels in Protaras
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 26 October 2013 via mobile

Well what can I say, when we turned up, the place looked as amazing as it did in the brochure! The staff were very welcoming and showed us to our room! The room was quite big, very spacious and very private! The pool area was beautiful and as an extra bonus the little cove beach was just down some steps and was do beautiful and private! The breakfast was basic but nice. They had a barbecue evening which was fun! The surrounding area isn't brilliant so we would drive to protaras for dinner and drinks and ayia napa for a more lively night which is only 20 minutes away by car! Nice if you want to stay put of the hustle and bustle but close enough to it if u fancy a good night out! The bakeries around the area are amazing and the beaches are nice too, a bit rocky, but we liked driving to fig tree bay in protaras which is an amazing beach! I highly recommend the malama village for couples and families alike!

Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

Our stay at Malama was very good, All the staff were very pleasant and friendly.
Our apartment was very nice, clean and comfy,there was two couples in our party and though we had a one bedroom the beds in the lounge were very easy to sort out.
The food in the restaurant was very good,with plenty of choice, every night a different theme.
We certainly intend going to Malama many times again

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

We stayed at this resort last week (13th to 20th Oct 2013). The resort exceeded our expectations. The food was good and varied and nothing was too much trouble for the satff in the restaurant, or for that matter for the staff anywhere else in the resort. There was a mixed clientele covering all age groups and many nationalities. The pool complex outside was very popular without ever seeming crowded, but that may have been because of the time of year. The entertainment staff were enthusiastic without being pushy. The rooms were kept very clean and tidy with adequate accommodation for three adults in the one bedroomed apartment that we had. We didn't need the airconditioning, but it was nice to know that it was there. The small beach was very close by and reasonably safe. There are some rocky parts to be aware of though. There are bars and shops available a short walk away from the holiday village, but we only used them once during the time we were there. I certainly intend to go to this holiday village again. The only facility that we ddin't use was the spa, but if the service is as good there as in the rest of the resort I'm sure it will be wonderful. Overall I found that the staff seemed to be happy in their work, and that made for a warm atmosphere throughout the whole complex.

Room Tip: The entertainment is by the pool complex. it finished at about 10.30 tom 11.00pm. The bar is open...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank John H
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Reviewed 19 October 2013

My boyfriend and I have travelled to Cyprus in Oct 2013 for my 40th birthday for 2 weeks holiday. We have never been to Cyprus before and it was recommended by many people. We have researched the Malama Beach holiday village in Protaras/Paralimni before we went and it looked really good. Well, the hotel,service and holiday on the whole have exceeded our expectations. The complex is set within beautiful mature gardens, it is well kept, there are 2 swimming pools outside and one heated one inside.The surroundings are gorgeous, 2 minutes walk to a small, lovely beach, with gorgeous sea to swim in. There is a table tennis outside and inside. There are also a spa, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, but you have to pay to use them, whereas the indoor swimming pool is free. There are 2 bars outside and one inside. The place is extremely clean and well up kept. We had a sea view one bedroom apartment on first floor and it was gorgeous. The apartments are cleaned daily except Sundays and done to a high standards. When we arrived our room wasn't quite ready so we got a 2 bedroom apartment for first night, then we moved to our 1 bed apartment. Because of the inconvenience, which didn't matter to us, we got a free safe and free WiFi, which was very nice of them. A special thank you to Alexia on the reception who looked after us and made us feel very welcomed. Malama is perfect for couples, families and friends, food was lovely, plentiful and varied, something for everyone. Another thank you to Vidas who entertained everyone with his special cooking skills and humour. All the staff really looked after us but a special mention goes to Panicos Roussis, the restaurant manager who was brilliant, very welcoming and have learned our drink preferences and room number after only couple of days. Also special thanks to Emi and Mikaela (sorry if I have misspelled it), who have chatted and entertained us in the restaurant and the bar. We went all inclusive option and although we have eaten out few times, we were very happy to eat and drink in the resort. We have drunk red wine and cocktails mostly and they were great! A very special thank you to Stella, Jonny, Marinos and Laci at the bar who again really looked after us and entertained us. The hotel sent us a cake for my birthday, which was very nice of them. There was an entertainment every night and something for the kids as well. It would not be up to everyone's preference but we had some dancers, singers and magicians, all quite talented and fun to watch. All in all, a great holiday, fantastic resort, beautiful surroundings, something for everyone, easy access to Protaras and Aiya Napa by bus and short walk to Paralimni. My boyfriend has proposed to me while on this holiday and we were very happy to be there for this special occasion. So now my fiancé and I would highly recommend Malama Beach resort if you want a brilliant, special holiday and again a big thank you to all the staff. Love you all and will be back next year for more fun times.

Room Tip: Go for the sea view room, nice and quiet, with gorgeous views.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 October 2013

Well probably my first review but couldn't resist.
Great hotel everyone couldn't do enough for us , Alexia at reception, suzy at the bar, Roosos maître 'd' and Vidas everyone's favourite chef ( or the entertainment) he always had a smile and cooked great food and Jonny who's sense of humour was great!!
The hotel is spotless, food was excellent and always hot and tasty, rooms were large and everything you needed even had fairy liquid!!
Beach was small but adequate, no end of sunbeds around the pool but think about where the sun is for the day you may have to change beds. You could walk to the next bay where there was a larger beach with little café and toilet and lifeguard. Eva in the café has recently opened a restaurant and if her snacks are anything to go by you won't go hungry.
I can't actually think of anything in the hotel which was a down side to this holiday, apart from the lads fishing and not catching anything.
Great weather in October hit 30 degrees few evenings were slightly cold and breezy but then warmed up.
Don't need plug adaptors dah !!
A lot of different nationalities in the hotel, but all staff speak excellent English, best thing of all driving on the left side and the steering wheels are where they should be making it easy to drive, the roads are very calm and quiet.
Would I return ....yes. One last mention for suzy who worked at speed, was efficient, new your drinks, had time for a friendly chat, wow what a superb member of their team.
Well done malama for a great holiday and making it a wonderful experience.

Room Tip: all rooms are large our one bedroom had kitchen lounge bedroom and bathroom
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1  Thank cheryl h
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Reviewed 17 October 2013

I like to review my stays with hotels we stay with on our holidays to give reassurance and help to others, but without writing and repeating everything everyone has said before it’s hard to write a review, but here goes.

Before we went we checked if the hotel was booked up due to all the review ratings it gets and found it was fully booked even being in October.

On arrival we were warmly greeted at reception by Alexia, unfortunately our room was not available on the night we arrive but they put us up in a massive apartment for one night which was not a problem and was given our rooms next day. We understood this was due to all the different arrival times and days from the many multi national guests staying at this hotel. This was handled in a very professional manner and all walked away understanding both sides of the situation and happy with the outcome.

Room: we had one bed room which has flat screen TV not the best channels but you’re on hols so does it matter? It has a good full kitchen, bathroom, safe (extra cost) fan and air-conditioning and a balcony.

As already said before the hotel was very clean well kept and very well run, the staff were so welcoming and attentive .We were greeted at breakfast being told “Sir you are safe here “, it was like a scene from Hello Hello, I was waiting for the phrase “Listen, I will tell you only once “it was brilliant and a standing joke for the rest of the holiday.

We were all inclusive as we find it easier when on holiday, we are not alcoholics but enjoy wine with our meals coffees in the afternoons few drinks in the evenings.

We found that the costs of drinks in most hotels are big part of you spending so this is a better deal for us.

Breakfast: Everything you could want continental, cereal, full English, tea ,coffee milk, fruit juices (not the best watery) and entertainment by Vidas on of the chefs doing what he does best show cooking waffles doughnuts omelettes etc.

Lunch: various meals from a roast to nuggets and chips it varies through out the week and entertainment by Vidas

Dinner: Various theme nights throughout the week salads roasts pasta even had small hog roast one night. But we were a bit late and missed the best part of that one. Chinese, bar b que, Mediterranean Greek to name a few and of course entertainment by Vidas in fancy dress.

Overall our views on the food were at first, the choice seemed restricted maybe, but the quality by far out weighed this. The food came out in small amounts and kept hot and fresh and been the best food we have come across in all the hotels we have stayed at. The desserts were a bit thin on the ground and ice cream would have been a small bonus and not allot to ask. All the staff were great and very hardworking and entertaining thank you.

Bars: The pool bar was the main bar, open till 24:00 and there was another up the top by the sun beds on the sandy part of the complex but stayed open for a limited time .In the evening after a few days the bar was open by reception which was ideal if you did not want to stay and watch the entertainment. All the bar staff were brilliant and Suzie was our pick of the bunch she worked her socks off and did not stop and worked way past her time every day a BIG THANK YOU to you. Jonny was a close second.

The only complaint we could say was the spirits on the all inclusive were mixer spirits and were weak little taste and poor measures 30ml it would be more enjoyable to drink 1 good drink than 2 or more cheap ones. Baileys or dark rum or better quality local drinks would have been nice.

Beaches: nice one but very small just down path by the pool area, water sports and diving available weather permitting. There is another short 10 min walk along the coastal path to the right which has toilets, lifeguard, sun beds and a refreshment stall with good prices. Warning the sea is lovely and swimming in the bays are brilliant but be careful when you go out to far as there are tides . Sun beds on the beach 2:50 euro each and it’s the same for the brollies.

Busses are good and every 15 mins if you want to go anywhere 1:50 euro each time or 5 euro multi trip all day or Taxi 12 euro into Protaras eachway.

Bike ,car or moped hire just outside reception .

I love fishing ,would just say don’t bother here, hire a car and try fishing in the dams inland but I cant give any info on that, sorry .but there is a shop up the road towards Paralimini that sell bait and give you all the tips you need.

Would we go back?????


YES without a doubt.

Thanks again to you all for a lovely stay and well done and hope to see you all again soon.

Ian P37

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 October 2013

Different people want different things from a holiday and if your ideal vacation is one spent in the middle of a bustling resort centre surrounded by shops, clubs and bars then Malama is not for you. What it does offer are spotlessly clean updated apartments surrounded by gardens, a stunning coastal location with direct access to its own safe beach (technically a public beach but with no road to cross so as good as a private one), a beautiful and well maintained pool area with plenty of sunbeds, and meals that provide enough choice and quality to satisfy all but the fussiest diners. Most of all, there are friendly staff that really make you feel welcome and go the extra mile to make your stay a pleasant one.

Some of the things that most impressed us during our stay were the efficiency of the housekeeping staff (two minor faults with our apartment were fixed within half an hour of reporting them to reception), and the friendliness of the restaurant staff who, even during the busy breakfast or dinner periods, found time to chat with the guests. We must also give a special mention to Vidas the chef who tempted us wickedly with freshly baked and decorated doughnuts, brochettes and waffles at breakfast.

There are a couple of tips that are worth knowing. Firstly, Malama is quite a distance from Larnaca airport so it is worth booking a taxi transfer (about €55 for up to four people), which takes about 40 mins rather than the shuttle bus that travels all round Ayia Napa and Protaras and takes about two hours.

Secondly, the area around Malama, being largely rural with private villas, does not have many restaurants so it is advisable to have at least half board rather than B&B. This is no hardship, though, as the on-site buffet restaurant provides meals of excellent quality and variety. You can have all-inclusive but we found that the enormous breakfasts left no room for lunch and so half board was sufficient for us. (For those not on all-inclusive, house wine was €5.50 a half litre which we thought was quite reasonable compared with other Cyprus hotels we have stayed in.)

Getting out and about is a lot easier than the location might suggest. From the hotel it is about a ten-minute stroll to the bus stop where €1.50 will take you to Protaras, Cape Greco or Ayia Napa. The buses are every 15 minutes, even on Sundays, and journeys take about 15 minutes to Protaras or 40 minutes to Ayia Napa. There is also a coastal path that you can walk along southwards towards Protaras or northwards as far as the Greek Cypriot lookout post guarding the ceasefire “green” line between the Greek and Turkish parts of the island. This is only about 1km away and gives a good view of the “Ghost” town of Varosha in the Turkish half. (If you want to visit the Turkish sector then we would recommend the open top “Red Bus” tours that take you to the ancient town of Famagusta as well as the beach by Varosha.)

Evening entertainment at Malama is family oriented with a children’s disco at the poolside bar followed by something for all ages (e.g. singers, dancers or a magic show). For those who can’t do without their football fix there are nearby bars with huge satellite dishes beaming live Sky sports, but as I said at the beginning, if raving nightlife and oceans of rotgut alcohol are what you are looking for, then Malama is not for you. However, as a holiday destination it suited us so well that we have been back two years running and I’m sure that we will be returning again.

Room Tip: Apartment blocks numbered 34 - 41 are furthest from the pool but face onto a pleasant grassy area wi...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Malama Beach Holiday Village

Address: Kennedy Ave, Protaras, Paralimni 5312, Cyprus
Region: Cyprus > Famagusta District > Paralimni > Protaras
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Protaras
#5 Luxury Hotel in Protaras
#11 Romantic Hotel in Protaras
Price Range: £54 - £133 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Malama Beach Holiday Village 4*
Number of rooms: 166
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