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Late morning. We set off on our next part of our journey. Paris to Paphos. Our flight with Cyprus Air was great... Smooth as and had a fantastic view of the many scattered Greek Islands as we headed towards Cyprus into Larnaca International airport. Kriton and Laura were there to pick us up and drive us to Paphos. There is an awesome highway straight through Larnaca and ...
Ah, cobble stones (you know how I feel about footings), seaside, roads, infrastructure and long lunches...welcome to civilisation...welcome to Paphos, Cyprus! Now don't get me wrong I enjoy as much as the next person some cheap brightly colored ceramics and some blingy tinny bangles but it becomes a little tedious and the lack of appropriate supermarkets also becomes frustrating in an Arab country, so imagine my delight at entering the EU! Plus I known I can buy a glass of rosť at ...
... mountain town with what can be loosely identified as roads, but not footpaths. But the site of those incredible stone carvings that we are familiar with seeing on movies like Indiana Jones-those incredible adventure films I remember loving as a younger person, are surrounded by sand, fine dusty red dirt! See I don't like the beach because it has sand so you can imagine my distress. The walk through the incredible Siq was ok for me as it was dotted ...
... quickly got back into the water! Then I walked along the beach with Nana, where an Indian man offered her a ride on a jetski! We went back to our villa to have another swim in the pool, and then we went into Coral Bay town to have a look at the tourist shops and the restaurants and bars. Hannah and Nana snuck off to get a drink in a bar, and we ended up chatting to a friendly English couple who'd moved out there a few years ago. After tea we went for a drive to Agiou Georgiou ...
The day started in Limassol with a brief visit to another disappointing Harley dealer. Clearly this country does not have much of a following for the brand.
We continued east to the ruins at Amathous. It was a windswept coastal area and although the ruins were not really much to look at after seeing so many other sites, at least it was sunny.
Limassol and it's Castle
We drove back to Limassol through many resort areas. We located ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Avanti Hotel Paphos
Good hotel and location
Just returned from a stay at the Avanti, it's a good hotel very clean with great facilities. We stayed B & B; it seemed to be a bit of a free for all at breakfast, if you like a peace and quite in the morning I would suggest you find breakfast elsewhere. We found Paphos and the Avanti a good choice for a relaxing holiday. As with all resorts you'll find the usual tourist fair on offer, in this case down by the harbour, where restaurants can be expensive and the quality of food wanting. There are some gems through, as mentioned by other reviewers the restaurants to be found at the back of the hotel by are excellent, we particularly liked Cavellini one of the best Italian restaurants we'd ever eaten in. Another great place is Brazilia a Brazilian restaurant found opposite starbucks on the way to the harbour, excellent food and extremely friendly staff.
Don't waste your time with the scratch card folk their selling a holiday club, they are persistent and will spoil your day, they seem only to gather by the harbour wall by the taxi rank, fend them off with a hard stare (Note: only the British seem to be bothed by these guys if you are British and can't manage a hard stare pretend to be French or Belgian and they will soon clear off).
Just had a week at the Avanti and both the wife and I enjoyed it. The room and the staff was fine and although we only used the hotel for breakfast, the food was fine.
The hotel was clean and you could get anything you wanted. Nice pool area and close enought to the sea if you wanted to swim.
However, Paphos as a town is a little disapointing, it seemed to be geared for bars and clubs for the under 25's but as usual, the Cypriots were great, very friendly people.
Nice hotel and we'll go back
Not a four star hotel
this is not a four star hotel although it is a clean a lot more could be done to improve it's appearance both inside and out,the food on some nights is quite nice but not a great choice, it is extremely hot in the sitting area because the doors are continually left open so the air conditioning is off, the staff are very pleasant but when you buy drinks in the hotel or by the pool don't forget your change or you won't get any the waiters are very absent minded i personally won't return to this hotel i paid a lot of money to stay for two week's iv'e paid less i been all inclusive 4 star in mexico.
Went here in Sept 04 very clean, lots going on friendly staff.
Good location & the Cypriots are very friendly.
A silver wedding treat
hotel was very good in all respects staff very friendly and helpful with a good range of quality foods available rooms have just had carpets replaced with curtains being replaced in may
Well worth the money
Have just stayed a week and loved this hotel - everyone is friendly, great pool and facilites
We found everything very clean and tidy - and if you love cats then you will love this area, i found a few in hotel grounds and they were so so cute, somehow made me feel very 'at home'
The only thing i would suggest is that you come B & B as i didn't rate the food, only had one evening meal at the hotel and it put me off
beware of the resturants in the Paphos area as some do not come up to standard but do try The Seagull resturant, one of the friendliest and the most wonderful food, and right on the sea front at old Paphos. Highly recommended, they even have a website.
Enjoy Paphos !! wonderful weather and clean fresh air
I stayed at the Avanti on B&B basis in October. I cannot fault the hotel in terms of location, pool area and rooms. The only diadvantage was the food. The choice didn't vary and wasn't of the best quality.
Can't go far wrong
Myself and my partner have just returned from a week in Paphos where we stayed at the Avanti Hotel.
If you want a hotel where location is not too bad, where you know you have a hotel thats clean has all facilities and there are no problems then Avanti is for you.
Hotel itself has air conditioned rooms that are quiet, clean has TV, hairdryer etc. The pool and gardens are nice with ample sunloungers so that even the germans can't get towels down on all of them!
Possible downside to this hotel is it is not on sea front like many of the others and if you paid for a seaview room you would be disappointed as you can just see bits of it in the distance!
In terms of location is is about 15-20 minutes walk to the harbour area (or £4 Cypriot Pounds in a taxi is you are lazy), but right outside the hotel there is a mini area with bars, restaurants, pharmacy, bank which is good. A great restaurant to recommend here is Olaestro if you want something a bit different then give this a go you won't be disappointed.
One other recommendation for a restaurant in Kato Paphos is Deep Blue which is up from the harbour on Pafias Afroditis, not as busy as it should be food its excellent and staff are attentive.
This is my 5th time is Paphos and I am still enjoying it
Myself, my fiancee and our daughter (age 5) spent 10 days in Paphos in August 2004.
From the moment we arrived at the hotel we felt at home. We had a room on the top floor which was classed as inland but from the balcony we had a lovely sea view stretching all the way up to the harbour.
The room was very clean and we didnt see a cockroach the whole time we were there.
We only stayed b&b as there are so many nice bars and restaurants nearby
(dont go to the steak house near Veronica's hotel - its awful and the management responded to my fiancee's criticisms, in Greek, by giving her abuse back - should have spoken in English!)
Breakfast was extremely plentiful. Staff were very friendly. Fantastic for the kids and great for the adults too.
Entertainment every night which was good and things going on all around the pool on and off during the day (not too much in your face but there if you wanted it eg water polo/volleyball/archery/aerobics)
Nice snooker room, squash court, sauna, bars.
Would definitely stay again. The cost was very reasonable too (we booked directly).
If you have a family and are not sure where to go then you wont go too far wrong with the Avanti - and I really mean it which is why Ive gone out of my way to put this on!
Not up to 4star standard
Stayed at Avanti for a week in june 2004,was a little dissapointed with the hotel as was graded a 4 star hotel but altough the rooms were spacious and clean the hotel could do with a bit of updating in areas such as reception area and bar.Pool was excellent and faultless,plenty of sunbeds to go around.Breakfast was buffet style and basic,have stayed in 4 star hotels in Spain and have had a chef ccoking food to order eg.omelletes.Location good,plenty of bars,restaurants nearby,would recommend alligator bar,staff very friendly.Harbour about 20-30minute walk dependant on how quick you walk!