Just returned from a seven-night stay at the Palm Beach.
We stayed in the Bungalows, which are situated to the right of the main entrance to the hotel, and are accessed by a path through the gardens. The bungalows are very well-appointed and comfortable, and at the end of September, were very quiet and peaceful, sometimes having the pool are all to ourselves. We had a ground-floor room, so could walk in and out at leisure (but had to keep the patio door shut to keep out the local cats!). If you like peace and solitude, the Bungalows will suit you. The Pool Bar was never open during our stay, but perhaps would be at peak periods.
Our rooms were scrupulously cleaned and towels changed on a daily basis. Beach towels are also provided. Tea and coffee-making facilities were provided in our room, but were not replenished by Housekeeping - we had to ask at Reception, but they were then quickly provided for us.
The main hotel is perfectly situated on the beach, in fact the narrow strip of beach is almost part of the hotel, with sunbeds and parasols freely available for hotel guests, and the b\each Boys will give any help to arrange them for you. Very convenient, and the sea is warm, shallow and very good for swimming due to the constructed sea-breaks which make it almost like a lagoon. We didn't use the main pool area, the adjacent sunbathing areas or beach bars, as we spent our sunbathing time lazing around the Bungalow pool area, but there always seemed to be plenty of sunbeds for everybody. We also didn't use the small indoor pool, squash court or gym, but they looked good.
Breakfast is buffet-style, with friendly staff serving hot drinks, and you can sit inside or outside. There are the usual hot and cold breakfast items, with omelettes cooked to order and eggs being fried throughout breakfast service.
We stayed on a half-board basis and, apart from a carvery evening presented in the Omega restaurant, buffet meals were served in an outdoor restaurant next to the main swimming pool. Whilst the food was generally quite good and varied, it was often not really hot enough, due to being served and eaten outside. Each evening had a different theme (Mediterranean, Italian, Cypriot etc) which was a nice touch. Vegetarians, fish-eater and meat-eaters are all catered for, except perhaps on the seafood night, where almost every cold/salad dish and main course contained fish of some sort!
There are several lounges and bar, and low-key entertainment, usually during evening meal-service. There is also free wi-fi in the main building, which we could even access on the beach! We used this on a tablet, and our mobile phones, and also on a netbook which we had to take for my husband's business use. There are also fixed computers for which a charge is made, which doesn't seem unreasonable.
The buses to Larnaca and Agia Napa leave from right outside the hotel, and are very cheap (single journey 1.5 euro, day ticket 5 euro). If you want to go further afield, you really need to hire a car, or take a taxi. There are reasonably-priced boat trips from Larnaca Marina.
The hotel staff were very warm, friendly and helpful, and made our stay very enjoyable.
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- Palm Beach Hotel And Bungalows
- Palm Beach Hotel Larnaca
- Palm Beach Larnaca