This was our first time at both Pissouri Bay and the Hylatio Tourist Village and to be frank it was an ok place to stay. I really do not understand why so many reviews really rate this accommodation or Pissouri Bay. We stayed for two weeks from 8 September and found that the accommodation was very dated. The bathroom and the sink in the kitchen had no plugs so you had to run the water all the time if you were washing up or using the sink in the bathroom and when this was raised with both the Hylatio and with the Olympic Rep we were told that no rooms had a sink plug as this saved water, however I cannot see that this is the case as surely you use less water when you put a plug in the sink. The Hylatio is one of the few places I have stayed where the shower was in a bath, this sounds lovely until you realise that you cannot have a bath as there is no plug! Also the bath in the room we were in was very sippery and I did fall while using it. We did raise this with Flory the assistant manager and she did find us a bath mat to put in the bath when using the shower. My advice to anyone staying here is if your room has a bath but no mat to ask for one as I think this could be dangerous especially for older people.
We were based opposite the bar and frankly at night it became very noisy, not so much from music but the voices of customers, especially after 12 midnight. Yes the bar did close at one but the noise of laughter and shouting from very drunk residents made it very hard to sleep until at least 2.30 in the morning. My advice to anyone that is staying at the Hylatio is to ask to move to a room as far away from the bar as possible.
The swimming pool was well used, although I did not use this myself but observed many other residents putting towels on sunbeds first thing in the morning so the best places were taken well before 9am, so if you are going to use the pool get there early. The other major problem I had with this accommodation was insect bites.
At the welcome meeting the Olympic rep did mention this but frankly it was the worse places I have ever stayed in for these, and most people I saw on site had bites. These were from not only mosquitos, midges, but also horse flies and these I can testify are very painful. We did speak to other people staying in Pissouri Bay and was told that other parts of the resort did not suffer as much and that it may be down to well water gardens around where we were staying. Indeed I can vouch that an irrigation system was in use on site to water plants and this may have contributed to the large number of insects on site.
Possouri Bay is a very small, quiet resort with a handful of restaurants, shops and two bars. During the day the sandy shingle beach was not overly busy and there were plenty of places to sunbath. At night the restaurants while I was there were very quiet and not very full, the bars however were busy, mainly from the large British ex forces community that lived in the area. My recommendations to eat are Captain's Bay on the beach front both during the day and in the evening. Very good food, served by very friendly staff. The other restaurant I would recommend is the Vine Leaf, try the Meze it is very big and for two people it is enough for at least 3. Also if you like salads, where ever you go they are big, especially the seafood salads so if you dont have a big appetite order one to share.
Now for the downside of Possouri Bay, there are no banks or exchanges places in the resort apart from one COOP cash machine, None of the hotels, including the Hylatio has exchange facilities, although the Coop bank is closed the cash machine is refreshed on a regular basis. However if you are like me and do not like using cash points abroad then the nearest bank is in Pissouri village. Now you may think that this would be close by it is not, it is at least an hours walk away up hill or alternatively you can get a taxi up to the village. This would cost you 10 Euros to the village so a round trip would cost you 20 euros just to get some money. My advice is to ensure you take enough to keep you going until you visit the village or go to a resort that has exchange facilities just remember in Cyprus you need to take your passport with you to exchange cash. Talking of getting around hiring a car is a must if you want to get around this area of Cyprus, buses are not frequent and taxis expensive. The cost for two people to get to either Limmosol or Pafos is 84 euros return so can work out to be very expensive.
All in all I had a relaxing time but I am not sure if I would stay at the Hylatio again.
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- Also Known As:
- Hylatio Tourist Village Pissouri
- Hylatio Tourist Village Hotel Pissouri
- Hylatio Tourist Village Cyprus/Pissouri