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... God, listen to my cry! Hear my prayer! From the ends of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety, for you are my safe refuge, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me. Let me live forever in your sanctuary, safe beneath the shelter of your wings.” (Ps 61:1-4)
“Beautiful words stir my heart. I will recite a lovely poem about the king, for my tongue is like the pen of a skillful poet.” (Ps ...
Agia Kyiakis is a 12th-century A.D. Byzantine church. It is not overly impressive, but it does have a large basilica and bishop's palace surrounding it from the 4th century A.D. In the front courtyard of the church there stands a white, 1st-century pillar according to tradition, is the place where Paul was tied and scourged. Of course, there is no historical evidence for this claim but the pillar very well could have been around when Paul was ...
These graves are not thought to belong to royalty but to wealthy, prominent families and persons. The tombs date back to the 3rd-century B.C. The most impressive tombs are peristyle with Doric columns encircling an open court or lining the entrance way to the tomb. Each tomb was carved out from native rock and typically contained several graves (burial places). Most, if not nearly all, of these graves would have been present when Paul was visiting the city. ...
... 321 B.C. the last king of Cyprus (King Nikokles) decided to move the city to its present location on the south-western tip of the island.
After the Romans conquered Cyprus in 58 B.C. Paphos continued to be the governing seat for the province. The Roman delegate Cicero is known to have served in Paphos as Cyprus' proconsul for 2 years and Sergius Paulus as well. Under Roman rule the city became a booming cultural hub with easy access from Italy, Greece, Turkey (Asia ...
... Archaeological excavations are still being carried out at the site. The tombs are cut into the native rock, and at times imitated the houses of the living. Although the tombs have been known and casually explored for centuries, they were first subjected to systematic excavation in the later 1970s and the 1980s under the direction of Dr Sophocles Hadjisavvas, now Director of Antiquities of the Republic of Cyprus. Dr Hadjisavvas is preparating the finds for publication with ...
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Fantastic Hotel but nothing for kids
This hotel was lovely but it has and old wing and a new wing. If you want a 5star room you have to make sure you ask for the new wing which have stunning rooms with large bathrooms that have a bath with shower and separate shower (great when you have kids). The rooms are all done in dark brown wood and white/cream walls. The old wing has very old type rooms which need to be re-decorated and have small bathrooms. Not what you would class a 5*. Also, you must ask for sea view as the other rooms face a main road and the carpark. We upgraded when we arrived and paid approx. £300 extra, which if we upgraded before we went we estimated it would be approx £600! but beware that it is not peak time or they might be full.
There is only two restaurants. One they use for breakfast and every second night where you can eat outside which is really lovely. The restaurant inside is like a giant hall with no atmosphere and you have to pay extra for alacarte. Much nicer to eat out, go bed and breakfast. Great bar and restaurants just beside hotel. Go out of hotel and turn left, just a few steps and you are there.
The hotel has one of the best pools I have seen, really nice and huge. Would have been nice if the bar was swim up and walk up but the satff make up for it, great laugh.
If you have kids then worry because they have no children clubs. They have a rather old table tennis table and a snooker table (hidden at the back of the breakfast restaurant) and that is it! Our kids were 9 & 11 and in the first week were constantly saying they were bored. Its worth it if you can get access to their "premium club" this is extra but worth it. They have a 50" plasma screen, so take DVD movies and the kids can watch them in there. Probably not really supposed to do this but it was worth it.
Hotel not too fancy so you can relax unlike Coral Beach Hotel (where we stayed last year) but for kids Coral Beach was the best. They had so much for them to do it was great.
On the whole it was a great holiday and hotel but would now like to try something closer to Paphos town.
Superb 5 star
We have recently returned from a week long stay at the Azia Beah Hotel in Cyprus, and I cannot praise it highly enough. I was slightly concerned about the place after some of the reviews posted here, but they seem to be referring to a different hotel!
It is absolutely immaculate, with a glorious atrium the height of the building for a reception area, scattered with welcoming settees and tables for drinks. The pool is enormous, and spotlessly clean. Breakfast out by the pool each morning was lovely, with lots of choice of food, and the service was excellent.
The room was a nice size, with a good bathroom, and the promised basket of fruit and wine did appear and was much enjoyed. Staff visited the room at least twice a day, to clean and to turn down the beds. They were also most helpful in providing a cold breakfast on the morning we left for a day trip before the breakfast room opened.
I would advise a hire car for this location, as it is well outside the centre of Paphos, but that was one of its attractions for us. It is within easy driving distance of the centre, where there were lots of good restaurants, and was also convenient for day trips along the coast in either direction.
On a side note, we would highly recommend the one day flight tour to Egypt - absolutely amazing, and superb value for money.
Beach Hotel without Beach
We had high expectations to this hotel, especially after having checked also their own homepage, which has a very good layout and looked like a proper 5star hotel. We were looking forward to a nice luxurious break. But reality was completey different.
Probably the only nice thing about this hotel is the pool, but that's about it. The sunbathing area around the pool looks run down, the sunbeds are partially broken, not enough umbrellas. While we were there, the hotel organised also a photo shooting (guess for the prospect or homepage) where the entire pool area was closed for 2 days. Then for the actual shoot that only took place on 2nd day, they used different sunbeds with towels that looked nice. But we, the guests, had to use the "old" ones.
There was also a building side in the garden where the path to a mini beach somewhere next to hotel was beeing built. So, if one was actually trying to find a beach you had to climb through country side, full with dirt and rubbish. When one had managed to actually find the beach, you received the next disappointment, because this artificial built beach wasn't even wide enough to have sunbeds there. You could just dip yourself in the water and that was it (no swimming allowed due to strong currents).
The rooms were very basic, no coffee making facilities (although this has been advertised in homepage), no iron and ironboard in room and very bad matresses.
The breakfast was very simple and everyday the same. Luckily we had only booked B&B, because I would not have wanted to eat in the horrible dining room as well.
The hotelservice was also unfriendly, not helpful and even not available (tried to call room service several times, but nobody has even picked up the phone).
And in the evenings the program (singing) in the hotel bar was so bad, that the only thing we could do, was going to bed early, which is certainly not what we usually do.
So all in all I would not recommend this hotel at all, especially for this very high price. I would rate it as a 3-4 star hotel.
We went in May 05. Not quite the 5 star we expected and have experienced in other cyprus 5 star hotels. Rooms were clean and spacious but lacked the comfort of a quality hotel. Staff were rude and often surly and breakfast was a sham, far too cramped to cater for the number of guests. Best staff were the pool waiters. Hotel grounds could do with some maintenance , so early in the holiday season it seemed a shame the grounds appeared so 'worn out'. Good location though, sea views were fantastic, surrounding area being improved with great pathways along the coast, also some great little bars and good restaurants very close by. In all a good quality 4 star but not a five.
This was our 2nd visit to the Azia Hotel. Although the decor was slightly tired we understand from other reviews that refurbishments have taken place. The staff were attentive and friendly, the view from the room was great (ask for an upper floor room overlooking the sea/ pool). Entertainment varied. One night there was an awful "disco" taking us through the decades. The best entertainment was the cabaret night and the early evening pianist / violinst music in the foyer was a nice touch.
We ate out every evening as we had B&B accommodation. There were a few nice restaurants nearby and plenty as you go towards town. The bus stop is across the road to take you into town. Alternatively there is a car hire place nearby which did us a good deal.
Overall a lovely holiday and we hope to go back very soon.
I first checked into one of their "old rooms", it was small, & unclean. I requested a new room as soon as we arrived. They would not give us one. Being a wedding couple we were expecting the full works. Only after speaking with our rep did wwe get a new room. - much the same but still no upgrade. We could only dine after the bus loads oof germans had eaten all the food & were left waiting while they re stocked in the buffet.
The bar staff (some) were friendly but the bar manger was most unhelpful. There was several building works going on around the hotel. We arrived there the 17th april but several facilities were closed. They opened these only from the 1st of may (the day we left) even though they claimed the hotel was full.
The leisure facilites were not finished even though we were promised as a wedding couple, free usage.
The noise in the corridors each night was terrible & could here every footstep & voice.
I would not recommend this hotel for wedding couples at all, the service on the wedding day left a lot to be desired. We had previously told them there would be a group of 30+ with us that night, and they still only had one waitress for us the whole night.
If you are planning a holiday here, check everything is ready. they lied to me & told me it was via email, so try calling them.
Beach hotel without the beach
We stayed at this hotel at the end of March 2005, which covered the Easter period. Compared to the other 5* hotels in the area this one seemed very reasonably priced, but of course you pay for what you get. I would rate this as a 4* hotel.
I decided not to pay extra for a seaview room and so the room that we were given overlooked the car park and main road into Pafos. This would have been fine if we had been able to close the window and so blocked the noise from the main road out but unfortunately closing the window made the room very hot. The air conditioning was not working as we were told it was only switched on during high season, which started on 1 April. Despite asking to change rooms after the first night it took two nights before we were able to change rooms and we decided to pay extra (although a small discount was given) for a sea view room in the end so that we were on the other side of the hotel and away from the main road.
The outdoor pool area at the hotel is nicely done but the hotel does not really have a beach. Most of the area touching the sea is rocky and the one small sandy area is very shingly and small. Everybody sunbathes by the pool. Some of the facilities advertised were still being built, for example the steam room, hot tub and the squash courts, where the digger was still at work near the main pool area.
The breakfast buffet is good but the International buffet that we tried for dinner (and is not included in the price) was a like a buffet of aeroplane food and best avoided.
The location of the hotel is on the main road to Pafos and so is ideal if you have hired a car, (as there is plenty of parking available) but want to stay outside the main area of Pafos.
All in all, a reasonable hotel that is still adding to its facilities.
We went to Paphos in September 2004, we have a little girl of 2 and we had a great holiday at the Azia Beach, the childrens club wasn't actually open to leave the children as it was out of season but you could still use all the facilities, the childrens pool was great with plently of sun loungers located near by so you can keep an eye on the children.
Entertainment was good some nights better than others, food was also very good.
The only down side of the hotel was its location is was slightly isolated, however the bus stop was opposite the hotel running in to Coral Bay or Paphos very regularly.
There are 3 or 4 very nice restuarants within walking distance of the hotel and an English bar (which if you like football shows most matches).
we stayed at the azia beach hotel in may 2004. what a wonderful hotel. truly 5 star in decor, staff, ammenities and positon. A full 6km from paphos it is located in a quiet position just off the main road.
The hotel is immaculate in every sence, the food is very good and the service faultless. I could not reccomend it enough.