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Kefalos Beach Tourist Village
Ranked #19 of 85 Hotels in Paphos
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

Stayed in room 730, a sea view 1st floor 1 bed apartment, with our 5 yr old over Half term hols.
The gentleman who took us to our room on the golf buggy said it was the best room in the hotel! Not sure if it was (next door had their own pool), but it was definately one of the best!

The apartment was very well laid out, spacious & very good condition. The kitchenette had a fridge with ice box, 4 ring hob & oven, microwave, kettle & toaster - everything you needed. The bathroom had a tub with shower head, sadly the jacuzzi jets in the bath didn't work. The bedroom has a huge 4 poster bed, which was a nice surprise & the lounge had a double pull out sofa bed & a single. The apartment had UK 3 pin sockets, which is a nice touch. The TV only had Sky Sports (I think) in English, but we hooked up a portable DVD player easily. Apparently the TV remotes are kept at Reception, available with a refundable deposit.
The balcony was small when drying swim stuff on the airer, but the view was outstanding! Its around 100 yards to the sea, with the sunset right in front of you. The apartment was the furthest south of the pool area, so was very quiet, but only a 5 min walk to the pool. Black-out shutters meant we all slept very well. There were also loungers in front of the apartment block.

The public areas were good & spacious, some nice touches for children. The pool area was good, loungers were available but that was due to the time of year. Getting towels was a bit of a bun fight, they run out quickly, but we spotted fresh supplies when we were having breakfast & hung on to the towels all week. The pool was well laid out with a little shallow kids pool, but the water was icy cold, the sea was warmer! We enjoyed a couple of games of crazy golf & the little play area was good, though the black rubber swing seats were hot! The hotel shop was reasonable value & good for supplies, but they didn't seem to restock in the week we were there.

The beach is narrow & pebbly, but there are several jetties to swim from & small pockets of sand for castle building. The sea was rocky in places. There was a small smooth sandy beach at the northern edge of the Village, but it had brown sand, so didn't look too attractive. The loungers belonged to the next hotel, but you could swim there.

We ate at the snack bar rather than the restaurant & found the food tasty & good value. The breakfasts were good, a variety of choice (cheese & ham, cereals, fruits, yougurts, sausages, bacon, eggs, beans, potatoes, bread) with pancakes on some days. The staff were friendly & relaxed, we were usually the last in there!

Our 5 yr old enjoyed the evening entertainment (kids disco, quiz, bingo & show), while we enjoyed trying the cocktails!

Even though the hotel is north of Paphos, there are shops, bars & restaurants on the main road (10 mins walk), with McDonalds & KFC. We used the excellent bus service 615 to get around (every 15 mins, 1 euro per journey or 3 euros for a day pass, kids free, clean modern bus, friendly drivers). It was 10 mins to Paphos & 20-30 mins to Coral Bay.

We went to Correlanus Beach (just north of Coral Bay, recommended to us by the Rep as better than Coral Bay). Stay on the bus until it turns around after Coral Bay. It was a lovely sandy beach with a free toilet & shower & loungers to rent.

Overall, an excellent hotel & we would highly recommend it.

Room Tip: South side, sea view are the best (GF apartments have larger balconies, but 1st floor have better vi...
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

A gorgeous site, on the beach, with superb walks/cycles in either direction around the bay which is beautiful. Sit in the pool bar at 5pm and watch the sun drop blazing into the sea. Smashing for our grandson who is 9, we went at half term and he made lots of friends from different countries. Food range and choice excellent. A late checkout gave us a whole extra day in the sun for only 36 euros.
The grounds are fantastic with lovely plants, banana trees, lemon trees and flowers down every path to the apartments.

Room Tip: Ground floor, overlooking the bay - very quiet.
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

I wanted to try somewhere different this year, i've been going to Crete for a few years now and really love it there but it was time for a change. After browsing the web I came across Kefalos Beach and after doing my home work by reading the reviews on Trip Adviser... which are mostly good reviews it seemed to tick most the boxes except for the beach which reviewers said was rocky and not ideal for swimming. I'm a beach person so this was one of the first things I checked out on arriving, well after checking it out my thoughts were what's our plan b. The apartments were faultless the best self-catering apartments I've stayed in. We paid for bed and breakfast and the food was great, loads of choice and even though peak season no waiting to be seated. Sun loungers around the pool was a no go, not unless you have no shame and wake up in the early hours to put towels on them which in fairness was mainly done so by families with small children and if I had children I'd probably be tempted to do the same. The weather was extremely hot in August and walking around during the day was almost torture but we had worked out our plan b after going to our reps welcome meeting we took the advice on taking the bus to coral beach. The buses are regular but can get packed especially in the evenings. It takes about 10 minutes walking to the bus stop from Kefalos Beach. Coral bay beach was ok and with the blazing sun the sea was welcoming but not very clean, I'd still recommend it as it's about as good as a beach gets in Paphos. The evenings were better and we enjoyed the walk up to the main strip with a good choice of restaurants to choose from, we did expect a bit more choice when it came to cocktail bars and found the night life to be low key, but this was ok as I was always happy to get back to our apartments and enjoy a few drinks on the balcony, strangely not one mosquito in sight which may have been due to the heatwave at the time. We stayed for one week and did enjoy the holiday but will not return as we will be looking for apartments near the beach not just apartments with the word beach in the title. I would recommend a seaview room I wasn't one of he lucky ones to get one but are well worth it as the sunset is amazing.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

We seldom return to a place, prefering to move on to new destinations, but chose to return to the Kefalos Beach in October this year, followinfg a visit last year. We enjoy the location and ambience of the hotel. It is maintained to a high standard. The studio was comfortable and well equipped. The staff are friendly and helpful and made our stay as pleasant as possible. Its village like setting is well planned and makes the whole place informal and relaxed. There was a good variety of food in the restaurant especially the salads and local restaurants abound nearby.
We will be making further visits in the future - walking in the Troodos beckons!

Room Tip: The sea views are great in October and November
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

The room was quite comfortable - bed was very nice. It has airconditioning and a kitchonette. The bathroom is spacious and came with a tub, too! They don't provide shampoo for your hair, so be prepared for that. Also the porches/balconey's don't often have a nice view. But for the money, just walk over to the very nice pool area. As for location, it is great. An easy and lovely walk to the old harbor can be had along the Med. Parking is ample and free. Staff was friendly enough. The breakfast was a good value at 4.50 Euro and all you can eat. You would pay that just for a coffee at Starbuck's!

Room Tip: Ask for a room closer to the water and not the parking lot
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

My wife and I booked to stay 12 nights at Kefalos to celebrate her 50th birthday in the second half of October.

We really enjoyed ouyr stay, it was the best place we'd stayed at in our 4 visits to Paphos. We booked a room with a sea view which was worthwhile and the hotel is situated very close to the beach.

There's a large pool, plenty of loungers around the pool and in the gardens and a private beach. Food and drinks at the bar are reasonably priced and there are many bars and restaurants nearby. The harbour is about 1 mile away and a half hour walk along the beach and around the historic site. It is also very close to the Tombs opf the Kings.

My only complaint was that the wi-fi reception was poor anywhere other than in the reception area - it should be easy to extend to the whole pool area and even to the apartments as they aren't that far spread.

Would thoroughly recommend and very reasonable rates too.

Room Tip: Ask for a sea facing apartment - bit more expensive but worth it as you get a great view, sun on the...
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Simon M
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

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Kefalos Beach Tourist Village is just off the Tombs of the Kings Road, which contains a few restaurants and bars. It is a busy main road and not particularly appealing. The harbour area is the nicest part of Kato Paphos and is where most people choose to go in the evenings. The harbour area is a 30-40 minute walk along the promenade from the hotel. Be aware that there is no lighting on the promenade. If you choose to stick to the main roads, the walk is less pleasant. There is a bus service from Tomb of the Kings Road to the harbour (didn't use), or a taxi is 8 Euros.
The hotel itself is right on the beach. There is a grass area and promenade between the hotel and the beach, so you have the choice of the pool area, the grass area, or the beach as to where you want to spend your day. Well, I say beach, it is a narrow strip of rocks and course sand. It's not somewhere that your children will want to spend much time, but there are loungers on the beach and it is very pleasant to watch the sunset from.

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The hotel is split into blocks, with narrow "streets" between them. There is plenty of shrubbery and colour and it is very pretty. There is even a tiny little church in one of the "squares". The reception area is large with sofas, a bar, wifi, and internet-connected computers.

Rooms - the rooms are very basic and look a bit out-dated. However, they were clean and good enough. They have kitchen facilities.

Pool - There is a large pool (1.9m to 1.2m if I recall correctly) with a bridge across the middle, and a small children's paddling pool. There are plenty of loungers around the pool. Towels are provided free of charge, but they appear to be limited in number so if you are not there when they arrive (9.45am during our stay), you will have to use your own.
There is a cafe by the pool serving a pretty good range of food at reasonable prices.
There was music playing all day by the pool which was sometimes quite annoying as it was awful music and sometimes played a bit too loud.

Staff - the staff were very nice and helpful - true of all the Cypriots we came across.

Food - we were B&B so we ate breakfast at the hotel, lunch in the pool cafe, and dinner in the harbour restaurants. The breakfast was buffet style with the usual stuff. The fruit juice was from a machine and was not very good. There was plenty of hot food (eggs, bacon, etc), bread, cold meat (processed), cheeses, marble cake, crepes (sometimes). Pastries were limited to small, stodgy croissants. Overall the breakfast was a bit disappointing.

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As mentioned, just a narrow strip of rocks and course sand / gravel. There was a little jetty area that had some steps down. The sea bed is rocky, weedy, and uneven, so I would recommend some sort of shoes. Not really good for you kids. My kids (11 and 13) went snorkelling but it isn't the best area for snorkelling I've come across.
Water sports are available from the beach - jet skis (40 Euros for 20 mins), kayaks, banana boat thing, boat trips.

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As well as the pool, there is:
- small enclosed children's play area
- 5-a-side football pitch (didn't use)
- tennis court. Book at reception. Equipment is free (10 Euro deposit), but of poor quality. Fine for us, but if you're serious then take your own racquets and balls.
- mini golf. To be honest, they have a bit of a cheek calling this mini golf. Six tiny, unmaintained, broken holes. My kids were looking forward to the mini golf but they didn't even bother playing it when they saw it.
- volleyball - this was poorly maintained. The sand was more like gravel and you would be ill advised to play in bare feet.
- Basketball - a single net on the tennis court.
- Table tennis table
- Pool table
- Games room (didn't go in but didn't seem to have much)

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There were daily activities near the pool if you like that sort of thing. French Boules, Archery, Kids Football, Shuffleboard, Darts, Table Tennis. The entertainment staff were ok, if a little unenthusiastic about the day time activities. Each evening by the pool bar there was a kids mini-disco, followed by a mini-quiz, bingo, and then a themed event (fire-eating, Greek dancing, Magician, Michael Jackson tribute, etc). Nothing great but enjoyable enough.

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Paphos old town - this is a few minutes by car (I guess there are buses that run there too). There is a daily market selling souvenirs etc. I must admit it wasn't as pretty as I was expecting and overall I was disappointed in Paphos old town. We were there late October and there are only one or two restaurants open past 6pm. I don't know if it is different when there are more daylight hours. Note that it is half-day on Wednesday and Saturday.

Coral Bay - our guide book said that this was the best beach in the area so we drove (15 mins) to it. The beach and sand are much better for kids and the sea bed is sand. The beach is almost completely filled with sun loungers and parasols operated by different people (7.5 Euros for 2 loungers and a parasol when we went). It was a shame that so much of the beach was taken up by the loungers. One other thing about the beach - I have never seen so many cigarette ends in my life. Clearly it has never been cleaned, not in years. My kids were digging in the sand and in each spade full of sand there were several cigarette ends.

Pissouri - this was a 30 minute drive from the hotel and we went on a Wednesday evening on our guide book's recommendation. The streets of the town are very narrow and it is a bit nerve-racking driving a car through them. Pissouri has a small square with a few restaurants and bars. It is very pretty, and although a little far from the hotel, we were glad we went. The traditional Cypriot dancing was a little disappointing though. We ate at the Hideaway Restaurant - it was fine but I can't say I enjoyed the food enough to recommend it. Very pretty location though.

Room Tip: We chose a side sea view. Our room looked out over the pool and the sea and for the extra cost I wou...
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Kefalos Beach Tourist Village

Address: Tombs of the Kings Road, Paphos 8061, Cyprus
Location: Cyprus > Paphos District > Paphos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Family Hotel in Paphos
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Paphos
#15 Romantic Hotel in Paphos
#16 Luxury Hotel in Paphos
Price Range: $56 - $138 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Kefalos Beach Tourist Village 4*
Number of rooms: 249
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Kefalos Beach Tourist Village, part of the Kefalos group of Hotels in Paphos, Cyprus. "Kefalos Beach Tourist Village" was conceived from a deep rooted desire to demonstrate the ancient tradition of genuine Cyprus hospitality. The Kefalos Group offers two Hotels in Paphos that are the jewels in the crown of Cyprus Hotels. Beautifully located in a scenic setting overlooking the azure Mediterranean and in total harmony with its surroundings; it blends together everything you would expect from a purpose built resort - with the ambiance and charm of a village. Located on the beach next to the renowned archaeological areas of Paphos - the UNESCO Park with its mosaics, the Venetian Pathos Lighthouse and the Tombs of the Kings.It is by far the ideal location for a holiday in Cyprus. With its close proximity to the sea, Kefalos Beach is probably the only Cyprus Holiday Village whose layout enables its guests to enjoy beach holidays in Cyprus whilst still enjoying the freedom of self-catering. Our Paphos beach hotel has an excellent range of facilities for all of the family and stands out against other Cyprus Hotels because of its purpose built accommodation and services for disabled people and its locations for wedding ceremonies and receptions. The Mosaics, Lighthouse, Odeon, Byzantine Ruins, Paphos Medieval Castle, harbour area, local bars and restaurants, are easily accessible via the newly constructed beach front promenade. Its ideal location combines peaceful seclusion with easy access to the centre of Kato Paphos along with all its attractions. Spacious accommodation, a palm tree lined beach front, large lawns, numerous sun beds to relax on, daily entertainment, dining facilities by the beach and a playground area with kids’ facilities are waiting for you at the Kefalos Beach Tourist Village. Your Cyprus holidays will never be the same again once you have experienced the hospitality at the Kefalos Beach Tourist Village. A new and refreshing way to experience beach holidays in Cyprus. A warm welcome awaits you at the Kefalos Beach Tourist Village, your getaway to tranquility, relaxation and Cyprus hospitality..... ... more   less 
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