Practicalities : Wifi – 30eu for a week or 10eu for 2 hours spread over 7 days (which is enough for FB and email) – wifi fast and reliable. Room safe 15eu. Towel hire 10eu deposit from the gym. Note the hotel name is pronounced Ana – Sta – Sia.
Location : Lovely beach across the road. Pernera centre is a five minute walk away (turn right out of the hotel then turn left at the bottom). Pernera has a decent range of bars, restaurants and shops. Supermarket across the road with other bars etc. Nearest bus stops similar distance, 1eu50 to Protaras or Ayia Napa (take the bus to Waterpark, and the bus to Paralimni to return service 101 or 102). Nice walk by the sea into Protaras.
Food : Breakfast fine – all you could wish for. Lunch generally good, often a roast. Good range of salad stuff together with hot food. Food available between breakfast and lunch and lunch and dinner, and sandwiches after dinner – so you’d never go hungry. Dinner – similar quality but if you go early it’s very rushed and unpleasant – we tended to go around 8pm when it was quite quiet, that staff had time to talk to you and no one minded if you lingered. What let the food down were the sweets – basically just thin sheets of sponge with instant whip on, plus jelly and yet more instant whip. But you could have help-yourself ice cream, and there was loads of cheese at dinner. I’d class the food at 3 star with glimmers of 4 star but for the sweets. They either need a new sweet chef or he needs a larger budget.
Drinks : usual AI spirits. Lager was tolerable, much pretence of serving three different brands but from past experience of Tskkos Hotels that actually means one brand which is none of the ones shown on the dispense pumps (that’s how it tasted too). But it is still lager and has a decent amount of alcohol in (it is very fizzy). Wine – the medium white is OK, we didn’t like the red or dry white. Rose is mixed from red and white at the bar (hardly 4 star). The bar regularly ran out of glasses, and we were often given wine in 500ml plastic beer cups despite sitting inside (full cups too). The wine didn’t seem to be very alcoholic. Bottled water from the supermarket over the road is 3eu for 12 litres, or the hotel will fill bottles for you (although I wasn’t convinced that this water came from a bottled water source). Bar staff excellent.
Rooms : we had a room issue – our room reeked of cigarette smoke (we don’t smoke), and it took almost the whole week for this to go away. We complained to Siobohan on reception and were told that this was impossible because smoking wasn’t allowed in the hotel (it was) and we couldn’t be moved because the hotel was full (it wasn’t); we could see the manager but he couldn’t do anything because the hotel was full. It also had some large machinery above it which wirred and groaned away all night. So the room wasn’t pleasant. Room had a kettle and a few sachets of coffee and milk (no tea). If you want to use this take coffee, tea and some milk sachets or coffeemate. Bathroom had shampoo and soap provided but no shower stuff. Maid service excellent.
Entertainment : entirely provided by Thomas Cook, and really for kids during the day. In the evening if you like bingo then it’s for you. A rough calculation suggested that the bingo raised more than was spent in prizes but I could be wrong. If you don’t like bingo then there’s nothing to do in the hotel and we ended up reading every evening. The Thomas Cook folk work amazingly hard, and I take my hat off to them. But in terms of what we wanted it was of no value at all sadly. Live music 2 or 3 times a week would have made all the difference. The entertainment is provided outside in the corner of the site – as it’s outside people can smoke.
Staff : Except for Siobohan (see above) the staff were very helpful and incredibly hard working. They are mainly Hungarian apparently.
Pools : we didn’t use the main pool preferring the excellent water park where everything was neat, tidy and clean (and free for Thomas Cook customers). But you have to pay for drinks there. We tended not to stop for more than an hour or so morning and afternoon so this was fine for us.
Generally : There’s nothing really wrong with this hotel out of season. I would hate to go in season because I strongly suspect it’s unpleasantly full. The hotel amenities have to cope with the main hotel but also the apartments which were taken over by the hotel later – this means that the hotel has to cope with many more guests than it was designed for. You see this in the rushed dinner, queues at the bar etc. And the site is quite tight so the sun beds are very close together. So for us, the room issues, the lack of entertainment and the cramped site/queues etc make it a hotel we wouldn’t return to. But if you can get it at a reasonable price, this hotel could be worth a look. It does have plus points.
- Also Known As:
- Anastasia Beach Protaras
- Anastasia Beach Cyprus
- Hotel Anastasia Beach
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Comfort, quality, hospitality and relaxation are the foundations of Anastasia Beach Hotel. The stylish Anastasia Beach is situated in a picturesque setting overlooking the peaceful and golden sands of Marlita bay, and just a short stroll from the lively area of Pernera. The impressive atrium in the lobby perfects the ambiance to enjoy your favorite cocktail, while the elegant and peaceful surroundings of the hotel appeal to both families and couples. A few meters away you will find the brand new coastal pedestrian footpath, which leads to Protaras center, a great opportunity for an afternoon walk... Next to the hotel you will find the famous Anastasia Aquamania Waterpark offering exciting rides and splashing fun for all ages. An ideal choice for those wishing to combine a relaxing holiday along with a hospitable and friendly atmosphere. ... more less
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