Just back from Spending two weeks at the Tasia Maris Gardens. We were there to watch close friends get married and went in a party of around 30. The apartments are stunning, the staff are very friendly and the location is great. We had a bit of disappointment when we arrived as some of the group had requested ground level apartments due to having children, but this wasn't arranged. We all got our room keys and made the changes ourselves, but it caused a few problems when having to renew our room 'keys' - it was a card that was a bit temperamental if you left it near your phone.
The best thing about the hotel is the service; particularly the waiters. We got there just as the bar was shutting, but they stayed open and made sure we all had a few drinks. Throughout the holiday they would come over and have a chat with you, and nothing was a problem. The service at breakfast, lunch and dinner is brilliant. As soon as you have finished your meal, they are there to clear up.
Thomas is a good laugh on reception....we even got him on the karaoke one night. Ask him sing 'sitting on the dock of the bay'....
We paid nearly £1300 each for two weeks, which I thought was slightly expensive. The hotel offers free kids places which probably explains the price. Some people had got it cheaper by booking at the last minute. But when you can pay that amount to go to Mexico 5 star, it is hard to justify it.
We were in 2b just overlooking the pool. It was a great view and the rooms were spacious and very clean. The maids were brilliant, they would literally clean everything; It was like walking back into a new room everyday.
A/C is provided in the bedrooms, but you have to pay extra to have it in the room. I think you only need the one in the room anyway, but make sure you leave your bedroom door open or it gets really cold.
A good location on Nissi avenue, plenty of restaurants and shops both ways. Ayia Napa is about a 15 minute walk when you turn right out of the hotel entrance, and Nissi beach is about a 10 minute walk if you turn left. There's also a nice beach 2 minutes from the hotel which is a lot quieter than Nissi Beach. If you go into Ayia Napa night life, then make sure you visit Paddy's bar to see the Irish singer in there...he will literally play any song you want, and is a great singer.
If you do go into Ayia Napa's night life, beware of the promoters. A lot of our group were put off from going due to the amount of people trying to persuade you to come in a bar. Paddys bar is a bit expensive, but its worth it to see the musician. We also spent the stag do in the car wash nightclub - great little nightclub that play cheesy music...instead of the the usual dance and R & B you can hear in every bar/club.
The food was great. The breakfast buffet has everything you could think of; they even have a chef who will cook pancakes in front of you. I loved lunch as you ordered from a menu, it was a nice change from buffet. The evening service was good, the hotel isn't that big so I wasn't expecting much of a choice, but there was normally around 5/6 different mains to choose from. It was foods such as pie, beef, pork, burgers, chicken, beef stroganoff, Chinese, Kebabs, Sunday dinners, chicken nuggets, pasta ect. ect. There was always fresh salad and a vegetarian option, as well as a soup of the day.
My only flaw was that I would have liked to have tried more Greek food, and that on the lunch menu, nearly everything came with chips.
As we were there for two weeks, we did eat out a few times to try and mix it up a bit. There is a terrific Mexican restaurant 5 mins away, and a great Chinese at the end of the road towards Ayia Napa harbour. We were paying around 50 euros per couple when eating out which included drinks, starters and a main.
Some of the group had kids and said the kids club was good. The children have to be over 3 though so a few of our group were disappointed. There was always a little bit of entertainment on a night for them - such as a magician or disco.
The entertainment for adults during the day wasn't great. As we were there in a big group, we made our own entertainment really. But I think I would have been a bit disappointed if I had gone as a couple with no children. Chelsea (the rep) was very friendly and would talk to everybody around the people to make sure they were enjoying their holiday. But compared to past holidays, it was very quiet during the day...had there not been 30 of us!
Night time entertainment was good. It was either bingo, a quiz or Karaoke. As Chelsea is the only rep, I think it's hard for her to try and organise anything more than this. There's quite a few bars on the main road, so we often ventured out. All inclusive stops at 11.30, but the waiters are more than happy to serve you a few drinks if you want to stay up.
The only down side to the holiday was that someone's apartment got burgled the night before they were going home. The bathroom windows aren't very secure, and they had managed to smash into it from the outside. There's a few apartments a bit out of the way, and it happened to one of these; so just be cautious if you get a ground level room towards the back of the hotel.
The hotel charges for a safe; which is common practice,but it always irritates me. When you pay that amount money for two weeks, you would expect it to be included, or at the most give a deposit. Unfortunately, the people who's apartment got broken into didn't have a safe.
I was a bit disappointed with the way the hotel handled it.We never had any more feedback following the break in. I.E what they plan to do to prevent it happening again! If I didn't have a second floor apartment, I think I would have been a bit unease.
Overall, I really enjoyed the stay. Although If I was to go back to Cyprus, I think I would prefer Protaras.
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