The Helios is currently being prepared for the summer season.It is unfortunate that this has involved lots of maintenance work being done during our holiday.We found this intrusive but recognise that work needs to be done in preparation for the summer season.On our last day we were woken at 7.00am to the sound of drilling ,banging and hammering .I phoned reception but no answer. I spoke to the workman directly and he apologised,however I do feel that more consideration should have been shown.The pool area was being refreshed and the wooden roof above the snack bar was being stained and varnished and rotten wood replaced.The smell of the varnish was not pleasant and limited our time which we spent around the pool.The pool filtration system is the noisiest that I have ever heard.The water gurgles and slurps throughout the day and night and could be heard in our third floor room.The beach to the right of the hotel is neglected and unusable.Debris is strewn across the whole area.It is a disgrace,such a shame.
We stayed in a one bedroomed apartment with sea view.The room was basic but clean.Cooking facilities are basic but adequate.Don't forget tea cloths,dishcloths,washing up liquid etc as these are not provided.The 2 electric rings take some time to heat up so don't be in a rush!
We enjoyed meals at Poppodums which is an Indian restaurant across the road from the hotel.The Sienna restaurant next to the hotel was superb,great service and beautifully presented food which tasted just as good.We ate once at Theo's near the harbour in Paphos which was ok but we were disappointed with the size of the sea bass served in comparison with the sea bass that we were shown in the outdoor refrigerated display cabinet.
Bus service is good and inexpensive.There are bus stops outside the hotel which will take you to Paphos or Coral Bay.We went to Coral Bay and were very disappointed.We find the beaches in the Algarve much more picturesque and appealing.
We did not have any problems with using credit or debit cards and ATM's were all usable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Helios Bay Hotel is located on the beach between Coral bay and Tombs of the King. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Helios Bay Paphos
- Hotel Helios Bay