Selected this hotel for a short break and for the weather.
Firstly - the hotel is about 40 mins away from Larnaca airport. This will be OK if the coach goes direct - but will be much longer if there are drop offs in Ayia Napa.
Location: The hotel sits on the north side of Perena Bay, with extensive gardens and its own small 'beach' right on the bay. The water here is probably the cleanest and clearest I have swam in. Also for late October/early November it was suprisingly warm! There are a number of shops, bars and restaraunts all within an easy walk from the hotel.
The Hotel: Classed as a three star - I would say thats about right - the reception area is impressive and welcoming. Booking in was very quick and well organised. There are three types of room. Having booked last minute, we were placed in one of the basic rooms. No complaints though, we had a sea view and the rooms were small and clean, although in need of some updating. Be aware that entertainment takes place directly outside of the bar and goes on up until midnight. This might be a problem for families with small children as the noise levels are high-even with the doors closed.
Food: Breakfast is buffet style in the restaraunt in the main part of the hotel. Nothing special but OK. If the pancakes are being cooked on the terrace try them - they are excellent.
The evening meal is taken in the Taverna in the grounds of the hotel, which overlooks Perena Bay. The tables are laid out more like a canteen than a restaraunt. Food here is again buffet style - with different 'themes' each night. The Greek food was very good, but other was bland. There should be enough choice for anyone here though.
Facilities: The swimming pool is a semi circular affair and quite narrow - OK for cooling down - but no good for anyone who is a serious swimmer. There were two tennis courts, which were well used by guests. An indoor pool, gym and squash courts were all available in the basement of the hotel. There were organised activities with an animation team, which seemed to be well used by the children there. (Noted a kids club facility on the far side of the hotel)../ There was a diving school outside of the hotel, which seemed to be busy and catered for all levels. (TABA Diving). Diving will be excellent given the clear waters of the bay.
Entertainment: Standard tribute singers - we saw a Neil Diamond and a Robbie Williams tribute. Seems most of the nearby bars have similar entertaiment. There were also big screen projectors in the bar for watching football (Sky games).
Staff: Excellent - a mixture of locals, Romanian and English. All very friendly.
Locality: Try the 'Blue Bay' restaraunt at the top of the beach - it does good local food at a reasonable price
Verdict: A good 3 star - but no more. The hotel is excellently located for a beach holiday. It is family friendly and noisy! (Not tremendous for a quiet romantic holiday). As a last minute bargain break holiday it more than ticked the boxes. Had I booked a week or a fortnight in mid summer I might have been disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This charming hotel is located in "Pernera", a small area on the outskirts of Protaras, which has developed into a resort of its own. The hotel is right on the sandy beach of this quiet resort with restaurants, bars and many shops nearby. The Pernera beach hotel has a rich variety of sport and leisure facilities including:supermarket/souvenir shop, conference room, hairdressing salon, squash court, whirlpool bath, sauna, gym, massage room, two floodlit tennis courts, volleyball court, mini football ground, darts, games room, sun terraces, lounge bar, children playground, indoor swimming pool, a large outdoor swimming pool, children's swimming pool, a scuba diving center, water sports and a great variety of in-house entertainment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Pernera Beach
- Pernera Beach Protaras