Cyprus 20th April 2013 - airport much improved so only 40 mins onto the transfer bus, but disappointed as a 'Thomson Gold' it took about another 50+ mins with 4 drops in between to do about 12 miles, so arriving at about 11pm. Atlantica reception made up for this with a drink and positive 'briefing' to all 5 couples near the front desk, followed by a choice of cold food and hot drinks in the restaurant, kept open specially just for 'late' arrivals. By the way, when lots arrive briefings upstairs so avoiding breaking the peace in the lounge. We did a lot of research before booking here; the websites of Atlantica, Thomson and Trip Adv all proving to be pretty accurate on everything claimed/described.
We were impressed by our room, the 'half sea view' to the side suited us, (only a very small number of rooms overlook the 'main road only'). Room quality was sturdy fitted furniture and cleanliness was first rate, beds comfortable if slightly firm. If you like TV, it's 22-26", not 'full' satellite, but certainly a wide range of English stuff (Sport, World News and patches of BBC1 news hour, Gold, TCM films etc). Bathroom cleaned well, and sheets changed every 2-3 days. They even seemed to want to come in some evenings just to turn the beds down!
The temperature suddenly when high twenties from about 22nd April, so the bedroom Air Con came on - and the open air restaurant started to use its terrace - common sense prevailed. ALL staff work hard to please, many fluent English with smiles, but even the quieter or younger ones were fine - a credit to them all. Good spans of time for food availability virtually all day, but they do prefer to meet and greet you for the evening meal and seat you and take your drink order rather than you just sitting down unnoticed. Consider All-Inc when you buy the holiday - their counter shows it as a 25 to 40 euro per day upgrade when you get there (according to the meals and/or drinks extra to your booking). Other than that it's buffet for the food, and here's were some people will be disappointed. We found daily changes and a good choice of meat, poultry, carvery, fish or vegetarian/pastas etc over the 11 days, but some would say it's possible to get bored, certainly the veg choice and salad courses were limited in range but not in quantity. It's biased to the English taste, only limited authentic local dishes (That said, finance is tight in Cyprus/Greece, in years gone by far too much was wasted in extravagant 'food shows').
This is where I have a minor niggle having booked A/I and wearing the wristband all the time, we were still asked for our room numbers for every drink, and often had to sign their chit. That said we weren't asked for a penny when we left, having had many bottles of house wine or large cocktails with most evening meals, countless soft drinks at the pool and beers and so on at lunchtimes (and bubbly for brekkers if you wish). Do be careful if not sure, and please ask, but only the most expensive branded imported is chargeable, or if you take it as room service. There was no attempt to catch us, so if it's purely an internal admin check why you have to sign I do not know?
Now in our 60s this was our first 'adults only hotel', but it was sometimes a bit weird. At one time it was so quiet I really thought four or five of the residents were going to sit round the piano and start singing some opera; or worse yet read someone's will! Fortunately a new intake brought in a little more life, but always 50% + are UK 50yrs plus, with only about 10% under 30s. Overall the potential for adverse eastern Europeans was avoided, those few that were there, middle-aged Russians in the main, and a few German's were absolutely fine.
The grounds are always clean and just about spacious enough with some flights of steps or ramps, Access to the 'Med' is via a path but then only a course-grit area the size of a tennis court, albeit with another grassed sunbed/shaded area near that. Some of the grounds get patrolled by waiters taking your drinks orders, but if not the pool bar is handy. There's some outdoor music, never too loud, nor is it on all day. The cheerful Thomson girls offer you a range of activities on the hour from about 11am but not in your face. We're not ones for evening sessions, but it looked as if the cabaret room bar/stage was good and advertised a range of singing or comedian or 'trivia' evenings. Elsewhere, the evening small bar or lounge patrol is great, Nicoleta is so cheerful and fetches drinks for everyone. (Which makes up for the pretty dismal background taped music there - although there's a bit of low key live music sometimes)
Overall, throughout the site, the place is well set up and managed and there is a clear attention to your enjoyment, wellbeing, cleanliness and safety
Out and about - There's only limited shops or tavernas in walking distance; town is 6 miles away but the 615 bus is clean and modern and marked up in English (harbour or Coral Bay), and stops outside the hotel (on both sides of the road) about every 20-30 mins until well late at night - on well-lit safe route for a Euro per trip, or E3 unlimited 'Paphos' use per day. The hotel gives their bikes free, once per visit (but not sure how much it is after the free-be)
Thomson rep quoted E90 for a three day car hire through their source, or if ordered on the website before you go it was from £160 a week (min) and that was from the airport only. Walk just over the road from the hotel, Kyriacos well understands English and cash or credit cards! Do not be put off by his small portacabin or fleet of 2 - 3 year old cars - Being ex-fire and rescue service, I am always super critical of hire vehicles' safety condition and insurance. All of his are tidy and properly tyred, our super quiet Mazda did 350 miles with perfect brakes, about 45 mpg, starting first time every-time, with air con - all at about 3/4 the rates quoted above (His damage excess is E200 which we always pre-insure against at £1.99 per day on-line) but main roads in Cyprus are now better than UK, and speed limits are low and well marked, with nutty drivers very few and far between.
We had a really enjoyable break, the excellent weather helped, as did the quality of the Atlantica brand, which we had seen from a distance on other package tours. Now we've actually used them, we would use them again on many of their 25 other sites, and perhaps even here, although it looked as if their Limasol sites are back from the foreshore in a built-up area. This all but meets the Trip advisor 5-star rating. I can add no photos other than those already on TrAdv or You tube, which are all pretty accurate
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