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“Xmas 2012 family holiday” 4 of 5 stars
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Theo Sunset Bay Holiday Village
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Coralbay Road, 61, Paphos 8574, Cyprus   |  
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Ranked #42 of 97 Hotels in Paphos
Ware, United Kingdom
1 review
“Xmas 2012 family holiday”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

I have to say overall a beautiful and friendly place to stay, stunning views across a bay, we stayed here for the Xmas 2012 week, upon arrival very late at night we were greeted with open arms as if they were waiting for us, we did ask if there was anywhere to eat as it was near midnight, they offered us the afters of that nights dinner, which we thought was good of them until we were hit with a 48 euro bill at the end of the holiday for it.

The overall feel is excellent, spacious rooms, 2 tvs ( hardly any English channels though) the indoor heated pool needs attention as it was bloody freezing so the children had to keep going to the beach or use the outdoor pool which was just as cold.
You will defiantly need a car at this hotel as there is not a lot to do in and around the hotel, the is a bus service right outside the hotel, but you are restricted to destinations.

We found coral bay (which is a 10min drive) a great little place to eat, blazing saddles is the pub.
Or alternatively pathos town, but can be expensive in the evening to eat.

We did have a problem with ants outside the apartment and in the kitchen of the apartment, so had to keep food of the surfaces. The breakfast was ok, often not enough food by the time we got there and was not very hot to eat. We found the bar area a good place to eat with decent food, it was actually far better to eat in the bar than the restaurant.

I would recommend this hotel, i know it was winter when we went, but as its advertised as a 4 star hotel i expected just as much service and entertainment as if it was summer, and unfortunetly it just wasn,t

Wifi in the rooms would be good and not just restricted to the bar area.!
More entertainment for children, especially a heated pool as advertised!
Maybe having a breakfast that was actually hot rather than a buffet style warm
Fresh towels everyday would be good, not every 3 days!

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
st peter port
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

The staff make the hotel, always smiling and happy to help! Our room was very clean and spacious with good views across the bay! We found the food of a good standard and opted to eat at the hotel every night which we normally wouldn't! Although slightly out of the main town this was not an issue as a regular cheap bus service is in operation (buy a weekly pass) . We would stay at this hotel again and would recommend it to others! Many thanks to the staff!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

My wife and stayed at the Theo Sunset Bay back in September, as a friend of ours was getting married in lovely village in the mountains just outside of Coral Bay. I have to say, we were pleasantly surprised by the location of the hotel, the stunning views over the bay, the lovely spacious pool area, and the amazing views from our room. There were, however, a couple of niggles that took the some of the gloss off this review, which is why I have given 4 stars rather than 5. My comments are summarised below:

LOCATION/TRANSFERS FROM PAPHOS AIRPORT

Bus website ----> http://www.pafosbuses.com/cyprus/buses/37

For those people (like ourselves) who are relying on public transport in Cyprus, there is a very good (and cheap!) bus service available. From Paphos International Airport, you can get the 612 bus just outside the terminal building (cost 1 euro per person) all the way to Paphos Harbour Station (end of the line), and then change and get the bus 615 towards Coral Bay (via Tomb of the Kings), again 1 euro rach (or 3 euros each for a day ticket). It takes about 10-15mins to get to the hotel from Paphos (keep an eye out for the Crazy Spoon cafe/restaurant on the right side of the road; once you have passed this, press the bell to get off, and the bus will drop you off right outside the hotel!).

It's very easy to travel around using the 615 bus service (see timetable link above) as they run every day, every 10mins. Coral Bay is about 10mins away if you get the bus on the hotel side of the road, and we would totally recommend a couple of nights out there. Buses run until midnight, and there are some very good restaurants and bars in the resort! (listed later in this review). To get into Paphos, you need to walk up the road on the other side of the road to the hotel, about 500m, and there is a bus stop outside the Crazy Spoon. Be warned, the buses can be quite crowded to Paphos. Taxis are a good alternative, and don't cost as much as you may think, and taxi drivers are friendly and chatty.

HOTEL (ROOM, FOOD, etc)

Similar to a lot of reviews about this hotel, we were told by the manager when we arrived that our room was not available for the first night, and we would be staying in a room in the annex to the hotel which was down a path by the infinity pool. The manager was very apologetic, and gave us a food/drink discount for our trouble, which was very nice. To be honest, the room that we stayed in on our first night was absolutely fine with a stunning view of the bay, and the extra walk was no trouble (although I can see why it wold be difficult for less mobile people). The manage promised us that our room from night 2 onwards was of top quality, and to be fair, he was right! More spacious, large lounge and balcony, stunning views over the bay (if you can, I would try and bargain with the manager to get one of these rooms!).

The pool and bar area are very nice and spacious, and there are (or at least were in September) always sunbeds that are free. You need to put a 10 euro deposit down for pool towels with reception, but you do get this back! The bar food is of good quality, but unfortunately, the restaurant food is not, and we would not recommend eating there for dinner certainly (breakfast is ok). I would recommend going B&B, or HB Breakfast and Lunch. There is a good little shop on the hotel grounds which sells food, snacks and drinks, and it's definitely possible to cook your own dinner if you wanted to as the kitchen in the rooms is fully stocked!

For dinner, we dined out every night apart from the first night, and there are a wonderful selection of restaurants in Coral Bay, Paphos and in-between. We would definitely recommend the following:

Sienna -------> http://www.sienna-restaurant.com/
Trattoria La Vigna -----------> http://www.trattoria-lavigna.com/

There are others which you can find on Trip Advisor

THINGS TO SEE AND DO

We would recommend visiting the Tomb of the Kings, and the Archaeolgical site at Paphos Harbour, and there is also a big Water Park, and mini golf in Paphos itself. We didn't manage to visit the Aphrodite Baths, or the Troudos mountains, but we heard both are amazing.

We would definitely stay here again, but maybe on a bed and breakfast basis.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

We were allocated this hotel for an overnight following cancellation of our flight and I must say we were pleasantly surprised. Our arrival was very late, well after midnight, and they had kept dinner available for us. There was a good selection, including fish fingers for any children, and it was hot, if a little crozzled by that time. We were shown to our room, our cases being taken for us by lovely staff who treated us as if they had been waiting to see us all day - they probably had! The room turned out to be a one bedroom apartment, quite luxurious, with fantastic views over the bay and, if you get there in time or stay long enough, the sunset! The apartment was well kitted out with quality goods, lovely bedding and towels and deliciously comfortable beds. The next day there was a buffet breakfast available which was plantiful and varied, catering for all tastes and cultures. The coffee came from a machine but was divine - I drink black coffee and the cafe crema was superb. We spent the day in a shady area having an odd drink (!) and were looked after by Marina - she was fantastic, friendly, helpful, nothing too much trouble, a credit to the establishment. Lunch followed drinks and there were about seven hot dishes and tons of salad to chose from. Desserts were allso available and looked appetizing though we didn't partake. All in all, a very pleasant overnight stay.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

We have been visiting the Theo Sunset Bay twice a year since it opened in April 2009 as we love the location and we did like the room facilities. However after visiting in June this year and again in October we will not be returning unless the standards improve. The rooms have very quickly become worn out, maintenance seems to be non existent - we could not see through the patio window as the seals had gone and it was like looking through a fog and the lock was broken but when we complained that we could not lock the patio door as it had been damaged by a previous occupant we were told by the 'maintenance man', with a shrug that it happened all the time and he left the room at that point so we had to use a rock from outside the room and fix it ourselves! Not a good start to the holiday.
We stayed half board and as has been mentioned previously the food was only lukewam at best even if we arrived at the start of meal time and the menu was very repetitive with just different names given to the chicken and fish.
The air conditioning in the room was non existent even though they state it has a/c. Only the fan works and this just blows around the warm air so sleeping is a nightmare,
The staff also seem to have become unhappy in their work as in the past they had always been friendly and pleasant but this year they have become surly and unhelpful, I'm not sure if this is due to poor management or fear of the management but there is a lot of improvements needed across the board before we will consider an eighth visit,

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

Haiving been to the Theo Sunset Bay before we had no worries about the standards at the hotel. It is clean and comfortable with a lovely pool and even better view. We arrived at the hotel at approx 2;30am on the 1st October so as you can imagine we were a wee bit tired and looking forward to a good nights sleep. We were met at the reception by the General manager who offered us a seat and a drink, he then told us about the overbooking problem but said we would be put up in a 4* just a few minutes down the road due to a problem with overbooking. He said we would only be there for 3 nights and be back at the Theo on the Wednesday in an upgraded room and on full board not HB as we had booked. We agreed to this as it had been an extremely long day and creating a fuss would have achieved nothing.
The hotel we were shipped out to was the PARFIAN SUN but that is another story and not a good one. So beware if you're ever transfered there!!
This unexpected transfer did spoil the holiday slightly but what did surprise me was the number of Russian guests in the hotel and I feel that we, along with at least 4 other couples were transferred out to the Parfian Sun to accommodate these guests. They did seem to take presidence over the British guests (all the transferred guests were Brits) The Russian guests were extremely arrogant and ignorant and I have absolutely no desire to share a hotel with them again so next time we go to Cyprus we will be hiring a villa.
Its a shame we had a negative experience at the Theo as we do like it there and the 3 waitresses we had Tatiana, Hristina and another lovely Bulgarian girl whos name I never knew were wonderful.
If you do book the Theo maybe it'd be an idea to personally ring the hotel before travelling to make sure the room you've booked will be available on your arrival and that you won't be shipped out to the hellhole called the Parifian Sun!!!!!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

We usually travel in 4/5 * hotels and are well travelled, so our review is based on what we feel a Greek 4* hotel should offer.

I will start will the POSITIIVES
The hotel is in an amazing setting and has wonderful views from the pool, bar & restaurant. The pool area is quiet, plenty of comfy sunbeds and the bar area also has a ok lunch menu at fair prices. The room (studio SV) is fairly modern, large and the terrace had a fab view. All in all what you want for a relaxing break. We had great weather, 30's in the day and mostly sunny every day.

now the NEGATIVES

The food is absolutely awful. There is a very small selection of either cold or barely warm food that is pretty much the same every day, breakfast & dinner. (we stayed HB) The soup was too cold to eat most days and very salty. Desserts awful just artificial cream and when they run out don't expect them to be replenished. We swapped dinner for lunch one day to find that they just recycle the food from the evening meal for lunch the next day! If the food was hot, then at least we could have ate it, although it would still be lacking in choice! For a 4* hotel this was appauling and needs to be addressed urgently by management.

The Staff were mostly Russian/Eastern European and very rude and unfriendly. Not what you expect from a Greek resort. I have never commented on staff before, however becasue of their attitude, they stand out! Also, many of the guests are Russian and they are not the most sophisticated or well mannered group of people!

Location - yes the setting is very picturesque and peaceful, however there are no restauarants or bars in walking distance. The bus is every 15 mins and 1euro to either Pahos (20 mins) or Coral bay (10 mins). If the hotel food & service was good, this would not be a problem, however as we had to eat out on a few occasions, having to go on the bus to get anywhere became slightly annoying. What is also very wierd is that there are no beaches in or around Paphos or near the hotel, just a pebble/rock beach or cliffs. Coral beach has quite a nice beach but quite small & very busy.

Rooms- despite booking a SV studio, on our first night we were given a 1 bed apartment in the old Block about 15 mins walk from the actual hotel. This is down a badly lit path accross waste land/farming land. Of course, we were not happy and managed to get this changed to what we paid for the next day, although at first they said they could not move us for 3 days! Make sure you request a room in the main hotel!

Overall - would I stay here again - no. This is mainly due to the food. We did enjoy our stay and the hotel grounds and pool were relaxing and peaceful, just what we wanted. However, as there are no restaurants in the area, staying B&B is not an option.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Coralbay Road, 61, Paphos 8574, Cyprus
Location: Cyprus > Paphos District > Paphos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#14 Spa Hotel in Paphos
#25 Luxury Hotel in Paphos
#37 Romantic Hotel in Paphos
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Hotel Class:4 star — Theo Sunset Bay Holiday Village 4*
Number of rooms: 72
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