We have just returned from a one week stay at the Helios Bay Hotel and we couldn't have asked for better. Upon our arrival (which was mid/late evening) we were greeted by an extremely helpful lady at the front desk. After showing us to our room, she informed us that the poolside bar was open for refreshments/light snacks until midnight. Again we found the bar staff friendly and helpful. The food was reasonably priced and just what we needed after a long flight. Our room was spacious, fresh, clean and had all we needed for a self catering holiday, i.e, kettle, toaster, two hob cooker, fridge (which small freezer compartment) and a wide range of cutlery. There was a safety deposit box in the room which can be hired for €8.50 per week. WiFi is also available throughout, free is the reception or €10 per week in the rooms.
We found that the house keeping staff came in each day to do a general clean and make the beds (twin beds pushed together to make a double) and change the towels every third day. Again, the cleaning staff were pleasant and friendly and come back should we not be ready for them.
The pool area has plenty of sun beds (with parasol shaders), small tables and is very well maintained (with clear and clean water). The main pools shallow end is no more then 3ft and we would estimate the deep end about 8ft. There is also a child's pool along side the main pool at around 1.5ft depth, perfect for little ones to bathe and play in.
The grounds around the Hotel are lush and green with palms and ferns perfectly placed for noise reduction and ideal for shading. A short distance from the rear of the Hotel is a beach path that runs down to the ocean. Although there is some sand here, we found it to be more rock/stones and not ideal for sun bathing (but ideal for early evening romantic strolls as the path follows the shore line behide the other Hotels).
Just outside Hotel, a local bus service runs every few minutes to Coral Bay or the Harbour. Along this coastal road we found numerous restaurants, shops and bars. A one way trip cost us €1.50 per person or €5.00 for a day pass per person which is valid until 11pm. Although the bus service runs until around 4am, the cost of travel does go up after 11pm to €2.50 for a one way trip.
Both Coral Bay and the Harbour sport large supermarkets (both of which are cheaper then the local convenient stores). Coral Bay, (in our opinion), is better suited for a more mature evening out as it has more bars then restaurants. That being said, The Elephant and Coral King restaurants in Coral Bay both have excellent food, service and atmosphere. The Harbour, (again in our opinion), is more family themed with more to do for the younger generation. We eat in three restaurants on the Harbour, Chloes Chinese, The Captains View and The Captains Biasto, all of which provided a wonderful, friendly and professional atmosphere.
Along the Coastal road (on the bus route, 100 metres from the Venus Beach Hotel) The Tomb Of Kings can be found. An entry fee of €2.50 (per person) is required but it's well worth a visit.
All in all, the Hotel management and staff were the best we have ever had the pleasure of dealing with. Nothing is to much trouble for them. As a last example, on the day of our departure, our flight transfer was not until early evening and although our room checkout was at midday, the management informed us we were welcome to leave our luggage in reception, spend the day by the pool and should we require a shower to freshen up before our coach arrived, we were welcome to do so.
A definite 5 out of 5 from us.
- 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