We stayed in the Villa Anastasia in Coral Bay in July 2011. The villas are clean and well presented, but in no way are they 5 star as one person commented. Andreas wasnt around to greet us leaving a mix up of which villa we were actually staying in so that didn't get the holiday off to a great start.
The pool was OK but wasn't maintained regularly with lavender and debris constantly blowing into it.
The location of the villas was the problem. They are located off a dirt track on the edge of nowhere. We as a family of 5 felt completely isolated, apart from a hotel a 5 minute walk away there is nothing around these villas. By way of evening entertainment, if it wasn't for the nearby Paneretti hotel and frankly that wasn't great, there was nothing. I would say a car is a must at these villas. Coral Bay is a good 25 minute walk away (especially with young children) and not 10 minutes as stated. In 40 degree plus heat this is not recommended either. The villas themselves are nice but the construction material and rubbish in nearby fields spoils the look of them completely.
Nearby Corillia Beach was shingle and quiet a strong current for young children under 5 with piles of rubbish swept up in a corner of the beach making it unsightly and off putting. Our children hated the beach and preferred to swim in the nearby Panaretti Hotel's pool rather than the one we had with the villa.
Coral Bay is disappointing, there are about 6 restaurants all serving up the same old touristy "average" food and the rest are expensive souvenir shops.
Paphos wasn't much better with a KFC, MacDonalds and Pizza Hut all greeting us on arrival, we were expecting quality cypriot/greek food and tavernas but no such luck. The harbour area is full of touts wanting you to go on excursions with about 10 fishing boats. Frankly we were hugely disappointed with the whole area, the endless rubbish everywhere, people out to rip you off, unsightly beaches and location of the villas. Steer clear.
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Greetings from Sea Point Villas Cyprus and many thanks for taking the time to submit your review of our Villas on TripAdvisor after your recent stay with us.
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We pride ourselves on keeping our villas clean and presentable. They are homely villas which are comfortable and at the same time luxurious in order for your holiday to be an unforgettable experience.
I apologise for not being present at the time of your arrival. We do e mail all my guests detailed directions to the villas from Larnaka and Paphos airports with key instructions, so our guests are free to arrive at the villa at their leisure, therefore it is not normally a problem if nobody is around when my guests arrive. I do make a point to visit my guests as soon as I can to show them around the villa and give them advice about the local area.
The pools are cleaned and tested 3 times a week during peak months. It is a pity that you did not inform me that the lavender in the garden was problematic, as I would have addressed it immediately, had I been aware of the problem.
It is a shame that you found the location of the villas problematic, as this is exactly the draw card and requirement that many of my returning guests like about the villas. They are set in a tranquil environment and not near noisy pubs and restaurants while still close enough to the beaches and restaurants and the coast.
I would like to clarify some facts about the location :The closest sandy beach is just 700m away (Coralia Bay), the closest restaurant is 200m away in the Panareti resort, the closest children’s play ground is 300m away .The coast with small rock pools, which is used by most the diving schools in the area is just 300m from the villas. Note these distances can easily be verified independently by anyone wishing to do so by using Google Earth software, or Google maps.
The closest hotel , restaurant and Kiosk is 200m away from the villas and this distance is not a strenuous walk for most people. There are another 2 hotels within 1 km from the villa and a third 1.5km from the villas (Two of which are the only 5 star hotels in Coral Bay).
Within 200m to 1.3km from the villas there are 10 restaurants (Including a Greek Taverna) which are easily accessible from the villas, and which offer evening entertainment. Some of our guests have stated that they preferred the close proximity of these restaurants as they would then not have to worry about drinking and driving home late in the evening. There is also a bus stop 1km from the villas.
The main tourist road which is situated 2.5km from the villas in Coral Bay has approx 30 restaurants and bars, it unfortunately appears that you did not visit this road. We could have assisted you with recommendations to good restaurants had you informed us of your unhappiness at not finding good Cypriot food.
We need to point out that on our website we do recommend the hiring of a car for the duration of your stay here, as there are also some wonderful places to explore in Cyprus, such as Laura Beach, Polis, Latchi, tavernas in the villages, Troodos Mountains to name but a few. As you can see from previous reviews even though we do recommend a car our guests opinion varies greatly on the matter.
We would like to clarify that there are 2 Sandy blue flag beaches in the Coral Bay area , 1) Corallia beach which is 700m from the villas, and 2) Coral Bay Beach which is 1.5km from the villas. The 10 minute walk referred to in the previous review refers to Corallia Beach and not Coral Bay Beach as you have stated in your review. Coralia beach is 700 m to 1 km from the villa depending on the route taken so should take the average person 8 to 12 minutes to walk to. I will agree with you that in a 40 Degree summer day even a 10 minute walk with young children can be strenuous.
Coralia beach is a Blue flag beach which is close to my villas, it is a sandy beach and not shingle as you stated (Kindly see the two photos of Coralia beach that I have added). My 3 young daughters swim at Corallia Beach regularly and in my opinion it is clean and has a calm sea.
The building material which is situated in one of the fields near the villas is as a result of the building of the tennis court at the Panaretti resort, and upon completion, it will be removed. I would like to add that all my guests will be able to enjoy the usage of the tennis court as they currently do other facilities at Panaretti at no extra cost, including their heated pool, gym, outdoor pool, children’s play ground , and restaurant. Each villa is enclosed with its own walls and own private garden.The building material in another field a owned by Panareti should not have had a negative effect on your stay at your villa as it was not visible from your villa.
We pride on our service to our clients, to make you feel comfortable. Assistance was given with the booking of your plane ticket, bus schedules, and 10 children’s DVD’s to entertain the kids, extra milk in the welcome pack at your request . With Groceries as you know the supermarkets in Pegia deliver your shopping to your villa free of charge so shopping was not a problem. For emergencies there is a Kiosk 200m from the villa that is open at all hours.
There is a Bus service that runs until late hours night during the tourist season, the closest bus stop is approximately 1km from the villas. This costs 1 Euro each way.
The dirt track you refer to is a public road (Keratidiou street), the last 150m was not tarred but was well maintained crusher run (Maintained by the local council). The last 150m is currently being tarred by the Pegia Municipality, I will post a photo next week when the road is complete. For future guests the entire road will be tarred (From the second week of September 2011).
Finally I would like to point out that the location of the villas with detailed distances and satellite images and photos are available our website. Distances and details of the location were communicated to you by e mail before you booked the villa.
We are disappointed that you did not voice your concerns with us during your stay, as we would have tried to address any faults with our villas immediately. Even though you were disappointed with the entire area I do hope you will come back to our lovely Island in the future. Once again, thank you for taking the time to write about your time with us and for your feedback.
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