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... Paphos... And saw where Aphrodite's rock is situated... We will go back and look at that properly later. We drove straight to Kriton's Dad's apartment for a light meal of fresh cut fruit, bread, olives, haloumi, and the most amazing feta cheese I've ever tasted! What a way to be introduced to Cypriot cuisine .... Delicious! Feta and sliced watermelon is a marriage made ...
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 ...
... So to my horror after boarding our air conditioned coach and proceeding in a convoy of 12 identical coaches along the highway out of Aqaba, through the deserts of Wadi Rum (Wadi meaning dry place of water- I know this because our guide would chant this every time we went through an area that was known as a Wadi), into the mountains and arriving into Petra I was deposited onto a sight that had....sand paths to traverse.... Now the town of Petra is ...
... Our rep came to meet us at lunchtime and we had a long chat with her before doing a big shop in the supermarket and having a long swim in the pool. It was just so nice to see the sun and relax in the heat! James had bought an underwater camera before the holiday so we tried it out for the first time and fell in love with taking underwater selfies!
On Tuesday we were a bit more adventurous and drove to the Baths of Aphrodite on the North side of the island. We had ...
... went and the sun came back.
Still heading west our next stop was Kurion. Even more ruins here and Jayne opted out of this one. I limited my visit to seeing the amphitheatre which had been restored. It's position on a hill top overlooking the sea was amazing. The curving coastline reminded me of Chesil Beach in Dorset.
Petra Tou Romiou
We followed the coast road toward Paphos and it rained again this time very hard. We passed the ...
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First Class Hotel
We have just returned from a two week holiday at the Crown Resort Horizon hotel in Coral Bay, Cyprus. The hotel accommodation, location, facilities and catering were all excellent with friendly and efficient staff throughout the hotel.
The hotel inparticular has an excellent gymnasium with swimming pool, sauna, steam room and spa bath which are available free to all guests. Activities are arranged for those who like to participate or you can equally enjoy a quiet stay at the resort.
Excellent stay at the Crown Resorts
My husband and I stayed at the Crown Resort for our Honeymoon and thoroughly enjoyed it. The hotel was clean and spacious and the staff were fabulous from arriving till our bus back to the airport.
Although the hotel was full for the duration of our stay, it never felt overcrowded and tables were always available in the restaurant. We did go to the Coral Bay Chinese Restaurant which was fantastic.. the best chinese meal we've ever had (on holiday or in the UK)!
The hotel is positioned in a great place, not too busy but enough bars and restaurants to enjoy yourself. In every bar you are also given free salted popcorn.. nice gesture but i think the trick is so that you drink more!!!
All in all a great holiday and we would definitely go back.
Little Britain, with extra diahorrea
Flew with Thomson. Always do, as they always strike us as the most reputable company.
Flight over was good, although delayed slightly. Our coach from the airport to the hotel was a 20 seater, with a trailer for the luggage. we were the last 2 on board, and my wife and I had to sit in 2 cramp seats directly behind the driver. As he were driving along, it became evident that the bad mannered driver also suffered from B.O., and with him hanging his arm ot the window, even the people behind us could smell him!
Most of the people on the bus were for this hotel, and luckily it was a case of last on-first off, and we checked in.
Entrance to the hotel was rather grand I thought. We were on the third (top) floor, right at the other end from the lift, but the walk wasn't an issue. We later found a lift closer to our room which delivered us straight to the entrance to the restaurant.
The room was very clean, and well presented. TV and Sky News whch was rarely off, as we were there during the failed London bombings (one of which was close to our home), and the Sharm El Sheikh tragedy. Only other English speaking channel was a US News one. NBC I think. The Cypriot channels had English language movies most nights. The blacony was small with a poor view, but we never went out there. The bathroom was nice, but the bath was VERY narrow. I'm not a wide guy at all, but I couldn't fit very comfortably in. The shower suffered from that favourite of fluctuating temperatures, and I dodged a scalding, only just, a few times. The secret is to notice the water pressure dropping, sometimes the water stops altogether for a few seconds and starts again, and steppng out of the flow for 30 seconds.
The staff are quite attentive, and are made up by locals (moody or learing dependng on there sex), Indians/Bangladeshi (all male and like to look at the ladies, even if you're holding hands with one while they talk to her chest), and Polish who were all brilliant. I counted 2 Polish males, and 6 or so females. All were brilliant. Polite, always smiling (despite random "disagreements" with the Cypriot Bar Manager), eager to please, and spoke perfect English.
The entertainment wasn't the best. It's organised by the hotel, and the "Animator" has only Sunday off. She organises the entire schedule, and said she's getting a helper next week. The only activity we took part in was Archery, and my wife won on her first ever attempt at the sport.
We hired a car yet again from Europcar, Thomson's favoured car rental firm, for a week, and yet again felt conned. The only time I've ever got what I booked was on a winter holiday to Tenerife, presumably because it was the quiet season. The are plenty of other firms out there, and I think I'll use one of them in future. The cars I saw belonging to them were far more desirable than my 1.4 Kia Rio, which was classed as an "Astra type". At least it had A/C. The hidden charges though enraged me, but as usual I said nothing. We drove to Pathos harbour, Troodos Mountains (check out the monestary, but remember to bring long trousers, otherwise they hire out "slacks for £1. I bought some jeans for £8), Larnaca, Pathos Bird Park, and a few other places. All those mentioned are worthy of a visit.
We went Half Board, and felt we didn't get VFM, but that was our fault. We only had breakfast 5 times in 2 weeks, and evening meal about 8 or 9 times. The food however was varied. We have stayed 5-star twice before which had the same buffet style service, but we felt the food here was better. It could have been hotter, and there was some evidence of recycling. Enough of a choice, to keep even the fussiest eater from complaining.
However, be warned. On the first day there I suffered from diahorrea, but had only consumed 3 beers at the hotel, and indeed, the island. 3 days before we left we went to a restaurant called Phuket, 10 mins drive down the road. It's all Thai and Chinese based, and is very oppulently designed. Service wasn't great, and the food had a funny taint to its flavour. The next morning I had a full breakfast at the hotel for the one and only time (I usually had cereal). By 1pm I was suffering from cronic diahorrea. The worst I've EVER had. I was in bed for the last 2 days, with a high temperature, horrendous stomach cramps, and actually screamed out in pain at times. 1 full week later, and I'm only marginally better. I've been to A & E, and even confused the Doctor. I'm on antibiotics, and still suffering from all described symptons. I can't prove what did it to me. I'd been bitten by a huge mosquito a week earlier, and went to Egypt for the day a few days previously. Not even the Immodium seemed to work. you've been warned.
Hotel was 99% British occupency. Varied from all around the Isles. Plenty of older folk, but too many families (3 generations) for our liking, trying to take over parts of the hotel. Lots of loud swearing in front of/at the children which we didn't like. The only people of our age (late 20's) seemed to have 3 kids in tow. Next year we'll go "no kids" again.
The beach is not a great walk away at all, unlike what others may have said, although it's down quite a steep hill. We went there to do most of our sunbathing, especially due to the hotel pool and sunbeds having far too many non-residents using the facilities. If you want a good spot you'll need to be out there by 9am, otherwise you'll be disappointed.
The area suffers from local "town boy racers". The local bars aren't too bad, and there's a fantastic Chinese restaurant (Coral Bay Chise Restaurant) over some shops, although I paid £62 (stirling) for a bottle of Veuve.
The bars vary from bare and basic to rather lavish, but the area suffers from underage drinking. We saw 14/15 year olds in most bars, being served with no problems. We saw them falling over 2 pints later too.
Our bar of choice wa "Zenta", right at the end of the strip on the right hand side. It's the quietest and most basic bar, but the guy was great. Very polite and funny. He had a few friends in most nights, and he even got a Birthday cake for my wife. He also has a pool table at the back.
If you can, go to Egypt, but beware of the locals. You'll be warned enough though if you go.
Comfortable and well situated
The hotel is well maintained and even though it was fully booked never seemed crowded. There were plenty of sunbeds and parasoles as well as the natural shade of many palm trees in the large lush garden area. The public areas were immaculate and well furnished. The bedrooms were comfortable and clean, although the balconies were rather small. A feint sewage odor was often present but only in the garden and on the terrace. The health club is well equipped, but the indoor pool is very cold (only heated during the winter). The food was well prepared, varied and of good quality. Evening entertainment tended to be geared to older guests-many bars and restuarants nearby offered something a little livelier, but the daytime activities were well organised and lots of fun. The beach is a short stroll away and has a small cafe with toilet and shower facilities. We rented a jeep for three days and found it the best way to tour the area which is both interesting and attractive. The bus service to and from Kato Phapos is very good, but it can suffer from overcrowding at peak times.
Beautiful hotel, mediocre food
This hotel is utterly beautiful inside and out. Our room was spacious, quiet and had lovely views on two sides. It was spotlessly clean. There were plentiful sunbeds around the lovely pools and in the gardens, although only half the umbrellas would stay up!
We stayed half board but I would advise against it - the food was served buffet-style and was often lukewarm and soggy at both breakfast and dinner. There are tens of restaurants within walking distance, so you won't have a problem finding dinner.
Entertainment was enthusiastic, varied and fun!
The frequent hidden small extra charges - for tea/coffee in the room, use of the safe and to obtain a pool towel - were irritating.
The beach is perhaps half a mile away downhill, it is quite a taxing walk back up in the heat.
Enjoyed our stay
We stayed from Dec 25th to Jan 8th 2005. Bedrooms were clean and well furnished. Tea and coffee making facility only supplied free for first day, charge for re-supply thereafter. Staff courteous efficient and very friendly. Complaints were quickly and efficiently dealt with. Food good with wide variety on the buffet. On several days during the second week of our stay, due to a shortage of guests the main course had a limited choice and was waiter served.We also encountered the smell of sewage reported by a previous reviewer. A call to reception quickly resolved the problem.The local bus service is excellent but only till 7pm in winter,11pm in summer.
Buses run every 20 mins to Paphos,with a fixed charge of 60 cents each way. nice pool and grounds. Would recommend a car for part of holiday to explore the western end of the island. We would stay here again
We have just come back from 10 days at the Crown Resorts Horizon in Coral Bay, Cyprus. The hotel itself was good - very clean, the rooms reasonably spacious and the beds very comfortable. There was a small balcony which we mainly used to dry swimsuits etc as there was a rather unsavoury smell during the night and in the morning which we understood was the septic tank (no mains drainage as yet in hotels in Cyprus). Apparently this is quite normal! All waiting and housekeeping staff were very welcoming. The hotel has lovely facilities - health club, sauna, indoor pool, tennis courts etc and is situated in a reasonably quiet area. The beach is across a main road and is quite grubby, however the beach at the Coral Bay hotel was much better and you can use this without incurring any extra charges.
We made the mistake of taking half board - I had never been to a 4* restaurant that is self service at supper time! The food was rank at best and inedible at worst. Quite reminded me of boarding school.
There are a number of bars/restaurants near the hotel, the best of which is Serriani's - they serve lovely typical Cypriot dishes which are very good value. Adriano's is also good with lovely service and there is an Italian which looked OK. Otherwise there were restaurants serving fish fingers, hot dogs, burers and chips and most of the bars have football on every night which isn't really what you want to find on holiday.
I would go back to Cyprus, but probably to a different area which was inhabited more by locals and less by the Brits. Paphos and Coral Bay must once have been beautiful, before the burgers and chips brigade moved in.
Very good hotel
Very good new hotel, spacious rooms, very clean. Excellent bed. The room has a terrace with a table and chairs. Inside the room there are additional armchairs and coffee and tea.
The breakfast included a very nice buffet with a good choice of food. Seating outdoors with the morning breeze was a nice way to start the day.
The hotel is close to the sea and to various bars and Tavernes.
Exceptional hotel at Coral Bay, Cyprus.
We have just returned (25th September, 2004) from an excellent holiday at the Crown Resort Horizon. Location is perfect, just a 10 minute walk (downhill) to the beautiful beach at Coral Bay. The beach area is superb & the sea is warm & bouyant - just ideal for swimming in. The rooms at the hotel are spacious & very clean & modern. The food choice on an evening was varied & plentiful. However, the cooked breakfast could have been warmer although there was plenty of other choices. We had no negative views of any aspect of the hotel at all. There is a strip of both bars & restaurants just outside of the hotel grounds. We would certainly re-visit this hotel & location without a second thought. There is a bus service every 20 minutes until 11.00pm between Coral Bay & Paphos which costs just 50cents per journey. Spoil yourself - book it today.
What can i say, amazing
I've just returned from the Crown Resorts Horizon and i can safely say its the best holiday hotel i have stayed in. I dont know where to start. As soon as we walked into the hotel my breath was taken away and knew i'd love the hotel. This is only the second year its been open to is in brand new condition. Every member of staff we met was relly friendly and willing to help and will do anything for you even at 2am when we arrived. Rooms are of good size with a smashing bathroom, try to get a sea view, its worth it. Pool area is fab in the shape of 3 pools with bridges over middle to swim under. Make use of the swim up pool bar. Food again superb. Huge buffet selection at Breakfast and evening meal. Row of Shops and bars line the road for 100m in the back garden of hotel approx 2 min walk. Wonderful beach only 2 mins walk aswell. There is a wide range of activities to do including archery, yogo, aqua aerobics, tennis, pool, snooker and more, in the day time and in evening events programme every night. My favourite was casino night. If you venture out use the buses, only 50 Cents flat rate where ever you go long or short. I will definatly be back next year.