We stayed in this hotel in the beginning of June 2008. It is indeed a very good choice, let me share my experiences.
We arrived around 9 pm local time to the hotel, tired and hungry after a long trip - the reception was very warm and the formalities were done quickly, so we could get to our room and go to the restaurant for the dinner.
I've noticed even later on that although the restaurant's standard opening time is until a certain time (ie. 9:30 pm), noone makes you feel like you should hurry or that they're about to close even if you're a bit late with your meal. It is a small, but important thing in my opinion. The restaurant staff is excellent, the food was very good and the service as well. This summer as I learned there're plenty of young (~20-21) guys and girls working here as waiters/waitresses and they really cheer you up, always having a good word and a smile for everyone. For me this really improved the experience of my holidays, they are really nice people and you always have the feeling they do care for you. If I'll be able to go back this year, this will be one of the main reasons.
The restaurant itself is offering a very nice selection of meals for all the three main times of the day. Every day there's a different style, so while one day you've got Italian pastas, the other you can go for the moussakas and traditional Greek stuff. It is very-very nice and various - although I consider myself rather picky, I could always find plenty of different things to eat.
The bar and the pool bar is nice too and unlike in many places where I've been with all-inclusive, here even some nice cocktails are included - not all of them but about a dozen in total (alcoholic and non-alcoholic).
For me it was nice to see that there's no disco on the premises - after having some bad experience with an other hotel last year in Turkey. For having fun and dance you can easily get a cab and go to Aya Napa for about 10 Euros where you have plenty of them.
Although there's music in the bar during the evening, it seemed to me that it's always the same cd they play, every single night.
During our stay we had the "economy-room", which is supposed to be smaller than the others, but I can tell that it was still fine for 2 people. It was nice and clean all the time, although I'd have been glad if the two beds wouldn't have slipped so easily on the floor, because we always had to move them back to each other.
Since we stayed on the ground floor in a room facing officially the garden, truly a parking lot in the front side of the building, we were quite worried about the quietness of the room. There was nothing to be worried about really. We never even noticed a car coming or passing by.
One thing I missed from the room was the lack of curtains. There were blinds, but no proper curtains which would just hang there and not letting anyone outside see what's going on on the ground floor room without closing out the sunlight. This could still be improved.
The other thing I considered strange was the use of "convetional" keys. On a place like thise I would have expected to have electronic keys, not a big old-fashioned key with a heavy metal block, where you can actually read the room number the key belongs to. Just imagine that you lose it or you leave it around on the beach. The same thing with the safe key - a little key on a ring and a tag with the room number on it. By the way the safe costs about 1.7 euros a day, it's not included.
In the room, the air conditioning is working well, although if you have the mini-fridge on (which is empty in default), it needs to be run all throughout the day, because the fridge produces so much heat that it heats up the room quite a bit.
The bathroom is quite ok, although the curtain next to the bathtube is not too hygienical I must say. It's a nylon curtain and although I don't know, I doubt it would be cleaned after every guest and it does touch you if you're having a shower with warm water.
Be aware, that all the plugs are UK-standards.
Hi-speed internet access is indeed available in the main lounge, unfortunately not in the rooms yet.
There's a souvenir shop in the hotel for small things (adaptors, postcards, etc.)
The beach is very-very nice and clean, a sandy beach with beautiful sea. There're some rocks near in the sea, but it's still good enough and there're parts of the beach where it's only sand. It lies in a south-easterly looking small bay, so most of the times it is protected from the waves and from the strong winds. On the beach you need to rent the beds and umbrellas (2.1 euros each).
There is a lifeguard service on the coast.
There're plenty of opportunities to sport - there's volleyball range, different water sports. We've tried the catamaran (Hobie 16 class, 40 euros/hour) and it was very nice - especially that this is pretty much the only possibility to sail around if you want to do so. There're plenty of cruises with powerboats, but nothing else for sailing.
When we were there most of the guests were Italians, Germans, Dutch, Russians, Polish and some Hungarians.
Again, it is a very nice place with nice people, so I'll definitely go back if I'll have the chance.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This resort hotel is situated directly on the sweeping Makronissos bay: a "Blue flag" beach, famous for its fine, white sands and crystal clear water. Set in a sparsely developed region and bordering on the St. Nikandros forest nature reserve, tranquility and natural beauty prevail. Alternatively there is a wide choice of free organised activities available and within a short stroll from the hotel, are various bars, restaurants, shops, sight seeing attractions and leisure options. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Asterias Beach Ayia Napa