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Aphrodite Hills Golf & Spa Resort Residences
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Reviewed April 30, 2011

We stayed in a Villa on the Aphrodite Hills complex - the whole place has a very up-market feel, is welll maintained and attractive. We used the hotle facilities on a daily basis and could not fault them. We were particularly impressed by the Kids Club at the hotel; our daughter loved spending time there, and we congratulate Despina and her team for running a really well thought out programme for children of all ages. While we were at the staying, the Kids Club moved into a superb new, purpose built area, complete wilth lots of new slides, swings, climbing frames etc and its own childrens pool, art rooms.... really very good and very reasonably priced.

Our only complaint about the hotel was the rather overbearing presence of about 200 'Club Turquoise' members who seemed to take over the place and in many cases were quite rude to other users of the hotel, they really seemed to have the attitude that they owned the place.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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Christos H, Guest Relations at Aphrodite Hills Golf & Spa Resort Residences, responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2011

Dear Reviewer,

The Holiday Residences team welcomes your comments and is always open to suggestions and ideas of ways in which we can improve our service.

We are happy to hear that you had a great holiday and that your daughter enjoyed the kids club activities.

We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Carol McNamara
Aphrodite Hills Holiday Residences

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Reviewed April 29, 2011

So easy to find from the airport, 20 minutes at most (and that is with the slow uncertain driving). Security at gate gave us keys and escorted us to Villa and gave us brief tour of it (rentals team apparently normally do it, but it seems everyone on our flight was staying there).

So: modest size, but by no means cramped villa (deliberately chosen as we are only family of 4) on well sized plot, own pool, beautifully landscaped and maintained garden. Welcome pack of bread, milk, butter, juice etc made for a nice soft landing. It is all clean, more towels (both bath and beach) than we need, quality finishings such as V&B bathroom ware. All good, except no hot water...minor issue solved with phone call, hadn't been shown by security guard how to turn on.

Great local supermarket 10 minutes away, all done within a couple of hours, next stop pool. But it is April and it is quickly apparent that it is not heated, oops. It isn't freezing, but you can't spend too long in it, kids (3 & 5) could paddle but took some encouragement to get in fully. Apparently some villas do have heated pools, if we go again at this time of year this would be a must.

We were over on the East plateau, walking into resort village centre not really an option (hills, kids and just that bit too far). It is nice and quiet though, which is just what we were looking for.

The resort is beautiful, my wife is Californian and it reminded us of the masterplan golf communities that are very popular out there. Fortunately here the build densities are relatively low so there is lots of green and open spaces between the rooftops which soften the views nicely. I hate golf but love open grass areas so as long as I ignored the pompous pastel swingers, all was well.

Resort village is great, it is not authentic but it is beautifully constructed, clean, convenient with cafe/bar/restaurants and there was a brand new large kids play area, my 5yr old son insists I mention the zip line. There is a convenience store but it is predictably understocked and over priced, as you would expect a village store to be at home.

Many of the facilities were really for the hotels benefit (and no doubt the golfers), but we were able to take advantage of them too, although non-hotel guests do have to pay a supplementary fee.

My first time to Cyprus and was determined to explore a bit, resort is well situated for this. Whilst I am sure there is loads beyond, we found lots of fantastic places within an hours drive of the resort which was as much as were prepared to venture.

Service was sometimes disjointed and slow in the resort, but always warm and hospitable. It was a holiday, so as long the children were behaving at the table we were in no hurry anyway.

We would definitely go again, but next time ensure the pool in the villa was heated. The resort has a kids club, apparently great spa and dreaded golf lessons, all of which we didn't get around to making use of.

Oh also, the villa was owned by Russians, an observation suspected by the furnishings but confirmed by the selection of satellite channels. We met other people whose villa had come with DVDs, ours didn't so our post child bedtime viewing was limited to Cypriot TV, which was limited. Recommend that you take a few DVDs also just in case.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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Christos H, Guest Relations at Aphrodite Hills Golf & Spa Resort Residences, responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2011

Dear Reviewer,

The Holiday Residences team welcomes your comments and is always open to suggestions and ideas of ways in which we can improve our service.

We are happy to hear that you had a great holiday and look forward to welcoming you back in the near future to once again enjoy the 'best of both worlds' at our relaxing resort in a superior or junior villa with heated swimming pool.

Carol McNamara
Aphrodite Hills Holiday Residences

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Reviewed April 25, 2011

We booked the Aprohdite Hills villa through Expedia and all I can say is WOW. We booked a two bedroom apartment, which was ground floor, had a lovely garden and was 300 yards from the communal pool which we had all week to ourselves. Absolutely everything and I mean everything was in the apartment - good supply of fresh towels, beds changed once while we were there in the week. Fab Siemens kitchen appliances, ice cubes in the freezer, tea, coffee etc on the side as a welcome, great kitchen cutlery and crocks. An absolute gem of a place. Patio doors opened onto a stone patio with contemporary table, chairs and loungers plus a large lawn area for the kids to play on.

Warning - the resort shop has everything but is expensive so pop along to Pissouri and on the main road you will find a Supermarket as good as some here called Papanantonio.
We did a week's shop for a 150 euros and the beers/water and wine is all good. Great fresh meat, fish and deli counters too.

Good local restaurants are Leminaki and O Vrakas in Pissouri, but if you want something a little more remote right on the beach try Melanda Beach restaurant (good fish mezzo) ext turning off the main road after the second Pissouri turning (Advimou beach) or a little further follow signs to Kyrenia and there are 2 restaurants here - very lovely.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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Christos H, Guest Relations at Aphrodite Hills Golf & Spa Resort Residences, responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2011

Dear Reviewer

Thank you for taking the time to post a review regarding your recent stay with Aphrodite Hills Holiday Residences in Cyprus.

We appreciate your opinions and review any constructive comments very carefully.

It gives us great pleasure to learn that you had an enjoyable holiday overall and enjoyed the resort and surrounding villages.

We look forward to extending our hospitality to you again in the future.

Carol McNamara
Aphrodite Hills Holiday Residences

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Reviewed April 4, 2011

If this hotel was rated as 4 star I would have been writing a different review, but as it's a 5 star resort I have to say I was a little disappointed. The rooms were fairly small and not very modern, the bathroom was not even sparkling clean which I would expect from a 4 star let alone a 5 star. The breakfast in the morning was horrible, maybe they were having an 'off' day but it really was awful; tea was cold, bacon, halloumi, mushrooms all cold and hard. The location is remote but in perfect distance to explore 'Petra tou Romeou'. The hotel offers a fantastic golf course with great amenities. I would only go again if they had a special offer on.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 31, 2011

As a long term client of ICH, my expectations meet with the international branding as marketed by this company. I have no criticisms of the accommodation provided, (a two bedroomed junior villa with pool),however, I do not expect to be booked in to an ICH by the security men (no matter how pleasant) and nor do I expect to pay 17 Euros per person, for the use of the indoor hotel pool. Whenever, I went to the desk to speak with the person responsible for the villas, there was a sign up saying they were unavailable. I approached the reception in the hotel in order to get my priority points, but, was told that the hotel was nothing to do with the villa rentals. I booked through an ICH site, I chose the accommodation from their selection, at no point was I aware that it was not ICH. Furthermore, the complex was essentially CLOSED. No notification that only two resteraunts were open and even more disturbing was the fact that the lights were switched off on the road to our villa.I emailed ICH and have been passed from priority club, to guest relations who said that my comments were going to be dealt with by the hotel.....over a month later , I have heard nothing. It was a disappointing stay, and one which meant that we would not make a return visit to Cyprus.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 30, 2011

Aphrodite Hills is unlike anywhere I've stayed before. I've done 'self-catering' loads of times, but this is in a league of its own.
The best way to describe it is an extremely upmarket housing development, built around a golf course, with stunning views. And just as a bonus, there's an international-standard hotel, tennis club, spa and village centre with shops and restauarants thrown in for good measure.
The whole place is immaculate. Yes, there's still building going on, but it's well screened off and the place is so vast that none of the apartments or villas are too near.
I booked through Expedia and got an amazingly good price on a three-bedoom apartment. I only needed one bedroom, but the three-bedroom was actually cheaper. It was about a third the cost of the direct booking rates; I had to phone Expedia to make sure it wasn't a mistake. Still no idea how that happened, so certainly worth keeping an eye because it might be an occasional 'loss leader' which could crop up again.
It was an apartment with 'communal' pool, but due to the time of year it was really quiet and it was like having it to myself. I imagine it would be very different in high season when the place is full and there are three or four children in each apartment. But even then it would be SO much better than a hotel complex because there is such a lot of space everywhere.
The apartment was great - clean, tastefully furnished, and the best-equipped kitchen I've ever had. Half way through the stay it was completely cleaned and all the linen and towels changed while I was out, which was an unexpected bonus.
I was probably the resort's least favourite type of guest, because I'm afraid I didn't use any of the onsite restuarants. But they all looked perfectly good and the prices didn't seem too bad at all. I chose to eat outside the resort or prepare meals in the apartment. There's a good supermarket in Pissouri, just a 10 minute drive along a spectacular coastal road. In the other direction is a much bigger supermarket just past the end of the motorway in Paphos, about 15 minutes drive. For everyday essentials (including bottles of wine and English newspapers!), the onsite shop was fine.
Probably the most important thing to say is this: a car is essential. The resort itself is so big you almost need one just to get around, especially if you're in one of the areas away from the village centre. The beach is just about walkable because it's downhill...but coming back is another matter. Even if you're planning to never leave the site, it's worth hiring a car. A return taxi trip to/from Paphos airport was 60 Euros apparently; I hired a car for the whole week for only 70 Euros (plus petrol).
If I had one very slight niggle, it's that the arrival and checking in process wasn't very clear. There's a small security office at the entrance which I drove straight past, up the hill about a mile to the resort itself, then there's no obvious sign saying where to go. Only after driving around within the resort for some time did I see a sign for the holiday rentals office, which was in the Golf Club building. It was unstaffed, but there was a notice with a phone number. I rang and a very helpful lady answered, and explained that my key and welcome pack were back down at the security gate! She very kindly said I could wait there while she went and collected them, then came to meet me, so it was fine in the end. So my only suggestion to the resort would be perhaps it would be good to have clearer instructions to go to the security office on the booking confirmation, and/or more obvious signs to the holiday rentals office as you first enter the resort. As I say that's a very small niggle, but I thought worth mentioning.
All in all it's specatuclar and highly recommended. If you stumble upon as good a discount as I did, book it without hesitation.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 30, 2011

My wife and I stayed at the Aphrodite Hills for 5 nights in March. This was our first visit to cyprus where we did a little walking everyday. All the staff we met were excellent and extremely professional. The facities were stunning and everywhere was very clean and well presented. The same can be said about our room, which was wonderful with good views over the pool area and good for the afternoon sun. The cost of drinks & food were appropriate to this type of facility. We tend to enjoy eating out in loacal restuarants and found an excellent taverna in PISSOURI , a 10 min drive , called O'Vrakas Taverna My best recommendation is that we enjoyed the atmoshpere so much that we went back the following 2 nights. Great Food at reasonable price. Located in an idealic square in centre of Pissouri village

Overall we had a great time in Cyprus and at the Aphrodite Hills. Hope to get back again sometime

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: 3 Aphrodite Avenue | Aphrodite Hills, Kouklia 8509, Cyprus
Location: Cyprus > Paphos District > Kouklia
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Kouklia
Price Range: $95 - $740 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Aphrodite Hills Golf & Spa Resort Residences 4*
Number of rooms: 110
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Beautifully situated between Limassol and Paphos, this luxurious hillside resort offers couples and families an entertaining and relaxing break in a picturesque environment, with stunning views overlooking the Mediterranean. ... more   less 
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