Recently visited the Elias hotel staying all inclusive during the half-term week in October. Being my first all inclusive holiday, I didn't really know what to expect, however, I have to say I was very pleased all round with the service we received. Upon check in, we actually arrived later than the all inclusive deadline of 11pm, however, the woman on reception had kindly told the bar staff to allow us to have a free drink on the all inclusive package- a very nice touch! We then went out on to the terrace area of the mokka lounge, and were taken in by how peaceful and pleasant everything was. Being night time of course, there wasnt going to be much of a view other than the hotel grounds, but they were well lit, and added to the calm and relaxing atmosphere.
Our room was very nice, clean, well equipped and the maid service was excellent. Our room was a 5th floor room with a sea view, and I have to say the view from our room was breathtaking, with a view out onto the beach and the lovely blue sea, with Limassol port and town visible in the far distance, added to by the fact the sunset was directly visible from the balcony, which gave a lovely end to the day!
The hotel is situated in a relatively remote area, around 10km from Limassol town itself. Around the hotel there are a few bars and restaurants in a square just opposite, along with 3 supermarkets, an "Irish bar" and a few car rental shops. Other than the hotel next door, that was pretty much it in terms of the surroundings. The hotel is however, situated just off a main road, which has regular buses running throughout the day and into the evening. I have to say the bus service was excellent, as we caught the bus from directly outside the hotel into Limassol which was completely hassle free, more than can be said for bus services in the UK! Limassol town itself is a nice place. There are a few run down looking buildings and shops on the outskirts before entering the centre, however the centre of limassol has numerous high end shops and restaurants, something I hadn't expected.
The food at the hotel was good, with the lunch probably being the highlight, as it seemed to have more choice and variance on a daily basis than breakfast and dinner. That being said, there was a lot of choice for breakfast, with a typical offering of cereal, fruit and the constituents of a full English all on offer, so you could try something new everyday. The food was of a good quality, notably better than hotels I've eaten at before. As for the evening meal, the food was also of a good quality, with numerous types of dishes on offer every night, whether it be pasta, meat, seafood etc. My only reservation was, that on one evening, there was only one or two offerings that weren't seafood based, and as I am not the biggest lover of seafood this was slightly disappointing. The waiter service while dining was very good however, staff were attentive in bringing you whatever drinks you wanted, and tidied up promptly after other guests had finished eating, which meant there were always tables available, and you didn't have to look at someone else's half-eaten food whilst you were tucking in yourself!
The poolside area was clean, with numerous beds available both directly around the pool and in the garden area closer to the beach. The pool itself is nice, although I will say it was extremely cold, which made getting in more of an endurance than a pleasure at times! Once in you would soon acclimatise, however, when getting out again you would feel a slight chill, particularly if it was late in the day and the sun didn't have the same power. The poolside bar was very good, with excellent service, good choice of drinks and snacks, along with the all inclusive ice cream which was a big bonus!
The beach is adjoined to the hotel grounds, and is only around 20 or 30 meters from the hotel itself, meaning you never lacked amenities. The beach was clean, the sand was soft and not rocky in the area allocated to the hotel. The beds were also clean and comfortable, and all in a good state of repair which is reassuring! The sea water was also lovely and warm, clear and a nice place to swim. The pier was also nice to have a wander out onto in the evening to enjoy the last of the sunshine. Towels were available from the hotel, so we needn't have brought our own, all you had to do was present a card you are given upon check-in and you will be given as many towels as you need, and can replace them as often as you need too. Make sure you keep the card, though, as there's a 20 euro charge if it isn't returned upon checking out!
The one aspect of the holiday I was slightly disappointed about was the fact that the Blue Paradise restaurant wasn't open. We were told this was down to the time of year and the weather, however, during our stay it was 30 degrees and wall to wall sunshine everyday. This was particularly disappointing as it had been one of the reasons we had booked the holiday, and we hadn't been told anywhere within our booking that it wasn't going to be open during our stay. The Kiku Japanese restaurant was also only open one night during our stay, and this wasn't shown anywhere, and so we ended up missing out on the opportunity to dine at either of the hotel's flagship restaurants.
The entertainment at the hotel was very good, with a group of girls performing different routines every night. They also provided poolside activities for children and adults alike during the day, along with quizzes and other such things. In the evening they would put on shows such as musicals and dance routines to entertain in the Havana venue, and it was clear to see they were very passionate about putting on a good show! Cash prize bingo also preceded the show which was a nice touch, particularly as I managed to win a prize!
The Mokka lounge was where we found ourselves most of the time during the early evening, as the Havana venue didn't open until 8pm. The lounge had a very relaxed atmosphere, and you would almost find yourself dozing off at times! The waiters were all very attentive when it came to asking you whether you'd like more drinks, something which was particularly nice. The staff were all polite and courteous, something which I very much appreciated. The choice of drinks is extensive, with cocktails, beers and spirits all available, along with typical choices for children, all clearly set out in a well organised and easy to read menu. One thing to check, though, is that the drink you want is included in the all inclusive package, as not all of them on the menu are!
All in all, I had a lovely time whilst in Cyprus, and the hotel was simply a highlight of that. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is thinking of visiting Cyprus and Limassol in particular. I would like to go again, though maybe next time during the summer months!
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