We married and Honeymooned in July, but by October my new wife was itching for another break, so we quickly booked a 1 week holiday in Cyprus; almost a 2nd honeymoon.
The Elias Beach Hotel has a 4 star rating and is located about 12km North-East of the town of Limassol. The Hotel backs onto a ‘Blue Flag’ beach, which has a south-facing aspect, ensuring all-day sun, and some great sunsets. The grounds of the Hotel adjoining the beach are very attractive, with topiary-sculptured mature trees and grassed areas. There are 3 outdoor pools, which are clean and well-tended, as is the beach area.
The Hotel itself was built in the 1970s, but has been refurbished in the past 12 months. It is not large, featuring just 174 rooms over 5 floors. The internal decoration is tasteful, the seating in public areas comfortable, and both public areas and rooms are kept very clean. There is a no-smoking policy in all indoor public areas. Hotel Management are often seen about the hotel, both day and night. The clientel are best described as International. We encountered British, French, German, Dutch and Russian nationalities, and the majority of residents during our stay were British. The staff in regular contact with residents all speak some English, although this varies somewhat. We only had communication difficulties on one occasion, when ordering drinks over our evening meal.
We chose a standard double room for our stay, which faced inland, overlooking the main road which links the Hotel to Limassol. There was some traffic noise at night, but not enough to seriously disturb our sleep. The room was adequate, featuring a king-sized double bed, Hairdryer, TV, air-conditioning, free-of-charge safe deposit box and bathroom with shower-over-bath. The room also had a fridge with some bottled water and soft drinks provided at the start of the stay, but the fridge was not restocked during the stay. There are a range of accommodation options offered at the Elias Beach, including sea-view rooms and a variety of suites.
It is best to describe the Elias Beach as a family oriented hotel, offering a kiddies’ playground and pool, and day-time activities for children. There are day-time activities for the adults too, with water Aerobics, Zumba, Tennis, Archery and Table-Tennis available during our stay. There is also a well equipped indoor Gym and an indoor pool. The Hotel offers a Spa and Hairdressers’ salon. Charges for Spa treatments are comparable with those provided in Hotels in the UK. The Hotel also has a small shop selling English Newspapers, confectionary and souvenirs. There is a chapel in the grounds at which wedding ceremonies are held.
We decided to go on an all-inclusive basis, with breakfast, lunch and dinner included, along with a range of local-brand soft and alcoholic beverages. We booked the holiday through the ‘First Choice’ tour operator. The Hotel offers a range of board options.
The food is of good quality, although the variety on offer could be wider. Breakfast is served between 7 and 10, lunch between 12.30 and 2.30, and dinner between 6.30 and 9.30 during the winter season. Snacks are available in the hotel bar between normal meal times, although be aware that there is an additional charge for these, even if staying on an all-inclusive basis.
During our stay there were 2 restaurants open. Breakfast and lunch were taken in the pool-level ‘Flavours’ restaurant, which offers al-fresco seating. Evening meal was provided in the ‘Amadeus’ restaurant, which offered a buffet-style service. An additional bar and restaurant, the ‘Blue Paradise’ is located by the beach and is only open during the summer season.
As already mentioned we stayed all-inclusive, which provided all local-brand soft and alcoholic drinks. There are 3 bars at the hotel, the main ‘Mokka’ bar on the Reception level of the hotel, the ‘Splash’ bar by the pool and the aforementioned ‘Blue Paradise’ by the beach area. Only the Mokka bar is open during the winter season. Drinks were available between 10am and 11pm. There was waiter service in the Mokka bar.
Evening entertainment included Quizes, free Bingo, and some professional musical acts. On one night of our stay there was a show put on by the in-house entertainment team, which featured 2 men and 2 women, performing popular musical numbers from the 50s and 60s. The show, which was entertaining and of a reasonable quality, was held in the ‘Havana Venue’ which is adjacent to the main hotel building. Entertainment at the Hotel finished at 11pm, so If you are looking for any really serious night-life you would need to head for Limassol.
If you look on the Internet and in travel broachers you will find little to describe the Environs of the hotel, that’s because there isn’t much to say about it. Elias Beach is in a rather remote location from the nearest town, Limassol. It is situated with a hand-full of Hotels, in a largely residential area, which has a few shops, bars and restaurants, stretched out along the main road which leads into Limassol. For walkers there is a coastal footpath which runs along the beach at the back of the hotel, going about half a mile north-east, to the ‘Saint Raphael’ Marina, and a few miles south-west toward Limassol. The only attraction within comfortable walking distance of the Hotel is a set of Roman ruins known as the ‘Amathus Archaeological site’, about a 20 minute walk south-west along the coastal footpath. Entry to this site costs just 1.70Euros. There is a bus service which runs into Limassol about every 20 minutes and costs 3 Euros for a return ticket. The bus stop is just outside the hotel. The bus trip to the Old Port at Limassol takes about 30 minutes. The local buses are comfortable enough and air conditioned. The buses can get rather busy, even at off-peak times of the day during the winter season. Limassol itself is a jumble of old and new, with a few places of historical interest and the usual tourist shopping areas. It has an impressive Promenade, but doesn’t offer much to bring you back after your first visit.
The main negative of the Elias Beach Hotel is it’s location, although if you want to spend most of your stay in the hotel that won’t matter much to you. Also the free TV service provided in the rooms is not up to much, offering only two English channels, ‘Sky News’ and a religious channel called ‘JCTV’. The recent refurbishment is not of the highest standard, I noticed that the grouting of tiling in our bathroom was not fully completed. Going during the winter season means we had no problems finding sun-beds to recline on, but I doubt there are sufficient for all the guests during the height of the summer. I must also mention that some of the hotel Reception staff were not as well informed as they could be. When we first asked at reception for a map of the local area the receptionist gave us one and marked the wrong location for the hotel! When the same receptionist was asked about how to get to the nearby Roman ruins she said we would have to get a taxi or bus, as there is no footpath to the site. Also, when we had occasion to make a phone call from the hotel room, Reception had no information about charges for International calls. Reception also had little helpful to say about the local bus service. Given all that it has to be said that Reception staff were always polite and friendly, even when they didn’t have the information we required.
I have a few suggestions for the hotel management to consider, to raise the standard of service at this hotel. Firstly, please provide a rubber bath-mat in the rooms to make using the shower safer, as the inner surface of the bath in our room was very slippy. It would be unfortunate if someone, especially of an older age, were to slip and injure themselves while showering. Secondly, please put tooth-picks, on the tables in the restaurants. Thirdly, raise the height of the seating in the Flavours Restaurant, the chairs are a bit low. I also note that you can have in-room tea and coffee making facilities provided for a supplement of 5 Euros per day, which seems to be rather costly when on an all-inclusive deal you can get free tea or coffee all-day in the hotel bar. Why not just give free in-room tea and coffee facilities to all-inclusive residents? Lastly, make sure the salt and pepper pots on the dining tables are regularly refilled.
Altogether the Elias Beach is a very good hotel, especially if you rate it by value-for-money. The Restaurant and bar Staff provide excellent service (thank you Jack, Romana and Thomas), and the food is very acceptable, but slightly lacking in variety. Reception staff could be better informed. If you are wanting a holiday where you stay at the hotel most of the time then it’s location won’t be an issue, although if you like to get out-and-about during your holiday then you’ll need to hire a car, be reliant on buses, or go on excursions.
All-in-all I would be happy to recommend the Elias Beach Hotel.
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