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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 ...
... and feta coated in a rich, fruity and mouth coating olive oil, washed down with a lively, easy drinking fruity rosé situated in a residential lane way. It was like having a home cooked meal prepared by and with love by Nona!! We attended to purchasing what I call bits of **** that family expect and I loath purchasing! But anyway once in receipt of this said "****" I asked a lovely older lady, possibly a Nona similar to that who made my lunch, for directions to what ended up being ...
... of the original floor from the time of its creation at many years BC, but it too had it's challenges. It's a long way, nay a bloody long way to walk through the Siq before the beautiful, carved Treasury emerges with the sun striking it and glowing an orange red colour. The hazard of this walk is dodging the horse drawn carts that hurtle through the narrow winding trail pulling those unable but more often those unwilling to walk the journey to ...
... drove to Coral Bay to look at the harbour. We walked along the promenade and looked at all the boats, and also saw a cool old castle.
On Wednesday we swam in the pool straight after breakfast (how amazing is that!) and then we drove southwards to Kourion, where there are lots of ancient ruins from Roman times. We saw the remains of some roman baths (which used hydraulic systems! The romans were so smart!) and lots of mosaics, but my favourite part was definitely the ...
... are either inside the dining room or outside overlooking the pool and gardens. The variety ample, multiple choice of dishes, exceptional quality, nice presentation, impeccable service. Open cuisine cooking area with two or three professional chefs one of whom Chinese. Smart dressing code is demanded and booking a night before.
BUFFET BREAKFAST: Sumptuous in one word! The best news is that you can have it from 07:00 – 11:00 (enjoy some extra sleep) so the last ...
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No Children A Must
Just returned a week ago from a 2 week stay in what was our 1st time in Cyprus.
After reading certain reviews from Trip Advisor and other reviews to people make the hotel out to be a 2 Star Plus and really give the hotel stick and in mine and my Girlfriends eyes there was hardly no faults at all.
We found the hotel very nice indeed and quite posh, A really nice reception area and the staff on the desk were very helpful and were friendly aswell.
We were situated on the 3rd floor with a side sea view and we have a very nice view of the sea, I found the rooms very nice we had two twin beds, The bathroom was very good and there was plenty of storage space. The balcony was nice enough for two people to sit on have a coffee and watch the sun go down which was very nice some people on here moaned about the balcony, Why?
We stayed B&B which was top class and Sundays are a must with Champagne for breakfast and you can sit outside overlooking the pool having your breakfast.
The pool area and the beach were fine, and there is plenty of room to get around.
My only faults that the drinks in the hotel were exspensive but what do you expect in a 4 Star Plus Hotel just make the most of Happy Hour 6-7 which is superb and the staff are very good.
And reserving sun beds aswell, Its a joke if your not up by 7 you will really struggle to get Two together, The main problem for this, Is that the older client's are up at the crack of dawn to reserve a sunbed and then sit in the shade all day or go shopping and come back to the sunbed at mid afternoon, I couldnt see no point in that.
We found some superb restrurants mainly in the Kato Paphos area Gabor, Rib Shack, Imperial, New Delhi Palace.
There's Buses and Taxis everywere and the bus is the best bet quicker and cheaper and takes you everywere around Paphos.
Had a superb holiday, And the hotel was not a let down considering what me and my Girlfriend had read on here stating the hotel was average i thought it was very good.
We also looked in the other hotels which are part of a chain, The Pahian Bay and Athena Beach are a dump in my eyes, The Athena Royal is lovely.
Shaun & Emma
Best for older generation.
The hotel in itself is quite nice, slightly old fashioned and in need of a refurb. The rooms are of average size but not the standard of 4* accomodation and certainly expensive for what it was. The clientele of the hotel is 90% over 50's, for the first few days we were the only couple in our 30's. Because of this, the entertainment is limited, and not of a great standard. The location was average, a 15-20 minute walk into the centre of Paphos, but did have buses virtually outside the hotel every 15-20 minutes. The other positive was the buffet was extensive and suited all tastes.
The biggest downside was on the 4th day I noticed my brand new unworn sunhat had been 'taken' from my room. I spoke with the extremely unhelpful Thomson rep about it who did nothing apart from refer me to the hotel staff. (She was probably unhelpful as we didn't purchase any of the trips on offer). The hotel staff were helpful as such, but of course no-one claimed responsibility. I was told the cleaners would have another look and let me know but I heard nothing.
On top of this I don't remotely rate Paphos apart from the weather. The beaches are mainly rocky, the water is not clear and because of the rocks you end up cutting your feet, the whole place looks like a building site. Most of the restaurants are 'tacky' looking and overall dining/drinking out is not any cheaper than in the UK. The Tomb of the Kings was appaling.
Paphos in May
My boyfriend and I travelled to Paphos, Cyprus on 8th May 2005 for 1 week. We found the best deal on flights on the internet with First Choice. We booked our return flights in January 2005 at a total cost of £359.
We stayed at the 4* Pioneer Beach Hotel which is about 3 miles from Paphos Harbour. This was also booked direct via the internet at a cost of CYP£70 (about £83) per sea view room per night, including breakfast. At the time we travelled you got about 0.84 Cyprus Pounds to £1 Sterling.
The hotel was absolutely excellent, and we would definitely go again. We asked for a quiet room on an upper floor and that is exactly what we got. The room was very clean, with maid service everyday. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The main reason for choosing this hotel is that it is adults only from around May to November. This made for a very relaxed and peaceful atmosphere around the hotel, exactly what we had hoped for.
The food at the hotel was brilliant. The breakfast offered something for everyone with a huge amount of choice. They did charge CYP£1 for a freshly squeezed orange juice (which we though should have been included) but it was very good. Lunch or evening meals could be pre-arranged on a full-board or half-board basis, but we choose to eat there when it was convenient. The lunch was also varied, we opted for a salad whenever we ate there (at a cost of CYP£3.80 for both of us), and each time it was different. The evening meals had a theme each night of the week. My favourite was Cyprus night, but on each occasion the food was excellent and plentiful. All food was offered on a buffet basis.
The only criticism I could make was that the hotel was a little far from the harbour, but the walk along the front was very pleasant, taking about 50 minutes at a gentle pace. There is a bus from outside the hotel which costs 70 cents each way, but while we were there it stopped at 7pm. I understand that in the high season it runs until 11pm. The taxis were plentiful and charged CYP£4-5 each way. One man did try to rip us off at CYP£6 but backed down when my boyfriend offered to ask the police for their view!
The harbour was pretty at night and nice for a stroll. Unfortunately we did not find the food was always up to standard. I endured 2 luke warm vegetable moussakas (I am vegetarian). One was at the restaurant furthest from the road (I'm afraid I can't remember the name) with upstairs seating. The other was at the Pelican Restaurant. The Pelican itself was lovely, albeit with little choice whether to be there or not. My advice would be to leave a tip for the Pelican and to eat next door at Theo's Seafood Restaurant. We had a great seafood meze here and on the second occasion I had Yemestes (stuffed vegetables) which were probably the best I have had. The staff there were also very helpful and friendly. The food at the harbour (whether hot or luke warm), with a couple of drinks each came to about CYP£22 on average.
We prefer to avoid the tourist spots on holiday so decided to visit some villages and the Acamas Peninsula. We hired a car (Suzuki Vitara) for 3 days. You really need an off road car if you are going to the Acamas. We hunted high and low for a good deal and eventually found a reasonable price at Costas Rent a Car on Apostolou Pavlou Avenue, just a bit up from the Harbour. He charged a total of CYP£54 for 3 days. Another man up the road from him was also quite reasonable at CYP£60. Some were prepared to do a deal, and others not.
On our first day we visited the village of Kathikas. There is a 'visitors centre' there but no-one was present to assist us and the information available was not anything you couldn't find elsewhere. The village was however, very pleasant for a walk. We then travelled down to Coral Bay. A nice beach but very busy with a bit of a 'Brits abroad' feel about it.
On the next day we travelled to the Acamas Peninsula. Here we walked some way up the Avacas Gorge (about 1 hour 20 minutes round trip), which was spectacular. I could have walked for hours, but we were not sure how long it was, and obviously you have to get back again. The terrain was good for about 45 minutes but after that it did become a little more tricky, but not impassable. Then we travelled to Cape Lara where there is a beautiful and peaceful beach. There is a taverna which we visited last time we were in Paphos, but on this occasion the service was slow and there were a number of flies, so we gave it a miss.
On our third day we went to Agios Neofytos Monastry and the village of Koili, both just to the North of Paphos. The Monastry is well worth a visit (although avoid 'skimpy' clothes). The village was pretty and traditional and quite a contrast to the mass-development on route to it. My only criticism of Paphos and the surrounding area was that everywhere 'luxury villas' are being built and there was an endless stream of cement lorries on the roads.
The weather while we were there was quite good. It did not rain once and the skies were clear of clouds for much of the time. On the first few days it was windy and therefore quite cold on the coast, but more sheltered inland. During this time it was cold at night and we were barely warm enough with trousers and jackets. However, once the wind dropped it was lovely and still quite warm in the evenings.
Good Quality Hotel. Adult only Reservations (No under Sixteens Allowed)
I stayed at the Pioneer Beach Hotel, Paphos Cyprus in April 2005. On arrival the staff were welcoming. The rooms are of a good standard and are kept pristine throughout your stay. Fridge, tea and coffee making facilities are provided in your room. Bathrobes, slippers and pool towels are also provided free of charge. Fruit and Water are waiting in your room on arrival. 70 Cent bus ride to the Harbour or a 45 minute flat walk. Might be a little too far out of town for the less mobile.
The public areas of the Pioneer Beach are well maintained. Both the outdoor and indoor pool water is crystal clear. Plus point - no children under sixteen. The hotel has its own well maintained beach area.
Pleasure to sit in the Bar and relax - minus noisy children.
The breakfast was a good standard and you were not rushed in anyway. You can also eat breakfast on the terrace. If you require the full English, this is not a problem at this hotel. The eggs are cooked while you wait, just the way your order them.
The dinning room staff were efficient and you were well catered for. The evening meal arrangements were well planned and the menu was extensive. Good value too £7.00 (Cyprus) for three consecutive nights dinner = £21.00/3 nights - I took dinner at the Pioneer Beach for seven nights and each night there were at least six different main course choices, to suit all tastes. The theme night dinner are recommended.
In all, good four star accommodation. Good friendly/efficient staff/good quality rooms/good location/good sea views of a rugged coastline/good food/good wine and most of all relaxing. The Pioneer Beach lived up to its brochure description.
Fantastic - shame about the cats - got marreid out there without ever visiting b
We stayed at the pioneer - had a fab time, everything so superb - clean, friendly, absolutley HUGE selection of fantastic food - don't even bother with the a la carte - the buffet is just soooo much better - so good, i would go back just for the food!
i have a phobia of cats and unfortunately Paphos is full of them - which I did not know, they were all over the hotel grounds too, these are wild cats which are native to the land, so they have the right to be there and I had to observe and respect that, although I was in tears and had to leave a few outdoor restaurants quite a number of times - this is the only bad thing, otherwise it was perfect.
We got married there, had never been there before, but would defintely recommend it for weddigns, so much effort - we even got free champagne in bedroom to celebrate - very very impressed.
If you have the money and the time - take the trip to Egypt, you will not be disappointed.
The best yet.
40 years of holidays, the best alround hotel yet, went once on recomendation been back ten times.
You'll find the hotel in a superbly quiet, beach front location about a 30 minute walk to the tourist centre of Paphos (buses are frequent and cheap!). The actual building itself and interior design is certainly not cutting edge and appears of an older style than one would expect from 2000/2001 refit, however all the fixtures and fittings are well maintained and everywhere is spotlessly clean! There are many great features to this hotel; not least that there are no children! The staff are amazingly polite, friendly and knowledgeable and literally nothing was too much trouble for them. The majority of guests were somewhat older and took advantage of the full board lifestyle. I doubt if most of them ever left the hotel. The hotel has it's own beach area which was certainly a benefit. The superior room in which we stayed had a more than adequate balcony area, perfect for watching the sunset of an evening. I would certainly recommend the superior full sea view rooms to enjoy the best of the location. Overall, it is a well maintained and friendly establishment which is ideal for making as a base for your time in Paphos.
Stayed at the Pioneer Beach Hotel for a week at the beginning of September. Booked independently although a lot of the large tour operators go here. Hotel is only 15 mins by taxi from Paphos airport £13/16. If you contact the hotel direct they will arrange a transfer for you. Was pleasantly surprised by the standard of accommodation. Rooms and balcony not very big at all, but clean with all the amenities needed for a comfortable stay including tea and coffee making facilities, fridge, dressing gowns etc. Breakfast was excellent with a vast selection to choose from. Hotel has a large pool and leads directly onto the beach and provides a peaceful setting for relaxing in the sunshine. There are special events every day i.e. strawberries and cream so check out the posters in the lifts. My only complaint would be about the reserving of sunbeds. Considering the hotel was predominently British I was appalled by the way people were getting up at the crack of dawn to reserve beds! Paphos harbour is a short bus journey from the hotel. To walk it takes about 40 mins. There is a very regular bus service from the bus stop outside the hotel which costs 50c. We found that the best restaurants were located before the harbour itself. The "Seagull" is one to look out for. All in all we had a fabulous holiday and would definitely recommend this hotel.
Loved this friendly adult only hotel
We have visited this hotel at different times of the year in small and large groups and always had a good holiday, this August will be my 4th time in a group with my husand and six friends.
My mother who is 84 this year went last May with my sister and I and is looking forward to going again next May. The grounds are level and everything is within easy reach ie the pool, grass areas, the beach, cafe and dining room. The food is good and the hotel staff efficient and firendly. The bars and lounge areas are clean and comfortable. If I had a complaint it would be that the rooms need a little updating, but are clean and comfortable. Within walking distance are shops, restaurants etc. and the bus to Paphos town and beyond stops just outside the hotel.