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“fabulous hotel but not quite 5 star” 4 of 5 stars
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Azia Resort & Spa
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Akamas Avenue, Paphos 8061, Cyprus   |  
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Ranked #59 of 97 Hotels in Paphos
plymouth
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
“fabulous hotel but not quite 5 star”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2010

In the Azia Blue we booked a superior sea view room with jacuzzi but on arrival had been upgraded to a junior suite which has a larger balcony and lounge area.
These rooms are above the ballroom/restaurant and have a conservatory roof in front of the balcony. Room 240 onwards look out onto untidy waste land and have very public balconies being open at the sides and looked down on from all upper floors.
We asked to be moved nearer towards the pool in a more private room with better view and this was done with no fuss at all. Room excellant and clean , well furnished and everything working. Corridor outside room was noisy but luckily hotel not very busy infact very quiet for some reason.

Reception and the porter ( Kevin) were very friendly and helpful.
It was my birthday treat and a complimentary bottle of sparking wine was brought to the room on top of house wine and fruit. Lovely touch thank you.

Decor is very much boutique hotel chic which we liked.

Pool and grounds are stunning and plenty of beds/umbrellas. Very peaceful and relaxing apart from an irritating load hum from roof air con fans and kitchen extractors pervades the balconies and whole pool area.
Pool clean but colder than expected.

10 minute walk to lovely almost private sandy beach. Public pathway cuts through the hotel grounds but not a problem.

Buffet Breakfast excellant, terrific variety, usual cooked items plus fresh fruit, melons, figs , cheeses etc
Fresh orange juice was good. Main waitress Nino was brilliant.

Dinner was the biggest let down .
It was 23 E and only offered a choice of 2 starters a soup and 2 main courses plus 1 veggie option , desserts were on a table with a choice of three and fruit.
The quality and presentation of the food was mostly very poor and not worthy of the location and service ( main waiter was excellant, very professional)
Mains were fully plated up , not silver service
Pork chop (or turkey escallop) with gravy and sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower and croquet potatoes (all frozen)
Was more like a works canteen than 5 star hotel .
Some diners were wearing shorts and tee shirts and track suits.
Diappointing when you are looking forward to a fine dining experience.
Wine about 20E and water 3E

Bar is attractive and evening entertainment passable.

Could easily be a true luxury hotel but there is a feeling that economies are being made by the family owners who are lurking about but not wanting to engage with you.

Having said all that we had a lovely weeks holiday.

  • Stayed October 2010, 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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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2010

We have just returned from eight days staying at The Azia Resort and Spa and have only good things to report about it.
We had a sea view room and the views and sun set were stunning .
Spa facility is excellent and my wife and daughter spoke very highly of all treatments .
The facilities including the affinity pool were first class.
Service was excellent and all staff very friendly and could not be more helpful.
The beach is a few minutes walk from the hotel and is sandy and the sea invigorating.
Gym has great equipment and you have acess through your key so you can use anytime.
Breakfasts were first rate and while we were half board would suggest b/b basis to allow flexability - dinners in the hotel were great and you can interchange for lunch which was informal by the pool but again food was excellent with several local specialities available.
The restaurants locally especially the one first right as you leave hotel was excellent also Pathos Harbour offered great fish restaurants .
The hotel bar Cava was top class and offered a full international drinks range and very reasonable especially before dinner 6/7 pm.
There was no intrusive noise and we found this facility offered us an excellent oppertunity to unwind and relax in charming surroundings.
I have no resitation in recommending The Azia Resort and Spa and will retuen at the first chance

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Limassol, Cyprus
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2010

The Azia Resort and Spa definitely proved to be our best choice for a long two week break in July. We arrived in the middle of July when the hotel was not completely full and by the time we left it was totally full and busy. The service stayed excellent in all the areas of the hotel - Reception, restaurants, pools, housekeeping. The staff are everywhere friendly, courteous, efficient and extremely helpful.

The entertainment around the pool is done by a very polite girl and the exercising programme she does is very good and professional . The games are very discreet but are happening often during the day and you can join if you want to. Most are forms of exercises and sport e.g. volley ball, aqua exercising

The hotel is centrally located for driving around Pafos but it is also in an area that is not very built up. So there are some restaurants around but it has mainly nice views of fields and a golf range at the front. We rented bicycles for 2 days from the reception desk and we had great fun exercising on the paved way that runs for miles along the sea near the hotel.

The pool area is stunning in a very romantic setting with lots of sunbeds always available and a light sea wind under the many trees. Music near the pool bar but absolute quiet further away by the other side of the pool. while sunbathing, they hand out cold face towels around noon.

The food is great. The breakfast with lots of good choices and tasty. Overall some local dishes and many light dishes as well as fresh food and vegetables. Buffets were very well presented and still very fresh and tasty.

It was a break that as we wanted, made us feel relaxed, pampered and well taken care of. We will most definitely return very soon.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2010

When we were there in September the hotel was busy but not full and I have to say we were shocked about some of the lies we had read about this hotel on some of the previous reviews. The hotel is beautifully kept. The breakfast had a very good selection and tasted fresh, light and nice. Dinner was the best tasty food we had. The salmon and salads were our favourite, really lightly done with lots of taste. The restaurants in the area were not bad but the food for dinner at the hotel was much better. Rooms are not tired, but in the blue wing are a little dated in style...still they feel fresh and the bathrooms are done in white, clean colours and everything is working perfectly well. We were given the option to upgrade to the spa wing but we decided that we did not spend long in our room so it was not worth it for us to upgrade.

We had a serene time and we enjoyed some tennis and activities organised in the pool by the hotel . We also like the selection of tv channels in the room and the music in the reception area.

The best, really worth spending some hard-earned cash on, is the spa. Simply excellent!

The beach is straight down a path from the sunbathing area and there is indeed also a long wide path (endless form our point of view) that is ideal for walks by the sea in the area. There is also a bus taking you to town and to another local and popular beach although we chose to stay at the hotel beach as it was very quiet. he sea was warm enough for a very nice swim in september.

It was also worth visitng the paphos mosaics. we went by taxi, about 10 minutes from the hotel, but there is also a bus apparently. There are many archeological sites but we are not crazy about spending too much time on those on holidays. Still the mosaics are a great morning out. Half a day is nice as you can walk around the area of the mosaics.

I have to say that we looked at prices on the booking sites on the internet , in tour operator brochures and on the hotel website. Prices were similar and we ended up buying a packaged holiday because of the price of the ticket at our local airport. The value for money at the Azia is excellent .Prices for drinks are very reasonable too.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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somerset
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37 reviews 37 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2010

I went to this hotel with a little trepedation after reading a bad review written in 2004 in tripadvisor. When we drew up in the taxi, we had to take our own cases into reception, not a sign of a 5* hotel, but the hotel was good, spotlessly cllean. The rooms were good, all carpeted which made for a quiet stay. We had booked a moutain view, but they omitted to mention the busy road, so we upgraded to a sea view which was much better. We negotiated a rate of an extra 15 euros per day for that. The food was excellent, a little dull but plenty of it. Breakfast was superb. The staff were all and I mean all from the Baltic states, either Russian, Slovakian, Polish or Bavarian and I find that a little off putting but they were efficient. There was no tea making facilities and the mini fridge was tiny, we obtained milk from the bar with no problem although it does say in your welcome pack that there is a charge of £6 per day if you put anything of your own in the fridge (they didn't however and I certaintly would not have paid up) towels are provided for the pool too. the hotel was nearly empty, not sure why. The only minus I would say is the price of drinks. Coffee is £4.30 as is soft drinks. Wine is the same. if you fancy a sandwich at lunch time its £10 and ice cream 3 scoops is £6.95. All in all a pleasant holiday, if they had provided a minibus to Pathos that would have made a huge difference. Taxi's are £12 each way and the buses were packed at £1 each way.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ManagementAzia, Manager at Azia Resort & Spa, responded to this review, September 30, 2010
Dear Reviewer

Good morning from the Azia Resort and Spa in Pafos. Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your holiday with us. We take constructive feedback very seriously and your comments will be passed to the departments mentioned.

We would like to first say that we are delighted you found the breakfast 'superb' and the food 'excellent'.

The staff will hear, through their managers, your opinions both on the aspects you enjoyed and the ones you were not completely satisfied with. I am sure they will sincerely appreciate your good comments and they will be particulary pleased that you found the staff efficient. It is true we do not discriminate on nationality but we try and choose well mannered people with a good nature that appreciate efficiency and service. Not everyone is from the baltic countries and the majority of those who are from those countries have been living in Cyprus most of their life.

We are sorry the porter was not available at his usual position near the front door when you arrived. We hope the receptionists made sure your luggage was taken to your room by him once he finished with other guests.

The prices you quoted are not quite right and I am wondering if you made a mistake with the exchange rate of the euro to the pound. The prices of our drinks have not changed since 2008 . For instance soft drinks are charged 3.15 euros (about 2.60 pounds with this month's exchange rate). A pot of coffee (35cl) costs 4.15 euro (that is about 3.45 pounds) and ice-cream is charged at 2 euro per scoop (1.63 pounds) or 5.95 euro for a tall glass bowl with 3 scoops. Soft drinks are charged 3.15 euros (about 2.60 pounds). The warm snacks at the pool start from 7.05 euros and sandwiches, all served in a large plate with french fries and salad, from 8.95 euros.

Both the staff and the management take great pleasure in their work and it makes us all very happy to read that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you had a pleasant holiday.

Thank you again for taking the time to let us know about the aspects you enjoyed and also for posting those nice photographs.

We truly appreciate our repeaters and we hope you will join our repeat guests by returning to us soon. We will be delighted to make sure your next stay is even more special. Please let us know when you decide to return.

With warm regards

The Staff and Management of the Azia Resort and Spa
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Petawawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2010

I only spent couple days in Pafos and this hotel was a nice start. The spa services are great and there is an access to the beach only at 5 min walk from the hotel. The staff is very friendly and helpfull. I only eat breakfasts at the hotel and it was excellent. If you don't want to eat at the hotel there is couple restaurants at walking distance that are great, such as the Sienna and Wisdom with both local and international food. There is Peperoni pizza at only 5-10 min on the right of the hotel. The pizza is excellent and they have a good choice of other meals. There is two small corner stores one on the right side and one on the left side. Also for the golfers there is a driving range just in front of the hotel on the other side of the road. I use bus tours to see the island so can't comment on the taxi time. Overall a nice stay.

  • Stayed September 2010
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2010

This was my third stay in Cyprus and the Azia the third five star hotel I tried. I found it the best as the staff was fantastic and like many other on tripadvisor I enjoyed the spacious facilities especially the lobby area which is superb and the beautiful, grass covered gardens. I loved the local bathroom products that smelled gorgeous and I tried to find them when I returned home to order. The pool is huge and totally , shiny clean. I am sorry to say that I found the negative reviews to be completely unfounded as they were wrong...so misleading, I wonder why...

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Azia Resort & Spa

Address: Akamas Avenue, Paphos 8061, Cyprus
Location: Cyprus > Paphos District > Paphos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Paphos
#19 On the Beach Hotel in Paphos
#35 Luxury Hotel in Paphos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Azia Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 278
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A small hotel may have all the charm in the world, yet what the discerning guest will sometimes miss is the variety of experience to make the holiday an unforgettable pleasure. This is the thinking behind the concept of the Azia Resort, a foray into sophisticated escapism that offers stylish barefoot living, understated luxury and casual unobtrusive service. Built as three sections, with plethora of magnificent spaces for carefree living, the Azia Resort has all the diversity to keep its guests contented for a week or longer. Each element of the three-in-one boutique hotel concept has its own character and fulfills different aspirations of the visitor. The Azia Blue is about sophisticated, spacious living and family luxury. The Azia Club and Spa is ideal for privacy and indulgence. The Residence is a haven of individual pampering and innovative style.The Azia Resort is situated a few kilometres from Paphos centre and is privileged to share close proximity to the finest locations and treasures of the island. One of the few resorts with a west-facing outlook, the Azia provides guests with a sublime view of blazing indescribable sunsets. The sophisticated design of the hotel owes as much to edgy London design as to local influences. The result an atmosphere that is sensuous yet earthy, shaped by the whole history of Cyprus and by the natural beauty of the island. The nature is suggested, for instance, by such details as the use of flower and leaf motifs carved on wood and stone as well as by the profusion of indoor and outdoor plantings. The history is present in a slick, fusion manner combining very earthy and artistic elements. Each area is influenced by a different chapter of the Cyprus history. Venetian Murano glass, hand painted silk and gold leaf decoration of the main dining room represent the impact of the Venetian Republic on the history of the island, while the main lobby has the airiness suggestive of the open spaces of the agora of ancient Greece. There the pebble, the marble, the greenery and the abundance of light combine perfectly with loungy loveseats and design furniture. The staircase banister looks like seaweeds moving with the waves and the piano lobby bar is a beautiful reminder of the colonial influence. The main bar, in deep sensuous colours, with finely carved wood lace on the walls and hand-wrought iron lamp structures, captures the fusion of Arab cultures on the island. The sybaritic Asphodel Spa is a hymn to nature, intriguing to the senses yet calming to the mind. The sound of falling water, the fine incense of ouzo and anise, the breeze in the garden treatment rooms, the rich natural textures; these and a variety of treatments offering different experiences have been deployed in its design to awake all the senses and sooth the body and mind. This is one of the best spas in the world, a space that can keep the visitor content day after day. The symbol of the hotel is the Asphodel, the immortal flower in the ancient Greek mythology. According to the ancient Greeks, it stands for the ultimate happiness of the soul and was the first sight a soul longed to see at the gates of paradise. Asphodel still grows in abundance wild on the island. ... more   less 
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