We thought we'd try Limassol this year (two couples) as we have visited Protaras, Ayia Napa and Pathos in the past. I'm afraid I was not enamoured with this area of Cyprus - not one of the prettier ones! The beach section belonging to the Atlantica Bay was also strangely situated although the sun beds AREA is well cared for. All sunbeds both around the pool and on the beach were filthy! The walkway along the seafront in both directions was very pleasant especially at sunset. On arrival we were allocated rooms 433 and 435 which were beautifully designed but unfortunately had a very offensive smell coming from the bathroom. We discussed this with Reception and they agreed to remedy the situation. Disappointingly after three days this was not resolved so we mentioned this to the Thomson rep Nikki who, on our behalf, discussed with Reception and we were moved immediately to upgraded suites of the Honeymoon and Executive. Well done Nikki - thanks! I loved the superior room we had originally booked on the 4th floor - the decor and views - but really disliked the Executive Suite. I think these rooms may be due for decor upgrading? If not this should be considered! I hated the drapes over the bed in our Executive Suite which made me claustrophobic and the choice of materials of the drapes and bed coverage - not impressive at all in my view! There was a hot tub on the balcony which turned itself on during the night disturbing our sleep and some of the jets did not work. We used it once and did not find it impressive. It would have been far better for a hot tub/jacuzzi to be sited in the indoor pool area as one of our friends accompanying us doesn't swim but will enjoy the jacuzzi whilst we are in the indoor pool if there is one available. Pity the only thing she could do was lie on the sunbed and watch the swimmers! This area was lovely especially at this time of the year (November) even though the sunbeds needed a good clean there too. Overall the hotel was very clean - which surprised me about the quality of the sunbeds. In a 4/5 star hotel soft sunbed covers are usually available and the hotel management could well consider this. The dining room was tastefully decorated but I found the choice of food a bit repetitive. Too many pork dishes; cheap, very fatty cuts of lamb on the carvery (I normally will eat all types of lamb as it is my favourite meat and I was very disappointed with that!). The beef carvery was very succulent indeed. Perhaps the hotel should consider turkey and also chicken on the carvery? I did ask the Chef for creme caramel to be on the sweet trolley as it is my favourite holiday sweet, and immediately a very large portion appeared in front of me which was a pleasant surprise and after that it was available one evening! Very commendable! I found the salad bar a bit repetitive and boring - not enough choice of cold fish and I kept asking for beetroot which had been available on a couple of evenings but then we didn't see it again. The Chef was not very accommodating with that request! I understand the hotel is closing down in two week's time and I wonder if the standards had slipped for that reason?
The drinks on the all inclusive package were very good and the service of providing them also. The entertainment in the evening was poor - same couple singing every evening. Very poor for a supposedly 4/5 star hotel. We did not use the spa. I would rate this hotel as only just a 4 star!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on a hillside looking out to the sapphire-blue seas of Limassol Bay, the Atlantica Bay is a truly luxurious retreat. The hotel blends superior service with superb facilities, providing guests with memorable experiences. Close to the ancient ruins of Amathus, in a spot that was made for peace and quiet, it really does set a perfect holiday scene. With the local bus stop just opposite the hotel, you can take a short ride into the old historic town approximately 10 km away. The hotel features 201 modern rooms, the main dining area “Leda Restaurant”, “A la Carte Restaurant”, “Olympus Lobby Bar” with a chic outdoor terrace, “Pool Bar”, Hermes Fitness Center, The Bay Spa and 2 outdoor pools (1 pool covered & heated in winter season only). May to October (weather permitting) enjoy the facilities of our Sands Beach Bar & Tavern surrounded by our own private garden area. Free WiFi in all rooms and all public areas. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Atlantica Bay Limassol
- Hotel Atlantica Bay
- Atlantica Bay Hotel Limassol