Aliathon Holiday Village
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Historical Traveler Reviews Aliathon Holiday Village Paphos
Great place for a quiet get away
We stayed here at the end of last summer whilst visiting friends in Cyprus. Its a lovely place, very well maintained. We opted for the upgrade studio apartment which was well laid out, spacious and overlooked the pool. The "superior" rooms were nicely positioned and felt very private, on this side of the complex is the superior pool and if you can get a good deal its worth paying the extra. The restaurant on site was ok, food was average but good for a quick bite-the shop has everything you would need but there is a larger cheaper supermarket in the town. Aliathon is situated about 15 mins walk from the center of paphos. It was a lovely relaxing place to stay and I would recommend it if you want to visit this part of Cyprus. Its suitable for all types, couples, families etc... If I was going back to Paphos I would definitely stay here again.
Emportez des boules Quies
Malgré le titre de cette critique, nous avons passé un bon séjour dans cet hôtel. Il est impeccable et le personnel est accueillant et très serviable.
Cependant, emportez des boules Quies car quatre personnes de notre groupe de sept ont eu des otites, ce qui n'était pas vraiment super !
Bien que les repas servis à l'hôtel soient basiques, ils sont gouteux et bien préparés. Cependant, si vous voulez goûter des plats convenables à quelques pas de là, il n'y a que quelques restaurants recommandables dans le coin. La plupart sert le même mélange d'haricots verts, de carottes et de petits pois surgelés ! Vous serez lassés en un rien de temps !!
Nous n'avons mangé que dans deux restaurants où les légumes étaient frais : le restaurant français du coin (très bon) et le restaurant grill à côte. Si vous voulez de la cuisine gastronomique, n'allez pas à Paphos. Il est vraiment très cher : en gros deux fois le prix que l'on paierait en Irlande pour un repas (prix déjà élevé !). Nous avons donc été très choqués de voir les prix pratiqués.
Cependant, les boissons en comparaison sont d'un bon rapport qualité/prix, et les vins et bières locaux sont très bons.
Dans l'ensemble, nous avons vraiment passé un bon séjour à par pour ce qui est des frais quotidiens et des otites !
Paisible, relaxant et charmant
Nous avons changé d'hôtel pour aller au Eleni car notre ami y séjournait. L'appartement était propre, lumineux et aéré. La propreté était très importante pour le personnel et nous n'avions aucune inquiétude quant au haut niveau d'entretien de notre appartement. Il y avait pas mal de monde à la piscine-lagon avec la « course » habituelle tôt le matin pour réserver les meilleurs emplacements. Les touristes pensent que l'on doit réserver des transats, ce qui m'agace profondément et qui est très courant où que l'on aille.
La piscine-lagon est magnifique et le barman était très chaleureux et courtois.
La piscine principale est également belle et située à côté de l'hôtel et des aménagements. Le personnel est également disponible pour répondre à vos besoins dans le restaurant lumineux et aéré où une cuisine délicieuse était servie.
La ville, non loin de l'hôtel, est desservie par les bus locaux. Elle est située à 15 minutes de marche, si l'on préfère y aller à pied.
Just right for us
stayed in one bed apt,everything we needed in a base when visiting family in paphos.Clean and tidy fully stocked kitchen with fridge and small table top cooker if wanting to eat in.Pool area was ample with nice pool and childrens pool,plenty of sunbeds although empty as weather was cold but as expected in feb
Very good experience at the Aliathon
We have just returned from a week in the Aliathon Village in Paphos. We had booked a one bedroom apartment for two people and on arrival we were shown to an upstairs apartment at the pool near reception.
The bedroom was average size, but the living room was very big and comfortable, with basic kitchen (more than sufficient for our needs), dining table and seating area. The rooms were not brand new but were very clean and comfortable (not faded and tatty like another hotel we have stayed in in Paphos). I think that we were quite lucky in the apartment we were given - there was a lovely little balcony nearly surrounded by beautiful trees with yellow flowers (the whole complex is really well landscaped and laid out). There was no problem with noise in the morning or evening and the balcony didn't get the sun in the morning, which meant that it wasn't too hot to sit out and enjoy breakfast at our leisure.
The facilities in the Aliathon were great: a supermarket, coffee bar, restaurant, bar and lovely beer garden. There is also a cash machine on site, very handy. We only ate in the restaurant a few times and the food was good, but I could imagine getting a bit tired of it if we had been on half board. There are some good restaurants within 10 minutes walk however (Cavallinis, Oleastra, The Rib Shack) and you can pick up good sandwiches or salads for lunch at the coffee bar.
The pool area is beautiful and it was never crowded while we were there (possibly as it was outside school holidays). The Aliathon is not within walking distance of Paphos centre, but the location suited us very well as we had hired a car for the week. Even without this, however, restaurants within walking distance and a good bus service into town are a plus. There is also a beach (Geriskipiou) not too far away.
Overall, the Aliathon was perfect for our holiday - the best place we have stayed in Paphos and great value for money. Having spoken to other guests, however, I think that we were lucky in the room we had. One couple were put in a very poor room on the first night with no private terrace, only a shared courtyard. They paid for an upgrade to a superior apartment the next day. Although we were in a basic apartment, we were fortunate to be upstairs - the rooms below had less privacy in their outside space as they were beside the path with people walking by. Based on our experience, however, we would highly recommend the Aliathon for a great holiday in Paphos.
Enjoyed the Aliathon
I am just back home from the Aliathon on Friday/Saturday as our flight home was delayed by 6 hrs. However other than that I enjoyed my stay in the Aliathon. There are two types of apartments on site - standard 1 bed apartment and then the superior 1 bed apartment. I mailed the apartments direct a few months beforehand and asked if I could upgrade to the superior apartment for just an extra 35 cypriot pound for the week for the room. We had a nice room - very spacious with two balconies. One leading from the living area which had tables and chairs and the second balcony had two sun loungers. The kitchen however had no toaster and just had a two hob cooker plus a microwave oven underneath the hob cooker. The apartments were cleaned daily with the exception of Sundays which was probably the cleaners day off. Paphos is quite expensive so bring plenty of money with you. It is dearer than Ireland and Ireland is expensive. Outside the Aliathon there is a bus service that brings you into the town centre ie about 10 mins away - bus service costs 0.80 cypriot money each which is about 1 euro 55 cent each. Taxis are dear - 5 cypriot pound approx €10 even for a short run so use the bus service if you can. Nice coffee shop outside the Aliathon that has nice doughnuts daily. There are two pool areas at the Aliathon - one is solely for the people who stayed in the superior apartments. Has a lagoon style look about it. The gardens are kept very well around the whole apartment blocks. Eating out in Paphos is expensive also. Went to Coral Bay one evening and you can go by bus here on the number 15 bus and it will still only cost 0.80 cypriot pound each as it is about a half an hour on the bus. The market is on till 2.30pm each day and get the number 11 bus here from outside the apartments. Nice way to spend one of your mornings as loads to see at the market. This is in the old town of Paphos. I would definetly go back to the Aliathon - wish was still there now.
Will definately return.
My parents and I stayed in a standard one-bedroomed self-catering apartment and was very pleased with the standard of the acomodation. It is quite new and had everything that we needed except for a radio and a toaster as opposed to a grill which took ages to use in the mornings. There is a maid service to change towels/beds etc but it was noticable as the holiday went on that mopping the tiled floors properly was not a priority. There is a resort supermarket but i suggest you only use this for for basic essentials on the first day because the mark-up is at least a quarter compared to the local hypermarket we used.
The facilities in the resort were good and has a particularly nice bar attached to the resort. The beach is a 2 min walk but was not very nice i.e. lots of cigarette butts and rocky. There is a better beach a couple of bus stops away but having experienced flawless beaches in the far east and carribean and given the island's location, I really thought the beaches would have been better. Paphos is not the place to go if you're a beach person. The best beach in the area is Coral Bay (25mins away by car) which you can get to via the bus stop right outside the resort.
The Aliathon is ideally located on the outskirts of the touristy bits so that it is peaceful but easy to get to the bars etc (2 bus stops) at the same time. Due to the time of year (kids gone back to school) there was mainly adults present and a real mix of nationalities. Although Paphos is easy to get around by bus (about GB£1 per ride) and taxi, I would strongly suggest hiring a car given the price of excursions and taxis if you want to explore. Cyprus is very expensive and this is from a Londoner. We got a car for GB£180 for a week which I'm sure wasn't the best deal but the car hire place place was conveniently attached to the resort.
The Aliathon is visably undergoing a major expansion. That said, the building work did not really bother us except for a couple of mornings after a late night out. Without fail the drilling starts at 09:30am sharp. For those of you who visited the Aliathion in August, the builders were not working then as apparently most of them take the month off due to the heat. Don't let this put you off as the apartments that are currently in use are totally finished and the noise doesn't affect the entire resort. They are simply building more apartments on the land next to the resort.
All in all Paphos is nice for the more mature traveller. But most of the tourist attractions I thought were either repetitive archiological digs. Or really over-rated rip-offs like the Bird Park which was highly recommended by the travel agents attached to the resort. Also if you want to explore, which we did extensively, the roads are excellent but it is a long drive (2-3 hours) to the nicer beaches (Nissi beach, Governor's Beach) and major towns like Nicosia and Larnaka. Divide your holiday between the east and west coast if you can.
Aliathon Holiday Village
Myself and my partner stayed here recently in a 1 bed apt for 2weeks. We had a great time and enjoyed our stay thoroughly. Apartments were nice and well maintained, cleaned daily. On more than one occasion we asked the cleaners to go away so we could sleep in! The staff were friendly and very obliging when we left our key in the room... four times!
We didn't eat at the restaurant but did attend a Greek Buffet night which was very enjoyable with tasty food. The village was full of couples and families nice and quiet but not the place to go if you're looking for a wild time. It is quite a while from the main harbour area, and is not walkable. I heard that the buses ran quite well but we rented a moped so didn't experience this. Taxis are very pricey. There is "Nightlife Street" down at the harbour area so don't listen to people who tell you Paphos is too quiet! It is avoidable though as is up a side street.
There is a selection of good restaurants nearby if you don't wish to go all the way to the harbour area. I recommend the Cavillini here and Chloe's chinese down at the harbour. We are not really into site seeing so there wasn't that much for us to do, but I was happy to spend the days on the beach doing watersports. Paphos waterpark is rubbish. You have to try the corn on the cobs that are cooked at the beach or on the roadside, delicious!
As mentioned previously the area is ridiculously expensive, we couldn't believe it! Spent almost 3000euro between us in 2weeks. And we didn't even eat out on about 4 or 5 evenings. But this didn't ruin our holiday and we still had a fantastic time and would recommend the Aliathon to someone seeking a laid back quiet area.
Despite the title, we actually had a lovely time at this resort. it is spotless, the staff are welcoming and extremely helpful.
however bring earplugs for the pool as 4 of our party of 7 suffered from ear infections- not nice at all!
while the food in the hotel is basic, is is well prepared and tasty.
however if you want decent food within walking distance, there are only a few restaurants in the local area that I would recommend.
most of the restaurants serve the same sad mixture of frozen green beans, carrots and a few peas! you will be sick of that mixture in no time at all!
we were only in two restaurants that actually served FRESH vegetables- the local french restaurant (very good) and the rib and steak restaurant beside it. if you want gourmet food, paphos is not the place. it is also very, very expensive-roughly twice the irish euro price for food (which is quite expensive as well!), so we were quite shocked at the prices.
However, drinks are good value in comparison, and the local wines and beer are lovely.
overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay, apart from the daily cost and the sore ears!
Peaceful, Relaxing, and Lovely
We moved from one hotel to the Eleni as our friend was staying there. The apartment was clean, bright and airy. Staff were very attentive to cleanliness and we had no worries that our apartment was being looked after to a high standard.
The lagoon pool did get quite busy with the usual "race" in the early morning to reserve the best spots. This is something that annoys me immensley, tourists thinking that they have to reserve sun loungers and is very common wherever you go. That aside the lagoon pool is wonderful and the barman to the drinks area was very friendly and courteous.
The main pool is again lovely and closeby to the hotel and amenities.
Staff are on hand to cater for you needs in the bright and airy restaurant and the food was great.
Town is nearby and you can use the local buses or if you prefer a walk it takes about 15 mins.