Helios Bay Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Helios Bay Hotel Paphos
Great Family Hotel
Had a fortnights holiday at the Helios Apartments in June. We stayed in a two bedroom villa and it was perfect for our stay. It had the two bedrooms and a living area with a dining table and chairs, plus two settees and also a separate kitchen area. It also had a garden out the back with a table and chairs and sun loungers, plus a drive at the front to park our car.
It is a very friendly complex with a relaxed atmosphere, the swimming pools are excellent - we had an adult non-swimmer with us who was also able to make use of the pool as one half of it is very shallow, which meant he was able to get in to cool off. There is a bar outside by the pool area which serves snacks and we had toasties looking out over the sea, all very nice.
Just to the left of the complex there is a small row of restaurants/bars and a supermarket. I would recommend hiring a car as driving is easy (same side of the road as the UK) and there are loads of interesting things to see on Cypus.
Beaches are rocky or stoney around most of this area of Cyprus, Coral Bay being about the best if you like a beach holiday - five to ten minutes by car from Helios.
Fabulous for families
July 9th - 16th, review from Bridgend,south Wales.
What a fabulous week we had! It was excellent and I was extremely pleased with the cleanliness, and friendliness of the staff. The pools were excellent, and the seperate toddlers pool was fantastic. My 19 month really enjoyed, and enjoyed the food! Despite the fact that the hotel is quite a distance from the harbour it was easy to get buses. The location was quiet but this suited us, however we did venture into paphos for some nights out! A must! Overall it was excellent and I would recommend this hotel to families or couples wanting a relaxing time.
A really great place for a relaxing holiday with the added privacy
We are both in our early 20's.
We stayed at Helios for two great weeks and the staff were very down to earth and really easy to speak to if you had any problems or wanted any helpful information about the area.
The apartments are very cosy and the air conditioning was excellent. We were lucky to have a sea balcony view on the top floor and we will never forget the breath taking view as we opened those curtains to see the deep blue see, beautiful gardens and the hotel bar and swimming pool right before our eyes!.
We recommend hiring a car if you wish to travel. we would have to say the Troodos Mountains were our highlight, you will no what we mean if you take the journey, again breathtaking.
Also the Monday nights where Nicos ( general manger) entertains you with the bbq, quiz, greek dancing and karoke- a real fun night!
The special thing that Helios Bay has is that it makes you feel like your away from everything and you have a great deal of privacy which of course is the main thing anybody wants on their break away.
All in all a great place, thanks to Nicos, Loucas and the rest of the Helios Bay team for making our vist special and we look forward to seeing them all again next year.
If you have babies or toddlers, Dont Go.
My holiday didnt start well. I got food poisoning from the hotel food. NICE! Yet the food was not up to scratch anyway. If you are looking for a holiday where you sit at the pool and bathe then its fine, but other than that...if you like a good beach there isnt one for 5km. And the so called 'beach 50m away' they talk of in the brocure is rocks and red flag waters. It is also very expensive EVERYWHERE and having not being warned prior was a suprising experience once there. However...There is a very small menu which is more expensive than home to say the least. Other than that though......the hotel and people where very nice. The rooms sufficient for a hot place, with a small kitchen and individual air-con that actually...works. The location for bus stops is great they are on the door step and although they dont like to stop, it is- by far, the cheapest way to travel. As i said previously though...for me and my kids it wasnt good. The pool is deep and even the small pool for the kids is quite deep....about 2'6" so babies and toddlers arent really too catered for. In general if you want beaches with shallow waters for kids then dont go to helios, they are a long way away and even the closest beach is Coral Bay and that is a bit rocky and steep for little ones. with quite large waves at points. The harbour is lovely and the people all love kids but its really more of an adult surrounding not for young ones. So on the whole not really what i expected at all. And too difficult for toddlers and babies.
Lived up to the positive reviews
We're a couple in our early 20s and have just returned from a week's holiday at Helios Bay near Paphos. A main factor in our choosing Helios Bay was the positive feedback on this site, and we'd like to confirm that we were definitely not disappointed.
We had a studio apartment on the first floor which was clean, well-equipped, and spacious. Our room didn't have a balcony, but this wasn't a problem because the pool area is so nice that time we spent out in the sun was spent there.
The pool and bar area look directly over the sea which is great - when travelling around we noticed that a lot of other hotels/resorts were on the other side of the road, so had a lot of traffic interrupting the view of the sea.
There is a small group of restaurants and bars right next to Helios Bay along with a small supermarket. These are very handy but not particularly lively or raucous - if you're in town for the nightlife your best bet would be to get the bus into Paphos or even Coral Bay. Out of the restaurants next to Helios Bay we ate at both Wisdom and Sienna. Both restaurants were very good - though Sienna is the more upmarket of the two. This is reflected in the variety and price of the food.
The bus service is very convenient and very easy to use and not too expensive either. Tickets cost 80 cents per journey.
It was very quiet when we were there - this is because it was the 2nd week in May so only the start of the season.
All in all Helios Bay provided us with a very relaxing and uncomplicated break - which was exactly what we were after.
Doug and Lisa
Great location, clean rooms, friendly staff, sunshine - what more do you want!
Helios Bay was a real find for use over 5 years ago and still is one of our favourate places to stay in Cyprus. We have been visiting The Helios for 5 years running - boring no, just a great place to relax and chill out. Nicos and his family and staff are good friends who really make you feel at home. Don't expect lots of facilities, just clean simple accommadation, nice gardens and blue sky everyday. The only downside is that the apartment bathrooms and kitchens could do with updating.
Best rooms are on the garden side facing the sea. Just sit on your balcony before dinner with a glass of nectar and watch the sun go down. Then off to the many good places to eat in Paphos. Try Fat Mama's on the Tomb of Kings rd if you are hungry, Flambe near to town centre tourist office for good steaks, Wisdom close by for good value and Sienna right next door for a really special designer meal.
We will be back again next year.
Geoff & Sheila, Hertfordshire, UK
Having just got back from a weeks holiday at the Helios Bay Hotel, Paphos, Cyprus I thought I would share my opinion of the hotel with you. We had a garden appartment, the rooms are large and spacious. Cleaned every day except sunday. The view across the very well kept gardens is fantastic. There is a small beach just a short walk away, although the sea is very rocky and has quite a strong under current. There is a pool although not very deep but extremley safe for children. Plenty of sun beds. The staff are very friendly and helpful with a 24 hour reception, they will even open the small shop or bar for you at any time. There is not much going on around the hotel so it is advisable to jump on the bus which stops directly out side the hotel and go to either coral bay or paphos harbour area. Those who have need to eat massive meals then you must try Fat Mama's only go if you are hungry.
In general the hotel is clean, quiet, nice location and ideal for a relaxing holiday.
Would consider using again.
Luke and Victoria of Hertfordshire
This was our first holiday to Cyprus & Helios Bay made it very special! We had a great room with a fantastic view. Unfortunately my girlfriend became ill during the holiday, however the owners & staff were extremely helpful in calling out their local doctor. He was excellent & visited Jen again before we flew home to make sure she was ok.
The room was clean, the pool was great, close to shops, bars & restaurants and a bus service was at the door to take you into town or to Coral bay. There is also a car hire place nearby which did a good deal.
For self catering, good value, friendly staff and very clean rooms, you should be very happy at Helios Bay.
Greatlace to take family
i love this place and so does my husband to be.
We first came here in May 2003 with our little boy who was 2 years old.
We got a studio under the pool bar directly opposite childrens play area and this was ideal.Nicos & his family run it well and will bend over backwards for you.There is a pool, baby pool, bar whcih serves food as well, a tv room whcih forms part of the reception area, a bar area next to reception area and there is also a jacuzzi, washing room with washine machine & tumble dryer.
Night entertainement was a bit quiet, but we came end of May so things didnt really kick off until juast before we left to go home.
A word of warning - dont book the Egypt trip or any trip with your rep, jump on the bus (bus stop outside apts - one going to pafos the other side going to coral bay) i think it is at the 3rd or 4th stop there is a travel agent who do these trips much cheaper than what the rep quotes!
We are unable to come this summer (2005) but we have booked already to retrun in June 2006 for two weeks, with an addition to our family!
An excellent place to take the family & tell nicos i recommended you!
Helios Bay Hotel - The Best
My husband and I have been to Helios Bay Hotel Appartments for two wonderful holidays. Each time the appartment was well furnished and clean. The magic of Helios Bay Hotel is the wonderful garden and the direct walk down to the sea. An uninterrupted view of the sea is rare and beautiful in these days of constant building.
Thank you Helios Bay for always making us so welcome. We aim to be back this year.
Jean and Colin
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