After returning from a weeks stay at the Akamanthea I felt compelled to write a review of this complex. The accommodation consists of apartments. I stayed in a studio apartment, which although basic was clean with a two hob cooking facility and microwave along with a large fridge and dishwasher. There was also a basic selection of crockery and cooking utensils. The maid service was adequate but the bed was not the most comfortable.
I stayed in a ground floor apartment, which had a patio leading onto a garden area with a sea view, which was very pleasant. The hotel pool was a reasonable size and nice. Sun beds were situated around the pool and there seemed to be plenty to go around although the hotel did not appear to be particularly full at the time of my stay. The hotel did not offer a pool towel service.
I had booked the all inclusive option at the hotel and unfortunately the most disappointing aspect of this holiday was the food offered by the hotel. The restaurant was not particularly large and it seemed as though the all inclusive food had been added as an afterthought to a complex which was previously intended for self catering apartments. The food selection was poor, there were a couple of salad trays and generally a couple of different options for main course and a dessert on offer. The poor selection may not have been an issue if what was offered was good quality, however sadly, this was not the case and much of the food bordered on inedible. The food was not labelled and if you are a vegetarian or have any dietary requirements this hotel is not for you. After a couple of days we gave up and decided to eat outside the hotel.
The drinks available within the all inclusive menu were good save the basic wine choice of white or red and cocktails were available within the all inclusive menu. However, other beers, wines, and imported wines did not seem to be available even at additional charge which has been the case at other all inclusive resorts I have stayed at.
The hotel is situated directly in between Polis and Latchi, about a mile away from each. We felt that the walk was a little too far in the heat and opted to hire a car. There is a supermarket about a 10 minute walk from the hotel and a Chinese restaurant at the end of the road if you turn right on exiting the hotel. I can recommend the Chinese restaurant and Finnikas situated in the main square in Polis. Polis itself is a nice unspoilt Cypriot village with a few places to eat and drink with a good atmosphere and friendly locals. It is not for those seeking louder nightlife.
The hotel guests seemed to be 98% Polish and the food and entertainment catered exclusively for Polish tastes. All of the entertainment was in Polish with no English option offered. We do not usually participate with the entertainment but if it is an important part of your holiday be aware that you need to speak good Polish to join in.
I am surprised that this holiday resort carried a 4* rating. I have stayed at other hotels on the main hotel strip in Paphos which also carried a 4* rating and the difference in the standard of accommodation and in particular the food is so large it can only be described as a chasm.
I would return to this area of Cyprus but would not return to this resort. There is alternative self catering accommodation available closer into Polis or Latchi and the choice and quality of the food are such that I would not return for the all inclusive option.
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- Akamanthea Holiday Village Hotel
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