We went off for a pre-winter sunshine top-up (well summer had been a bit low key), and we were looking for a simple break for pool and Kindle relaxation. Typically, we couldn't manage that and went exploring the vicinity.
The hotel was very clean, well laid out and - if the rooms weren't huge - comfortable. The staff were very friendly and constantly to hand. We arrived on half board, but it became clear that everyone else was on all-inclusive, and frankly the staff seemed surprised anyone would want to pay per drink etc. By day two we had gone all-inclusive.
The potential downside of going all-inclusive is that you try to ensure you win out in the eat and drink stakes. The normal eatery is buffet in nature, but that doesn't do justice to the quality of the food... Excellent breakfasts with continental, fruit, cereal and 'full English' options (we had 'em all, most every day!). The bacon was succulent and the eggs came in all varieties. The evening buffet included carvery options, and even the mid-day options were varied and beautifully cooked. Eating outside in the October / November sunshine was a joy.
The whole of Cyprus appears populated by a million cats, and the hotel exterior is no exception - there was never a cat set foot inside though. Lying out beside the pool, one was very more than fifteen minutes from a polite 'can I get you a drink?', and there was a bar by the main pool, and another across the road (occasionally busy but navigated via a clean and well lit subway) at the Sands beach bar.
Having determined that we couldn't simply sit about and relax all day, we went off exploring. If there was a criticism it was that the Thomsons rep' mentioned only the trips Thomson were organising, and there was considerable archaeology and worthy sights within walking distance - indeed almost on the doorstep. We found the Acropolis at the top of the nearby hill, the Ruins of the necropolis and a simple but pretty church-in-a-cave just behind the hotel itself. With these and one or two trips into Limassol on the local bus (1€ each way) we had a great week.
Limassol... wouldn't have missed too much if we'd not visited. Not very photogenic, even with the decent castle museum, cathedral and mosque. Very polluted by the traffic that gridlocked the minor roads. We walked from the hotel - a good hour - and as they say the journey is more important than the destination. Lovely boardwalk trek alongside the sea-beaten limestone rocks.
We went in the last week of October / first week of November, and swimming in the sea was delightful. The sea was warmer than the hotel swimming pools, which could be... breathtaking! The coastline has begun to be developed - not in a bad way compared to some places, but the economy means that there are dozens of 'posh' mansions built and finished and no-one lives in them. Hopefully the development will halt now, and the area won't become spoiled.
I think we'd be happy to come back to the same hotel. For a week I wouldn't bother with a car. It was our first 'couples only' hotel break, and the lack of young people somewhat accentuated my own decrepitude (ok, not that old but...), but it did mean there were no noisy kids running about - although the beach bar did get a couple of interlopers popping by.
I'll pop some photos up shortly. Hope this has helped.
There is a sea-facing side and a car-park facing side...
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