My husband and I (both early 30's) have just returned from the Tasia Maris Garden Apartments and have to say that it was a really great place to stay in Cyprus. There are only 48 apartments which means this is perfect for the quiet holiday that we were looking for but was close enough to lots of bars and restaurants to have a choice of where to eat.
Accomodation - the apartments are very spacious and immaculately kept. We had maid service every day where our sheets and towels were changed daily. The kitchen has everything you would need for a self catering holiday although the oven was interesting to master without burning yourself! Super hot but not really any decent grill trays. The swimming pool was great and there was always sunbeds available. You can also use the Tasia Maris Hotel pool and facilities but we didn't bother as the pool we had was great. However this does mean that you can get room service to your apartment or great food at the bar. The previous comments about air-conditioning are still applicable and you do have to pay €6 a day for the unit in the kitchen/lounge but we didn't feel it was necessary as we were not sleeping in there. You do get used to the heat and leaving the balcony door open let enough air through. We had an apartment above the reception block which was disappointing at first and we were worried about the music from the bar but this was no problem at all.
Beaches - It is situated just a couple of minutes away from Sandy Bay which is a lovely little beach but the water was a little unclean towards the end of our holiday. We did walk along to Nissi Beach which took about 15 minutes but it was very busy and playing loud music. We did not go to Ayia Napa beach as we had heard that it would be worse than Nissi Beach. We hired a car and drove to Fig Tree Bay in Protaras which was one of the nicest beaches we have ever been too (last year we were in Egypt and the year before the Maldives) so I say this with experience of very good beaches. Fig Tree Bay has a natural break water which means it is a beautiful lagoon where the water is shallow and exceptionally clear. Unlike Egypt and the Maldives there it is not great for snorkelling but I think that's just because we have been spoiled before as the kids on the beach seemed to be loving it.
Eating out - there are many bars and restaurants to choose from along the strip from Nissi Beach to Ayia Napa but we had a recommendation of a traditional Cypriot Taverna just off the Square in Ayia Napa. This was the Limelight Tavern and was probably one of the best restaurants we have ever been too whilst on holiday. The portions were huge and they have a traditional grill, with lamb and pork being the favourites. You can order leg of lamb for 2 which would be enough for a family of 6 back home. It was huge! We didn't see anyone finish it but don't worry, they are used to this and provide doggy bags at the end of the night. On our last night we went back to the Limelight where they had traditional music and dancing and it was outstanding. The owner was belly dancing by the end of the evening and even the staff where taking photos of the entertainment! This place is a must and I'm sure will be around for years to come as the same family have been running it for 21 years.
Prices - the only downside to Europe at the moment is the weak pound which means that everything is quite expensive. Even an ice cream was £2 but if you bought it from the pool bar it was £3+! Top tip - go to the supermarket across the road for your ice creams - it is worth the extra 10 second walk to save a couple of quid! Also, if you want to fill the fridge in your apartment, either hire a car or get the bus to Parilimni (€1.50) to one of the big 3 supermarkets where you will find it much cheaper.
Overall, this was a fantastic place to stay and Cyprus was beautiful. We hired a car and went up to the Troodos mountains which was about a 2 hour drive but was worth it. The top of Mount Olympus was a let down as it is protected by the military so we were unable to get to the very top. However, the short walk (2km) to the Kaledonia Falls (just outside Platres) more than made up for this.
It is unusual for my husband and I to say this as we like to travel to new places but we really would go back to Cyprus. It was beautiful, the people were lovely and they are clearly so proud of their country as it is generally spotless. If you have booked to go to these apartments then enjoy! We certainly did.
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