I attended this hotel in July 2008 along with my boyfriend for a one-week stay.....I now wish we had booked two weeks! (Sorry for the late review!). One of the best hotels I have ever stayed in. This should be five star, the hotel is stunning and I would love to go here again.
This hotel is situated in Amathus with beautiful scenery and is quiet but not too secluded if you want a relaxing hoilday destination. You can walk to the local restaurants which is around a 10minute walk alongside the road (there was no pavement when we visited but that may have changed), alternatively you can take a short taxi ride. There are pleanty of restaurants to choose from including Cypriot restaurants (trying a meze (Greek/Cypriot version of tapas) is a must!) or you can try the Japanese; Russian;Italian; fish or brasserie restaurants. There are also a few bars/pubs around the area too.
There is also a bus stop on the main road opposite the hotel (which is accessed via the underpass) where you can take a bus/taxi to the town of Limassol (around 15-20minutes on the bus). Due to Cyprus having a large British base, there are a large number of shops which are British Debenhams, Topshop, Marks&Spencer etc) which we didn't go to as we went away to get away from the UK.
The views are gorgeous, the farm land to the rear of the hotel and the amazing blue sea views. The hotel is next to a main road but you can't hear or see the road from hotel. The hotel is also surrounded by holiday villas/apartments which do not look out of place and are fitting with the local landscape.
Although Limassol town is close, if you want to discover the island it would definately be a good idea to hire a car and drive around the sites and local history of the island or equally you can just relax in the hotel next to the pool in the basking heat with a cocktail.
The great thing about this hotel that it's a Thomsons Gold hotel which means that it is catered for couples and they do not take bookings for under 16's which means no children at the hotel - therefore it is peaceful! The hotel is probably more expensive
than your usual hotel but you really do get what you pay for, it was well worth paying that little bit more, there is a calmand relaxed atmosphere with mainly British guests. We are in our mid 20's and we did find that the majority of the guests were over 50, but we didn't mind that as this is not the kind of place you go if you like your clubbing/pubs, this is a more relaxed and luxurious holiday where you just lie back and just read/swim.
The Thomsons holiday Reps were very friendly and helpful and the welcome meeting was very informative. There is night-time entertainment (which wasn't really to our taste due to our age, but we didn't mind as we just went for walks and sipped wine).
There are two outdoor swimming pools at the hotel. One is a lap pool for those who want to serious laps. There is also another pool for a dip to cool down, this pool has differing depths or you can lounge around in the poolside jacuzzi. There is also a
poolside bar with friendly staff where you can order soft drinks/cocktails/beers/ice-creams.
Things to do:
I would recommend the wine tasting class which is run once a week by the poolside by the entertainment staff. Here you get to taste the local wines (white, red and rose) and get a first hand class on how to recognise good quality wines and how to appreciate wines. There is also a cocktails tasting event once a week daytime too.
There is the opportunity to take lovely walks along the beach in either direction or swim in the sea or equally you can relax and watch the world go by on the verander in the outdoor beach bar with a cool drink and panoramic views of the coast and countryside.
If you're young at heart you can visit the local water park in Limassol with its lazy river and tall water slides suitable for all ages which was a great day.
Once a week the hotel hold a gala evening which I highly recommend. The food was amazing and all guests sit at large tables of 8-10 at the poolside and enjoy the wine;champagne and gorgeous food and canapes and company. There was a photographer who took professional photos of everyone which you could purchase at the end of the night. It is recommended that you dress smartly for this occassion (a dress;skirt; smart trousers and smart top/shirt and shoes - taking into consideration that it is still very warm in the evenings so you do not have to wear a full suit/tie).
I have no bad comments to say about the food and its service in the hotel - there is a large choice to cater for all tastes (salads, soup, vegetarian, hot meals, cold meals, buffet, breads, amazing desserts, fish+seafood, meat etc) and you can eat
as much or as little as you like. The restaurant is dressed immaculately like a five star hotel and the waiting staff are so friendly and will do anything to help you (Dean - a British waiter was especially accommodating). All the staff are English
speaking as well as other languages and are all to pleased to help out. I know you're paying for the hotel, but if you take a short walk down the road...which a lot of peopple didn't bother doing then you will find a host of lovely restaurants (discussed later) so you don't get bored of constant hotel food. Going on holiday is about embrassing traditional foods and getting to know the locals.
There is a great cocktail bar on the verander in the hotel where the views were amazing and the cocktail staff were so friendly.The cocktails were the best I've ever tasted and such a good variety. When we booked the hotel we booked Half-board but when
we arrived at the hotel we were given the option to upgrade to All Inclusive for £80 each (for one week). By the time we hadordered a few Coke's, juices and waters (during the day by the poolside) and one bottle of wine for dinner the money started to add up so it made more sense and was cheaper to upgrade to All Inclusive than to stay half-board. We are not big drinkers butthis is worth doing as you haven't got the niggling issue of how much you owe at the end of the holiday and you can drink what you like without worrying about the price. We found that Europe was more expensive than any other area we've been and since the recession it would make more financial sense as the price of drinks/food etc have gone up in europe.
I found the bedroom to be more than adequate for whaqt we needed. Before booking we had the choice to choose a sea-view which we did and I'm glad we did this as the rooms on the other side of the hotel have no view (aprat from gardens). This was well worth the extra few pounds to pay. We didn't book one but there were superior rooms which had hot tubs on the sea-facing balconies which we would have booked if there were any left - they sell out quickly, a bit of luxury. The bed in our room was very comfortable and the room also provided a safety deposit box (locally charged), Air conditioning, balcony, nice bathroom.
If you have a late flight the management will provide you with a bedroom to freshen up/change before your departure when asked which we found very useful as we had a nightime flight.
All in all we both loved this hotel and this should definately be upgraded to a five star hotel with its swirling stair-case and chandaliers, comfy sofas on the terrace and lobby, the amazing views from the rooms and hotel, the food, the service, everything.
The staff at this hotel are so friendly that we couldn't believe it (from the cleaners; porters; managers; waiting staff; cocktail waitresses etc).
I do not have one bad thing to say about this hotel and this place is a must and a hidden gem which I have recommended to everyone and I would love to go back here one day soon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on a hillside looking out to the sapphire-blue seas of Limassol Bay, the Atlantica Bay is a truly luxurious retreat. The hotel blends superior service with superb facilities, providing guests with memorable experiences. Close to the ancient ruins of Amathus, in a spot that was made for peace and quiet, it really does set a perfect holiday scene. With the local bus stop just opposite the hotel, you can take a short ride into the old historic town approximately 10 km away. The hotel features 201 modern rooms, the main dining area “Leda Restaurant”, “A la Carte Restaurant”, “Olympus Lobby Bar” with a chic outdoor terrace, “Pool Bar”, Hermes Fitness Center, The Bay Spa and 2 outdoor pools (1 pool covered & heated in winter season only). May to October (weather permitting) enjoy the facilities of our Sands Beach Bar & Tavern surrounded by our own private garden area. Free WiFi in all rooms and all public areas. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Atlantica Bay Limassol
- Hotel Atlantica Bay
- Atlantica Bay Hotel Limassol