If you're looking for a relaxing and civilised place by the sea then this is probably the best affordable hotel in the broad Polis area. The beach in front of the hotel is pleasant and there are plenty of sunbeds. Natura has a comfy lounge and bar area with a good free wifi signal, though drinks were pricey. Bedrooms were a little brown and beige for my personal taste but clean and comfy enough and with everything you need - paying a little extra for a sea view room was worth it just for the sunsets, but the non-sea facing rooms looked fine too, as there are no busy roads nearby and the grounds of the hotel are well planted and colourful. Breakfast was very good -wonderful greek yogurt and honey [or carob syrup if you fancied it] and lots of cheese, ham, fruit, hot food, breads and cakes. A fair bit of local produce was available, including apple marmalade and herbal teas. Basically, breakfast was as large or small or healthy or unhealthy as you wanted it to be!
I quite liked the mix of nationalities at the hotel - if you want a Brits only place then this is probably not it. We only ate the occasional lunch there [fairly priced and very fresh] but the evening meals seemed popular, perhaps because the plentiful restaurants of Polis are a twenty minute stroll away - you'll need a torch for the way back. Indeed, a car is really necessary if you stay at the Natura, but there's loads of parking, nearby roads are good and there are lots of interesting places to visit within easy driving distance. The Pafos mosaics are well worth the trip, and though I'd personally give the Baths of Aphrodite a miss, the taverna next to the Baths has a wonderful terrace with great views and decent food that's not too expensive. From the hotel it's a relaxing [daytime only] flat walk into Latchi where the harbourside tavernas all seemed good. The Akamas peninsula is a shortish drive away and has waymarked nature trails as well as some more challenging hill walking. A drive up into the hills is a must. We enjoyed visiting some of the hilltop monasteries, full of peace, icons and with wonderful views.
Frequently, it's the staff that make a hotel memorable and we found all the staff very pleasant, helpful and smiling. There was some very intrusive dog noise for the first few days and we wondered why the receptionists had trouble dealing with this until we discovered it was the owner's dog who was making all the noise! We appreciated the explanation and apology but really we just wanted the noise to stop. When you stay at a hotel marketed as peaceful and relaxing then that's how it should be. I think the dog seemed more important than the guests for far too long and I trust the owner will reflect on this in future.
On balance though, if I came to this part of Cypus again I'd stay at the Natura with little hesitation because I'd be comfortable, well-placed. well fed and well looked after.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on a stunning location at the centre of the Polis Bay, right on a very long stretch of sandy beach and surrounded by beautiful Mediterranean orchards and gardens, the Natura Beach Hotel and Villas is a truly unique holiday retreat. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Natura Beach Polis
- Hotel Natura Beach