My wife and I stayed at the Aliathon for a late week of summer sun from 18th September.
I was a little wary, this being a family oriented Holiday Village but correctly assumed it would take on a more balanced, couples orientation outside of the school holidays. Although there were still quite a few families present, they were generally with children of pre-school age as one would expect - we prefer to avoid hordes of 5 - 15 year olds now that our children are 18 & 20 and no longer want to holiday with us :) We have no problem with children but prefer a quieter & more relaxing holiday and would certainly not have considered this clearly family focused property but for the fact that the deal we got was so incredibly good (£990 AI for two in the Fishing Village) and it was outside of the school holidays.
We had absolutely no problems getting a sunbed, no matter what time we came down to the pool and we commented on how refreshing this was to Kelly, one of the First Choice reps. She told us that although all the rooms were still pretty much taken, the actual numbers in the resort were much lower due to the high proportion of couples - 2 to a room rather than 3 or 4 - and that there was a fight for sunbeds during the school holidays.
There is very little I can be critical of - perhaps the room, which was described as deluxe but was really quite basic and worn, although we could not criticize the amount of space, nor the excellent location facing the adult pool (and with out sunbeds just a few feet from our door).
Compared to many other hotels I have stayed at there was not as much food choice but what there was was very well prepared, very varied and nicely presented and the restaurant itself, especially the Al-fresco dining was a very pleasant place to eat. You can take advantage of two a la carte restaurants once a week but these are slightly disappointing because the menu is restricted for the 'free' all inclusive guests - the Aegean is better than the Mexican as it is closer to a proper meal out and we had an excellent Kleftiko. Best meal of the holiday was at the Italian above the Aegean - you get a 20 euro voucher towards it and access to a full menu. which was excellent. It would be good value, even without the voucher and I had a superb fillet steak.
Drinks were good - the Keo beer on draught self service in the restaurant was very palatable and a big thank you to Marina who looked after us most nights in the adult bar :)
We did not take advantage of any of the entertainment other than a live duo knocking out some decent renditions of 'soft rock' songs (their description) in the adult bar on our last night which was very enjoyable. What I could see of the efforts of the First Choice team, it was not really our cup of tea and aimed very much at the family. No complaints though because we did not go for the entertainment.
Location wise we were very happy - it is a bit of a slog to the harbour, although this is a very pleasant 40 minute walk along the seafront if you cut down by the side of the Ledra Beach hotel opposite. Other than that there is a good choice of bars and restaurants within a few minutes walk if you fancy a change.
There is a good choice of pools and all looked inviting, although we stuck with the huge adult pool which we sometimes had to ourselves.
Staff work hard, are very pleasant and do their utmost to help you have a good holiday.
To conclude, the Aliathon has two personalities and both fit the bill depending on what you want. Clearly this is a great family place at all times but outside of the school holidays also becomes attractive for adult couples. If I could give it 4.5 stars I would.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Aliathon Holiday Village in Paphos, Cyprus is an oasis of beauty and tranquillity oriented towards families and couples interested in high quality holidays. The Aliathon Holiday Village comprises of two themed villages, the Aegean and the Fishing Village, set in an estate of 14 hectares, as well as the Aliathon Plaza collection of restaurants and bars. We are very proud of taking care of our guests in an exceptional way and we are the winners of the Gold Choice Award by TUI/First Choice UK for the best Holiday Village in the world in our category. The Aliathon Holiday Village is ideally situated in the resort of Kato Paphos, Cyprus, just 15 minutes from the Paphos International Airport and only 150 meters from the beach. The picturesque fishing harbour and the historical fort of Paphos are within a short stroll from the Aliathon Holiday Village. During your stay at the Aliathon you will be hosted in one of the 287 elegant apartments consisting of studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom independent apartments designed using traditional Greek island architecture offering a total capacity of about 1000 guests. The rooms include amenities such as air conditioning, fully-equipped kitchens, private terraces and balconies, Wi-Fi internet connection and secure parking. The rooms are set among gardens planted with orange, lemon, olive and palm trees, as well as roses, bougainvilleas, lilies and other Cyprus plantings. The Aliathon Holiday Village distinguishes itself in terms of the quality of its recreational and leisure facilities. Guests can swim in four outdoor pools, including the largest pool in Cyprus sized at 3,000 m2, and a mini waterpark (splash pool) featuring a variety of water slides which is always a great hit with the younger visitors. They also have available kids club, creche and Teenagers Club with different activities and animations. The athletic facilities at the Aliathon include two Bowling Green courts, floodlit tennis court, mini-football court, archery range, on site scuba diving, table tennis and game rooms. A unique feature of the hotel is the High Rope Park, the only one in Cyprus--where guests can try their hand at rope climbing and acrobatics, under trained supervision. The Faros Spa offers intense relaxation with a fully-equipped fitness centre that includes a steam bath, sauna, hair salon, three spa treatment rooms and an indoor swimming pool with Jacuzzi (whirlpool). The Aliathon Holiday Village provides a full range of dining options. The Holiday Village include two restaurants-a main Pantheon Buffet Restaurant and The Karnayio Snack Bar - as well as four pool bars offering a variety of snacks, drinks and cocktails. Three night bars are also available. The Aliathon Plaza located at the front of the Holiday Village and operates four of the best restaurants in Paphos, including the Aegeon Greek Restaurant, the Mezedogonia Cypriot Taverna, the Poco Loco Mexican Cantina and the "Mare e Monti" Italian Restaurant. It also offers two pubs and two bar-clubs where the Aliathon Holiday Village guests and local residents are welcome. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aliathon Holiday Village Hotel Paphos
- Aliathon Village Paphos
- Holiday Village Aliathon