Was better than we had expected. Stayed here for first 2 weeks in June 2013. On arrival late evening we were shown to room 25 or 28, anyway it was ground floor and not what we had asked for. Had asked for top floor side sea view. On arrival into room I went to balcony to check out side sea view. View was obstructed by side of bakery. Went to reception to say did not have sea view as booked, could not see the sea and was told by manager that is because it’s dark!!!! Ignoring his sarcasm I said that even in daylight I felt would not be able to see the sea and I had requested a high floor room from Thomas Cook.
He agreed to change us to room 228 which wasn't top floor but did have a side sea view and a very nice view of sea and surrounding area.
Was very quiet, couldn't hear any noise from outside. However, usual problem with the dreaded 'chair and table scapers' in apartments above - one of my pet hates! Do wish some people would be more considerate. Why always try for the top floor but we can't all be up there!
We had one bed roomed apartment, was a good size very light and clean and airy. The beds were large singles and firm but very comfortable mattresses. Good size wardrobe with hangers and also extra full length wardrobe in living room.
Only aircon in the bedroom which we had set at 16 degrees the lowest setting as it wasn't very effective and was noisy. It was very windy whilst we were there so with the balcony doors open
all day until we went out it did keep living room cooler. However as you cannot leave aircon on
whilst you are out you do have to come back to a very warm room at night which takes long time to cool down.
The bathroom was the let down - very small claustrophobic and smelt of bad drains most of the time. Was nice to have a bath with shower over head. Shower had good pressure and always had hot water. But you wouldn't stay in bathroom very long due to drain smell.
Rooms cleaned very well and clean sheets and towels every other day.
Balcony faced the pool area and had sun in early morning, but then it moved over to back of hotel during the day. This was good as meant the room did not heat up during the day.
Cost of aircon was 85 Euros for 2 weeks. You pay 105 Euros on arrival and get 20 Euros back when you leave.
Pool - was Ok we only spent last day there. It is open to public so do get non residents using it, Security might be an issue, especially if you have small children.
Lots of holiday reps spend their free time during the day. But as most people go to beach getting sunbeds around the pool didn't appear to be a problem. Seemed to be clean and well maintained, there are toilets with changing room and full shower underneath the bakery which you can use- good for people who check out of room but have late flights.
Fig Tree Bay
Most amazing beach have visited in Europe - very beautiful clear sea and soft sand. When its calm is like swimming in a huge pool. But does get very busy - especially on Sundays when all the locals visit and come from far away. Cost of sunbeds are 2.50 each bed and 2.50 for umbrella. So total for 2 people with umbrella is 7.50 Euros per day. You find yourself a bed and help yourself to umbrella from outside hut. The beach man comes round lunchtime and afternoon to collect the money. There is a good quiet area where families with small children went because of natural rock pools and safe area for splashing in sea without being in the actual sea. It’s just below Astreas apartments by the Water sports hut.
Beach Restaurant -
The best is the Blue Peter Restaurant which is first one overlooking Fig Tree Bay and closest to Astreas Beach hotel. Very nice family owned restaurant, excellent service, genuine friendly staff - great food, home cooked specials each day. Highly recommend. Much better than others close by.
Protaras town and Restaurants bars
We found it a little one dimensional - as really only has one main street which has many Karaoke type bars. There were a couple of better bars selling quality cocktails but not many.
Vento’s on the seafront promenade was very nice, and The Brewery in main high street was also good- young barman Andreas very good cocktail maker and great to talk to about Cyprus and local culture. Didn't eat there but food looked very good.
Restaurants - some were good others just Ok. Will do some reviews on these.
Pernera - great walk along the promenade, on hot summer evening with a warm breeze must be heavenly, very romantic but it did take 40 minutes, not 20 minutes as some have said, and we are not slow walkers. With a few more decent bars and restaurants along the way this could really make it very special.
Even though temp was 33 degrees daytime and 23 evening, Most nights we were there we had very strong winds actually quite chilly which they said was unusual. Would recommend taking cardigan or shawl just in case. Was a shame as was too windy to sit outside in restaurants some evenings.
No sign of any mozzies, I used Avon Skin so Soft dry oil spray which always works for me. But there must be some around, don't think they like the wind so this might have kept them away.
Overall good holiday - Being so close to the amazing beach was by far the best part and reason why we chose protaras and hotel and local people very friendly, but wouldn't return due to lack of decent bars and range restaurants. Good for families with children and those who like Karaoke type bars and tribute acts.
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