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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Azia Resort And Spa
- Azia Resort Paphos